Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

The sky is overcast and the wind is blowing this morning.

No rain overnight.

We slept through the night.

All is well in our household this morning.

Back to work.

Canada Day weekend coming up.

Always love a long weekend.

 

Have you ever snapped photos that made you think of a different time and place.

Perhaps reminded you of a story line or gave you inspiration to write a story all your own.

These photos were taken several years ago on a beautiful late summer, almost fall weekend day.

Alvin and I were out on a walk.

We went to a park north of our home.

One place that we seldom visit.

For no reason other than it does not come readily to my mind.

It reminds me of a magical place.

A place with many trees.

The soft shadows.

The colours of the trees that were already beginning to turn.

I love the way the sun creeps into the space.

Lightly touching the trees and grass.

 

I know that it is barely the first week of summer but somedays you just need to see a magical place.

A reminder of the beauty of a single day.

A day with your buddy.

Just hanging out.

Taking in the spirit of the day.

We all need these days.

Reminder to self to go on this walk this coming long weekend.

 

Happy Monday.

Mr. Alvin seems to be back to his own self.

We had a good sleep.

 

BE Kind and Respectful to yourself and to others.

One small thing can make such a difference in your life and in the life of another.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of April, 2019.

Another gorgeous morning as the sun rises filling the sky with hues of pinks and oranges and yellows.

Well my five day weekend has come to an end and it is back to work for me.

What a glorious five days we had – working – walking – working and walking.

Alvin saw his friends and spent some time with Humphrey the Cat.

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to get some tasks completed around the house.

Always things to do but I made a large dent in the list …. perhaps dent isn’t quite the right choice of words but you know what I mean.

We even lounged on the deck for a bit yesterday afternoon.

Sometimes we walked just me and Mr. Alvin and other times we were joined by our friend P (once with Georgie her grand pup).

I am grateful for the kindness of my family and friends.

I am grateful for this spring wonderful weather.

I am grateful to have beautiful parks so close by.

I am grateful to have seen swans flying in our neighbourhood as they passed through Edmonton.

I am grateful to have seen the return of robins in our area.

I am grateful that both Alvin and I are in good health.

I am grateful for our life.

 

Today feels like a good day to share a poem that I wrote many years ago.

 

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 Amanda’s school play at W.H. Ford School

By Carol Lewis on November 28th, 1990

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

Now it has been almost thirty years now.

What has changed?

 

Well almost time to go downstairs and finish getting ready to leave for work.

Alvin is nesting on his blue blanket which has been made even more comfy by adding a lap blanket my Grandmother made in about 1990.

Talk about lots of older things.

It remains almost as new.

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Sending out our thoughts and positive energy to all those in need.

Happy Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: my friend V who is such an amazing person……

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 18th day of April, 2019.

WOW, another gorgeous sky this morning.

The sunrise is a pale orange on the horizon reaching up to fluffy darker orange clouds filling in the dark blue sky above.

So beautiful.

How do you describe it?

Breathtaking.

No wind the trees are still.

 

Just as I was going to open the back door for Mr. Alvin a few minutes ago I happen to glance out of the kitchen window and saw a dark figure on top of the fence.

My heart fell for a moment.

As I swallowed hard trying to catch a better look at this uninvited guest.

I realized that it was a big grey and white cat (huge).

I know that Alvin and Humphrey get along but that is not always the case.

Did not want to see fur flying or blood at this time of the day (or at any time, really).

I grabbed my phone and there was static on the other end (another reason that I really do need to buy new phone or get a mobile phone) so I was unable to call my neighbour.

When Alvin and I went outside I noticed that her back door was open so I yelled to her as I knew that Humphrey would be in the back yard.

You never know how they will react to each other.

S came outside just after Humphrey let out this cry.

He was just claiming his territory.

All ended well with Humphrey chasing the stranger around the yard and into the tree and then he left.

Alvin in all of this just wanted to see the action.

He just heard what was going on.

Anyway, note to self, “Always check the backyard before Alvin goes out.”

