Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 15th day of August, 2017.

The sky is blue and there is a cool breeze.

Kind of warm in the house but comfortable with fan blowing.

We had our company from Quebec and Calgary visit with us yesterday.

It was great to see the children as the last time was 2011.

Cannot believe how they have grown …. I guess six years will do that ….

Nice to see their Dad as well.

Well we are just on our way to the Vet as Alvin has his teeth cleaned this morning.

I hope that he does well.

I feel so bad not giving him any water or food.

Funny thing he has not fussed about it which is surprising.

I am not having water or food either.

Would not be fair if I did.

Well better get going ….. have to see if he will go poop ….. before.

 

Have a great Tuesday.

Special Hello to: Any LEOS out there celebrating a birthday today.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 and today is the day of my 60th Birthday.

So in honour of my 60 years on this planet.

There were a few years that I missed but I could definitely see the changes in hair, styles and me.

This has been a fun process.

I hope that you have enjoyed this little trip down memory lane with me.

Today the day ….. we are going to Fort Edmonton Park for High Tea.

Last night we had my Birthday Supper with cake ….. so good.

So much fun spending time with my family.

 

 

 

 

1957-1958

1958-1959

1959-1960

1961-1962

 

1961 – 4th Birthday Party – me on the right

 

 

1962-1963 – me on the left – age 5

1963 First Day of School – Age 6

 

1964 – Age 8

1965 – Age 9

1967 – Age 10

1971 – Age 15

 

1972 – Sister (me age 15)

 

1973 – Me (age 16) with brothers

1974 – 17th Birthday

 

1975 – 18th Birthday

1976 – Age 19

1977 – Age 20

1978 – Birthday Age 21

1979 – Age 22

1980 – January

1980 – 23rd Birthday

 

1981 – Age 24  (Summer)

1981 – Christmas

1981 – Age 24

1982 – 25th Birthday

1983 – Age 26

19–, Age

1990 – Age 33

1992 – Age 35 (Celebrating birthdays with Mom & Brother J.

1993 – Age 36

1997 – Age 40

2000 – Age 43

2002 – Age 45

2004 – Age 47

 

 

2006 – Age 49

2007 – Age 50

 

2008 – Age 51

2009 – Age 52

2010 – Age 53 with my girl

 

 

2011 – Age 54

2012 – Age 55

2013 – Age 56 with Alvin

2014 – Age 57

 

2015 – Age 58

 

2016 – Age 59

 

2017 – not quite 60  (selfie)

 

Always, Carol

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 and it is the day before my 60th Birthday.

Wow, the time really has flown.

It has been quite the experience trying to come up with new things relating to me and my life for each post for 60 days.

There are so many August Birthdays between Family and Friends that it almost fills up my birthday calendar.

I am hosting my birthday supper this evening and am excited.

Cooking some of my family’s favourites.

One of my co-workers bakes cakes so I asked her to do mine for me.

She dropped it off at the house yesterday.

It is gorgeous.

Will post some photos tomorrow.

Carrot cake – my favourite and I cannot wait to dig in.

My sister’s son and family are unexpectedly in the area so they will be dropping by for a visit this afternoon.

My brother from Calgary will be arriving later this afternoon.

My daughter, son-in-law and grand-puppies will be coming for supper.

Cannot wait.

Well time to get going.

Tomorrow is all about photos.

Life in photos ……

Always, Carol

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 23rd day of February, 2017.

Yesterday I woke up with a raging headache that knocked the socks right off of me.

I stayed home from work and slept virtually all day.

Finally headache is gone and I feel so much better.

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Today belongs to two special women in my life.

The first being my one and only sister “C.”

My sister is an awesome Mother and Grandmother and Sister and Aunt.

We have been through life together.

Been single Moms together.

We have laughed and cried together.

Danced together.

Been mad at each other.

Travelled together.

Partied together.

But will, and have always been there for each other.

She is funny, smart, nice and cool, and I am grateful that she is my sister.

No matter how far we are apart; we are always together.

Happy Birthday my Darling …..

Me and My Sister Christmas in the little house.

