Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 8th day of October, 2017.

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all our Canadian Family and Friends.

It is late morning and we are now back home from our overnight visit with the kids and grand-pups.

We had fun.

Went on two walks, had our photographs taken and had the most delicious meal.

Loved my daughter’s potato dish ….. so yummy.

Always good to try something new.

Alvin is happy to be back home as he is a home “doggie” …… loves to be at home.

Back to work tomorrow so for the rest of today will get a few chores completed and then relax for the evening.

I hope that you all had a good Thanksgiving weekend.

I am thankful for all that we are blessed to have ……

 

Special Hello to:  my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 11th day of February, 2016.

We have SNOW.

It started snowing over night and is still snowing.

There is a pure white blanket covering roof tops, cars, lawns, roadways and streets.

Anything sitting outside is covered.

YAY …. actually I am happy for the snow because it means that Alvin and I can walk tonight with no fear of salt getting at his paws.

There has been so much ice again this year that people have resorted to using heavy duty SALT.

Being the consciousness Momma that I am ….. we have elected to walk irregularly but Mr. Alvin does get exercise and fresh air in our back yard.

He loves to run and jump on the three levels of our deck.

So this keeps him moderately active and gives him some fresh air.

I am going to see if I can find socks/boots that would fit him but he is so fussy about his paws that I would be shocked if he would leave them on.

That is part of the reason that I have not done so thus far.

I guess such as life …. we do the best that we can do given the situation.

Once again, I am pleased as punch that there is a new blanket of snow covering the ice/salt/sand.

What a combination…..

Another good reason for excitement … the weekend coming up is a three day one.

Monday is a Canadian Statutory Holiday celebrating “Families” named of course, Family Day.

So it will be nice to spend the weekend with my Alvin and my kids if they are able to make it over.

Coffee and visits with friends who are like family.

Those are the best ones.

Well almost time to get out into the snow.

I was debating about shovelling the deck before I leave for work and out front and then I thought …. it is still snowing so might as well wait.

Good exercise tonight …. walking and shovelling …… gotta work on my core, that is for sure.

I hope that you have an awesome Thursday …..

Take care.

Thanks for reading my blog.

I appreciate your time.

Special Hello to: You, after all without you there would no Me …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 19th day of October, 2015.

Happy 7th Wedding Anniversary to my daughter and son-in-law.

Alvin and I wish you all the best on this special day and may your life from this day forward be filled with nothing but perfect health, great joy, love, laughter and abundance.

Happy Anniversary ……

 

I was thinking this morning as today is the Federal Election for Canada.

Today we VOTE for our Prime Minister …. possibly a new party taking the helm in Canada.

The thought that popped into my head was this:  can you imagine going to bed on Sunday night in your own house like you always do; waking up the next morning to anxiously await your destiny.

Tuesday morning wake to “Mr. Prime Minister” or “Madam Prime Minister.”

How strange and exciting would that be.

One day you are a normal citizen walking into Starbucks for a coffee and the next day someone gets your coffee.

I like that ….. wouldn’t that be nice.

Well I cannot say that I would like to be Prime Minister …. it is a huge job.

In the beginning you are the STAR because the people voted you into the job.

Somewhere down the road things fall apart or things do not go the way “we” think they should (because we do not necessarily know the whole big picture) and then you are not the shining star.

Oh well, tough job.

I wish all of the candidates the best of luck …. win or lose.

To all my fellow Canadians who are of the age of majority – get out and VOTE.

Every vote is important.

 

Well almost time to go to work.

Catch that bus.

 

Special Hello: my sister and my great niece “S” …. so great to SKYPE last night….. have a great day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 9th day of August, 2014 and my “57th” BIRTHDAY.

The sun is shining and there is a cool breeze coming in through the office/bedroom window.

Just back from driving my neighbour to the airport as she is going to Saskatchewan to attend a family wedding.

WOW, I AM FIFTY-SEVEN.

CRAZY ….. three years from being sixty.

Now that is crazy.

 

I wanted to impart some words of wisdom or maybe some fun facts about the year I was born.

But instead I shall just say what comes to my mind, as always.

I have not always been such a positive soul but I always wanted good things for others.

I always dreamed of living a life where I helped others.

I thought at one point that I would be a nurse.

I would have the house with the white picket fence and be surrounded by four children, and later grandchildren, and the husband.

Every summer we would host a big family reunion and everyone would come from far away.

We would celebrate our family and we were happy.

