Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 7th day of July, 2017.

WOW, we’re having a heat wave ….. not a tropical heat wave …. a Western Canadian HEAT WAVE.

Oh my goodness, I love summer but sometimes the higher temperatures play havoc with my essence.

I will say thank the Universe for the nightly breezes ….. making the higher temperatures more bearable.

I can only imagine Alvin and all the fur babies of the world.

How do they survive the heat?

This is nothing compared to other locations across the planet.

I do feel for Alvin ……

When I arrived home last night at almost 6:00 p.m. (don’t get me started on that one), it was 80 degrees F. in the house.

It cooled off quite quickly after I opened the windows.

Thank goodness for that breeze ……

 

Our public transportation at this point in time is CRAZY.

Insane for us ….. I cannot compare to any other place.

Part of this is due to summer construction.

It is the only time of year that we can do all those outdoor road and sidewalk projects.

It definitely plays with the traffic flow.

One day the buses run relatively on time and the next day they are over 1/2 hour late.

Now when it is time to get home, it is hot and you have that Mr. Alvin waiting to go outside to PEE and to eat his supper ….. being late is not an option.

Although what can you do when you rely on the buses.

So last night I waited downtown for almost 1/2 hour.

Two buses stopped to say they were FULL …..

Finally the third one had room for us.

It would not have been so bad but I had to stop at the Vet for Alvin’s food and glucosamine chews.

Anyway got home safe and “sound.”

Happy that today is Friday …… another hot one …. even hotter than the last few days.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “M” who is visiting our fair city.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 6th day of February, 2017.

It is COLD, COLD out there this morning in Edmonton.

Double digits below – 26 degrees celsius.

Poor Mr. Alvin had to take two runs at it to get outside.

He did his business very quickly.

Poor little guy.

I am grateful to have a warm coat, mitts, scarf and boots for the cold walk to the bus.

 

What a great weekend.

Yesterday we just spent inside except for some shovelling and I had to watch Alvin as it was so cold and he could only be outside for a minute or so.

Did some cleaning and watched a couple of movies.

I watched “Mother’s Day” with Julia Roberts, Jennifer Anniston, Kate Hudson and so many great actors.

I laughed and I cried.

It was a good movie.

Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

 

Well it is almost time to hit the road ….. the cold ….. argh.

There are times these these when I wished that I was retired.

Oh well, it is all good.

 

Thank you Universe for a great weekend.

I had time with my girl, an outing, time with my boy, did some cleaning and laundry and made some jewellery and I RELAXED.

Perfect.

 

Have a great Monday.

Special Hello to: my sister ….. shall we SKYPE soon …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 13th day of October, 2016.

Seems like night when I look out the window and see nothing but darkness.

Oh, I guess I can see the reflection of someone’s tail lights as they are “warming” up the truck.

Yesterday was so nice.

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk so much.

I recently found out that all of the fountains in our neighbour are still on and going strong.

We still have a bit of snow remaining on people’s lawns and rooftops.

Back to last night.

Got home from work, Alvin did his routine, I got changed and we went for a walk.

Dropped off a container at my friend’s house.

Came home returned a phone call and made another one.

Submitted a tea party on the computer and was just emailing a friend when the doorbell rang.

It was my friend “P” who has the most beautiful English garden.

Always thinking of Mr. Alvin – she had a couple of treats with her for him.

She is travelling with her husband next week back to England to see her family and was wondering if I had some jewellery.

It was so off guard ….. but I had some pieces for sale.

She purchased several necklaces and a couple of rings.

We had a nice visit while she was trying on necklaces.

After she left I had supper which was about 7:30 p.m. ( my baked potato was well done ).

Crazy busy night but full of great surprises.

I am very grateful for surprises.

So they are forecasting snow flurries for this afternoon.

I hope that Mother Nature finds it in her heart to keep those flurries down to a minimum.

We can only hope.

Much too early for winter …..

It would be nice for the weather to be good for Halloween.

Well almost time to get this trolley on the road.

Now I am referring to myself as a trolley …. okay truly am getting old.

Yikes.

