Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 26th day of October, 2014.

The sky is partially in cloud cover but I do see Mr. Sun starting to come out.

We had a great day yesterday with our Open House.

Some of my co-workers and neighbours dropped by.

We sold some jewellery and had some refreshments and had some great conversation.

Doesn’t get better than that for a Saturday.

I love the simple pleasures in life ….. good food …… good company and great conversation.

A good laugh makes my day.

So just putting on the finishing touches before leaving for the store.

Sundays are always fun …… lots of people out shopping.

I love meeting new people.

So on this Sunday I hope that life finds you in great company eating delicious food and sharing a laugh or two.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello to: all the ladies who came over yesterday for our Dear Stella Open House.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Afternoon and Welcome to Saturday the 25th day of October, 2014.

WOW, I am so excited as we are in the final hour countdown until “Our Dear Stella Jewellery” Open House.

Friends, Family, Neighbours, and Co-Workers of ours will be coming to our house in just less than one hour.

We are ready ….. house cleaned check …… beverages ready check …… goodies check ….. and MOST IMPORTANT

of all we have a table set up full of our jewellery …..

My daughter is so creative and did such a great job of setting up …. will post photos later.

Well this will be short as I must go and put the finishing touches on things and perhaps relax for a few moments.

I hope that you are having an amazing day….

Thank you as always for ready my blog.

You rock ……


Special Hello to: YOU ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 18th day of March, 2014.

How was your St. Paddy’s Day ( realized the correct spelling )?

Mine was interesting…… all good on the St. Patrick’s side, anyway.


Here we are fast approaching the first day of spring, 2014.

Can you believe it is almost the end of March, already.

Wasn’t it just New Year’s Eve?


I am so grateful that the sun is warming the earth here and all around us.

I am so grateful that the snow is melting and that the earth is showing once again.

I am so grateful for the smells and sounds of spring.


So on this timely Tuesday – I am so grateful to be alive.

I was thinking this morning I wonder what my grandparents would think of what is going on around us if they were alive?

My Grandma Stella would have embraced the internet and all that it brings.

I could see her sending emails as she loved to write letters  …. perhaps in the beginning she might have been a bit reluctant but she would have converted and surfing the world wide “web.”

I am always amazed by how much of our glorious older people have embraced technology with cellphones and email.


I hope that you have an amazing Tuesday.

If you happen to find yourself in a situation that starts to remove your positive sunny outlook and peace of mind ….. stop take a deep breath.

If you can remove yourself from the situation.

If not, with your sunniest face ….. just carry on.

Find the right words …. always good to have a “catch word” that can bring you to your best place.

I have found myself as of late stepping off my glorious plane of peace and positive energy to the “dark side.”

It is not something that I am proud of nor to I wish to stay there but it has happened.

So I am going to practice what I “preach.”

After all, we are all human.

I hope that you have a lovely day.

Wish me luck and I, you.

Take care, my friends.

Special Hello to: my cousin “J” and my sister “C” ….. who have always been supportive and loving ….. thank you.

Always, Carol

P.S. very excited that our first Trade Show for our Dear Stella Jewellery is only four sleeps aways…… YAY

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday, the 13th day of March, 2014.

YAY, it is Thursday.

So happy for Thursday …..

Tomorrow is my day off from the office and the store.

So exciting to have two days off in a row.

I have lots to do ….. will start the day with coffee with my friend who leaves for Hawaii on Saturday.

Lucky girl.  So happy for her and her family.  A great trip.  Someday I will visit there.  It is on my “bucket list.”

Then working on the preparations for the Trade Show next Saturday.

We, Dear Stella Jewellery ….. (my daughter and I make jewellery in our spare time).  We rented a table.  First time.

I am nervous but excited.

Also, me and Alvin are hosting a birthday supper for my daughter, his sister Friday night.

Alvin needs a hair cut …..  the laundry ….. stuff ….  there will be time to kick back and watch a movie or three.

What do you do on your days off?

Are you grateful that you get time off from work?

Most people do not even think of anything different.

I know a girl that happens to work two full-time jobs ….. 80 hours a week.

She works 7 days a week.

I admire her ….. and I am grateful that my two jobs total on average 50-55 hours per week.

