Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 16th day of May, 2017.

The SUN is SHINING and the sky is a pretty much that gorgeous powder blue with a hint of pink.

There appears to be a bit of a breeze.

With hope of a beautiful day.

We needed the rain but now we could use the sunshine and some warmth.

I have held on and have not turned the heat on in the house.

This morning it was 60 degrees F ……

Not sure how Alvin feels about the coolness but if he did not have a toasty warm fur coat on – I would not have put him through this….

I will say one thing both of us are sleeping better.

Alvin has been sleeping past his usual 3:00-3:30 a.m.

So perhaps it is hypothermia …. not really …..

But definitely the cool temperature is good for sleeping.

 

Cute story.

Last night on my way home from work – I bumped into “A” and Abi.

Whenever Abi sees me she gets so excited.

“A” let go of her leash and with firm instructions said “Go see Auntie Carol.”

With her tail flying madly she raced toward me.

Ready to give me a doggie kiss.

Once she arrived at her destination I grabbed the leash.

She is so cute.

We walked and talked on the way to my house where I invited them in ….. advising that Alvin would need to go outside first ….

But first thing he did was to look at Abi and then run upstairs.

He brought down his chew treat and proceeded to hop up onto the sofa.

His little tail wagging all the way.

Then he was down and then up and then ran to the kitchen.

I let both of the pups outside.

Alvin did his business and they were back inside the house.

He did not really give her much attention as he was not quite sure what to do as usually I come home, he goes outside and then has supper.

Oh bad Momma.

After a few minutes and a treat for Miss Abi …. they left.

Alvin had his supper and I got changed into after work clothes and we were on our way out the door for our walk.

We did not get very far and we saw the girls coming back ….

It had just started to rain BIG drops.

They were on the other side of the street and Abi pulled making a bee-line for us.

Carefully looking for traffic they crossed to us.

We had a short visit before going on our way.

This time Alvin greeted her properly.

Our walk was cut short as it started to rain hard ……

A fun start to the evening.

 

Happy Tuesday.

Sometimes it is good to change things up ….. does not have to be anything big.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU, today.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 16th day of April, 2017.

The sky is BLUE, a brilliant baby blue with a few streaks of white clouds.

The SUN is shining and there appears to be no wind.

Finally it has stopped snowing.

Perhaps now the sun will warm and melt the white stuff.

By the looks of things it looks like winter not spring.

Oh well it is mid April and summer is definitely right around the corner.

Not really a surprise for the long weekend.

 

I guess anyone having an Easter Egg Hunt outdoors it would be interesting.

Happy Easter.

I hope that the Easter Bunny dropped off some yummy treats.

He hopped by my house this year – I guess he figured she is turning sixty this year and is too old for those treats.

I wished that he would have asked.

Oh well.

Not like I needed more chocolate or anything.  LOL.

 

So two days left of our long weekend.

I am so happy for that.

Just going to write, shower, breakfast, coffee, walk, and some odds and ends.

Alvin is waiting patiently outside the office door for me to go downstairs.

So I had better go.

 

Have a great Sunday and Happy Easter to You All.

Special Hello to: You and Your Family

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

EASTER CRAFTS from a few years ago.

And more Happy Easter crafts…. amazing what you can do with some construction paper and scissors …..

More Easter Crafts

Flowers for Easter ….. Happy Spring.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 16th day of December, 2016.

Only 8 sleeps till Christmas Eve.

Time if flying by.

Yesterday Baby Milo and friend Casey spent the day with Mr. Alvin.

My kids set up a puppy cam and until I got home they did pretty well.

They make quite the trio.

One baby, one middle aged and one senior senior.

All guys ….. yikes.

 

Yesterday I received a surprise email from my friend “V” back in Regina.

She instructed me to check my mailbox after work.

Which I did and what did I find but a huge parcel.

It was heavy …..

Addressed to both me and Alvin.

Lucky boy.

When I walked into the house I had all three babies to distract me so I did not get to opening the parcel until about 1/2 hour later.

