Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of May, 2017.

Well quite the difference this morning.

Yesterday was sunny and HOT – 28 degrees celsius.

This morning WINDY and raining and has cooled off.

Last night when I arrived home from work I found the house quite warm so I turned on the A/C.

Poor little Alvin.

We even put off our walk until later in the evening.

 

On the way to the park we stopped at our friends house to see how Presley was doing and of course, the family.

They lost their beloved Lola this passed Saturday to an unleashed dog.

Please be responsible and if taking your pup for a walk – put a leash on him or her.

No reason to be out and about and not paying attention to your doggie.

If you have them outside for a walk and fresh air in a public place – on a leash and actually spend time with them.

Now due to this irresponsible person this pit bull will either have a very poor qualify of life due to the restraints placed on him or may have no life at all.

Breaks my heart.

Such unnecessary damage done ….

I want to add one more note here ….. I notice so many folks out walking with their dogs with their heads bent down gazing at that rectangular screen.

They have no idea who is coming or going.

They have no idea if their doggie eats something they should not.

Pay attention.

 

Well time to leave for work.

I will  be taking my umbrella but with this wind not sure if it will do much good.

Thankfully it is not raining at this moment.

Perhaps I will make it to the bus stop without having to use the umbrellie.

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Be kind and responsible.

 

Special Hello to: You.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 21st day of May, 2017.

Another glorious morning here in Edmonton.

Alvin officially has the title of “Out of bed Enforcer.”

He will do whatever it takes to get his Momma out of bed ….. this morning starting at before 4:00 a.m.

I have to just get up stay up.

Not perhaps at 4:00 a.m. but the next time he instructs me.

We are just on our way out for a morning walk …. there is plenty of sunshine and a slight breeze making it PERFECTO.

I must tell you about our yesterday ….

Yesterday it started with mowing the grass in the back, transplanting some flowers my friend “P” gave us, cleaning the back garden and the rocks.

While I was trying to dig out the rose bush that has been unhealthy for a few years …. I had to ask for help.

Just happened that Alvin noticed our neighbour “S” at her patio door ……

She was over in a second to help remove the rose bush and then ended up helping to pull out the huge shrub.

It was the centre piece of that garden but showed absolutely no signs of life.

Brown and broken …..no green.

So we dug it out.

The roots were huge.

So the garden is a mess.

Two small shrubs remain.

I cleaned the rocks.

Now it is ready for me to remove them, pull out the black cloth and fill the garden with some good soil.

So we are part way there.

I can hardly wait to go and get some flowers.

My flowers in the front bed are growing like crazy well at least most of them.

I had to pull out two that I had purchased from a nearby nursery about three years ago. ARGH.

Not sure how much dirt I am going to need.

BAGS or maybe a yard of dirt or half a yard?

How much really is a yard of dirt?

I have seen the bags that are a yard and honestly do not get it?

Well Mr. Alvin is ready for our walk and perhaps a little adventure.

Time to grab his water bottle.

Have an awesome Sunday.

We, will.

Then home after the walk – make some coffee – perhaps enjoy some on the deck under the umbrella and then bake a chocolate ginger loaf (from Steeped Tea) for the barbecue.

Happy Sunday……

YAY ….. it is summer.

No longer are we freezing in the house.

Last night it was 72 degrees in the house – 12 degrees warmer than two days ago.

Special Hello to: all those folks who take the time to follow our story ….. me and Alvin.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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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 Tuesday the 9th day of May, 2017.

Well the sky is overcast somewhat with patches of a lighter blue sky.

I cannot see the sun rising but I know it is happening.

Morning is here and the day has begun.

 

Last night my friend “P” called just as Alvin and I were about to head out for our walk.

She wondered if I might be interested in some extra plants?

Well no second thought there, of course “yes.”

She is my English friend that has the most amazing garden(s) and yard.

Last year she gave me several plants and I am happy to report that they are coming up and are green.

I can hardly wait to see the colours ……

So last night I planted a grass plant and some ferns.

The grass plant in the back and the fern in the front flower bed.

The remaining plants are here in the house until the major threat of frost is over.

Some of those plants in the house are “snapdragons” and I love their delicate flowers.

So exciting.

I am so blessed as I have some of the most kind and generous friends on the planet.

 

Well almost time to hit the road for the bus.

Dressing a bit warmer than original planned as it feels cooler outside.

I can always remove a layer.

 

Have an awesome Tuesday.

Thank you for reading my blog.

 

You know that it does not take much to make someone’s day.

Remember that during your travels.

I will.

 

Special Hello to: my sister and nieces ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 3rd day of May, 2017.

The SUN is rising in the eastern sky and the view from my south facing window is gorgeous.

Blue sky with high lights of sun beams.

How lucky am I?

Very…….

 

Well today I wrote my “3286” entry in my Gratitude Journal.

