Second Half of the NEW YEAR

Good Morning Everyone!

What a gorgeous morning here in Edmonton.

The sky is clear after an evening of rain.

The grass is even more green (did not think was possible).

The flowers and trees and plants had a nice drink of water direct from Mother Nature.

Alvin is sitting facing the doorway as he sometimes does.

Not sure if that is his getting ready to run pose or what exactly he is thinking.

What a guy.


Yesterday my daughter took a shopping trip to The COSTCO, yup an adventure, always.

She picked up a few items that I figured I needed ( actually I did ).

But somehow I always manage to miss asking for something and this time it was dishwashing tablets.

Lucky for me that I only run the dishwasher once or twice a week so I am good for two or three more weeks.

Will pick them up next time.

The most exciting item that I got other than pea pods and oranges was a new PILLOW for sleeping.

I was thrilled when it came time for bed to try it out.

So the pillow obviously from Costco.

It is called “novaform” by Innocor Comfort.

First time that I have had a memory foam pillow.

I will say that I had the best sleep in likely years or perhaps ever.

The memory foam supported my head and neck perfectly.

I am so happy that I had this last minute idea and asked my daughter to grab me a pillow.

She picked out just the most perfect one for me.

I guess next time will get one for Alvin for those times where actually lays on the pillow.

Guess what there is even a FIVE YEAR Warranty on the pillow.

I have never heard of that before and that makes me happy.

When you have a good sleep – somehow you feel as though you can achieve anything.

Also very thankful today is Friday after my first week back to work.

I can hear the kitten Bogart meowing outside next door likely playing with his big brother Humphrey.


Well time to get this show on the road.

A mug of freshly brewed coffee.

Just had a refreshing shower, even dressed up and put on makeup.

I am expecting GREAT things today.

Perhaps an unexpected visitor?

Who knows but today is going to be spectacular, fantastic and the beginning of something more than I could have ever dreamed.

That is going to be today, Friday, August 21, 2020.


Have an awesome day.

Filled with kindness and respect for all.

Light up the world with your good energy.

Be safe.


I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Mr. Alvin


P.S. I wrote the dedication to my first book last night and have a title and the cover.  On my way.


Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and today is Wednesday.

How many sleeps till Christmas Eve?

Did you check the calendar?

One day less than yesterday.

Right answer.

Last night after our walk which was another short one.

I cannot blame Mr. Alvin as it was kind of ugly outside.

Blowing snow and all that.

Once home I got him out of his jacket and harness and all warm inside the house before going to shovel.

I shovelled both neighbours on either side of us.

A short time later it looked like I had not shovelled.

It just kept snowing.

Thankfully not so much.


One of my friends from the down the street stopped by and had tea and a visit with us.

So a nice quiet evening.


This post is going to be a short / a small one due to me having some toilet issues.

The on-suite toilet needed some help.

So in with a plunger.


Hopefully that fixed things.

Always have to watch just how much paper one uses.

I am guilty of using too much, I think.

Perhaps this is just a tad personal but sometimes it is worth sharing so that others may learn from your experience.

Well from one poop story to the next.

Time to go downstairs and pick up the poop from earlier this morning.

Sorry ….


I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Filled with kindness and respect.


Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Welcome to Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 …..

So I hope that this finds you feeling great this morning.

The wind is blowing here in Edmonton.

I always think that whenever the wind blows in the morning that it is bringing change.

Usually that is true for the weather and other things.

I hope that whatever it is that it is WONDERFUL.

Positive change, that would be good.


How are you with change?

Does it always take you by surprise?

Or are you always ready and up for the challenge that change so often brings?


I will say that likely the last five years have brought about the most change that I have experienced over my lifetime thus far.

For the most part, it has been all good ….. only a couple of things that I would have perhaps done a bit differently …..


Well I guess we can ponder “how we deal with change” for this “windy” day ……

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and that whatever life brings your way this day …. that it is GREAT.

Take Care.


Special Hello to: all those people who have recently retired from their long-time jobs ….. ENJOY.


Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday, December 3rd, 2012.

It is that time of year to reflect.

For me, I guess upon reflection it is a reminder to make the most of each and every day we have upon this earth.

Treasure the moments with loved ones whether friends or family and to be kind.

Perhaps most of all… it is incumbent upon us to treat one another with respect and generosity of heart.