Alvin was so excited and kept jumping up as I unwrapped the box.

One parcel had his name on it and he seemed to know.

So I gave it to him and he partially unwrapped it but before baby Milo got into the paper I helped open it.

She gave him a toy and some treats ( I opened the bag and quietly gave him one so that the others did not see).

Casey has bad allergies and cannot have anything other than his food.

Also as of late he seems to be having a problem eating his food (the kids had mentioned that he didn’t eat in the morning).

I remembered from Alvin’s dental visit that they said to add some slightly warm water and let the food sit for a minute or so and then it will soften.

Voile, it worked.

Casey ate it all.

Well I have to run …. getting behind here.

Lots to say but not enough time.

Have a wonderful day.

I will be back tomorrow.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” – always so thoughtful.

Always, Carol and Alvin

P.S. I got lots of good yummy treats to eat.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 31st day of October, 2016.

Happy Halloween Everyone.

It is eerily FoGGy outside this morning.

Please drive safe to work if you live in our area.

Here is how our home decorates for Halloween:

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We do not go FANCY.

We do not go FRIGHTFUL.

We do not go FREAKY.

We just do FUN.

We just take a few fun things that we have and decorate for my second favourite day of the year.

The next one is right around the corner.

FRom OUR home to YoUrs, HaPPy HaLLowEEn.

Alvin says eat some candy but not too much.

Have a wonderful day and I hope that the weather stays nice for all the kiddies and their parents.

 

Special Hello to: All ThE TrIcK or TrEATors out there.

Always, The Spider Witch and Mr. Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 20th day of October, 2016.

WOW, Thursday.

Dark outside now.

This weekend we change our clocks back one hour.

That will be fun come Monday morning.

It does take a couple of weeks to recover from the change or at least get used to it.

Alvin is ahead of it all.

He started oh about a month now.

Practising.

Argh.

Poor Momma.

Last night we received another sweet delight parcel from our friend “V.”

Alvin went crazy ( I did not realize right away that there was something special for him in the box).

Of course, I should know better.

Of course, he can smell things at a great distance.

This was close up.

Needless to say he loved his treats.

His Momma loved hers as well.

Of course, have not eaten them all or else I would have had an upset tummy.

Not good.

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I even received flowers.  The orange ones are called Japanese Lanterns, so pretty.

I placed them on my fireplace mantle.

Truly we are spoiled.

We appreciate the generosity and thoughtfulness of our dear friend “V.”

We are working on something special for her – it is a surprise – don’t tell her.

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Yesterday the temperature was so beautiful, today the same and tomorrow even warmer.

We have fall back.

Most of the snow has melted now and voile there is green grass.

YAY.

So we are happy.

A few more days of nice is always good.

I hope that you have a great Thursday.

Take time for you.

Be kind to others.

Special Hello to: Everyone ….. thank you for reading my blog.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 23rd day of September, 2016.

Second day of Autumn for 2016.

We had a bit of rain overnight and this morning.

I will be taking my umbrella just in case.

So grateful for such wonderful neighbours.

One of my neighbours was home yesterday so she came over and let Mr. Alvin outside into the back yard for a bathroom break, visited with him and gave him a couple of treats.

Thank you “S” ….. we are so grateful to have you as a neighbour.

Sometimes when you are having a bit of a pity party.

Sit down, lay down or just stand there and close your eyes.

If you gave it even a second of thought you would realize that you have so much to be grateful for …..

 

Well I am running late and the bus will not wait.

I hope that you all have a great Friday.

Keep dry, warm, cool and happy – wherever you reside on this beautiful amazing planet of ours.

Happy Friday.

Thank you.

Special Hello to: my friends back home.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of August, 2016.

Rain cleared up and now time for some sunshine.

I want to share some of the beautiful and wonderful treats that have come my way this week.

Let us start with Sunday.

My roses are the most delicate of pinks I have ever seen.

They are blooming like they have never bloomed before and oh so gorgeous.

These little darlings have decided to take a peek through the railing – I suppose just to see what is on the other side.