That translates to approximately 9 years in a row of writing every morning.

I pretty much have been writing every morning for decades but this is all about GRATITUDE.

It is an awesome way to begin each day.

Also this is my 7th year of writing this blog.

Cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by.

This past January was 7 years since I adopted Mr. Alvin.

My daughter turned 37 years in March.

I will be 60 in August.

I have worked at my office job here for 5 years last November.

So many milestones.I am one lucky woman.

 

If you sometimes think that you have not accomplished anything or are just feeling lowly …. sit down and make a list.

I guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised.

 

Well it is time for me to leave and Alvin needs to go outside.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 1st day of May, 2017.

Well April showers hopefully will bring May flowers.

We had a great couple of days to close out April.

Yesterday only a few minutes after I finished raking the front lawn including my neighbours we received HAIL.

YIKES.

Thunder shower with hail that is how we ended April 2017.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk.

We only were a few houses away from home when we bumped into neighbour/friends so we had a short chat to catch up.

We have changed our regular walk as the pathway around the lake has been wet and muddy.

So as we were on our way around the big lake – friends of ours spotted us and of course, we went to join them.

We ended up chatting for quite some time before we decided just to walk together on our way home.

The temperature was perfect …. no wind …… just perfect.

We listened to the frogs in the lake and birds chirping from the trees.

People stopped to say hello with their dogs.

We met even more nice people and their fur-babies.

Absolute perfection.

 

After reaching home I went about finishing the last two loads of laundry, raking the back yard and then decided I may as well rake the front.

Why wait – perhaps it was not as wet as I had previously thought.

I was right.

So rake both mine and the neighbours.

Just in time as the thunder shower with hail happened just a few minutes later ….

 

After I make the fridge oatmeal, lunch and got supper into the oven – we had time to catch up on THE VOICE.

Such a lot of talented singers.

 

I noticed on FB, something that made me beam with pride.

At a recent hockey game in Edmonton when it came time for the guest to sing “The American National Anthem” there was a mic hiccup so he rallied the crowd and they sang.

It was amazing.

So Canadian Hockey FANS singing the American National Anthem and sounded like they knew the words.

Made me proud.

Thank you guys.

 

Well here we are time for me to leave for the bus.

Sun coming up …… promises to be a great day.

 

Happy Monday.

Be well everyone.

 

Special Hello: thank you sister for the lovely chat via SKYPE last night.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 23rd day of April, 2017.

Woke up to this ….. all I can is ARGH, ARGH and ARGH.

Yesterday we had NO snow ….. it was a rain/snow mix but the snow was melting as it made touchdown to the earth.

Poor Alvin as you can see from his tracks was almost hidden as he climbed up the stairs on the deck.

I was not fast enough to grab the camera to show that ….. but when he came to the door ….. he gave me that look ….. check out the last photo!

He had snow packed on his little legs and paws and belly.

Welcome to WINTER or a SNOWY SPRING.

I should not be surprised this can happen in April.

By the end of the next three days we should have a couple of feet.

Forecast last nigh before I went to bed was for snow from overnight to Wednesday.

Will be fun walking to and from the bus.

Looks like I have some shovelling to do in my near future.

I also have a First Communion to attend for the daughter of a friend and neighbour.

 

The funeral yesterday morning was heart wrenching and touching.

Many of her siblings and her father spoke …..

She was very loved.

So sad for them losing a beloved one so early.

 

I was grateful that I had an opportunity to attend the funeral and to also spend the afternoon with my daughter.

We had a good afternoon ….. we had coffee and lunch at her house and then did some shopping.

In this day and age ….. the idea of buying “used” and “second hand” is taking off in a big way.

Lots of people shop at Value Village and other thrift shops.

Including we girls ….

I picked up a couple of amazing purchases.

You have to know what to look for and make smart choices.

 

I must share a little story from our shopping trip.

While we were in Value Village ….. I was waiting for my daughter to find a clerk to help at the jewellery counter …

There was an elderly gentlemen who was gazing into the jewellery display cases with me.

He showed me this ladies glitzy costume ring that he had on his finger, and proudly announced that he had paid only $3.00 for it.

I acknowledged his statement and smiled.

He also told me that he was going to be 91 very soon.

Wow, I said (he did not look even 70).

I asked him where he was born and he said here – Edmonton area.

So as inquisitive as I am, I asked “what was his profession?”

He replied “Carpenter for over sixty years.”

I then asked “What was his favourite item/thing to make?”

He said without even a second hesitation …

“MONEY” …… lots of money.

I could not help myself but to laugh aloud.

Best line ever.

 

After shopping we fed the pups and then went for a walk in her neighbourhood.

Afterward she drove us home.

Despite Alvin’s anxiety of the car ride and being away from his sanctuary, his home; I believe he had a good day, too.

