Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 20th day of January, 2018.

I believe another beautiful day is on the way.

Yesterday Alvin received a huge amount of BIRTHDAY WISHES and we thank all of our family and friends for them.

We had a quiet but great evening.

He must have had a little extra something that I did not see as he had me up to go outside just after midnight and then up at his regular time of 4:00 a.m.

I think that we are going to have to work on the “getting out of bed time.”

I had a raging headache earlier but it seems to have dissipated.

Thank goodness as we are puppy sitting for the day.

Our friend Teddy is coming to stay with us.

 

I am grateful for my yesterdays, todays and tomorrows, as they have shaped me into who I am.

We all have those times that we would rather not have to remember but they define us.

We learn from yesterday, try to do better today and dream for tomorrow.

No one has the perfect life.

The grass is not always greener on the other side.

So while you are trying to get to “the other side” why not make it green for you.

 

Have an awesome Saturday.

Time to go and start the laundry, have breakfast and make coffee for me and my neighbour.

Time to empty the dishwasher and prepare for the company.

Happy Saturday.

 

Special Hello to: thank you to all those people who I have encountered throughout my life thus far.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Just heard a series of loud noises from outside, I had better go and investigate.

 

 

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Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 14th day of January, 2018.

No snow coming down this morning.

Temperatures warmer.

Life is good.

Yesterday was an odd but good day.

Started out after the usual routine plus coffee by going to our Vet to pick up food for Alvin.

Enjoying the walk in the much warmer weather.

The plan was to go for groceries but that got suspended as we got a FB message asking if “Teddy” could come and stay with us for a few hours.

Teddy is in the photo below with Mr. Alvin.

Teddy is in the forefront of the photo.

They are the same colour – only noticeable different Alvin is bigger (and older but don’t tell him).

I posted this photo on FB, that is why the fancy lights.

Teddy loves coming to our house as much as we love having him.

He warms my heart and makes me happy.

It was a good change from the original plan.

I did manage to have laundry done before he arrived and some house work completed.

When Teddy comes to stay with us – I like it to be all about the pups.

When he first arrives he runs back and forth and up to me and away from me.

He is so excited.

His Mom says that she cannot tell him too much in advance of coming to our house, as he gets so excited.

I do not think any “guy” other than Alvin and perhaps not even him as ever been that excited to see me.

SO CUTE.

We played, they went into the backyard, we snuggled and played.

It sometimes takes Alvin a little while to get into the play mode but Teddy is so energetic that you cannot help but want to play.

Of course, wherever Alvin goes Teddy goes.

So cute.

When suppertime came, I gave Alvin his food and placed Teddy’s food away from Alvin’s.

Alvin can be greedy.

I was watching and thought careful but Alvin put his head between my feet as I was standing beside Teddy and his food.

Little bugger (Alvin that is), he managed to eat a couple of big mouthfuls before I could stop him.

I had to laugh but was a bit mad.

That was Saturday.

Sunday …. now have to go and get groceries.

I had to improvise supper.

Made a salmon pancake of sorts with slices of avocado on top and halved grape tomatoes beside, and the rest of the kale salad

Looked real colourful.

Well time to get this show on the road.

Things to do and get ready for work tomorrow.

My daughter may be coming for a visit.

I need COFFEE.

Happy Sunday.

So happy for this nice weather.

Special Hello to: all our family and friends, Happy Sunday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 5th day of January, 2018.

YAY, it is the last day of the work week and then the weekend begins.

So excited for the weekend.

We are expecting a beautiful weekend weather wise so that means good for our walks.

Nice to be able to go out during the day light hours.

Perhaps Alvin won’t have such aversion to walking.

Who knows.

 

Do you ever dream about people from your past but in different circumstances?

Odd circumstances.

Very odd.

Anyway that was last night’s dreams.

Cool but strange, very strange.

Cannot mention names to protect the innocent, of course.

Just food for thought, dreaming??

 

My favourite part of our morning routine is our snuggling on the sofa.

Most comfortable place to “s nap”  (snuggling while napping).

I love it when Alvin stands up and then moves to the pillow and then drops his body with his head landing on the pillow right beside mine.

He never misses.

He is good at cuddling.

 

Well here we go.

