Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 20th day of July, 2017.

Almost the weekend …. not like I am wishing time away or anything.

Talk about crazy weather.

One day it is 30 and so hot in the house and the next day it is COLD in the house and cool outside.

Truthfully I am pleased that it is not 30+ as I think it is too hot.

The air is filled with smoke from the fires in our neighbouring province British Columbia.

If our air quality is so bad here, I can only imagine what it is like there.

I wish for rain and no lightning.

I wish that no human starts a fire.

 

Well the countdown is on until my company arrives which is a few days before my birthday.

My beloved sister is coming to stay with us and arrives in the evening of the 4th of August.

We are excited.

Starting this weekend we will start to prepare.

First off, I have been making the lists so that nothing is forgotten and so that everything is perfection.

Excited that my baby brother will be joining us a few days later.

Excited does not cover how I am feeling right now.

It is hard to remain focused and on task at work.

But I will get things done and be ready for my two weeks vacation when it arrives.

So happy to have two whole weeks off in a row.

First time in almost six years.

Party time …..

 

Happy Thursday Everyone.

Special Hello to:  all those folks who are taking vacation or are on vacation – enjoy.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  one of my friends and co-workers gave me some fresh herbs out of her garden.  One smells of oranges and the other is spearmint.  Heavenly.

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 DAYS TO 60

Today is Tuesday, July 18, 2017 and it is the 23rd day until my 60th Birthday.

I will just have to add the ones that I miss when I think of something.

 

2000: Came in without most of the problems that were forecasted regarding the computers, which was a huge relief.

2001:

2002:  My beloved daughter moves to Edmonton, Alberta and two days later I go on a vacation to the U.S. with a friend.  It was perfect timing so I would be moping around the apartment missing my girl.  Still missed her but was not at home to be reminded every moment.  Visited Las Vegas and area and went to San Diego and the day trip to Mexico (the crossing was out of a movie and not a good thing). A close family friend’s daughter had first of her three children.

2003: My first great niece was born ….. such a cutie pie.

Well I received a HUGE reminder of something that happened in 2004.

2004:  My daughter graduated from the Photography Program at NAIT and then went on to work for one of the City Councillors.  How did I forget those items???  Maybe I am thinking too hard.

2005: My first born great nephew and the apply of his “Anta’s eye.”

2006:

2007:  Elton John concert?  or was it 2006?  Regardless of when it was amazing.  We lost our little “J” ….. another heartbreak.

2008:  My first born nephew marries, I retired from working at same company for 30 years and my daughter marries all within a couple of months.  Attend Celine Dion Concert in Edmonton.

2009: Buy my first house, 1/2 duplex in Edmonton close to my daughter and son-in-law and grand-pups and move to Edmonton at end of March.  My beloved J passes.

2010:  Enjoying semi-retirement.  Back to Regina for a visit with my girl. How could I have possibly forgotten this:  I adopted my darling ALVIN CHARLIE LEWIS in January 2010 and my life once again was transformed.  I am so happy that Me Alvin is not too good on the computer or else I would be in BIG trouble.  OMG, how did I forget.  Just going with the flow.  I will post the years as I think of things for the last decade.

2011: Started working at Bath & Body Works at West Edmonton Mall.  Now that is a start to going back to work.  It was hard work but amazing.  That was in April and then in July I started as a temp at Capital Region Housing Corporation.  What a year.

2012:

2013: Working two jobs ….

2014:  I had the highest sales per hour in the company at the store. My daughter, son-in-law, Elton & Penny moved in with me and Alvin for almost one year while their new house was being built.  We loved having them with us.

2015:  Kids moved into their new house in April.  House was not the same after they moved out.  Worked last shifts at Bath & Body Works, miss the girls and the store in April.  Started to sell Steeped Tea in August.

2016:

2017:  This is a big year for me and all those who were born in 1957.

 

 

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Monday, July 17, 2017 and it is the 24th day until my 60th Birthday.

I will say that picking out a memory from each of my almost 60 years is not easy.

2000: Came in without most of the problems that were forecasted regarding the computers, which was a huge relief.

2001:  ???

2002:  My beloved daughter moves to Edmonton, Alberta and two days later I go on a vacation to the U.S. with a friend.  It was perfect timing so I would be moping around the apartment missing my girl.  Still missed her but was not at home to be reminded every moment.  Visited Las Vegas and area and went to San Diego and the day trip to Mexico (the crossing was out of a movie and not a good thing). A close family friend’s daughter had first of her three children.

2003: My first great niece was born ….. such a cutie pie.

2004: ????

2005: My first born great nephew and the apply of his “Anta’s eye.”

2006:  ????

2007:  Elton John concert?  or was it 2006?  Regardless of when it was amazing.

2008:  My first born nephew marries, I retired from working at same company for 30 years and my daughter marries all within a couple of months.  Attend Celine Dion Concert in Edmonton.

2009: Buy my first house, 1/2 duplex in Edmonton close to my daughter and son-in-law and grand-pups and move to Edmonton at end of March.  My beloved J passes.

