Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to the 8th day of August, 2017.

The skies are overcast but the weather channel had forecasted sunny skies for today (last night’s report).

I hope that the sun shines.

Lots of birthdays today …..

Happy Birthday to:  Niece-in-law “S”,  little “A”, cousin “T” and my dear friend “K”

August is a huge birthday month in my family and with several of my friends.

My friend “K” celebrates her birthday today and mine tomorrow.

 

We are almost ready for all the company descending upon us today.

Some dropping by for a visit while in the area visiting in-laws.

My brother will arrive from Calgary later this afternoon.

 

Started the prep work for supper so that I am prepared.

Bedding changed for a change in the guest room occupant.

 

Alvin is loving having the company.

Wonder what he will think when my nephew and his family arrive?

 

Happy Tuesday.

Have a great day.

Excited to see everyone …..

 

Special Hello to: Birthday Celebrators

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 10th day of June, 2017.

The sky is overcast and it is windy.

Inside the house is cool ….. no it is cold.

But no furnace is being turned on at this time.

I decided to make a choice to be more upbeat and positive at work.

Making it deliberate.

Sometimes in my job it is not the easiest thing to do but even my co-workers noticed a difference.

We can always make that choice – does not matter what is going on in your life.

Make the choice to be kind, love, receptive and abundant and then all things are possible.

If you send out this most perfect blend of energy it will come back to you.

After all you receive what you give.

Needless to say I had the best day at work.

I did not take things personally.

I realize that not everyone sees things with principles.

It is a gentle reminder that no matter how badly people act you must find a way to treat them in the manner to which you would like to be treated.

I have found that when you have that good energy it is most difficult for people to keep up the negative and poor behaviour.

Win – win for everyone.

 

Alvin and I are super excited as my daughter, his sister and our beloved Miss Aspen are coming for a visit.

Aspen has a Doctor Appointment.

My daughter is taking me to COSTCO.

I cannot believe that I am actually excited about going to COSTCO on a Saturday and a rainy one at that.

The fridge is pretty bare and the pantry.

We have made due and used mostly everything up and it is time to refill the fridge and pantry.

I made up a recipe to use a can of pumpkin that I had in the pantry making the most delectable “Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins.”

They were perfect for lunch with some vegetables.

It will be nice to be restocked, for sure.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE:

A few days ago I had an idea to write my thoughts about turning “60.”

It came to me a little while later to do a Countdown: 60 Days to 60.

It doesn’t really seem real to me to be turning sixty.

Kind of crazy actually.

I will add a Category to this blog: Countdown: 60 Days to 60.

So starting tomorrow Sunday, June 11, 2017 being the 60th day and ending on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 being my Birthday; I will write.

There will be daily remarks, observations, feelings, thoughts, and perhaps pearls of wisdoms.

This will be fun.

 

Well gotta run and get ready for our company.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: my family and friends who without I would be just a female human being.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 19th day of February, 2017.

Well after some snow last night, I see shovelling in my immediate future.

Front sidewalks, deck and driveway at the back.

I just have to recant a cute story from actually just a few minutes ago.

Alvin wanted to go outside.

He took with him one of his chew treats.

Just as he went out – we both noticed a Magpie sitting on top of the fence with one of Alvin’s chew treats in his/her beak.

Well, I chuckled out loud while Alvin jumped up to try and retrieve the chew treat but the Magpie was too quick and flew away.

It was one of the cutest things that I have ever seen but happened so quickly that I had no chance to grab my camera.

Note: to Alvin, do not leave your chew treats on the deck.

I would have loved to have seen the Magpie picking it out of the snow.

Time to go and shovel.

My daughter and grand-puppies are coming for a visit this morning.

I guess that will depend on the highway.

I would not blame her if she passed …..

The plan is to have pancakes with a surprise ingredient.

I will not say as she usually reads my blog.

So if you have snow or even if you do not …..

Somedays you just need some beautiful flowers.

Okay, perhaps a lot of pretty flowers.

After you glimpse these beautiful flowers – simple close your eyes and imagine the most glorious fragrances.

Now what a great way to start your Sunday.

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Summer of 2009, my first summer here in Edmonton

Summer of 2009, my first summer here in Edmonton

More pretty flowers......from my first summer in Edmonton

More pretty flowers……from my first summer in Edmonton

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Finding a place to showcase this piece…

Beautiful roses, Not long away, My gift to you, Happy Easter .....

Beautiful roses,
Not long away,
My gift to you,
Happy Easter …..

