Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 19th day of November, 2016.

Sky is overcast at just after 8:00 a.m. and there is a light dusting of snow covering the ground.

Busy day ahead for me and Alvin.

Some company, laundry to do (always), cleaning (always), preparing for a TEA PARTY tomorrow at one of my neighbours and

then whatever else comes our way.

Yesterday I was so excited I took a small amount of vacation time and went to West Edmonton Mall from Work.

I wanted to check out the big sale at SEARS with hopes to buy some, wait for it, wait for it ….. new …. new


Yes, I was so excited to buy some new underwear.

It is a big deal as it is one thing that is super expensive and we always wait until what we have is almost falling apart.

I received a gift card from my neighbour for looking after her gecko, Cinder while she was away.

So I am proud to say that I spent the card and got some new underwear.

Now I have to part with the old stuff (some I was not able to replace it all).

Perhaps there will be a lotto win tonight so that I can replace every old piece.

Would that not be the best shopping trip ….. to buy all that…. mmm, a girl can DREAM.

Well hopefully I have made you giggle, laugh or just smile at this point.

If that is the case my job is done for today.

Take some time and smile.

Think of all of the people that you love and care for and for all of your great memories.

No matter where you are in your life or where you have been (trust me I know); you can always find good memories.

For some people they may be in short supply or for others they may be living a dream life, full of awesomeness.

No matter …… at some point there was something that was great/good.

I hope that you have a great day.

You are so special.

You are wonderful.

Take care.

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my blog, I so appreciate your time.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 22nd day of September, 2014.

Wow, “FALL” is here.

The leaves are changing steadily and with every gust of wind more end up on the ground.

I wished that the coloured leaves would remain for a longer period of time.

Longer so that we could enjoy the wonderful colours that Mother Nature shows off this time of year.

I saw a rabbit the other morning and thankfully it is still brown.

A good sign?

I guess me and Alvin had better book our photographer and have our photo done sooner than later.

Our household kind of slept in a bit so I must cut this short this morning.

I hope that you are enjoying the weather and that it is nice where you are living.

Supposed to be 28 degrees celsius here in Edmonton today.

Crazy for the last full week of September.

Take Care.

Special Hello to: all those people who are following my blog, thank you so much.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

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

Wow, thirty days have gone by already …… where did they go.

June has been an interesting month.

June brought some flowers to our yard (a wonderful trip to Dunvegan with my daughter).

June brought designing and creating wedding jewellery for an August wedding in Vegas.

June brought some beautiful weather ….. lots of sunshine.

June brought switching bedrooms (we moved into the office that used to be a bedroom) in preparation for my daughter and son-in-law moving in with us while their new house is being built (they move in near the end of July).

June brought meeting new people and their dogs while walking with Alvin.

June brought having coffee visits with my friends.

June brought thinking about and preparing for a garage sale in July.

June brought the beginning of the semi-annual sale at Bath and Body Works (that is always a crazy time).

June brought a visit or two to the dentist.

June brought continued writing on my blog with 496 (last count) followers. (I am working to one million and am grateful for every single person who reads my blog)

June brought the roses blooming all over my neighbourhood (they smell amazing).

June brought a realization that if I just continue to do my best, to work my hardest …. that is enough (even though I like to think I am superwoman I am only a woman that is super, and that is okay).

So that is / that was my June, 2014.

Take care and Happy end of June …. tomorrow we celebrate Canada Day.

I am one proud Canadian.

Special Hello to: all those wonderful people who follow my blog, I really appreciate your support.  Thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

BRRR, WELCOME to Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 …. and it is a COLD morning here in Edmonton.

Luckily it will be short-lived.  Only to last for a couple of days.

The wind has been blowing since last night.


Well I have been thinking lately of all the people that I know that are still here with me and all those “lights” that have long since flickered out.

I have been so blessed to know so many wonderful people.

I have friends that are every age and from every background.

I think that is such a blessing.

I have learned so much over the years from all of these great human beings.

It is funny when you think back to when you were younger.

Do you remember lots about your childhood?

Or is it just clumps and clusters of little things?

It is strange that my earliest memory is of a nightmare, or perhaps that isn’t strange at all.

I remember playing with my sister outside on the farm and smelling that gorgeous scent from the lilac bushes.

I remember when my Dad built me a “dresser” for my room in our new house.

It was great …. it had drawers on one end and shelves on the other …. a modern day wall unit..

I remember going to a nearby lake to celebrate family birthdays ….we had so many in August that we celebrated them altogether ….. with cousins, Aunts and Uncles.

It was always with family or so I recall.

We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows.

I remember going to Texas with my family for a winter when I was about 10-11.

We visited Padre Island … on the gulf …. the water ….. ooooooooooooooh

It was glorious…..except for the bugs who were larger than life.

We were not used to that …..

