COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Sunday, July 16, 2017 and it is the 25th day until my 60th Birthday.

OMG, getting closer to only three weeks till the big day and even less until my sister arrives.

I cannot wait.

Seems like forever since I wrapped my arms around here and that we giggled till our tummies hurt.

Better than going to some foreign country or to some tropical beach spending time with my sister, my daughter and my brother.

This will be a vacation to remember for sure.

Time to get things in order in the house, thankfully the basement is done although really it was in order.

Make up the menu for the company.

Make up the guest room just in time for the company.

Freshly washed sheets, a must.

Oh I cannot wait.

We do not see each other more than once a year but when we do we make up for it.

Time well spent.

I am so excited to have two whole weeks off from work.

The first time that I have taken 10 whole days off in a row in the almost 6 years that I have worked there.

Very exciting.

 

1998:  a big year.  My daughter graduated from High School with Honours, Started University of Regina that September in the Arts Program majoring in Film.  Hard to believe my baby is 18.

1999: the end of another decade ….. so much anticipation for the New Millennium ….. first year on the new computer system at work working out the bugs and kinks.

 

Always, Carol

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Wednesday, July 12, 2017 and it is the 29th day until my 60th Birthday.

Okay so what can I say that I have not said before ….. mmm, let me think about this?

How about one memory from each of my almost 60 years?

Some may be good and some may be sad but memories are memories.

It takes a bit of both to make a lifetime.

Okay here goes:

1957:  BORN AUGUST 9TH, – Absolutely no memory of this date at all.

1958: Still no memory comes to mind.

1959: My baby sister was born on February 23rd.  I do remember her when she was a baby (we are 18 months apart).

1960: Cooling off on a hot summer day in the shade of one of our many lilac bushes on the farm when I felt something scratching at my little bottom.  Jumped up and found that I had sat on the edge of a nest of baby mice.  Thankfully no Momma Mouse only tiny pink things ….. but scarred me for most of my life.

1961:  Sliding down a big hill of snow in our yard on the farm.

1962:  My first baby brother was born on August 11th,  two days after my 5th Birthday.

1963:  I started Grade One and my second baby brother was born on November 10th.

1964: Summer we moved into the big house that my Dad built on the farm.  Went from three rooms to ten not including the basement.

1965:  My third baby brother was born on January 13th and I turn 8 this August.

1966:   Turning nine meant another year older and even more chores on the farm.  Remember loving school.

 

Tomorrow 1967 …..

 

Always, Carol

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Sunday, July 9, 2017 and it is the 32rd day until my 60th Birthday.

One day away from one month until the big BIRTHDAY.

Less than that until my sister arrives for a ten day visit.

Cannot believe she is staying with us for ten days.

We are so excited.

This birthday will be extra special with my sister and my baby brother here.

It would have been nice if our other brother would have been here but he will be on vacation to British Columbia, I totally understand.

 

So has there been a topic that I have not covered in the almost thirty days that I have been writing this post?

Mm, not sure about that.

 

I will say that no matter what happens in your life – it is imperative that you follow your heart – make your dreams come true.

It is so important when you are no longer twenty something or even forty something.

Time flies and make use of the present.

It is hard, I know.

There will always be something that will come up and will interfere or interpret those dreams but keep certain in them.

Three things that I would say that I always wanted to do:

  1.  Have four Children and be a Mother
  2.  Be a Nurse
  3.  Be a published Writer

 

I have one beautiful daughter and I am a Mother.

My whole life I have helped people in situations that needed some type of assistance.

I now write this BLOG and am working on putting together all my ideas for a book.

 

So you see sometimes things do not work out exactly how you planned but they worked out as they should in the end.

Somedays I may be a bit stressed over finances or my job but at the end of the day it all works out.

I am where I should be.

I am where I want to be.

 

Happy Me……..

 

Always, Carol

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Friday June 23, 2017 and it is the 48 day until my 60th Birthday.

The top ….

