COUNTDOWN: 60 DAYS TO 60

Today is Tuesday, July 18, 2017 and it is the 23rd day until my 60th Birthday.

I will just have to add the ones that I miss when I think of something.

 

2000: Came in without most of the problems that were forecasted regarding the computers, which was a huge relief.

2001:

2002:  My beloved daughter moves to Edmonton, Alberta and two days later I go on a vacation to the U.S. with a friend.  It was perfect timing so I would be moping around the apartment missing my girl.  Still missed her but was not at home to be reminded every moment.  Visited Las Vegas and area and went to San Diego and the day trip to Mexico (the crossing was out of a movie and not a good thing). A close family friend’s daughter had first of her three children.

2003: My first great niece was born ….. such a cutie pie.

Well I received a HUGE reminder of something that happened in 2004.

2004:  My daughter graduated from the Photography Program at NAIT and then went on to work for one of the City Councillors.  How did I forget those items???  Maybe I am thinking too hard.

2005: My first born great nephew and the apply of his “Anta’s eye.”

2006:

2007:  Elton John concert?  or was it 2006?  Regardless of when it was amazing.  We lost our little “J” ….. another heartbreak.

2008:  My first born nephew marries, I retired from working at same company for 30 years and my daughter marries all within a couple of months.  Attend Celine Dion Concert in Edmonton.

2009: Buy my first house, 1/2 duplex in Edmonton close to my daughter and son-in-law and grand-pups and move to Edmonton at end of March.  My beloved J passes.

2010:  Enjoying semi-retirement.  Back to Regina for a visit with my girl. How could I have possibly forgotten this:  I adopted my darling ALVIN CHARLIE LEWIS in January 2010 and my life once again was transformed.  I am so happy that Me Alvin is not too good on the computer or else I would be in BIG trouble.  OMG, how did I forget.  Just going with the flow.  I will post the years as I think of things for the last decade.

2011: Started working at Bath & Body Works at West Edmonton Mall.  Now that is a start to going back to work.  It was hard work but amazing.  That was in April and then in July I started as a temp at Capital Region Housing Corporation.  What a year.

2012:

2013: Working two jobs ….

2014:  I had the highest sales per hour in the company at the store. My daughter, son-in-law, Elton & Penny moved in with me and Alvin for almost one year while their new house was being built.  We loved having them with us.

2015:  Kids moved into their new house in April.  House was not the same after they moved out.  Worked last shifts at Bath & Body Works, miss the girls and the store in April.  Started to sell Steeped Tea in August.

2016:

2017:  This is a big year for me and all those who were born in 1957.

 

 

 

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Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 3rd day of February, 2017.

Another winter morning but it does warm up over the course of the day.

Another super quiet morning with Alvin away at his sister’s house.

He comes home tomorrow.

I spoke to my daughter last night and apparently Alvin is trying hard to play with Aspen.

She gets so excited when he signals play-time that she runs around and scares Mr. Alvin, poor old guy.

Perhaps soon they shall get on the same page and actually have fun and not give each other a bit of anxiety.

But they do love each other and that is the important thing.

The playing will come in time.

Practice makes perfect.

I had a great time at the mall last night.

Ran my errands and did a bit of shopping.

Pretty surprised by the amount of people in the mall.

By listening as people passed there were lots from out of town.

I had decided to treat myself to supper at “Freshi’s” in the food court closest to Bath & Body Works, my old haunt.

The gal in front of me placed her order and had turned to the side.

When I was placing my order she turned around when she heard my voice and low and behold it was one of the girls I worked with at Bath & Body Works.

We ended up having our supper together.  She goes to University and works part-time at one of the stores in the mall.

It was great to catch up.

What are the chances of meeting a friend in line for food.

I will take those chances …..

 

Well here we are almost time to hit the trail again.

Friday, though and that is good.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello:  Lots of Birthdays today ….. Happy Birthday Everyone.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 5th day of March, 2016.

Today is the birthday of my Aunt “L” …. she is the only sister and sibling of my Dad.

Happy Birthday Aunt L – we wish you the best day and year to follow.

All the time growing up everyone always said that I looked like my Aunt.

