Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 31st day of December, 2017.

Happy New Year’s EVE Day.

The sky is a pale blue with hues of pale orange on the horizon.

Here we are again on the very last day of a year, this one being 2017.

Hopefully the last day of this deep freeze before heading into milder temperatures.

I have been reading over my blogs from previous years.

The blog from this day last year and from 2015.

It is funny how days can be so different from one year to the next.

Last year on December 31st Alvin went to his sisters for a sleepover and the year before we awoke to fire sirens (two doors down).

With my blog I try not to plan too  much ahead and just see where my thoughts and fingers guide me.

Today my mind is all over the place.

I am listening to the music that I put on my iPOD yesterday via the awesome setup that my kids gave me for Christmas.

I transferred “37” songs from iTUNES …. my favourites.

They range from Adele to Elvis, One Direction to Journey, Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond to PINK.

Pharrell to Tina, Elton to Ed and Lady Gaga to Steppenwolf and Blue Suede.

I love listening to music.

Note to self:  I think I will listen to more music in 2018 and DANCE more.

Last night after I transferred this tunes to the iPOD I spent a long time just singing and grooving (dancing) to the music with Alvin looking on.

He likely figured that I had lost my mind OR worse was going to pick him up and make him dance with me.

 

This was the second Christmas that we participated in all gifts home made or reused from things that we had around the house.

I made out like a bandit.

My daughter made me two huge bulletin boards, they gave me the iPOD player with great speakers (awesome sound) and an ADVENT calendar that reminds me of the one on NATIONAL LAMPOON’s  

CHRISTMAS VACATION and it even plays music.

The only ones that were not a part of this were the pups.

My grand-pups did not listen and got me a lovely WHISK (which their Grandma needed).

How can you be a cook or baker with no whisk.

Not sure how it happened.

I used to have a couple of them.

The family arrived on Christmas EVE night and stayed until Boxing Day.

It was a glorious couple of days.

We ate, played games and ate more.

Always wonderful to be surrounded by your loved ones.

 

As this year winds to an end, I am reminded by all of the great times that we saw in 2017.

January saw another new SPRING/SUMMER CATALOGUE for STEEPED TEA.

I remain a consultant although not quite as active as previous years.

I do enjoy the tea and the other products as do several of my co-workers and friends.

February saw us, me and Alvin become debt free.

No consumer debt.

I guess mortgages are not considered to be debt as I still have one of those.

Alvin and I continue to walk as much as possible although the latter part of this year did slow us down a bit.

I write as much as possible.

 

Likely the best part of this year was the time surrounding my 60th Birthday.

My friend “V” from back in Regina sent me a BIRTHDAY PARCEL to end all BIRTHDAY PARCELS ….

Everything from jewellery to a deep dish apple pie.

I am so lucky.

I was so blessed to have my sister come for a whole TEN DAY visit.

On my actual birthday my daughter, sister and I went to FORT EDMONTON PARK and partook in HIGH TEA.

We spent the day walking around taking in the sights.

We went on the rides …. the swings and the carousel.

My youngest brother came for FOUR DAYS and part of it was spent with our other brother at his home in rural Alberta.

While visiting our brother in the country we visited with another nephew and his family.

We also visited with our nephew “J” ….. who continues to heal.

I commissioned one of my co-workers to bake my 60th Birthday cake, a carrot cake with cream cheese icing.

I can still taste it.  OMG it was heavenly.

My eldest nephew and family also surprised us with a visit.

Friends that moved to Quebec came for a visit.

So many wonderful surprises.

I am so grateful for all of the gifts, birthday wishes and visits this year.

I still cannot believe that I am 60 years old.

 

The year just seemed to come and go.

We were lucky to be in good health and to be surrounded by great friends and family.

Both CANADA and I celebrated milestone birthdays.

Happy 150th Birthday to our beloved country.

 

One of our neighbours across the street and down a couple of houses had a fire.

That happened at the end of June and it is December and they are still not back in their home.

It was a duplex so affected two households.

Reminder to be careful and aware.

 

I wrote the next couple of paragraphs last New Year’s Eve and it seems to be fitting to be used once again.  I feel the same way.