So that was our excitement for this morning.

 

Well almost time to go and I do believe that Mr. Alvin did not “poop” in all of the excitement.

So we had better head downstairs so he can go.

Would be a long day if you had to hold it.

I could not do it.

 

I hope that you enjoy your Thursday before the long weekend.

I booked Tuesday off as well so that I will have an extra long weekend.

Oh, our all day off-site staff meeting was most enjoyable.

We had an on-staff Consultant lead a session by Sally Hogshead on how to be your best self in the workplace (there was a specific title but it eludes me at this point but that describes what it was all

about).

I quite enjoyed it.

But as always is a long time to sit in one spot and the chairs were not comfortable.

 

Time to fly.

Alvin is already up off his blanket.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter …. Hello my darling.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 27th day of October, 2018.

Wow, I could have slept longer or at least stayed laying down if Mr. Alvin had not kept at me to get my butt up.

We have been up and down since about 3:00 a.m. hence the reason for me being a sleepy head.

Anyway all is well …. we are both up and the day has started.

I snapped some photos as another beautiful day on the way.

I am happily shocked and surprised that my SNAPDRAGONS are still blooming.

It is almost the end of October, 2018.

WOW.

So I have some photos for you to check out.

The sky looks like an artist’s canvas with streaks of white, yellow, dark blue and grey.

The sun is piercing with it’s brightness.

What a glorious sky.

So beautiful.

A few minutes ago when I snapped the above photos the sky had more pinks and light blues but now is as described above.

Funny how the sky had change in mere minutes.

I am sad that I will be digging up the rest of my flowers but wanted to enjoy them as long as possible.

There should be lots of seed pods for me to pick for spring.

You would never know it is almost the end of October from the above photos other than the scarecrow and a few less flowers in my back yard.

Isn’t life grand.

 

Last night my daughter picked me up after work and we made a trip to COSTCO.

I still have lots of fruits and veggies so I only needed a couple of items.

Bananas and tomatoes.

A staple in our kitchen.

My daughter stayed for supper and I shared some homemade chilli with her.

We had a visit which was pleasantly interrupted by my friend who popped by to grab the chair to fix in his garage.

After she went home I received a phone call from my youngest brother who lives in Calgary.

We had a great chat.

He is starting his own blog and asked for some tips.

 

Well I guess it is getting late here and there is lots to do.

Next weekend on Friday my daughter is sleeping over and we are putting up … wait for it ….

the CHRISTMAS TREE.

I am over the moon excited for that as it always gives me extra energy and makes me smile.

 

Have a great Saturday.

Happy Birthday to one of my friends “S” who celebrates a birthday today.

 

Special Hello to: my brother T …… enjoy blogging.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 20th day of September, 2018.

Two more days until it is officially “FALL.”

Dark outside but no moisture overnight which I really like.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk with our friend last night.

I had not been taking Alvin’s water bottle with us for the past few nights as it has been cooler and not hot.

At points on our walk as it was longer … Alvin would stop and whine and look at me.

I figured he just wanted to go home because we were walking a greater distance but my friend thought perhaps it was because he was looking for a drink.

She said he is so used to having a drink or two along the way.

It was funny because lots of times when I did carry water, he would not want a drink, even when I stopped and asked him and put the water in front of him.

Not then.

Funny how we all want things when they are not there.

Well I felt like a “not good Momma” so last night I took water with us and he had a drink or two.

Note to Momma, always have water along.

I guess he is getting older and perhaps needs a drink even when it is not hot.

I should have known.

There is not a day that goes by where I do not learn something new or refreshing my memory on something old.

That is life.

Live and learn.

That should/could be my MOTTO.

Live and learn.

Words to live by.

 

On our walk the leaves on the trees and bushes by the lake are slowly turning yellows and oranges and reds.

The grass in spots was turning yellow and brown.

The air had that tad bit of coolness to it wrapped in the warmness.

It was a good night.

 

When we got home and after supper, I cleaned out the front flower bed.