Time to leave again.

I wish you a wonderful day filled with kindness and respect.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “I” who lives in Sweden.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 10th day of December, 2017.

The sky is broken up with clouds and lighter patches where the sun wants to appear.

The temperature has been absolutely beautiful.

Yesterday was over 10 degrees celsius, what a glorious day for December.

Just one more weekend before the Christmas weekend begins.

I apologize for not writing on my blog yesterday.

I had so many things to do and with my hand injured I had to choose what I could do without getting to carried away.

Well I got carried away but luckily things worked out okay.

I learned that there are just some things that I cannot do with my right hand or with my left hand “sprained.”

So I will take you back to my Thursday.

The day had unfolding beautifully, I had a great work day and had taken a couple of vacation hours to go to West Edmonton Mall and do a bit of shopping.

Nothing to exciting.

Alvin required some “poop bags” (not him, I needed them) and we have adoped four seniors at work through London Drugs (they adopt seniors, they give a list and foster groups adopt them for Christmas).

I wanted to pick up some small items from their list which had pretty much already been fulfilled.

So I went to the mall (yes it was busy even at 2:30 pm on a Thursday) and did my shopping.

I found them some word searches and some bath salts and the poop bags and some other small items that I required.

In and out of the mall in about one hour.

Feeling really good.

I didn’t wait long and the bus pulled up.

Got on the bus, had to stand as it was full.

No worries.

At the second bus terminal got off and the 117 was there so got onto that bus.

Again it was full so remained standing.

About ten minutes later approaching my stop so pulled the “bell.”

I noticed someone waiting at the stop.

I grabbed my bags.

My purse was made into a backpack and I had two bags one on each hand.

The driver stopped the bus.

The woman outside came toward the bus and as she came forward, I tried to move around her, the step had not been lowered (did not know at that second) and I lost my balance and

went flying threw the air landing on my face and left hand.

The bags went flying.

I laid there hurting and humiliated for what seemed like forever (likely only seconds).

I lifted my head noticing that my left glass lens had been scratched or at the least was dirty.

By this time the bus driver had come off the bus.

He asked me if I was okay, I said yes.

The driver also said that I was “bleeding” and went back to get some paper towel from the bus.

I wiped the blood from my face, which was not much.

He asked me if he should call for medical and I said absolutely not.

He asked me this question a couple of times.

I started to move after a few minutes, and get my bearings.

By the way the girl that started this did not get off the bus.

She had to have known or seen.

I began to see if I could get up when I realized that my left hand was hurting and injured to some degree.

As I tried to get up the driver lent an arm and I pulled myself up gathering the items that were now littered about on the sidewalk and placing them into the bags.

I stood up, fuming and crying at the same time.

The driver all the while kept saying to me “that woman tripped you.”

My final response to him beside “thank you” was that the step was not lowered and yes, she should have waited until I was off the bus.

Common sense, you see some with their arms full coming off the bus ….. would you not step back out of the way.

Anyway the driver got back onto the bus and waited for a minute or so.

I started to walk in between the tears and the curse words home.

It was a slow walk with me crying and saying curse words the whole way, but I made it home.

Somehow swearing makes you feel better??? Not really.

When I arrived home it took a couple of minutes to get my backpack off and get the key out and the door opened.

I was early and Alvin was not at the door ….. he arrived seconds later.

I as quickly as I could got my boots and coat and mitts off and headed to the back door to let him out to pee.

He actually stopped for a drink and then went outside.

He came in and followed me upstairs as I wanted to get out of those clothes and see what the damage was to my knees and body.

As I neared the top landing I noticed in the middle of the floor (yes carpet) a huge mound of poo.

I said “Oh, Alvin.”

Followed by grabbing the paper towel and cleaner from the bathroom.

Cleaned up the poop …… laid an old towel on the floor to absorb the cleaner.

Thankfully it was not “loose poop” if you know what I mean.

Poor Alvin ….. he has not had an accident in the house since his first night with me almost eight years ago and then he was sick and with a stranger.

No worries.

Next steps were into my bed where I was greeting with my bed tore apart.

I always make my bed in the morning and place all my throw pillows onto the bed so that it looks nice.