 

I always let my imagination guide and protect me when I was younger and quite possibly that is the reason why today I harbour no ill feelings to parts of my childhood.

I always love to write and create.

I always wrote in a journal and wrote poems and stories.

Somewhere on the shelf I was a writer just waiting for that moment.

My time to be that “New York Times” Best Selling Author.

Even though I am a Canadian.

I always dreamed of travelling to Australia, Europe and Hawaii.

Possibly South America.

 

I guess for the most part I have been pretty comfortable and at times things have been easy.

I have been disappointed in my choices.

Sometimes sad along the way.

But when I look back at my life thus far overall I am pretty content.

Content in choices, content in my own skin and content to try even though I may fail.

Success is nothing without failure.

Failure and Success are both opinions.

Like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

We are all beautiful …… I think.

 

So on this day …… a day that I was pretty sure would come along but sometimes scared that it would not …. I am grateful, proud and happy to be alive.

I am grateful to be Carol.

I am grateful to be surrounded by much love and laughter.

I am grateful to have my own house …. bought on my own.

I am grateful that I have one most beautiful and amazing daughter.

I am grateful to have a son-in-law and grand-puppies.

I am grateful to have me “ALVIN” ….. a son like no other.

I am grateful to learn everyday.

I am grateful to meet new people every week.

I am grateful that I took a chance.

I am grateful that I have learned and not been afraid.

I am grateful for my past, grateful for today and grateful that tomorrow will come.

I am grateful for each and every moment.

I am grateful that today at 6:20 a.m. – I turned fifty-seven.

I am grateful for every wrinkle …. for having great genes ….. barely any wrinkles ……

I am grateful that I can see the world, smell the world, taste the world and hear all the world.

I would post a photo of me but the most recent one is from last fall.

So that will be for tomorrow …… possibly photos of birthday celebrations.

 

Happy Birthday to my cousin “M” who turns 47 today ….. he was born on my 10th Birthday.

That was a cool birthday.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks with a birthday on mine ….. or mine on yours ….. Happy Birthday also to one of my favourite television personalities “HODA KOTB,” who turns 50 today.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to 1st day of July, 2014.

Today we Canadians celebrate “CANADA DAY.”

                         ” CANADA”

TO BE BORN CANADIAN IS A HONOUR.

TO LIVE IN CANADA IS A BLESSING.

TO BE CANADIAN IS AMAZING.

WE ALL TO OFTEN FORGET THAT BEING A CANADIAN MEANS WE HAVE A LOT OF FREEDOMS.

WE LIVE IN A PEACE LOVING NATION.

WE HAVE FREEDOM OF CHOICE.

WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION.

WE HAVE FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

WE CAN CELEBRATE OUR HERITAGE IN A COUNTRY THAT ENCOMPASSES ALL PEOPLES FROM EVERY CORNER OF THIS PLANET.

WE TRULY CARE ABOUT ONE AND ANOTHER.

CANADA IS BEAUTIFUL IN IT’S LANDSCAPES AND VISTAS.

CANADA IS FULL OF HOPES AND DREAMS.

CANADA IS THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE ON THE PLANET.

MY HOPE THAT EVERYONE WHO WAS BORN HERE OR COMES HERE APPRECIATES HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO HAVE CANADA AS OUR HOME.

HAPPY CANADA DAY EVERYONE.

C Lewis, July 1st, 2014 …..

TODAY:

We slept in this morning.

Last night after we went to bed some of our neighbours set off fireworks.

I guess they were starting early.

It is against the law to set off fireworks in a residential area (I am pretty sure).

Thank goodness part way through there was a downpour so any sparks would have been extinguished.

This morning with the bright sunshine and breeze I decided just after me and Alvin got up that we should go for a nice long walk.

I hadn’t realized before hand just how hot and muggy it is already …… so alas bad “Momma” did not take water.

Another lesson learned.

We had a great walk ….. saw lots of Canadian Flags displayed in yards …. which was great.

Lots of robins, ducks and ducklings, joggers and flowers.

It was fantastic.

Alvin seems to be feeling better now.

I heard somewhere to cool them down dampen a cloth with cool water and hold it by their hind quarters …. which I did ….. seemed to help.

Also I have air conditioning so that is amazing and I so appreciate it.

Time to have a shower and work on the wedding jewellery before going to work at the store.

Happy Canada Day.

Special Hello to: my sister …… wherever you are??  …….