Me and My Sister
Christmas in the little house.

Me and my sister from a Christmas long ago .... I think about 1960...

Me and my sister from a Christmas long ago …. I think about 1960…

My first BF ..... SISTERS Happy Easter Sista .....

My first BF ….. SISTERS
Happy Easter Sista …..

Me and my sister .... the good old days. I am on the left holding a dolly

Me and my sister …. the good old days. I am on the left holding a dolly

One of my favourites...1980's

One of my favourites…1980’s

Professional photo....

Professional photo…. 1990’s

Me and My Sister .....

Me and My Sister ….. 2009 …. first visit at my new house in Edmonton.

 

The other special woman that shares a birthday with my beloved sister is my dear friend, “D.”

We met about thirty-five years ago.

We were both single Moms at the time, and had so much in common.

She is the most fashionable person I know.

Not only does she dress crazy well but she can decorate like no one else I know.

Not only does she always look amazing but she is smart and funny as well.

Happy Birthday my Friend.

 

Happy Birthday Ladies and I hope that life continues to treat you with great regard.

Thank you for being a part of my life and of my heart.

These are for you both.

Flowers and Chocolate Macaroons.

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Wow, what a day this is ….

Special Hello to: my sister and my friend “D” …… Happy Birthday Ladies.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 15th day of August, 2016.

South view from my house there are rain clouds.

North view from my house the sky is somewhat clear as the sun begins to rise in the east.

Funny how different the weather can be from one end of the house to the other.

Well it looks like my vacation is over.

Where did almost two weeks go?

I kicked around home for the most part.

But did go to dinner and a movie with my daughter, lunch with my Steeped Tea leader and friend, had coffee with friends and lots of walks with Alvin.

Talked on the phone with friends from far away.

I purged things around the house so that is always good.

Starting to read again.

Worked on tea sales.

Did some yard work.

Snuggled more with Alvin.

Played with Alvin.

It was a good two weeks and I am grateful for the time off being at home with Alvin.

 

Lots of changes at the office and more to come next week so I guess that is good.

Change is good, right.

As good as a rest!

Then I should be conquering the world at that rate.

 

Well I thank you all for reading my blog.

I love to write about the things around me.

Love, life and Memories.

 

Have an awesome Monday.

Hold loved ones dear and always, always tell the people that you care about that you love them.

Time has a way of passing quickly.

You can put off dusting the living room until tomorrow.

You can put off cleaning out your hall closet until a week from now.

But always tell those people important to you that you care when you have the opportunity.

For that you cannot put off.

 

Special Hello to: my family, friends and new friends – thank you for sharing in my life.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Just a shot of me Alvin ……

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 27th day of June, 2016.

This morning the sun is shining brightly in the morning sky.

Today marks the 65th Birthday of my eldest first cousin on my mother’s side of the family.

Happy Birthday Cousin, we wish you the most wonderful day.

Today is the birthday of my life long friend “D” ….. she is one of two.

Happy Birthday to the twins.

Why is it that Monday mornings seem to arrive so quickly.

Not as usual but some Mondays I play beat the clock and this is one of them.

So unfortunately this will be very short.

I hope that your Monday morning did not arrive too quickly.

Wishing you all the best Monday on record.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Special Hello to: all my cousin and friends who celebrate birthdays today.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 29th day of February, 2016.

WOW …. the last day of February 2016.

Yesterday was the birthday of one of my nephew’s “D” …… not sure how I could have forgotten your birthday but I did.

Happy Birthday ……

Also found out that yesterday is also the birthday of one of my neighbour’s ….. another guy.

Alvin and I were out for a walk in the afternoon and they called us over to their house to chat.

It was then I found out it was his birthday and her birthday is a few days before my daughter’s.

Lots of birthdays.

 

Well we woke up to a fresh blanket of the white stuff.

Spring is definitely here as we usually get some snow about that time.

Mother Nature likes to keep us guessing.

On the plus side ….. temperatures are going up after today ….. so it will melt quickly.

It was almost gone ….. had more ice left than snow.

We just keep chipping away.

 

Did anyone watch the OSCARS last night?

