Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 20th day of April, 2017.

One day closer to summer breezes and flip flops and longer walks with me Alvin.

Yesterday was a total shock as I wore my winter coat and boots and on the way home, I really did not need them.

Last night we went for our walk and I did not even wear a jacket.


So happy for those evenings.

This weather had me wondering what was happening this time last year, and this is what I blogged:

It is overcast but not with rain clouds this morning.

We have wildfires burning to the north and west of our location.

We are in the “area” that could be affected should they not contain them.

Unfortunately with not much snow this winter and although we enjoyed not having to shovel everyday and plough through snow walking and driving …. we pay the price come spring.

It is so dry.

I have started watering my front flower bed that has perennials.

There are a few green leaves on them but I am not sure that they made the winter.

I transplanted them last fall.

I hope so but time will tell.

The lawns are a mixture of brown and green.

I am afraid that without spring showers and summer rains brown will be our reality as it will be too much water to keep them green.

Just a friendly reminder for everyone on the planet ….. please be careful.

Do not throw away that cigarette butt or set off fireworks just because they are pretty.

You might find yourself in the midst of a raging fire.

Let us be careful this spring / summer.

Do your part, please be a good citizen of your neighbourhood and of this planet.

Pick up the trash …… don’t be a misguided inhabitant.

Well it is time to leave for work.

Our office has been cool so it is sweater weather.

Somedays it is warmer outside than in the office.

But on the other hand ….. I would rather don a sweater than the alternative.

Cannot take off clothes.

Have a wonderful day everyone.


Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers …..

Always, Carol and Alvin


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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 5th day of April, 2017.

First week of April and the weather is beautiful.

Last night Alvin and I had a wonderful walk.


Today is the 7th Anniversary of my FIRST BLOG ever …..

I named my blog after the major change in my life which happened at 51.

It was not until a couple of years later that I chose  “My New Life at 51” as my blog name.

I had wanted to entertain and inspire anyone who took the time to read my words.

Writing is the one constant that has been in my life since I was a small child.

Whether writing poems for my Grandmother at Valentine’s Day or one for my Mom on her Birthday; I tried my hand.

A poem for my daughter’s class play.

I loved writing in school and did well.

My next project will be writing a book ….. it has been a dream of mine for a long time.

One that I can have published.

I just have to decide on a storyline and go.

I just keep changing my mind ….. is that not the beauty of writing ……. you can always change your mind.

Change the lines ….. change the story ….



Well here it is time to leave once again for work.

I hope that you have enjoyed this journey with me and will continue.

With gratitude and hopes that I can bring a smile to your face and perhaps be inspirational along the way.


Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: all those folks who write and to those who read what we have written …. thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 30th day of April, 2016.

Last day of April and to think that Mother’s Day is literally one week from tomorrow.

The sun is shining brightly and there is a slightly cool breeze at this time.

A bit later than I usually write this blog but we were up ultra late (after midnight) and first up at 6:00 (Alvin had to have breakfast).

Back to bed for a few more zzz’s as I have determined this to be a cold more than allergies.

My nose is red and dry ….. I would really like to just curl up on the sofa with my coffee and watch television all day but life goes on and there are things to do.

Isn’t that how it works?


We always need clean clothes and towels.

The floors need to be swept / vacuumed.

Things need to be dusted.

Paperwork to do …..

I really wanted to go and clean the walkway to 62nd Avenue for the fourth time this spring.

It is disgusting.

Each time I walk through I want to scream.

What is wrong with people?

I would love to find a way to make people more responsible for their throwaway stuff.


One piece of garbage at a time.

Alvin is getting restless.


We sure enjoyed our walk last night.

We walked on the grass all around our lakes in the park near our house, and it was so nice.

I saw from across the lake four teenage boys throwing rocks into the water near some geese.

We were walking in that direction anyway so I took the opportunity to impart some wisdom.

As we got nearer there was one boy on the sidewalk away from the others.

Alvin was growling at him as we approached.

Only the second time he has ever growled at a human being.

The kid was on his cell phone… so not sure what was going on with Alvin.

Anyway I politely checked out the situation by slowly moving toward them.

They said they were throwing rocks into the water but not at the geese.

I politely returned by saying “If you were the geese would you like someone throwing rocks near you.”

I also pointed out that the lake was their home, and should be treated with respect.

The young man that was doing all the talking did not quite not what to say.

I did not continue further as they had stopped, and moved away from the water, rocks and the geese.

As they got nearer to the boy on the sidewalk – one asked what kind of dog Alvin was, and they smiled when I told them his name.

It ended up “friendly” but I could not resist making sure these kids knew it was not acceptable to treat wildlife in this manner.

