Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 26th day of November, 2015.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Neighbours …. have the best day.

It is actually quite nice outside this morning.

Supposed to be on a warming trend for the next few days including the weekend.

That is great.

Well I have unfortunate news ….. the rogue “guest” has finally made an appearance after November 11, 2015.

I have a trap that is not set in the bottom of the pantry.

There was peanut butter on it.

I thought that it was getting less and less and surely enough this morning it is all gone.

There are a couple traps set in the basement so hopefully we catch it.

I was starting to feel more at ease but with a cautionary ease.

I knew Mr. Alvin was sniffing something over the past couple of days.

I just wished that “mouse be gone.”

Go somewhere else, please.

 

I want to send hugs and prayers to my friends who had to put their cat down yesterday.

They had the cat for 15 years, I believe.

A member of the family.

Rest in peace, Pinkie…..

 

Well I guess I had better get this show on the road.

I wish everyone a happy and safe Thursday.

Remember to be kind and respectful to everyone.

Special Hello:  YOU.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

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Thought for the Day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 17th day of November, 2015.

It is beautiful out this morning with a high of plus 5 degrees celsius which is great for past mid November.

How blessed are we?

So much.

Well update on the little creature …. so sight since Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Almost one week.

Alvin has given no indication that it is here.

He has not left my side since this happened.

How lucky am I?

Very.

Traps set …. empty.

Perhaps now with the plug ins properly set up, nothing blocking the sound waves, they are working correctly.

Whatever it is I am happy.

Still wearing my indoor running shoes.

I have come so far just not quite there.

Not sure if I will ever be there but no matter close enough.

 

Tonight I am going with my neighbour and friend and her daughter to the Brownie’s “Cookie Sale.”

Works very well …. $1.00 admission ….. $4.00 for one dozen cookies (of your choice, I believe you can do them individually) and bring your own container.

They will have containers for $1.00 if you need one.

So excited to go out …

Normally I do not go far on a week night but this is a special occasion.

For a great cause.

It is a fundraiser for the Brownie’s.

 

Last night when I was getting ready for bed.

I noticed a notebook tucked in the bottom of my nightstand.

It has a cool cover covered in a border of pretty flowers it states in bold letters:  THINK HAPPY BE HAPPY

How great is that.

In order to be Happy first we have to think Happy.

So that is my task if you will for today ….. think Happy thoughts.

Usually I do but it does not hurt to specifically think on Happy thoughts …. think happy be happy ….

I wish this for the world.

How wonderful would it be if we thought 98% of the time Happy thoughts …..

We would then be Happy.

Whenever you find yourself going down that Unhappy road …. think of something or someone that truly makes you happy …. makes you smile.

It could be anything ….. some place that you visited …… a new baby …… your puppy ….. whatever makes you grin from ear to ear.

I have an easy one ….. me Alvin.

Just thinking of him as I rub his belly makes me grin from ear to ear.

Thinking of time spent with my daughter makes me grin from ear to ear.

Thinking of SKYPING with my sister and my great niece makes me grin from ear to ear.

It is easy.

There is always someone or something to make you smile and feel happy.

Let us make happiness reign supreme.

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Are you smiling yet?

I am…..

Keep on practising…

We will get it right.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “M” back in Saskatchewan who reads my blog and is so supportive.  She is kind and a wonderful person.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 12th day of November, 2015.

Happy Belated Birthday to my nephew “T” ….. hope you had a great day.

Part II

Well yesterday did not have a happy ending.

I wished that those small creatures would just stay outdoors.

Anyway ….. I washed my winter boots and wore them on the main floor (no carpet) as they were my strength.

Alvin stayed close thank goodness.

We managed to get through most of the day …..

I cut up and cleaned the huge Halloween pumpkin.

Half of it I gave to one of my neighbours and the other half I cooked.

It was so yummy warm with some butter, salt and pepper.

Alvin had some plain ……

It was after that which was about 5:00 p.m. that I realized Alvin had not had his supper yet.

So I opened the pantry door …. grabbed his bowl and his food container and about that time … the MOUSE ran out of the pantry …. SCREAMING, I managed to place Alvin’s glass bowl on the counter and yell instructions to Alvin who by this time was in hot pursuit of this not welcome guest.

Screaming I watched it run under my fridge and I managed to get Alvin to come to me.