Thought you might enjoy them.

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Everyone loves a Tuesday when parcels arrive one in the mailbox and the other on my doorstep.

The parcel in my mailbox was addressed to both Alvin and his Momma, well that would be me.

I picked up the parcel before going into the house and Alvin knew, he could smell because right away he jumped up to see

what had arrived.

But good Momma that I am – I made us both wait until after Alvin had supper and our walk before we opened the package.

Can you believe my friend?

She was just supposed to be sending me this new toothpaste that she uses and loves.

She gave me a small tube and I loved it, too.

My friend ordered me some and then mailed it to me.

Only thing is ….. my friend ….. well she can never just mail one tube of toothpaste.

The box as you can see in the photos was LARGE.

OMG, the goodies that filled it were/are amazing.

There were cheese buns, regular buns, this delectable pumpkin loaf with walnuts and fruit with chocolate icing, pumpkin – carrot muffins, Saskatoon berry chocolates, some healthy soy sauce in a cool spray bottle, a brush for when she comes to visit and bakes me buns (she said that), small tongs and a package addressed specially for Mr. Alvin.  Oh my he was so excited.  He jumped up.  In fact as you can see in the photo his Momma did not get a clear shot as he inspected the package and read the note addressed to him (he is home schooled) ….. he absolutely loved his special treats for his teeth.

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Now if that was not enough of wonderful treats my last tea order arrived.  I packaged up the orders and ready to deliver tomorrow.

The first photo is all MINE ….. so excited.

I am happy to try out my new MATCHA Shaker and all the new teas and things.

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So as you can see  …… the special delivery GODS were shining down upon my on this Tuesday.

I just know that this week is going to be epic … full of more wonderful surprises.

P.S. not to be excluded from the greats treats but my neighbour from the other half of my duplex stopped by for a visit just night before last.

They are settling into their new house.  Alvin and I are so excited to go in September for a visit.

Well …… see what a week.

Met some new people …… loving this week.

Well here it is time to leave for work once again.

The evenings seem to zing by as do the small amount of time I have in the mornings.

I always feel bad leaving Alvin as it must be lonely …..

Wishing you a great Wednesday.

Almost time for a new month to begin.

August has been wonderful.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” back in Regina, thank you once again for the lovely Surprise Package.  The pumpkin loaves with the chocolate icing are my new favourite.  Alvin loved loved loved his treats and I will not tell him that they are good for him.  LOL

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Afternoon, today is an overwhelmingly  sad day for our family as our beloved Penny passed away.

We still cannot believe that she is gone, and will her miss her forever.

She had been diagnosed with kidney disease not long ago,  and also had a  known heart murmur.

But this day came all to fast for us.

When our four-legged darlings come into our lives we do not think of that day …. the time when they will no longer be with us.

We love them with all our heart.

 

Penny came into our family quite by accident by one fall back in 2005.

My daughter found her in a small town general store, and fell in love with the bundle of fur … who later was named Penny Lane.

She had a brother later named Parker.

Penny was adopted by my daughter and son-in-law and Parker by one of their friends.

 

She instantly became a sister for Elton whom they had adopted the year before ……

Penny loved to be outside ….. loved go on walks ….. she really loved life.

My kids were the best parents ever to both Penny and to  Elton.

They went on family vacations to the mountains and to the lake.

Penny loved to investigate things wherever she was …..

She loved to EAT ….. I would say that food was her passion.

Bananas were her favourite treat.

I am not sure how she managed it but she would jump up onto a kitchen chair any chance she got ….. just to see what was on the table.

There was the odd time that she managed to get up onto the table …. making for some excitement and laughter.

 

Penny and Elton would come for sleepovers to my house and later on when I adopted Alvin they became the three amigos.

Trouble, trouble and trouble.

But they truly loved each other.

 

She also loved to get into things ….. like kleenex ….. loved to shred it …..

 

Our Penny had no trouble speaking her mind, and that was evident when she would jump up onto the chair by the living room window and announce to us who was going by outside.