I hope that you all have an awesome day chalked full of wonderful surprises.

Thank you Universe for sweet surprises.

Special Hello to: my sister …. soon, very soon.  Perhaps Sunday??

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 9th day of January, 2016.

Kind of rolls off your tongue …. Saturday the 9th day of January, 2016….. with a bit of a ring to it.

It is quiet here in my house at 8:27 a.m.

Looking out the office window the sky looks like dark and looming as it is overcast.

No sight of a sunrise.

None to be found.

We were up earlier at 5:40 a.m. (which is even late for Mr. Alvin) for Alvin’s breakfast.

It just did not seem like the time to be getting up to start this day.

I love just laying in bed … pondering things ….. dozing off …. waking up and then the “light comes on” and it feels like it is time to get up.

Alvin felt that way because when I made the move to get up a few minutes ago …. he literally did a couple of little jump hops before jumping off the bed.

A shower will be welcome this morning …. they help get the day going.

With no hint of sunshine it feels like bedtime not time to get up.

I find in the winter time it is hard to get going early in the morning or even at this time when the sky is overcast.

We have not had much sunshine this winter …..

 

My daughter will be coming in a couple of hours or so and that does make me want to get up and get going.

I have lots to do before her arrival.

I guess the lights in the house will mimic sunshine for now.

The warmth of the shower will feel somewhat like the warmth of the sun.

I will trick the energy into my body.

 

Perhaps wherever you are there is sunshine and the above is not an issue.

I hope there is sunshine where you are this very moment.

But for me and the one million plus people living in Edmonton …. lights and showers will have to do.

 

Have a Happy Saturday.

Be kind …. be respectful ….

Let’s show the Universe that the people of Earth are caring, compassionate and kind.

Let’s show the Universe that we deserve this beautiful planet.

Let’s show the Universe that we can.

 

Special Hello to: my fellow people of Earth …. have a great day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 7th day of January, 2016.

The past couple of days I have been home sick and am going to work today.

Still not feeling 100% but have to get back to work.

 

How has the world been the past couple of days?

I know that shots were fired in my daughter’s neighbourhood the day before last.

They are okay – thank goodness.

 

This whole mixed up world.

What is happening?

Why are we where we are?

Is anyone asking this question?

Does anyone care?

Is it because of man’s never ending need to be the most powerful / the richest?

Is it because we cannot stand to see someone else with more than us?

Is it because we never completely found compassion for one another?

Is it because we are never satisfied?

The list of questions could go on and on and I have to go to work but perhaps you see my point.

 

I have always tried to be kind and 98% of the time successful, I believe.

Is this a male / female thing?

I do not know.

But something has to change before we destroy ourselves and this beautiful gem in the universe.

Just feeling a little sad this morning ….. perhaps because I am not at my best …. it has me in reflection mode.

But I hope that one by one we can see the light and change things before it is too late.

Please go out of your way to be kind …. to help each other …..

Forget thinking that someone else will stop and help that person in need ….. it has to be you.

You are that person….

You must stop.

If we continue to pass by …. then we will not have learned perhaps the most important lesson of all …..

Compassion for those in need.

To help each other ….. to have community.

Without compassion there is no love.

Without compassion there is no kindness.

Without compassion there is …..

 

I hope that you have a wonderful day ….

Everything starts with you and me.

Special Hello to: my family and friends.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday December 31st, 2015.

Happy New Year’s Eve.

Normally Alvin wakes me up around 5:00 a.m. to have his breakfast.

Not this morning ….

I was laying awake when just after 7:00 a.m. the sound of sirens came closer to my house.

Jumping out of bed, I saw the first fire truck stop just on the other side of our duplex and then a second one stopped right in front of my house.

SCARED ME.

We went running downstairs ….. I could not see a fire anywhere ….

I opened the front door and did not see anyone out front.

We could hear the neighbour (not in the other half) but next door’s dog HOWLING.

I quickly fed Mr. Alvin his breakfast.

I put on my boots and we went out onto the deck and all of their lights were on …. Capone, their dog was pacing on the deck.

Something was wrong.

Alvin howled alongside for support.