 

Well this is the second morning without Mr. Alvin.

He will be coming home within the next hour.

Oh, how I have missed him.

Missed that waggly tail at the door ….

Missed him snuggling up to me on the sofa and in bed.

He has been away for a sleepover at his sister’s house.

Lucky boy.

Getting spoiled I bet.

I am grateful that he has a place to take a break.

Even though I missed him terribly – it was great to see my friends on Thursday night and then last evening after work I stopped at the mall to do a bit of shopping.

Mostly looking but was great to do.

I stopped by and saw some of my friends at the store, Bath & Body Works.

 

Well almost time for the boy to come home.

My daughter is bringing him for 9:00 a.m. so that we can have coffee before dropping us off at the Vet for Alvin’s pedicure.

Yesterday I was telling the girls as I left for home about Alvin’s homecoming and his pedicure …. at first one of the girl’s thought I meant me and then we got things straightened out and she said “Well at least someone is having a pedicure.  Yes, I said …..

So nice for the sun to be shining and to have it light earlier.  I think next Sunday we put our clocks forward one hour.

 

I wish you a great Saturday.

Oh, here are the beautiful flowers that I received as a thank you for hosting the birthday party last Saturday.

HAPPY SPRING – I was trying to get some fun close ups but clearly I am not a PHOTOGRAPHER ….. oh well…..

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Special Hello to: my Aunt …. Happy Birthday

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 30th of August, 2015.

One more August day after today …. where did it go?

I had a great August …..

Celebrated many family birthdays and also friends.

Went on a road trip to see my brother.

Signed up to sell “Steeped Tea.”

Coffee dates with my girl friends.

Lots of walks with Mr. Alvin.

Enjoyed the warm summer days of August.

Even won a prize at our staff barbecue.

September is looking to be a fun month.

One of my dear friends from Regina is coming on the long weekend for a visit with me and a school chum who lives in Edmonton, as well.

Two Steeped Tea parties as a Consultant.

Saturday movie and dinner night with three of my friends that I met from Bath & Body Works.

Busy busy …… today lots to do.

Always seems like the weekends zing by.

So happy that Mr. Alvin is feeling better.

He enjoyed our walk last night ….. sniffing about …… visiting with some of his doggie friends and human ones, too.

Enjoying my mug of coffee this quiet Sunday morning …. looking forward to getting laundry done, getting prepared for my upcoming tea parties and odds and ends.

Back to work tomorrow.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Let us be good neighbours to all about us.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello to: my friend “P” who is coming next Saturday for a visit ….. I am so excited.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 29th day of August, 2015.

Wow, can you believe it …. only two days left till the end of August.

I do love the end of summer and the months that follow named “AUTUMN.”

The colours …. the air …. mmm.

Well I had an interesting day yesterday.

Mr. Alvin had some mysterious illness.

He wouldn’t even eat some banana in the morning …. his eyes were glazed.

Definitely not feeling good.

Just over one hour after we got up he tried to throw up but did not.

He yelped whenever he jumped off the sofa.

I booked an appointment with the vet and by the time we could get in he was almost back to himself.

It scares me when he is not feeling well ….. if he could talk ….

I didn’t want to leave him alone ….. after all he is my baby.

Later in the afternoon my daughter and grand-pups dropped by.

They had been to an appointment with the vet (we go to the same one).

Poor Penny did not have a great report.

Elton is doing good.

With our Miss P …. well I am certain that with medicine and perhaps change in diet she will be okay.

She is a strong girl.

I popped out for groceries … borrowed the car.

They stayed for supper ….

After supper my neighbours down the street popped by to drop off their shop vac so that I can finish cleaning the dust from the dry wall.  I already wiped the walls down but there is yet another coat of dust so will wipe down again and then use the shop vac.  Hopefully soon I will be able to move everything back into that room.

We also debated about my tree.

The roots have decided to come to the surface.

Now this did not happen over night.

Unfortunately for me, I did not realize what it was until this year.

I do remember bits of something hard coming to the surface and then breaking through.

But it never occurred to me that it was the roots of the tree until this summer.

Anyway my neighbour went back to his house and got his axe.