The week after Christmas leading up to New Year’s Eve is filled with thinking back on the year, perhaps making resolutions for the year ahead, and making plans for bringing in the New Year.

My wish for 2018 is that you take a look over your life, and take note of what is really important.

Spending time with your family whether two-legged or four or both is so important.

If you are unable to physically see them the technology is there to video chat via SKYPE, and other formats.

Do things with your family and friends instead of buying their joy.

Go on that walk instead of watching television.

Put down that cell phone and spend TIME with them.

Have dinner together and be with your family.

Simplify your life.

Spend less on stuff.

Spend more on doing things.

Create memories that will last a lifetime.

Your children will not remember that video game in 50 years but they will remember those long walks you took together.

They will remember sledding.

They will remember roasting marshmallows around the bonfire.

They will remember the time you spent together.

Which is the best legacy you can give them.

 

Simplify your life.

 

Wishing you and your family the most wonderful New Year, 2018.

May you find joy in the little things.

May you find continued good health.

May your lives be filled with abundance.

May you continue to grow and to learn.

May you spread kindness to all creatures.

May you love and respect yourself, and all others.

Happy New Year.

 

PHOTOS from 2017

April 2017

 

EDMONTON ZOO (May) – our office went for a visit and barbecue.  My daughter was my date.

June 2017 – Alvin and Carol’s GREAT ADVENTURE.

 

 

JULY 2017 – Flowers and YARD

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2017 – garden project

HALLOWEEN 2017

FALL TREAT PARCEL from our Friend “V”

THE CAKE marking the BIG 60.

CHRISTMAS Decorations of 2017

Some of the baking …. the infamous SUGAR COOKIES

Aspen and Milo my beautiful grand pups.

Cutest photo of 2017.

Well it would seem like I could write and gather photos until the cows come home.

So I had better stop now.

If I missed mentioning you, please know this, you are in my heart and soul for all time.

I wish you and your family the most glorious 2018.

Remember to laugh and have fun.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who participated in my 2017, I am most grateful to each and every one of you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Saturday, July 8, 2017 and it is the 33rd day until my 60th Birthday.

Okay I was thinking of favourite things so what better time than to share some of those items:

Colours:  Kelly Green, Robin’s Egg Blue and Baby Blue.

Time of Day:  Early morning just as sun is coming up and late at night when the stars are shining.

Books:  “The Harry Potter Series” by JK Rowling, “Shopaholic Series” by Sophie Kinsella and “The Book of Small” by Emily Carr.

Music:  to many to name but I do love listening to:  anything by Adele, Elton John, and Ed Sheeran.

Flowers:  Petunias, Snapdragons and Pansies and Daisies.

Food:  I love to eat.  Anything homemade is always wonderful and if it is made by someone else – that is a huge treat.  I love chocolate so that would top the list.  Avocados, Cucumbers, Blueberries, Raspberries, Potato Salad …. Cinnamon Buns……. this could go on and on……

People:  too many to list but the first two on the list would be my daughter and Alvin, of course ….. I treasure my family and friends.

Sounds:  The rustle of leaves on the trees in a breeze and babies cooing and the ocean.

 

Well time to get going ……

Always, Carol

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 16th day of June, 2017.

Woke up extra early this morning but not on my own with thank to Me Alvin.

So feeling a bit tired and have a headache.

Oh well, it is Friday after all.

The sun was shining earlier but now it has clouded over.

Rain is in the forecast.

We had a wonderful walk with our friends “S” and Presley last night.

 

The air was perfect …..

I keep forgetting to mention the ROSES ….. they are in bloom ……

The fragrance is amazing …….

I love the smell of roses in the early morning.

They line the a path that takes me part way to the bus.

It is like walking in heaven.

 

Well Mr. Alvin had his Momma up at 3:40 a.m. – yes …… you are correct.

So even though we hit the sofa for some zzz’s ….. I am a bit tired.

 

So time to go here.

Listening to Adele in the car with James Corden – Carpool Karaoke.

They are singing a Spice Girls song ……

Tell what you really really want ……

I do not want to leave but I have to run and catch the bus.

