Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to January 1, 2019.

There is a wall or a bank of dark blue clouds half way up the horizon and clear sky above that …. so beautiful.

I have not seen this in a long time.

There was more snow over night.

There is a crescent shaped moon hoovering in the morning sky.

There is something near it but not a star.

Could it be the space station?

I suppose so.

I am not certain if it is visible to the naked eye.

These are the views from my office window as I key these words for this blog.

A beautiful peaceful morning.

The first day of 2019 and the last day before heading back to work.

It will be shock to both Alvin and I as we have been staying up late, getting up late, he has been eating later.

Tonight will be to bed on time so that 5:00 a.m. does not totally shock our bodies.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed a walk in the early afternoon followed by a visit from one of our friends who lives nearby.

I had decided to leave the tree and decorations up so that she could see them.

Most years they are up and down before we see each other.

Not this year – I left the tree and decorations up and they will come down today.

Lots to do on this first day of the New Year.

Back to the regular routine tomorrow.

Back to a new office as well tomorrow.

 

Just curious did you stay up until Midnight to bring in the New Year?

We managed to stay until 11:00 and were in bed by 11:20 p.m.

I am pretty sure that I was asleep before midnight but woke up about 1:30 a.m.

 

I used to make resolutions but have decided against doing so the past couple of years or so.

Now I just make the conscious decision to “live my best life.”

I want to continue to be a good person.

Be kind and good.

Helpful and compassionate.

All those types of traits.

I want to continue to be healthy and will walk more, eat less and drink more water.

Try more new things.

Write more …..

 

Well time to get going here.

Nice to see clear morning sky.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

 

I will not be drinking coffee in the afternoon.

I have totally enjoyed these 11 days off from work.

I spent the days with friends and family.

Bit of work around the house but mainly just enjoying the days.

 

Special Hello to: everyone, Happy New Year.  Have an awesome first day of 2019.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

PS – warm temperatures today – perfect for a nice long walk.

 

 

 

 

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 28th day of December, 2018.

The SUN is shining brightly in the morning sky.

Today is the birthday of one of my friends and neighbours “S” ….. Happy Birthday.

Alvin and I had company last night.

Two of our friends “A” and “J” and her pup JAZMIN came for tea and a visit.

A had mentioned about stopping by last night after work and then J called to see if okay for her to stop by.

I said bring JAZMIN and she wasn’t sure.

JAZMIN is getting older and has a heart condition.

Alvin and Jaz get along quite well and he doesn’t get too excited when she arrives.

It is as if they know.

Anyway J & J arrived first and we visited and then A arrived a bit later.

J & J left for home first so it worked that we had visits separately with them and together.

So nice to see these ladies.

 

Yesterday afternoon Alvin and I went for a walk in between doing some laundry.

His paws were starting to get cold as we neared Teddy’s house.

Strange thing … just as I about to say we could stop for a minute their garage door opened and there was Teddy’s Dad “W.”

He spotted us and I mentioned about Alvin’s paws.

W said that he was just about to leave for an appointment but there was time for us to say hi and for Alvin to warm his paws.

Oh, Master Teddy was so excited to see us.

Always, always warms my heart to see him.

W also mentioned that we should stop by tomorrow (which is today) as J, sister of Teddy’s Mom is going to be visiting.

So we will likely on our walk this afternoon stop by for a bit and say hello.

 

So this time off from work has been filled with resting and relaxing and visiting.

I am going to put together a coffee date with two other friends for tomorrow morning.

Our friend “V” called from Regina yesterday.

These days have been filled with phone calls and visits.

The best kind of days off.

I am also thinking of perhaps taking down the decorations on Sunday.

 

Well I guess it is time to get dressed and get this day going.

These later nights and sleeping in ….. well I will have to get back into our routine before next Wednesday (back to work) or the 5:00 a.m. is going to be painful.

Will have to check around and see what project I can take on for a few hours.

Certainly has been wonderful having this time off.

 

We wish you a great day.

WOW, the 28th day of December, 2018 …. almost a New Year.

 

Special Hello to: all of those folks who have time off from work and are just resting and relaxing. DO NOT feel guilty.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 13th day of December, 2018.

Well short cute story.

I am sitting at the computer, just now.

Alvin is standing beside me, just looking at me.

He gave me that “did you forget something look.”

I said to him how cute he was and then I remembered that I had forgot to lay his blue blanket on the floor so that he could lay down.

Smart cookie, me Alvin.

His Momma, a little slow, today.