I watch until just after Lady Gaga sang one of the nominated songs.

By the way, I will say this again ….. that girl can SING.

This year was one of those years that I did not see many movies ….

I did see “The Martian” and before I went to bed, it had not won one of the big categories.

Kind of disappointing as I did think it was very good.

Too bad about the controversy ……

I will say this.

I go to a  movie or rent a movie for this reason:  IT HAS A GOOD STORY.

It does not matter if Leo, Denzel, George, Halle, Bruce, or Anne had a starring role ……. I go to the movies for the story.

I have not seen every movie that Leo has been nor have I seen every movie Halle has been in either.

In fact most of the movies I see are not the ones that are up for the big awards.

So whether they got the gold statue is mute.

Anyway just my thoughts.

 

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: all of the actors on the planet Earth ….. great job.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 23rd day of February, 2016.

Today is the Birthday of my sister and two of my girl friends.

We wish them all the most wonderful of days.

May this day be filled with love and laughter.

May your year be filled with good health and abundance.

Happy Birthday “C”, “D” and “A” ……

 

Our weather has been absolutely incredible as of late.

The next few days are to be seeing plus temperatures ….. single digits but that is okay.

Hard to believe that it is February.

The lack of snow is not a good sign for spring and the farmers.

Who knows maybe we will have a wet spring and then it would all work out great.

I do not remember if the groundhogs saw their shadows or not.

Only time can tell.

 

I just heard a huge sigh from Mr. Alvin as he lays curled up on the small piece of rug under my office chair (it is longer than it is wide so there is room for him at one end).

It is amazing that 99% of the time when I am at home ….. he is right there at my side.

Dogs are such loyal creatures.

I can see where some of them seek out their human friends when they pass on.

So sad as they can not articulate their feelings ……

So for our time together on this plane of existence …… I will continue to treat him with kindness, love and respect.

My buddy …… my pal.

He looks so small when he curls up in a ball.

He is so cute ……

 

Well here we go again can you believe ….. time for me to finish getting ready for work.

The nights sure seem to pass by so quickly.

Last night I slept right through …… that is definitely an accomplishment for someone of my age ….. LOL.

 

Happy Tuesday ……

Remember to express your kindness wherever you may go …..

Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness.

 

Special Hello to:  Happy Birthday Ladies ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 13th day of November, 2015.

This has been the most unusual morning ever in our house.

We, I slept okay …. at least got some sleep.

The past couple of mornings I have been coaxing Alvin to stay in bed until the alarm goes off at 5:00.

So far so good.

As you know there has been an unwanted “guest” in our house.

Still not caught so heaven only knows where it is at this point.

For some reason I feel safe upstairs ….

So this morning when we went downstairs, just after turning on all of the lights on the main floor, I donned my trusty winter boots.

Bravely I opened the bathroom door and said to Alvin …. “please check for me” and he knew.

He just walked in and sniffed about and turn to me as if to say “it is okay, Momma” and ” I am hungry, already.”

He is my HERO.

So I scooped out some food from the container that is now in the bathroom because a trap is set on the floor of the pantry.

Took the bowl back to the front door where his water bowl is now located.

When he was done – I went outside with Alvin.

I just cannot be in the house without him at my side.

Once back in, with my trusty winter boots on I made my oatmeal, grabbed a glass of water with lemon and a banana and we went upstairs to the office.

Kind of feels like camping.

Our whole schedule has changed.

But maybe that is a good thing.

So I wrote in my journal upstairs before I ate because I cannot sit at the table.

Then checked Facebook … now writing my blog and lastly I will put on my face and get dressed.

I know it is crazy …. but this is my current reality.

For me, even to be in the house is a move in the right direction.

I even made a simple supper last night ….. veggie burger in the oven ….. grabbed a bun …. mustard and cheese … and veggies … done.

I hope that this change is not long term.

Just want my life back.

Well almost time to go and get ready ……

I hope that you have a great Friday.

When there is no choice there is always change.

This is my thought as of now.

Happy Friday the 13th ….. almost mid November now.

Special Hello to: all those celebrating a birthday in November …. 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

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