Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 28th day of November, 2017.

In all my RUSH on Monday, I forgot to wish my friend “K” a Happy Birthday.

Even spoke to “G” last night and forgot to wish her husband a Happy Birthday.

I guess too many things to do.

Well not a bad morning out there ….

Forecast is for another plus temperature day but with SNOW, I think.

Some snow would be okay ….. might help the ICE issue.

Another night we could not go for a walk.

I just do not want to take the chance of either of us falling.

Hard enough getting to the bus some mornings.

It is our side of the street facing north that is always the worst.

Well I received my TEA ORDER last night so delivery day today.

My neighbour is giving me a ride to work so have to fly here.

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

We have to slow down ……

 

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

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COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Well today is Sunday, June 11, 2017 and is the 60th day until my 60th Birthday.

I would say that this has been on my mind, as of late.

Not that I am stressing over this upcoming date.

Just pondering the path behind and the road ahead.

Over my lifetime to this point;  how I envisioned my life is not exactly how it has turned out.

In the early days I wanted the white picket fence, the house, the husband, the four children-two sons and two daughters, summer vacations and to be a nurse and writer.

However that is not exactly the course that my life has taken.

I do not have the white picket fence.

Fences are not all that necessary.

I finally got the house on my own just months before I turned 52.

I do have have a husband, and that is okay.

I was married and have been divorced for several decades.

I do not have four children.

I do however have ONE amazing, wonderful DAUGHTER and a great SON-IN-LAW and GRAND-PUPPIES.

I adopted my four-legged companion, Alvin in 2010.

He brings great joy to my days.

I am not able to take summer vacations.

I am not a nurse.

But I write ….. this I have done since I was 6 years old.

So life changes as the days and years pass.

Our dreams change over time.

I will say that I never thought that I would be single, take early retirement after 30 years with a company and then start another “career” and am now almost 6 years into it.

Time flies.

I kid with folks and say that I am “OLD” but truth is …. I feel young even though somedays my body reminds me otherwise.

I love to laugh and when I find that I am taking life too seriously I change directions and find the laughter once again.

 

I watched a video last night of James Corden doing an interview with Ed Sheeran in a car.

They were driving along ….. singing and talking ….. talking and singing.

Enjoying life.

I must say I love ED SHEERAN and pleasantly surprised by James Corden’s voice (he easily could have been a singer).

You may wonder what Ed and James have to do with 60 days to 60 but in actuality it is partly the choices we make about music and such that keeps us young.

Think young ….. act young ….. be young.

 

Well I guess if I am to write things for 60 days about turning 60, I should stop now.

Safe to say the next 59 days worth of posts will be shorter.

I hope that my journey to 60 will perhaps inspire you, make you laugh, maybe even bring a tear to your eye but most of all I hope that it brings some joy to your day(s).

Now yikes only 59 days till I turn 60……………

 

Always, Carol

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 9th day of February, 2017.

Today is a very, very special day in our family and for me.

On this day  “40” years ago my sister gave birth to my first nephew.

I cannot believe that he is going to be 40 which means I am going to be 60.

We are twenty years apart.

 

He has a very special place in my heart.

We spent a good deal of time together over the years. and it has meant the world to me.

He was this eager, busy-energetic, inquisitive, highly intelligent, bold, adventurous,  kind, loving little boy with the blonde hair and strawberry lips who simply melted your heart.

He did have a bit of a mischievous streak running through him but mostly he was just super busy and full of energy.

Always asking questions – always wanting to know.

But “why Auntie.”

Or he would hear a word that was not something a small child would typically use in a sentence but he did, and used it correctly.

One time when he was about three, I was sitting at the kitchen table working on my budget, and crunching some numbers using the calculator.

He came up to me and said “Auntie, what is that?”

I replied “it is a calculator” and before I could say anything he said “Auntie, I would like to do some calculating.”

He was three.  I will say he was always good with numbers.

I watched him go from that cute little boy into a mature, eager, energetic, inquisitive, highly intelligent, bold, kind, loving husband and father to three little boys.

I am so proud of this boy now grown man.

Go figure that he would have three boys of his own.