There did not seem to be flames and no one from inside the house including the firemen were outside.

So that was a good sign.

I did not want to go out while the firemen were there so I just kept an eye out.

They were there for almost one hour ….. then they were gone.

So I decided to go to D & K’s and see if there was anything that I could do.

D & K and all four of their children and Capone were in the living room ….. reeling from what had just happened.

K said that the alarm detected smoke and went off but they were unable to find the source.

The fireman diligently checked every electrical outlet and the walls and could not find any fire.

While I was there …. we determined that the smell which the firemen said smelled like burnt wax was coming from the furnace register/vent by the front door.

We surmised that perhaps one of the young ones put a plastic figure or wax crayon down the register/vent.

The furnace had not kicked in so they turned up the thermostat and that smell definitely came from the front register/vent.

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I decided it was time for me to go home and offered my home for them if they needed to have the vents cleaned or whatever.

So home I came …. figured I had better get my blog wrote and have breakfast just in case they come over.

What a morning …. thank goodness everyone is okay.

This is a reminder to folks with small children to make sure that toys do not get put down the registers/vents.

We can breathe again.

Mr.  Alvin was worried for sure when he heard Capone howling he had howled in return.

So glad that all is well.

 

I was going to blog highlights from this year …. or perhaps plans for this next one but instead the Universe decided differently.

So I shall take this opportunity to put the word out:

A reminder for all …… be sure that you have smoke detectors and that they are in working order.

A fire extinguisher …. they have one … I do not, and I will be purchasing one right away.

Make sure that you have a plan in case of an emergency.

DO NOT LEAVE CANDLES BURNING UNATTENDED.

Your life can change so quickly …. make certain that your house is safe on this New Year’s Eve and every night.

 

Take care.

 

Special Hello to: EVERYONE …. Happy New Year’s Eve.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 29th day of April, 2014.

The second last day ever for April in the year of 2014.

How crazy is that?

Well it is.

If we ever dare think about in that respect.

This is the last time we will ever have this day, these minutes and moments.

I am savouring these for sure.

At this very nanosecond my life is picture perfect.

Alvin and I are in great health.

We have the best family and friends on the planet or in the universe for that matter.

We live in a beautiful home and have a yard.

The sky is pale blue with the sun rising up higher and higher.

I have a job … make that two.

I can hear the birds singing and my heart beating.

Doesn’t get better than that …..

Life is grand.

I have so much to be thankful for at this very moment.

Take a moment and peel the layers back.

Think about it …. at this very nanosecond …. this very moment …… how great is your life?

You can make it whatever you wish.

Life is like a canvas ….. you draw some lines …… put them together and colour it in …..

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Elton and Penny are coming to visit Mr. Alvin today.

He is excited …… I can see it in the gleam of his eyes.

Special Hello to: all those people who know they are the artist ….. happy drawing.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

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Good Afternoon and Welcome to Saturday the 14th day of December, 2013.

Just over a week now until the big day …. how did that happen?

Seems like only yesterday it was Halloween.

Had to sleep in this morning as I worked both jobs yesterday, and till midnight at the store as the mall had their MIDNIGHT MADNESS.  

I can just barely see some sunlight peering through the blue clouds.

Oh, how I wish that the sun would shine.

Please I hope and pray that moisture stays away for awhile.

I shovelled this morning before my daughter brought Mr. Alvin home …. at the entrance to the garage …. I shovelled Thursday night ….

There is no room to put any more snow.

I am now throwing it between our garages ….

The deck looks like someone threw a snow bomb back there.

The roof tops ….. I hope it melts some before we get more.

But alas there is more snow in the forecast.

But a girl can hope …. and pray …. and then hope again and then pray and WISH.

My sister had a Friday the 13th story, that I just read and I would love to share with you.

My sister and (her son) my nephew were supposed to be coming to Alberta to visit one of my brothers.

She was all ready to go …showered …. makeup done ….. just going to put a couple of things in a bag, and go downstairs to feed the kitties when she heard a SSHHHH ….

Running downstairs to the bathroom she saw that the pipe from the toilet had sprang loose, and water was spraying everywhere.

