Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 7th day of August, 2017.

The sky is partially overcast here in Edmonton and we have already had a rain shower this morning.

The household is up and going already ……

Alvin had me up early and we were later going to bed.

But that is nothing new.

It has been great having my sister staying with us.

Yesterday we enjoyed our time at West Edmonton Mall and luckily were there early before the holiday weekend crowds began to show up.

Once early afternoon hit it was crazy busy with people scurrying about and by that time we were done so we grabbed a bus and came home.

Alvin was happy that we were not away for a long time.

Today we have some grocery shopping to do for the BIRTHDAY PARTY tomorrow night.

My brother arrives tomorrow night and also my sister’s son and family will be dropping in at some point as well.

It was unexpected for them as they were attending a wedding in Calgary but when my nephew had an extra week off from work they decided to come this way.

My nephew’s wife has a brother in a nearby smaller city not far from Edmonton.

So it all works out.

I am excited to see their three sons.

The eldest and I used to do everything together as I was living nearby from the time he was in his Momma’s tummy until I moved to Edmonton.

The next two were born after I moved to Edmonton and the elder of the two I saw only twice and the little guy, not once.

So it will be great to see them and catch up.

Of course, we have SKYPED before so I am not a total surprise to them.

Well time to get this show on the road as I have to prepare my shopping list.

Some housework to do today …… maybe a bit of decorating ……. a few streamers and balloons.

Have an awesome long weekend if you are lucky to have one …..

If not, I hope your Monday is a good one.

Special Hello to: all those folks celebrating a birthday on this day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Friday June 23, 2017 and it is the 48 day until my 60th Birthday.

The top ….

11.  Flowers …. wherever and whenever

10.  Fragrance of my Gran’s flower gardens (memory)

9.  Trips to Jasper 2009 and to Montreal 2007 with my daughter

8.  Looking at old photographs with my sister and brothers ….. remembering when we were younger.

7.  Reading cards and letters from loved ones no longer with us.

6. Business trip to New York City in 1994 which included a week long course held at the old SING SING Prison and followed by the most glorious but scary visit to the World Trade Centre, Broadway Musical, some     sightseeing and shopping.  The Big Apple was so much more than I could ever have imagine.  Some day I would like to go there with my daughter.  Definitely bucket list to return to NYC.

5. Sea Shell Broach that my Grandparents brought me back from their trip to Hawaii, I think I was about 10 (still have it).  One of  my most prized possessions and it fits in the palm of my hand.

4.  The people in my life: my family, of course, and all my beloved friends from a lifetime.  They are the best.  D, V, M, D, L, G, S, H, I, K, M, R, B, M,  and I cannot list them all but they are in my heart each and every minute of my day.

3. My daughter’s wedding and my new son-in-law … sharing that day with her/with them was one of the best days of my life.

 

2. Adoption of  Alvin which was by accident as would not have happened without my kids saying I should adopt a doggie.  He is the wind beneath my sails.

1. Birth of my daughter, Amanda.  She has been and continues to be the star shining brightly in my sky.  I have always been so proud of her from the time she was a wee girl to now as a grown woman.  She is simply the most caring, kind and compassionate woman I know and I learn from her daily. She is a great role model (even for her Momma).  Always my daughter and best friend.

 

 

I could go on and on with this list.  The more I wrote the more I engaged my thoughts and memories.  Really despite a few hiccups along the way I have had and continue to have an amazing life.

The top 60 of my favourite things …… just the beginning.  I hope that I did not forget something important.  Daughter check, Son-in-law check, Sister, Brothers, Family, Friends. …..

I guess that I still have 48 or so days left to jot down some things on the Countdown to 60.

 

Always, Carol

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 1st day of December, 2015.

YAY, it is December …. one of my favourite months of the year.

The other two are March when we daughter was born and January when I adopted Alvin.

I love this time of year.

For me, I love sending Christmas cards, letters and photos to family and friends who live at a distance.

That connection that only Christmas can bring.

For me, I love spending time with my friends and family (as many as possible).

For me, I love helping others as much as possible.

For me, sharing in all of the tasty treats that we only seem to make this time of year.

For me, I love the music ….. the joy it brings.

For me, I love the Christmas shows on television and the movies.

Nothing like watching The Grinch to remind us that even the most unhappy can change.

Tis the season.

The smells …. love it.

 

I do want to share a story that I read on FB last night.

Somewhere on this beautiful planet of ours a couple got married.

They could not afford a wedding cake so instead of going into debt they had platters of bread and butter.

The bread was stacked high.

They were happy and would not be reeling in a few weeks from a high bill from the wedding.

Who knows perhaps this was not even a real story but nevertheless we can all learn from it.

 

I think this is a reminder most especially for this time of year that we need to live within our means.

So many people are trying to keep up with their neighbours …. to what end?

Is it that important to have the newest cell phone?

Is it that important to buy that designer handbag or the newest computer?

Different story if you can afford them but so many people charge their purchases, and then pay the minimum when the bill arrives.

I have been there and am proud to say I do not have a credit card.

Buy what you need and need what you buy.

Words to live by.

 

Whoops I had better get going and get ready to go to work.

