Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing on this Tuesday? I hope that life finds you in good health, first and foremost and that you are able to enjoy each and every day including this one. We went to bed later again last night it was almost 10:30 p.m. when I turned off the light. It was 2:00 a.m. when Mr. Alvin woke up and needed to go outside. How can you say “go back to sleep” when someone has to go to to the bathroom? You cannot. Or at least not in good conscious. So downstairs we trotted sleep still thick in my eyes with my cell phone and our sofa special pillow in tow, lights on and unlocked back door so he could outside. With so much snow I don’t have to go out until the sunrises to pick up any little parcels that he leaves behind because I can clearly see them and so can he. Back into the house and onto the sofa. It was 6:30 when the alarm went off that he next woke up. So time for his breakfast and another trip outside. I do know one thing for sure that his bodily function are in fine working order. While he had been eating I prepared the coffee so that I could plug it in when we are “finally up and downstairs for the day.” The coffee will be fresher longer. After that I still wasn’t quite ready to get up to stay up even though it wasn’t super early at this point. Set the microwave timer for 25 minutes which would mean getting up at 7:00 a.m. and that is what happened. It doesn’t take me long to get myself ready on those days when I don’t shower. There is no reason to shower everyday it dries out the skin, most especially in our dry winter season. Anyway, that is a personal preference and I prefer to show every other day. My hair has been healthier as a result, not so drying. So here we are almost ready to begin another day in the life of Carol Lewis.

Yesterday my daughter was running errands. She went to COSTCO first and picked up groceries for them and for me and then dropped them at the house. Just in time to have a short break with me. Then she was off to do more shopping at IKEA and at BATH & BODY WORKS. She phoned the order into IKEA which was a great idea and then just had to pick it up. I so wished that I could have gone with her to BBW. I love that store. I think I have mentioned that once or twice before and that I worked there a few years back. They were the first company to hire this “54” year old woman at the time when I moved here from Saskatchewan. I was so appreciative and even stayed on when I was hired at my current job. It was hard to leave but I could not continue working 7 days a week after the kids moved to a city about 20 minutes away and I could not leave Mr. Alvin alone from early morning till late at night. My girl picked me up some foaming hand soaps in my favourite scents: Tis the Season, Frosted Cranberry and Winter Citrus Wreath. I am so happy. She brought the goodies back including some items I requested for Christmas stockings, on her way back from the second leg of her shopping trip, and then she headed for home. I am so grateful to be the Mother of this beautiful, caring, compassionate, loving and thoughtful woman I call my “daughter.”

So needless to say with working the late shift yesterday and my daughter popping in and out we did not go for a walk. So hopefully the temperature is warm enough for me to go with Alvin at lunchtime. I gave him a short haircut actually shorter than I had planned. Thankfully he has a nice sweater to keep him warm and a great thick winter coat, too.

Well I guess it is time to head back downstairs and get that coffee perking. Life is life. I told my daughter yesterday when she asked me “How were things going?” I replied “great, how can I possibly complain, Alvin and I are in good health, as our our family and friends, we have good food to eat and a roof over our heads and I have a job where I can work from home.” Really how blessed am I, are me and Alvin. I am over the moon grateful for my life. Thank you Universe.

I hope that you are having a great day. Still pretty dark outside here as I quickly glanced out the office window. The sun will shine soon and I hope that it shines where you are. Remember to always, live your life with kindness and respect for all. Your life will be all the better, if you do!

Happy Tuesday.

Living our lives with kindness and respect for all,

I / We remain, as always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 13th day of August, 2018.

Woke up to some very dense FOG this morning.

Barely able to see across the street.

We went from 32 degrees celsius (HOT) on Friday to 17 degrees celsius on Saturday and cooler with RAIN on Sunday.

Not complaining about the rain, we did need the moisture.

I am hoping that the moisture will make its’ way to the drought stricken places around the country and the world.

Well yesterday ended up being a lazy day for me and Alvin.

It was raining pretty much all day and I did not have any get up and go.

You could say that my “get up and go got up and went away.”

Anyway, it was so nice to have some downtime after a hectic week and a bit of vacation.

 

GUESS WHAT?

My neighbour cut my hair yesterday.

Oh, how I wished that it had been short during our 30+ days but I am loving it all the same.

Nothing like having a hair stylist living across the street that comes to your home.

Photo of my BIRTHDAY FLOWERS.

