Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 8th day of April, 2018.

The sun is shining and I think that I heard a bird chirping earlier in the morning.

There is now a light blanket of snow covering everything.

Over the course of the morning thus far it has been snowing in between the sunshine breaks.

The house is not quiet as me Alvin is back home once again.

We went to bed a bit later than normal and I read for awhile.

He did not get up until 6:22 a.m. and then only wanted to go outside, not wishing to eat.

So we headed back to the sofa until just after 8:00 a.m.

It still took him several minutes to eat which was about 8:30 a.m.

He shows no signs of distress or anxiety.

 

I think of all the creatures big and small on this earth so may not be quite so fortunate.

They are living in constant danger and fear.

Anxiety is a way of life.

How sad is that.

I just do not believe that we as humans have continued through the ages to be such mean, horrible, vindictive creatures.

Why?

What is the purpose?

Is it all about power, greed and money?

At some point in the near future we have to step away from that and simply to the right thing.

What would be so wrong about that?

I know that it is not everyone.

I know that there are so many good people.

But even us good people live in denial.

We do not look after the environment nor each other.

Let us face it ….. most people live their lives in denial and with blinders on.

As long as it does not directly impact our lives, we just say “It is not my fault”  or “Let the government fix things.”

Well I am here to tell you ….. it is YOUR fault and MINE.

Why would we think that the government would fix things when we do not?

We elect them.

 

Food for thought.

Please it all starts with being good residents.

Good residents of your home, of your neighbourhood, of your city or town, of your country and of this planet.

We should care about the future generations, what kind of planet will they live on?

If you have any kind of imagination, it is most scary, to say the least.

Start by picking up the trash in and around your home.

Pack your garbage and recycling properly.

There are winds in every area of CANADA.

Make sure that you check with your municipality to make sure that you are placing the proper items in the blue bins or recycling bags.

If not, they cannot be recycled.

This costs each municipality MILLIONS of DOLLARS each year.

It is up to each and every one of us to make this right.

Not the government and not your neighbour, it all starts with YOU …..

 

I hope that you have a great Sunday.

Special Hello to: all those folks who strive each and every day to make this planet healthy and safe for every creature.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 23rd day of May, 2017.

The sky is overcast …… where is the sunshine this morning?

Another glorious weekend……

So great having a three day weekend.

Back to work.

 

Last night while looking out of my south exposing office window ….

Using my imagination …..

Taking in the tall lean trees which remind me of an Italian landscape …

Nestled in between red and brown rooftops…..

I was taken away …..

Slightly closing my eyes …..

I was taking in a view of a place far away from my neighbourhood….

Thank you imagination ……

 

In reality I am not far away.

But if you consider this ….

Someone out there is likely imagining a neighbourhood such as mine or yours.

We are never alone in imagination.

 

Have a wonderful day and imagine away to your heart’s content.

It is imagining your life that brings you your life.

 

Happy Tuesday.

Hey, I even remembered to put out the trash last night.

 

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all those DREAMERS out there ….. keep on dreaming.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 24th day of January, 2017.

This morning feels like a poem.

I would like to share a poem that I wrote in 2010.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday.

Wishing that we all use our imagination.

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IN MY IMAGINATION

In my mind, there is a place

Where the sun shines all day

And it rains some nights

Where the tulips bloom to my delight

Where the water is crystal clear

And sparkles like diamonds in the sun

Where peace is not just a dream.

In my mind, there is a place

In my imagination

I found my dreams they all came true

I could touch the stars

And walk on the moon,  and then visit Mars.

In my mind, there is a place

In my imagination

I met you there on a sandy beach

When the sun was shining just before the rain

You took my hand, and you kissed my cheek

In my imagination.

In my imagination.

In my mind, there is a place

In my imagination

Somewhere that I can go

Kick off my shoes, walk in the sand

Meet you again in my imagination

Under the stars

In my imagination

Please remember to go

Meet me there

In my mind, there is a place.

Written by Carol Yvonne Lewis, January 8th, 2010

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Special Hello to: my friends and family sprinkled all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 10th day of October, 2016.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone.

It is snowing here in Edmonton.

Very fine snow.

As soon as I am finished my cup of coffee I am going for a walk with Mr. Alvin.

That fine snow may turn to much heavier snow as the day progresses.

Yesterday with the sunshine it was quite nice and we so enjoyed our walk.

I am so grateful to have had a wonderful long weekend.

We were not able to go and have a Thanksgiving meal with the kids due to my son-in-law having the flu and icy roads.

But we will get together next weekend for a meal.

My ear became unplugged this morning and I can once again hear properly.

I am so grateful for that.

