Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 18th day of February, 2018.

It is slightly overcast and does not feel bitterly cold so that is a good thing as I am going to venture out and canvas for the Heart & Stroke Fund.

I think this is about the 7th year that I have canvassed since moving to Edmonton.

Back in Regina over the years I canvassed for the Heart & Stroke, Cancer and United Way to name a few.

I have about three blocks to do and figured this is a good time before our company arrives this afternoon.

Our friends Teddy and his Aunt J are coming about mid afternoon and then will stay for supper.

We are both excited.

Yesterday I was so proud of myself as I took on a couple of minor household repairs.

The wooden trim around the ceramic tiles at the base of my fireplace had come loose and was always in the way.

Finally I got out my super duper GORILLA glue and did the repair.

The only thing was it is a long strip and typically you should have some kind of clamps to hold it tightly, well I did not.

So my hands were the clamps as I sat cross legged with arms stretched out to the side holding each corner.

Good stretching, anyway.

Seems to be okay this morning.

I also had purchased many years ago a utensil container from IKEA, I believe.

Well the glue that was holding each separation in place came loose after years of placing knives, forks and spoons in each compartment.

I FIXED it, too.

Feeling mighty proud of myself.

YAY, Carol ……

In between all of the glueing, I vacuumed up down and all around, washed the main floor,  lots of laundry, changed bedding, cleaned out “tupperware drawer.”

Managed to get some chores accomplished and even slept in.

Sometimes you just have to “stretch yourself” …… are you laughing, my sister.

Well I guess it is time to get this show on the road.

Quick shower and have a coffee or two before going to canvas for the Heart and Stroke.

Typically my daughter and I donate more than I actually collect but that is okay.

Most people do not answer the door and the ones that do some say they have already donated and others do not understand English or the homeowner is not at home.

But that is okay.

I will do what I promised to do and that is to visit each door on my list.

Happy Sunday Everyone.

I, we are enjoying the awesome treats from our friend “V.”

 

Special Hello to: all those single people out there who think they are not “handy” ….. you may surprise yourself if you just try.

After all you can check on-line and find video instructions for almost anything these days.

Always, Carol

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Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 17th day of February, 2018.

It is a glorious morning with the sun shining and not TOO COLD (no wind).

Yesterday when I arrived home from work the wind had blown over my decorative tree that was sitting in the corner of my front porch.

Some of the red flowers had got loose and were laying in the snow.

I grabbed the flowers and set the tree back up.

This is the second time in about one week that the wind has blown over the tree so time to put it into the garage.

So after I went into the house and let Mr. Alvin outside (as he really had to pee, bursting at the seams) and gave him his supper; I put the tree away into the garage.

Well after dozing and relaxing until quite late this morning 9:10; we got the day started.

Now Mr. Alvin is another story – he first wanted up at 4:30 – had his breakfast and hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s.

Man, 4:30 a.m. is way TOO early on a Saturday for this Momma but if the boy needs/wants to eat etc.; well I just have to accommodate him.

We did not stay laying down from 4:30 to 9:10, no way, we were up about five times.

Sometimes I think he just wants me to get up early and stay up.

As soon as I rise, he quickly lays down in my spot.

Guess he is trying to tell me something.

The coffee is on and brewed and I smell can the glory of the aroma wafting up to my office ….. I want to share a day in our life from Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Alvin had been a part of our family for just over one year at that time….

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Well here it is Thursday, February 17th, 2011.  Wow.  The sun is shining.  I imagine the birds are singing if there were any around.  The weather channel states the temperature with the windchill to be minus 34.  YAY.  Alvin is lying on the hallway floor.  I think he is bored.  I am kind of bored, too.  There are lots of things that I should, and could be doing but somehow “my get and go” has got up and left.  I am going to my daughter’s this afternoon to visit with the puppies (that will perk me up).  I think it is the “winter blues” …… or at least part of it.  But I will dwell only upon GOOD FEELINGS.  I am blessed.  I have abundance in my life.  Last night I went out.  Yes, I did.  Went with my neighbour and friends to the Jubilations Dinner Theatre at West Edmonton Mall.   It was amazing.  The play “Mamma Mio!” was based on Mama Mia, the musical.  It was great.  The actors were both funny, and had great singing voices.  Some of the audience members that were asked to join them on stage at different times during the evening …… really got into the spirit of the evening.  Most of the ladies at our table had the vegetarian meal (so wonderful that they had something on the menu for us non-meat eating folks).  The main course and the dessert (I had the triple layer chocolate cake) were EXCELLENT.  I had a taste of going out again.  It has been awhile since I have gone out for an evening.  I had such a glorious time.  We visited in between acts and enjoyed each other’s company.  Two of the ladies were friends of my neighbour’s so I was meeting them for the first time.  The other two gals were relatives of my friend (and neighbour), and I had met them prior to last night.  We had a blast.  I love people.  Love meeting people.

So I guess the thought for this day is …….. no matter where you are in your life.  Surround yourself when possible, with people.  Get out there and meet new “friends”.  We “human beings” are SPECTACULAR & AMAZING.  I always love hearing each person’s stories.  It is great to learn about the lives of other people.  What makes them happy, excited and gives them flight.

