Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 1st day of September, 2018.

YAY, it is a three day weekend.

The sky is overcast and it has been raining overnight.

There is wind blowing.

It is cool outside.

It is 66 degrees F in the house.

I guess that might be why I kept going back and snuggling under the blankets.

It was a long week and sometimes you just need to rest.

Last night after work Alvin and I walked over to the Vet and picked up his food, toothpaste and a bag of dental chew treats.

Followed by a walk with our friend.

We left home at 4:20 p.m. and arrived back home at 6:00 p.m.

There was a short break at home while we dropped off the purchases from the Vet, called our friend and grabbed Alvin’s water bottle.

No all of that time was not walking but most of it.

We did have to take a sit down as Mr. Alvin just did not wish to go.

Finding a bench nearby we sat and I scooped Alvin up onto my lap (he is not really a lap dog, for sure).

We had a chat while Alvin rested.

Over the course of our walk we came across another friend that I had not seen in a long time.

My friend P had met her while out and about so we all had a nice visit.

She was busy doing some yard work.

After we got home I gave Mr. Alvin his supper and then decided to mow the back lawn.

The little patch of grass seems to grow like mad.

Knowing that there is rain in our forecast figured it was a good idea to do.

Also my STEEPED TEA order arrived so I separated and packed the orders.

We had a nice evening but short …. at 8:30 p.m. I was ready for bed.

We both were ….. Alvin decided at 4:00 that he need to get out of bed…..argh….so up we were.

Then headed back to the sofa until a few hours later when we got up and he had his breakfast.

Sometimes you just need to chill….. I love my sofa.

WE are heading into a couple of weeks of cooler temperatures.

14-18 days (wonder what the night temperatures will be).

Last year going into the long weekend it was hot but there was rain.

Well I guess I need to get this show on the road.

I need some coffee and to get organized.

See what is on my HONEY DO LIST (which is the list that I write for me to do and ask nicely).

I will post some photos of my flowers and sunflowers.

Who are still doing great.

Oh, how I love flowers.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Happy 1st of September.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks out there who are like me, just getting mobile.  It is okay.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 21st day of August, 2018.

The air is cool this morning, not much smoke remaining in the air and forecasting mid 20’s (celsius) for today.

Alvin was standing by me – just looking up.

He once again reminded me that I did not place his blue blanket on the floor for him.

What a guy.

 

I have to share a story from yesterday morning.

My ride picked me up for work and we were chatting away about the weekend.

We were just about to make a turn when my friend said “There is a puppy out there and appears to have no owner.”

So we made a U-turn and parked beside the park (there was this little fuss ball) standing in the grass.

He definitely needed a hair cut.

I said “Well we can’t leave him/her there.”

I opened the truck door and jumped out.

Walking toward the little one “I said Come here baby.”

Surprisingly enough he/she came walking toward me and I scooped the pup up into my arms.

The little dog had such long hair and was so muddy – I thought initially it had been lost for days.

Carrying the pup back to the truck, I signalled my friend and she advised to put the doggie in the back seat.

Thankfully I had a black dress on.

Inside the truck we chatted for a minute and I said “to take us to my house and I will try and locate the owners.”

Luckily for us and for the pup – there was a collar with “CITY LICENSE.”

Another good reason for keeping the license up to date.

My friend drove us to my house.

I was wondering what Mr. Alvin would think as we drove along.

At my house, I quickly took my purse and lunch into the house and announcing that I was home.

I did not want to startle Mr. Alvin too badly.

Back to the truck, I picked up the doggie, said good-byes and that I would keep her posted.

She said “I will share the FB post.”

Oh, yes, figured that was a good idea to put on FB.

You never know.

In the house …. well it was interesting.

Alvin definitely was not liking the situation.

He sniffed and barked … barked and sniffed.

I opened the back door thinking if they were not in the house.

Grabbing some water and food for the pup …. took the dishes out on the deck.

I figured that this may help the situation.

I also ran upstairs to change into sweats as I figured I may get dirty along the way.

In between all of this, I took off the pup’s collar and called the City of Edmonton number.

A nice young woman answered the phone.

I explained what had happened and gave her the license number.

She found the information right away.

Asked for some verifying information – like breed – colour.

I answered the best that I could.

She gave me the name of the doggie “WALKA.”

As soon as I said his name and yes, he is a he, he came right to me.