11.  Flowers …. wherever and whenever

10.  Fragrance of my Gran’s flower gardens (memory)

9.  Trips to Jasper 2009 and to Montreal 2007 with my daughter

8.  Looking at old photographs with my sister and brothers ….. remembering when we were younger.

7.  Reading cards and letters from loved ones no longer with us.

6. Business trip to New York City in 1994 which included a week long course held at the old SING SING Prison and followed by the most glorious but scary visit to the World Trade Centre, Broadway Musical, some     sightseeing and shopping.  The Big Apple was so much more than I could ever have imagine.  Some day I would like to go there with my daughter.  Definitely bucket list to return to NYC.

5. Sea Shell Broach that my Grandparents brought me back from their trip to Hawaii, I think I was about 10 (still have it).  One of  my most prized possessions and it fits in the palm of my hand.

4.  The people in my life: my family, of course, and all my beloved friends from a lifetime.  They are the best.  D, V, M, D, L, G, S, H, I, K, M, R, B, M,  and I cannot list them all but they are in my heart each and every minute of my day.

3. My daughter’s wedding and my new son-in-law … sharing that day with her/with them was one of the best days of my life.

 

2. Adoption of  Alvin which was by accident as would not have happened without my kids saying I should adopt a doggie.  He is the wind beneath my sails.

1. Birth of my daughter, Amanda.  She has been and continues to be the star shining brightly in my sky.  I have always been so proud of her from the time she was a wee girl to now as a grown woman.  She is simply the most caring, kind and compassionate woman I know and I learn from her daily. She is a great role model (even for her Momma).  Always my daughter and best friend.

 

 

I could go on and on with this list.  The more I wrote the more I engaged my thoughts and memories.  Really despite a few hiccups along the way I have had and continue to have an amazing life.

The top 60 of my favourite things …… just the beginning.  I hope that I did not forget something important.  Daughter check, Son-in-law check, Sister, Brothers, Family, Friends. …..

I guess that I still have 48 or so days left to jot down some things on the Countdown to 60.

 

Always, Carol

 

 

 

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 days to 60

Today is Saturday June 17, 2017 and it is the 54 day until my 60th Birthday.

Crazy that the days are passing so quickly.

This writing has helped to gain perspective on a few things, and to give me extra purpose in the days and years ahead.

My family and I have had I would say an odd relationship.

Not bad but odd.

I am the eldest child of five.

We lost one brother several years ago.

We, remaining four are two girls and two boys.

I am closer to my sister because I have been around her more than my brothers, know her better, and because we are girls.

Part of the reason for this was I left home when I was sixteen years old.

This was not my choice.

I was always their guide and protector and it hurt me a lot to leave them.

My paternal grandfather had died in a farming accident back “home” and my Dad decided it would be a good idea for me to go and live with my Grandmother.

I was sixteen and she was 72.

I had always loved my Gran and was close to her but the idea of leaving my siblings behind scared me a great deal.

My youngest brother was 8, the other boys were 10 and 11; my sister was 14 when I left home.

I would say that this was the hardest thing that I have ever had to do.

Leaving my babies behind – being the eldest I was always responsible for them and they really did feel like my children.

So as I said, we have an odd relationship.

My sister and I are super close.

The boys feel like my children – most especially the youngest one.

I think it was hard for them, too.

We love each other very much.

I always felt bad that I missed out knowing them better in those years, and then as teenagers.

It also has had an effect on every conversation and get together over the years.

Whenever they spoke of many things – I was not there, and could not be connected to that memory, and that always hurt.

I did not feel included in a way.  Not that it was their fault as it certainly was not the case.

Now that is not to say that we did not see each other during those years we certainly did but not on a day to day basis.

My very core hurt when my middle brother passed away …..

Everyone has something in their life that throws their life into the fire pit.

So family is important to me.

I may not see my “babies” on a regular basis but they are engrained in my very being and with me everyday.

My Mom always treated me as a younger sister and even referred to me, as such.

My Dad well, despite his shortcomings, I loved him.

Families are not all the same.

You do the best that you can.

I am excited for my birthday as my sister and younger brother are coming to stay with me.

So excited to spend time with them.

Your family is your family.

All you can do is the best you can do …..

I am blessed to be a part of this family.

 

Always, Carol

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 14th day of February, 2017.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone.

Also Happy Birthday to “H” …. the sister to my son-in-law.

