It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to the DEEP FREEZE.

According to the weather reports we are in for bitterly cold temperatures for the next week.

Minus 30 degrees celsius.

So no walks for me and Alvin.

Or if we do venture out it would only be for a very short walk.

The pads of a dog’s paws can freeze just as easily as our exposed fingers and faces.

Guess this is a good time to do some projects around the house after work and on the weekend.

Although most of the weekend will be kept busy taking down all our Christmas decorations and the tree.

We will play and run up and down the stairs so that will help.

But it is the fresh air that we need daily.

 

Last night my daughter picked me up after work and we went to COSTCO.

Well the traffic was so slow that it took us until 5:30 p.m. to arrive at COSTCO.

We were very quick in the store which was not busy at all.

So that was great.

Then headed home to Mr. Alvin.

After looking after him, I shovelled the deck and the front sidewalks and then picked up Mr. Humphrey.

I had shovelled in the morning but there was a lot of snow from over the course of the day.

Certainly getting my exercise.

Not a bad thing for sure.

We had a quiet evening.

I ate at nearly 7:30 p.m. but it could not be helped.

A bit of television and then took Humphrey back home at 9:30 p.m. and then we headed to bed.

 

I am grateful to have each and every living creature that comes into my life.

Some arrive only for a short time and others remain for a lifetime.

I am truly blessed.

 

Well I guess it must be the colder temperatures that have lessened my imagination and thoughts this morning.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Please stay warm and safe wherever you are …. if you are in a hot climate, I wish you to be a bit cool.

Prayers and thoughts continue for the continent of Australia.

I pray for PEACE for this planet of ours.

Drop the egos and the need for power and money and just ensure that we all have what we need and the opportunity to find more if desired.

Happy Thursday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day…..

YAY, Happy Thursday ….. first official day of winter (December 22nd, 2011).

What a winter we are having.

It has been so great.

The sky was a bit overcast when Alvin and I were outside earlier this morning but the air was still warm considering the time of year.

So we are truly blessed.

Two more sleeps till Christmas Eve, I am so excited.

I love Christmas.  I always have loved this time of year.

Christmas Eve we will be with my son-in-law’s family so there will be small children.

Christmas is even more wonderful when you can celebrate it with children.

The gasps, the laughter, the wonderment …… so precious.

I remember some of my Christmases as a young child.

Trying to sneak out to where the tree was located to see if the old man in the red suit had remembered to stop by.

When I say trying ….. most times my Mom would call out “back to bed” and then in the morning she wouldn’t remember doing it.

So must have been a reflex action …..

I remember getting my first watch  ….. it was my only gift that year but I loved that watch…and was so proud, and felt so grown up.

I remember putting on Christmas concerts with my siblings for my parents and grandparents.

We used whatever we could find to make banners and posters and whatever we needed.

In those days and being on the farm ….. we did not have a huge craft cupboard for which to “raid”….

But we had our imaginations, and I think that is what counts.

Cardboard and sometimes just “plain old bathroom tissue” and some pencils ….. to make decorations.

We would sing and dance and tell stories…..

My paternal Grandmother played the piano and organ for the choir at the church in our “home town” so we always went to the Christmas pageant and sometimes were lucky enough to participate.

My brothers were too small at that point in time but my sister and I often were able to be involved and what fun we had.

My Grandmother always made sure that we had a new dress or skirt and blouse for Christmas (so we were very blessed).

I remember some of our outfits from over those years.

I treasure those times so much and always think of them at this time of year.

So on this first day of winter ….. I hope that your memories warm your heart and keep you warm.

Mother Nature is doing her part and we are so grateful.

Have a wonderful Thursday …… only two more sleeps….  😉

 

Special Hello to: all the grandparents who help shape our lives, and to whom we hold dear to our hearts ….. to all my grandparents who are now my angels …. I miss you all, and know that you are smiling down upon us ……

 

Always, Carol

Thought for the day…….

It is approximately 6:10 a.m. on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 and it is dark outside …… the moon still glowing and the stars shining brightly.  It always amazes me …. the sky …. how cool is it that when we look up ….. there to our wondering eyes do appear bright shining stars (got you …. you thought I would say “Santa Claus” )……  LOL…  It is pretty amazing how the moon when in full view can truly light up the whole sky.   Should have been an astronomer, astronaut, pilot of some sort……  🙂

I love looking into the night and morning sky.  Between the moon, stars and the sun rising …… well that just makes my day.  Also our sunsets are pretty incredible, too.  I think we have the prefect view, what do you think?  Are you a star gazer or moon watcher?  Do you feel an infinity to the sky?  Somedays I wished that I could fly to the moon and beyond.  Check what is out there.  I always wanted to fly and sometimes in my dreams, I do.

So have an incredible day.  Make sure that you take the time to look up and admire the view. We are truly blessed.

Always, Carol

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