The throw pillows were thrown about ….. the sheets and bedspread were pulled back.

My pjs were pulled out from behind the pillow ….. I actually said to him, “Buddy, did you have a party while Momma was gone.”

As quickly as I could I got changed.

Not quickly with one hand.

I noticed that my right knew was scraped but not other bruises on my body.

My left hand was swollen and hurt.

I went into the bathroom and checked out my face.

My left glass lens was scratched and would need to be replaced.

My nose was scraped.

The left side of my upper cheek was scrapped a bit.

My lip was cut (small).

It was my hand that bore the brunt of the fall.

Not broken as I could and can move it.

A sprain by all accounts.

I had one drugstore painkiller at home so I took it (think it was Advil).

I gave Alvin his supper and called my daughter.

She wanted to come over and I said that I was okay and that if my hand got worse, I would get to the Doctor.

My daughter thought that perhaps Alvin because he could not get outside to poop got a bit crazy and tore the bed apart.

He also moved both the matts in the upstairs bathrooms around.

Oh well …..

 

There was silver lining to all of this …. my friend “V” had sent a package.

A huge package.

It took some time to get it opened with one hand but I managed.

Both Alvin and I were excited to see all of the treats that she sent to us.

Thank you again, my friend.

We are truly spoiled.

 

I went to work on Friday …. I got a ride with my neighbour.

Work was slow.

I could not write with my left hand and I am left handed, of course.

But I can write (out of practice) with my right hand.

So managed to get a few things done.

Long day.

One of my co-workers gave me some more ADVIL and also wrapped my hand in a tensor bandage.

My hand has and is swollen.

Depends on how much I do and what I do.

But between ADVIL, breaks, heat and ice compresses, I am good.

I did put a claim in with the City of Edmonton.

Not likely that anything will happen there but it felt like the right thing to do.

I was able to take my glasses in yesterday and it cost me just a few dollars short of $200.00 to get the lens fixed.

You have to pay at least half up front and with paying the full amount, now I can submit it to my Health Spending Account.

So at least I have insurance to cover it but am mad that I have to pay for someone else’s neglect.

So that is the story.

I managed to get groceries yesterday morning, more bus tickets, go to the Optometrist, do laundry, take Alvin for a walk, made a double batch of fudge (that was later last night) and puppy sat in the afternoon.

So a productive day.

 

I know that I cannot easily mix with my left hand and not with my right as I found out with the fudge.

My daughter is coming over today to help me with the last of the baking.

Time for coffee and breakfast.

But I wanted to fill you all in and to let you know that I just could not get this done yesterday.

I feel good today.

My hand remains sore but manageable.

 

Have an awesome day.

If you ride the bus – watch for people getting on.

 

Happy Sunday.

The sun is shining and it will be a great day.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 7th day of December, 2017.

Another gorgeous day on the way.

To be 7 degrees celsius.

Soon there will be no snow but there remains ICE.

 

Just thinking this morning about how grateful I am to be surrounded by wonderful people.

Just thinking this morning about how grateful I am to have found my companion, Alvin.

Just thinking this morning about how grateful I am that I have choices.

Just thinking this morning about how grateful I am that I can choose to be kind and loving.

 

Happy Thursday.

Feeling blessed.

 

Special Hello to: you, today.  You are awesome and do not forget it.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 24th day of November, 2017.

Really …. how did that happen?

Time ……

Well our temperatures have turned mild for the next little while.

We had freezing rain yesterday which played havoc with sidewalks.

I walked along the edge of the sidewalk in the snow on my way home from the VET.

I got off the bus by the VET clinic and then just had the one way home.

Man, you sure had to be careful.

This morning I am thankful to be hopping a ride with my neighbour.

Now all I have to do is get from the house to the car.

Carefully.

I love the warmer temperatures for sure but not good for walking.

We had to skip the walk last night.

I was disappointed as was Alvin.

We just played in the back yard / deck for a bit.

Hopefully the sidewalks are better tonight.

I almost forgot until this very second ….. I purchased those ice pick things that you can put onto your boots.

Gotta run ….. find them and put them onto my boots.

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to: all my friends and family …… stay safe.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 23rd day of October, 2017.

Another gorgeous day on the way.