Wow, this month has been so busy with BIRTHDAY WISHES.

What a wonderful month.

If you are going to be thinking and saying words there are no better than Happy Birthday ones.

 

Well our weather has taken a continued turn for the BETTER.

Yesterday had to be 10+ celsius as last night when we went for our walk – I did not even wear mini gloves and my hands were warm.

Crazy ….

Having these days so beautiful just brings us a bit closer to spring and then summer.

FLOWER time.

I am so excited to go flower shopping this year.

YAY …. I love flowers.

Ah, Mama's boy.......isn't he cute!!!

This is one of my flowers.

Not to be planted, though.

Happy Valentine’s Day, me Alvin.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to my daughter, son-in-law, Aspen and Baby Milo.

Too all MY FAMILY and FRIENDS.

May you be surrounded by so much love and laughter on this day and every day.

 

Special Hello to:  You, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 28th day of December, 2016.

Our weather has warmed yesterday and for today and the next few to follow.

 

My thoughts as of late are to all of those wonderful souls that have passed during this past year.

Some have been famous.

Some have been family.

Some have been friends.

Some you know and some you do not.

They made us laugh.

They shared their lives, their stories.

They will always be with us in the air that we breathe, and in all that surrounds us.

Their stories will continue in us.

To all of those who are missing your mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, friends, grandparents, beloved fur-babies: pups and kitties, you are in my thoughts.

I wrote this poem almost twenty years ago.

I would like to give this a tribute to all those wonderful spirits we have said goodbye to in 2016.

 

 

BEYOND THE SUNSET

The sun melts into hues of gold and pink,

as the sky darkens.

A peaceful sigh, as she closes her eyes.

She sees the roses in her garden.

The fragrance soft but strong in the air.

She sees her children and theirs.

She feels her husband’s touch.

She remembers times gone by.

It has been a great life!

She is not afraid,

The time has come.

The Lord extends his hand,

And she follows him home.

Written by Carol Lewis on September 29/30, 1998 for my Grandma Stella.

 

Special Hello to: Rest in Peace our darlings. Rest in Peace.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 18th day of February, 2016.

Wow, here we go ….. more than halfway through the Heart month.

Valentine’s Day is a recent memory.

I have completed my route canvassing for the Heart and Stroke.

March is just around the corner.

I love March because my daughter was born in that month.

March for me marks the beginning of spring ….

Although this year February feels more like spring.

The ice is melting on our street in the neighbourhood which is great.

The forecast is for snow so less ice underneath is always a good thing.

Today I was just thinking that sometimes you just have to let go ….

There are some things that come up in your day to day life, and although you would like to change them – they are just not worth the fight …. the energy.

So life carries on …..

Put it out of your mind and get back to living life without that crap.

 

I have not seen a bunny as of late …. wondering if they are starting to turn brown.

I know that some of the birds were confused with this weather.

I guess even Mother Nature gets things mixed up.

After all she is getting to be of an age …. like me …. only older … much but she is so graceful …..

Sometimes when I look around at the young stuff that surrounds me I do feel incredibly not with it and old.

Other times I feel young and alive and “with it.”

I guess that is life ….. do the best that you can in every moment and for the ones that lack your best ….. well there has to be a few of those around to keep things “interesting.”

 

Okay almost time to get this show on the road.

I seem to say that several times in the morning.

I guess I am the “show.”

Pretty funny …. don’t you think?

 

I am grateful for me Alvin, my daughter, my son-in-law, my grand-puppies, my family and friends, for my home, to be employed and to be healthy.

All the basics are covered ….. so life is good.

Have a great Thursday ….

& oh, today is payday so that is always a good day.

 

Special Hello to: my sister back in Regina ……and to my brothers in Alberta.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 10th day of December, 2015.

Today …. this morning is about remembering holidays past and listening to Mr. Alvin with his deep groaning.

He has his chew treat in his mouth and then just let out a deep groan …. another one.

He is okay …..

Me and My Sister Christmas in the little house.

Me and My Sister
Christmas in the little house.

Charlie Brown had nothing on our tree…..

All Five of Us

All Five of Us in the New House …

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My sister in the back row …..

