Second Half of the NEW YEAR

Good Morning All,

Another gorgeous fall day on the way.

The mornings are usually on the cool side but by noon the temperature is warm.

I went for a walk yesterday at noon.

Figuring it was the first walk by myself in close to a decade.

Usually I walk with Alvin or I am walking with someone or to somewhere.

This time totally on my own ….. just enjoying the beautiful fall day.

I saw a few folks that we know and first thing everyone said was “Where’s Alvin?”

He is definitely known and loved.

The leaves on the trees are the most colourful hues of yellow and reds.

Not too many green leaves left at this point.

Despite the many attempts at the wind to blow off the leaves they are hanging on.

There is something about the smell of the air in the fall.

Perhaps my imagination ….. goodness though …..

Even the wild roses at the entrance to our park are still blooming.

I love their fragrance.

 

Last night I had a good sleep …… even though we both get up during the night and Alvin gets up early …. I sleep better with him than without.

My boy, my boy.

I know that he is well cared for and hopefully enjoying his time at his sister’s house.

He is such a homebody …… always takes him a few days to acclimatize to new surroundings.

But on the other hand he does seldom leaves home so it is a big deal when he does.

 

I will say that it takes me a while to get used to the dark mornings.

In the summer it is light at this time …. bright sunshine…..now not.

Although it does look like rain ….

I will start to clean up some of the garden that is starting to go.

Always amazing how long some of the flowers and plants last as the temperatures fall.

 

Oh, last night I was watching “THE MASKED SINGER.”

WOW, I love that show.

Not sure why I haven’t been watching it but it is great.

Okay sometimes I am slow to the table ….. they are starting their 4th Season.

Incredible costumes and talent.

The only downside is all the costumes ….. what happens to all of them.

More items for the landfill.

Okay, perhaps should not go there.

Sometimes hard to think any differently.

 

Well I guess it is starting to get closer to work time.

It always seems to creep up faster every morning.

Likely in my head ….. I know.

 

I hope that wherever you are …. that you are safe and in good health.

Wishing you much kindness and respect.

From here in Alberta, Canada.

Living with kindness and respect,

I/We shall remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

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It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All,

Welcome to a snowy Saturday morning.

What happened to the beautiful sunrise?

What happened to the clear blue sky?

What happened to the feeling of spring?

Feels like winter will never end.

That feeling of dread.

Is that because we are all feeling that things will never end?

That our way of life has somewhat changed forever.

It is a possibility.

Some things will never be the same, that is likely.

Perhaps it is ?

You know how your thoughts become things?

Right.

Perhaps we all collectively need to change our “thoughts.”

We can do this.

 

Everyone close your eyes.

Visualize a bright sunny day.

The air is warm.

You are out walking in your sandals or running shoes.

You are wearing a light sweater and comfortable pants maybe even shorts.

The slightest whisper of a breeze lands on your cheeks providing a cooling effect.

You have your sunglasses on because it is nice and bright.

As you become closer to the entrance to the park, the fragrance of wild roses overtakes your senses.

You just have to stop and take in that wonderful aroma as it tingles every part of your nose.

The shade of green that colours the grass makes you feel happy.

As you walk you have this feeling that life is great.

You just want to dance.

You are feeling joyful and safe and filled with gratitude.

Your little dog walks ahead of you at the full length of the leash.

He is loving life as he sniffs about.

Life is perfect.

You are feeling glorious.

This is the perfect day.

 

This is the perfect day.

 

Wishing you the most perfect day.

We can do this.

We have got this.

We can change this ……

We are the world…..

 

Happy Saturday.

 

Time to get dressed, changed bedding, gather the laundry, have breakfast, perhaps do some shovelling (forgot about the driveway during the last snowfall, argh).

There are things to do.

One of the television stations (old school) is playing some of the JAMES BOND movies today.

The ones with Daniel Craig.

At least two of them for sure.

Wishing you a grand day.

Be safe and in good health.

Remember to eat some oranges and broccoli.

Go for a walk if you are able OR do some stretches.

 

I/We are with you,

In kindness and with respect,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  answering the after hour calls last night from 4-7 p.m. went went.  I was answering with a couple of lads from the office and we made a great team.

A friend brought me groceries yesterday.

Life is good.

Forgot story from last night.

Two lads walking down the sidewalk across the street from my house.

Dressed in onesies ….. full length ….. like baby sleepers.

One was leopard print and the other a bright green.

Not sure where they were going or what they were thinking.

It definitely make me smile.

AND

There was a bunny in the yard across the street from us.

Alvin was situated in his chair looking out the window at the bunny.

A German Shepherd and his female pack leader came walking around the corner.

The dog got wind of the bunny.

Hilarity ensued.

The gal was pulled by this huge dog over a snowbank and onto the street.

She was holding on for dear life.

The bunny of course, gone.

Once they were out of site.

The bunny was back.

Bunny came across the street and was eating when my neighbour who feeds the bunnies.

Came out and started to put out some food for them.

The bunny left to the safety of across the street.

As soon as she was gone into her house.

Bunny was back.

Alvin enjoyed the show.

The photos were all taken from behind the blinds.

 

 

Happy Days.

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 11th day of July, 2018.

The sky is overcast but there are patches of clear sky hiding just beneath the rain clouds.

Last night the heavens opened and boy did we ever get some rain.

