Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

It is Sunday ….

Overcast and raining.

My nephew leaves later this afternoon and my sister arrived about 4:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

We have been enjoying our time together.

This is what my nephew and I did yesterday around noon.

Bright sunny day ….

The pergola came down.

At the end near the back door it was beginning to split and I was afraid it would come crashing down.

It was very poorly constructed as we found out once we decided to take it down.

The deck looks bigger and is so open.

There are the four corner posts remaining and I will remove them once I have a proper saw but for now they are solid.

 

We had pizza for supper …. nice and easy.

 

Well today is our family get together and belated birthday celebration for me.

So time to get cooking.

I am making potato salad and chicken (deep fried, chicken breast) and some vegetables and that cake.

That beautiful carrot cake.

 

Also I am going on a road trip with my sister and daughter leaving tomorrow morning.

My sister and I will take Alvin to my daughter’s where we will change vehicles.

Alvin will stay with my son-in-law while we are away.

So excited for our second annual girls road trip.

 

While I am away …. I will not be writing this blog.

So will have lots of stories and photos to share upon my return.

Have a great next few days.

 

 

 

Travelling along life’s path with kindness and respect, that is how I roll.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Living … One day at a time

Hello, it is Saturday, the day after …

I had a great 62nd Birthday.

Spent the day with Alvin and Humphrey.

Alvin and I had an early morning walk.

We pretty much lazed around the whole day long.

Listened to music and watched some television.

Sort of had a nap ….

My daughter came for supper and sweet treat.

My co-worker, the baker dropped off the sweet treats (photos coming).

Invited her for coffee …. we three girls had a great visit.

Here are some photos from my BIRTHDAY DAY.

The boys lazing around.

Nothing like mug of coffee and BISCOTTI

Humphrey in his favourite spot on the stairs.

Looks like I have a spot or two to repair … he did not chip the paint.

THE CUPCAKES

The green ones are:  Vanilla cupcakes with KEY LIME ICING and chocolate ornaments

The others are: Chocolate cupcakes with umbrellas and Teddy bears relaxing on the sand chocolate icing.

Only tried the Key Lime iced one and it was DELICIOUS.

This morning at another birthday bash I will have a chocolate one.

A friend and neighbour dropped by later in the evening with a lovely gift of shower gel, body lotion and a pumpkin apple candle ( I love that fragrance).

Snapped some photos of the boys.

A great day.

Now today one of my young friends is hosting a party for me.

We take turns.

I am taking some of the above cupcakes.

Special Special TREAT.

Humphrey is already in the house.

Teddy is coming this morning.

Almost time to hop into the shower and get dressed for the party.

Might have time to brew a mug of coffee before I leave ….

Lots of time.

Well it was a great BIRTHDAY.

Lots of birthday wishes via Facebook, phone calls from my siblings, a visit from my daughter and friends.

Hung out with two of my favourite fur boys: Alvin and Humphrey.

Does not get better than that.

 

Well time to fly.

Happy Happy Saturday.

 

 

A day filled with kindness and respect is a great day.

 

Always, Carol, Alvin and Humphrey.

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

It is the first full day of my 2019 VACATION.

I feel like jumping and down and screaming it to the world.

So happy.

Can you tell?

Yes, I am so excited to be on vacation.

I wanted to sleep in a bit.

Alvin was up at 3:28 a.m. so we moved from bedroom to living sofa where we remained until 6:53 a.m.

I was thinking “Really” this is my vacation …. I would like to sleep until 7:30 a.m. – so I did.

Then up threw a coat over my nightgown and out the door to go and look after Cinder and Humphrey.

When I had finished everything – I asked Humphrey if he wanted to come home with me and see Alvin.

He ran over to the steps going to their upstairs and waited for me to slightly bend over and scoop him up.

He perched himself on my shoulder and I am glad that I had my coat back on …. because he was holding on.

So locked the house and went back home.

At home the boys are like it has always been this situation.

They do well together.

As I have mentioned before Alvin has just a bit of uncertainty about Humphrey to make it a perfect relationship.

Hi Humphrey who has just joined us.

 

Last night after I arrived home from work, did the usual, let Alvin outside, got changed, we went for a walk, brought Alvin home and then went to pick up Humphrey.

He spent the evening with us.

Made a huge salad for supper and I must say that I love my thrown together homemade salad dressing.

No recipe that I can even share.

Just after I had eaten and finished the dishes the phone rang and I saw that it was my friend V from Saskatchewan.

She had left me a message on my cell but I was busy and had not noticed.

Instructions to go and pick up the mail …..

We all know what that means.

