Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 9th day of February, 2018.

Happy 41st Birthday to my eldest nephew “T.”

Hard to believe that you are 41 years old, where has the time gone?

Crazy ….

 

So happy that today is Friday and that I made it through this first week back to work after being sick.

Tomorrow is Mr. Alvin’s appointment.

The one that was post phoned from last Saturday.

He has to get his shots, nails trimmed, “bum squeezed” and I think that is about it.

Will be good to get those things caught up.

I do take him on a very regular basis.

 

Also this weekend I am hosting a belated 40 Birthday party for my friend.

It was supposed to have been last weekend, as well.

I am baking a cake tonight.

The party will be on Sunday.

Decorations, I want to come up with some new ideas.

Perhaps I should check out Pinterest.

Have the card and gift to finish wrapping.

 

Well I am also most happy about this …. the weather.

It is warming up one again.

Thank goodness.

Spring is also getting closer.

 

Well I guess I should get this show on the road.

I hope that you have an amazing day.

Oh, one more thing to share.

I met a young woman yesterday who gave me back my faith in humanity.

I cannot give details but suffice to say …. I have faith once again.

Not that I lost it altogether but it was failing.

 

Special Hello to: the birthday boy.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 6th day of February, 2018.

I could hear the wind howling a bit earlier this morning.

Not so much now.

Doing happy dance sitting down.

Keep moving that is my new motto.

One thing I have heard that is vitally important as we age is to KEEP MOVING.

Do not sit still ….

Do not sit so much….

If your job requires you to sit down you have to get up and move around each hour.

Ideally it would be about ten minutes each hour but any amount is better than nothing.

So this week, I shall endeavour not to sit so long at work.

I am going to move more.

 

First day back after being gone for a week was not quite so bad.

A couple of my co-workers helped with phone calls and some of the mail.

What a wonderful treat.

I appreciated not having to answer roughly “40” phone messages.

 

So day two.

Here we go.

Keeping active.

Going to move more.

It is my life and no one will care at the end of the day that I worked through coffee breaks or took shorter lunch breaks, no they will not.

So get going and keeping healthy.

 

Time to go and finish getting ready.

Moving about.

Keeping active.

 

Special Hello to:  all my friends and family.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of January, 2018.

My fingers still from time to time, want to stop on the 7 instead of the 8.

I guess it takes a few thousand times of keying, writing 2018 to get it right.

Oh well.

Another gorgeous day on the way.

So grateful to have these days and to my friend who gave me another ride home last night from work.

It makes about a 40 minute difference in the length of my evening before bed.

I have been able to take Mr. Alvin for a walk and to be able to see where I am walking.

I can see if the sidewalk is icy or not.

More easily to avoid the icy spots.

Thank you “C.”

It is funny the difference between the car and the bus.

 

Last night I was dreaming and I kept waking up.

Finally at 4:00 a.m., I guess Alvin decided it was his turn to get up.

He tried before …..

So we got up and then after he was finished eating, drinking and going outside we hit the sofa for almost 90 minutes.

Which was glorious.

But guess what I fell back into the dream world.

Crazy.

 

The dream(s) were good and I woke up happy.

Maybe I won the lottery.

My friend is picking us up tickets for a few draws starting with the one for tonight.

That would be wonderful.

You never know.

Financial freedom would be awesome.

First always is good health and then financial freedom.

For me.

Well time to get ready for work.

The minutes in the morning always seem to zip by.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

Keep dreaming …. visualize.

I do try but need to do more until I master the art of visualization.

Thoughts become things.

Visualizing just enhances the experience.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister ….. H-Allo

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 19th day January, 2018.

Today is a very special day in our house.

Today is Mr. Alvin’s Birthday.

It was nine years ago today that my daughter, her husband, then our Elton and Penny packed up the car on a COLD winter night to go and meet this little guy.

He was little and sick.

The pups took to each other pretty much right away.

Alvin in his foster home was surrounded by lots of love and that was visible.

His foster parents had taken in other animals, mainly cats at the time we were there to start their journey to good health and joy.

Alvin has been a good companion over this last nine years and I hope that we are able to enjoy many more happy, healthy years together.

He, we have our quirks.

The best way to say Happy Birthday to Alvin is by sharing some photos over our nine years together.

Happy Birthday Alvin.

Thank you for choosing me, us as your forever home.

