Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Sun rise beautiful and the skies are a mixture of clouds and light.

So we will take that…..

The heavens opened up while I was on the bus on my way home.

In fact, the rain started when I was about 10 minutes from my bus stop.

By the time, I got off the bus, the rain had slowed down.

Luckily for me and all my fellow bus riders.

I managed to be mostly dry upon reaching home.

Which was a good thing.

Alvin went outside to the back yard and did his business.

We decided as it was still raining to have supper first.

Ended up walking about 8:00 p.m. and it was wonderful.

The air was fragrant with fresh rain and roses.

I keep forgetting to mention the roses that line the entrance to the park by my house and in other spots throughout the park and other walkways.

The rain …. oh, they love the rain.

The fragrance …. I closed my eyes and stood still for a few moments breathing in the beautiful fragrance.

Even Alvin took a moment to take it all in …. he likes to get right in there.

I have warned him about the thorns but he is a dog and most times has to figure it out firsthand.

There is no fragrance on this earth like roses.

Seldom can man come close to this amazing smell.

I love roses.

Can you tell?

But these roses.

The “wild” roses not the ones that have been tampered with by man throughout the ages.

Just a plain rose …..

We met a new friend “Rickie” last night on our walk and stopped to see others as they were sitting in their garage.

It was a great walk.

Alvin was over the moon that he did not have to wear the dreaded red rain poncho.

I thought he looked handsome and debonair but he did not.

 

Sometimes you just get to bed later and then want to sleep more.

So am running a tad late here.

 

Wishing my darling cousin L, a very Happy Birthday …..

Wishing my best friend from early childhood and her twin sister a very Happy 62nd Birthday.

I am getting close to that special year as well.

 

Well time to fly here as Mr. Humphrey will be spending the day with Mr. Alvin.

He has a doggie friend at his house.

So as my Alvin and Humphrey get along so well ….

Humphrey will be coming over here.

First time ever.

One cat and one dog for the whole day with the Mama.

I am quite certain that they will be fine.

At least they have two floors in the house ….. space.

 

Happy Thursday.

 

Kind and Respectful.

Even with cats and dogs.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 24th day of March, 2018.

This morning the sun is shining and I hope that the birds are singing.

I want to share my Friday story.

 

Yesterday although it started with wind and snow by afternoon the temperature had rose significantly and the sun was shining.

The sun was certainly shining at Rogers Place in Edmonton yesterday afternoon.

Okay, now my Friday may have started with wind and snow but when  the former First Lady Michelle Robinson Obama made her way onto the stage at Rogers Place; the sun rose high in my sky.

She wore a bright floral dress and heels.

I have watched and admired Michelle Obama since her first television appearances back when her husband Barack ran for President of the United States of America.

I had the absolute pleasure and distinct honour to be among the many thousand people in attendance to see and hear  Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States of America.

Canadian Olympic Hockey two-time gold medal winner Cassie Campbell moderated the conversation.

We listened as Michelle recalled her childhood.

She was just like all the other girls and, never dreamed that her life would someday take her to the White House.

When asked what she wanted to do when she grew up, she replied “a Paediatrician” because the adults would be pleased with that choice.

She was born in urban Chicago, Illinois in 1964.

Her Father provided for the family while her Mother was a homemaker.

They were not a wealthy family but education was important to her parents and she was loved.

It was seeing her Father go to work everyday while he suffered from multiple sclerosis that gave her the determination to do well at school.

 

Michelle met Barack when he was a Summer Associate at the same same law firm.  They asked her to be his mentor / advisor (she thought likely because he was a young

black man.  She was not really impressed with him, as he was late on the first day. They did become good friends before their first date.

 

She spoke about how Barack went from being a Senator to running for President of the United States.

In the beginning she did not think he would be elected but by the time they campaigned in IOWA, things had changed.

IOWA in the primaries.

If you do well, it is a good indicator that you will win the election.

THEY WON.

There were stories of the Inauguration which mostly Michelle said were a “blur.”

The First Lady told of her first month in the White House and how they basically went from their home to the White House overnight.

The staff at the White House moves one First Family out and the next one in, in only a few hours.

This happens while they are at the inauguration – swearing in ceremonies.

During the first month it was all about getting their girls settled in school and into the “House.”

 

The First Lady spoke about working on those things that she wanted to champion during her time at the White House.

They worked on those initiatives during the first year before making them public.

She started with a vegetable and fruit garden.

The garden was planted on the grounds of the White House.

It was a great place to begin as who could find “fault” with carrots and peas.

It was a garden, only a garden, after all.

The garden was her first step in addressing the childhood obesity in the United States.

