Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 30th day of November, 2018.

The last day of November, 2018.

Tomorrow is December 1st, 2018 and ONLY 24 Days till Christmas.

 

How do you celebrate Christmas?

 

Do you travel to a warm climate?

Perhaps you lay on a beach and have seafood for Christmas dinner.

That would be nice.

 

Do you go to your parents?

Perhaps they live hundreds of miles away.

Do you fly or drive or take a train?

Turkey or Ham?  Both.

 

Do you go to your in-laws?

Perhaps they live just down the street.

Do you take dessert?

 

Do you stay at home?

Perhaps family and friends come to your home.

You like to cook and to entertain.

Your family and friends like your cooking and love when you entertain.

 

Wherever you are, wherever you go.

I wish you a safe, health, happy, joyful Christmas.

I believe that we should keep the joy in our hearts and give to ourselves and to our fellow “humans” and to all living creatures ALL year long.

If we are joyful ….. we will do good things.

Keep the Christmas spirit all year long.

 

This weekend I am going to finish up Christmas cards.

Some will be mailed and others hand delivered.

It is a tradition that I will do forever.

 

Well almost time to go.

We had some freezing snow pellets either late last night or earlier this morning.

They were on the deck when we awoke earlier.

 

I hope that you have an awesome Friday.

Celebrate the greatness that November was and that December will be.

Happy Day.

 

Special Hello: to all those people who keep the Christmas spirit alive all year long.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60.

Today is Monday June 26, 2017 and it is the 45 day until my 60th Birthday.

Okay now what after the 60 favourite things list.

I was thinking about a BUCKET LIST.

What is with all of these lists anyway?

Well truthfully, this would not be a surprise to people who know me as I am famous for writing lists, TO DO LISTS and such.

I like to write things down.

I have often thought a BUCKET LIST would be nice but perhaps today I will do it in reverse.

Not the things that I want to do in the future but some of the things that I have done over the years.

Okay so this is going to be another 60 things list ….. but things that I have done not necessarily favourite things but things that I have done/accomplished, okay.

Because going backwards can be tricky with the counting process I am just going to start at number 1.

 

Here are the next 12 items:

25.  Attended all different schools from Grades 9 to Grade 12 in three different Canadian provinces.

26.  Sold through direct sales:  AMWAY, Fashion Two-Twenty make-up, Tupperware twice in two different provinces and Steeped Tea.

27.  Wrote Eulogies for four different family members and gave three of them.

28.  Started to write poetry at age eight years.

29.  Jobs have done over the years: Babysitting, Berry picker,  Executive Assistant (summer job), Keypunch operator, Bank Teller,  Claims Dispatch Clerk, Mapping Clerk, Reinsurance Underwriter, small town Ladies Clothing Shop, Customer Service Clerk at Retail store with largest sales at West Edmonton Mall, House Cleaning, File Clerk and Housing Clerk.

30.  Wrote Groom’s speech for my friend to give at her brother’s wedding.

31.  Broke handle off new shovel while digging out dead cedar tree from my back garden area two years ago.  Still do not believe that one.

32.  Grateful to have attended concerts for two of my favourite entertainers:  Celine Dion and Sir Elton John.

33.  Good at making meals from virtually nothing.  I love challenging myself to using everything in my pantry and fridge.

34.  Love making up new recipes.

36.   Grew up on the farm and helped with everything from stacking bales when haying, to housework, to looking after siblings, to cooking, gardening and other chores all before age 14.

37.   After moving from the farm in Saskatchewan to British Columbia …. my Mom, Sister and I spent that first summer picking berries.  Hard work but definitely had payoff.

 

Sure is a test of the memory banks.

Always, Carol

Good Afternoon and today is Sunday the 9th day of August, 2015 and my 58th Birthday.

Well I found out this morning that I will not have internet or television until Friday when they come to make a service call.

Technology is a wonderful thing until you do not have it.