2010:  Enjoying semi-retirement.  Back to Regina for a visit with my girl.

I may have to locate my daily journals to find out what was going on in 2001, 2004 and 2006.

Obviously, I do not remember anything specific.

YIKES.

 

Always, Carol

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 10th day of July, 2017.

We had a hot Sunday here in Edmonton.

Wow, second day in a row that Alvin has not woke up before me.

Either is the heat or the fan.

We had an early start yesterday and accomplished so much before 8:30 a.m.

Even though we had a walk earlier in the morning – we went again about 11:00 a.m. with our friends.

It was very humid.

Our house was hot except for by the fan so we just had a relaxing afternoon and even had a NAP.

Yes, we did.

Thankfully it is going to be cooler for the next couple of days.

So happy for that.

Thoughts and prayers with the people of British Columbia where fires are raging out of control and the province has issued a State of Emergency.

In this situations it is all of the wildlife and poor animals that are not able to get away from the fires that I worry about the most.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends in B.C.  – keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.  Be safe.  I am praying for rain.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Friday, July 7, 2017 and it is the 34th day until my 60th Birthday.

I think that perhaps I will write a book about my journey to age 60.

The journey has taken me from a small farming community on the Canadian Prairies to a major Western Canadian City  Edmonton, Alberta.

Some days I feel that I have been there – done that.

I did not safari to Africa or sail across the Atlantic Ocean nor have I dated Royalty but I have done some pretty cool things.

So maybe now is the time to start putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard.

No one ever knows how much time we have on this planet and with good health and a fairly “sharp” mind, perhaps I should get started.

I am so grateful for this BLOG as I have learned so much about myself with writing a daily post.

Sounds like a plan may be in place.

If you write things down it seems to make them more tangible.

Also once you say you are going to do something – it is a bit more difficult to go back or at least with me.

If I say that I am going to do something – generally I do the thing.

So perhaps this 60 gig will not be so bad.

I will need your help though – I appreciate any and all comments and all of your support.

It is only through these efforts that we truly learn and grow.

So 34 more days until 60.

Whew ….. 34 more …..

At the 60 mark – there will be a yummy CARROT CAKE.

I commissioned a co-worker to make me a huge carrot cake with cream cheese icing.

She is so talented ….. I can hardly wait to share it with my family and friends.

So until tomorrow,

Always, Carol

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 6th day of July, 2017.

Hot day ahead and over the few days days projected to be in the 30’s.

Too warm for me.

Thankfully I do not have to work outside in the hot sun.

I wish “cool” thoughts to those who do.

 

Last night on the bus ride home I had a conversation with a young man who is in Canada from Ireland on a work VISA.

I so love the Irish accent.

He is a bricklayer by trade.

Said so hot working outside.

He told me that Ireland has not come back from a recession.

No work or not much so he decided to come to Canada.

Came by himself.

We had a great conversation.

He said there is more to do here than back home.

Ireland he said has only about 3 million people.

Mainly Irish as people do not often immigrate there.

Said it is beautiful there.

I told him of my Irish roots.

Very nice young man.

Made the hot ride from downtown to West Edmonton Mall so much more bearable.

Good company always does …..

 

I was walking down the street heading toward home from the bus last night after work.

When I spotted a beautiful dog off leash going in and out of yards across the street.

I watched him to see if his owner(s) were about and there were no humans to be found.

So I tried to coax him over to see if I could check his tags.

He/She came across the street with me watching for traffic and ready to stop any vehicles.

The dog came across and ran onto a lawn and then up the steps of that house and stood at the door.

I followed him/her but the dog growled at me so I backed off.

He/She was panting so bad as it was mighty hot and I had no idea how long the dog had been outside in the heat.

So I ran to the next door neighbours hoping they were at home.

A man answered the dog and happened to have a similar dog in the house (by coincidence).

He said they had two Golden Retrievers next door but they are never out.

So I finally after a couple of minutes coaxed him to come with me to the house next door.

When we got there the dog was gone.

My heart skipped a beat.

I asked the man if they were at home and then he went to the door and rang the bell.

A woman answered and I relayed my story and she said her dogs were at home and I said “Are you sure?”

She came outside onto the porch.

A dog barked and then came around the corner from the back lane.

The woman recognized the bark and called the dog.

The dog came to the house.

I reminded the woman to give the dog water as “she” was clearly thirsty.

She said that her grandchildren had been over.

I was thinking to myself “So you did not miss this big huge dog?”

No matter – happy ending.

Dog and Human reunited.

She thanked me and I went on my way.

I thanked the man who had helped me.

So happy that it was a happy story.

 

So good conversation on the way home and a rescue.

Great way to end the day after a long day at the office.

 

Special Hello to: Family and Friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 days to 60

Today is Sunday, July 2, 2017 and it is the 39th day until my 60th Birthday.

I just realized that I had the wrong date on my Countdown yesterday …. it was July 1st ….. sorry about that.