I know that there are so many people out there who do not have the luxury of working only a 40 hour week with weekends off.

These days most people need at least two jobs to pay the bills.

I remember reading over the years …. especially just before the new millennium arrived that we would all be working shortened work weeks and have more time to relax and be with family.

Well that never happened and in fact, I would say it has lengthened.

Too bad.

Pension plans have all been hit by the economy and by bad management.

So whenever you have time away from work ….. be grateful ….. always take some time to relax and have fun with your family.

I hope that you all have an amazing THURSDAY.

I am so looking forward to today, tomorrow and the next.

Thank you for reading.

Special Hello to:  all those who realize that gratitude does make a difference.

Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 4th day of September, 2013.

Another gorgeous sunny day here in Edmonton.

This is one of the first times ever that I am kind of blocked.

Not sure what to say.

It is so strange – usually I do not have a problem writing something.

So I guess that means this will be short.

Please forgive me ….

Part of it comes from I can smell the freshly brewed coffee and I am dying for a cup and the other is due to my daughter is over for a visit and we are going to work on our jewellery and watch a webinar (think that is what they are called).

So I will go for now.

I am so grateful to you all for reading my blog and making the number grow weekly.

Thank you.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: WRITERS……

Always, Carol and Alvin


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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 29th day of August, 2013.

I was just wondering how many people think about the passing of time.

Last night on our way home from work we, being my daughter, son-in-law and myself were just chatting.

We remarked on how I am now 56 and my Mom was just 55 when she passed away almost twenty years ago.

Also that my paternal Grandmother was 56 when I was born.

She was 32 when she gave birth to my Dad in 1933.

My daughter is 33.

My Mom would have celebrated her 75th Birthday a few days ago and my Dad would be 80 this November.

My paternal Grandmother was 97 when she passed in 1998.

I am always enthralled by numbers and such.

Do you notice these things?

Does it make you wonder?

Another thought …. today is my last day of work at the office and then I am officially on vacation for one week.

I am so looking forward to getting my office and computer stuff in order and working on our Dear Stella Jewellery.

Doing all things that I love.

Also doing some visiting and coffee “ing” and perhaps having an extra walk or two with my Alvin.

Well on this absolutely gorgeous Thursday morning from my home to yours, have a wonderful day.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Special Hello: to all those parents who are running around picking up school supplies – I sort of remember those days.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 22nd day of August, 2013.

Wow, this passed couple of days have been incredible and for no particular reason other than I feel down to my core, amazing.

It is like a light bulb has been turned on and I know that this is going to be my “best year ever.”

I am doing the things that I am passion about – writing and making jewellery.

I know that I will be published someday and sooner than I think.

I know that our “Dear Stella Jewellery” business will grow and be successful.

I am working on better facilitating letting those “less than perfect” thoughts just slip by relatively unnoticed.

I am working on being the best me.

I am going in the right direction.

My life has always been a work in progress.

I am truly happy and I know how blessed I am.

I have the best friends and family.

I have “me Alvin” ….. who is my sweetheart.

I live in my very own house …. a few years ago I never could or would have imagined that I would be here.

I work at two totally different places and grow in different ways as a result.

I love that I can have flowers and sit out in my back yard and enjoy it.

I love that I have great memories.

My life is filled with abundance.

I see my kids every day and I love it.

I get to walk every day with Alvin and enjoy our lovely neighbourhood.

I am healthy.

I had family visit from back in Regina this past summer.

I have the technology to see my family back in Regina whenever I wish.

I can see and hear and talk.

I could almost fly.

Well I guess it is obvious that I am enjoying my life.

I hope that you are able to find your happiness and enjoy it.

Start first with yourself, and be grateful for being you just the way that you are  …. if you love yourself then everything else just seems to fall into place.

Take Care my Friends.

Special Hello to: all those people who struggle every day …. you are important and deserving of a great and beautiful life.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday, the 24th day of April 2013.

Did I say “Wednesday” …… I must have missed a day …… WOW.

I am really looking forward to this weekend when my daughter and I will sit down at my kitchen table and bring out all our beads and baubles and make jewellery.

I love that we share the “creative” gene.