Alvin stayed at home, and as always for the first 20 seconds was HAPPY to see me.  Then after that …… he was more than happy to show me “who really is the boss in our house” and you know what that is okay.  He’s my guy.

So have a great Thursday everyone.

Always, Carol

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Well back to reality ….. get into day time clothes ….. finish gathering the laundry ….. DRINK COFFEE.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Special Hello to: my sister, who always makes me laugh; oh, you crazy girl.

Always, Carol & Alvin.

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 14th day of January, 2018.

No snow coming down this morning.

Temperatures warmer.

Life is good.

Yesterday was an odd but good day.

Started out after the usual routine plus coffee by going to our Vet to pick up food for Alvin.

Enjoying the walk in the much warmer weather.

The plan was to go for groceries but that got suspended as we got a FB message asking if “Teddy” could come and stay with us for a few hours.

Teddy is in the photo below with Mr. Alvin.

Teddy is in the forefront of the photo.

They are the same colour – only noticeable different Alvin is bigger (and older but don’t tell him).

I posted this photo on FB, that is why the fancy lights.

Teddy loves coming to our house as much as we love having him.

He warms my heart and makes me happy.

It was a good change from the original plan.

I did manage to have laundry done before he arrived and some house work completed.

When Teddy comes to stay with us – I like it to be all about the pups.

When he first arrives he runs back and forth and up to me and away from me.

He is so excited.

His Mom says that she cannot tell him too much in advance of coming to our house, as he gets so excited.

I do not think any “guy” other than Alvin and perhaps not even him as ever been that excited to see me.

SO CUTE.

We played, they went into the backyard, we snuggled and played.

It sometimes takes Alvin a little while to get into the play mode but Teddy is so energetic that you cannot help but want to play.

Of course, wherever Alvin goes Teddy goes.

So cute.

When suppertime came, I gave Alvin his food and placed Teddy’s food away from Alvin’s.

Alvin can be greedy.

I was watching and thought careful but Alvin put his head between my feet as I was standing beside Teddy and his food.

Little bugger (Alvin that is), he managed to eat a couple of big mouthfuls before I could stop him.

I had to laugh but was a bit mad.

That was Saturday.

Sunday …. now have to go and get groceries.

I had to improvise supper.

Made a salmon pancake of sorts with slices of avocado on top and halved grape tomatoes beside, and the rest of the kale salad

Looked real colourful.

Well time to get this show on the road.

Things to do and get ready for work tomorrow.

My daughter may be coming for a visit.

I need COFFEE.

Happy Sunday.

So happy for this nice weather.

Special Hello to: all our family and friends, Happy Sunday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 25th day of December, 2017.

The sun is shining and I am basking in the glow of this Christmas Day.

It is too cold for Alvin and Baby Milo to go for a walk but Aspen will go out in a bit with her Poppa.

She needs the exercise and will be okay for a short time.

 

Every Christmas in our house is special and this one is no exception.

Wishing you all MUCH LOVE, LAUGHTER and GOOD CHEER.

May your tummies and hearts be full on this Christmas Day.

 

Merry Christmas Everyone.

 

Special Hello to:  Every living creature on this planet, you all are important.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 2nd day of December, 2017.

The sun is trying to shine but it is quite mild and we are loving it.

Today is the birthday of one of my friends “J” …… Wishing you a Happy Happy Birthday.

Well most folks know that we had a Christmas party at my house last night.

Starting point was three of us going for supper to a nearby restaurant.

We had an excellent supper and drinks.

Then back here.

Alvin had gone to his sister’s for a sleepover on Thursday night so no worries about my boy.

He would not be alone.

Back here we had OREO Cheesecakes and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies, coffee with white chocolate Bailey’s, WINE and a coconut rum drink.

We ate and drank and drank some more but MoStLy we laughed.

It was after 2:00 a.m. when I went to bed and considering that on Friday morning I was up at 5:30, I felt amazing.

When my daughter called about 10:00 a.m. this morning; I was still in bed but awake.

Considering I drank (which I normally do not), I have never felt more clear headed and awake so I guess I had a great sleep.

When my daughter called this morning I was still in bed but awake.

Just feeling so grateful to have such a thoughtful daughter to have her little brother for a sleepover so her Momma would not have to worry about him AnD to my GIRLS ….. thank you so much.

We laughed so hard and had SUCH an amazing time, thank you so so much.

My WISH for the rest of the planet is to have even one night where you are surrounded by wonderful people, sharing good food and maybe some drinks but above all LAUGHING.

I believe that it was the laughter that housed my good sleep. Thank you to my girls ….. Thank you to you, too. Merry Christmas.

Now back to laundry and baking SUGAR COOKIES, cause there would not be a Christmas without Carol’s Sugar Cookies or so I am told.

Even rest now time to get this show really on the road.

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: my friend “J” who is celebrating her birthday today.  Happy Birthday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 17th day of November, 2017.

Wow, now this week went fast ….

Last night after supper – I was invited to friends’ house who happens to be one of my neighbours.