 

With my move to Edmonton we have not seen as much of each other as we had over the years but he is always in my thoughts.

He will always be my cute blonde headed strawberry lipped little boy.

 

So on this Thursday the 9th day of February, 2017, I want to wish my first born nephew “T” …. a very Happy 40th Birthday.

Now he will not be likely reading this but I hope that he knows in his heart how much he means to me and always will.

He was the son that I never had ….. (don’t tell Alvin).

 

I also wanted to mention that yesterday was one of the best days of my life.

So many little things …. great moments ….. great day.

I never thought that I would be so happy not to have mail delivered to me (this was at work).

I am so grateful to be me.

 

 

Special Hello to: my nephew “T” …. Happy Happy 40th Birthday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 6th day of July, 2016.

Overcast and going to be a bit cooler today.

I actually am wearing pants today instead of a skirt or capris as it is so COLD in our office.

I am grateful for air conditioning – please do not get me wrong – but it can be most hard to regulate in a multi-story building.

Anyway, that is okay.

Dressed for it, today.

 

Last night after work was literally a blur.

One of my co-workers and her husband gave me a ride home as they were buying a couple of items from me.

We arrived at home and Mr. Alvin greeted them with his ever abundance exuberance.

I proudly gave them a tour of my house and later realized that I forgot to show them the main floor bathroom as I had left the door open (for Alvin in case of a tornado – inside walk and all of that) closing it when we were looking out the back door at the yard.

I love my main floor bathroom ….. the sink/cabinet and my decor.

Oh well.

In between the tour my neighbour called to say that her car and others parked out front had been broken into the night before ……

ARGH.

One of the items they were buying was my deep freezer.

My friend’s husband is having back surgery so we were on deck (although he helped here and there with caution).

The freezer was light only awkward.

We managed to get it up the stairs from the basement across the main floor and out to the truck and loaded without causing too much havoc.

I scraped the paint just a tad on the wall coming up from the basement but no big deal.

After they left I went into the basement to turn of the lights and noticed they forgot the other item.

I frantically looked in my Steeped Tea stuff for her phone number and found it but her phone went to voice mail.

Oh well.

I figured as Elton was visiting today and I was getting a ride to work that I would just take it with me.

Problem solved.

Then two other friends called before I had a chance to make supper.

Oh, plus we went over to meet a prospective new neighbour as my friend “S” was looking to adopt a dog and we wanted to give him the Alvin test.

Alvin loved him right off the bat which is odd as BIG dogs usually scare him.

In the end she decided her duplex was likely not the best fit as he is one big guy.

We all felt bad but looking out for him.

I know that he will find a lovely home as he is a wonderful laid back boy.

Supper.

Relaxed while I ate.

Then took Alvin for a walk and by the time we got home it was after 8:30 and almost time for bed.

Oh made lunch for today in between there.

It was one thing right after another.

Now it is almost time to leave for work.

So I had better get going.

They are going to be here soon.

Well it was an interesting evening for sure.

I even got some extra extra exercise with the freezer.

See what two women can do.

Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: all those women who think they cannot well guess again, YOU CAN.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 4th day of June, 2015

You will never guess what I saw in the sky at 5:15 this morning!

Something so beautiful and unexpected.

So much so that I ran and grabbed my camera.

Well it was a RAINBOW.

There were clouds and a rainbow on the south side of my house.

There was sunshine at the north end.

Funny how that works.

Followed by a few drops of rain and quite warm out for this time of day.

What a wonderful way to begin the day with seeing a rainbow.

Last night after I set the sprinkler to water the front lawn; Alvin and I set out for a walk.

We got to the corner and Alvin spotted our friend “I” out trimming one of her bushes.

So he pulled toward her but I held him back as we had to cross the street first and watch for traffic.

After a check for cars we made a beeline for her house.

Needless to say a few minutes later we were chatting on her front porch steps joined by her husband.

They both love Alvin and do not miss an opportunity to visit him, and me, of course.

Giggling out loud on this end.

Over half a hour later we left to have a quick walk before returning home to turn off the sprinkler.

Needless to say the ground was quite wet.

It got a good soaking.

Oh, my social butterfly …….

Well looks like an “umbrellie” is in store for today ….