A parcel.

In this case …. an early Birthday parcel.

Grabbed my keys, locked the house so that the fur babies could not escape and ran to the mailboxes.

Okay, perhaps that was a stretch, no running but walking quickly.

Lots of flyers in the mailbox along with a key to the BIG BOX.

Quickly picked up the parcel locked the mail boxes and was on my way home.

Once inside the house – Mr. Alvin started to get excited.

He knows all about those boxes and very likely he could smell the contents.

So I quickly went about opening the box with Humphrey and Alvin standing by not so quietly, especially my boy.

First thing was to locate his special treat from our friend and then grab my phone to video him opening his present.

OMG, so cute.

Wishing that I could show you the video.

If you follow me on INSTAGRAM @  carolylewis

You can see the video with Alvin opening his treat.

After he was finished I gave him some of the treat and then proceeded to the rest of the box which was filled to the brim with all sorts of sweet homemade delectable treats.

Two kinds of cinnamon buns, cheese buns and regular buns, chocolate biscotti and some other bought sweet treats.

 

As I was opening my packages – Alvin had taken the box that I had set beside the pantry door on the floor and pulled it over to where the photos are which is a few feet.

He was looking for more treats.

I laughed so hard, what a boy.

Photos above are of my sweet treats.

What a decision to have to make?

It was lucky that I had a salad for supper.

So in the end I had a cinnamon bun and one chocolate biscotti.

Heaven …. truly.

 

The fragrance emmanting from these gorgeous lilies is intoxicating.

Humphrey and AL relaxing last night.

Pleasant surprise as the solar light inserted in one of my flower pots came alive last night.

The colours were glorious.

 

Well time to have breakfast and get these boys outside into the backyard to enjoy some fresh air.

Wishing my niece-in-law “S” a very Happy Birthday.

Wishing my friend “K” a very Happy Birthday.

So many August Birthdays.

Happy Birthday ….

 

If you spend each moment treating others with kindness and respect then you will be living your life with kindness and respect.

 

Always, Carol & ALvin and Humphrey.

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Well it is Saturday …. made it to the weekend.

I can hear the hum of the cars and trucks as they make their way along the highway that runs a few blocks away from my house.

The office window is open just a bit to let in some fresh cool Saturday morning air.

I am grateful as always to have the option to open a window and to be able to smell and feel that tinge of coolness as it lights upon my face and body.

There is a bit of a breeze and the sky is dotted with clouds.

Welcome to Saturday morning.

 

Alvin and I were up earlier and hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s as we were up late.

We have his regular Doctor appointment this morning.

His not so favourite thing …. getting his nails trimmed.

He will be surrounded with people who love him.

 

I also found out this morning that a family back home lost their beloved Jersey, who was 16.

Their four-legged baby.

She filled their lives with great joy and hers with theirs.

Jersey lived her life to the fullest until she could not.

The love was honest and genuine and there is not much more one could ask for …..

You will be missed darling Jersey.

 

On this Saturday morning may you be surrounded with love and joy.

May laughter be a constant companion.

Spread kindness and respect everywhere.

 

Happy Saturday Everyone.

The sun is clearing the clouds.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time.

Hello, what a gorgeous morning.

Mr. Alvin and I are just in from a glorious walk.

Only meet up with two sets of folks out walking with their pups.

One was a 14 year old with his/her Mom & Dad and they were close to us so we stopped after checking with them first.

Said hello.

The other was on the way home and it was a large dog with his Dad.

They were on the opposite side of the street.

That dog clearly wanted to come to our side of the street but the Dad kept on walking.

Likely better.

We stopped and took in the sights as we walked around the ponds on our walk.

So beautiful.

There was/is a bit of a cold breeze which felt so refreshing as it feels like a warm one coming.

The sky is a brilliant blue with no rain clouds in sight.

We did not see the geese anywhere in plain view.

So likely they were in the shade of the trees by the water.

Birds chirping their morning songs as we walked along.

I appreciate the work that some folks put into their yards.

Filled with beautiful flowers of every description; manicured shrubs and lawns.

We managed to get both the front and back lawn mowed yesterday.

My neighbour mowed the front with her electric mower and I mowed my back.

We take turns mowing the front lawn.

 

So excited as today is finally the day that I have planned to get this room back to normal.

Or at least most of it.

Some of the items that will be hung – will have to wait until I have extra hands.

Unfortunately Alvin’s paws won’t work.

I know that he wants to help.

 

Yesterday we changed things about slightly on the main floor (not furniture), dusted, vacuumed and washed the floors.

Today it is all about the upstairs.

