Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 30th day of April, 2018.

WOW, the last day of April.

First quarter of the year now on the books.

The sun is rising brightly in the morning sky.

Everyone is hoping for a much warmer day than yesterday.

Yesterday it was cold, windy and overcast for most of the day.

No rain, though.

We could use a nice rain to give everything a nice fresh drink.

I did not make it out to clean up the trash in the neighbourhood yesterday.

Just not easy to do when the WIND is blowing everything around and back.

I noticed that with the wind some trash has blown in the gutter in front of my house and there is trash lying about.

So will get that all picked up.

 

Update on Mr. Alvin.

I have decided to just wet/soften his food for him.

Although that is likely not good for his teeth.

Will keep an eye on him and if need be take him to see his Doctor.

 

We had a nice quiet day inside other than my trip to the grocery store.

My neighbour lent me her car.

Always a nice treat to drive.

Keeping up my skills as well.

It was nice just snuggling with the boy while the wind howled outside.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

It is nice being in a carpool and just taking the bus from time to time.

Some of our vacation time is the same so that worked out nicely.

Otherwise just will pick up more bus tickets.

I am / we are enjoyed the extra time in the morning and at night.

 

I hope that you all have a bright, sunny, warm and wonderful day.

Special Hello to: my sister……

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 4th day of October, 2017.

Dark outside but will lighten as I travel on the bus to work.

Another gorgeous day on the way.

We are grateful.

This morning I am thinking of those affected by recent tragedies in Edmonton and in Las Vegas.

A reminder.

 

IF I HAD KNOWN

Looking at photos of us when we were kids.

It seems like only yesterday,

but it was a lifetime ago.

Things have changed.

We were five now we’re four.

How I long for those days.

When we were all together.

When playing school, all sitting in a row … I’d be the teacher…

Running about the yard playing in a nearby slough looking for tadpoles …

Playing in the dirt ….

Imagining driving to far off places in that old black car, and eating Mom’s homemade french fries and pumpkin pie.

Playing hide and seek and watching Disney on Sundays.

Was what we did, when we were just kids.

Now we’re grown,

Time has past.

If only I had known,

We would be four and not five.

I would have taken your hand.

I would have told you how much I loved you every day.

I would have loved you better.

I would have visited you more often.

I should have tried.

I would have known your pain.

I would have understood.

I would have known your favourite song.

I would have known your favourite colour.

I would have known you better.

Now we’re four and it’s too late

For me to take your hand.

To share your pain, and to comfort you.

I wished that I had knew you better.

Between the pain and the laughter.

You were a man, and I remember the boy

The little boy with a zest for life.

The little boy that always seemed to find a way ….. now that’s our secret….

That irresistible little guy that made me smile.

The little boy with such a big heart.

That much I did know when the boy became the man.

I feel that I let you down, but it is too late

I wished that I knew your favourite song.

Or what you made you cry late at night.

Why the time passed so fast.

Now we’re four instead of five

What did you think?  Your thoughts?

I wished that I knew.

If I had, I had only known  the man, not just the boy.

Written by Carol Yvonne Lewis, January 8th, 2010

 

Take care on this day and each day to follow.

Hold your loved ones close.

Know them and love them, no matter what.

 

Special Hello to: all my family and friends all over the world.  Stay safe and I love you with all my heart.  Alvin says DITTO for him.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 10th day of February, 2017.

YAY, it is the weekend and the temperatures are warming up.

How perfect.

I spoke to the birthday boy er, I mean man, yesterday and that was nice.

My how time flies ….. still cannot believe my baby boy is 40 years old.

 

So I wonder, how do the milestone birthdays such as 40 of your first born nieces and nephews make you feel?

At first I thought oooh sixty but then I think wow I have a 40 year old nephew.

Actually I have an almost 37 year old daughter, too.

Sometimes I feel old and it has nothing to do with their birthdays.

Just because.

Sometimes your body feels older and some days not.

That is something that will not change – we all age.

Some of us age better than others.

Depends on gene pool and environment.

Perhaps the elixir of eternal life may be found in some future century but not now.

So we do not have to worry about living forever.

Just live your best life now.

If you have a moment where you feel old and truly you are not ….. live it and then carry on.

 

Well almost time to hit the road ….. to the bus.

Have an awesome Friday.