 

Thank you for Friday.

Special Hello to:  all those people who write all over the world ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 14th day of June, 2017.

Overcast now and was raining earlier.

I was “putting on the face” a few minutes ago and hear these voices and then they broke into song.

I realized that it was Sir Elton John and James Corden.

You see last night before I went to bed I had been watching a couple of the Karaoke Carpool with James Corden and his Special Guests.

I always turn on the computer before I start getting ready so that I can just sit down and write my blog without having to wait for the computer to start up.

Anyway nothing like hearing “Your Song” first thing in the morning.

Great way to start the day and I am grateful.

I will say this James Corden is my new favourite guy.

He is funny, smart, can sing, is compassionate and caring.

If you have not watched his Carpool Karaoke Videos – you must.

He has interviewed and sung with some of the greats:  Adele, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder,Ed Sheeran, Lady GAGA, and the list goes on …….

Anyway it is getting onto time to leave for work.

I was so happy to hear some music before leaving the house as usual it is quiet except for the odd thud as Alvin jumps off the bed onto the rug below or the odd bark …..

Happy Dancing …… I am Happy Dancing.

Have an Awesome Wednesday.

Even though the skies are grey – they are clear to me.

Happy Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina …… always thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Special Hello to:

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 13th day of February, 2017.

First thing when I started to write this blog – received a message that the keyboard batteries were low.

Closed the message and made myself a note to change the batteries tonight.

But alas kept getting the message.

Checked the time and decided to go downstairs and grab some batteries and do it now.

Better always to do things right away rather than putting them off.

Worked out.

Now I do not have to do that tonight.

Bonus.

 

Yesterday we had the best day.

I did most of my major TO DO items.

Had a great Birthday party for our friend “S.”

Followed by a walk with Alvin.

Followed by tea tasting with my neighbour and fellow consultant “K.”

After all I was going to go out and canvas for the Heart & Stroke but decided to do that another day.

Followed by Alvin and I snuggling.

We had supper early as at 6:00 p.m. I SKYPED with my sister back in Regina.

She told me of even more fellow co-workers that are retiring.

We both worked at the same office.

She remains there and of course, I retired from there in 2008.

After we had a great video chat -I watched the rest of the GRAMMY’s.

Almost forgot that they were on last night.

Great to see ADELE win an award for BEST SONG.

Busy weekend but fun.

Lots of visiting, sharing information and laughing.

My favourite part ….. laughing.

Laughter makes you feel good right to the core of your very being.

I think that we do not laugh enough.

I am always trying to make people laugh …..

Maybe that should be our mission if you will, to share laughter.

Make your friends and family giggle and laugh.

Nothing better.

 

Well that time once again.

Was it really Sunday yesterday?

At one point I thought it was Saturday and then something brought me back to reality very quickly.

Oh well.

I am grateful to have two days off in a row and the same days that most of my friends and family have off, as well.

Happy Monday.

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister ….. wow Peru in April ….. wishing that I could go with you guys. But seriously considering Victoria in the fall with my sister.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 4th day of February, 2016.

Happy Birthday to my niece “M” who turns 19 today …..

 

Wow, here we are I sat down at the computer about 15 minutes ago and am just writing my blog now.

Guess where I was …..

FB …..

I had to send a quick message to my daughter and then was drawn in by a couple of music videos.

It got me to thinking.

Earlier, this morning while getting ready I picked up Mr. Alvin from the bed where he was sitting and danced to one of my new favourites of Adele’s …. “When We Were Young” …. love it.

He was nervous …. I guess because I did it without warning …..

I love dancing with him …. although as of late it is becoming an upper body workout hanging onto him ….. “oh, that dreaded winter weight.”

Anyway, I digress ….

I believe that the world would be a better place if instead we settled things with singing competitions.

Music, I believe can soothe the savage beast and in this case I mean “MAN … not men “HUMANS.”

Something to ponder …. consider ….

 

With it now being time to go downstairs and get the boots, coat, scarf, mitts …. oh and grab the lunch …. and LEAVE FOR WORK.