I hope that you have an amazing day.

Filled with hope, love and respect.

Special Hello to: my sister …. have not heard from you in a few days…. miss you girl.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 11th day of June, 2014.

Wow, morning sure came fast.

It is so beautiful as I look out my office (at home) and see the sun shine with a clear blue sky.

There is not even a hint of a breeze.

NICE.

I was up just a tad later than usual ….. not even home at 10:00 p.m.

First time in likely years that I was actually away from home on a week night.

Once I got home and ready for bed and read a couple chapters in my book it was almost 11:00 a.m.

I am so blessed that Alvin’s sister asked him to spend the night ….. so no Alvin getting up at 4:45 a.m.

It was a great treat.

I was invited to go to a home party (of a product) from a gal that I work with at the office.

It was so much fun.

I know her husband and her grown-up daughter.

Met so many nice people and also her future son-in-law ….. just so happens we are making the jewellery for this upcoming wedding.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I did miss me Alvin, though.

My friend has two dogs ….. a big dog named “Buddy” who is older but so gentle and quiet.

Their second dog “Elmo” …. more like my Elton was a shy but vocal little one.

Love meeting new doggies.

So all in all it was a great Tuesday evening ….. something different than my usual one

Do you once in awhile do something out of the norm for you?

It can be something as small as going to a home party on a weeknight.

 

Whoa, I just noticed that one of my neighbours to the south a few blocks has their furnace turned on as I see smoke going out of the chimney.

Guess they are feeling a bit chilly.

It has been a bit cool in the house in the mornings but I am not turning on the heat.

I have been wearing my winter p.j.’s on those nights when it has been rainy and cool inside the house.

Okay, not sure why I did not notice before but now I see another one.

First time that I have noticed people having their furnaces on in June.

Yikes.

 

Well time to go and have breakfast and write in my gratitude journal.

I usually do that after Alvin has had his breakfast and done his morning constitutional.

I turned things around for something different this morning.

Time to eat……

I hear oatmeal calling my name ………………..

 

I hope that you continue to stretch and grow …. try something new.

Even the smallest of things is good.

Special Hello to: my daughter who faithfully reads my blog and is my biggest supporter;  I am so grateful for having last night out and about.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to SUNDAY the 8th day of June, 2014.

YAY, it is a beautiful sunny cloudless morning here in Edmonton.

My daughter and grand-puppy Penny are here to have a visit and coffee before I go to work.

I am so blessed as she will drive me to the store and then Alvin will spend the day at her house.

Yesterday was a great day ….. found some gorgeous beads for the wedding in August.

Our second wedding jewellery and second wedding held in Vegas …. I see this being a trend!!

I had the best visit with a neighbour who usually we just visit outside when Alvin and I pass their house.

They have the most beautiful yard and we always stop to say hello when they are outside.

Alvin loves them.

It was a great day.

The only thing on my to do list that I did not get to was chatting with my sister ….. so hopefully this evening after work.

I should be home by 7:00 and that will give me plenty of time.

Life is breezing along and going well.

There are always a few hiccups along the way …. but one only has to think of the silver lining in the situation and find a way to make it better.

Sometimes I know it is not always possible but most times.

It is a matter of living your life to the fullest every moment with no regrets.

Do the best …. be the BEST …… then your life will be the BEST.

I am so grateful ……

So on this sunny Sunday I am feeling wonderful and looking forward to the next moment.

Special Hello to: my sister ….. we will chat tonight?

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 5th day of June, 2014.

Here I almost went again …. started to key May instead of June.

I am not quite in the month of June yet.

Should be soon ……. laughing to myself.

The sky is overcast and it is has been raining here a lot over the past several days.

Last night Alvin and I managed to sneak in a lovely walk between downpours.

We have impeccable timing – I should say.

I sure wished that I knew what Alvin was thinking.

It would be so nice if he could talk.

Er, maybe most times, anyway.

He always seems to have a lot to say.

Sounds like there has been more crazy weather all over the world.

Our neighbours to the south have been plagued with fires and tornadoes.

Other neighbours on the planet – suffered from earthquakes.

I am not sure if there are more or if it is just that “social media” and regular media are quick on the bandwagon and you hear about things in real time.

Another reason that I do not regularly listen to the news.

They should have specific time for news that is “happy, good” …… we need to hear more good things over social media and regular media.

How can we see the silver lining in things if all we hear about is death and destruction, crime and injustice for victims?

Well here we go again …. almost time to leave for work.

The time flies in the morning.

I do so much enjoy this time laying out my thoughts and writing.

This is my life.

Today is my last work day for this week at the office and my second last Friday off before we switch back to no Fridays off.

I will miss them.

Great weekend coming up ….. lots of coffee dates (visits with my girl friends and neighbours) …. shopping for “beads” to make wedding jewellery for another custom order.

I hope that you have a great Thursday.

Let us try to always see the silver lining in whatever comes our way today and always.

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 19th day of October, 2013.

It is overcast with sunny patches and windy.

But we are grateful for the great fall weather.

Yesterday was gorgeous – another double digit day.

 

Today is my daughter and son-in-law’s fifth wedding anniversary.

WOW, time sure flies.