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 7th day of October, 2013.

How are you this morning?

I am feeling great.

Ready to tackle the work week and start on yet another adventure.

The past five years have been crazy.

I went from working at a company for thirty years to retirement to working both a part-time and a full-time job.

I went from shopping in a store to working in a store.

I went from having a sister nearby to having my daughter nearby.

I went from old friends to new friends.

I went from volunteering in one city to volunteering in another city.

I moved from one Capital city in one western province to living in another Capital city in another western Canadian province.

I went from wearing jewellery to making jewellery.

I went from reading about writing and writing in a journal to writing a daily blog.

I went from no pets to having my dog Alvin.

I went from an apartment to owing my own house.

I went from having no yard to having a yard.

I still do not have “a man in my life” unless you count Mr. Alvin.

I still do not own a car.

It is funny how some things never change ….. oh well !!  (only two things) ….

So it is possible after the age of “50” to start over and still live a great and interesting life.

I do not think that anyone thinks I live a boring uninteresting life.

I love my life.

How are you with change?

I must say that I really do embrace change.

Never a dull moment.

So on this Monday morning I hope that you are enjoying any changes that come your way.

You can do anything.

It is all in the mind ……

Have a great Monday.

Special Hello to: new and old friends ….  I love you all.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Wednesday Morning and Welcome to the 15th day of May 2013.

Here we are at the half-way point.

Are you having a great May?

Still lots to go.

Enjoy.

 

Yesterday at the office I work at we had a whole day geared toward “Staff Education.”

Our CEO speaks followed by a day of guest speakers.

One of my favourite ones is “David Irvine.”

He is a Canadian and lives in Alberta.

Great speakers.

If you get a chance, google him …… read his books.

Last time I saw him I bought a couple of his books.

One being “Simple Living in a Complex World” …. so good.

Anyway …. that’s it for today …… always good to learn something new.

I had a great day yesterday.

Followed by a walk with my Alvin last night.

So a perfect day.

I hope that you have a great Wednesday.

Take Care.

Special Hello:  READERS and LEARNERS ….. isn’t that all of us?

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Welcome to Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012.

I was away from my blog and work yesterday as I was not feeling well.

Feeling quite a bit better today.

I am always amazed at how you can be feeling great one minute and not so much the next.

I am grateful this morning that I awoke to dry ground (had forecasted some of the white stuff for overnight).

I am grateful to be feeling better this morning.

I am grateful that I had Alvin to snuggle next to yesterday when I wasn’t feeling well.

I am grateful to have a beautiful home and to live in such an incredible city and neighbourhood.

I am grateful to be Canadian.

I am grateful that I have this forum to write my words and thoughts on a daily basis.

I am grateful to have notebooks and pens to write with each morning.

I am grateful to always have more than enough money.

I am grateful for all my family and friends.

I am grateful that these thoughts of gratitude are not in any particular order.

I am grateful for my favourite season.

I am grateful to have the best daughter on the planet.

I am grateful to have the best son-in-law on the planet.

I am grateful to have grand-puppies.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I am so grateful to all of you for reading my blog and being my inspiration for continuing to write.

Thank you.

I hope that you all have a crazy wonderful day.

Special Hello to:  anyone who is not feeling well ……. we send you good healing energy ….. to feel better.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day….

Well, Happy Thursday, March 8th, 2012 ….

It is a beautiful morning here in the City of Edmonton in the  Canadian province of Alberta.

I just wanted to share something with you from last night.

After I arrived home from work and Alvin had gone outside to “pee” and had his supper we went on our usual “evening” walk.

When we were coming home I noticed that the moon was super full …… I mean it almost looked out of place.

I know that I must have noticed it to be that big other times when it is in full sight but this time ….. I felt as though I was somewhere else.

It was a strange, weird, wonderful feeling.

There was also a fine blanket about part of the moon which even added to the mystery.

Perhaps for a time I was transported away to a new Earth …. a new time …. new space.

Who knows….

Anyway it was cool ….

I hope that wherever you were last night that the opportunity was there to take a look at the moon, our neighbour in the sky.

Have a great Thursday.

Special Hello to all those “sky watchers….. star gazers and moon followers”…..Happy Day.

Always, Carol and Mr. Alvin (who saw his reflection in the shower door this morning, and was not quite sure about the whole thing even as his Mama tried to explain that it was really “himself” …..)  LOL

Alvin always brings a smile to my face and a song to my heart……

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