Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 5th day of November, 2017.

Well we turned our clocks back last night or some may be turning them this morning.

We went to bed quite early last night about 9:30 p.m.

I was whipped as Mr. Alvin had been up extremely early Saturday morning and then we were busy throughout the day.

Anyway I was wide awake at 5:00 a.m. but decided to hold off for a bit and then fell back asleep until 6:30 a.m.

I have not been up this early on a Sunday for awhile.

We both had breakfast, Alvin of course had his around 4:00 a.m., I set off the smoke alarm again with my toaster, put away the laundry that had been drying, am washing a load of towels and finished drying another

load of towels so it feels like I have accomplished something and it is still early.

My old neighbour is coming for coffee at 9:00 a.m. so I will definitely be ready.

Just have to grind some coffee beans for an extra fresh cup of coffee.

I baked a pumpkin spice cake last night for a treat with coffee.

Yesterday after my daughter went home and our unplanned “shopping” trip to the REUSE Centre – Alvin and I went for a walk.

I spent the afternoon doing laundry and decorating the house.

It looks great.

So I will have a quiet day after the coffee date.

Perhaps make my list of things that I have to do over the next weeks until Christmas.

Setting a time-line always helps me to get things done.

 

Well I hope that you are all great …..

Remember to take some time to relax.

 

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello: all those dreamers ….. keep dreaming ….

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Evening and it is still Sunday the 11th day of December, 2016.

13 sleeps til Christmas Eve…

It remains cold here in Edmonton and I am grateful that Alvin and I are toasty warm in our home.

The Christmas Event went well yesterday.

We had about ten people stop by and we shared some laughter, information, and good treats.

A most enjoyable afternoon followed by a small dinner party at 7:00 with two of my friends.

We continued with good food and laughter.

So all in all I had a pretty great weekend.

Alvin came home early this afternoon and I am happy he is back.

Nice for him to spend time with his sister, brother-in-law and baby Milo but good for him to be home.

I did miss his crazy self.

Was trying to get hold of my sister on SKYPE ….. something must have come up as she is usually pretty punctual.

I spent most of the day putting my house back in order after “temporarily hiding” some things just so that I had lots of room.

Finished laundry except for the load of towels in the dryer (must remember to go and get them – should be dry by now).

Well I had better go and check SKYPE again and see if she is now there.

Have a great evening.

I will be back in the morning ….

Special Hello to: My Friends and Family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 21st day of November, 2016.

Wow, the weekend is over?

Those hours zipped by for sure.

It was an eventful, fun and good news kind of weekend.

This is a story that I shared on Facebook on the weekend and I thought that perhaps I would share it with all of you.

Just to share my morning with you all and perhaps bring a smile to your face. One of the first things that I do on a Saturday morning is to make coffee in my percolator. I love the way it tastes. Some time ago the little glass piece where the coffee races to the top as it goes through the percolating process BROKE. I was devastated thinking that I would have to go out and buy a new pot. But I was able to “fix it” and life carried on until this morning. Drum roll. I put the coffee on as usual and ran upstairs to get dressed and grab the laundry to start. While I was upstairs I called my neighbour to let her know that coffee would be ready shortly and to come grab a mug, (we do this every weekend). After I hung up I went downstairs to find a dark liquid on the counter and running into the sink and onto the floor and all over the back splash on the cupboard and on and on and on. I did not freak out (which is a good thing). But I did hope beyond hope that there was coffee left but alas it was not fully perked and was only warm and most of it escaped. So I picked up the toaster that had been there earlier so that the moisture would not destroy it. Grabbing the towels that had been folded up on the counter and without thinking started to wipe up the coffee. Argh, they were my Christmas ones that are white with Christmas scenes on them. Oh well now they will be mocha with Christmas scenes on them. I took everything off the counter and quickly cleaned and wiped while all the time watching for my neighbour. I managed to remake the pot before she arrive and we patiently waited while the second pot perked. I WATCHED the pot to ensure that it didn’t BLOW the “glass part” again. We finally had coffee which was good. I pulled out the stove as the coffee had run down there, too. Ended up vacuuming the dust bunnies that always seem to collect there, and washing behind the stove as well. I had pulled out the pot and pan draw underneath and found COFFEE in there so took out all of the 1,000 pieces of tupperware and other containers and cleaned the drawer. Okay this is beginning to look like a book. Ended up moving out the fridge because if you are going to move one appliance then you might as well do them all. Right. I borrowed my neighbour’s steam floor mop and cleaned the floor. The main floor was clean. But was it really. Over the course of several hours I had pulled out the utensil drawer only about five times. It seemed for some reason not to slide as easily as usual. Finally I realized that that drawer had about 1/8 inch of coffee in the bottom which covered every single little gadget in the drawer.
Okay finally got 500 little things all washed up. ALL FOR THE LOVE OF COFFEE……. What a morning but on the upside my kitchen is CLEAN, CLEAN from top to bottom and every place in between…. Happy Saturday.