Flowers for Easter ..... Happy Spring.

Flowers for Easter ….. Happy Spring.

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Flowers

Flowers in the garage ready to be planted.

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More flowers

More flowers

My flowers .... so proud

My flowers …. so proud

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Flowers still blooming late in the season

Flowers still blooming late in the season

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The flowers are from over the past few years. Some from my garden, others from Devonian Gardens near Edmonton, a painting, special occasions and more

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina……

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

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

What a glorious past couple of days and I am sad that my friend will be going home tomorrow.

We have one more evening and early morning together.

Alvin has grown quite attached, and even Mr. Elton was happy to have a new friend.

You know him he sometimes takes a while to warm up to people.

Last night when I arrived home from work in the rain I opened the door to find my friend standing in the kitchen starting to make buns.

She had arrived to the house a few minutes before that and was making the preparations for the buns.

So lucky me now has fresh cinnamon buns, cheese buns and regular buns.

How grateful, and happy for those treats am I.

It was another fast paced evening between the kids coming for Elton, watching over my “Cinder” (neighbour’s pet), making supper, we walked, the buns, of course, visiting, clean-up and visiting.

The minutes just zipped by.

It was another 11:30 night but I am so happy to have had this opportunity.

She is such a great person and friend.

Alvin is so smitten with her ….. he lays beside her in the protection pose.

So cute.

He is wondering this morning as she is still in bed as there is no reason for her to be up and out at this crazy early time.

The air is so humid.

So humid in fact that by the time I leave the house my eyebrows have come off.

Okay shall I explain.

Everyone knows as you get older you hair lightens and finally turns white or grey.

Well mine have lightened a LOT.

So I have befriended an eyebrow pencil.

I have been using them for years just to add a bit more depth and colour.

Well now I really need that good old pencil.

So I had better check them out as I fear they have melted in this humidity.

Well almost time to pack my lunch into my back pack and head out to work.

Almost the end.

This weekend marks the beginning of K-Days (big city fair).

We are having a pancake breakfast at work tomorrow morning so that will be nice.

Short day as we close so that everyone can take in the parade.

Busy weekend ahead with Open House for Steeped Tea at my neighbours, garage sale in my garage for a friend, my Tea Tasting on Sunday.

Time to go here.

I hope that you have an amazing Thursday.

Special Hello to: all those people visiting friends and family – we thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday December 30, 2015.

Today is the second last day of 2015.

I noticed this morning that the temperature seems to be warming.

It has been cold the past few days.

 

Yesterday my friend “P” and her grand-puppy George came for a visit.

Alvin was so excited when he saw them come up the walk.

I opened the door just a crack at first so that he would not escape.

When they were on the porch I opened the door and Alvin ran toward little George growling as he zoomed by me.

I immediately ran and grabbed him as he got close to little George.

“P” picked up George and we all got into the house …. too cold for standing around outside.

 

Alvin continued with the growling and I was confused.

This is not his usual demeanour …. sometimes with bigger dogs he growls but not with little one

 

I took George from my friend so that she could remove her coat, mitts, scarf and boots.

All of a sudden we heard this loud whistle and I realized it was the tea kettle.

I ran to the kitchen to remove the kettle from the burner ….

George squirming all of the time …. it was like holding a wild animal and I ended up with a few scratches.

Once “P” was settled she took hold of George still squirming like crazy …

I grabbed Alvin and held him.

My friend put George outside for a minute.

He just whined.

Back into the house.

Alvin growled.

I put Alvin outside ….

Did not work.

Too cold for one thing …..

 

We were not off to a great start.

 

After only a few minutes my friend decided that this was not going to work and decided to go home.

No tea …. I was sad.

Mr. Alvin …. what came into him.

Perhaps it was the fact that he was small and so full of energy.

I do not think he would have hurt him but then again I could not be certain.

My friend did leave me some treats she had brought over …… so thoughtful.

She gave me homemade meat pies and what her family lovingly refer to as “moose poop.”

It is a sweet treat.

There is a long story …..

Another time.

 

Alas the tea party lasted for less than 15 minutes.

We joked that at least they warmed up before leaving for home.

I was sad.

 

I did manage to snap a couple of photos that George stood still in …. most of them he was moving so much they were blurry.

Isn’t he the cutest little fur ball you have ever seen?

Apparently he will not get much bigger than this.

So cute and so full of puppy power.

George

George

 

My friend and I post phoned tea for a later time.

George

George

I was unable to get one of him facing me……

 

Well onto another day …. halfway through the ten days off from work.