Sometimes in the mad rush of life we seem to forget this.

I hope that as you begin the first day of the first week of the last month of 2012 that you will reflect upon this year with a smile knowing that you did “good” and that you will continue to be kind to the world.

Spread the word.

Let us be kind ….. let us be generous….let us be great.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to:  all of the Angels who watch over us each and every day.


Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Wow, here were are on the last day of April 2012 …… the 30th and it is a beautiful Monday morning.

It rained overnight as the deck was wet and earlier there were clouds in the sky but now THE SUN IS COMING UP AND IT IS GLORIOUS.

Yes, the sun is shining ….. I love the mornings when you are getting up and ready to the sun shining.

Soon we shall not require the lights to be on and that is a real treat.

I love saving on electricity ….

Happy Monday everyone.

I hope that wherever you are ….. THE SUN IS SHINING.

The sky here in Edmonton is the most palest of blues with a hint of pink off the horizon and if I could see the sun coming up from my office window (it faces south), it would be oranges, yellows and pinks…

I truly love this time of day when the sun is coming up full of promises for a wonderful day.

I hope that you have a glorious day.

Special Hello to: the WORLD….to every man, woman and child and creatures: four-legged and other…. Happy Monday.


Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Happy Friday, January 6th, 2011 ….. Happy Birthday to my BF Linda who lives in Regina.

Wow, here we are again at Friday.

Alvin slept at his sister’s house last night so the house is extra quiet this morning.

I slept later than usual and changed up my routine so it seems weird, a bit strange.

Do you change up your routine?

Change is good …. change means growth….. so I guess this was a good thing.

But somehow I cannot decide “winter boots” and carry shoes, or just wear “runners”……. OMG….

I miss my Alvin …… it is nice to have some alone time but …….

So on this Friday ….. the end of the first full week in the New Year …….

I wish you all great blessings for a wonderful day and weekend.

Special Hello:  of course to the Birthday girl……

Always, Carol

Thought for the day…..

Good Wonderful Wednesday Morning Everyone ….. today is December 7th, 2011.


How are you today?

I am great.

Just wanted to see how you were and wish you a wonderful day.

May all your dreams come true,

May good health become you,

May love and laughter be second nature,

May joyous feelings fill the air,

May wealth and abundance envelope you and keep you.

May you always have enough food to eat, water to drink and a warm roof over your head.

May you always love yourself, and then the rest of the world will follow in kind.

Have a great great day.

Special Hello to:  YOU, my friend.

Always, Carol

Thought for the day……

Fantastic Friday Morning …… Hello Everyone….

Today is my niece Dee’s (Dara’s) 27th Birthday, and I want to WISH her the most amazing, awesome, great, wonderful DAY.

It seems like only yesterday that she was born.

She was my first niece, and will always hold a special place in my heart.

This young woman is soft-spoken but can certainly hold her own when she has to.

She has a heart of gold (which runs in our family)   ……

She is smart, witty and funny.

She is a superb Mom and Wife, Daughter, Sister, Niece and Friend.

At 27 she is going back to school (upgrading) so that she can become a nurse.

She works full-time, too.

How wonderful is that!

I am so incredibly proud of her.

I really could write for hours about this girl, this woman but I shall keep it short and sweet.

On this day ….. let’s tip our hats or lift our hands high into the air to WISH DARA …


Happy Birthday My Girl.

May your light continue to shine down upon this earth.

May your blessings be too many to count.

May your days be filled with love and laughter.

May abundance be all around you.

May your dreams all come true.

Special Hello: DARA, DARA, DARA, DARA …….. Happy Birthday….

Always, Carol

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning Everyone,

What a wonderful day.  We (me and Alvin) were up early …. wrote in my journal, walked with Alvin down by the lake, cut the front lawn, raked it and watered it (forecast was for rain but not sure if it will happen), watered shrubs and grass in the back as well as cut the grass, baked a pineapple cake and am on my way to give Sir Alvin a bath.  Once that is done, I have some computer work to do and prepare our jewelry for the upcoming open house on June 11th.  Busy day.

It always feels great to accomplish several jobs early in the day ……

I hope that you are getting to your TO DO list and feel that great sense of pride and satisfaction of a job well done.

Have the best day everyone.

Happy Wednesday.

May your day be filled with riches beyond belief.

You are worthy and deserving…

Always, Carol

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