I honestly do not think they were bad – just nothing better to do.

Well I guess I had better get going …. my clothes will not be climb into the washer on their own.

Laundry time.

I hope that you have an awesome Saturday …. last day of April, 2016.


I also want to thank my daughter for driving her Momma home from work yesterday, following that drove me to the grocery store, and to the Vet’s to grab some food for her brother.

Yes, I used my $50.00 gift card.


What would I do without my girl.

She is the most gracious, thoughtful, kind-hearted human being, and I cannot believe that she has some of my genes floating around inside her.

Everyday I am so proud of the most wonderful person she has become, and continues to be.

She is simply the best.

We love her very very much.


Happy Saturday Everyone …..

Special Hello to: all those folks who take the time to read my blog – it is so appreciated.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 8th day of April, 2016.

YAY, it is Friday morning and the weekend has arrived.

They are forecasting plus 20 degrees here in Edmonton today.

CRAZY for this time of year.


Yesterday Elton spent the day with Alvin.

After work I had the pleasure of going for a walk with both my boys.

It was great and something that I have not done for a long time.

I do walk with Alvin every night but Elton not for some time.

It was so nice.

They are different peas those two.

Elton is the distinguished older gentleman who can kick up his heels when he chooses.

Alvin on the other hand is the impatient cute middle aged one.

I loved having Elton here.

Good for me Alvin, as well.

Elton has this little trot when he walks.

He was running and so happy last night ….

Just like the old days …..

We had a great night and then as we were heading home we saw the Momma and Poppa coming down the sidewalk to meet us.

The kids were happy to see Elton and of course me and Alvin.

Beautiful night.


The tea order arrived and I had it sorted before supper.

I baked a cake for Saturday’s tea party.

Life is good.

Things are in order ……

Alvin gets a hair cut tonight after work so that should be fun.

I want him to look his best at the party tomorrow night.


Well looks like time to leave for work.

One more thing to share.

We had some extra time earlier this morning as Alvin decided to get up ultra early so we hit the sofa.

I must have fell right asleep as I started to dream.

I dreamt of my old co-workers mostly especially “G” and “L”  …. most the whole department was there.

When the timer went off on the microwave I literally jumped off the sofa ……

It was a great dream.

I was slim, trim and even had on a pencil skirt and heels.

Not my work attire these days.


Anyway time to fly.

Have a wonderful day.


Special Hello to: my co-workers back in Regina ….. miss you guys.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 3rd day of April, 2016.

I like how April just rolls off the tongue.

I love the sound of the word April.

I love that spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner.

I look each day to see if the bulbs I planted last fall are starting to grow.

I love that most of the snow has melted … what would be left after a plus 22 degree day here in Edmonton.

I love that Alvin always has an eye on me.

I love that wherever I go he is sure to follow.

I love that I have my own house, a forever dream.

I love that I have a wonderful daughter.

I love that I have a great son-in-law.

I love that I have Elton, my awesome grand-puppy.

I love that we have so many angels around us.

I love every waking moment.

I love the sunshine.

I love so much “laughter.”

I love my family and friends.

Is it not funny how I went from saying how much I loved the sound of the word April to some of the things that I love.

One thing leads to another.


I hope that you have an awesome Sunday.

I hope that wherever you are that the sun is shining.

I hope that you are warm and happy.

I hope that you are surround by laughter.

I hope that you are safe with a full belly.


Happy Sunday.

Special Hello to: my sister and her fellow ….. have fun.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 30th day of April, 2015.

Here we are on the last day of April ….. summer right around the corner.

I have spent the past couple of days home sick so it is great to be feeling better.

I will miss me Alvin ……

They have been forecasting rain for the past few days but alas no moisture.

Perhaps because I am going to work today it will rain.

I am going to take my umbrella, and be prepared.

The house is still with the only sound being the click clack of the keys as I press down on each one of them.

Almost sounding musical.

Perhaps this stillness is a good thing.

I am able to hear my thoughts with no distractions.

Alvin just got up from his position on the rug outside the office and moved into the shadows.

He likes to be in the corner for some reason.

He has his way.

Soon I shall be downstairs donning my jacket and shoes …. grabbing my purse, lunch and umbrella and on my way to catch the bus.

I hope that you are feeling great and are on your way to a wonderful day.

Almost May and in a few weeks I can plant some flowers.

One of my favourite times of year …. planting of flowers.

Okay …. time to go….

Be happy ….. do your thing ……

Special Hello to: my friends back in Saskatchewan.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 13th day of April, 2015.

Wow, almost halfway through the month of April.

