From ME to YOU

On this wonderful Wednesday.

I just wanted to tell you that something absolutely wonderful is going to happen to you today.

Enjoy.

Happy Wednesday.

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Thought for the day…..

I just wanted to tell you all this story as the thought for the day.

Yesterday, while I was working at Bath & Body Works (West Edmonton Mall).

A lady came into the store looking for a particular item.

I could not help but notice her Texan drawl.

We got to chatting.

She flew to Edmonton to be with her husband who was in business meetings (oil, of course).

This Texan Lady remarked on the beauty of our country.  She also wanted to check out some of Edmonton’s sites.  Even inquired about “public transportation”.  So I gave her the 3-1-1.

Also on the weekend before flying back to Texas they were going to visit Jasper.  I know that they will enjoy their time there.

I quickly told her about other points of interest throughout Canada – like our Maritime relatives and Calgary and Banff to the south.

She remarked on “how very friendly and wonderful everyone in Edmonton and Canada had been to her.”

I told her about when I was a young girl and our family spent the winter in McAllen, Texas.

I felt then as I do now – that Texans are like us …… BIG HEARTED, WARM people.

“We bonded.”  She was so nice.

This is CHEERS to CANADIANS – WE ROCK.

Continue to be the best and most friendly people on the “block” ……. the world is noticing.

It is always good to be liked by your neighbours…..

Have a wonderful FRIDAY everyone.

Always, Carol

P.S. time for coffee……………..

Just have to tell you …..

Quick story.  Last night during our week long wind storm, Mr. Alvin had to take a trip outside.  I opened the back door.  He started walking on the deck.  All of a sudden we heard this noise (kind of scary, groaning sound) Alvin turned his head, and looked up. While I was stepping outside to check things out …. AL high tailed it back into the house.  So what did he see?  Well a large section of siding had come loose on my neighbour’s side of our duplex.  The siding is loose on the second story.  It is still attached by the window but each time the wind blows it looks like it will be ripped off and take flight.  Each time Alvin goes outside he looks up to see what is going on.  Isn’t that cute?

Thanks to my “guard” dog.  He is cautious as he looks up each time he/we go outside.  Better to caution on the safe side…..

Always, Carol

Children ….. the light in our lives…

Last Friday, I watched over two of the sweetest children, Anela (4) and Zavier (2 1/2).   It was the three of us, and Alvin, of course.  We played  games and  with toys, and I answered questions. Yes, four year olds are very inquisitive, and want to know things.  So I did my best.  It was fun.  Made me use my brain and imagination at times. The kids played with Alvin throwing him his snowball.  We had a snack followed by quiet time which was me reading a story, and then more playing and then lunch. While I made lunch the kids watched a bit of television.  Thomas the train, is cute but honestly some of the children’s programming is beyond me.  I do not see what they see but then again I am not 2 or 3 or 4.  Likely the reason..

After lunch, we had some very special visitors.  My friend Anick, and her children who at this very time are getting close to her parents home in Quebec.  But last Friday the children, my friends Lea, Mahee-Lee and David came over to join us for the  afternoon.  I had planned to do some Easter Crafts, play some games, hang out and have a snack which would include chocolate cupcakes with a robin’s egg blue icing.  I set up a table in the family room in the basement to do the crafts.  The floor has carpet so the girls decided to show me their cartwheels, and other acrobatic feats.  I gladly sat off to the side and watched.  LOL.  Oh, to be young!  So cute.  The boys played with the cars and trucks until time for Zavier to go and have a nap.  Oh, I can still hear vroom vroom vroom… One game that I found that all of the children love is “I SPY” …… doesn’t matter what the age …. and we came up with a new twist on the game, too.  It is called “WE SPY” with our little eyes,  and you  play it in teams of two.  My daughter came over and took photos of the kids playing.  I wanted to have photos of my friends.

