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.


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 …..





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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 ….


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.


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 Sunday the 31st day of January, 2016.

Last day for January, 2016.

I just remembered as I was going to bed that I need to pick up my bus pass.

Will have to go out and pick that up today.


Yesterday was a good day.

Alvin had a good report …. the lump had “broken up” over the past couple of days so the Doctor is pretty certain that it is a cyst.

It must have had an exit spot and drained in the inside as there was nothing on the outside.

She told me to keep an eye on it and if there were any changes other than it getting smaller to call right away.

I will keep an eye on it …..


The sky is overcast for the most part except for small clearing to the south …. that is my view from the office window.

The sun shone yesterday which was nice but it was not quite as warm as it had been.

We have had a beautiful January …… only a couple of bitterly cold days.

Normally January is cold, cold, cold.

Still chipping away at that ice out front and have managed to get most of it cleared.

As my small friend said “it is hard work.”


Tomorrow is February …… wow….

I have some Family Birthdays, Valentine’s Day and Family Day.

We get Family Day off here in Alberta so that is nice …. a long weekend coming up.


Well my “TO DO” list remains a yard long so I best be getting to it.

I keep thinking of things that need to be done …. some are small things..

Oh well …. that is life.


Getting to it …..

Have a great January 31st and enjoy your Sunday.


Special Hello to: everyone who has a daunting list of things to do …. just do one thing at a time…. start at the top ….. cross them off when completed…. You will get there.

Always, Carol and Alvin




Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 14th day of February, 2015.

It is VALENTINE’s DAY and also the BIRTHDAY of my son-in-law’s sister “H” ……

Seems like there are so many Birthdays this month.

There were at least three people with birthdays this month at the office.

My sister’s birthday.

I have several friends with birthdays this month.

I have two nephews with birthdays in February.

A BUSY Month for sure.

Last night on my way home from work there was freezing rain which was followed by white fluffy snow.

What a combination.

I have some photos to share.


I would like to take this time to wish every single living breathing creature on this planet a “Happy Heart’s Day.”

May your life be filled with kindness and respect, warmth and safety.

I believe that every living creature deserves the opportunity to live in peaceful, loving surroundings.


Happy Valentine’s Day to me Alvin …… the guy who makes my heart go pitter patter …..

Happy Valentine’s Day to my Daughter ….. my first born who makes the stars shine in my sky …..

Happy Valentine’s Day to my Sister and  Brothers ….. to whom my life has meaning …….

Happy Valentine’s Day to my family …. who keep me grounded and loved……

Happy Valentine’s Day to my Friends ….. you all give me strength to start a new day ……

Happy Valentine’s Day to my Son-in-law …… who gives me a new perspective on life ……

Happy Valentine’s Day to You …. you give me joy …..


Special Hello: to each and everyone on this beautiful sunny day ….. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

My version of taco salad .... salad ... and all the fixings.

My version of taco salad …. salad … and all the fixings.

the fixings .... this was a supper we had a couple of weeks ago..

the fixings …. this was a supper we had a couple of weeks ago..

Casey, a friend who visited us for a week not long ago.

Casey, a friend who visited us for a week not long ago.

Cuteness .... Alvin and Casey.  That was surely Casey's spot ... the stool.

Cuteness …. Alvin and Casey. That was surely Casey’s spot … the stool.

My friend's birthday party last weekend.

My friend’s birthday party last weekend.

Last Saturday two ravens flew onto our street.  They were the size of a small dog.  Thank goodness there were no little ones outside.

Last Saturday two ravens flew onto our street. They were the size of a small dog. Thank goodness there were no little ones outside.


Thought was a pretty shot .... trying to get the ravens as they flew out of my shot.

Thought was a pretty shot …. trying to get the ravens as they flew out of my shot.


In flight ..... gotcha

In flight ….. gotcha


SNOW AND MORE SNOW.... bright and sunny this morning.

SNOW AND MORE SNOW…. bright and sunny this morning.


Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 1st day of February, 2015.

Good-bye January it was a great month and February will be an even greater month, RIGHT !!

We are off to a good – good start as the sun is shining and the temperature feels pretty good.

I didn’t check to see what the exact number is but I usually go by what it feels like when I  go outside.

So February is a good month.

We have Valentine’s Day ……

We have Family Day here in Canada and in the U.S. there is President’s Day.

I wonder do other countries celebrate similar holidays?

Alvin is looking out the window from the vantage point of our bed.

Did I say “our?”

What a guy…… he’s my boy that is for sure.

Just getting ready here to go to work at the store ….. certainly the mall will be busy today.

People like to shop on Sundays almost as much as they like to shop on Saturdays.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Sunday.

Time for me to go and have another cup of coffee as mine is half full and half cold.

I am getting a ride to work.

Today our four-legged visitor for the past week …. Mr. Casey goes back home.

His family is now back from a trip to Mexico …

We shall all  miss Casey very much.

Such a cute little guy.

I will post some photos later of all of our pups.

Special Hello to:  You on this great Sunday morning.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to a “Slightly Confused Carol” on this overcast Sunday the 16th of February, 2014.

What happened?

I don’t believe it.

How could it happen?

Is it an age thing?

On both Friday and yesterday – I forgot to write on my blog.

I was busy but what does that matter.

Wow, I missed blogging about Valentine’s Day …. how did that happen?

Then yesterday, too.

Valentine’s Day I scored some chocolate, a visit with my friend “G” and was surrounded by love and laughter.

Alvin had a pedicure ….. ( I told the girls at the Vet’s ….. “Alvin’s Momma could use a pedicure, too.”  We giggled.)

Yesterday I scored again by spending the day with my daughter as we worked on our jewellery.

We had coffee – laughed – made jewellery – had lunch – laughed and made more jewellery.

Alvin and I had a lovely walk just after his supper.

The sun shone both days.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and Saturday.

Did you get out for a romantic dinner?

Perhaps a movie and some chocolate.

Did you get to that “to do” list yesterday and knock some items off?

No matter what you are doing and even if you forget the odd thing along the way ….. that’s life.

Just enjoy it and live well in the moment.

Have a great Sunday.

I am on my way to work shortly.

Sundays are always interesting at the store.

You never know how people are feeling …..

I know that I am feeling great.

Remember to love …..

Special Hello to: my sister – if you see this – we should SKYPE tomorrow morning before I go to work. ……

Always, Carol and Alvin


Me and Alvin Oct 2013

Me and Alvin Oct 2013

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday, February 15th, 2013…..

What a grand day ….. my day started (after breakfast) with a SKYPE call to my dear sister ….

We got carried away and visited for almost 1.5 hours but it was so sweet …. I miss seeing her …..

I just wanted to say how grateful I am for the thoughtful gifts I received on Valentine’s Day.

I received a “chocolate brownie square” from two thoughtful co-workers (couple) at the office and then my so sweet kids ….. bought pasta for supper (from their favourite pasta place).

So I had a lovely supper ……thank you ….. for a wonderful VALENTINE’S DAY.

Anyway, I just wanted to share those things.

I hope that you are having a great Friday ……

I will be back on Monday …..

Have a great weekend.

Special Hello: to all those people who take the time to read my blog …. I am eternally grateful.


Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..


Good Thursday Morning, it’s February 14th, 2013 and VALENTINE’s DAY.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

I hope that you are having a great day thus far.

Here are a few photos of my loves:

Posting this just because "ALVIN" is so cute here....

My Alvin


My beautiful daughter Amanda - whose light shines bright!

My beautiful daughter Amanda – whose light shines bright!


My handsome son-in-law with a big big SMILE!!

My handsome son-in-law with a big big SMILE!!

My grand-puppies Penny & Elton .... so cute.

My grand-puppies Penny & Elton …. so cute.

My siblings and I with our Grandfather .... a long time ago....

My siblings and I with our Grandfather …. a long time ago….