I hope that you will stop what you are doing … take a few minutes and listen to some MUSIC.

Listen to something new ….. a new song …. a new artist …. a new genre …..

 

Happy Thursday ….. music …. birthday ….. and PAYDAY.  What a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: my niece …. Alvin and I wish you a wonderful day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 22nd day of January, 2016.

It is a beautiful glorious morning here in Edmonton.

I turned on some music as I was getting ready and it has made me feel so wide awake and wonderful.

What a great way to start the day with some of your favourite songs playing in the background as you wash your face, comb your hair and slip into your clothes.

 

I have always loved a little bit of everything ….. a variety of music and artists.

Much the way I have lived my life with variety.

Always good to like a bit of everything.

 

I am 58 and I love the “boy band” – One Direction ….. most especially the song “The Story of My Life.”

I am 58 and I love “Disturbed’s” version of “The Sound of Silence.”

I am 58 and I love Andy Grammer’s, Honey I’m Good ….. makes me want to dance.

I am 58 and I love Meghan Trainor and John Legend.

I am 58 and I love Elvis and Gordon Lightfoot.

I am 58 and I love Tina Turner and Aerosmith.

I am 58 and I love Bing Crosby and Alicia Keys.

 

I am 58 and I love Elton John, Johnny Cash, Adele, Celine Dion, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, Pink, Taylor Swift, Neil Diamond, Rufus Wainwright, Kelly Clarkson, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, David Bowie, Van Morrison, Vance Joy, Lorde, Sam Smith, Jordan Smith, Bon Jovi, Cher, Madonna and the list goes on.  I love new and old and everything in between.

Mix it up with your music, with your food, with your life.

Try something new and do not be afraid.

If you love Rock try Country.

If you love Pop try Rap.

If you love Rap try Pop.

If you love Alternative try Gospel.

New is good.

 

Well it is almost time to put the finishing touches on before heading out the door to work.

Just listening to Hello by Adele ….. who else…. she has the most amazing voice.

 

Have a great day filled with new things and great adventures.

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello to: all my music lovers across the planet ….. you rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 19th day of January, 2016.

It is a Tuesday morning and I am listening to some tunes as I get ready this morning.

There is something about listening to music to get you in the rhythm for the day.

I bought some singles from iTunes on the weekend and transferred them to my iPOD and have been enjoying them.

Some of the songs are:

Honey, I’m good …… Andy Grammer (listening to it now, has a good beat – I sound like my Grandma).

Hello ….. Adele (of course, I love her)

The Sound of Silence ……. (Disturbed – remake of an old classic)

Heart of Gold …… Neil Young (always must have a Neil Young song on your iPOD)

Have You Ever Seen the Rain ……. Creedence Clearwater Revival (just because I can and I love it)

More than a Feeling ….. Boston (another classic)

Story of My Life ….. One Direction ( I like the words and really enjoy listening to these young guys – I get what the young ones see in them)

Blown Away and Before He Cheats ….. Carrie Underwood (because she is so talented and I like to mix up the genres)

Halo …… Beyonce (why not, she has a good voice)

Like I Am Going to Lose You ….. Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend (now that man can sing, love him)

 

Now I have over 100 songs on my iPOD ranging from Rihanna to Katy Perry.  Neil Diamond to Sam Smith.  Taylor Swift to Maroon 5.

Miss Christina A.  and Blake Shelton (have to have them)…. love their duet.

Basically any song that I love …… nice to have a variety.

Listening to “More than a Feeling” right now ……

Music is good for us and we should listen to more.

I guess that is what everyone is doing with all of the different types of buds in their ears these days.

Now to finish off before I leave …. Miss Carrie Underwood.

She has such a great voice.

I hope that you enjoy some music today …..

Will get you excited about your day …..

Put something on with good words and a beat and get on with your day.

 

Special Hello to: my fellow human beings …. Hello ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 17th day of February, 2015.

What a grand day we had yesterday …. Monday the 16th day of February, 2015.

We ate pancakes, we listened to MUSIC, drank coffee, danced to Sam Smith with me Alvin, MADE JEWELLERY, drank more coffee, and took pups for a walk.

