Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 14th day of May, 2018.

Another gorgeous warm (hot) day on the way.

Alvin and I had a wonderful weekend.

We accomplished most of our items on the TO DO LIST.

Okay, perhaps it was “I” accomplished most of the items on the TO DO LIST.

But Alvin gives me great support as he is with me every step of the way.

With the exception of the trash pick up yesterday morning.

I was pleasantly surprised to fill only 1/2 of a bag and my arm was grateful.

I would love to have him along but cannot seem to figure out how to hold a leash, a large garbage bag and one of those pickers.

Two many things, too much room for error or accidents.

Alvin stayed at home relaxing when I went to finish up my self-determined trash route.

It feels good to get it finished before the street sweepers arrive.

I do not like when bits of garbage get swept down the storm drain.

Anyway it is done and just will maintain.

 

Yesterday was Mother’s Day.

My daughter came over for a pancake breakfast.

We had a great visit as we always do.

She located her most recent iPod which is a step or three up from the one that I have.

As she said she had it when she purchased her first flip phone.

The new old iPod will give me access to the internet and FB to send messages if there is WiFi.

So that will be nice.

Almost like having a cell phone.

She took me to the grocery store while she went to the drugstore.

I picked up mainly fruits and veggies.

Lots of folks picking up bouquets of flowers in the store.

After all, it was Mother’s Day.

What Mother does not enjoy flowers.

Only the ones with floral allergies.

Snicker, snicker.

After my daughter dropped me off and visited for bit, she was gone back home once again.

Time always flies when she comes to see us.

The rest of the day was great ….. watched a couple of shows that I had recorded ….. made oatmeal for a few days ….. made lunch for work today.

Had supper.

My neighbour gave me a lavender plant.

Will be re potting it tonight.

It is beautiful.

We waited until a bit later to go for a walk.

Saw two of our friends and stopped for a short visit and of course, Alvin received a treat.

Perfect day …. some work and some play.

 

Well here we go again.

Time to put the finishing touches on before leaving for work.

Alvin looks so cute with his black and white fur laying on a baby blue blanket.

Gotta love that guy and of course, I do.

 

Have a wonderful day.

I hope that you can make all of our dreams come true.

I wish you great health and joy.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello to: all you puppy lovers out there …. thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 12th day of January, 2018.

Last day of the work week, yay.

Been a cold week but a good one.

I was so grateful to have another ride home last night with my friend.

So grateful not to be standing out waiting for the bus for a long period of time in this cold weather.

Tomorrow is to be “0” …. I guess we shall see.

I hope so, Mr. Alvin is going just a little stir crazy with no walks.

I get that.

 

I was reading one of the books that I have written by Mike Dooley “Thoughts from the Universe.”

These books inspired me to write my thought for the day.

I used to receive a daily email from him but as of late or actually quite a while, now that I think about it, have not received them.

I miss them.

This weekend I shall look into it and see if I can once again receive them.

Or perhaps there is a charge now – they used to be free.

 

So many things in life come with a price tag.

Very sad.

 

Well almost time to get this show on the road.

Takes me a few minutes to get into all of my winter apparel.

I hope that everyone keeps warm and safe in this frigid weather.

We welcome warmer temperatures and hopefully with clear skies and sunshine.

 

Special Hello to: Mike Dooley, somewhere out there writing on behalf of the Universe.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 12th day of October, 2016.

How did that happen?

Wednesday.

What a nice surprise to wake up and find that it is really mid week and you have only had to work one day this week.

It remains dry except for the snow that remains on our lawns and rooftops.

Yesterday was pretty nice out.

It was nice for our walk last night.

Two weeks from this passed Monday will be Halloween and then time to put up the Christmas Tree.

I am giddy with anticipation.

My favourite time of year for sure.

My two favourite times Fall with Halloween and then Christmas.

I would not say that all that comes with the holiday season is favourable but it works.

What can you do?

Right!

I have to put my tree up a few days later than usual due to the timing of the 1st of November.

But that is okay.

Just more time to build on the excitement.

Well hear we go again …. time to leave for work.

Just food for thought …. relax …… do not overthink things.

Have a great Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my sister …… one of these days we have to chat and catch up.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 3rd day of July, 2016.

Earlier there was thunder and lightning followed by a rain shower.

The skies cleared and the sun shone and now a little while later it is cloudy once again.

Our weather can change so quickly over a few hours time.

It remains quite warm despite the changes.

 

Yesterday I was happy to get the “family room” in the basement cleaned out.

Filled some boxes with things to remove from the house, items that I no longer need, want or use.

That is what I am on the trail to do is to remove every item from my house that I no longer need, want or use.

If I do not use things on a regular basis other than Christmas decorations and of course winter coats, boots and the like – then they are going.

I am selling, giving to charity or recycling depending on the item.

I no longer feel the need to fill each nook and cranny with “stuff” with “things.”

As I get older I want less and less stuff surrounding me.

I crave to have bare spare and to only have what I love surrounding me.