It did not come out.

I scooped up Alvin and ran over to the neighbours.

Gasping and sobbing I told them the story ….

“S” came back to the house with me.

Decided to put down the sticky traps not that I particular like the thought of them but I cannot live in fear.

One in the bottom of the pantry …. (removed Alvin’s food container and the two boxes with garage bags).

After that was done …..

While she was here I put back into the fridge my salad ingredients because I did not want to stand in the kitchen.

Grabbed the last muffin and two oranges and we stayed in the living room.

Twice I quickly walked Alvin to the door and outside.  I went with him.

This morning no sitting at the kitchen table to write in my gratitude journal.

No lemon water.

No oatmeal.

No banana at the table.

Instead I grabbed Alvin food container out of the bathroom (next to the pantry) and fed him.

We both went outside.

I grabbed a banana from the table and we stood near the edge of the cupboards at the living room entrance and shared the banana.

Then I took my journal, pen and our water and came upstairs.

In just a few minutes my neighbour is coming over to check the traps before I leave for work.

One is in the pantry and the other in the oven drawer (which is empty).

I feel so helpless even though I am much better than the first go around with those little beasts.

I just wished they would go elsewhere …..

Thank goodness for great friends and neighbours and Alvin who truly is my hero.

I think he knows …..

Well I better start getting prepared … downstairs …. Alvin will need to go out again.

Funny how something so small can make you so scared.

I know how people feel that have these phobias ….. not fun.

I hope that you have a great Thursday.

Hopefully the deed is done and that is that.

I will be wearing my boots regardless for a few days ….. will have to buy some indoor foot wear that has solid soles and goes up the calf.

I feel somewhat guarded … protected.

 

Special Hello: to my nephew “T” … I called you but your phone was not in use …. perhaps you stopped with the land line…..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 21st day of March, 2014.

And the SAGA continues at my house ……

Mr. Alvin has been sniffing around usually in the morning before I leave for work.

He sniffs by the stove and then the fridge…..

Yesterday morning he did his “hunter stance” and I should have clued in ….

But my inner voice kept saying “they are all gone.”

WELL my inner voice was “DEAD WRONG” ……

About one hour ago when we were first up ….. fed Mr. Alvin and he went out to to do morning ritual and then back into the house.

In the meantime I was sitting at the kitchen table writing in my “gratitude/daily journal” ….

With Mr. Alvin sniffing around by the sofa …. all of a sudden a FLASH and this little thing flew (almost) into the kitchen and under the dishwasher.

My nephew is here and that is keeping Alvin partially occupied so he is staying upstairs for the moment.

I did scream when I saw it ….. they always take me by surprise.

I truly thought that after a whole week they were gone.

I guess I should have baited all the traps and left them out.

Lesson learned.

Well with my courage getting ready and the rest of my courage sitting on guard at the top of the stairs waiting (thank goodness) for me …. I will go back downstairs.

I wished with all of my heart and soul that they would just stay outside.

I cannot find where they are coming in …..

Not sure what to do.

WISH ME LUCK.

Special Hello: to all those who are going through this ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 9th day of March, 2014.
Yesterday afternoon just before my daughter went back home we checked all of the traps.
The last trap we checked the “red door” was closed – finally caught it.
I screamed with joyous delight.
So happy.
Time to celebrate …… breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Well my “happiness” was temporary as guess what Alvin “found” this morning?
Alvin has his timetable to eat, and so usually as it is a bit too early to get up we usually hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s before
getting up …. anyway he wouldn’t go back to sleep and kept looking around from the sofa ….. finally he jumped off and ran into the kitchen.
I stood up on the sofa (yup, up on the arm of my leather sofa), and turned on the lights …. and sure enough I saw something scurry across the floor with Alvin in hot pursuit.
Here we go again.  Hopefully it is the last one.
Thank goodness we left the traps out but I might have to try something else.
This is crazy ……
On the other hand we are doing great ….. time changed here so body adjusting to that this morning as well.
I just had a feeling this wasn’t over …..
Special Hello to: having my house back to normal…..soon.
Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 8th day of March, 2014

HERE WAS MY POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR YESTERDAY WHICH I DID NOT POST AND WISHED WOULD HAPPEN.

YAY, we finally caught the MOUSE …… it is gone forever and may it rest in peace.

At least it had lots of good meals.