Yesterday I decided to go through my fridge and pantry and use up more things making Carol’s Thanksgiving.

I whipped up a batch of cookies that I fondly named “Carol’s Thanksgiving Peanut Butter Pumpkin Raisin Cookies” and also “Carol’s Quinoa

Thanksgiving Casserole.”

My neighbour tasted the cookies this morning and agreed they were yummy and I gave her some of the Casserole to take home to try.

I am very pleased with the end results.

Considering I just threw them together.

To give you an idea of what was in the main course:  Cooked up in separate pot some Quinoa.  Also some carrots in a separate pot.

I sautéed two large yellow sweet onions, garlic, pepperonis, large tin of diced tomatoes (crushed),

previously made black bean burgers that had been frozen – cut them into small bite sized pieces,

spices: three of my favourite spices:  cumin, turmeric and coriander and chopped dried cranberries.

After all it is not Thanksgiving without the cranberries.

simmered away …..

threw in can of sweet corn niblets.

Once everything had simmered and heated through.

In large bowl threw in the cooked quinoa and then the pot of goodness.

Mixed together.

Now I may have missed something as I was just tossing things together as I went.

My favourite way of cooking.

If I have something that I knew would work I just tossed it in.

The combination of the black bean burgers which fell apart and became this rich amazing backdrop for the sweet onions, corn, spices and tomatoes.

It was so good.

It tasted like Thanksgiving.

Well as I figured the snow has already turned to larger flakes so I should get this show on the road.

I hope that on this day …. this Thanksgiving that you try something new.

Use your imagination.

I should have posted some photos of my dishes.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Special Hello to: all my family and friends all over the world, have a great day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 7th day of August, 2016.

The sky is overcast this morning and there is a breeze.

A good time to get out for a walk before it gets warm.

I have been dreaming so much as of late.

No reason.

Odd things.

People that I do  not remember meeting.

Times I do not remember attending.

Imagination?

Who knows.

I wish that I could record these things as I sleep for when I wake up only remnants of the stories remain behind.

The odd face or sound.

Little pieces of what felt like an unusual and interesting story.

Something that could be written about ….

I wished that I could remember.

Perhaps if I write down what I do remember I could piece it together and then again likely not.

It will be food for thought, I suppose.

I wonder what I will dream about tonight.

Perhaps the future, perhaps today or maybe yesterday.

The moon or the stars.

My family or friends.

Love or loss.

Heart-break or great joy.

Memories …..

Maybe it will all come flooding back to me …. or maybe not.

Well dreams are interesting beasts.

I should go and leave you with these thoughts.

Thoughts of what was,

Thoughts of what is and thoughts of what could be.

With each fleeting moment – remember to hold your loved ones close.

Have a good Sunday.

Special Hello to: all my family – please know this wherever you are and whatever you are doing – you are in our thoughts.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 28th day of July, 2016.

It is a gorgeous morning here in Edmonton.

The sunrise is the most brilliant delicious red with orange and yellow hues.

In contrast to the south there are deep blue rain clouds filling the sky.

Earlier I saw a bolt of lightning light up the early morning sky.

I quickly grabbed my tablet to get a couple of photos of this amazing morning sky.

It has been hot with temperatures of high 20’s celsius but the ringer is the humidity ….

With the humidity it feels like in the 30’s …. hot and muggy.

Along with the weather of course we have had many a thunderstorm filled with manic rain showers, thunder and lightning.

Yesterday afternoon at work about 2:00 p.m. it was raining in buckets.

I was hoping it would stop before I was off work as getting soaked on your walk to the bus is only a bit fun.

Yes, I said it …. the child in me, does not mind.

After work is okay to be wet ….

I carry an umbrella with me but sometimes it does not matter.

I remember years ago on my way to work I did not have an umbrella and was soaked completely through and with the air conditioning in the building it literally took me all day to dry out.

Not a comfortable way to spend the day.

The sun is shining so brilliantly now that the blue sky to the south is almost sparkling and with another bolt of lightning.

What a beautiful sky this morning.

Well time once again to leave for work.

I wish that I had the time to show my photos but they do not capture the true beauty of this morning’s sky.

Close your eyes and use your imagination and you will see what I see.

Have a wonderful day.

Happy Weather er, I mean Thursday.

Special Hello to: all those folks who love weather.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 28th day of March, 2016.

I am very lucky as our office is closed for another day making this a four day long weekend for me.

It has been so nice being home with Alvin.

It is overcast at this time.

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I am thinking of my daughter, my son-in-law and our precious Elton.

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There are times when happiness stays in step.

There are times with every step – tragedy seems to overtake us.

I wrote this poem a few years ago.