Mainly the office.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Breakfast first.

Oh, my toaster gave up/gave out yesterday so had to use the oven broiler to make my toast.

The toaster does not owe me anything as I had it for ten years.

But will have to get another one shortly.

Coffee is ready …..

 

Also after trying in vain to find a new spot for my LARGE plant, like it was an umbrella plant; I gave it to my neighbour.

She was happy as one of hers just recently passed.

So it worked out for everyone.

Beautiful healthy plant.

But just TOO big to fit in nicely.

 

I hope that this Sunday brings you great joy.

That you show kindness and respect to all living creatures and it is shown in return.

Happy Sunday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One Day at a time.

Hello,

Welcome to a foggy morning here in my neighbourhood.

It may not be the same downtown or in the south end of the city or in the north.

I have found that the City of Edmonton is stretched out over a large area that the weather can be totally different from one area to the next.

The fog is beginning to lift and the sky is partially cloud filled.

The air has a tinge of coolness so that it is comfortable.

The house was not warm/hot this morning but I opened the windows about one hour ago and that will help to keep it cool inside for the pups.

They are resting together on the blue blanket on the floor beside me.

 

Last night I had the best time.

Went shopping to West Edmonton Mall with one of my friends.

I have not really done any shopping for me in ages so it was great.

I had a gift card from her and some other gift money.

There were a great deal of sales on in the mall.

I was surprised to see just how many folks were out on a Wednesday night.

I was very happy to find some sandals …. Clarks ….. not the ones that I saw on DSW’s website but they were similar and felt so good.

I do not think that I have ever put on a pair of shoes and they felt so good.

In total I bought three pair of shoes.

Got some new pyjamas, pair of jeans, two long cardigans and a short-sleeved top.

The retail staff were amazing …. so helping and very nice.

I felt like a million dollars.

Not that shopping makes me feel rich or anything.

Just the fact that I was able to actually go shopping and find some things and able to buy them.

This does not happen often.

Cannot remember the last time.

I try very hard to leave my carbon footprint at a minimum where possible.

Buying things from Thrift stores and swap meets is usually what I do.

So this was nice.

I do love hand me downs (as such) and have worn them my whole entire life thus far.

But sometimes it is nice to get some new things.

No more holey pj’s.

Giggling aloud.

It was great to have someone along as she was honest on how things fit and colours and such.

So I only got what was “GREAT” and not something was cheap on sale and was just okay.

Definitely a lesson for people.

Always better to go with someone.

I so much appreciated her honesty and assistance.

It was wonderful.

Decided not to wear the new sandals today as I may treat them – have to read the labels.

 

Well almost time to take the pups out for one more “bathroom break.”

They did great yesterday.

Alvin was up a couple of times and the last time we went downstairs, he went outside and then we retired to the sofa.

It did take a few minutes to get everyone comfortable.

Three always does take a bit more work.

 

Well I am one excited, happy, grateful, blessed, happy, Oh I said that already girl.

Lucky to have a beautiful home, great family and friends and good health.

To be surrounded by four-legged darlings.

Life is great.

Living …. One day at a time.

Listening to the birds chirping outside the office window.

 

Time to go.

I hope that you have a wonderful day.

Kindness with Respect go a long way.

Spread the goodness.

Happy Thursday.

 

Always, Carol, Alvin & Teddy

 

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Mainly sun filled skies for this Wednesday morning.

Breezy.

Alvin my trusted companion once again on his blue blanket.

Keeping me company.

I guess he is my muse!!

 

How many of you out there are over 50?

How many of you have a spouse?

How many are single?

How many of you out there are on your own and over 50?

How many of you out there are over 50 and retired?

How many of you out there are over 50 and working full-time?

 

As many as I know that are over 50, likely more so are over 55 and retired – there are as many still working.

There are a dozen reasons for both.

The main reason is MONEY.

Isn’t that always the way.

I guess health could play a large role as well.

 

I was just thinking of all the folks that I know that are retired and of all of us that are working.

Sometimes working is a means to an end.

If you want to have a house, pay your bills and have food on the table.

Then working is what you have to do.

 

Kind of a heavy topic for this time of morning.

But as I am in this moment.

That is what I was/am thinking about.

 

I do like working but then again I would love to be at home with Alvin.

What can you do?

Write a book?

Working on it.

Yes, I am.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

Where does the time go?

Time is a fleeting thing ….. oh my.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

As the deep dark blue grey clouds slowly take over the sky; I feel kind of sad.

The trees are swaying in the wind.

I am glad that I moved my flower pots on the deck into the shelter of the house.

Just in case there is a downpour.