I am over at my neighbour’s on her computer so that I could write my blog.

It breaks my heart not to write for a whole week …..

It has been a great birthday …… two birthday cakes ….. balloons ….. lots of presents.

We celebrated yesterday ….. in the morning with two of my friends and at supper with my kids.

Got to have coffee with friends and cake, go shopping to IKEA and get the desks that I want for my office at home followed by supper brought to me by my daughter and son-in-law along with yet another birthday cake and more gifts.

I feel truly spoiled and so blessed.

A great day.

Oh, I cannot forget the joint birthday party I had last Friday with my siblings and nephew.

I had wanted to share photos …. I only have access to the ones previously shared.

I am one lucky lady.

Here are some of my passions and loves ……

Sisters

Sisters

Me and my Manda

Me and my Manda

My brother whose birthday is August 11th .....

My brother whose birthday is August 11th …..

Jeff and Five of Five (Tyler, Cindy, Carol & John) - 1992

Jeff and Five of Five (Tyler, Cindy, Carol & John) – 1992

AKA: Conehead

AKA: Conehead

Casey, Elton and Alvin .... just missing Miss Penny.

Casey, Elton and Alvin …. just missing Miss Penny.

My Mom, nephew Troy and Amanda ..... memories

My Mom, nephew Troy and Amanda ….. memories

One of my favourites...1980's

One of my favourites…1980’s

Flowers

Flowers

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

Christmas at my house

Christmas at my house

One of my favourite things to do ..... bake sugar cookies.

One of my favourite things to do ….. bake sugar cookies.

Jewellery .... ours

Jewellery …. ours

My version of taco salad .... salad ... and all the fixings. Another passion of mine.

My version of taco salad …. salad … and all the fixings.
Another passion of mine.

Love dragonflies ... they visit my house.

Love dragonflies … they visit my house.

Me and my sister .... the good old days.  I am on the left holding a dolly

Me and my sister …. the good old days. I am on the left holding a dolly

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

First snowman me and my sister made since we were kids ..... (2009)

First snowman me and my sister made since we were kids ….. (2009)

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 3rd day of February, 2015.

Warming up.

Not sure if spring is 6 weeks away or 6 months away…. just kidding.

I am sure it will come when Mother Nature thinks it is time!

This morning I am reminded that one should always surround themselves with the things that they love.

If you love the colour turquoise then paint a couple of walls in your bedroom and or living room that particular shade.

If you love photography …. have a hallway filled with family photos or ones from your travels.

If you love baking then make some extra cookies and deliver them to an elderly neighbour or working single parent.

If you love to cook then once again make something extra and deliver to someone who works multiple jobs …. someone that would really appreciate a home-cooked meal.

If you love to write ….. send off a newsy letter to a loved one who lives far away.

Perhaps you love to be around children, and have none ….. then offer to help watch family/friend’s children so the parent(s) can go out.

If you love to walk then check with a neighbour who owns a dog who may need help getting their beloved that extra exercise.

There are so many things that one can do …. to help by doing things and surrounding ourselves with things that you love.

If you love to clean then volunteer to help the elderly or go out and pick up the trash in your neighbour.

If you have extra time … shovel some sidewalks ….

So many things ….. so much love.

Just be the person you love to be without worrying about what others think.

Surround yourself with things you love.

Live your life doing what you love to do.

Have the best day ever.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who is one of the best people I know.

Always, Carol and  Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 22nd day of July, 2014.

Another gorgeous morning here in Edmonton.

I love that we have a bit of coolness to the air before the sun warms everything.

There is a nice breeze.

Deep breath.

Feels so nice, as I imagine if I were outside standing on the deck drinking it the glory of the early morning.

Even though I am not really a morning person …… I love the feel of the morning.

If I could just convince my body that 5:00 is a good thing.

Perhaps if I give it the talk on a regular basis I could change things.

I shall do that.