If you are missing someone – meet them in your imagination.

Remembering the good times and making new memories that will overtake the shadows.

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IN MY IMAGINATION

In my mind, there is a place

Where the sun shines all day

And it rains some nights

Where the tulips bloom to my delight

Where the water is crystal clear

And sparkles like diamonds in the sun

Where peace is not just a dream.

In my mind, there is a place

In my imagination

I found my dreams they all came true

I could touch the stars

And walk on the moon,  and then visit Mars.

In my mind, there is a place

In my imagination

I met you there on a sandy beach

When the sun was shining just before the rain

You took my hand, and you kissed my cheek

In my imagination.

In my imagination.

In my mind, there is a place

In my imagination

Somewhere that I can go

Kick off my shoes, walk in the sand

Meet you again in my imagination

Under the stars

In my imagination

Please remember to go

Meet me there

In my mind, there is a place.

Written by Carol Yvonne Lewis, January 8th, 2010

 

Special Hello to: all those who have gone before us …… you are loved.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 12th day of February, 2016.

This morning my mind has been racing to many different places ….. islands …. home …. work …. everywhere.

So I wanted to share a poem that I wrote several years ago.

Peace out my friends and have a great great day.

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IN MY IMAGINATION

In my mind, there is a place

Where the sun shines all day

And it rains some nights

Where the tulips bloom to my delight

Where the water is crystal clear

And sparkles like diamonds in the sun

Where peace is not just a dream.

In my mind, there is a place

In my imagination

I found my dreams they all came true

I could touch the stars

And walk on the moon,  and then visit Mars.

In my mind, there is a place

In my imagination

I met you there on a sandy beach

When the sun was shining just before the rain

You took my hand, and you kissed my cheek

In my imagination.

In my imagination.

In my mind, there is a place

In my imagination

Somewhere that I can go

Kick off my shoes, walk in the sand

Meet you again in my imagination

Under the stars

In my imagination

Please remember to go

Meet me there

In my mind, there is a place.

 

Written by Carol Yvonne Lewis, January 8th, 2010

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 29th day of October, 2015.

WOW, only today, tomorrow and Saturday and then it is November.

We have had a beautiful October ….. great fall/autumn.

I am looking forward to our tree decorating event on Sunday.

My daughter is coming ….. hip hip hooray.

So excited …… love when we decorate together.

Well it is Thursday.

Hopefully quiet day at the office …..

Alvin and I enjoyed yet another beautiful walk last night.

I put together my costume for Halloween (we can dress up for work and even have a contest for best costume).

I do love Halloween and it looks like the weather is going to hold.

The kiddies will love that as will the parents.

Perhaps not bundled to the core.

So great seeing what kinds of costumes are big and the imaginations of parents and their kids.

So excited.

I am pooped …. been a hectic week at work.

Thankfully today should be less so …..

Alvin and this new treats ….. he carries it around …. then he hides it ….. then finds it and in some cases “digs it out” …… he even will bury it in behind the cushions on the sofa and under his blanket on his chair.

He is so darn cute……. I do love me Alvin…….

Well almost time to don that “winter” jacket and head off to the bus.

I hope that you have an amazing Thursday.

No matter what the situation always show your kindness and be respectful.

Happy Thursday.

Special Hello: my sister ….. when are we SKYPING ….. every second Sunday????  I am showing my age….where is a sticky note when you need one?  Whoops right in right of me …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 24th day of February, 2015.

It was a lovely bright sunny and warm day in Edmonton yesterday.

Today will  be a bit cooler and possibly snow.

It is late winter – early spring.

That’s our weather.

It changes faster than we can change our socks.

But alas it makes for great conversation.

That is something we North Americans like to chat about all day long.

Whether it is around the water cooler or on a coffee or lunch break …

While sitting on the bus going to and from work.

While waiting in line at the grocery store.

We discuss how much snow we got, how much rain.

Who had the most.

Who did the  most shovelling.

No matter where we are it is the one thing that brings us all together …. a common thread.

Because no matter where you live on this planet there is weather.

There are rain storms, snow storms, ice storm, dust storms and sand storms.

There are hot sunny days.

There are below cold days.

There is every type of weather imaginable.

Mother Nature PMS …. ing.

Smiling all the while…..

Anyway no matter what it always give us food for conversation.

I love that we have less than perfect weather because we appreciate the warm sunny days all the more.

So when you are gathered around the coffee bar enjoying that cup of coffee and discussing just how cold it is … remember there is someone around the corner discussing just how hot it is…..

Enjoy your day and your conversation.

Special Hello to: my family and friends all over the world.

You are my sunshine ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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