Well only 39 days if I counted correctly.

 

You never know where life will take you.

Sometimes planning and dreaming takes you the farthest from where you were.

I was living a relatively comfortable life in Regina.

Some of my family lived/lives there and at that time most of my friends.

My daughter decided to move to Edmonton to go to NAIT (post-secondary school institution) back in 2002.

They (her boyfriend later they married) decided to stay in Edmonton …..

It made sense as the years went by for me to pack up and move.

She is my only child and I could not bear to see her perhaps once or twice a year, if I was lucky.

So in March of 2009 after retiring from a Company that I had worked for thirty years I moved to Edmonton.

It has been a crazy ride but I would not change it for the world.

Never thought I would be here.

Never thought I would be able to buy my own house.

Never thought after I retiring that I would be working full-time again.

Never thought that I would work at West Edmonton Mall.

Never thought I would work for several years in the highest volume of sales retail store, there.

Never thought that in my late 50’s I would have had the highest sales per hour in said retail store.

Never thought that I would once again be in direct sales.

Never thought that I would adopt a dog.

So many changes but all good.

So you see – you never know where life will take you.

Take that chance …… and go.

 

Always, Carol

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Saturday, July 30, 2017 and it is the 40th day until my 60th Birthday.

CORRECTION:  JULY 1ST, 2017 ….

The sky is overcast and it is to be a warm day here in Canada as we celebrate our 150th Birthday.

 

Yesterday at work I was reminded of my most favourite summer.

It was the summer of 1973.

One of my school friends and I had decided to go to Edmonton and get summer jobs.

My cousin and her husband were gracious to let me stay with them.

I got a job as an Executive Assistant at a large corporation.

We had both applied and I got the job.

I am still to this day not certain how that came about …..

The man I worked for was so kind to me.

I do not remember doing much actual work and was terribly spoiled.

I had zero office experience and remember learning how to use the “paper copier.”

He treated me to coffee and treats from the “Coffee  Cart” that came around the office at coffee time.

Even had me go and do some shopping.

In addition to having that great start to my off the farm work experience my cousins treated me to a summer to remember.

We went camping and ended up in a flash flood as we had set up camp on a dry river bed.  Quick exit.

They took me to see Charlie Pride at the Jubilee Auditorium and so much more.

BEST SUMMER EVER.

 

Always, Carol

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 30th day of June, 2017.

I was sitting on my sofa sipping on a cup of tea when I saw a few people excitedly running about across the street.

So I grabbed my shoes and ran out.

Then I saw the smoke and the flames billowing out of the duplex a couple of doors down and across the street.

I asked if there was anyone at home and they said no.

The neighbour in the half that was on fire had grabbed her cat and got out.  I briefly spoke to her and carried a couple of her things that had been dropped on the grass in front to the other side of the street.

She was clearly distraught.

I asked some people to move their cars so that the firetrucks could get in and the actual fire hydrant was down the street from me and they had to run the hose down the street.

When the fire trucks pulled in – I went back into the house – too many people and I did not think it was necessary for me to remain out side watching.

 

We all live in duplexes so could have been worse.

I am grateful that it did not happen last night or the night before with the gale force winds.

Might not have had a home.

Gives you cause to pause and be more prepared because one never knows.

There must have been about 100 people from near and far – people I have never seen coming to see.

People lining the sidewalks all around including in front of my house and then others riding their bikes over my lawn to get around them.

People on bikes pulling a stroller.

Argh, people sometimes.

 

Found out later that two 15-year old twins and younger sibling were at home while parents were working.

They ran out right away.

The neighbour in the other half and her cat got out.

No loss of life and that is what is most important.

Thankfully again no wind and everyone is safe.

 

Firetrucks still outside …. likely for hours yet.

Want to make sure …..

 

Pause for thought  …. be prepared.

 

Special Hello: to family and friends

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 29th day of June, 2017.

Looks like a beautiful morning …. bit of a breeze and the SUN is shining.

I was surprised to see the car windows “fogged over” so I guess light light frost.

Weather crazy …. sunny one minute and pouring the next.

They are forecasting a nice weekend.

I hope that the weather does hold out for all those folks out celebrating CANADA’s 150th BIRTHDAY.

Alvin and I will be quietly celebrating at home.

I so remember Canada’s 100th Birthday celebration.

I was 10 years old.

We even had a song written specially for the occasion.

Oh, the good old days.

Seems crazy to think that 50 years later I am turning 60 a few weeks after Canada’s 150th.

Does not seem possible that 50 years have passed.

Time flies …. truly flies.

So on this Thursday I am excited to have a quiet weekend.

There is trash to be picked up and I think that I will do that task on CANADA DAY …. in honour of my country, your country, our country.

We have such amazing majestic landscapes and I will always try to do my part for my country.

Perhaps watch some celebrations on television while sipping on a cup of tea “made in Canada.”

Does not get better than that.

Happy Thursday…..

Special Hello to:  CANADA

Always, Carol & Alvin

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