Welcome to December 2020

Good Morning ALL. How are you this Monday morning. Wow, it is December 14, 2020. Almost there. Officially it is “10 sleeps/days” until Christmas Eve Day. Yesterday was an exciting day in our household. First thing in the morning my friend Amber dropped off my Fifth Avenue Collection (FAC) party order which included the orders from my friends and my daughter and mine of course. I love, love my new ELEPHANT necklace so pretty. We chatted masked and distancing for a few minutes before they were on their way to COSTCO for groceries. I almost forgot to send with her the boxes of Christmas treats (baking) that I had prepared on Saturday. Luckily she had said something unrelated about baking and it tweaked my memory banks. Thank goodness. That would have been incredibly sad.

My daughter came for a visit, we had chocolate gingerbread pancakes ( I am always experimenting and most times they turned out, they were good but different texture), she brought us their 58 inch television and most of groceries required for Christmas Dinner/ Supper. When she arrived I helped her bring the television into the house as well as the groceries and after putting the food away we sat down to enjoy the pancakes. Alvin was happy to have “banana” again as we had run out a few days ago. After our breakfast we started the process of taking down the old television (which required me to go to the garage and bring in some tools), down came the old one but putting up the new one required further assistance. We called on our masked friend to come and help as we needed another tool (SHE came with a full on handy dandy tool kit) and in a few minutes we had the new television up. My friend left and we then realized when plugging in the cords that there was no room to plug in one of the cords on the back of the t.v. (honestly I am not very technical so I just don’t remember the name) due to the wall frame thingy BUT my intelligent daughter figured it out and then we had this glorious picture on the screen. It felt as though I was watching a movie on the big screen. Now I had planned to bake another batch of sugar cookies and wrap Christmas presents but somehow my get and go got up and left. My daughter left shortly after the television was up and running. I decided that we needed to just veg and watch CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS complete with a bowl of popcorn. Felt like I was in someone else’s house with this huge television. I think Alvin even took notice. Well we snuggled and enjoyed the movie. Once over I started wrapping Christmas presents. Starting with my son-in-law. I had brought the wrapping paper and bags up from the basement and the gifts down from upstairs. Tape was in a kitchen drawer. I had all Steven’s gifts wrapped and then placed under the tree when I decided why not fill his stocking. There was nothing edible in it so I wrapped his stocking stuffers and placed the stocking carefully under the tree and back to the kitchen and back to wrapping all Alvin’s friends gifts and he has lots of friends. While I was wrapping Alvin was “laying on the sofa” or so I thought when I heard this odd sound followed by what sounded like “tissue paper being torn” so I RAN to the living room and found that Mr. Alvin had dragged the stocking across the floor and had carefully removed the first gift out of the stocking and was just in the process of opening it up. OMG, I quickly rescued the stocking and Steven’s gift from the mouth of his four-legged brother-in-law. I guess that I should have thought something was up when I placed the gifts under the tree and he had gone over and was sniffing at them but then again, he is always curious but this is the first time he has actually tried to open something. Needless to say the stocking has been placed elsewhere and all of the gifts that have anything “puppy wise” whether a toy and or treats are sitting wrapped on my the kitchen counter. I had an open space and it is out of the way of food preparation and stuff. I should have checked to see if I could upload my photos and forgot again. Most of the gifts are wrapped except for some of my daughter’s so I am good to go. All of the gifts that have to go elsewhere are wrapped. Thankfully.

I was done wrapping, had supper and had taken a couple of sweet treats from one of the many containers in the fridge when I decided to see if I could downsize some of the containers. One beings EGGS. I had two dozen in regular cartons and part of a flat carton so I thought I would move a dozen to the flat carton. Well I had forgot just how flimsy the carton bed was and before you know it I had several eggs on the floor, all over the fridge. Mr. Alvin was coming to investigate and I warned him “not to” and he actually kept his distance. I lost several eggs and some had fallen on the ledge and had not broken. YAY, I thought for a quick minute before the door closed and I heard egg shells crushing. I did manage to retrieve three eggs that the shell was broken only and were still on the fridge ledge so I made eggs for breakfast today. ARGH. It was sad, funny and frustrating. Mostly funny. I ended up steam mopping the floor – just in case.

What a day. I also forgot that one of my best pals dropped off my Christmas present and Christmas baking. We are not able to get together for our annual Christmas dinner and party so we are dropping off the gifts and baking and then we will be zooming on Saturday. My fridge has officially exploded with baking some of which is waiting to be delivered tonight and others that are ALL MINE to ENJOY.

Well it looks like it is time to get this show on the road. What a Sunday we had. Mostly great. I still cannot believe that I have this gigantic beautiful television in my living room and in fact, I had to adjust my eyes this morning to ensure that I was not dreaming.

