COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Monday, August 7th, 2017 and it is the 3rd day until my 60th Birthday.

How exciting is this?

I am preparing my blog in advance for Wednesday as entails quite a lot of prep work.

But has been a fun process for sure.

This whole turning 60 has been both a learning and memory process.

Sometimes looking back on a lifetime brings some challenges.

For one thing it is not easy to remember what you did at say age 4 or 5.

There are always the not so pleasant memories that stick fast to your memory banks while if you are extra blessed there are way more on the average/joyful side that you may or may not remember.

I think if I have a handful or two of unpleasant ones over this many years I have done well, to be honest.

But during my lifetime the good have far outweighed the bad.

So for that I am truly blessed.

Well two more blogs …….

Thank you for coming along with me on this Countdown to my 60th Birthday.

 

Always, Carol

 

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Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 2nd day of May, 2017.

Did you say day #2 of May?

When it that happen?

I guess today.

This week is going to be FANTASTIC weather wise and otherwise, too.

The sky is overcast but does not look like rain clouds.

Strange.

I guess we shall see if the forecast is correct.

 

Just have photos to share with you.

Two of my favourite things and the other well just something to share.

 

Photo #1: Alvin last week with long hair and snow.

Photo #2: Alvin last night before bed sporting his new hair cut and no snow.

I swear he is 5 pounds lighter with the new hair cut.

Definitely cute puppy dog alert ….. oh, how I love me Alvin.

Photo #3: Yesterday’s thunder/hail storm, proof of hail on the deck.

Photo #4: You can see the hail jumping up off the deck.

Photo #5:  My new favourite food to make.  Homemade pizza.  My recipe.

Simple:  Pizza with tomato pizza sauce with garlic and parsley, then sprinkle oregano, followed by wait for it ….

my new favourite thing – caramelized onions and topped with cheddar/mozzarella cheese mix.

I must say that I love caramelized onions and funny thing.

After cooking for over 50 years – I have never caramelized onions before now.

Just been seeing many chefs on HGTV and FOOD NETWORK doing this …..

OMG, so GOOD.  Cannot believe.  I am hooked.

So tasty, seems amazing and is CHEAP to make.

Great for everyone’s budget.

Photo #6:  Note to self, watch parchment paper under the broiler.

 

My mouth just waters – looking at the photos.

 

I hope that you are smiling now and ready for a new day.

Be kind and have fun.

After all what is the use of be alive if you cannot or do not have FUN.

Enjoy the day no matter what it brings.

If you are enjoying the day it will bring good things.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …. did you make that request??

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 14th day of December, 2016.

Well there are only “10” sleeps until Christmas Eve.

One of the two most exciting days of the year.

I also was asked by one of my neighbours to check in on a young cat that she is sitting for this week.

OMG, he is pure black, friendly and was so cute.

It was a change from Mr. Alvin …… Alvin is cute, too.

I was reading over blogs from around this date from years ago.

The following one is from December 16, 2010 – mine and Alvin’s first Christmas together.

I think it is always interesting to check back and see what was happening this date two, three or six years ago.

It’s CHRISTMAS TIME !!!

Wishing everyone a safe and fun Holiday Season.

May you be surrounded by love and laughter.

May hot chocolate warm your tummy ……

Pull out that old board game and play with your kids.

Fill a tin or other container full of your holiday baking

Take it to a neighbour, friend or give it to someone you meet just walking down the street.

Grab some friends and family and go sing Christmas Carols at a Seniors Home or in your Neighbourhood.

Put a Christmas movie in the DVD player, and call the neighbourhood children to come in and watch.

Take a morning or afternoon and surprise someone by cleaning their house.

P.S. make sure that you have a key !!!

Shovel someone’s walk.

Put a holiday CD in the player and crank it up and dance around the house …..

Give your doggie a bath (if you have one) …… Merry Christmas…

Take the time to do something special for a family member or friend or a neighbour.

Go to a coffee place and purchase several coffee cards with a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate on each one …

Then go out in the world and hand them out ….. Merry Christmas.

You can also take them to your neighbourhood shops ….. give them to all those special people that work so hard in retail….

We all have an extra pair of mittens, scarf, toque or coat that we could donate to someone in need.

Drop off some canned goods at your local food bank.

I guess at the end of the day …… just go out and spread LOVE to the World.

We have so much – please share.

Remember to smile at everyone you meet all day long…..

Let’s make this the most wonderful Christmas ever !!!

Merry Christmas Everyone…..

Special Hello to: All my Friends and Family all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 25th day of July, 2016.

Last week of the month.

It has been a great month.

We had company from afar.

The weather was nice.

Appreciated the rain.