 

Well Mr. Alvin has been very patient as I have been very lazy.

We have a few errands to do today.

Alvin needs food and some glucosamine.

I have a parcel to mail and also need to pick up a few food items at the grocery store.

Looks like it may rain so we had better get this show on the road.

 

Tomorrow is back to work.

Sure has been great having this time off.

 

Special Hello to: all those friends and family who spent time with me either in person, on the phone, on social media for my birthday “week.”

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 26th day of August, 2017.

Another multiple birthday day …… Happy Birthday “T”, and “M-L”

I know that I miss writing everyone’s birthdays on my blog but I think of you, all.

 

Well the sun is shining, there is a bit of a cool breeze and the sky is that beautiful pale blue with highlights of yellow.

Perfect morning.

This is an unusually busy day for us.

So no time like the present to get this day on the way.

Shower – check

Blog – check

Breakfast – to do

Then put things into high gear.

 

Have an awesome day.

Looking forward to a bit of yard work, housework, laundry, four-legged company (grand-pups) and then the kids, three of them for an overnight visit.

Busy day but a good day.

 

Gotta run.

Happy Saturday.

 

Special Hello to: those celebrating a birthday today.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 5th day of February, 2017.

 

The sky is white.

Rooftops are white.

Ground is white.

No sign of the sun.

Appears to be cold.

This is Sunday morning.

 

The house feels full once again with the arrival of Mr. Alvin back home.

I am grateful to his sister, my daughter and his brother-in-law, my son-in-law for taking such great wonderful care of my boy for the time away from home.

We sometimes feel like an old married couple.

We miss each other when we are apart but when once again together we fall into the old routine quickly.

He barks and I said say “no barking.”

Does he listen “no.”

Does he get his own way “yes.”

When he is away – I do not sleep well.

But when he is home – he lays next to me, and I sleep.

We are happy together.

Just this way.

 

I had a wonderful visit with my daughter and it is never long enough.

Usually when she comes over – I have errands to run so she lends me their car.

This shortens our time together.

I am grateful for every moment with my daughter.

She is the very best “being” I know.

 

The past couple of weekends I have been making necklaces like crazy.

Just feeling creative.

I have a big bowl of beads nearby and just create.

Last night I made two more.

Well the weekend is winding down.

Still some things to do around the house to prepare for the week.

 

I am happy, feeling very blessed to have this life ….

 

Happy Sunday Everyone ….

Special Hello to: YOU

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 30th day of August, 2016.

Can you believe it?

Two days left in August.

I believe that we went through this last month, the month before that and the months before that even.

What happens to the time?

It just seems to always go by at lightning speed.

The evenings for example by the time that I actually got to sit other than the 10 tens to eat, it was bedtime.

Task here and a task there.

Couple of phone calls.

Walking with Alvin.

Conversation with a neighbour on our way home – seems like our neighbourhood has been hit the summer with so much vandalism.

What is wrong with people?

Destroy your own things if you will but leave others alone.

Favour for a friend.

A visitor.

Some time on the computer.

Empty the garbage.

Mow the lawn.

The evening was gone.

Well at least I did get everything done that I had planned and not planned.

The sky is clear and that is nice.

Able to wear a skirt today instead of long pants, socks and shoes.

Nice change.

It has been cool here for the past couple of days.

Well almost time to hit the road.

Bit later as I have an appointment this morning outside of work.

Figured that as I did not sleep that I would just go from home.

Not fun when you cannot sleep.

Waking up each hour.

Dreaming in between.

What a strange night.

I hope that you have an awesome Tuesday.

Special Hello to: Everyone …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 14th day of July, 2016.

It is bright and sunny and I hear a helicopter in the distance.

Not a usual sound for this time of morning.

Although I usually do not have the office window open and apparently I left it open last night.

Time to close it.

Wow another Thursday that means a weekend is fast approaching.

Alvin and I are excited as Elton is going to be spending Saturday with us as his Mom & Dad have so many errands to run and will be away all day.

So that will be nice.

I have house things and paperwork to do so that I can be all caught up before my company arrives next Tuesday.

YAY …..

Last night when Alvin and I were on our way home from our walk we stopped to visit some of the neighbours down the street close to the park.

They have two small dogs …. they all know each other but sometimes the little ones get a bit excited.

Well last night one of them in a whirlwind of events nipped Alvin in the bum.