We had a good laugh about him carrying the axe down the street (he put it in a garbage bag for transport).

He joked about how strong my swing was …..

We chopped the roots that were closest to the sidewalk at the front porch and the one closest to the retaining wall at my flower bed.  Pulled them out.

I will probably have to cut the tree down in the spring and rip up the lawn to pull up the roots which are all over the place.

They really seemed to have grown this year.

I guess I will be landscaping in the spring.

After we chopped and pulled some roots we all went for a walk … Mr Alvin, too.

It was a perfect evening.

So what a day.

Well I am having company for coffee shortly so better go and have a shower.

Mr. Alvin gets a hair cut today and bath.

Lots to do.

The sky is hazy here with smoke.

Blocking out the brightness of the sun’s rays.

I am grateful at the end of the day that I have good friends and family.

I am grateful for this beautiful weather.

I am very grateful that Alvin is feeling better.

I am grateful that Miss Penny will be feeling better soon and that Elton is good.

My grand-pups…..

Enjoy your Saturday.

Keep your eyes open and question things that are out of the ordinary.

I wished that I would have mentioned those hard spots in the ground sooner.

Alas …. that is life.

Everything happens for a reason.

Special Hello to: all of my friends and family everywhere and thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 22nd day of August, 2015.

It is a gorgeous morning here in Edmonton and it is the weekend, doubly great.

Just sipping on a cup of coffee in between changing bedding and typing this blog.

We will be off to see Dr. Karen (Alvin’s Doctor) in a few minutes for his regular monthly pedicure and “stuff.”

He likes the staff at the clinic and I am so grateful for that …. now if he would be more quiet when he gets his nails done.

How are you this morning?

Have a long “TO DO LIST” ?

I started to make one up and it is running onto a second page.

Arrgh.  (not really a word but it truly states how we feel about too long lists).

Oh well ….. break it up over the weekend and it should be doable.

If only Mr. Alvin could vacuum or mow the lawn.

What ….. he can mow the lawn….

Have you seen him out on a walk and after he takes a quick “pee” (gross, sorry) he always mows the grass.

Just have to figure out how it could apply to the whole lawn not just a small patch of grass.

Oh well ……

I guess I had better get this show on the road.

I hope that wherever you are the sun is shining and that you have help with your “to do list.”

I hope that you take time to relax and sip on that cup of coffee …..

Happy Saturday …..

Enjoy your weekend.

P.S. We were off from work a bit early yesterday so I decided to run a couple of errands at West Edmonton Mall. One of them was going to the “store” (Bath & Body Works) to pick up some hand soap.  I was so happy to see some of my co-workers.  One of them even mentioned that one of the guys from a place I used to go and pick up supper from, asked about where I was?  Sweet.  I certainly do miss my friends.  They were the best group of people.

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 8th day of June, 2015.

It is slightly overcast as the sun comes up here in Edmonton with no breeze.

I had such a great Sunday.

First of all, after having breakfast, I made chocolate chip cookies to take to my friends at Bath & Body Works.

Hopped on a bus and went to the mall.

It was so great to see them ….. not everyone was there.

I do miss the staff and the ambience of the store ….. the scents ….

While I was at the mall, I decided to walk around and see what was new.

Nothing really …..

Still a bunch of people ….

It always amazes me on how many people are always in that mall.

West Edmonton Mall, that is.

I went into some of my favourite stores …. tried on some summer dresses.

I did find a few things, and then back to the store where I picked up some hand soap.

I love the tropical scents.

Back on the bus and home to me Alvin.

As always, he was happy to see me.

I am so glad for that.

Well this morning I am catching a later bus so that is nice.

Gives me extra time at home.

More snuggles with MR. Alvin.

I hope that you have a wonderful Monday.

Special Hello to: all my friends at Bath & Body Works … miss you guys.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 7th day of June, 2015.

WOW, another glorious morning and I feel like shouting it from the rooftop.

YAY …..

I have had a great weekend.

The only thing missing was seeing my daughter and her family.

Yesterday by the time the birthday party started at 10:00 a.m. …..