She started calling the phone numbers on file.

The owners phone went to voicemail.

She tried the second number and then on the third try she got someone at home.

It was the owner’s Mother.

Once the young lady relayed the information – she put the call through to me.

I explained who and what had happened.

The Mother told me that she would just get dressed and be over to pick him up.

Everything seemed to happen quickly.

The boys – Alvin and WALKA, mostly Alvin continued to have this “thing.”

There was something about him that Alvin was not happy with ….

Not sure what other than he just showed up in his house.

We have had other strangers in the house and he did not give this reception.

Just after I hung up with the Mother, the phone rang and it was the owner.

She had been out looking for WALKA for 2 hours.

I gave her my address.

I was cleaning up WALKA and had wrapped him in a towel when I saw someone walking by.

Opening the front door – I called out to the person – thinking it may be WALKA’s Mom ….

Ended up being WALKA’s Dad, he had a up bun and sweats …. from a distance …. anyway.

He came over and the story ends.

Apparently WALKA gets out often and the DAD was grateful to the neighbours.

I was happy that everything worked out.

Two hours later I was at work.

Whoops time to fly.

 

Special Hello to: WALKA, our new friend

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 29th day of June, 2018.

It is overcast at the moment with clear skies to the south (we are facing south at this time).

Feels okay outside as I was out earlier in my p.j.’s and there is no breeze.

We had a shower overnight.

Never heard a thing.

I took a vacation day to have an extra long weekend.

Yesterday we had a request to look after Master Teddy for today and tomorrow.

So he will be joining us soon.

I have changed my plans somewhat but I am flexible.

One can go through photos on the computer just as easily on Sunday as today.

One can delete emails just as easily on Sunday as today.

It all works out.

 

Well last night was our Ladies Paint NIGHT.

It was a blast.

The artist instructor was very nice.

She tried to be funny and all the ladies were not quite sure what to do.

So we laughed where appropriate and carried on.

She had done something like 242 classes.

Crazy hey.

We sat at tables at the Tony Romas Restaurant in St. Albert.

It did feel at bit awkward as I felt low in proximity to the canvas.

But that is no excuse for my “starfish.”

I tried to follow her instructions for the most part and found myself going my own way.

She claimed as my paint tray was messy that was a sign of an “artist.”

Not quite sure about that but we GIRLS did have so much fun.

We laughed and almost cried.

The girls, my friends did a great job.

We are going to find another one to do.

I thought perhaps a landscape with trees.

Practice.

I have always like abstract and that has been my thing.

But here is a few shots of my “work of art.”

My starfish’s name is “Fred” after Freddy Flintstone.

 

 

 

Well should sign off for now as Master Teddy will be along shortly.

I wish you all a wonderful Friday.

I know that I am going to enjoy this day.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 21st day of June, 2018.

DA DA DA …… (supposed to be trumpet) Today is the first day of SUMMER for 2018.

It is hot in the house unless you are sitting beside the fan or by the windows which are all open for the next bit.

Downstairs has cooled off so should be okay for me, Alvin.

 

Last night on the bus ride home the bus “broke down.”

We were only about ten minutes into the ride from where I get onto the bus when stopped at a red light; an alarm came on.

Sounds like a phone ringing.

Anyway everyone is looking at each other.

The back doors had come open.

The driver tried to close them to no avail.

So he called it in.

After turning the bus off and “resetting the computer” the alarm went off.

He managed to get the door closed but as soon as he drove the alarm went off again.

We sat for just over 15 minutes on a full bus in the HEAT with the alarm going off and on.

He called it in again and asked for buses to stop and pick up his passengers.

By this time people had escaped from the bus.

It was kind of funny one girl went to get off and the driver told her to get back as it was unsafe.

She in turn said well others have got off and he replied that she needed to sit down (nicely).

He was in the first hour of his shift when this happened.

I think he was hot and frazzled by that time.

Anyway we all climbed off the bus.

I along with 50 of my bus mates walked back to the bus stop (behind the bus) and waited.

One bus went by and the driver was out and managed to flag him over.

I could see the “100” which is the one that I catch (there are several at that time of day).

Some woman walked to be in front of me.

So I walked over and the driver of the 100 stopped right by me.

When he opened the doors it was my regular driver (he had been late and I had not asked if he turned into the 119 which takes me straight home from downtown with a few stops).