I hope that you are enjoying your days.

Looks like another sunny day …..

Have a great Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: everyone who reads our blogs …. thank you.

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.

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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.

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In flight ..... gotcha

In flight ….. gotcha

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

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

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Thought for the day……

Good Afternoon and it is Saturday the 31st day of January, 2015.

The last day of January.

January has been a great month filled with great weather and for the great progress made by my nephew.

He is smiling and although he does not speak as yet he communicates in other ways.

It is so wonderful …… he has come such a long way and although he has a long journey ahead …. to see him here is fantastic.

 

Alvin and I made a trip first thing to the vet for his pedicure and for his “bum squeezing” (sounds better than the gland something or other).

Me and the pups are here now …. doing laundry ….. well not them but me.

The kids are out and out shopping and stuff.

My daughter and I did some shovelling earlier as we received some of the white stuff from Mother Nature.

She always loves to surprise us.

 

One of the big moments today was a phone call from my dear friend “L” who lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

When we both lived in Regina we used to go out for supper and coffees catching up.

We met working for the same company.

He is a retired, married, grandfather who is one of the best people I know.

When I lived in Regina and they in Saskatoon whenever they came home we always got together.

His wife is such a sweetheart.

My friend has some health issues making it hard to get out and about but he calls me all the time.

I miss him greatly.

 

Well time to finish some housework and see what the barking is all about downstairs.

Actually “Casey” our little visitor is growling …. likely someone walking by.

Alvin is upstairs with me.

Elton and Penny are laying on the sofa by the kitchen window watching for the return of Mom and Dad.

 

It is a wonderful quiet, lazy day.

Watching HGTV channel as I roam about the house.

 

I am so grateful for my life …. my home …. my family ….. my friends …..

Thank you.

 

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “L” … miss you buddy.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 9th day of November, 2014.

Well we have snow …..

My sister and her guy were here for the day yesterday.

We had a great visit and spent most of the day in and out of the car.

But it was a very great one.

I got up early and started laundry, gave Mr. Alvin a hair cut, fed Aussie (neighbour’s cat), gave Alvin a bath, visited with my sister when they arrived, then to the Vet, then home shortly, then to the hospital, then home shortly to feed all of the babies and then out for supper at West Edmonton Mall and then did some window shopping as we did not find anything that caught our eyes and then back home where we visited for a bit and then they were gone to the hotel by 9:30.

So busy day but I would not trade it for anything.

My nephew improves with each visit and I know one of these days he is just going to open his eyes and give us a look.

I am just enjoying a cup of coffee before heading out to the store to work for the day.

I am so grateful that the kids are here for Mr. Alvin or I would not be able to work these crazy hours.

I hope that you had a great weekend.

Special Hello to: my family all over the country …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

P.S. thank you for reading my blog …… it means the world to me.

Thought for the day…..

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

Well we have snow.

It started sometime in the wee hours of the morning and is still coming down.

Nothing like continuous snowfall for the first one.

 

My sister and her boyfriend will be here shortly and Alvin has a hair cut on the agenda so must get to it.

I am so excited to see them.

We are going to visit my nephew in the hospital to see how he is doing.

A GREAT DAY AHEAD.

 

I hope that you are having a great day surrounded by love and laughter.

Spread the wealth ….. love and laughter …..

Have a great weekend.

So excited ….. almost time for them to come.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 9th day of July, 2014.

I hope this morning greets you with great joy and happiness.

May you feel full of love and compassion.

May you always be surrounded by laughter and kindness.

May you always show love, compassion and kindness to all you meet.

Let us practice simple kindness today.

Make this “KIND WEDNESDAY” ……

The beginning of something extra special.

I wish kindness would take over the world.

The sun is shining here in Edmonton and there is a nice cool breeze.

Another hot day is in our forecast.

Alvin and I waited until late last night to go for a walk.

It was after 9:00 (late for those of us who go to bed usually just about that time).

Anyway there was a bit of a breeze so made our walk comfortable.

My friend “P” was in her yard watering flowers when we came around her side of the lake.

We stopped to visit.

She has a gorgeous yard …… every year it grows more beautiful.

Well comes the time to prepare for the puppies arrival.

Too hot for them to be without air conditioning.

So my grand-puppies are on their way over to spend the day with Alvin.

Good company.

Soon they shall be here everyday.

That will be extra lovely.

Have a kind Wednesday everyone.

Peace to you all.

Special Hello to: all those folks who practice kindness on a regular basis.  Thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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