I am so proud of us.

If you had asked me six years ago what my future held…..well I had not dreamed this reality for myself.

I did dream of someday living near my daughter.

I had dreamed of owing my own house but thought it was near impossible.

I had dreamed of being known worldwide.

I had dreamed of having a dog.

I had dreamed of publishing a book(s).


So now I have made most of those dreams come true.

I own my house, have a dog, make jewellery and have sold it all over the world, I write my blog (close to being published, have to work on that one) and live three blocks from my daughter.

So sometimes things happen on a bit different scale that you imagine or dream but they happen.

I just keep telling myself work towards and dream big.

So as my life continues in a forward motion, I am so blessed and happy that I have what I have and am who I am.


On this bright Wednesday morning I hope that you are following your dreams and making them come true.

Just keeping thinking about what you want and it will happen.


Have a great day.

Special Hello to: dreamers ….


Always, Carol and Alvin

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Well Hello and although this is later in the day ….. Happy Thursday the 28th day of March, 2013.

Did you have a great day?

I had the best day in a long time.

I had the absolute pleasure of spending it with my wonderful daughter, Alvin, Elton and Miss Penny.

We made so much jewellery.

In between the jewellery – I manager to do several loads of laundry, dig ice and make a canal to the storm drain, make us lunch and a couple of other small tasks.

We made “32” rings …… some for us and some to sell.

We also made necklaces and earrings … I am so excited for you all to see them.

Please visit our store located on Storenvy “Dear Stella Jewellery” ….. I am so proud of us.

This is the address:

So what a way to spend a Thursday …. this starts my holiday weekend.

The sun is shining, the ice and snow are melting and smiles are in the air ……

I am so happy that spring is here.

Listening to Mr. Neil Diamond ….. my life is great.

I am so blessed …… thank you Universe for shining down upon me and Alvin.

We are happy ….. happy ….. I could dance …. salsa or something modern…… yes ……

Just me and Neil ….. oh, sorry Alvin ….. he is lying on the hallway floor ….

I am groovin’ to the music …. thank you ….. my life is truly wonderful.

I wish you could feel how I feel right at this very moment…..

Thank you.

Easter Basket ..... one of my Wednesday night crafts....

Easter Basket ….. one of my Wednesday night crafts….

More Easter Crafts

More Easter Crafts

And more Happy Easter crafts.... amazing what you can do with some construction paper and scissors .....

And more Happy Easter crafts…. amazing what you can do with some construction paper and scissors …..

Happy Easter .....

Happy Easter …..


Well time to go and have supper …..

Thank you Mr. Neil Diamond for helping to make this an extra special time …..

Thank you my wonderful daughter and grand-puppies for blessing me with your presence.

Life rocks …. am I happy …… YEAH !!!

Have a great night everyone……

My first BF ..... SISTERSHappy Easter Sista .....

My first BF ….. SISTERS
Happy Easter Sista …..

Always, Carol and Alvin ….

Thought for the day….

Good Friday morning and today is already for several hours ….. January 18th, 2013….

I lazed around on the sofa after Mr. Alvin insisted on getting up at 4:30 a.m. ……

He had to go out so what do you do?

As I sit here at my computer at just after 10:00 a.m. and see the skies clearing and with a peek of sunshine coming through, I am very happy.

With winter and the shorter days …. we get up in the dark, go to work in the dark and come home in the dark ….. so no time to enjoy any sunshine that comes our way.

I must start going out for short walks on my breaks at work.

I will admit that without sunshine, I am low on energy.

It takes me awhile to get the momentum going ……

Once it does …. I am ready to go…….

Just on my way to have a shower and do a few small household chores before going to enjoy coffee with one of my friends who lives in the neighbourhood.

I hope that you all have an amazing day and have energy to burn, so to speak…..

With luck the sun is shining wherever you are and the birds are singing and life is treating you “right”…..

Have an awesome day and weekend.

Oh, I am so excited …. Amanda and I are going to make jewellery tomorrow ….. it has been awhile for me.

We just received some special orders from one of our faraway friends….

Take Care.

Special Hello to: all our “Dear Stella Jewellery” friends ……. we are grateful for your support.


Always, Carol and Alvin

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