 

He was right up wanting a massage bright and early this morning.

Morning massages have got to be a regular part of our morning routine.

 

So last night after I had shut off the light and was settling down to sleep.

I was thinking of our Secret Santa Gift Exchange at work and the potluck lunch and our temp.

We worked on some things together yesterday and so before drifting off to sleep, I thought that perhaps she had not started before we drew names.

I thought how horrible she might feel to be left out and not that it was on purpose so I decided that I could be “her Secret Santa.”

Why not, I have gift bags, tissue paper and gifts.

Comes in handy to sell Steeped Tea, NORWEX and make jewellery.

There is always something in the house for those last minute gifts.

I also usually have a couple of other items that I picked up along the way.

So when Alvin got me up at 3:45 a.m. – I grabbed a gift bag from the office and a gift item.

After Alvin went outside and as we headed to the sofa for a bit more sleep, I set the microwave for another hour.

Once back up – I raced down into the basement to grab some tissue paper from my wrapping container.

Found some ribbon, some construction paper to make a tag and headed back upstairs.

I grabbed my tea tub and picked out something for her.

So then put the gift together – wrapping each item with tissue paper and placing inside the gift bag.

I placed two pieces of tissue paper one inside the other and tied them together with Christmas ribbon.

Then placed it in the bag.

That gives you that professional look and it stays together and in place.

The one thing that I could and can not locate is my single hole punch so that I could punch the paper to make a tag.

Guess I will have to staple the tag to the bag.

Oh well, I tried.

I was going for the “Martha Stewart” look and instead got the “Early Morning” Carol look.

Well almost time to finish up getting things together.

A salad from the fridge to add to the buns/butter for the lunch.

Sometimes you can do things last minute and they work out just fine.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

 

I put on a sweater this morning that my kids gave me for Christmas a few years ago.

It is long stretchy and black and I thought would look good with my black pants.

I guess I am not quite the same size as back then but it fits ….. perhaps a bit more snug than before.

Oh well.

That is life.

Hoping that the ice melts soon.

I have to chip some tomorrow night and bake cookies for my friend.

It will be a busy Friday night.

 

Well gotta go.

I hope that you have a great day and perhaps a giggle over my adventures.

Somewhere along the way – I dreamt that we had three more dogs in the house.

They were small and just showed up out of nowhere.

How does that happen?

What does that mean?

 

YIKES.

 

Special Hello to: all those Christmas ANGELS, thank you.  Always feels good to give.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 12th day of December, 2018.

The weather forecast is for plus temperatures for the next week.

Hopefully the ice will melt and dry up.

Hard to believe it is December.

But perhaps not.

Maybe this is our new norm.

If there is such a thing.

We have had a huge amount of snow followed by some cold weather interrupted by mild temperatures.

Well this morning I am running late.

I cut one finger on my right hand a couple of days ago while fixing supper.

Not serious enough for stitches but enough to keep bandaged while it heals.

Of course, I wash my hands a billion times each day and am going through the bandaids, like crazy.

Perhaps I should have thought to have picked up some “liquid bandaid.”

Now that would have been a great idea.

Also my fingertips are cracking.

Tis the season.

The air is somewhat dry.

So even though it is quite painful, it is more that they are tender making some of the easiest tasks, a pain.

I cannot wear bandaids on each finger or I would not be able to work.

I am on the computer all day plus handling lots of paper.

Anyway, I am slower this morning than usual.

So not great stories or words of wisdom for this Wednesday.

 

I hope that you are all well.

Keep your hands and feet moisturized.

I try.

Wishing you an awesome Wednesday.

It is a great day.

 

My day is always off to a GREAT start when Mr. Alvin lays his head beside mine when we snooze on the sofa.

Oh, I love the little guy.

Hopefully it will be good for walking tonight.

 

Wished that I had some pea sized gravel for the front sidewalks.

Just putting it out there.

 

Okay, time to go.

Special Hello to: all those folks who are a bit stressed between work and the holidays.  It has been crazy as our office is temporarily locating to an office down the street from our current location.

The office is being moved in stages.  We go next week.  In the meantime, it has been semi organized chaos.  We are busy on top of it all.  Our current building is being renovated.  That will be great.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 10th day of December, 2018.

Well back to getting up in the dark once again (back to work).

The weekends seem to fly by most especially at this time of year.

I had a GREAT Sunday.

Thankfully I was able to push ahead of the incident from Saturday and accomplish the things that I needed to do.

I baked a double batch of SUGAR COOKIES and iced them.

Also made a double batch of FUDGE.