I am so grateful that we no longer have a mouse in our house.

It was a long nine days.

Thank you everyone for your support and ideas.

Now the sensors will keep future ones out.

A few bars of Irish Spring soap cannot hurt either.

YIPEE YIPEE YIPEE ….

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you.

What a great start to my weekend …..

Well unless it is in one of the five traps that are hiding behind every big object on my main floor away from Alvin’s reach …. it is still here.

I am at a loss ….. I simply want “it” gone ….. it has dragged my life for long enough …… I feel like it isn’t my house and I feel like the outsider …. gently and carefully making my way around each room so that I do not come in contact with it.

Nothing seems to work ….. woe is me.

It does seem to be eating all the peanut butter ….. 

Well I better get downstairs as it is going onto 10:00 a.m. and I have lots to do …..

I am brave ….. I am bigger than it …. I am going to catch it today …. not me personally …. I will have my house back again.

I hope that the sensors are working and keeping them outdoors where they belong.

Now if it was Mickey or Minnie that would be another story but it is not.

I know this has been a lot of strange and woeful blogs but I can only write what is going on and how I am feeling.

So thank you so much for reading and the support …..

Maybe I need to bring in the big guns “a cat” …….

Have a great Saturday my friends …..

Special Hello to:  Dave and Baby, my sister’s cats …. oh, how I wished that Dave could come for a visit!!

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 5th day of March, 2014.

YAY, me “ALVIN” is back home.

He has been at his sister’s house since Sunday morning.

He came back home last night.

This was the longest that we haven’t seen each other, 3 days and 2 nights.

OH JOYOUS JOY ……

The house just wasn’t home without him.

I thought maybe he would have forgotten me but when he saw me coming into his sister’s house ….. he barked his shrill bark and ran around like he had won the lottery.

Perhaps that is what I need to do.

Anyway I am so happy that my Alvin is back home.

I know he was in great hands and had a good time but I missed him.

We still have not caught the “you know what” and are going to pick up different traps.

We noticed that he has eaten the peanut butter, pooped and left.

How clever.

I have been feeding him on expensive “natural” peanut butter for a week.

Oh well…..

Anyway time to go to work.

It is getting better there as well …… I am beginning to feel more at ease.

Huge change is always a bit unsettling.

So back to myself ….. thank goodness.

I think everyone was wondering.

But I think that once in a while I can have a “overwhelmed” – crazy – crying – down in the dumps – day or two!!

CRASHED and I AM FLYING AGAIN.

Special Hello to:  my cousin “J” who always has my back ….. thanks “J” …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 4th day of March, 2014.

I feel out of sorts this morning and I will be honest.

My full-time job has changed and after two years of in the position I was just getting comfortable and settled.

The office has restructured and I find myself not dealing with the changes as well as I should and perhaps I should not even be writing about this but writing is my way …. I am a writer.

Also our unwanted house visitor was not found last night so that causes me much anxiety.

I feel like my life is unravelling before my eyes.

I know that is a bit of an exaggeration.

I have not felt like this in many years ….. perhaps it is also because my Alvin is not here.

He slept over at his sister’s house.

Because we have traps out by the dishwasher I did not want to have him in the house.

Anyway …. I need to wipe my tears and suck it up and get on with it.

I thank you for “listening” to my early morning “whining” and I am not even sure if you can call it that …..

So I will keep this short as I need and want to get myself together before I go downstairs.

Maybe it found it’s way inside the trap and that part of my anxiety will be over.

I can only hope.

With regard to the office ….. well all I can do is take it one day at a time.

I am not the only one ….. big changes and it always takes a while to get things back to normal ….. a new normal.

Thank you my friends …..

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all my friends and family ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 27th day of February, 2014.

Another cold night.

Thank goodness it was nice after work so that Alvin and I got out for a walk.

Our evening was halted abruptly by a small unwanted creature.

It was Mr. Alvin who first noticed….. sniffing away ….. he even pointed where …… my doggie the hunter.

It was behind the stove until I opened the oven drawer and it ran under the fridge.

I am deathly afraid so it was an interesting evening.

I always thought you didn’t have them in a new house but that has not been the case.

I keep all the food in storage containers and a clean house.

Still they come in.

Traps out …..

Two years ago ….. had three …..

Time to go to work.

It was a short night ……

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all of You.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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