I always enjoy visiting with them.

In the summertime, Alvin always spots them working in the yard so we stop by for a visit.

Last night it was just me going for a visit.

I always feel guilty when I leave him in the evening.

Now I seldom go out in the evenings for that reason.

My boy spends enough time alone.

Besides we need time to get things done before bed – which comes very quickly after work.

I had a lovely visit with my friends.

They are all decorated for Christmas.

Their house and yard are beautiful.

It was a wonderful Thursday night.

 

My daughter is picking me up after work (always nice to get a ride home).

Alvin will be pleased to see his sister.

Love our rides together …. chatting and catching up in person.

 

Well I hear some “poop” calling my name.

Yes, I said it.

Have to keep the back yard clean, you know.

He has to go somewhere …..

 

Have a great day.

Remember to smile and share laughter with others.

Always good to laugh.

 

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. SKYPE soon?

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 26th day of October, 2017.

Last night the wind HOWLED and BLEW and HOWLED and BLEW.

We decided, well I decided not to walk as I feared we might blow away or worse be hit with flying garbage of some sort.

Better to stay at home and be safe.

We enjoyed our time together …. me and Alvin ….. snuggling on the sofa.

Relaxing.

I am so grateful to have this blog – an on-line diary if you will.

Always nice to look at and see what was going on …..

This DATE last year:

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 26th day of October, 2016.

Another one of many dark mornings to come.

Appears to have been raining overnight.

Still mild so sidewalks and streets should be ice free.

Please be careful …..

Wow only a handful of days left until Halloween and then my time.

My time to put up the tree.

My time to decorate the house inside and out.

My time to send Christmas cards, letters and current photo of me and Alvin.

My time to BAKE.

Our time to appreciate all that we have.

I am so grateful that I can make my own choices when it comes to the above.

I am so grateful for all those who watch over and look after us all.

I am so grateful for my family and friends.

It was a late night and early morning.

I honestly slept in a bit so have to cut this short.

So much running through my head.

One thing:  can I really leave the house with my hair like this?

Yes, I can because I have no time.

It is clean but a little wild.

Will blame it on “being older.”

It could work.

Maybe.

Good for a giggle.

Honestly it is not that bad.

Really.

Am I trying to convince myself?

Yes.

Time to go.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Live in the moment and be mindful.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

P.S. this year – my hair is good.  Had a shower so freshly washed.  Laughing Aloud……

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 13th day of August, 2017.

The sky is overcast this morning and a cool breeze is coming in through the window.

Looks like smoke covering the morning sky.

Well, this afternoon my sister flies back to her home in Saskatchewan.

We have had the best time.

My sister and I along with our youngest brother and her son went to see our other brother.

We spent two nights with him and also visited our nephew and his family and his youngest brother (yes, a nephew).

It was nice to be in the country for a couple of days.

The weather was quite warm and cooled off nicely at night.

We forget just how noisy the city can be until we spend time in the country.

My brother that lives in the countryside celebrated his 55th Birthday on Friday, August 11th.

We had a great visit with our family.

So much fun catching up and laughing.

That is my favourite part, the laughter of family.

Sharing stories of times gone by and current ones.

 

My daughter is bringing Mr. Alvin home later this morning.

We will have a visit and some coffee before taking my sister to the airport.

So excited to see Mr. Alvin as it has been several days, I believe the longest we have been apart.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Lots to do before my sister leaves and most importantly spend as much time together as we possibly can.

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who sent birthday wishes my way …. so grateful.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Sunday, August 6rd, 2017 and it is the 4th day until my 60th Birthday.

Well only four days until I turn 60.

I cannot believe it.

I think that this poem says it all for me and being in a state of gratitude.

 

THE THANK YOU POEM

Thank you for the sunshine

Thank you for the rain

Thank you for the laughter

Thank you for the pain

Thank you for the cool nights

Thank you for the warm days

Thank you for the love

Thank you for the way it fills my heart

Thank you for each buzzing bee

Thank you for all the trees

Thank you for the roses

Thank you for their sweet smell

Thank you for my family

Thank you for the way

Thank you for my dog, Alvin

Thank you for this heaven

Thank you for the abundance

Filling my day – keeping me full

Thank you for the sun, the moon and the stars

Thank you for old ladies, young men

Thank you for music played on guitars

And then !!!

Thank you

Written by Carol Yvonne Lewis

March 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta

 

Always, Carol

 

 

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Tuesday June 20, 2017 and it is the 51 day until my 60th Birthday.

Favourite things continued:

48.   Zest of a lime – the smell

47.   Alvin and I sharing a pillow on the sofa

46.   Artwork

45.   Sunlight bouncing off my PARTY LITE MOSIAC  vase into pastel dots on the wall

44.   Anything chocolate

43.   All the babies on this earth – every creature

42.   CHOCOLATE ….

41.   Rainbows

40.   Smiles

39.   Belly laughs

38.   Cooking and most especially making up new dishes

37.   Receiving letter in the mail

 

I think it is hard to keep the list down to 60 items.

Always, Carol

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