YAY…..

We even had a walk in between.

Not a long one but we got outside and enjoyed the fresh air.

 

I am so grateful to be surrounded by such thoughtful, generous, kind and supportive people.

I am so grateful to be in good health and Alvin, too.

To be in good health and have such great people around me/we; I/we are truly the luckiest on the planet.

Even in my darkest moment and I had that on Saturday, one of my neighbours came to my rescue.

I am and ever shall be grateful for them.

Thank you.

 

On a “sweet treat” note, I packed up “17” packages of cookies along with a personalized Christmas Card for my closest co-workers.

Well I guess it is almost time to go to work.

So glad to have two of the biggest jobs finished and that is BAKING and CHRISTMAS CARDS.

Not just to deliver them all.

 

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to: my sister who loves us and gives her ever ending support from a distance.  Thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 28th day of November, 2018.

We missed the first freezing rain that went through our area but woke up to ice.

Appears that overnight we had freezing rain.

Time to be extra careful whether walking or driving.

I can see the glare ice on my sidewalk.

BE CAREFUL.

 

Tonight our friend Humphrey the Cat is going to be spending some time with me and the Alvin.

Also a few hours tomorrow night.

It will be interesting to see how spending the evening together goes.

Now both are used to seeing each other.

Both are used to cats and dogs and dogs and cats.

They were together the other night and so growling or hissing happening.

I will be careful watching them.

Also have to ensure that Humphrey does not scratch anything with this claws.

Will have to semi prepare things and perhaps bring one of his smaller scratching posts over to my house.

I am excited to see them interact.

Perhaps they will just say hello and then go there own ways?

Who knows.

Time will tell.

 

Earlier I saw some cars and a truck drive by so people are out driving.

Our temperatures are to reach +3 later today.

The joys of winter.

I should write a book on the JOYS OF WINTER IN CANADA.

Certainly could fill a book with our Canadian Winters.

The GOOD, The BAD and The UGLY?

What do you think?

 

Well I am thinking of our drive to work this morning and hoping that the City has been out sanding/salting whatever they put on the ice.

It won’t help 100% but some traction is better than nothing.

If you are reading this and living in Edmonton area – please be careful.

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Special Hello to:  EVERYONE TODAY – YOU ARE ALL SO GREAT.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 23rd day of November, 2018.

The air seems warm for this time of year.

No wind.

Last night Alvin and I enjoyed our full walk.

The sidewalks were good.

The air felt good on our faces as we hiked along the pathway by the lake.

I noticed on the first “pond-lake” there was some open water.

Just a note not to go onto lakes as they are not frozen hard at this point.

 

I am so grateful that today is Friday.

Found out last night that Master Teddy will be joining us tomorrow.

He brings a joy to our house when he visits.

It will be good for us both and I really missed him even though it has only been one week since he last visited.

 

IN MEMORY

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 23rd day of November, 2017.

Today is one year plus a day that our beloved Elton joined the puppy park in the sky.

We miss him and think of him everyday.

Here is one of my most favourite photos of our beloved Elton and Penny.

Both gone but definitely not forgotten.

Love you babies.

Elton and Penny, the grand-puppies.

 

Over the past year so many of our four-legged companions, our loved ones have passed.

My thoughts and heart is with everyone who has said good-bye to their babies.

It is hard, no doubt about it.

Take care.

 

Special Hello to: all the Angels watching over us, happy just chasing rainbows.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 22nd day of November, 2018.

Another beautiful day on the way.

 

Last night I went with my friend and her daughter to the Guides Christmas Cookie Sale.

I bought an assortment of cookies and baking.

We arrived with perfect timing as we were about 5 people from the front of the line.

We got in picked our cookies and such, there were crafts and games.

Had some refreshments and were back home before 7:30 p.m.

Which was so nice to have some time before going to bed.

It was a lovely nice and so great to beat the crowds.

 

Mr. Alvin was up off and on last night.

He did reluctantly let me clean his ears this morning.

I would not say that it was a perfect job but at least something.

He has always been sensitive about his ears and feet.

I have a feeling he may have an infection.

Hopefully not.

I could not smell anything bad ( yes, I am the infection smeller ).

Thankfully his appointment is this Saturday morning bright and early.

If there is no improvement tonight we might go tomorrow after work.

Poor little guy and poor mama, for reduced quality sleep.

 

We should be able to take in another nice walk right after work tonight.

Just let Mr. Alvin outside and then harness him up and away we go.

I am going to go on a walk at work as well.

