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

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 9th day of August, 2014 and my “57th” BIRTHDAY.

The sun is shining and there is a cool breeze coming in through the office/bedroom window.

Just back from driving my neighbour to the airport as she is going to Saskatchewan to attend a family wedding.

WOW, I AM FIFTY-SEVEN.

CRAZY ….. three years from being sixty.

Now that is crazy.

 

I wanted to impart some words of wisdom or maybe some fun facts about the year I was born.

But instead I shall just say what comes to my mind, as always.

I have not always been such a positive soul but I always wanted good things for others.

I always dreamed of living a life where I helped others.

I thought at one point that I would be a nurse.

I would have the house with the white picket fence and be surrounded by four children, and later grandchildren, and the husband.

Every summer we would host a big family reunion and everyone would come from far away.

We would celebrate our family and we were happy.

 

I always let my imagination guide and protect me when I was younger and quite possibly that is the reason why today I harbour no ill feelings to parts of my childhood.

I always love to write and create.

I always wrote in a journal and wrote poems and stories.

Somewhere on the shelf I was a writer just waiting for that moment.

My time to be that “New York Times” Best Selling Author.

Even though I am a Canadian.

I always dreamed of travelling to Australia, Europe and Hawaii.

Possibly South America.

 

I guess for the most part I have been pretty comfortable and at times things have been easy.

I have been disappointed in my choices.

Sometimes sad along the way.

But when I look back at my life thus far overall I am pretty content.

Content in choices, content in my own skin and content to try even though I may fail.

Success is nothing without failure.

Failure and Success are both opinions.

Like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

We are all beautiful …… I think.

 

So on this day …… a day that I was pretty sure would come along but sometimes scared that it would not …. I am grateful, proud and happy to be alive.

I am grateful to be Carol.

I am grateful to be surrounded by much love and laughter.

I am grateful to have my own house …. bought on my own.

I am grateful that I have one most beautiful and amazing daughter.

I am grateful to have a son-in-law and grand-puppies.

I am grateful to have me “ALVIN” ….. a son like no other.

I am grateful to learn everyday.

I am grateful to meet new people every week.

I am grateful that I took a chance.

I am grateful that I have learned and not been afraid.

I am grateful for my past, grateful for today and grateful that tomorrow will come.

I am grateful for each and every moment.

I am grateful that today at 6:20 a.m. – I turned fifty-seven.

I am grateful for every wrinkle …. for having great genes ….. barely any wrinkles ……

I am grateful that I can see the world, smell the world, taste the world and hear all the world.

I would post a photo of me but the most recent one is from last fall.

So that will be for tomorrow …… possibly photos of birthday celebrations.

 

Happy Birthday to my cousin “M” who turns 47 today ….. he was born on my 10th Birthday.

That was a cool birthday.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks with a birthday on mine ….. or mine on yours ….. Happy Birthday also to one of my favourite television personalities “HODA KOTB,” who turns 50 today.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 23rd day of June, 2014.

I am on a vacation day to work on the jewellery for a wedding in August.

So lots to do.

Such a beautiful morning the sky is blue and there is a breeze.

I have the beads all out and ready to begin.

Now to access my imagination and let the creativity begin.

I am so grateful that I found my creative side.

I think being creative helps you unwind after a long day or week at work.

Always good to make things with your hands.

I do love working with beads …… different shapes and sizes and colours.

I can just let my mind and hands go crazy ….

So on this quiet Monday I am going to work on the jewellery.

I hope that you find your inner creativeness and explore it.

I believe that everyone has the ability if they take the time.

Happy Monday everyone ……

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This was my last project …. necklace and bracelets.

So much fun.

Special Hello to: all my fellow jewellery makers/designers.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 17th day of June, 2014.

It is slightly overcast here in Edmonton but quite mild.

I am excited because I took a day of vacation next Monday and will have an extra long weekend.

This is my last “Friday” off as we are changing our scheduling at the office.

So to have an extra long weekend is awesome.

To be grateful for all that you have on an ongoing basis is so important.

You never know when it could disappear.

 

Every morning when I look out the back door / kitchen window / office window – I see gorgeous flowers that are filling up and out.

So pretty.

Last night when Alvin and I went for a walk by our park we noticed that all of the “wild roses” are budding.

One of the roses decided to give us a sneak peek at it’s gloriousness …. by unfurling a few petals.

OMG, so beautiful.

I could just imagine all of the pink flowers and their glorious fragrance.

Soon it shall be our reality.

 

Time to go …..

I hope that you use your imagination and that you all have a wonderful reality.

Special Hello to: lovers of roses ….. mmmmm

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 10th day of June, 2014.

Good Morning Sunshine ….. at least it was very sunny before I stepped into the shower.

I am so grateful for the rain …… we did need the moisture.

Now we could use some sunshine …… the warm blast of sun rays.

I can feel it now.

I can imagine it now.

Perhaps if I really use my imagination ….. the sun will really shine.

The flowers and grass are growing ….. flowers blooming …..

Soon the wild roses will be blooming and the fragrance is unbelievable.

That is my favourite time to go on walks with “me Alvin” ….. when the roses are blooming.

The waft as you walk by and by and by …. (sometimes I go back and forth).

Well of course, I am silly because I loved to walk anytime …. anywhere but most especially when the roses are in fine form.

There is nothing in a bottle that compares to them.

Well I am running late …. how did that happen.

Oh well ……

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Keep smelling the “roses” or whatever your favourite flower might be.

Nature has so many glorious scents.

Thank you Mother Nature.

Special Hello to: my sister who is travelling ….. safe drive.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to a bright sunny Friday, the 6th day of June, 2014.

YAY.

We are happy, happy, happy for the sunshine this morning.

We have received lots of much appreciated rain that has moisturized the grass, trees, plants and the earth.

Now it is time for sunshine.

 

On this fantastic Friday I am getting ready for my friend “G” and kiddies to come for coffee visit.

One of the kiddies is her son and the other is a little girl that she looks after from her day home.

We are also celebrating her birthday which was last Saturday.

I wanted to have a cake and party for her as she is a great friend.

So cake is baked ….. just have to ice it and tidy up a bit.

Perhaps I can find a balloon or two….. I know there are some around here somewhere.

“Oh, Alvinnnnn …. where did you hide the balloons?  (He does not like balloons).

 

I am so happy to have this day off and to enjoy it being at home.

There is work tonight at the store and I am excited to see the girls again.

 

So on this bright and beautiful Friday I hope that you are living your best life and enjoying dreaming about the possibilities and bringing them one step closer to reality.

I always think of living a rich and abundant life filled with great health, surrounded by love and laughter, family and friends, living in my own house, having me Alvin here and my grand-puppies …. sounds like I am living my dream.

These are the most important ……

How about you?

 

Well I had better go and ice that cake before Mr. Alvin gets in there to help ….. he loves icing cakes ….. you should see him in his apron!!!

Have a great day ….

 

Special Hello to: all those dreamers …. imagine and dream and it shall be your reality.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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