Spraying her in her face and soaking her from head to toe.

Just like in the movies.

Panicking she called my nephew and no answer.

So she called her boyfriend and no answer, then she called his work number and he rushed over and turned off the water.

She was able to get in touch with her son and found out he had during the night  come down with the flu, and not the kind that you can travel with …. was unable to come to help.

His wife came in with their shop vac so at least they could mop up most of the excess water.

My sister was able to get hold of a plumber recommended by my nephew and he came out within a couple of hours.

She also phoned our brother, and he said the roads were terrible and it was still snowing.

These are her exact words and they are perfect:

My take on all of this …. We weren’t supposed to go yesterday!!!!!  Something not only stopped one of us, BUT BOTH OF US RIGHT IN OUR TRACKS.  Now that’s a message from the universe if I’ve ever heard one.

So true.

See the Universe always tells you what to do or at least points you in the right direction if only you listen.

Thank goodness it was a strong message.

You see the important part of this story is …… where my brother is living in Alberta the roads were terrible and it was storming.  No travel was recommended.  If my nephew had not come down out of the blue with this bad flu and the water pipe had not burst they would have been on the road.  

Thank you Universe for keeping my family safe.

HUGE REMINDER TO LISTEN TO THAT INNER VOICE ….. THE UNIVERSE AND SOMETIMES IT IS AN OBVIOUS PIPE BURSTING OR STOMACH FLU THAT STOPS YOU RIGHT IN YOUR TRACKS.

OKAY, now it is time to check on the laundry and then take Mr. Alvin for a much deserved walk.

Special Hello and THANK YOU to: THE UNIVERSE.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Welcome to Thursday, May 17th, 2012.

OMG, what a gorgeous morning ….. with the rain last night the air smells so amazing.

That wee bit of rain just gave the grass and trees a drink of Mother Nature’s nectar that will nourish them and help them grow GREEN.

I love the morning air ….. feels so refreshing……

What is your favourite time of day?

I must admit that I also love the evenings.

The sunsets, the moon and the stars making their appearances.

It is so amazing that because of how the Universe works …. we have day and then night.

Sunshine, and then the moon and the stars.

It is all so cool, amazing, awesome and so interesting.

One thing I have always dreamed of was going into outer space, not necessarily as an astronaut but just as a traveller.

So in my dreams I go to those places in my imagination.

We are so blessed to have different times of the day.

I am so blessed to be able to enjoy them all.

I hope that on this day that you will take a few moments to just stand still or sit down for a moment to enjoy all that is offered to us on a daily basis.

Have a fantastic day.

I am wishing for some rain so that I can see those wonderful rainbows, another one of nature’s wonders.

Special Hello:  to all those morning folks out there enjoying a cup of coffee on their patio or decks….

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

How many times have you just missed a great opportunity?

How did that make you feel?

Did you feel upset because it cost you?

Did you feel mad at yourself for not keeping on top of things?

Did you feel wronged by the universe?

Did you play the “blame game”?

OR

Did you feel lucky that you in fact had an opportunity?

Did you feel blessed that because you know in your heart that there is something WAY better on it’s way to you?

Did you feel joy and love, just because that is your way?

I know that I have felt all of those “emotions” at one point or other.

Lately it has been perhaps a bit more.

But even though I have those moments which might even stretch to minutes or hours ….

I find my way back to love, joy and gratitude.

Because I know and have a deep seeded faith that everything will work out for the best.

Sometimes it might take a bit longer to get there because you throw up those roadblocks of self-pity and negativity.

So if you find yourself on this Friday or any other day …. in a less than perfect situation where an opportunity has passed you by …

simply “surround yourself with love”.

Love can “your favourite music, pet, friends, family, flowers …. or anything really.  Just something that makes you feel GREAT.

Love will fill your heart and keep you on track.

So for this Friday, July the 8th of 2011 ….. with my Alvin squeaking to be lifted to look out of the office window …. I

bid you all a fond farewell…..

Happy Friday everyone and have a SPECTACULAR weekend.

 

Always, Carol

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