After that first year she launched, and led four key initiatives:  Let’s Move!, to address the challenge of childhood obesity; Joining Forces, to support veterans, service members and their families; Reach Higher,

to inspire young people to seek higher education; and Let Girls Learn, to help adolescent girls around the world go to school.

She continues this work today.

 

She briefly spoke about their two dogs Bo and Sunny.

 

We laughed as Michelle told about the differences between the East and West Wings of the White House.

The East Wing was the fun side and the West Wing was the dead side.

East Wing houses the First Lady and her staff.

Although they had serious initiatives and work to do,  they had made it fun.

Michelle had a bowl of apples in her office and joked about the National Security Advisor coming to her office and not wanting to leave.

She gave him an apple and told him he had to go back to the West Wing.

We know that in all of the serious business – she has a sense of humour.

The West Wing houses the Oval Office, the Situation Room and the offices of the President’s staff.

A much different environment.

 

When asked about Hillary Clinton and a female President of the United States – she told the audience that women did not vote for Hillary – women were not ready for a female 

President.  She was hopefully someday there would be a female President and many more minorities in government.

 

She talked about her daughters growing up in the White House.

Her Mother stayed with them and helped with the girls.

They had sleepovers and tried to keep the girls grounded.

She teased about the girls and school saying that even though their Dad was the President, they still had to go to school.

There was even a sleepover on the night before they left the White House.

Scrambling to get everyone out that day.

 

Michelle spoke of travelling the globe and meeting some of the most influential people of our time.

She met two Popes, the Queen of England and many others.

The one person that had the largest impact on her was Nelson Mandela.

She mentioned about taking her daughters and mother to meet former President Mandela and his family.

By this time his health was not good.

Nelson Mandela fought for his South Africa his whole life never giving up.

After being imprisoned for decades he went to become the first black President of South Africa.

He was a great man.

 

We listened and applauded Michelle during the sixty plus minutes of conversation with Cassie.

She did not disappoint.

 

At present they continue to work with their Foundation to help Youth, the future of our planet.

The future is very important to the Obamas.

It was obvious that she is young at heart and that she was ever evolving and growing.

 

She is probably the most engaging speaker that I have ever heard.

The main reason for sharing my Michelle Obama experience is for two reasons: for future years when I may not remember what she spoke about and for those girls, women who were not able to see and hear her

in person.

I know one thing for certain when I am ninety years old, I will always remember the moment she stepped out onto the stage at Rogers Place here in Edmonton, and was visible on the large screen.

The feelings that rose in me bringing tears to my eyes, because at that very moment,  I knew that I was in the presence of someone, not just anyone, but this truly genuine, warm, humble, compassionate, intelligent

remarkable woman.  I realized that to be where and who she is that having a sense of humour was important.  She is a funny lady in addition to all of the other qualities.

A woman that is changing not only the United States of America but is changing and challenging the WORLD.

 

Michelle Obama will forever be remembered for her compassion, her work with children and families, her never ending energy, her warmth, charm and wit.

I was truly touched by this woman.

How could you not want to be a better person, a better woman, a better mother and inhabitant of this planet.

Thank you Michelle for coming to Edmonton.

 

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Time to get dressed and head out for coffee with the girls.

Special Hello to: all those women in my life who continue to inspire me each and every day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  this is going to be one post that I keep going back and editing (adding to).  Had coffee with the girls and thought of more things that were discussed at the Conversation with Michelle Obama.

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 4th day of April, 2016.

WOW, we had a crazy beautiful weekend here in Edmonton.

Downside it is so dry.

We are hoping for some spring rain showers.

I have started to get back into my poetry and would like to share another one from the past.

Thank you for reading it has inspired me to write more.

I love poems because they are a condensed story.

To the point.

It is always so important to do something you love and I do love to write poetry.

I wrote my first poem in grade one and never stopped.

Along the way some were lost but I treasure the ones that I managed to keep.

I do have one that I wrote for my grandparents back at age 8, I believe and I still have it.

 

My grandmother kept this small treasure of my childhood, and I am so grateful.

Well can you believe it almost time to leave for work.

I am quite certain that I was just there ….. oh well, gotta work.

 

FROM DREAM TO REALITY

I had a dream late last night,

Of sparkling white sandy beaches,

Palm trees swaying in a sweet scented breeze,

Of clear blue skies and water, clear blue,

Of monkeys, elephants and parrots, too.

When I awoke and looked all around,

It was a dream, so I had found.

The picture is somewhat sadly different.

My sandy beaches are cluttered with garbage.

The palm trees have been removed, replaced with malls.