Christmas at my house

Christmas at my house – I love to decorate.

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Gifts wrapped and other the tree – not this year…..

That is the last thing on my Christmas TO DO List.

Wrapping this weekend.

Decorating the Christmas Tree is my favourite thing to do for Christmas……

It has become an annual event for my daughter and I…. we put on a Christmas movie,

drink hot chocolate and decorate the tree.

 

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Ornaments my Mom made with my daughter …. their last time together.

They are my favourite treasured Christmas ornaments….

 

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Baking 2015 ….. there is something about baking at Christmas time.

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I love to package up trays of treats for family and friends…..

Some have already been delivered…..

 

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Me with Santa a few years ago …..

 

I hope that you have an awesome Thursday …… remembering special days.

These are just a handful of special moments in time for me.

I have so many more that would fill this screen completely.

Have a Happy Happy Day…..

Special Hello to: YOU ….. have the best day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 8th day of August, 2015.

Today is my niece-in-law’s 39th Birthday ….. Happy Birthday “S” ….. we hope you have a great day.

We have lots of friends and family birthdays in August.

Mine is tomorrow.

I will be “58”

Have you ever just sat and thought about all of the things that you have done and seen in your lifetime thus far?

I have …..

Here are some of the things that I have done or accomplished and seen from birth until today.

  • lived on a farm
  • had one sister and three brothers
  • changed diapers before started Grade one
  • went to school, learned to read and to write (loved biology)
  • earned first money babysitting for neighbours at age 8 (back in the day)
  • wrote poetry throughout my childhood (my Grandma kept ones I wrote to her)
  • still writing years later
  • drove a tractor and combine
  • spent a winter in Texas as a child and swam in the Gulf of Mexico at Padre Island
  • taught my siblings school that winter (they all passed with flying colours including me)
  • lived in three Canadian provinces (Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta)
  • went to four different schools in three different provinces from Grade 9 to 12
  • black and white to colour televisions
  • computers
  • man on the moon
  • went in a prop plane to California in the 70’s.
  • gave birth to my daughter
  • visited Victoria, B.C. (twice) … love antique shops
  • Canadian Cities visited: Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, WInnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton
  • Visited the Rocky Mountains in Canada
  • Banff and Jasper, Alberta Parks
  • visited the World Trade Center in New York in 1994.
  • went to a musical on Broadway in New York
  • visited Las Vegas twice
  • visited Las Angeles, California and walked in the Pacific Ocean
  • belonged to the Downtown Optimist Club in Regina
  • was Optimist of the Year (very proud moment) and held various positions within the organization
  • visited Montreal, Quebec and Quebec City ……
  • continued with Volunteer work in Edmonton – Capital City Cleanup Block Captain (keeping area clean)
  • retired early after 30 years (with same company)
  • back to work now four years
  • worked first real Retail Job after age of 50
  • was top seller in said job
  • adopted my first dog in 2010 (over 50) – me Alvin
  • started my blog after age 50
  • corresponded with a Wall St Journal journalist (after age 50)
  • saw 58 years of the sun, moon and stars
  • always had great friends ….. still do
  • raised a gifted daughter ….. photographer ….. artist …. good person
  • bought my first house on my own in Edmonton, this house (after age 50)
  • started making jewellery with my daughter
  • sold different things over the years like Tupperware, Fashion Two Twenty makeup ……
  • visited several U.S. States over the years.
  • most important, I am alive to celebrate another Birthday.

When you start making a list you suddenly realize that your life has been busy.

If you read this blog and you know me …. can you think of anything else notable?

Well time to have a shower and get ready for my “Birthday party”.

My friends “S” and “G” are having a party for me at our coffee date.

I have very thoughtful friends.

With the sun shining and a cool breeze I shall start this Saturday.

Grand-puppies here to keep Mr. Alvin company while I am out.

It is funny I keep thinking of things and adding them to the list ….. time to go though.

Make that list and see that you yourself have been an important part of this planet.

Have a wonderful Saturday.

Special Hello to: “S” Happy Birthday …… Also my cousin “M” who was born on my birthday.

So many birthdays……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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