Well one more sleep until our home of two increases to six.

I am excited.

Not sure about Alvin ….. guess we will find out.

It will be interesting to see Elton and Penny’s reactions when they find out they are not going “home” ….. kind of sad for them.

But they will have their Mom and Dad here so that will help.

It is a good thing for Alvin to have the company everyday.

Change is always good.

I am excited to have someone to cook for  ……. always nice.

Well time to go and finish getting ready for work.

I wish you all a great day filled with love and laughter and warmth.

Special Hello to: Hello friends all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….. December 18, 2013

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 18th day of December, 2013.

WOW, one week today is Christmas Day.

I hope that this finds you well and up for the next week of last minute shopping, wrapping of gifts, a tad more baking and COOKING.

I guess sweeping the floors and cleaning the bathrooms might be in order as well.

Have to have the house right and proper for company.

You know …… bright and shining.

Clean …. clean ….. clean.

I love my house and any chance to show it off …..

With all my Christmas decorations it is so pretty …. if I do say so myself.

Oh, great idea …… if you have not done so already ….. MAKE A LIST.

You know how Santa makes a list and checks it twice.

You can make a couple of lists.

One for shopping and one for tasks.

Shopping would be like food items and last minute gifts (don’t forget to make something – doesn’t always have to be store bought).

Tasks like dusting, changing bedding in the guest room … last minute laundry.

One big thing and for years I have always forgot to do this.

It would seem that when I make my last grocery stop I always make up the list for the items we need for Christmas Eve and Day but I forget one MAJOR THING …..

WHAT DO YOU EAT AFTER CHRISTMAS?

Not everyone wants to eat leftovers for the next week.

So I do try to make sure that I have other items in the house for something different.

Happy Wednesday.

Special Hello to: all my fellow sisters of the world, REJOICE …. YOU ROCK.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 …… guess what …. only “1” sleep until Christmas Eve.

Are you excited?  I am excited.

I am always excited to spend quality time with my daughter, son-in-law and their dogs Elton and Penny.

This year we will also be joined by Sir Casey …. he belongs to friends.

So we will have four dogs in my house for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ….. it will be just like having children about….

I just have to share something with you all …… do you remember when I mentioned about going to work yesterday and that it was deemed “Super Saturday” ….. and that I would smile, be happy etc.?

Well the first customer I went to greet as I started my shift … walked toward me and asked me if “she could give me a hug”?

Can you imagine that a total stranger …. on the third last busiest shopping day before Christmas.

I was so grateful and knew right then and there that the day was going to be great and it totally was amazing.

Some other customers that I knew popped in and it was great being able to wish them a Merry Christmas.

A very successful day by my counts.

Alvin had a great day at his sister’s house and even got to go on a walk….

Well today looks like it will be busy ( I slept in extra this morning ) and I truly need that cup of coffee to start my day.

It is still snowing here in Edmonton and has been since yesterday.  I think it might have stopped for a bit yesterday afternoon.

I did shovel part of the deck so that Alvin did not get lost in all the snow.

Last night and earlier this morning when he went out the snow was passed the top of his legs and it is fluffy so it just went flying as he walked onto the deck.

So my “to do” list for today looks something like this: from this point go put on coffee after writing blog, start first of four loads of laundry, give Alvin a bath before clean floors and trim his coat, vacuum, dust, clean t.v., clean all three bathrooms, shovel front of house, rest of the deck and driveway which is out back etc.  ( I wrote up my list before coming upstairs and it is long but I will get things done ).  Tomorrow will be preparing food in the morning and then shower after lunch and relax.  Other than the meal cooking on Christmas Day I will be having fun.

Anyway, I had better get this show on the road …..

I hope that you have a great day and no matter what …. just smile and enjoy.

I believe that any day I get out of bed and am breathing is a good day.  It can only get better from there…..

Have a great day.

Special Hello to:  all of your company this holiday season ……

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

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