Special Hello to: my Sister, the Mother of my Nephew ….. a great person and I love her very much.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 9th day of February, 2017.

Today is a very, very special day in our family and for me.

On this day  “40” years ago my sister gave birth to my first nephew.

I cannot believe that he is going to be 40 which means I am going to be 60.

We are twenty years apart.

 

He has a very special place in my heart.

We spent a good deal of time together over the years. and it has meant the world to me.

He was this eager, busy-energetic, inquisitive, highly intelligent, bold, adventurous,  kind, loving little boy with the blonde hair and strawberry lips who simply melted your heart.

He did have a bit of a mischievous streak running through him but mostly he was just super busy and full of energy.

Always asking questions – always wanting to know.

But “why Auntie.”

Or he would hear a word that was not something a small child would typically use in a sentence but he did, and used it correctly.

One time when he was about three, I was sitting at the kitchen table working on my budget, and crunching some numbers using the calculator.

He came up to me and said “Auntie, what is that?”

I replied “it is a calculator” and before I could say anything he said “Auntie, I would like to do some calculating.”

He was three.  I will say he was always good with numbers.

I watched him go from that cute little boy into a mature, eager, energetic, inquisitive, highly intelligent, bold, kind, loving husband and father to three little boys.

I am so proud of this boy now grown man.

Go figure that he would have three boys of his own.

 

With my move to Edmonton we have not seen as much of each other as we had over the years but he is always in my thoughts.

He will always be my cute blonde headed strawberry lipped little boy.

 

So on this Thursday the 9th day of February, 2017, I want to wish my first born nephew “T” …. a very Happy 40th Birthday.

Now he will not be likely reading this but I hope that he knows in his heart how much he means to me and always will.

He was the son that I never had ….. (don’t tell Alvin).

 

I also wanted to mention that yesterday was one of the best days of my life.

So many little things …. great moments ….. great day.

I never thought that I would be so happy not to have mail delivered to me (this was at work).

I am so grateful to be me.

 

 

Special Hello to: my nephew “T” …. Happy Happy 40th Birthday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 13th day of August, 2016.

It is a bright and sunny morning and once again the air at this time has a coolness to it.

I am munching on my toast as I write these words.

Once done, I am going to go on a walk with Mr. Alvin before it gets too warm.

Also this morning I am invited to a belated Birthday party for me.

I have the best friends.

Seems like I am having a week of celebrations and it is so nice to be loved.

Just getting together with everyone is so wonderful.

Yesterday, was the lunch with some of the Steeped Tea girls in our group.

My group leader picked me up and explained that the last two girls were not able to go so it was just me and her.

We went to a nearby restaurant and had a great lunch and visit.

 

The Universe always works things out.

Today I have a short list of things to do keeping in the back of my mind that I only have one more day left until back to work.

Oh well, it was a great vacation and so grateful that I was able to have this time at home.

Some was by myself as Alvin was away visiting at his sisters and the most was home with the guy.

 

Alvin is waiting patiently at the office door not knowing what lies in store for him.

I do not think he suspects that they are going for a walk.

Have to hustle it up as my party is in one hour.

But there is always time for the boy.

 

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Take a walk in the sunshine ….. breathe in some fresh air.

I hope that the sun is shining where you are and that you have good fresh air to breathe.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister ….. let me know when to SKYPE.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 24th day of March, 2016.

This is my last day to work before the long weekend.

We are very lucky to have the next four days off from work.

What a wonderful break.

I believe that even Mother Nature is going to work with us for beautiful weather being warm and sunny.

The house is so very quiet this morning with my boy away at his sister’s.

I spoke to her last night and Alvin has settled in at her house.

She said he seems to be less stressed.

He does not like car rides and is adjusting to their new house.

He is not so much for change.

I can identify but sometimes it is a must.

So I am pleased that he is feeling better about his visit.

Whew.

Still seemed odd not to have him snuggled up beside me in bed.

He likes to cuddle which is nice.

I am not complaining as it is good for him to spend time with his sister and her family.

I am happy that we live close enough for visits.

 

This morning at work we have a Easter Hunt …… chocolate bunnies are hidden for us to find.

It is a nice way to start the day ……

CHOCOLATE.

Mmm, I hope that I find one.

In addition to the ones that are hidden we each have an EGG somewhere at our workspace and it is jammed packed with small delightful treats.