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So after all of that one of my old friends who happens to live hundreds of miles away in Ontario is having a lid sent to me.  He knows

someone in the “coffee business.”

How blessed am I?

Saturday was busy.

Yesterday was the Christmas Event.

It was crazy fun.

 

Stella & Dot had some beautiful jewellery and other fashion items like purses and this huge weekend tote, very nice.

Scentsy would not like to smell amazing scents, very nice.
Steeped Tea was a hit and I did quite well sales wise and was able to introduce people to our product.
Very proud am I to be Canadian as Steeped Tea is a Canadian Business.
That was my Sunday.
Weekend over.
Good news on the Elton front (my grand-puppy not so much a puppy any longer but he has his days for sure) ….. after a couple of days on some new
medicine he is feeling a bit better.  We wish him pain free days and to have many many more days with his family.
Time to go to work again, seems like I just left on Friday and it is already Monday.
Have an awesome Monday everyone.
Special Hello to: Elton, we love you.
Always, Carol and Alvin
P.S. I was able to restore the towels to their before mocha colour …. white.  Whew.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 15th day of February, 2016.

Today is “Family Day” in Canada.

Our province Alberta observes this holiday so I have the day off from work.

On the weather front ….. quite mild for this time of year.

Although can we still say that …..

With all of the changes to the environment I am not certain we can keep comparing from years ago.

Anyway weather has been nice.

Our neighbourhood is a big ice patch with a few clear dry spots from where some of us have worked on chipping and scooping away the ice.

Unfortunately or fortunately for me ….. it works both ways ….. the storm drain is right in front of my house …. so it is lower.

All of the snow and ice melts to the low spot in front of my house…..

I do work at keeping a line to the drain but people park in front and it can go from clear to six inches overnight making it difficult for me.

Oh well …. spring is on the way and soon the ice and snow will be gone, melted for another season.

I hope that you all had an awesome Valentine’s Day ….

I had a great one …… starting with that awesome package Friday night.

Yesterday an old friend, yes a man …. called to wish me a Happy Valentine’s Day which was very thoughtful.

Alvin and I enjoyed a walk.

I had a coffee in the morning with one of my girl friends.

Finished my route canvassing for the Heart and Stroke Fund.

Finished the 12 loads of laundry that I had started the day before ….. I had forgotten that I had so many towels.

Made a big supper with a big salad and huge pasta dish.

There will be leftovers for a week ….. just the way I like it ….. laughing out loud.

Nice to have enough for several days for sure.

To end the weekend my daughter is coming for coffee this morning.

Perfect way to end a perfect weekend.

So I had better get this show on the road.

Time to drain that pond from in front of the house once again….. yesterday afternoon I spent some time with my ice chipper (long handle with a blade of sorts)…. we have become great friends.

Makes me feel strong and mighty wielding that wood and iron/metal.

I broke up the ice and carried both the water and ice to the drain as my neighbour’s truck was over the drain so I could not make a small canal to get the water over there.

Life in the hood.

Happy Family Day whether you are here or there …..

Enjoy your time with your family whether two-legged or four.

I will have both of my babies here today and possibly my grand-puppies …..

Have a great day ….

Special Hello to: my friend “V” …. I just reread your lovely letter ….. wow your daughter and son-in-law are busy busy.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 14th day of February, 2016.

I guess today is Valentine’s Day.

How could I forget?

But I did.

Yesterday I thought of it but this morning I did not.

The sun is shining and one of my girl friends is coming for coffee in about one hour, so that is nice.

I also have planned to finish the laundry (had towels and bedding stacked up to the rafters after three weeks without a dryer), finish canvassing my route for Heart & Stroke Fund, take a walk with Mr. Alvin and then give him a bath.

Another full day …..

So so happy to see the sun shining …. it is funny how sunshine can energize one.

I definitely have more energy in the summer with more sunny days than the winter.

Although some winters we have more sunshine than a rainy summer.

Oh well.

So for all of you my friends ….. Happy Valentine’s Day.

I hope that you are spoiled by family and friends, as I was.

The treats will last for a some time.

I am holding off on snacking on the brownie heart as I want to share some of it with my daughter when she comes for a visit tomorrow.

Take care my friends …..

Happy Valentine’s Day …..

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all of my friends and family in Edmonton, in Regina and all over the world.

I am so grateful for each and every one of you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from Me to You.

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 3rd day of May, 2015.

What a glorious morning here in Edmonton.