Me and my girl had a grand day ……

It was perfection.

It was the first day in a long while that we actually both sat down together, and made some jewellery and grooved to the music.

Nothing like some great tunes to get you to that place ….. that place where creativity meets fun and fun is creative.

I have the music drifting through my brain ……  “Take Me to Church” by HOZIER ……

“Say Something” by A GREAT BIG WORLD and CHRISTINA AGUILERA …..

“HAPPY” by PHARRELL WILLIAMS……….

“ALL OF ME” – John Legend (lyrics are amazing).

“Titanium” by David Guetta and SIA ………

“SKYFALL” by ADELE and “RIPTIDE” by VANCE JOY

“SHAKE IT OFF” by Taylor Swift

SAM SMITH’s  ……… “STAY WITH ME” and “I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE” ……….

All About that BASS by Meghan Trainor ……

Some CLASSICS ………………    “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Suede ( I can still see the 45 playing on the record player that I had in my room on the farm in 1973/74) ……..

Definitely one of my all time favourites “Don’t Stop Believin” by JOURNEY ………… Love Them and the guitar always takes me there.

One that my daughter loved from back in the day …… “Cherry Bomb” by the Runaways. (great name for a song)

Last but definitely not least  ……… the great VAN MORRISON and his “Someone like You” and “Bright Side of the Road.”

GREAT GREAT GREAT MUSIC AND SUCH A FUN DAY.

Thanks for the music and to my daughter who is the sun in my day, and the stars in my night.

Special Hello to: You …. spend the day listening to music and you will be changed forever.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Life – Part 2

I am a Mother, Mother-in-law, Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Great Aunt, Cousin, Friend, Best Friend, Neighbour,  Star Gazer, Moon Watcher,  Sun Worshipper for Vitamin D as we walk outside, Fanatic of all things Christmas, lover of a great cup of coffee especially in the morning, Volunteer, Crafter, Writer of stories and poetry and song lyrics, proud Canadian, first time home owner, first time dog owner, lover of history and geography, inspired by dancing, laughter, music and nature, avid Survivor fan, fan of Celine Dion, Elton John, Carrie Underwood, PINK, Maroon Five, Adele, Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, Jann Arden, Jon Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Coldplay, an Optimist, am grateful for my life, Dreamer, enjoy walking in the rain and in the sunshine, sociable, reader, mesmerized by good food and chocolate, worker on patience, in love with movies, new shoes, a new scent, oh love love love flowers, honest to a fault, shopper, worker on saving, finding budgeting great fun, lover of snuggling with my Alvin, finding out new things about myself, and this list will continue to grow as my life unfurls……

I am wealthy beyond description.  Abundance fills my days.  I am so grateful to be living in this time and space.  I love making jewellery with my daughter and sharing those precious moments of creativity and love.  I am a great neighbour and friend.  Alvin brings joy to my heart and more love to my life.  I love living.  I love Christmas.  I love that first snowfall.  I love the beauty of nature as we travel along her path.  I love the sun when it rises up in the morning.  I love meeting new friends.  I love my community.  I love being a home owner.  I love having flowers in my back yard and on the front porch.  I love shovelling snow.  I love writing about life.  I love going out for coffee with my daughter.  I love having company.  I love baking.  I love cooking.  I love to share.  I love being a big sister.  I love meeting new people.  I love making snowmen with my sister. I love watching a movie with my daughter. I love going on shopping sprees.  I love visiting my family and most recently my brother.  I love laying on the deck and looking at the stars in the night sky.  I would love to meet my Mr. Right.  I love sharing things with the world.  I love listening to music.  I love new things.  I love to learn. I love walking with my Alvin.  I love to give and maybe selfish but I love to receive as well.   I love my life.  I continue to find things to love.

I know that life will bring me whatever I want it to ….. so perfect health, always being surrounded by love and joy ….. abundance and wealth beyond description.  Thank you.  If you have great health, love and joy you have the most amazing life.

Life continues ….

Water on fire from Sun’s glow.                                              Crabapple tree at my brother’s acreage                    Driving home the sky was amazing.                                Another photo on our drive home.

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