We loved you from the moment we met.

 

Baby Alvin – taken the first night we met.  January 19, 2010 and the night he came home with us.

AKA: Conehead

Enjoying a sunny winter’s day!

This KISS, this KISS (please stop, Mom you are embarrassing me!!) – our 1st family photo.

Posting this just because “ALVIN” is so cute here….

Me & Alvin with Zavier looking on … Miss Anela took the photo, she is four years old.

Lookin’ Out the Window…..

Alvin and Penny ….. they loved to bug each other.

Enjoying the flowers

Alvin, one of my babies

Isn’t this the cutest leash holder ever ….. the puppy looks just like me Alvin.; (a gift for Alvin from our friend).

Casey, Elton and Alvin …. 

Alvin and Penny enjoying summer.

Me and Alvin Oct 2013

favourite photo of my boy

Alvin’s first stocking …. from his family.

Alvin getting to know his “new” family….

 

Have an awesome Friday.

Special Hello to: my boy, Happy Birthday Alvin.

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

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 21st day of November, 2017.

Brr, it is so COLD outside this morning.

Me poor little Alvin had to make two attempts at leaving the house before he was successful.

Please make sure when you let you little pups outside in this COLD weather that you are watching them and make sure they do their business and get back inside.

Sometimes they will get sidetracked and get frost bite before realizing they are freezing.

Keep track of the time.

I stand by the back door and watch him.

They are precious our fur babies so please take good care of them.

They are the ones who can help keep us heart healthy and who love us unconditionally.

 

On these COLD mornings – I will say that I find it difficult to get my butt out of bed or off the sofa.

I set the timer twice this morning before getting off the sofa.

I was so comfy snuggled under our red warm blanket with me Alvin.

He even lays his head on the pillow beside me.

How would one ever want to get up to go outside.

ARGH.

 

Okay….time to get this show on the road.

Please if you are living where it is COLD, dress appropriately.

If you do not have a warm enough coat – dress in layers.

Layers are always good.

Couple layers of warm socks – make sure that they are not tight fitting – you always want to be able to wiggle your toes.

 

Time to fly.

Have a great Tuesday.

Special Hello to: my sister …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 20th day of November, 2017.

WOW, just a little over one month till Christmas Day.

Where did the time go?

I remember last Christmas so well and the summer seemed like yesterday.

 

Woke up to a layer of fresh white snow.

There was wind last night just as we were going to bed so I am thinking it might have rained as well.

Yesterday was in the plus temperatures and today minus double digits.

Crazy weather.

We had a great walk yesterday.

Oh, does Mr. Alvin love to sniff about.

I love our walks when the weather is nice whether summer or winter.

 

Well back to work …. weekends always seem to pass quickly.

My neighbour and friend took the dryer apart and one of the fuses burned out.

Burned out due to being blocked by lint and some dryer sheets.

I will tell you this ….. take your dryer apart once a year and clean it out.

My was jammed pack with lint and dryer sheets.

Now considering it had not been done EVER, I was shocked it was not worse.

But I will say that once a year I will be cleaning out the inside of my dryer.

Your dryer will let you know if it is not drying clothes in one cycle ….. likely you have a lint/dryer sheet clog.

It took some time to get all of the screws out but at the end of the day ….. that is such a fire trap …. take the time.

Get a friend to help and maybe do a video so you remember what you did because it is a bit detailed but not hard.

Worth it and I learned so much.

 

Well almost time to go to work.

Have a great day.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks who take the time …… and to those who do not…… please take the time.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 7th day of November, 2017.

Well I guess whether we like it or not WINTER is here early or earlier than some years and definitely earlier than last year.

By summer we will have forgotten about the exact date that winter arrived but we will remember if there was a lot of snow and if it were cold.

Those things we never forgot but yet we do.

Anyone living in a climate that is cold for more than half of the year ….. has to either love winter or forgets the magnitude of the cold.

Likely that is part of the reason why the population of Canada has remained many times smaller than the United States.

Their Northern States that border with Canada also share the winter but not always to the same degree of cold.

I do not mind the winter ….. after all Christmas comes in the winter…..

As long as you have a warm winter coat, boots, scarf and mitts you will do okay.

Whenever you are outside in the winter ….. frostbite is always something to watch out for …… especially with the children.