The breeze smells bitter — terribly so,

The monkeys, elephants where did they go?

We have come too far, too fast,

The signs have been there,

But we did not see, due to our hungry greed

From horse drawn sleighs to gas powered cars,

From tin and glass to styrofoam and plastic jars,

From all that technology we still didn’t learn

That we’re literally burning our planet — our Earth.

The time has come to join together,

Mothers, Fathers, Sons and Daughters,

If we learn to reduce, recycle and reuse

We can save our planet —

The gem in our universe.  Our Earth!

Written for my daughter’s school play at W.H. Ford School.

She was just ten years old back then.

By Carol Lewis on November 28th, 1990

This is so bizarre that I wrote this twenty- six years ago for my daughter’s school play.  It is even more prevalent today.

 

Special Hello to: my sister who is travelling to Hawaii today …… Aloha ……

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

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 9th day of February, 2015.

It feels like it is warming up …..

Today is the 38th Birthday of my first born nephew “T” …..

He was born when I was 20.

That seems like a lifetime ago ….. guess that it was.

He was this energetic blonde haired little guy with “strawberry” coloured lips.

So so cute.

He was the smartest little one that I had ever known.

He asked the most absurd questions ….. things that I was pretty sure that I had not asked my Mother or Aunt.

So many stories to remember.

Whenever I take a trip down memory lane it always brings a smile to my face.

I always liked spending time with him as I was never bored and always kept on my toes.

NOW:

“T” has grown into this great father of three boys (payback) and husband…

He started his own directional drilling company ( he is the only employee ).

Works hard …..

I am always pleased when he stops by to see his Aunt on his way to a job.

We go out for supper and then visit at home.

Happy Birthday my darling nephew.

I hope that you have a great Birthday.

I hope that you have great memories of me and you.

I treasure ours very much.

Special Hello to: my nephew “T” on his 38th Birthday.

Always, Carol and Alvin.

Thought for the day……

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 “FRIDAY” the 19th day of April 2013.

I love Fridays because one Friday in a two week period I work at the office and then go to work at the store and

the other Friday I have off from the office but work at the store.

I love going to work at Bath & Body Works ….. my favourite part is meeting people and my co-workers.

The smells are pretty great, too.

I want to ask you something this morning?

What are your favourite scents and smells from your childhood?

What are your favourite sights and sounds from your childhood?

What are your favourite scents and smells now?

What are your favourite sights and sounds now?

My favourite scents and smells from my childhood are:

-Fields of crocuses in the spring ….. just a blanket of purple covering the ground….so beautiful.

-Mom making french fries and fish ….. OMG…. loved smell and the vinegar….

-Spring, used to have a scent ….. fresh and clean…

-Lilac bushes …… the aroma …

My favourite sights and sounds from my childhood are:

-baby calves

-school bus picking us up for school

-playing in one of the clean sloughs and catching tadpoles

-Grandma’s flower garden

-playing with my siblings ….. hide and go seek most especially ….

Now here are some of my favourite smells, sights and sounds:

-flowers

-babies

-rain

-apples

-laughter

-sunshine

There are so many things that I love as an adult but it is funny how refined my list was from my childhood.

I did and do still love the simple things in life …..

Better add “COFFEE” to the list ….. I love the smell of coffee.

So as you are thinking back remembering those sights and sounds and smells …… smile and have a great day.

Happy Friday.

Thank you.

Special Hello to: all my childhood friends ……. you rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

My Life …..

I was just looking at the photos that are on my home page.  The ones that my daughter chose.   I suppose that I was about  “4-5”  in the photo from my childhood, and I know exactly how old I am in the other photo.  The second photo was taken last fall by my daughter so I was “53”.  So that would make close to fifty years that have happened in between photos.  A lifetime by all accounts.  I was just thinking that it would be an interesting exercise to go through those almost fifty years, one at a time.  How much do I remember?  How much do I want to remember?  How much do I want to share?  Can I actually put a date on things that happened thirty or forty years ago.  I am going to try.  Also wherever possible I will post photos, now that should be a hoot.  Hairstyles and pant lengths, oh my…

Over the past few years, I have been on a quest for self improvement, and  of self examination, so I figure this would be good therapy.  GOL (giggling out loud).  Why not?

Well, Mr. Alvin is commanding me to get his supper for him.  Sure would be nice if he could get his own.  But that might prove to be …… well not so much.  So I am going to publish these thoughts and see what you think.  Is this something you would be interesting in reading?

While  you ponder that question, I am going to give supper to the boss of this household, my dog, Alvin.  Truly he wears the “pants” in this house.

Until later……

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