 

She was sweet, loving and gentle.

 

I would like to share some photos from over the years…

 

Just TOO Cute......

Just TOO Cute……

 

Alvin and Penny .....

Alvin and Penny …..

 

Ah, my puppies ..... Elton and Penny

Ah, my puppies ….. Elton and Penny

Miss Penny, again she is quite the model....

Miss Penny, again she is quite the model….

Amanda, Steven and Miss Penny ....

Amanda, Steven and Miss Penny ….

 

Ah, Miss Penny a few years back

Ah, Miss Penny a few years back

Baby Penny…

Alvlin getting to know his "new" family....

Alvin getting to know his “new” family…. ( the first night we met Alvin).

Elton and Penny, the grand-puppies.

Elton and Penny, the grand-puppies.

Miss Penny

Miss Penny

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Wake up Dad.

Wake up Dad.

Relaxing at Grandma's house.

Relaxing at Grandma’s house.

Alvin and Penny enjoying summer.

Alvin and Penny enjoying summer.

Christmas 2015 at my new house .... Penny

Christmas 2015 at my new house …. Penny

 

There was love …… there is always love.

Rest in Peace our darling Penny.

Love Grandma and Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 13th day of February, 2016.

One day before Valentine’s Day.

I am going to start this blog by sharing a great little story from yesterday.

Sometimes you have a day that is well not exactly what you had in mind ….. less than perfect.

Perhaps part of it …. began with me going to empty a glass of water into the sink but instead literally tossed it the opposite direction and onto the countertop.

The countertop that help my electric percolator and electric mix stand, and other stuff ……

But as the water travelled in slow motion through the air …. I realized what I had done. 

I never moved so fast ….. where was my brain at that moment …

During the day I struggled to accomplish what I had planned because I had several unexpected interruptions.

Now I did get several things done but not everything ….. oh well …. before I knew it I was on the bus heading home.

As I unlocked the door my friend “S” was just driving by and stopped for a moment to see how things were and to see if I would be making coffee later and I said “of course, I can.”

She had to carry on as someone drove up behind her ….

When I entered the house  Mr. Alvin was happy as ever to see me, and to go outside to relieve himself …. oh what the hay to go “pee” ….. much better word.

I decided to go straight outside and clean up after him ….. and also finished my conversation with the neighbour who had by now parked her car and was going into her house.

The plan was to feed Alvin, have supper and then make us a cup of coffee.

Originally I had planned to finish up canvassing for the Heart and Stroke Fund but it was snowing and blowing pretty hard making it hard to keep paper dry etc.

So another change in plans.

Oh well.

After I had given Mr. Alvin his supper …. I decided to go upstairs and onto the computer to send a FB message to a friend and to my surprise I had a message from another friend.

It read “GO CHECK YOUR MAILBOX.”

I blinked a few thousand times in utter excitement because when this friend says go check your mailbox …. you just know it is going to be GOOD … no I mean,  GREAT.

So I literally RAN down the stairs …. grabbed my boots and coat from the closet, a bag to put the mail in …. grabbed keys …. locked the house on my way out and carefully WALKED fast to the mailbox.

When I opened the mailbox door I saw the RED tag of the key for one of the PARCEL boxes and lots of flyers.

HEAVEN ….. I knew that I had a parcel ….

I threw the flyers and odd piece of mail into the bag…..

Holding my breath I opened the mailbox with the parcel inside ….

There was a huge box with my NAME and ADDRESS printed on it …..

The return address ….. yes it was from my friend “V” in Regina …..

I quickly closed the door and put the key into the letter slot and was on my way home.

I yelped with excitement and decided to stop and see my neighbour “S” ….. she was the one that I had seen just as I was arriving home.

She came to the door …. I was so excited …… quickly explaining that  there would be some good treats inside for sure.

I told her of the chocolate covered biscotti that this friend had sent me a couple of years ago AND said that we would have a treat with our coffee later.

Then she told me “thank you and to be careful walking down the sidewalk and home.”