What a life altering month thus far for me.

It has been a thoroughly enjoyable weekend at home.

You could not wipe the smile from my face or the joy from my heart.

I truly love being at home in my house with Alvin and my family.

The kids are packing up as they move into their new house this coming Thursday.

Excitement – galore.

I can hardly wait to see their new digs.

So exciting.

We will miss them but once again we open to a new chapter of our lives.

I am only at the office Monday and Tuesday this week as I am home to help with the move.

It is exciting to be at home for five days in a row.

Alvin and I will have to get used to a new routine for the two of us.

But we are looking forward to it …. well at least I am…..for the most part.

Wishing you a happy Monday.

May you have joy in your heart and happiness on your face.

Special Hello to: my friends and family.

Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 2nd day of April, 2015.

Well that snow did eventually stick as it snowed all day long.

We now have snow covering the deck once again.

It is that heavy wet snow …. the kind that is hard to shovel.

Great for snowmen or snow people.

Once the sun stays out it will melt.

We always seem to have a snow storm at the end of March ….. beginning of April.

This is quite normal.

I am grateful for the moisture as the ground was dry.

Should help clean things as well.

Well tomorrow our office is closed for Good Friday and also on Easter Monday.

Tomorrow and Saturday will be my last two shifts at the store.

As much as I will miss all of my friends there – I am so looking forward to having a life once again.

By that I mean …. coming home every night ….. walking with Alvin on a regular basis …. every night.

Having the weekends at home to do whatever I wish.

Last night after work my daughter and I stopped at West Edmonton Mall.

She wanted to use the last of her gift card at a store named DeSerres ( art supplies and more ).

I ended up picking up some coloured “fineliner” pens and a mini sketch pad.

I plan on getting back into making my own cards and also doing some sketching.

We did also at the start stop at the TARGET store just to take a walk through.

There is barely anything left but we did find some make-up.

We were both appalled by the damage customers had done to what remained of the products.

Like the makeup …. packages opened ….. powders all over ….. dirty kleenex’s thrown in with the products in the bins …… just very dirty and messy.

I feel so much for the employees …. they did not deserve such disrespect.

For the most part any of the staff that I saw seemed to be putting on a brave face.

I hope that they all found employment.

We also had a nice dinner together at FRESHI’s ( my favourite place to eat ).

Followed by a trip to the SKETCHERS store (where we each bought a pair of shoes).

Quick trip to CHAPTERS but they did not have what my daughter wanted.

After a stressful day at the office it was just what the doctor ordered.

Well time to leave for work.

I hope that you have a great day.

Wherever you go and whatever you do …. please show respect for the folks around you.

Also if you happen upon our four-legged friends please be kind to them as well.

We share this planet.

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my blog …. thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 26th day of March, 2015.

How are you doing this fine morning?

I am doing great.

Today I am learning something new.

One of my new friends is taking me on the “train.”

It is one of the means of transportation in our city.

It is above ground and there are only a few trains in certain areas at this time.

I am excited and nervous.

I will meet her at her “work” and then we will walk to the train catching it to a central location where we will hop on a bus home.

Apparently it is much faster.

Should be interesting.

So that is my new thing for this day.

Well the temperatures are rising and with the sun higher in the sky the snow is melting quickly.

Wow can you believe it almost the end of March …… April is right around the corner.

Easter a week away.

My last shift at the store is one week from this Saturday.

I am so looking forward to this next chapter.

Well time to go to the office.

I can hear my ride ….

Have an awesome day.

Remember to learn something new everyday that is what keeps our brains “firing.”


Special Hello to: all those folks who try to learn something new each day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 20th day of April, 2014.

Where did April go?

Is it really the 20th already?


Time does fly when you are having fun.

When Alvin and I first got up this morning at 6:30 we found that it had been raining.

I have today off so we went back to sleep for a few hours – just because we could.

Up at 9:00 to sunshine.

Then about an hour the wind was blowing and the clouds are rolling in…..

I hope that you are having a great long weekend.

I hope that you are as blessed as me to have a few days off in a row.

I made a huge dent in my TO DO LIST yesterday.

Alvin had a hair cut and bath, the neighbourhood is much cleaner ( 2 hours and 3 bags later) and I coloured my hair and other household duties.

I sure can feel it in my back and arms this morning.  Those bags of trash were heavy especially since it is still wet out.

But I am pleased that the “hood” looks the way that it should.

Hopefully it will stay that way for awhile.

Well have to run …. my daughter is coming over ……

Happy Easter Sunday.

Going to SKYPE my sister today (if you are reading this ….. how about after lunch sometime?)

Special Hello to: my family and friends all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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