It all happened so fast he stumbled on the step …. I was trying to retract his leash a bit and we were tangled up.

He did fall from one step to the other ( he is okay …. no harm ).

Alvin, the true gentleman that he is did not go after the little dog.

Instead he stayed away from her.

It was kind of funny to watch.

He just stayed close to me and to the other humans but kept his distance from the two little ones.

He has the patience of a saint with the little ones.

The big dogs …. he growls and barks, I guess because he doesn’t know them.

The ones that he does know he is fine.

They are not so much different from us …..

Growling and barking are their words.

Biting is their action.

It was a good night.

Still working on computer stuff for my Steeped Tea business.

For me, it is a slow process.

I am learning amongst the frustration.

Well time to get this show on the road.

The bus does not wait.

Special Hello to: all my four-legged friends out there ….. you are the glue that keeps us together.  Love you Alvin.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 31st and last day of October, 2015.

Happy Halloween All.

I am expecting about 5 p.m. to have some Trick or Treaters to our door.

It is always exciting to see all of the costumes.

Sometimes there is a theme running through them.

Depends on the fad of the day.

Yesterday at the office our group won a PIZZA PARTY.

We received so many compliments for our costumes.

Snow White, the 7 Dwarves, the Evil Queen and her Mirror.

It was so much fun.

I ran to run an errand outside the office in the afternoon and one woman on the street initially thought I was Santa Claus until she saw the name on my toque “GRUMPY.”

It was funny because I was not dressed in red (my shirt underneath my coat was red but my coat was black).

The white beard confused people.

Others did not think that I looked like a Grumpy.

It was fun.

We had a pot luck in the office for lunch with so much food including awesome desserts.

There were so many great costumes.

An older woman, trolls, clown, Minnie Mouse, a show girl, the three fairies from Cinderella (great costumes) and many more.

Oh, on the way home from work on the bus I was showing the photos of our costumes to a friend and the lady beside her asked “where did you buy your costumes?”

I replied “we made them.”

She said that her friends wanted to go as that “theme” next year.

It was a great day.

Well before the treaters come about I have to do some errands and take Mr. Alvin for a walk.

It was raining hard on my home from work last night.

Now did that seem strange on October 30, 2015.

I hope that you all have an awesome Halloween.

Enjoy and be safe.

Be good out there.

I will post some Halloween photos tomorrow …..

Tomorrow the tree goes up …..

What an exciting weekend.

Special Hello to: all those people who participate in Halloween, have fun and be safe.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 7th day of July, 2015.

The sky has been mostly overcast until this point at just after 6:00 a.m. when the sun is breaking through.

That is the view from my office window which faces southward.

Now the sun almost casts a glow over the houses as the trees sway in the morning breeze.

I am so grateful to live in such a great place.

I am grateful to have my own home.

I am grateful to have such a great guy as a companion, Mr. Alvin.

The best four-legged friend this Momma could ever ask for …… mmmm

Last night before Alvin and I went for our walk we had a couple of errands to do in our neighbourhood.

Dropping stuff off.

After completing our task we proceeded on our nightly walk.

The air was perfect.

Not too hot.

Not too cool.

Just the right amount of a breeze.

We bumped into Mr. Alvin’s girl friend’s Moms (they are sisters who live down the street from us).

Mr. Alvin loves his Abby ….. unfortunately she had gone for an earlier walk and the girls were out for a run.

We chatted and caught up and then we all went our separate ways.

Running is not for me.

I love to walk ….. not run.

I like to stop and smell the roses.

Just before we arrived home we saw our friends who have the most gorgeous yard.

The grass is now the most lush that I have ever seen it to be.

Just the right amount of TLC ….. oh my goodness so green … the perfect shade.

They have beautiful flowers …. a rock garden …. hedges ….. roses ….. just spectacular.

Nicest people and Mr. Alvin loves them.

Funny thing the girls caught up to us ….. LOL….. we were visiting again.

Well it was the best evening.

We have a great many of them and I am truly grateful.

Now if I could only persuade Mr. Alvin to use the new sofa ottoman to get onto and off of the bed.

Still isn’t using it all of the time…..

Stubborn boy …. not good with change.

Well time to put on the finishing touches before going to catch the bus.

Oh and my sister called me last night.

Didn’t I say it was the most perfect evening.

Could not ask for more…… family, friends …..