Lots of beautiful walks with Alvin.

Shared some cold tea beverages with some friends.

Read some great blogs.

Learned some things.

Did some purging.

Held a couple of garage sales.

Looking forward to the first two weeks in August as I am on vacation.

First time in five years that I have take two weeks back to back.

I am staying at home with Alvin although we may do a day trip.

We shall see.

Just looking forward to being home and doing odds and ends.

Here we are almost time to leave for the bus and work.

Those two day weekends just zip by but I do seem to remember that I had most of Friday off …..

Maybe it is the opposite way round more time off the faster it goes???

Well I am just babbling, clearly.

Please giggle here …… thank you.

The sun is clearing out the morning clouds.

There is a slight breeze.

Quick story ….. Alvin was on the deck this morning for a few minutes just before we come upstairs for me to get ready.

There must have been a magpie or crow circling above where I could not see as he was jumping up and barking.

After a couple of minutes I went out and lured him back into the house with the promise of a small treat.

It did not work right away but in the end his stomach always caves and he came with me.

I did hear a magpie squawk at the side of the house.

Funny guy.

You can always get him to do something if you feed him.

He likes to eat.

Not “unlike” his Momma….

Well I had better go.

Have an awesome Monday.

Special Hello to: my sister, I hope that you had a great weekend.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 14th day of January, 2015.

It is to be +5 degrees celsius here in Edmonton today.

That is crazy for the month of January.

But we certainly are not complaining.

Perhaps a few more days like this and the streets and sidewalks will be dry.

Perfect for walking for me and for the puppies.

Last night my daughter and I enjoyed the perfect walk with the puppies.

There was a slight cool breeze but the sky was clear and you could see the stars and the moon.

I always love clear skies.

Mid week ….

Still trying to believe that my baby brother turned 50 yesterday.

That is mind boggling to me.

I think for today it shall be one of those days where kindness rules.

It should be that everyday.

I think, anyway.

Well almost time to leave for the office.

Traffic was backed up in spots so have to get away as early as possible.

Thank you for reading my blog.

I am most grateful.

Have the best day.

Special Hello to: all those people with Birthdays in January ….. Happy Birthday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 22nd day of April, 2014.

WOW ….. what a great weekend I had.

Weather was spectacular.

Most of the snow has melted.

Cleaned up the neighbourhood.

Looks so much better …..

Had several long walks with “me Alvin.”

Had a wonderful walk with my daughter, her puppies and of course, Alvin.

Between all of the items on my “to do list” ….. I had lots of time to have the odd nap and RELAX.

Yesterday morning I had coffee with my friend down the street.

We always have a great visit.

We laugh …. we cry (no tears yesterday).

It is always good to have someone to talk to ….. to really talk to ….. to vent if you need to …… get things off your chest ….. away from your heart.

Protect the heart ….. keep the stress level down …… that is why it is good to talk to someone.

This doesn’t mean that you have bad things to gossip about …. it just means that you need to release all of the things that you think about continuously.

So all in all, I had the best weekend.

It was so great to have three complete days off in a row.

The only place I went was the grocery store other than out for my coffee break and walks.

Perfect.

I hope that you had that kind of weekend.

Thank you again for taking the time to read my blog …. I really appreciate you and your time.

Well supposed to be another 16 degree celsius day ….. that is great.

The rest of the week is another story.

I turned off the furnace yesterday so hopefully it won’t cool down too much.

Have a great Tuesday.

I will be back tomorrow.

Special Hello to: all of those people who take the time to read our blogs ….. you rock and if you write one …. double ROCK.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday, the 5th day of August, 2013.

Wow, only four days till my 56th Birthday.

I am actually very excited about this one … not sure why other than being alive and healthy and surrounded by everything you love ….

Well I guess that is reason to celebrate.  Right!

Today is a statutory holiday where I live so I have the day off from work, from the office.

I have a long to do list and I am planning to have everything done by 2:00 p.m. so that I can watch two of my favourite shows:

they are Star Trek Next Generation and Star Trek Voyager.

Both are no longer in production and I have seen them all a million times but I love watching them.

So on this gorgeous day …. it is time to celebrate.

I wish you all a happy, glorious day….

A few sips of coffee ….. write my blog and then I am off to get some work done around the house.

Thank you for reading……

Special Hello to: all those Star Trek Fans …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

THANK YOU….

FIRST LINE …..July 25, 2013

As we walk along the water’s edge the coolness leaves my skin with goose bumps and prickles, as if there is someone behind me.

July 26, 2013

Alvin pulls on his leash and brings me back, the fragrance of freshly cut grass fills my nostrils; my heart beat quickens, and I am unable to shake the feeling.