So today I am going to work on my office space.

Go through papers and stuff.

My office is pretty good but there are a few things that need to go.

 

Maybe today is the day that you reflect on what is truly important.

Maybe you do love, wear and need 100 pairs of shoes.

Maybe you do love, watch and need 200 movies.

Maybe you would like to share those shoes with others who would love, wear and need them just as much as you.

Maybe you would like to share those movies with others who would love, wear and need them just as much as you.

See my point.

It is a personal thing for sure.

But not only am I thinking of me but also our dear planet.

The more we buy.

The less our planet has.

Think of it that way.

We consume well beyond our needs.

Do you need that next pair of sandals that takes your total to over 100 pair of shoes?

Likely you never wear most of them.

Needing and wanting are two different things.

Perhaps if we take baby steps.

For every item you bring into your home you remove one.

Less is more.

It is more freeing.

Try it.

 

Well time to go.

I hope that you will ponder how much you consume.

How much you buy.

Thank you.

 

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 16th day of May, 2016.

Another gorgeous morning, sun shining and blue sky.

There has been smoke in the air due to all of the forest fires in the province.

Well another weekend come and gone.

We have all felt as of late that the weekend seem to be evaporating.

I know that I have mentioning this before but it feels so real.

Feels as though the minutes go by doubly fast on the weekend.

Too many things to do and not enough time.

I must get back to multi-tasking once again.

This coming up weekend I am hosting a multi-family garage sale on both Friday and Saturday.

We have been cleaning our closets, basements and cupboards to remove our treasures from our homes.

We know that there are people out there who love to find new treasures at good prices.

I know that this is going to be the BEST garage sale ever.

Also I am hosting a “tea tasting party” on Monday on Victoria Day.

A good day for a tea party on the Queen’s Birthday.

Alvin is resting on the foot of our bed …. I think it is his favourite spot in the house.

He can look out of the window onto the neighbourhood and see what is going on.

Most days when I come home from work I can hear a thud as he jumps off the bed onto the thick rug and down the stairs.

Well time to go.

I hope that you are having better luck with getting your tasks accomplished.

Other than multi tasking I need to start doing things right away ( I will admit that I have become a bit of a procrastinator at times).

Special Hello to: all those folks hosting a garage sale, good luck to you and I hope that you sell it all.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 4th day of November, 2015.

Well no additional moisture overnight …. that is a good thing.

We had the most glorious huge wet snowflakes yesterday …

I was standing right in the middle of them waiting to catch a bus to an appointment.

I wanted to stick out my tongue and let them land but decided against it.

You know people around …..

Almost one week into November, can you believe it?

In just a few shorts weeks it will be …… CHRISTMAS!

I just have to snag my neighbour so that we can decorate outside and a few finishing touches inside and I am finished with the decorations.

Next step: print our photos and start writing our Christmas letter and Christmas cards.

I like to have them mailed before December 1st, 2015.

Most especially the overseas ones ….. best to have them done by mid November.

Sounds like Alvin and I will be spending Christmas with the kids and grand-puppies at the new house.

Exciting.

I am so excited.

This weekend Amanda and I will be preparing for the craft sale at one of the hospitals here in Edmonton.

I guess they are always busy …. can only imagine the traffic at a hospital ….

It will be fun.

Lots of exciting … fun events coming up.

I am grateful to have fun things to do so that it offsets the not so pleasant things we all have to do.

Actually I am pretty blessed in my life and am grateful.

We all have speed bumps along the way ….. as long as we try to be kind and respectful and are grateful we will get through each one.

Well almost time to place the finishing touches on getting ready for work.

 

I hope that you all have the most wonderful day ever.

May laughter be the backdrop for your day.

May kindness and joy be the centre pieces.

Happy Wednesday All.

 

Special Hello to: You, you are so wonderful.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 9th day of October, 2015.

What a beautiful bright sunny morning here in Edmonton.

I am so excited to have today off as a vacation day.

Went to bed a bit later, read for awhile, slept in …. lazy.

Lots to do on this long weekend.

Some work but always tempered with some FUN.

One must always have FUN.

All work and no play …. you know how that old saying goes….

The coffee is brewing while I write ….

I love the smell of coffee percolating ….

 

Last night while Alvin and I were out for our nightly walk …. at 7 p.m. which was already starting to get dark.

After planting the bulbs that my friend gave me on Wednesday night.

We proceeded on our walk when we were almost half way around the lakes we came across this woman and her dog, a large collie.

Alvin walked to them and I followed.

We sensed that they were friendly ( sometimes Alvin is cautious around larger dogs and me, too ).

Alvin did his sniffing and so did the collie ….

We introduced our dogs “Lady ” to “Alvin.”

We had a lovely conversation about so many things.

A new friend.

Her name was “D” and I told her mine, Carol.

I was holding a “bag” from a few minutes earlier so we parted and we walked to the garbage and made a deposit.

I decided because it was already dark ( I did have my little flashlight and my whistle from the police ) that we would just turn around and go back home.