My cousins .... love is definitely still in the air ..... after 40 years plus now..

My cousins …. love is definitely still in the air ….. after 40 years plus now..


Gotta have flowers on Valentine's Day..... just for you.

Gotta have flowers on Valentine’s Day….. just for you.

Lookin' Out the Window.....

Lookin’ Out the Window…..




Alzin & Selena at Auntie Carol's

Azlin & Selena ….. 


Bracelet .... we made...

Bracelet …. we made…

I could do this all day ….. so many photos of loves.

These are only a few.  Some of the photos of people are from many years ago but I love the photos.

I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Share your love and be kind.

Happy Valentine’s Day from me and Alvin to you and yours……

Special Hello: to all my Family and Friends …. Happy Valentine’s Day…


Alway Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and today is WEDNESDAY, February 6th, 2013 …..

As we reach the mid point of the first week in February …… what are we thinking about?

I started out thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day ……

So for work I cut out all sorts of different Valentine’s …. pink hearts, red, rose pattern and the like.

So now my filing cabinet looks like a card shop all covered with hearts.

The colours make me feel happy …. my heart skips a beat ….. partially due to the fact that I love ROSES.

I made sure that I made some hearts from some rose covered wrapping paper that I had at home.

Also I decorated my fireplace with hearts at home so Alvin and I could enjoy them in the evenings and on weekends.

I gave one heart to all of my co-workers just in case Alvin does not have the time to make me one …. I at least gave one to others.

Does that make sense?

Sort of at this time of the morning.

I have not had my coffee yet so …. okay, there is my excuse.  LOL.

Anyway, I think doing small things like decorating your filing cabinet with pink and red hearts can be fun and also give you a boost whenever you see them.

I know they have caused some conversation at the office …. so that is good.

Well time to fly ….. gotta get to work so that I can have my coffee, don’t you know.

So from me and Mr. Alvin .. have a great Wednesday.


Special Hello to: all those makers of HEARTS …… give them away …… everyone deserves a heart …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and WELCOME TO the FIRST DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2013 …..

I love the month of February ….

It is the month of hearts …… VALENTINES.

So I feel an affinity there …..

I love anything that celebrates LOVE.

We should always be feeling love in our hearts and minds.

The kind of love that builds a wondrous planet with kindness, safety and peace.

The kind of love that makes children feel sale in their homes and minds.

The kind of love that makes people want to live and go on to bigger and better things.

The kind of love that we all should have in our lives.

So on this snowy Friday which is my day off and I am loving it.

Soon I shall be SKYPING with my sister and enjoying a cup of coffee.

Followed by a visit from my daughter …. I am so lucky.

There will be shovelling and hopeful a walk for Mr. Alvin

Then I will work at the store tonight…..

A great day for me.

I hope that today will be a great day for you, too.


Special Hello to:  all those people who share love and kindness…

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Happy Wednesday February 1st, 2012.

February …… the month of “all things heart shaped” …… Valentine’s Day.

I love the thought of that day …… receiving flowers from that special someone.

Picking up a cute teddy for a special child.

Perhaps picking up a box of your best friend’s favourite chocolate.

Then there are always the gifts straight from the heart requiring no cash, cheque or credit card.

Those are the best kind.

You can give coupons (made specially by you) or else a verbal promise to:

(ideas) take out the trash for a month, babysit for someone, walk a friend’s dog, cook something and take it to someone who lives alone, visit seniors, shovel a sidewalk, invite a neighbour over for coffee, help someone with a special project and the list goes on….. use your imagination.

What do you think about Valentine’s Day?

I think simply that it is an extra special time to show people how much you care.

We should “care” all of the time but it is great to have a “national” day ……, I think.

So if you are contemplating doing something ……. just do it.

Make someone’s day…… doesn’t have to be ten dozen roses ……

Have a great February 1st ..

Special Hello: to all the angels wandering this earth …… thank you.

Always, Carol and of course, ALVIN …..

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