A win, win all round.

 

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

I wish you a wonderful Thursday.

Whatever you do and wherever you go may the sun shine on you and may a happy song play in your heart.

Happy Thursday Everyone!

 

Special Hello to: my sister ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 2nd day of January, 2016.

I almost typed 2015 instead of 2016.

It will take a couple of weeks to do the year without thinking.

I am excited to think that in less than four years it will be 2020.

That will be so cool.

 

This morning the sky has a pale orange / white hue …. so very pretty.

It has been wonderful the past couple of mornings to see the sunshine.

We have been getting up to stay up later but with only one morning left before going back to work …… we had better get up earlier tomorrow.

I always like to have a practice run if you will …… just so it will not be such a shock to the system.

 

Well yesterday Mr. Alvin had his bath and he looks so handsome ….

I think he feels better.

 

Last night I went to my friend’s house for supper and a visit ….. there were three of us friends and neighbours.

After supper I ended up going and getting Alvin ( just felt badly that he was home alone ).

Alvin spent the first I would say half an four sniffing about the whole main floor …. every corner …. every inch.

My friend “A” has a cat named Cricket and they get along pretty good.

There were a couple of times that she was a bit miffed with him as he went into the bathroom where her litter was ….. she went in …..

Alvin raised his paw and backed away.

We went in and brought him out …..

But it was okay ….. proud of the boy.

He did not chase her and she did not chase him.

They kind of respected each others space.

 

Had an awesome evening …… home kind of late …… but that is okay.

Not something that I do very often if ever but something I need to do more.

We are going to take turns hosting supper and evening.

All three of us are single ….

We each have a four-legged friend …. two dogs and one cat.

I look forward to that …. my turn is next.

Am thinking of Italian ….. pasta and stuff.

 

Well time to get dressed and get this day started ….. we need bananas and I need a bus pass for work.

So will have to make a trip to the grocery store and the drugstore.

Only a six minute walk …… should go this morning.

Supposed to be another mild day so will go for a nice long walk with Alvin this afternoon.

 

Happy Saturday and I hope that you are enjoying the start of 2016.

Be joyful, healthy and abundant.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who have a four-legged friend …. cherish them ….. treat them with respect.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome and to Thursday the 5th day of November, 2015.

It is a beautiful morning here in Edmonton.

Alvin decided that he absolutely had to get up at 3:50 a.m. ….. yes, that is right “10 minutes to 4” in the morning …..

What on earth was the boy thinking?

I cannot imagine what was running around in his brain.

I know that at that time “The Momma was thinking ….. sleep …. I want more.”

But crazy Momma that I am, I reluctantly got out of bed …. made the bed and grabbed my “bunny hug” (hoodie, for those not born in Saskatchewan, Canada) and followed the boy downstairs.

Gave him his breakfast and then outside.

Part of the thing was his “chew treat” had been left outside …. I reminded him to bring it in but he did not.

So this is what happens ….

Note to self: if he has another one un eaten make certain it is in the house ……

He is so very funny ….. I bought this bag at his last appointment.

He takes a couple of days where he buries it in the back yard or hides it under a pillow or in plain sight in the middle of the floor.

Once that fun has been exhausted he begins the process of chewing it …. devouring it.

Depending on the size it can take a few hours.

I found that out about a week ago …..

Listened to him “chawing” away on it while I was trying to go to sleep …… two hours later he was done and I was exhausted.

Oh, my boy …..

Life is certainly not dull …

Oh, cute story …. last night just a few minutes after we had left the house on our way to the park …. we came across this man, little girl and a small dog.

We could see them in the distance and as we got closer I saw the cutest bundle of black fur ever …. present company excluded (sorry Alvin) …..

Alvin ran toward them …. the little girl asked if she could pet Alvin and I said yes, (of course).  So it turns out the puppy was 8 weeks old …. about 4 pounds (fully grown 12 pounds) …. from Cuba.

The man’s name was “J” and the little girl “A” ….. the really strange thing ….. J is my brother’s name and A is my daughter’s name.  How cool is that.

Anyway we visited for a few minutes and then were on our way.

I always have fun when we walk ….. thank you Alvin for that ….

Okay, now time to get this show on the road.

Special Hello to: all those folks who lovingly and with kindness and respect take in a four-legged animal to be their forever friend.

You rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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