Living this life with kindness, respect and compassion for all – is what we all need to do.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning ALL. I guess that I have needed the sleep. Again, up at 4:15 a.m. and then Mr. Alvin wanted to go outside about 7:30 and then up lost to 9:00 a.m. I feel rested though so I guess I should not feel guilty for sleeping in. Why is it that we feel guilty when we do things that are a bit out of our everyday? Oh well, not this day. Not this day. The sun is rising which is beautiful and nice to see. During the week it is dark when we rise and dark when I start work and then the sun rises. I am in love with the colours of the sky during sunrise. It is worth paying attention to ….. the palette is amazing. Every morning is slightly different.

Yesterday I had a busy day. Laundry, cleaning, moving and reorganizing the kitchen (workspace), washing main floor, cleaning bathrooms and such. A good produce day. I even almost finished my Christmas Project – just a few finishing touches and then wrapping. I will start wrapping the rest of the gifts that I have soon over the next couple of weeks. Last night I was going over the list in my head to see if I had something for everyone. Getting close. Still have Alvin, Aspen, Milo, Humphrey, Bogart, Teddy and Kobi and I should get a little something for Bailey as well. Six gifts for puppies and two for kitties. Looks like I had better take a walk over to THE BONE & BISCUIT and pick up some things. Oh and a couple of stocking stuffers for my daughter and son-in-law and we are done. YAY, Me and Alvin. I am excited for next weekend when the massive baking spree takes place over the course of a few days. I am also hosting another FIFTH AVENUE JEWELRY PARTY for my friend who is a jeweler for them. Now with doing everyone online there are no more phone calls or texts or emails to invite people ….. they receive an invite from FB. That all happens tomorrow. Next weekend will be super busy ….. baking and LIVES for the jewelry “party” on Friday @ 7 p.m., then on Saturday it will be 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. and then finally on Sunday @ 3 p.m. I will be one busy Momma, thankfully I booked Monday, December 7th off as a day of vacation. Just realized that I will have to run and stock up on Mr. Alvin’s food and things as it is after payday. Lots to do. I will say back to the jewelry that I do like the online LIVES. Just kick back with a cup of tea or coffee and watch away. I think you really do get to see more pieces up close and personal. In person, one tends to glance at everything but only see the ones that “catch your eye.” So this will be great. It is my second one actually. Tomorrow I will be busy inviting during my breaks at work and after work.

Yesterday Alvin and I had a nice outside “sidewalk” – “front porch” visit with Alison and Bailey who is now six months. I cannot believe how big she is now and is all legs. She has way longer legs than Mr. Alvin. At one point Alison had to go into the house and grab a blanket for Mr. Alvin as we, Alvin and I ended up sitting on the steps (actually on the landing) and Alvin was getting cold despite his warm sweater. I think his legs and paws were chilly. So that helped and we were able to visit for almost one hour. The temperature was pretty good. It was nice to see them. Alison works at a nearby hospital so visiting in the house these days is not an option. She is extremely cautious when visiting anyone. She only recently was able to hug her Dad & Mom since February as she was able to use/have the gear from the hospital. I was both sad and happy that it has been so long for her. These days it is all about who is in your “bubble” and keeping safe for yourself and others. For all those families who will not be together for Christmas this year, I understand how you must be missing your family but at the end of the day ….. better to have our families alive and well than not. Please let us continue to be courageous and strong in this time of chaos and uncertainty. We will get through this if we work together. I am so glad that I was able to have a nice visit with Alison and chat. It was good for us both. Always nice to see our friends. Thank goodness that our weather is mild at this time and we can meet outside. I suggested my garage next time as we can social distance and have shelter even though it is not heated. We can always bring blankets out and keep the pups warm.

Yesterday I had got this photo of my daughter and me in my head. Do you think that I could find it? No. I looked through every photo box and everywhere. Not sure where it went. Isn’t it funny when you remember something and then go to look for it and cannot locate it. I guess photos are funny like that. I will find it. I am certain at some point. Perhaps a second look through the photo boxes but that takes time. So not today. Time to hop into the shower and get freshened up. I have another tea order to submit today and we are going to see Alvin’s bestie Teddy and family. Alvin is going to have an energy healing. Yes, on the social distancing and I will take one of my masks.

Happy Sunday Everyone. We must continue to rise up and live our lives with kindness, respect and compassion for all. This will be what we will be remembered for ….. that is my hope.

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter.