The day literally flew by.  Soon Anela and Zavier had left for home.  Lea, Mahee-Lee and David stayed until suppertime.  Another neighbour Kahlia came over and the kids had a “snowball” fight ( there has to be a better word than that ) but anyway on the deck in my backyard.  I took some video.  Kahlia is 9 and I thought that he would be the rough one but I must say Miss Lea who is 6 can definitely hold her own.  I sat out on the deck and drank coffee while videotaping them play.  The laughter was infectious.  They had so much fun.  Poor Alvin was not sure where to go.  He kept running from place to place.  Finally he rested over by me (guess he figured that I might be a safe haven).  It was the best day …. we had so much fun.  Children are the greatest creation.  We all need to have children in our lives.  I am so grateful for last Friday.  Keeping with the children theme …….. I invited Lea and Mahee-Lee to spent the night, a sleepover as Mom & Dad were busy with the finishing touches of packing.  We watched movies and had a great night.

The following photos say it all:

Anela, Zavier and Alvin (getting to know each other)

Lea getting some photography pointers from Amanda, everyone took turns

Me, Alvin and the Kids

Zavier and Anela @ SNACK-TIME

DAVID .... ah so cute.

Mahee-Lee enjoying her cupcake....

Me and the kids having cupcakes....

Miss Lea

My beautiful daughter Amanda - whose light shines bright!

Anela

Craft-time - Lea

Mahee-Lee the "Cartwheel Queen"

The rewards ..... of crafting...

Zavier enjoying his snack

"the next Spielberg" ......

Anela and her Easter picture

The whole gang.....

 

Thought for the day…..

This afternoon my friend Lea accompanied me on a walk with Alvin.

It is mushy, slushy, icy and wet out there.

But we all need the exercise, so we braved the elements.

Lea wanted to take the reins so to speak (Alvin’s leash) and so she did.

It was so cute, they would get a bit ahead of me and then Alvin would stop, turn around and make sure that I was there.

He did that on the whole walk.  Guess there is a guy who wants “me” around.  LOL.

We had a great visit.  I sure am going to miss her.  They leave for Quebec on Sunday.  I am going to miss the whole family.

So the thought for the day is this …… always spend time with those you love ….. because you never know what tomorrow will bring.

A month or so ago, I never would have  dreamt that the Enchill family would be moving away.

So remember, take the time when you can and spend it with family and friends.

I am so happy, deep down in my heart that I had another opportunity to spend some time with my friend Lea.

After the walk she came in for a little while.  We were planning some crafts for Friday afternoon.

Friday I am babysitting a couple of little ones, and then the Enchill children will join us for crafts.

Party time ……

Before Lea left, she had to try the treadmill.  She did very well.

All I can say is this ….. Quebec will be so blessed to have this wonderful young lady join their population and Alberta, well, we will be missing her.

OMG, the sun just came out….. YAY……  Big smile….

So remember ….. VISIT …. PLAY …… SMILE …… LAUGH …… ENJOY LIFE …… cause you never know when things will change.

Change is good but just different.

Someone is barking and wanting my attention as he plunked down on his tummy …. nope he is up ….. I know it is suppertime.

Gotta go.

Always, Carol

My friend Lea

I have a friend named Lea, who is six years old.

She lives a few doors down from me.

Lea was one of the first people who came over to meet me when I moved in two years ago.

Lea and her family are moving back to Quebec at the end of next week.

I shall miss my little friend.

She always brightens my day with her smile and beautiful laugh.

Her Mom has told me that somedays as soon as she gets in the door after school – she asks if she can go visit Carol.

I shall miss my little friend.

Yesterday afternoon Lea called and came over.

She helped me clean and tidy up the basement.

She is a huge help.

Lea is one of the nicest, smartest, funniest people I know.

She cares for her family, animals and her friends.

I have no doubt in my mind that she will go far in this world.

She has a true heart …. one of gold.

I shall truly miss that little girl.

Both Alvin and I shall miss Lea and her family.

They have become more than friends, they are part of my family.

My backyard will be quiet in the summertime, I shall miss that very much.

I will miss tea-time with Lea’s Mom Anick.

I will miss David’s soft way and all his cars, he is three.

I will miss Mahee-Lee’s giggles, she is four.

I will miss Peter, his soft spoken style, he Lea’s Dad.

Before I break into too many tears, I shall just say this …..

I LOVE YOU LEA and you will always be my friend.

Love you Anick, Peter, Lea, Mahee-Lee and David.

You are the best.

May life treat you kindly, and with respect.

May your days be filled with wonder and bliss.