So I had better get this show on the road.

I hope that you have a great day.

I wish you rainbows and sunshine.

I wish you love and laughter.

Have a great Thursday.

Special Hello to: my friend “M” ….. so great to reconnect after so many years.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 9th day of February, 2015.

It feels like it is warming up …..

Today is the 38th Birthday of my first born nephew “T” …..

He was born when I was 20.

That seems like a lifetime ago ….. guess that it was.

He was this energetic blonde haired little guy with “strawberry” coloured lips.

So so cute.

He was the smartest little one that I had ever known.

He asked the most absurd questions ….. things that I was pretty sure that I had not asked my Mother or Aunt.

So many stories to remember.

Whenever I take a trip down memory lane it always brings a smile to my face.

I always liked spending time with him as I was never bored and always kept on my toes.

NOW:

“T” has grown into this great father of three boys (payback) and husband…

He started his own directional drilling company ( he is the only employee ).

Works hard …..

I am always pleased when he stops by to see his Aunt on his way to a job.

We go out for supper and then visit at home.

Happy Birthday my darling nephew.

I hope that you have a great Birthday.

I hope that you have great memories of me and you.

I treasure ours very much.

Special Hello to: my nephew “T” on his 38th Birthday.

Always, Carol and Alvin.

Thought for the day…….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 27th day of November, 2014.

Today marks the 40th Birthday of one of my friend’s “K.”

He is the husband of a good friend of mine.

Such a great guy …..

Happy Birthday ….

So many Birthdays in November …… even some I did not remember.

Well only three days left until December.

I was in slight panic mode until I remembered “write down everything that I have to do”

If you break things into manageable pieces then it does not feel to be so overwhelming.

You are more likely to get things completed or accomplished in this way.

With working three nights each week along with Sundays I really have to get better at time management.

There is not too  many hours that I am actually home and awake.

Wednesday and Thursday nights basically I come home make lunch for the next day and lay out my clothes and then ready for bed.

Friday nights I give myself a bit of time to unwind before going to bed.

Although I will say that I did not lay awake last night so my body is adjusting to this new timetable.

I do enjoy working at the store.

Now if we could get the puppies to follow my lead.

Alvin always hears me come into the house and wants to come down to meet me.

Everyone in the house is already in bed.

So it will take a bit more adjusting, methinks.

Oh well …. that’s life.

One moment and one bark at a time.

I hope that you have an amazing Thursday.

I look forward to meeting some more awesome customers tonight at the store.

Special Hello to: everyone that celebrates a Birthday today…

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

This past weekend my daughter Amanda and I attended the 40th Wedding Anniversary of one of my first cousins.

Actually she is the first born of my first cousins on my Mother’s side.

Wow, can you imagine being married for forty years.

They are as in love and happy as they were when they first met.

It showed most brilliantly on their faces.

I have told my cousin that I have always loved her husband, and have since I was much younger.

He is one of the nicest men that I have ever met and known.

Genuine, funny, warm and kind.

I can only imagine being blessed to have what they have shared for over forty years.

Thought for the day…… it would be so lovely if every person/couple on this Earth were blessed in that way.

What a great place it would be if everyone was happy and in love.

Have a great great day.

Always, Carol

Happy 40th to my Cousins

 

Happy Mother’s Day – Part II

In part of one of my Happy Mother’s Day post, I only spoke of my daughter Amanda and Al (my puppy).  But there is another important person in my life and that is Amanda’s husband, Steven.  He is a great son-in-law.  Always keeps me on my feet.  I try to be the best Mother-in-law that I can possibly be.  I cringe at the thought of those unfortunate children who do not get along with their Mothers-in-law.  My Steve, is intelligent, has an awesome sense of humour, offers good advice, is compassionate and just an all around great guy.  There is no doubt that I am the most blessed “Mother” and “Mother-in-law” on the planet.  I know this for certain.  I thank my lucky stars each day.  Very grateful, I am.

So for all those Mothers-in-law out there – Happy Mother’s Day to you.  May you be as blessed as me.

Thank you Steven for being such a great son-in-law.

Note:  special hello to Elton and Penny my grand-puppies.

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