So happy that my flowers and one tomato plant are enjoying all this rain.

They lose a few petals with the strength of the rain pelting against them but in the end look better than ever.

So enjoying my flowers this year as I do actually every year.

The deck looks great.

The roses that line the walk entering our neighbourhood park are so gorgeous.

That fragrance stops you in your tracks as you walk between two rows of the pinkness that are those “wild roses.”

I wished that I could bottle that exact combination of pure bliss.

I could stand there forever.

Alvin likes the roses but for another reason.

He usually tries to pee on the bush.

I do tell him to be careful of the thorns.

Does he listen?

Sometimes.

The roses seem to thrive regardless of how many times he has peed on them.

Poor roses.

 

Last night the carpool dropped me off at 4:35 p.m. – so as it was too early for supper – I decided to grab the boy and head out for a walk.

It was perfect.

By that time the skies were filling with rain clouds big and perfect and the temperature had started to drop.

It was great.

Alvin decided just over the half way point that it was time to head back for home.

When he makes up his mind, that is it.

So back home.

Great to have two walks in the same day.

 

The evening was relatively quiet.

My friends called about the boards that I need to fix my fence in the back yard.

“N” wanted to come and see to ensure that he was selecting the proper ones.

Guess what, I even measured it perfectly (on Sunday all by myself).

Happy about that.

Not easy to measure something by yourself.

Although the measuring tape is metal and is kind of weighted at the end.

 

The training at work went well and was shorter than we first had been advised.

So practice over the next couple of days.

 

The breeze is helping to cool off the house as I have all of the windows open at this time.

It sure helps.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

I am feeling just a tad tired as the storm kind of kept my up last night.

Just after I put my book down last night and turned out the light there was a major BOOM of THUNDER causing both Alvin and I to jump up.

At the same time.

 

I hope that you all have an awesome Wednesday.

Two more to go and then it is the weekend.

Wednesdays are nice …. mid week and all.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter who always makes me smile.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 10th day of June, 2014.

Good Morning Sunshine ….. at least it was very sunny before I stepped into the shower.

I am so grateful for the rain …… we did need the moisture.

Now we could use some sunshine …… the warm blast of sun rays.

I can feel it now.

I can imagine it now.

Perhaps if I really use my imagination ….. the sun will really shine.

The flowers and grass are growing ….. flowers blooming …..

Soon the wild roses will be blooming and the fragrance is unbelievable.

That is my favourite time to go on walks with “me Alvin” ….. when the roses are blooming.

The waft as you walk by and by and by …. (sometimes I go back and forth).

Well of course, I am silly because I loved to walk anytime …. anywhere but most especially when the roses are in fine form.

There is nothing in a bottle that compares to them.

Well I am running late …. how did that happen.

Oh well ……

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Keep smelling the “roses” or whatever your favourite flower might be.

Nature has so many glorious scents.

Thank you Mother Nature.

Special Hello to: my sister who is travelling ….. safe drive.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 14th day of May, 2014.

Okay, really ….. almost the middle of May ….. WOW.

Time ……

I was so surprised when I looked out my bedroom window this morning and low and behold across the street the trees are not just in bud but are in leaves.

WOW, now that certainly appeared to happen over night.

What a glorious surprise.

That makes it official ….. spring and summer are here…..

We have green …. the trees are green …. some of them anyway.

My tree is in the budding phase.

But I am so happy that across the street there be leaves on the trees.

I could just do a happy dance.

Also some of my neighbours have flower basket ( likely from Mother’s Day ) and that makes me happy.

I am so excited to go flower shopping …… plant me some flowers……

Another happy dance.

I love flowers and plants and trees and grass …. green and colour and the smell ….

There is nothing like the fragrance of wild roses.

They will be flowering over the next little while.

So gorgeous …. the pinks.

Can you tell what mood I am in?

Well looks like Mr. Alvin would like to go downstairs and outside.

So the boss has “spoken.”

Have the best day and I sure hope that you are surrounded by colour and delightful fragrances.

Smile …… happy dance ….. smiling ….. grooving to the beat …. of HAPPINESS.

Special Hello to: my friends “G” and “S” who are helping me with the neighbourhood clean-up and also to my daughter.  I am surrounded by the best people.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Well here we are today, this morning and it is Tuesday, June 26th, 2012.

The sun is shining here in Edmonton and I imagine the birds to be singing ( if I were outside ), and the sky is a brilliant blue.

A perfect morning.  The perfect beginning.

I am grateful to be here at this very moment and enjoying the grandeur of the morning as I type these words and be ready to go to work.

My mind wonders …..

Last night when Alvin and I went for a walk ….. the wild roses that line the walkways in our neighbourhood sought out my nose as we entered their domain…..

The smell whisked me up and carried me away ….. ah, so beautiful…..if I could only bottle that fragrance, and then spray it whenever I wanted that smell…

So glorious, absolutely out of this world ….. second to none.  Do I sound like I love the smell of these roses?  LOL.

I only wish that my Grandmother “Stella” could be here to enjoy them with me but then again perhaps she is ……

It should always be this simple and this easy.

I wish for you, me and us on this Tuesday a day of simplicity and beauty, love and laughter and abundance.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to:  all those folks who love roses and flowers……

 

Always, Carol and Mr. Alvin (who also loves the smell of roses)….

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