Long story short …. only about 20 minutes late getting home.

 

NOW for the cute story.

This morning as Alvin and I were out for our 5 a.m. stroll I spotted this black and white cat down in the trees by the water.

It was walking along as we were coming up to the benches and trash can.

As we approached it moved and sat under the bench which I thought was very odd.

It remained there as I steered Alvin away as not to start a commotion.

As we walked by the cat remained under the bench.

I looked down on the sidewalk and saw why?

There was his catch for the morning laying on the sidewalk by the bench.

Argh, a mouse.

We quickly continued on and as we turned the bend I looked back to see the cat jumping through the air and what looked like the mouse jumping, too.

Perhaps the mouse had only been knocked out or was playing “dead.”

OR the cat was batting him all over the place.

It was quite the sight.

So that was my morning.

Just about time to leave to catch the bus.

Have to close all of the windows.

 

Have an awesome Thursday and first day of summer.

We are having Teddy come for a sleepover beginning tonight.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter who is my pride and joy and who helps people in many ways.  Love you my darling.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 6th day of June, 2018.

A beautiful morning with sunshine and blue skies.

There remains at this time a bit of coolness to the air.

But to warm up over the course of the day and the next two.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk last night.

Not too many folks out but we did bump into some folks we had met another time.

Last night I went over to my NORWEX Leader’s house for some additional information.

She is a nice person and reminds me so much of a gal that works at Alvin’s Vet Clinic.

They both sound exactly the same and even similar features.

 

Well my carpool starts vacation this afternoon so it will be back to taking the old City BUS until next Tuesday.

Will have to see what is new on public transit.

Likely should check to see if the schedule changed.

 

Funny how you can be dreaming and wake up and are surprised it was not actually happening.

I had such dreams last night well actually just happened while dozing on the sofa this morning.

We had 1.5 hours give or take, well actually take and I had the most bizarre dream.

There were dogs, me, a house, police officers, water, flooding, fake police officers, plants, carpool, work and more.

 

Well almost time to hit the road.

Happy to have a ride this morning.

 

Have a great Wednesday.

Special Hello to: all the dreamers….

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 2nd day of May, 2018.

Here we go.

Summer is only a breath away or perhaps two.

The sunrise is lovely this morning.

Still on the cool side but by afternoon and the time that Alvin and I go for a walk it is quite comfortable.

Perfect actually for a walk.

The geese have taken up residence by our ponds.

I love the geese except for the little bundles they leave on the sidewalk.

Soon they shall have their babies, goslings.

They are so cute.

But really, what babies are not?

All babies are cute and most are cuddly.

Perhaps I would not wish to cuddle with a baby alligator or crocodile.

Here is a photo from last June (2017).

Oh, they are so so cute.

Have to watch out for the babies, will not be long now.

Penny and Elton as pups.

They were so cute and we will miss them forever.

Alvin with his toys & the blue blanket was a gift from his foster parents.  MY BABY BOY.

A baby – calf

 

So many babies in our lives.

We are touched by them all.

Today I am thinking of renewal.

New life ….. babies of all descriptions.

Keep all of the little ones safe today and always.

Nourish them and treat them with respect.

 

Well here we go almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you all have an awesome Wednesday.

Alvin is starting to make laying on his blue blanket part of the norm, now.

Oh, my boy.

 

Happy Wednesday.

Special Hello to: all those parents out there – whether your babies are two or four-legged or many or none – all life is precious.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 24th day of April, 2018.

The sun is beginning to rise in the morning sky.

The air inside the house is on the “cool” side as I turned the thermostat downwards, not off, just down.

Today is to be +20 degrees celsius.

 

Last night Alvin and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk together after work.

Most of the snow / ice has melted.

There was a fairly large patch of water covering the sidewalk but we walked around it the best we could.

My shoes and Alvin’s paws managed to get wet.

Although I was not deliberately trying to get mine wet.

What a guy!

We picked up some trash along the way.

As there always seems to be some laying about.

Next weekend will be my big trash pickup.

 

So happy for this weather.

Finally, I believe that I can put our winter clothing away.

Alvin will no longer require his winter coats.

That will be my Saturday project.

 

I do love going through my closets and containers.

Checking on what needs to find a new home and what to keep and wear for the summer months.

I do need to bring my shoes upstairs and see what I have.