Not sure why dark foreboding clouds makes one feel sad but just a little.

Usually I am a happy person.

Content in my own skin.

I can see the sunrise to the far east where there remains a bit of clear sky.

We missed the rain yesterday but looks like today will be the day.

A bit cooler this morning.

I was shocked at how fast it cooled down last night early evening.

 

Well I am running late and have a couple of things to do one of which is outside.

Have to pick up that poop.

There is always poop in our lives.

Oh well …. poop it is.

Now that brings a smile to my face.

How about to yours?

 

I can hear the rain … just back.

Made a mad dash down the stairs, grabbed my jacket and a poop bag and before hitting the door threw on my “dawgs.”

Managed to pick up the poop, yay me.

Without getting wet.

The raindrops are huge.

Perhaps it will be a rainy day.

 

Last night after work on our walk as we neared Teddy’s house – we saw many men scurrying about.

They were on the roof and on the ground.

Teddy’s house was having the shingles replaced.

Teddy’s Mom drove up just as we neared the house and gestured us to come in.

Alvin was a bit nervous with the loudness of the machinery and the men.

But we managed to get into the house safe and sound.

We had a great little visit.

Always nice to see them.

 

Well time to go now.

I wish you a great Wednesday.

Remember to be kind to yourself and to others.

Remember to be respectful to yourself and to others.

Just imagine what kind of beautiful place this world would be – if everyone was kind and respectful.

Kindness and RESPECT.

The two magic words.

Go forth and show the world your kindness and respect.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time!

Hello,

Bright and sunny morning and as I was already outside picking up Alvin’s little parcel from the backyard; I can safely report that it is mild.

Today is a busy day in this household.

First off, we are hosting a 40th Birthday party for one of my young”er” friends.

They are slowly catching up to me.

Last night we, okay, I decorated the kitchen space of the downstairs for the party.

Lots of “40” signage and swirly coloured paper.

NO BALLOONS.

We are having fresh fruit, coconut cake and coffee/tea.

The coconut cake will arrive with the non-birthday girl.

So excited to spend time with these young ladies.

They are so much fun.

Even Alvin is getting into the action.

His BF Teddy will be joining us for the day.

We always love to have him …. be brings more joy and energy to our house.

 

We will have a few hours in between tonight’s 5th Avenue Jewelry Party at 7:00 p.m.

The Birthday GIRL and the NON-Birthday GIRL will return for the party.

Do you think they will tire of me?

Hope not!

Excited to try on jewelry and visit with the girls.

 

I looked once again for the Momma & Poppa Geese and their Goslings last night on our walk but they were no where in sight.

We so enjoy our walks at this time of year.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Photos, I promise.

Even of the decorations, later.

I will get this done.

Technology and I are not best friend but we are friendly.

In time, all things are possible.

 

Living … One day at a time.

Oh, I hear our birds chirping.

Life is good.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 30th day of April, 2019.

The last day of April, 2019.

Well this morning there is no sunrise to be seen.

The sky is overcast.

White and grey no beautiful bright yellows and pinks to be found.

ARGH.

Oh well, this is the end of April and we cannot be surprised or disappointed with this weather.

It is what it is after all.

I snapped some photos to show you what we woke up to this morning.

Thankfully only a light cover.

But it is still snowing.

All the photos were taken from either the office bedroom which faces the backyard or our bedroom which faces the front of our house.

The tree is in the front.

Deck at the back.

So pretty with a light frosting of snow this morning.

The flash is on in the second and third photos giving the shingles and the lawn/tree a mystical appearance.

At the end of the day – am grateful for the moisture.

 

Last night we walked to our friend P’s house to check our her plants that she is starting in her house.

They are doing so great.

She truly has a green, green thumb.

In her outside garden there were pansies and crocuses blooming.

They did not seem to be bothered by the recent colder weather and snow.

So pretty …. and so delicate but oh so tough.

After taking in all the “greenery” we headed out for a nice long walk.

 

Humphrey joined us for a bit last night.

He just wanted to be outside.

The boys spent some time together in the backyard.

Content just to be.

 

Still snowing.

The street is wet but no snow accumulating however; in the backyard, a different story.

 

Spring in Western Canada or in Canada for that matter.

Snowing quite heavily now.

 

I guess that I had better head downstairs to ensure I am ready when my ride arrives.

Happy Tuesday.

 

Enjoy your day.

Be kind.

Live in the moment.

Breathe, just breathe.

 

Special Hello:  all those folks who are gardeners out here – you rock.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  the patio/deck furniture including the umbrellas look just a tad out of place sitting there covered in snow.

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