 

Well I guess I have put off the shovelling long enough.

Time to change the bedding, get dressed and have a quick coffee before hitting the SLOPES ….. well almost.

 

Have an awesome Sunday …. I hope that you are not covered in snow as we are ……

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: everyone who reads my blog, thank you.

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.

Thought for the day …..

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

Yesterday was beautiful weather wise in our city.

After home from work we went into our regular routine.

Alvin goes into the back yard, Alvin eats, Momma gets changed and Alvin hides under the table when I mention “going for a walk.”

Once I coaxed him out and we headed outside as usual he is okay.

Enjoyed our walk.

When home, I heated up some leftovers and made my lunch for today.

Just in a few minutes into supper – Alvin jumped off the sofa and started his growly barking.

I knew that something was wrong.

I ran to the window and saw some children on their bikes across the street and with them a puppy – young black dog.

He did not appear to really be with them so I put down my supper and went onto the porch and called out to them.

“Does he belong to you.”

Answer “No.”

Without waiting I closed the d0or behind me and in my sock feet ran down the steps and out onto the street to the black dog.

I could not see a collar or any means of identification.

I was afraid that with all of the traffic on our street that he would get hit so I tried to keep him on the sidewalk at least.

Just as I was doing that one of the neighbours across and two doors down came outside.

I told him what was wrong and together we tried to catch the black dog.

Only he did not want any of that …..

He ran down the street and up the back lane and onto a driveway.

We have a bunch of duplexes and we have back lanes so driveways/garages back onto the lane.

I was able to get him to stay there and he even came and let me stroke him.

Beautiful young guy.

“S” the neighbour that was helping, his garage backed onto the back lane and was only a couple of doors away from where the pup was held out.

Figuring that was his home – “S” went to see if they were at home.

No luck.

We tried to coax him into S’s backyard where he would be safe until we could find his parents.

Tried and failed several times.

Sorry but I have to shorten the story or at least no more details as I have to leave for work, ARGH.

I said if we had some treats maybe we coax him into the back yard.

S brought out some beef jerky and we managed to get him safe.

Once done, I went home to get some shoes and lock the house.

Just as I was coming out ….. looked liked some action at the house.

The parents came home.

Guess what.

Mrs. had gone into labour and they had to leave the house quickly and pup got out.

Happy ending.

Must have been false labour …. anyway I did not ask for details.

Gotta go.

 

Special Hello to:  you, today.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to the 2nd day of April, 2017.

Looks like a beautiful morning with a bright blue sky and the sun shining.

We had a bit of excitement this morning.

Alvin had been in the backyard and then barked to come in and raced through the house at lightning speed.

Only to stop at the windows in the living room and start barking loudly.

One our neighbour’s dogs was out.

He is a big big guy.

ALMOST as tall as me…. almost.

I know approximately where he lives.

He was in the yard right across the street from us …. sniffing and then peed.

He continued down the way going in the direction of his home.

I kept careful watch for the next while.

When he did not come back – I thought he had made it home.

Think again.

Alvin and I had come upstairs so that I could write my blog.

Just before sitting down at the computer – I put the decorator pillows back on the bed.

As I walked by the bedroom window I saw a white flash and then my neighbour “S” coming back from across the street.

I waved and she gave me the thumbs up.

So I opened the window and asked if it was the big dog and she said he is now home.

I also made sure that one of the owners was outside.

Apparently the big guy was chasing a rabbit and it was the rabbit that was the white flash that ran by on the street.

YIKES.

Thank goodness it ended well.

First time that I have not just ran out to help.

Feeling guilty and grateful.

Is that possible?

Always some excitement.

Love happy endings.

 

Well just a few things on my TO DO list today.

  1.  ENJOY a couple of cups of coffee
  2. Pick up a few items at the grocery store
  3. WALK with Alvin
  4. Bring up clothes that were hanging to dry in the basement
  5. Write my Blog – check
  6. Call my friend as it was her birthday on Friday
  7. SKYPE with my sister tonight @ 7:00 p.m.
  8. Prepare breakfast for the next three days – it is the cold oatmeal
  9. Make lunch and get clothes ready (like to be done ahead of time)
  10. Empty the dishwasher …

If there is time I want to shovel the last bit of snow from the front yard onto the street where it will melt faster.

Oh and sweep the back deck.  Almost all of the snow has melted back there.  Now just to get it looking nice.

The grass by the deck after the snow has melted looks terrible.

Of course, there is a bit of “poop” that somehow was missed during the winter.  How did that happen?

I wonder…..

Well time to go and finish my coffee before hopping into the shower.

I hope that you all have an amazing day.

Remember if you are a dog owner – to always know where they are ……

Special Hello to:  my friend “M” – thank you for being you and for taking the time to read my blog.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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