 

Alvin just popped into the office.

He was sniffing about as dogs will do.

I have a little blue blanket in the office which usually is draped over the arm of my chair.

I placed it on the floor, he gave it a couple of kicks and then has curled up.

He almost never curls up on the blanket.

Usually just sits or lays down.

So cute.

 

Well almost time to put the finishing touches on getting ready for work.

I wish you all a Happy Day and as I was reminded that everyday is EARTH DAY.

I love that.

It certainly is …. everyday I do my best to help our environment and I hope that you do, as well.

Have an awesome EARTH DAY.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who love to read.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 15th day of April, 2018.

Overcast this morning but not cold outside.

I have a pool of water taking up most of the green space in the back yard.

It is waiting for the ground to thaw and for warmer temperatures to carry it out to the storm drain.

Gotta love spring.

At the other end of the water is a snowbank.

Poor Alvin …. no where to go.

Thankfully there remains some snow on the deck for those early morning bathroom breaks and at night.

Slowly the snow is melting.

When I look down our street it still looks like winter.

On the side that faces north there remains about two or so feet of snow on the front yards and on the side that faces south, NONE.

 

I was listening to a program on television reporting about the melting permafrost in the Northern part of Canada.

Slowly land is disappearing and falling away.

Anything buried in the permafrost over time since perhaps the beginning of time is thawing.

Scary thought.

Bacteria, dust and mold.

All once frozen is thawing.

Anthrax from a once frozen animal has made a child deathly ill.

 

I am not quite certain how I went from spring to the melting permafrost in our North.

Point being our climate – our environment is changing.

We see it in many ways all around the world.

If you think that picking up that piece of styrofoam laying on the front lawn Or that flicking your cigarette butt into the storm drain DOES NOT MATTER,

You are sadly mistaken.

Our oceans are filled with garbage.

Microscopic plastic fibres are finding their way into the drinking water.

Marine life are eating what they think is food.

We are eating that marine life.

 

Something to think about.

It is not something we can ignore any longer.

 

Special Hello to:   all residents of the planet Earth.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 30th day of March, 2018.

Today is “Good Friday.”

Here in Edmonton the snow is lightly falling to the ground.

It is just after 10:30 a.m. and I can see in the near future – some shovelling for me.

 

Update on Mr. Alvin.

His ears are healing nicely.

We went yesterday for a follow-up and went well.

He will be going again next week to ensure that the final treatment did the work, and his ear has healed.

 

We are preparing for company tomorrow.

Master Teddy will arrive tomorrow morning for a sleepover.

The afternoon will bring my daughter and her family for a visit and supper.

Looking forward to our company.

 

So today is laundry, cleaning and SHOVELLING.

 

I hope that wherever you are that you are safe and happy.

Drive carefully.

Be good to each other.

As always treat every living creature you encounter with respect.

We share this world.

Also to note “the living creatures” includes our environment.

Our environment … the trees ….. the plants ….. the water…. the air …… insects ……

We need it all.

If we work together this planet could last us indefinitely.

Be selfless not selfish.

 

Have a great day.

Remember to play and enjoy.

With respect.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 9th day of November, 2017.

We had an “interesting” staff meeting.

The lunch and snacks provided were great.

Back to the office today.

Ended up home a bit early so was able to get outside while it was still light.

We found this roll of paper towel close to our friend’s car so we ran it to their house.

Had a quick visit to see how everyone is doing.

Just after we hit the public sidewalk – I heard someone calling my name.

I turned to see Alvin’s girl friend “Miss Abi” and her Momma coming up the sidewalk.

Alvin ran to Abi, just like in the movies.

Abi gave me a kiss …. she loves me.

They got all tangled together …..

We visited, caught up and continues walking together until the pups started to raise up their paws from the cold sidewalk, which did not take too long.

It really was not terribly cold.

I am always aware of the temperature.

But we enjoyed our time together.

Always great to run into old friends and of course, nice for Alvin to see his girl friend.

They are so cute together.

Sometimes madly in love other times a quick sniff and they each go the other way.

Just like people, I suppose.

 

Well time again to leave for work.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Happy Thursday.

 

Special Hello to:  if you have plants, do not forget to water them ( I moved my plants to my office because of the Christmas decorations and almost forgot to water them, I see them every morning).

Always, Carol & Alvin

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