I wish you much love & laughter, joy, perfect health and much abundance.

Take Care.

Save travels…..

You are always in my heart.

Love Always, Carol and Alvin….

One of my favourite photos of Miss LEA...

Photos from our two years together …..

My friend LEA

Peter, Mahee-Lee, Anick & Lea

David

Mahee-Lee

Lea & Mahee-Lee visiting

Peter, helping build my new deck

Making Easter Cards

Anick .... fresh from face painting "class"

Enchill Family (summer 2010) Birthday party

One Sunday afternoon ….

Yesterday afternoon my six year old friend from a few doors down named Lea called me to see if she could come over for a visit.

I could tell that she was bored.  Some weeks she calls more often than others.  She has a little sister named Mahee-Lee, and a little brother named David.

But she is the big sister through and through.

I suppose that I can identify with her as I am the eldest of my siblings.  Sometimes you just need to get away.

It was funny as I asked her what she was doing and she said “putting on her boots” ….. guess she knew that this time I would say “YES”.

When Lea arrived Alvin did his usual greeting …… he loves his Lea.  So he has to jump up and try to give her a kiss.  It usually takes a few minutes for her to get her boots, coat, mitts and hat off when Alvin is the meet and greeter…. LOL.

Once she was settled, as I had mentioned on the phone “I was working, making some jewelry” and then asked her “if she would like to make a bracelet”.

Of course, she said a resounding “Yes, please” with a huge smile attached.  So I chose some beads for her and cut her a piece of  stretch cord to make the bracelet.

I continued with the necklace that I was making.  We chatted up a storm during our jewelry making session.

We had a couple of “accidents” with one being a tray of beads spilled onto the floor.  We both scrambled to pick them up before Alvin got to them.

But surprisingly enough, Alvin didn’t even flinch ….. just wasn’t interested in “our beads”.  So we were relieved.

Once Lea had her bracelet finished, I asked her if she would like to make herself a necklace.  She was so excited.

More beads and time later, she asked if I would help her finish the necklace.  I guess it seemed a daunting task for a six year old.

So I worked on one side and her on the other.

We quickly finished it.  It was coming close to 3:00 p.m. and she had to run home.  Lea and her family were going to the “YM” for an outing.

It was a fun couple of hours with my little friend, Lea.

She is so grown up for a six year old.  Lea makes me laugh.

It was a great afternoon and I even made a necklace and matching bracelet in between the laughter and beads rolling on the floor….  🙂

My friend Lea - Halloween Craft Party 2010

My friend Lea showing off her bracelet & necklace

Close-up of Lea's beautiful necklace...

"The bracelet" ...... great job, Lea.

Lea’s bracelet, she was so proud.  As am I.

Great JOB…..very creative.

L

My creations from Sunday afternoon with Lea.

This was a grand way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Please check our “Dear Stella Jewelry” on Facebook.

So I wonder ……

At this very moment, I am alone with my thoughts and body as Alvin is away for a sleepover.

There are times and this is one of them – that I wonder.  Why, is there no man in my life?

I am a great gal, girl, woman, human being.

I  am loving, giving, considerate, funny, artistic, attractive and a lot more.

People have asked me over the years, “how come you are single” – some probably are thinking that there is a major flaw or something.

I always repeat the same mantra …… “just haven’t found the right guy” ….. he’s out there….. somewhere.

I finish by saying that “who knows someday he might just walk up to my door”  ….. and that will be that.

I do miss having someone to talk to daily.

Up until a couple of years ago I was working (not from home), so I had the carpool guys and co-workers.

So on a daily basis I was able to connect with a human being.

These days, it is me and Alvin.

I see my daughter as often as possible (but she works full-time).

I have new friends here and do see them often.

I am grateful for this life.

I love being at home.

It is a dream of mine come true.

But somedays and I guess this is one of them, it  would be great to have someone to cook supper for ….. to chat about our days …… cuddle on the sofa …… go out for dinner…. take a walk in the neighbourhood…

So this is the moment I am currently in ……

I am very grateful for all that I have …… for my dear family and friends…….