We then caught up with Lady and “D.”

The conversation just flowed.

It was funny when I got to the entrance and we went to part ways ….she asked me again what my name was and I said “Carol”  and I said yours is “D” correct?

She said “yes” and “that she had a brain injury so sometimes she forgets names”

I said “I just forget names …. never forget a face but names sometimes struggle with.”

We had a giggle and said good night and see you again, sometime.  Nice lady.

I am so grateful to have met “D” and Lady, the Collie..

It was a great night ….. planted some flowers and met a new friend and got some exercise ….

You never know when you will meet someone who you just have a connection with …… could be out walking or one the bus.

By the way, I have met so many wonderful people on the bus.

Mainly women but some men.

Looks like time to go and grab that coffee ….

The smell is drifting to my nose and my mouth can taste the glorious of the beans.

I hope that you have a grand Friday.

 

Be kind and respectful of all creatures.

That is something that we all must work on ….

What an amazing planet this would be, if we were all respectful and compassionate of all creatures, big and small.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …. SKYPE this weekend?

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 14th day of September, 2015.

WOW, almost mid September.

My flowers are still blooming and looking awesome.

Love seeing flowers blooming in September.

The tea parTEA went off really well ….. Alvin loved having the company.

One of the ladies had her baby boy with her and Alvin was excited.

He kept going over and looking at him …

When he squirmed or cried a bit …. Alvin sure looked.

It was really cute to watch.

Well it is Monday and time to go back to the office.

It didn’t rain last night but they are forecasting rain for today.

I am going to have to get moving more quickly some mornings.

It is funny how some days one hour goes a long way and the next it is not long enough.

How does that work?

Doing the same amount of things?

Well I am grateful that both Alvin and I woke up and are healthy.

He is laying outside my office with his front paws crossed.

I love him …. he is so cute.

Well all is well here.

I hope that you have an amazing Monday.

Fill it with laughter and kindness.

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers out there …. keep up the great work.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 12th day of September, 2015.

The sun is up and the sky is clear and there is a breeze.

YAY for Saturday.

In just over one hour my friends “G” and “S” are coming for coffee and a visit.

I miss them as we have not had a regular coffee visit together for a while.

Summer is busy for families.

Following their visit my daughter is coming for a visit, too.

What a great day.

Mr. Alvin is pacing the floor as he is excited for all of our company.

Wouldn’t it be nice if that is all a person had to do was to visit with family and friends.

Just entertain.

Entertain only.

I would love that ….

I definitely could have been the wife of a big CEO, and spent my time entertaining and doing charity work.

Well maybe not all of the time but I do love the though of entertaining.

Visiting …. chatting …. the planning and the execution.

What are the things that you love to do?

I have been thinking of that a lot as of late.

After you reach and past the age of “55” and now I am 58, you do spend time thinking about all the things you would like to be doing.

There has to be a way, right.

Yell up at the Universe … show me the way.

Something like that …..

Well slowly but surely I will get there.

I am doing some of the things that I love but only in small parcels …. that has to change.

I will find a way.

I will.

Well time for a shower and prepare for my, our company.

I hope that you have an awesome Saturday.

Remember do the things that you love / are passionate about and then find a way to make money doing them.

Special Hello to: my friends “V” and “M” who are doing the things they love.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 1st day of May, 2015.

Well I was off to a great start this morning.

As I was writing the first line in my gratitude journal about 5:00 a.m. …..

I wrote “I cannot believe that today is the first day of Easter”

I looked at the words and then started to giggle.

Really, no idea where that came from but it was funny.

What a great way to start a Friday.

Laughing.

Laughing at oneself, no less.

I know that today is going to be great.

Alvin likely thought his Momma had lost her senses.

On top of being the first day of May and one month closer to summer ….. I noticed that it was starting to get light out at 5:30 instead of 6:00 a.m.

Note to self: remember to flip all of my “paper” calendars to May.

They are forecasting some rain and that would be so nice.

Oh, I must share a few of the most wonderful things that happened to me on my first day back to work from being sick:

– a co-worker had written me a hand-made thank you card in appreciation of “me” and two home baked cookies

-another co-worker had returned all of my phone calls from the past couple of days

-others showed appreciation by making sure that I was okay

-others took on a few tasks to help me out

-my daughter picked up a jean jacket from a swap that they are having at her work (she is always thinking of her Momma)

-after work while waiting for the bus I noticed a gal that usually catches the bus with me and who lives in the same neighbourhood …. she waited for a couple of lights to come over and ask me if I wanted a ride home.  She had driven to work.  So thoughtful considering she had to walk the total opposite way to her car.

WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY ….. it was so wonderful.

It is the little things that make a person glad to be alive.

I wish you only grand “little things” today to make you feel as great as I did yesterday.

Have a great Friday.

Gotta go.

Time to catch the bus and of course, snuggle for a couple of minutes with me Alvin.

Special Hello to: my sister ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

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