Trimmed down the perennials and pulled the remaining annuals except for two begonias.

I also pulled and cleaned out the flower pots on the deck that held the Impatiens plants as they did not make the previous night.

They are a delicate plant and it was just too cold for them.

The Snapdragons made it with flying colours.

There is snow in the forecast for tomorrow so I may pop them back into the garage as by Monday it is supposed to be nice again.

Might as well enjoy them as long as possible.

Just the back flower bed and I have my yard work all done.

Deciding on whether to put the bistro table and chairs into the garage on not?

There is time for that.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Remember to live your life.

Take a chance, go for it.

Be happy ….. simple things …. simple pleasures.

 

Footnote:  on all the flyers in the post box and delivered to the door.  Think of all the trees we are cutting down to make these posters, flyers and such.  Most of them end up on the ground by the mail box or in our recycling.  I know this as I take them from the post box straight to the recycling and we pay for that service.  ARGH.  Perhaps it is time that we do something about this.  I am going to speak to the City and see what we can do.  With technology we do not need paper flyers and they could have a few in the stores for those who like to look at them.

 

Special Hello to: my friend V, love the new bamboo toothbrush and paste.  LOVE THEM.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 6th day of April, 2018.

Today is the birthday of a friend and past co-worker “L.”

Wishing her a wonderful day.

The house is quiet except for the sounds of the furnace heating the house.

Mr. Alvin is sleeping over at his sister’s house.

It take awhile for me to fall asleep due in part to the meeting and Mr. Alvin not sleeping at my side.

Definitely out of my regular routine.

Home later than usual and all of that.

We are creatures of routine and habit, for sure.

 

Well it feels like winter.

Forecasters are reporting this to be the coldest spring or April in thirty years.

I believe it.

The snow is not melting much as it is still cold.

“Mother Nature, if you are listening we would like some temperatures above 0.”

Please and thank you.

 

How about some pretty flowers to make a person feel a bit more like spring.

Had to throw in one of the boy.

A reminder of what is to come.

Patience they say is a virtue.

 

Happy Friday Everyone.

I hope that I learn and you learn something new today.

Each day of our lives should be a learning experience.

Does not have to be anything earth shattering.

But something.

Read something new.

Take a new path on your walk.

Meet someone new.

Do something differently.

Change things up.

 

Special Hello to:  all my friends and family who continue to love and support me everyday of my life.  Thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 21st day of October, 2017.

What a glorious morning!

Bright and Sunny.

There is a coolness to the air but throughout the day temperatures are to rise.

We are having a beautiful FALL season.

 

Yesterday my friend once again gave me a ride home and the day before it was my daughter.

So for the last two weeks I have been totally spoiled with rides home from work.

Reality next week will set in but it was a great ride for the last two weeks.

Feeling so special and grateful.

 

So as I look around my house I realize that I have not been doing much “cleaning” and it is time to get down to it.

Now my house is not FILTY or even really dirty but by my standards it needs that extra TLC.

This is the day ….. I feel like cleaning and that is when you accomplish the most.

So laundry, vacuum, bathrooms, floors, and all that inside side.

Also time to go through the closets and put away the summery items.

I have a tub of clothing that was given to me from a friend and I need to try things on to see what I will keep.

Drawers needs to be cleaned.

Lots to do.

 

Outside the leaves in the backyard need to be raked.

Over the past week or so it would see that all of the neighbourhood trees just shook their colours onto my tiny patch of grass.

Honestly you cannot see the grass for the leaves.

I do not have a tree in the backyard so it was not all me.

The leaves are all colours and my leaves were yellow from the front tree.

So we will do a careful raking of the leaves.

I say careful, just in case I missed some “poop” in amongst all of the leaves.

It does look so pretty …… a blanket of reds, oranges, yellows and even greens.

 

Lots to do but I am looking forward to getting busy.

 

Have an awesome Saturday.

Special Hello to:  my sister ….. promise SKYPE soon.  Let me know what works for you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 29th day of December, 2016.