I need to get up from my desk and go for a 15 minute walk at lunch.

Sitting on my butt all day with only getting up to go to the printer and bathroom is not nearly enough.

Also have to drink MORE water.

 

I hope that you are doing great.

Are you drinking enough water?

So important.

Are you getting some exercise?

Fresh air and moving your body is so important.

Good for body, mind and soul.

 

Well almost time to go.

Running a tad bit late.

Have a wonderful Thursday.

Special Hello: to my sister …. miss you little one.

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 20th day of November, 2018.

Feels not too bad outside this morning.

I can always tell by the way that Mr. Alvin reacts to going outside.

If he hesitates for too long ….. then it is cold.

Our walk last night was not even half of our regular walk due to the ice.

As it was almost dark when we left home – taking a chance and slipping, no.

Happy that we were able to get out for some fresh air and exercise.

Especially for Mr. Alvin as he is stuck in the house all day long.

I was lucky that I had a nice walk at lunch break.

 

Can you believe it?

The 20th day of November already.

U.S. Thanksgiving almost here – Thursday, November 22nd, 2018.

Canadian Grey Cup – the 106th game is this Sunday, November 25th, 2018 here in Edmonton.

Lots going on this week.

Alvin has his regular pedicure and “stuff” this Saturday morning.

Although it does not rank up with Thanksgiving and the Grey Cup – it is VERY important to Alvin and to me.

 

How about Christmas?

The 5th Monday from today is Christmas Eve, December 24th.

YIKES.

ARGH.

OMG.

Perhaps I did not count correctly.

Double checked, no I am right.

Where did the time go?

Sure wished that I could bottle “TIME.”

Guess I would have “Time in a bottle.”

I am grateful that Christmas is pretty low key in our family.

My biggest jobs are baking and Christmas cards.

But both take some time, quite a lot actually.

I mail about 75 cards and then hand deliver another 50 cards.

All of the cards that I mail have a handwritten note/letter.

Most of the cards have a photo or two.

This takes time.

I have the cards already bought.

My daughter has taken the photos and edited them.

I just have to send them to be printed.

Then pick up stamps and then of course, mail them.

The baking I make 4 or so different items.

I end up with about 500 individual pieces.

These are packaged up and mostly given away to friends and family.

I make up individual packages and take to my immediate co-workers at the office.

So this is where most of my time is spent.

Decorating takes me some time but I have that all done.

Sometimes it pays to do things early.

My daughter and son-in-law have a pact that this year we are breaking for the first time in years.

We had been either making each other’s gift(s) or it had to be something from your house.

Something gently used and an item that you knew that person would like.

We are still doing part of that but we can spend a bit of money this year.

 

Tomorrow night, I am attending a GUIDE COOKIE SALE with my friend and her daughter.

I think that I will just give away the cookies that I purchase.

Or at least most of them.

I am always amazed by the number of different cookies at this sale.

They have tables and tables filled with cookies.

Hard to make a decision.

 

Well here we go again.

Time to go back downstairs and put the finishing touches on getting ready before heading out the door.

Alvin is resting on his blue blanket.

I love listening to him breathe.

I could snuggle next to him all day long if I had the time.

Such a good guy.

 

Okay, time to fly.

Have an awesome Tuesday.

I hope that you have a great day.

Remember if you have lots to do to prepare for Christmas.

Start early.

Do one thing at a time.

Break it down.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” …. hello …. have a great day.

Always, Carol & Alvlin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 15th day of November, 2018.

Today is the birthday of a  very special nephew “J.”

Happy Birthday Buddy – Wishing you an awesome day.

 

Woke up to rain.

Pups got a bit damp on their first time outside for the day.

 

Here are the photos that I was unable to download yesterday morning.

That arrangement with the green and red just simply pops.

So beautiful.

The pups …. Teddy lounging on the foot stool, Alvin waiting for something and then Alvin stretching.

 

 

What a great way to start the day.

Love the photo of Teddy stretching.

Both pups stretch first thing after waking up.

Yesterday was a great day.

Our off-site staff meeting was awesome.

Thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Home a bit earlier than normal.

So able to take the pups for a full walk before it was dark.

Even saw our friends out for a walk and stopped for a moment to chat.

 

Life is pretty great.

If you live simply and simply live your life.

Life is pretty great.

I say again Life is pretty great.

Don’t complicate things.

Surround yourself with all as much positive energy as you are able.

Keep positive.

The glass half full view is much better than the opposite.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends, their love and support keeps me living my life.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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