Special Hello to: my sister …. thank you for your call.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 30th day of May, 2015.

It was sunny earlier this morning but now as they have forecasted the skies are beginning to fill with dark blue clouds.

I have a couple of chores in the yard to do but if it rains before I get out there then they will wait for another day.

There is always enough work to do when you own a house.

And so it goes.

I hope that you are doing great on this fine Saturday morning.

I am so grateful that I am able to now have the evenings and weekends at home.

So nice to actually have the time to do things.

There is a long list.

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with the TO DO LIST?

I hear you …..

Sometimes it is better to have a MASTER List, and then each weekend or evening, take a couple of items from the list and do it that way.

It seems to me that I keep adding things to the list and not taking any away.

So having a few things to accomplish each day makes it more manageable and much less stressful.

We all have to remember to take time for our ourselves, our families, and friends.

Well as I sip on my delicious cup of coffee I am thinking it is time to get this show on the road.

I always have to run out to do a couple of errands.

It sure feels cold today compared to the beginning of the week.

Ah, spring.

So happy second last day of May …..

Have a blast.

Take time for you.

Do one thing at a time.

Don’t fret ….

Sing out loud ……

Dance like you know you want to …..

Happy Saturday everyone.

Special Hello to: FAMILY, FRIENDS and STRANGERS.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 16th day of May, 2015.

It is overcast and very windy.

We did however receive some rain overnight which is great.

Perhaps it will rain over the course of the day and that would be wonderful as it is so needed.

Well I had the best start to the long weekend.

Yesterday started off with bootcamp.

This one was very engaging ….

Found out “all of the arms work” really engaging when I went to dry my hair after a nice warm shower.

I could barely lift my arms …… arg ….

This morning they feel great …. not tired ….. they feel strong.  YAY.

My friend “S” and I went shopping/ running errands after bootcamp.

First stop was the VET to pick up food for Alvin and some treats for him.

Our second stop was Home Depot to pick up some more flowers.

OMG, I could have bought every single flower there.

I picked up a ready made pot filled with pinks and white flowers.

Impatiens and I think begonias to plant for the front porch.

Petunias, and some others that I am not certain of their names.

Have to read the labels.

Also small basket of purple pansies.

So pretty.

I LOVE FLOWERS.

I LOVE LOVE FLOWERS.

They make me so happy.

The colours.

There was one tiny white flower that filled the air with the most amazing fragrance.

I made sure that I picked up some of them.

I decided to plant them (was hoping today) later.

Later might be tomorrow.

They are carefully sitting in the garage by the window.

Will check them later to see if they need a drink of water.

After our stop at Home Depot we went to Costco.

Now that store on a Friday was “busy” …..

People were doing silly driving parking things.

Well of course when you go to Costco …. do you ever stick to the list?  NOPE. Never.

After all doesn’t everyone need a ten pound bag of carrots ….

Apparently me and Alvin did …..

One last stop before home.

Save-On for the winning lotto tickets.

P.S. the one item that I really should have picked up was new house phones because apparently mine are not working …. just filled with static when someone calls ….. I did find out that they can hear me quite fine……..

It was wonderful to spend time with my friend “S” ….. we laughed and chatted and laughed.

Great time.

Now on this quiet Saturday ….

The only sounds in the house are the clock tick tock ing in the bathroom, the sound of the keys as I type these words and the wind as it blows through the upper vents.

Friday was great …… exercise, shopping, walk with Alvin and then being at home.

So on this quiet lovely Saturday morning I hope that you too are enjoying your day.

I love being in my home ….. just puttering …. doing laundry ….. sipping on a cup of coffee ….. just being.

I did think however after yet another bootcamp that I had better get out my yoga equipment and get stretching.

It is amazing as you get older how inflexible you become if you do not work at it.

So I am going to ……

I want to be the most healthy almost 58 year old woman…..

So time to go and get at it.

Remember to take time for yourself. ….

If you like flowers….. go to and pick up some to plant or a ready made pot.

If you do not have the extra money to buy flowers today then just go and spend some time at one of the retail garden stores.

Smell them and take in all of the amazing colours.

This experience will uplift and bring you to a great place.

Well I hear the laundry calling and another cup of coffee …. perhaps I will drink it while it is “hot.”

Have a wonderful Saturday …..

Special Hello to: my daughter and family …. we miss you guys.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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