Still not used to waking up in the dark ….. not sure if I ever will.

But grateful that the ground is dry and the temperatures are in the plus digits.

Alvin and I have been loving our walks each day.

So nice to be able to just grab a light jacket and go ….

In the winter …. more work as Alvin requires his jacket, too.

But on a nice winter day ….. a walk is just as wonderful.

Back to FALL.

The leaves are still falling from some trees.

So amazing that they held on through gale force winds and pounding rain of a few weeks ago.

Just love seeing piles of multi coloured leaves on the sidewalk and in yards.

 

Remember how I said Alvin usually does not lay in the office.

Well he changed his mind this morning.

Mr. Alvin currently has “three” chew treats throughout the house.

He retrieved the third one from outside earlier this morning.

Dirt and all.

I managed to grab it when he set it down on my master bathroom floor.

He certainly did not like that …..

Quickly I washed it and returned the chew to him.

So now on the little square of carpet that I have under my chair which reaches under the desk, he is laying with his chew just a few inches away.

What a guy.

I just love all of his little quirks.

He is quite the character.

 

Well it is almost time to grab my lunch, put on my shoes and jacket and head out the door for another day at work.

I hope that you all have an awesome Monday.

 

Remember to look after yourself – then you can look after others.

If we do not look after ourselves – how can we possibly look after others.

 

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to:  my friend “V” ….. thank you for being a wonderful friend.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 16th day of October, 2017.

What a glorious Sunday we had …. beautiful warm day.

Alvin and I loved our walk.

He sniffed and I took in the sights.

Back to work.

Why is it that Monday morning always seems to show up so quickly?

Time is supposed to pass at the same rate but really does not appear to.

Oh well.

Back to work.

We had a busy weekend but relaxing and productive.

Yesterday got groceries, finished the laundry, walked with Alvin, started some Christmas projects and assisted my neighbour in fixing my entrance light.

YAY …..

 

So today is our civic election here in Edmonton.

If you live in Edmonton, please go and vote.

 

Have an awesome Monday everyone.

Special Hello to: all my fellow Earthlings ….. remember we share this planet with all creature and we owe them kindness, compassion and respect.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 5th day of October, 2017.

Another beautiful warm day on the way.

We are so happy to have these days at this time of year.

Last night our walk was absolutely delightful.

No breeze just warm air on our faces.

We enjoyed “sniffing” as we walked along our path.

The fountain is still on at our lake and it looks so pretty against the backdrop of yellow, orange, red and green leaves.

I love this time of year.

Perhaps it is the calmness after the summer and before the hectic Christmas season begins.

Not sure but I love this time of year.

 

Well we or rather Mr. Alvin is having company today …. Miss Aspen and Baby Milo will be here shortly.

So I am getting a ride to work today which is awesome.

I guess that I better go and put the finishing touches on the house ……

 

Have an awesome day.

Enjoy this time ….. each moment is precious as it will never come this way again.

Special Hello to:  all those folks out there who are missing a friend or loved one, you are in my heart today and always.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 26th day of September, 2017.

Today is the Birthday of my Son-In-Law “S” ….. Happy Birthday Buddy.

He keeps us all on our toes, constantly challenging us to be better.

He has a good heart and is very intelligent.

A great combination.

Happy Birthday Buddy ….. Alvin and I wish you a great day.

 

Well back to work today.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day off yesterday.

Ended up cleaning and putting away most of the deck furniture and flowers pots.

Only a couple of things remain.

On our walk in the later afternoon we saw, actually Alvin saw our friend “P” working in your yard.

He can spot her a mile away.

What a guy.

We had a visit and she gave me  some plants.

So upon our return home ….. I again rearranged my back flower bed.

I think that I now have a plan.

Or at least for now.

 

Our weather is incredibly nice.

Bright sunshine …. blue skies ….. warm temperatures.

Of course not near the temps as in eastern Canada.

In parts of Ontario and Quebec the temperatures have exceeded 30 degrees celsius which is way too hot for this time of year.

Breaking all sorts of records.

I like our temperatures …. low 20’s.

Perfection.

 

Well time to put the finishing touches on before leaving for work.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: the Birthday Boy …… Love Mom & Alvin

Always, Carol & Alvin

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