July 28, 2013

The sky is overcast with a hint of sunrise peeking through and the leaves of the trees rustle in the breeze, and I think how did I get here? 

July 29, 2013

What does that mean, and what is making me think these thoughts?

July 30, 2013

All of a sudden the leash tightens as Alvin pulls me forward.

July 31, 2013

My body lurches forward as I fight to keep my balance, what is going on …. “Alvin,” I cry as things appear to be happening in slow motion.

August 1, 2013

Alvin turns his head and with eyes as big as saucers; I suddenly realize what is going to happen.

August 2, 2013

I had no control, and could feel my breath slowly leaving my body as it was happening.

August 5, 2013

As the fog lifts from my brain and I come round; I realize that quite some time has passed as dusk has fallen, and then the horrifying thought comes to my mind where is my Alvin?

Thought for the day…..

Good Evening ….. we are in the last couple of hours of Friday, March 15th, 2013.

Today marked the 10th Birthday of my great niece “Selena” ….. she is a lovely young lady.

I called her from my home in Edmonton, Alberta  to hers in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Since the time change this last Sunday we are once again “the same hour” ….

She is an amazing young lady and I am so proud of her …..

We chatted about her birthday, her bowling party and sleepover with three friends tomorrow.

I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up and she said a “Vet” and a “Writer” ….

I was not surprised by the Vet but was totally blown away by the Writer.

It would seem that she has turned into quite the writer during the last year or so.

She writes poetry and stories.

She told me that she has already written two books.

One has over 150 pages and the other over 100.

I think that is quite the accomplishment for a then nine year old.

She also mentioned about a poem that she had written and proceeded to read it to me.

Very accomplished.

I asked her where she got her inspiration and she said just one day in class.

It was amazing.

So I have to take a “page” from this now ten year old and get my writing act together.

It won’t be long and she will be published.

I also asked her when she got the time to write and she said “Oh, sometimes when I am tired of watching t.v. or reading” …. I just write.

So if this newly turned ten year old can write two books (she started the 150 page book last summer and just recently finished) …. so can I.

At first, I will admit that I felt less than confident in my writing abilities.

After speaking with her Mom (my niece) and taking a bit of time to clear the tears from my “OMG, what am I doing” eyes” ……. I reread some of my earlier poems.

I stopped to think about what I was doing at ten years old and then I felt better.

You see I will be 56 this August and 50 years ago this August I cooked my first meal….. it was stew and for a combining crew.

Also at ten years old I was watching over my four younger siblings ….. taking turns with my sister (18 months younger) staying home from school to help with chores and the boys.

I do remember when I was between 8 – 11, planning and executing several Christmas plays ….

By ten years old I was already babysitting for the neighbours and earning money to buy our school photos and books from Scholastic (from school).

I was doing laundry for our family of seven when I was ten ….. washing the floors (by hand) and polishing the floors …… making meals …. helping my siblings with homework ….

So now that I have finished my pity party and am realizing that each life is different.

I have always loved to write and I did write when I was younger but most of my writing and stories were in my imagination ….. I told the stories to myself as I did not have the time or means to write them.

So as I have now written over 700 blogs (which is huge accomplishment for me), I work two jobs, make jewellery with my daughter, keep a house, clean my neighbourhood, and other things …. I try not to be too hard on myself.

I am grateful that I have lived my live because it has made me who I am.

I am blessed to be surrounded by inspiration of all ages.

I am happy to be here.

I am so grateful to all of the people who take their precious time to read my blog.

Well I guess it is time for bed.

I have a cold so should get some rest so that I can get back my energy.

Thank you.

Always, Carol ….. (Alvin is sleeping ……)

 

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DARLING….. I HOPE THAT SOMEDAY WE ARE BOTH TRAVELLING TO BOOK SIGNINGS ……

Princess Selena ......

Princess Selena …… long before she was ten …..

Thought for the day…..

Welcome to Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 ….. mid May.

On this Tuesday, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to those wonderful people who take the time to read my blog.

There are so many blogs and sites to read and visit.

This is our millennium’s encyclopedia.

So much available to us now ….. capturing knowledge of the world at our fingertips.  WOW.

So with all of this in mind ….. it is incredible that you folks are reading my words and thoughts.

I am eternally grateful.

I still am looking forward to the day when I reach my goal of “one million readers.”

It will take a bit of time but I look forward to writing each day to make this dream come true.

Someday I shall be a published writer and be on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

I have started many stories ….. so many characters in mind …… someday soon.

You know that actually having you folks read my blog each day is like being on the LIST……

Thank you.

Special Hello to:  readers all over the world ….. words make the world go round…. we thank you.

Have a spectacular DAY.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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