I am happy as they say “in my own skin” ….. which is a good thing……. cause who else would be??  LOL

But a girl can “wish” right……

So for now ……. I will just be grateful to have this wonderful life and maybe, just maybe someday soon…… someone to share it with……

 

Alvin ......

 

 

P.S. they will have to LOVE Alvin …….

Always, Carol

“An unusual noise” ….

It was 10:30 p.m. last night.  Alvin and I were outside on the deck.  I was waiting for Sir Alvin to do his bedtime business.

We both were taking in the stars, the night sky was amazing.  Lots of stars.  So beautiful.  Calm and wonderful.

As we were still for a moment we were taken aback when we heard this “buzzing” noise.

Can you guess what it was?

I am certain that it was ……

A housefly.

We didn’t see it – but we sure heard that undeniable buzz.

Guess with these unusually warm temperatures, The FLY figured it was spring and woke up from his slumber.

I think he will be in for a bit of a surprise when it cools down tomorrow.

Talk about hardy …..

Well that was a cool surprise last night ……

Just thinking ….

With the cold winter weather, the major snowfall, just thinking has been a major part of my day.  It is hard to believe that there are banks of snow on my deck that are well over my height.  It is sometimes challenging and a bit “fun”  finding a spot to throw the snow once it has been scooped up in the shovel.    But I am just thinking….. WHAT NEXT??

I have been thinking and pondering, pondering and thinking …… of what to do next.  What direction should I be going?  I do know a couple of things for certain.  One being, that I want to do “my work” from home.  I need and want to be with Alvin.  That is not to say that I would pass on an invitation to go out.  Because I would sorely love to go out.  Especially after spending the better part of two weeks in the house.  January is one of those funny months.  Sometimes it is just cold.  Sometimes cold and snowy.  Sometimes cold, snowy with a brutal wind.  One never knows what January will bring to the table.

I find that I love the freedom of being at home.  The past couple of years have been wonderful, fantastic and awesome.  I love being at home.  I do sometimes miss the contact with people.  There are days that I wished with all my heart … that Alvin could talk.  Seriously.  Definitely miss the human contact.  I am so blessed to have a computer, and the internet so that on those blustery winter days, I can at least chat with someone.  We all need that contact.  Perhaps one of these decades our technology will let us travel without the aid of “physical transportation”, like cars or buses.  Just like Star Trek …… “beam me up, Scottie”.  That would be great.  Then I could take Alvin and we could go and visit my sister in Regina or take a walk somewhere in Hawaii and be home in time for bed.   Wouldn’t that be great?  Oh my gosh…. that would be so amazing…

Guess I got sidetracked a little.  Just a bit.  But again that happens when you are starved for human contact.  Although I did babysit for the neighbour just one hour ago.  Sometimes you just need another ADULT around ….. LOL.

Back to “just thinking” ……. what direction …. what to do.  I want to write.  But in what capacity?   Do I put my notes together, and finally get that book published?  Do I do some serious work, and get this blog up to where it should be?  Do I write for a magazine or some on-line venue?  Where do I start?  What next?  A thousand – no ten million questions cloud my mind.   I know that there are things that I need to do.  I will say that at this very moment – it is hard to remain focused as the sky has cleared.  The sun shone for about one hour and is now starting to set.

So here I sit ….. typing away on the keyboard while Alvin sleeps on the floor in the hallway.  He must have heard my thoughts as he just lifted his head.  I know that he tries to comfort me when I need someone to talk to ….. I think that he knows… but let’s face it….he lacks in the conversational department.  I do love him very much, and this is not to complain.  He does keep me company.  Alvin has the personality of a social butterfly.  Loves people.  When the little kids arrived earlier …. he was so excited.  Honestly you would think that it had been months since he last saw someone other than me.  So whose complaining now (LOL).   Not me……  LOL

Well so much for “just thinking” …… am I farther ahead or about the same….. well I am not sure.  Time will tell.  I am at this exact moment in time amazingly HAPPY and so grateful to be here.

So for now “just thinking” …… oh, Alvin just stood up by my chair and put his paws on my arm….. a signal that it is time to go downstairs.  I think just a tad early for supper as it is only 4:15 p.m. but what the hey.  It is only time.  If he is hungry …. then he should eat.  Time to go.

The boss calleth………

Always, Carol

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