I abided by her and in a couple of minutes was safely back home.

Parcel in my hot little hands.

OMG …. I do love receiving packages …..

Alvin was not sure what happened to his Momma.

So I grabbed the letter opener and some scissors and ran upstairs as my computer was on and my camera was upstairs as well.

I placed the parcel on my desk …..

THE PARCEL

THE PARCEL

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THIS IS WHAT GREETED ME WHEN I OPENED THE BOX

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THERE WERE DIFFERENT KINDS OF BUNS …. CINNAMON ….. CHEESE AND PLAIN AND THIS HUGE WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A COOKIE BUT TURNED OUT TO BE THE BEST BROWNIE EVER MADE.

The Brownie was/is heart-shaped and decorated with perfection.

I was totally overwhelmed ……

How extraordinarily kind, wonderful and thoughtful is my friend “V”.

My day went from being kind of a disappointment in some ways to being so WONDERFUL …. it felt like winning the lottery.

I had this overwhelming feeling that I was so extra special.

Alvin as I mentioned was not certain was had happened but he knew it all smelled great.

The next thing I did after snapping photos was to post my surprise to Facebook, thanking my friend.

Not only did she send all of the sweet treats but she wrote me a special letter, gave me a Valentine’s card, she put in some napkins with pink hearts and forgot to mention …. she had filled the card full of tiny red hearts that flew all over my desk and the floor when I opened the card.

I know that I am babbling and not using proper punctuation and all of that ….. but this is straight from the heart.

This gal knows that she is very blessed to be surrounded by the most wonderful people on the planet.

I do not take any of them for granted.

This morning I want to thank each and every one of my friends for choosing me to be a part of your life.

I know that without your love and support I would just be Carol.

This morning I want to send a special thank you to my friend “V” back in Regina ….

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You are so kind and thoughtful.

You lightened my dreary day.

You made me scream with delight.

You made me feel special.

You filled my tummy with the most exquisite treat.

You are talented beyond words.

You are the best …..

Thank you.

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So now I had better get this day going …. I have massive amounts of towels and bedding to launder as now my dryer is fixed thanks to other friends.

On this Saturday morning I am feeling so blessed to be surrounded by good, honest and caring people.

My friend and my family are the most incredible beings and I am so grateful to have them all in my life.

Thank you

 

Special Hello to:  “V” in Regina …… there are no words ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

P.S. ….. “V” …. my neighbour loved the brownie, too.

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 21st day of January, 2016.

I thought it would be fun to check out previous posts from years gone by.

This one is from today’s date but back in 2013.

To be honest I was going to share the one from this date in 2012 but the story made me cringe (something that scares me).

So I picked another one.

I think it is good to go back and see what was happening and what I/we were thinking.

I hope that you have an awesome Thursday.

By the way, just wanted to share that Alvin’s sister did not forget his birthday ….. she gave him a big bag of treats ….. he was so happy.

He loves them and is grateful to have such a wonderfully thoughtful sister.

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Good Monday morning and welcome to January 21st, 2013.

We received another covering of snow last night, and it was still snowing when Alvin went out around 5:00 a.m.

I love how Alvin stands in the doorway ….. he sniffs ….. “pretend sneezes” and then if he really has to go …. he will go outside.

Meanwhile the temperature in the house has dropped by two degrees.  ( Just kidding ).

But he surely does take several minutes working up the courage to go outside.

Most especially when it is cold or raining.

I do not blame him …… poor little guy and all the other animals that have to do the same.

What’s new with you this Monday morning?

Did you have a quiet weekend?

Spent relaxing? or did you Work?

I did a mix of both and I suspect that most of you did as well.

Well today is my early start so have to run.

I hope that you stay warm and safe on this day.

I hope that you are happy, healthy and abundant.

Take Care.

Special Hello to: all those new pet owners ….. thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Have a fun Thursday and spend a couple of minutes in reflection.

Looking back can be interesting.

Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers ….. isn’t it great to have a place to go back in time?

Always, Carol and Alvin

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