I even watch Mr. Alvin as he likes to bury his chew treats in the back yard and sometimes loses track of time.

That could be dangerous if you are not keeping track of the time yourself.

Dogs do lost track of time …… something to keep in mind.

Children lost track of time …… something to keep in mind.

We are responsible for these little ones so always keep them in your mind in the winter.

Pets do not belong outside for long periods of time…… ….

Well looks like it is almost time for me to don my coat, boots, scarf and mitts and head out to the bus.

Have an awesome Tuesday.

Stay warm and dry.

Have a fun day.

Special Hello to:  Remember to be mindful.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 26th day of October, 2017.

Last night the wind HOWLED and BLEW and HOWLED and BLEW.

We decided, well I decided not to walk as I feared we might blow away or worse be hit with flying garbage of some sort.

Better to stay at home and be safe.

We enjoyed our time together …. me and Alvin ….. snuggling on the sofa.

Relaxing.

I am so grateful to have this blog – an on-line diary if you will.

Always nice to look at and see what was going on …..

This DATE last year:

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 26th day of October, 2016.

Another one of many dark mornings to come.

Appears to have been raining overnight.

Still mild so sidewalks and streets should be ice free.

Please be careful …..

Wow only a handful of days left until Halloween and then my time.

My time to put up the tree.

My time to decorate the house inside and out.

My time to send Christmas cards, letters and current photo of me and Alvin.

My time to BAKE.

Our time to appreciate all that we have.

I am so grateful that I can make my own choices when it comes to the above.

I am so grateful for all those who watch over and look after us all.

I am so grateful for my family and friends.

It was a late night and early morning.

I honestly slept in a bit so have to cut this short.

So much running through my head.

One thing:  can I really leave the house with my hair like this?

Yes, I can because I have no time.

It is clean but a little wild.

Will blame it on “being older.”

It could work.

Maybe.

Good for a giggle.

Honestly it is not that bad.

Really.

Am I trying to convince myself?

Yes.

Time to go.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Live in the moment and be mindful.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

P.S. this year – my hair is good.  Had a shower so freshly washed.  Laughing Aloud……

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 19th day of October, 2017.

Another gorgeous day on the way and with luck with a tad less wind.

Have to share my Wednesday story as this all happened after I left from home and after I wrote my blog.

As I walk up to the entrance to our office building, I come across one of my co-workers with her travel mug in one hand and a Tim Horton’s coffee in the other.

She smiled and handed my the Tim Horton’s coffee and said “this is for you.”

For no reason ….. not my birthday ….. no special occasion ….. just because she is thoughtful.

I was so touched …..

Now this would have been the best way to start a work day BUT then after almost reaching my desk …. another co-worker … held out his hand with a bagged “apple danish” from McDonald’s…. Would you like this?

I said sure …. as I had my hands full …. he placed it on my desk.

Could not have been a better start to the work day to be sure.

Our office was closed to the public and I was to attend along with some of my immediate co-workers a training seminar on “deescalating situations.”

I was a bit intimidated by the whole role playing and the fact that I was missing quiet time at my desk.

To have no phones and no interruptions at work is always a good way to get work completed.

But into the training I realized that this was in fact most valuable.

I learned two things:

  1. that at 60, I had learned and knew how to react to escalated situations.
  2. and that at 60, I still had room to learn new ways to react to escalated situations.

No matter your age – there is always something new to learn, and we can always be taught something new.

After a long day of role playing and waiting around while our team-mates took their turns …. the day was over.

I walked to the bus – happy to get home to me Alvin.

Shortly after I made it to the bus stop …. my new friend E.Z. arrived at the stop.

It was not long after that when two of the buses that we can catch, pulled up….

The first bus appeared to be full so we walked to the second bus and that is when I heard “Carol” ….. hey that was my name.

As I looked a couple of vehicles behind the bus there were the OILERS FLAGS blowing the wind and my friend in the red vehicle.

I said good night to my other friend and ran over to the red vehicle.

Surprised to see her – she explained that her son was working late and she thought as she had to go right here anyway …. she would take the chance.

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

What a lucky day.

Unbelievable.

Coffee / Apple Danish / Learn New Things / Ride Home

Great Day.

 

Now this Thursday is going to be amazing.  I can just tell.

Perhaps I should check my LOTTO Ticket ???

OMG.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks over 60 – still learning new things.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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