Good Morning All. Can you believe that it is the weekend once again? My how the time flies. I have a long list of things to accomplish over the next weekends until Christmas. Alvin needs a haircut but I don’t want to do it too soon or he may need a trim and then he has a vet appointment on December 1st and definitely needs a trim before then. So I have decided on Sunday, tomorrow, in the afternoon I will give him a haircut and bath. I believe that the temperature is too be mild for this time of year. There is always laundry to do. Some of the gals that placed Steeped Tea orders from me are coming to pick up their “teas” this weekend. My daughter said that she is coming for a visit. I have that Christmas project that yes, I have not gained any momentum on that as yet. I put it together and it has sat for weeks. I just got stuck. I have other ideas and now cannot make a decision for love nor money. Oh well, there are still “how many days and weeks until Christmas Eve.” I have not counted as yet and that is likely good. Anyway, I always seem to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat (just so you know I would never place a bunny in a hat like that). I mean that I will somehow magically get the project done. I always do somehow. There be cleaning to do and I always would like to make some “energy bites” and “scones.” I love the versatility of both of these as you can make them your own depending on what you have in your pantry and fridge. The energy bites are: oatmeal, coconut, dried cranberries, almonds (the roasted ones from COSTCO) with honey and peanut butter and likely will throw in some M&M’s leftover from Halloween (tucked away for just this). The scones I will add perhaps blueberries. I still do not have eggs. Remember my last time with making scones. The eggs gone very bad!! Anyway that is part of the plan. Always things to do. I am happy that most of my shopping is done and some of the wrapping. Need to pick up things for the fur babies who in our circle have increased in numbers over the past year. We have the grandpups Aspen and Milo. We have our neighbours, the cats Humphrey and Bogart. We have Alvin’s BF Teddy and his little sister Kobi. Then I cannot forget Mr. Alvin. So lots of babies.

Well the clock is ticking away and it is 9:04 a.m. already. I have only changing bedding on our bed and have written this, oh and I guess I have entered in a couple of contests/draws from store receipts. Who wouldn’t like to win a VISA gift card or free groceries. Me, I would.

I hope that you are well. The sunrise is beautiful once again. When I was outside with Mr. Alvin about 45 minutes ago – it was delightful. Definitely will get a walk in today. Looking at my mid section and Mr. Alvin’s – well we have to get outside more often and for longer when the weather permits. I guess we both have to cut down on our food intake. Pretty difficult when we both love to eat. Isn’t it funny how our four-leggeds are more like us than not.

Wishing good health, some fun and laughter and abundance. I hope as I continue to live my life with kindness and respect that you are as well.

Oh, last night I had a great visit with my neighbours down the street. I snapped some photos of their beautiful decorated yard. Oh, I guess I have to figure out why I am not able to upload / download photos from phone to computer. Yes, that has been on the list for awhile. I have to write these things down so that when I can capture my daughter for help, I don’t forget. My poor girl – always has a long list of things to help her “old” Momma with.

Happy Saturday. Alvin is laying outside the office door waiting “patiently.”

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 30th day of November, 2015.

It is a beautiful morning here in Edmonton.

Calm … warm …… perfect.

Alvin and I had a great day yesterday even though part of it included his hair cut and bath.

He does not like getting his hair cut very much and barely tolerates having a bath.

So I am so happy it is all over.

I managed to get his paws trimmed quite well all by myself.

Later on after his hair was dry we donned our winter coats and went for a walk.

It was beautiful out ….

We are so blessed to have this nice weather.

Make it nice when walking and waiting for the bus, for sure.

Last night I wrote out a few Christmas cards to mail.

Will finish them up over the next couple of days.

Next weekend I will be baking.

The only thing left to do is to wrap presents and I will do that the following week or maybe even this weekend.

I love to see things wrapped under the tree.

It will be nice to ready and then I can just relax and enjoy.

My girlfriends and I are having our Christmas get together on the 19th of December and I am so excited.

Well I guess I had better get going …. finish my breakfast which I brought up to the office again.

Somehow I just cannot get past sitting at the table anymore after our recent visitor(s).

I know that they are gone but …..

So wishing you a great Monday.

I hope that you are able to do all that you wish to today ….

Be creative …..

Happy Monday.

Special Hello: my friends near and far

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 ….. only “5” sleeps until Christmas Eve.

How are you doing this morning?      I am doing great.

What is your weather like?   It is brisk here in Edmonton.

Are you getting ready for work?  I am almost ready as we are leaving the house at 6:20 this morning.

Are you still sleeping?  (oh, you are lucky).

Are you preparing for Christmas?  I have baking done, Christmas done and mailed, gifts bought, made and wrapped.  Just final cleaning and preparing of food for that day.

Are you ready?  YES

Are you going away?  Staying home. 

Are you spending Christmas with family and or friends?  Family and a Friend.

Well I had better get downstairs and get my coat and boots on and grab my lunch as it is almost time to go.

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing that life is treating you with respect and you are doing the same.

Take Care and have a great, magical, happy, safe day…….  🙂

Special Hello to:  all my puppy friends out there …..

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

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