The flowers front and back were all watered, quickly mowed the back lawn, vacuumed and washed the main floor, dusted and prepared for the party.

The birthday party was a huge success …. the birthday girl enjoyed her gifts and red velvet cupcakes stacked high with my “not to secret” icing and LAUGHTER and CHAT.  We three girls can run the field with every topic under the sun.

It was the perfect party.

After the party …. I mowed and raked the front lawn before it got to hot and finished off the back lawn.  LAUNDRY …. there is always that to do……

By about 3:00,  I decided to call it quits other than finishing the laundry ….. RELAXING TIME.

We curled up on the sofa and just watched a movie.

After supper ….. returned a phone call and then we went for a walk.

I was going to bake cookies to take to Bath & Body Works today but I was pooped …. so bedtime it was.

Well it is just after 9:00 a.m. …… the cookie dough is all made up now and ready for me to scoop it into the oven to bake.

I wanted to take a treat to my friends at the store ….

It has been way too long …. I haven’t been back since my last shift on April 4th.

Somehow the time just has simply got away on me.

I guess after 4 years of working two jobs and for a good portion of it 6-7 days per week …. I had to RELAX and get some things done at home…..

Although it does seem strange that I used to manage to get everything that needed to be done at home and worked two jobs.  Somehow we find the time and strength to do it all.

I will say that I love being home with Mr. Alvin in the evenings and weekends.

Well time to go and get those cookies baked so I can catch the bus to the mall.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all my friends on the planet …. you rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 5th day of April, 2015.

Happy Easter.

The sun is shining here in Edmonton on my first official day not working at Bath & Body Works.

Yesterday’s shift was bittersweet.

My shift was from noon until 8:00 p.m.

Over the course of the day I said good-bye to my friends ….. some I have worked with for almost four years others not as long.

I shall miss them all.

There were hugs and tears.

I received email addresses and phone numbers so that I may keep in touch.

There is a group of us that meet at Bath & Body Works and we shall get together from time to time.

It seems weird not getting ready to go to work at the store but I am so excited to begin this next chapter in my life.

Everyone enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies and card that I made.

I shall miss meeting people and all of the fragrances, too.

 

Our office had voluntary lay-offs so it has doubled my work load.

So this will be easier for me only having “one job” so to speak.

Now I shall have time to visit my friends on a regular basis and to do all of the things that I have been either putting off or doing occasionally.

So on this Sunday …. my plan is to do laundry and give Mr. Alvin a much needed haircut and bath.

 

If you are on the fence about making chances …. just do it.

Sometimes it is scary but at the end of the day sometimes you just have to move on.

Try something new.

Work on the things that you love.

 

Well off to enjoy some coffee and get out of my p.j.’s …..

I wish you a great day …. full of sunshine and laughter.

 

Special Hello to: all of my friends at Bath & Body Works …. you rock.  Best Wishes to everyone.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 4th day of April, 2015.

Well it is overcast and snowing here in Edmonton.

On the deck the snow is sticking as it makes touchdown.

Just a steady stream of rain-like snow coming down.

When I look out of my front window the streets and sides are only wet.

What a start to the weekend, yesterday was bright and sunny, and I think it was 15 degrees celsius here.

Now today exact opposite.

 

Well today is my last shift at the store.

Last night I baked a bunch of chocolate chip cookies to take to the staff this morning.

To show my appreciation for them all.

I am both excited and sad for this day.

Excited to have Friday night and the weekends back but sad to not to see all of my friends.

Today will be bittersweet.

 

Alvin is intently gazing out of our temporary bedroom window.

The kids move into their new house on the 16th which is right around the corner.

So much happening right now.

Still busy but at least now it will be on my own timetable.

 

I hope that if you are travelling on this Easter long weekend that you have clear skies if you are flying and dry safe roads for driving.

I hope that you are surrounded by the love of family and friends.

I hope that you are surrounded by laughter ….. always good to have some giggles.

I hope that perhaps you reach out to someone less fortunate than yourself.

I hope that if you see an animal in distress you help them.

May this weekend be all about love and respect for yourself and others.

Always remembers “others” includes all beings …..

 

Have a great Saturday.

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my blog, thank you so much.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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