It is almost 8:00 a.m. and I can just see to the far southeast the sunrise.

Really looks cool as the rest of the sky is dark blue, looking like rain clouds.

Turning my head and trying to see to the east I see more of the sunrise.

I look forward to the time when the sunrise earlier.

Somedays it is difficult to get yourself up and about when it is dark outside.

Always different when you have to go to work but when you are on vacation, man it is hard.

I guess it doesn’t matter as I do not have things planned but then a pang of guilt washes over me thinking that I could have done / should have done more.

Oh well.

Today the Christmas Tree and Decorations come down.

Big job ….. it is time.

I enjoyed the tree and the lights one last time for 2016 last night.

I love starring into the tree catching the reflection of the lights on the ornaments.

As 2016 winds down I can only imagine what 2017 will bring.

I wish only good health, much joy and abundance for all.

The perfect year.

I think that is what 2017 will be …. the perfect year.

Time to reflect over a year almost over.

I hope that you have a great Thursday.

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 8th day of September, 2016.

Well it clearly coming closer to that time of year once again.

It is almost 6:30 a.m. and just barely a sign of the sun rising.

Oh how I miss those mornings when the sun was so bright as you left home that sunglasses were a must.

But as is life there are seasons to everything.

I do love this time of year once I get past the sun coming up so much later.

It is a wide variety of colours on the trees as they beginning to ready for winter.

Some are yellow, different shades of green and some already red.

Love, love, love the colours.

Our flowers are still doing so well.

The colours all seem to intermingle so well.

I would love to see how it all looks from the air.

I would imagine utterly breathtaking.

Last night on our walk we found our friend “P” at home.

She is the lady from England (came over a long time ago) that has the most beautiful “English” garden.

Her flowers are so perfect.

She has started to ready her gardens for fall/winter.

There is pulling and trimming to do of course.

We had a wonderful visit and Alvin loves her yard.

He rolls around in the grass as though he had never seen it before …… so cute.

The grass is still the rich green colour.

We have had so much moisture and there remains rain in our forecast so it will likely stay for a while.

We enjoyed our time with our friend visiting and always learning.

I have learned so much from her …. she is a wonderful person.

 

This morning the kids are dropping off Elton to spend the day with Alvin so I can hop a ride with them to the office.

The bus is still working out the kinks or perhaps it is I who is doing that …..

The morning bus is good but at night “sucks.”

 

I do hope for one thing and that is that the evenings continue to stay so nice.

We have certainly enjoyed our walks.

I did notice last night as the sun was going down that the mosquitoes were coming out.

I had not noticed that before …..

Oh well.

 

I did not see many dragonflies this summer but perhaps because their food source was limited.

Mother Nature works her magic …..

 

Well time to fly and finish getting ready as my ride will soon be here.

I hope that you have a splendid day …. one more till the weekend.

That is always a good thing.

 

Special Hello to: all those who take the time to read my blog, thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 16th day of August, 2016.

Another gorgeous morning – a bit cooler – so refreshing.

The sun is coming up in the east as it always does.

Last night it was hot, muggy and there were mosquitoes so we opted to hang out in the yard.

We, Alvin and I snapped some photos and watered flowers.

Here are some shots that we took last night.

The second photo of Alvin should read: “Really, Momma enough already.”

Who knew roses again!

They are the most delicate pink and so pretty again.

There are photos of my back shrub/rose garden and deck.

There are photos of the front yard freshly mowed thanks to my neighbour “S.”

Photos of my front flower bed which I have dubbed “The English Canadian Garden.”

Without my friend who has the most beautiful which I call English Garden it would only be a flower garden.

Just thought I would share.

 

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Chicks & Hens

Impatiens to name a few.

Also two of the shrubs are from another friend of mine down the street.

So my garden is truly a community affair.

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope you enjoy some colour in my blog ….. beautiful colours.

A fond reminder to stop and enjoy all the bounty that nature supplies to us.

Happy Tuesday.

Special Hello: my gardener friends …. thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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