So I would like to take this opportunity to wish them a Happy Anniversary Day and Best Wishes for many more happy years.

Five years ago today the sun was shining it was a bit on the cool side but warmed up throughout the day.

I am going to be grand-puppy sitting in less than one hour so have lots of things to do.

 

I am decorating for Halloween today as well.

Brought up all of the decorations and just have to place them.

Next to Christmas this is my favourite “holiday” …..

I hope that you all have a great Saturday.

 

Always remember to be grateful for your many blessings.

No matter what you have you always have more than someone else.

I am reminded of my many blessings from the people that I talk to and meet throughout my days.

Take care.

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: all of the people who need some positive influences in their lives ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday, the 9th day of July, 2013.

It was thirty years ago today that one of my cousins got married, and it also marks the day of one of Regina’s worst floods.

At that time I was living in the south end of the City of Regina in Saskatchewan with my daughter.

Funny how things just come back to you.

While Alvin and I were out for our morning stroll, it came to me.

I remember being all ready the night before … clothes packed and all.

I remember waking up to water up to my knees in our basement apartment.

It was a crazy day.

Virtually all of our belongings were damaged, and unsalvageable as the sewer backed up.

Thank goodness that we were okay.

I had put all of my photo albums up on our shelving unit so they were dry and safe.

You just never know what will happen over the course of a few hours.

It just rained harder than I had ever seen before in my lifetime.

Having to go out and buy shoes to go to the wedding as all my shoes were on the floor.

Walking barefoot in the mall was almost shameful.

The looks I received.

Believe it or not we did make it to my cousin’s wedding which was out of town … about three hours away.

I am always grateful after the rain to be safe and dry.

The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day.

No matters what happens in life ….. you can always get through it.

Special Hello to:   Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary to my beautiful cousin “V” and her husband “R” ….. I hope that they have a great day.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

P.S. what is with goose poop and dogs wanting to eat it???  Anyone know?

 

 

 

Thought for the day…

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 18th day of June 2013.

I am back.

Quite a busy passed few days and I have missed you all.

My grand-puppies spent a couple of days with us as their parents were out of town at a wedding.

So Alvin had someone to play with and I had extra company.

Elton and Penny are great.

 

Both Alvin and I had some “health” issues.

Mine was a toothache and Alvin I am not quite certain but I am proud to say both of us are back in perfect health.

It is time for a visit to the dentist for a check-up though.

I was concerned when I woke up yesterday morning;  it was 7:00 a.m. and Alvin wasn’t trying to get me up.

I am pretty certain I did not sleep through his 4:30 a.m. wake up call.

But he did.

At one point he turned and looked at me and then put his head back down.

I was kind of dozy so didn’t think much of it.

Must have been the Advil that I had taken for a couple of days that made me sleepy.

I normally do not take pain medication.

When I finally was awake at 9:00 a.m. …… I actually got out of bed and had to pick him up and place him on the floor.

He always jumps down …. his eyes didn’t look right.

I was so worried about my little guy.

You know what kind of a “foodie” my Mr. Alvin is ….. well yesterday morning I put his food in his dish.

He kind of pushed it around for a few minutes.

Now I knew he wasn’t feeling great.

Finally after several minutes and me coaxing him ….. his food bowl was empty.

I am so grateful that me and Alvin are feeling better.

I called the Vet’s office in the morning to see if I should take him in ….

He has an appointment for this Friday unless something changes.

In the afternoon we went for a walk and bumped into my daughter and family so that was nice.

It was a beautiful day.

I also mowed the grass which is growing like crazy with all of this rain.

Well it was supposed to rain overnight and this morning but the sun is up and the sky is a pretty powder blue.

I am not sure if I should place my flowers back in their regular spots …… or not.

If it hails they have no protection…. what a dilemma!!

I guess they will get some sunshine where they are situated.

 

Oh, the roses are so huge this year.

We took a few minutes on our early morning walk to enjoy these beautiful flowers.

We are so blessed to have roses along every pathway and surrounding the entrances to the lakes.

I think that they love all of the moisture …..

I LOVE the smell …. that fragrance is so amazing.

I could lay under a rose bush all day long and just close my eyes and smell that glorious fragrance.

 

Well I guess that pretty much catches up up.

I hope that you had a great weekend.

I wish you all an amazing Tuesday.

May your day be filled with joy and laughter and fun.

 

Special Hello to: everyone on the planet …..

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday, January 7th, 2013 …..

The start of a new week.

Last night I was dreaming of my friends back in Regina ….. it has been awhile since I have seen them, and was thinking of them.

Thinking of special events and such.

I treasure all of my friendships new and old.

Some of my friends I have known since I was a toddler and I am now fifty-five….. so really all of my life.

I am so grateful to have such wonderful friends.

I am blessed as I am able to keep in touch with most of them via social media ….. like FB and now can SKYPE with them as well.

So on this day …. take time to think of your friends …. perhaps send them an email or give them a phone call.

I wish all of my friends everywhere a great day.

I miss you and hope to perhaps see you this summer ……

Take care everyone and have a great day.

Special Hello: to FRIENDS, mine and yours ……. you rock.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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