While I was writing in my gratitude journal at the kitchen table this morning, I gazed out of the window onto the deck.

What to my eyes did I see but a slight layer of frost glistening like diamonds in the sunlight as it slowly melted into the wood.

So beautiful ….. one of nature’s best.

We finally got some rain late yesterday afternoon and overnight.

Enough to make the ground damp in spots.

Better than naught.

So happy to see spears of green grass poking their way to the sunlight on the front and back lawn.

We, me and Alvin are getting ready to greet some company for coffee.

Two of my girl friends and possibly their children are coming for a visit.

We always love to have company.

Love to chat about the world and ours.

Love to laugh and tell stories …. recanting our childhoods and such.

It is a glorious morning.

Yesterday was busy ….. OH, I VOTED in the advanced polls.

YAY …. so happy to have that most important task completed.

Also hit the grocery store, did some cleaning  …. more laundry ….. (where does it all come from??) and decided to put out the new bathroom curtain, towels and accessories in the main bathroom upstairs and also in my bedroom.

FIXED:  bedroom – bedspread, sheets, new matching pillows ….. looks beautiful.

I was going to wait until I painted but decided “why not enjoy it all now” ….. this way it gives me a better idea as to what direction I should go for the paint colour.

Photos were snapped and I will post them shortly so you can see my new stuff and perhaps give me some ideas as to paint colour for the master bedroom.

My thoughts initially were light turquoise or the palest of sky blues and now I am leaning to SAND.

Oh, I am needing some coffee.  Might have to put it on a bit early ….. mmm, I love a good cup of coffee.

Oh, yes … I did not forget about Miss Aussie …. her Momma is away down south … Palm Springs, I Believe.

She actually ran off the window ledge when she saw me coming so I gingerly opened the front door and stuck my keys in ahead of me (she likes to put her paws out, too and hers are way more sharp than mine) ….. anyway I managed after a couple of moments to get inside the house.  She then ran back to the window.  I gave her food, her medicine and fresh water.  As soon as she was away from the window … I opened it …. she loves to sit on the window sill and look outside.  She might as well enjoy the beautiful fresh air.  By the way, it smells like it just rained.

Well time to go and get that coffee on and a couple of items.

I hope that you have a grand Sunday.

Take care and be safe.

Be kind as you set out on your day …..

To yourself and to ours.

Special Hello to:  Family and Friends …… thank you for everything in my life.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

WOW, here we are at Monday, June 4th ,2012.

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.

Mine was fantastic ….. there were a couple of small snags in between the fantastic.

I accomplished everything on my “to do” list and even worked a 4 hour shift on Friday night and a 4 1/2 shift on Sunday afternoon.

It always feels great to get lots done.

So tonight other than walking with Alvin and folding the towels that were finishing drying as I went to bed (late at 10:30) …. we will be RELAXING ON THE SOFA.

The sky is slightly overcast ( I watered my lawn last night so maybe it will rain today).

So my thought for today is no matter what happens like “the baking element in your oven” (mine met with a painful end) burning out most of the way through cooking supper …. it will always work out.

I should mention that I have the most amazing neighbours on the planet ….. they always help out and are just plain awesome people.

So I learned how to remove the element from the oven, using pliers careful remove the watering wand from the garden hose so that I could attach the sprinkler (it got stuck on).

It was awesome.

Well almost time to finish getting ready.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all those handy people around the world.  I am slowly becoming one of them …. hope someday.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thoughts for a rainy day …..

Hello my friends,

Are you keeping dry this Saturday?

Wow, unbelievable all the rain that has fallen both in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

We need a huge sponge to hold it all.

My dog Alvin wanted to go out several times this morning ….. until I opened the door.

Then he sniffed ….. and walked back inside.

Finally when I knew he “really needed” to go outside ….. he gingerly stepped out.

He walked onto the deck …… holding one paw up in the air.  LOL.

Finally he gave up (as it is pouring) and walked on all four.

As much as we love the rain ….. aren’t we lucky that we can use the “facilities” inside ……

I do however, remember the day when we had to go out to the “out house” …. what a name?

I mean really ….. it might have looked like a small house but the aroma was another thing.

How many remember those days?  Some of those little houses had a piece of lino on the floor ….

some might have added a pine air freshener hanging on a nail ….. while others were bare ….

We always thought ourselves blessed to have the soft rolls of paper .

Sometimes catalogues or newspapers…. yuck.

Well it is time for me to sign off….. I shall continue this later.

I hope that wherever you are ….. that you keep warm and dry.

Enjoy your Saturday …. and remember that we have it so GREAT these days and should feel for our little dog friends

that have to go outside…….  Keep a nice towel by the back door …..

Always, Carol

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