But the people were amazing and we had the best neighbours.

I still have great neighbours and always have …… lucky me.

Well here we are … time to go to work.

I hope that you take the time to go down memory lane.

Even if it is for a little while ….. it is good to remember.

Thank you for indulging me.

Special Hello: OMG, thank you to those people who just subscribed to my blog.  You are making my dream come true.  Thank you to everyone who reads my blog.  I am working towards one million … I will get there someday.

Have a great day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday, January 9th, 2013.

How are you today?

I am feeling great ….. I had a slightly disrupted sleep but am awake now and ready to go.

At first, I thought I had a fever but it was only a “hot flash.”

Oh, the joys of being a woman.


Are you a good sleeper?

It seems like whenever you speak with anyone these days …. people are having problems sleeping.

Not even due to outside forces …… like a baby crying …. or sirens …… they just plain cannot sleep.

Now some people find it hard to shut off the voices ……

While others fall asleep only to wake up after a few hours and then cannot go back to sleep.


For the most part, I have good sleeps.

Some nights outside forces such as Alvin disrupt the sleep of his Momma.

Some nights I sleep and wake up “warm” …..

Some nights just thinking too much.


I hope that you had a good sleep or at least can take a nap during the day.

We should adopt the “siesta” ….. about 2:30-3:00 p.m. …. that would be great ..


Well have to run here.

Thank you everyone for taking time out of your busy day to read my blog, I really appreciate it.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to:  all those people who wish that they could have a good night’s sleep …..


Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day…..

Welcome to Thursday, December 13, 2012 ….. only 11 sleeps till Christmas Eve.

So, how did you do yesterday with thinking about what makes you “over the moon happy” …..

There are several things that make me “over the moon happy” ….

1.   living near my daughter and son-in-law and grand-puppies

2.   having Alvin as a companion and friend (my puppy )

3.   having my very own house

4.   being in great health and getting healthier everyday

5.   having this blog and you reading it

6.   being financially stable

7.   being able to see the moon and the stars in the evening and early morning sky

8.   the sound of laughter

9.   friends and family

10. music

The above list is not in any particular order but I will say this;  my family, having wonderful friends, and being in great health definitely top the list with my Alvin.

But I think you need a good mix of things to bring out your inner happiness.  If you feel good about yourself …. then you are happy.

If you are alone with no family or friends then it is hard to feel good about yourself ….. you know what I mean.

I do not believe that “things” make you happy but some “things” draw out how you feel about yourself and if you feel good …. then being happy will follow.

I am surrounded by the best people, my Alvin, a warm and inviting home and have employment … I am healthy which is so important.

So I am truly happy.  Now there are moments …. we all have them but they are few and far between (you know those moments when life doesn’t look so rosy).

So on this mid point of the last month of 2012 …. I hope that this finds you well and enjoying life.

Thank you again so much for reading my blog …. it does mean so much to me.

Have a great day.

See you back here tomorrow.



Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning All and welcome to Thursday, October 11th, 2012.

It is about 6:30 a.m. here in Edmonton ….. dependent on which clock I look at.

Wouldn’t it be nice if every clock retained the same time …..

My clocks range from 12 minutes slow to 6 minutes fast….. so depending on the mood or day of the week …… it’s all good.  LOL

What can you do?  I have tried ….. but at the end of the day …. the watch on my wrist has the time I need to go by.

I change it to the clocks at my two jobs.

So it all works out.


So did you get snow where you are?

It was wet and heavy but only a bit stayed behind to frame up the roof tops and bedazzle the lawns.

It was relatively warm out last night when Alvin and I went for a walk …. the breeze was a bit cool but great for this time of year.

I do wish that it would stay dry and warm for Halloween.

So much nicer for the little ones and us “old ones” …..


I was thinking this morning as I signed onto my blog …..  “My New Life @ 51” ……. that was 4 years ago when I retired for the first time.

So should I change the name of my blog to “Freedom @ 55” …… or “Wishes to be Freedom 55” ….. I do not know.

Anyway I love to write every morning and love that you read my stuff.

Have a great day.


Special Hello to:  all those happy, busy retirees….. ENJOY.  I will be back soon ….. among your ranks.


Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Welcome to Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012.

I was away from my blog and work yesterday as I was not feeling well.

Feeling quite a bit better today.

I am always amazed at how you can be feeling great one minute and not so much the next.

I am grateful this morning that I awoke to dry ground (had forecasted some of the white stuff for overnight).

I am grateful to be feeling better this morning.

I am grateful that I had Alvin to snuggle next to yesterday when I wasn’t feeling well.

I am grateful to have a beautiful home and to live in such an incredible city and neighbourhood.

I am grateful to be Canadian.

I am grateful that I have this forum to write my words and thoughts on a daily basis.

I am grateful to have notebooks and pens to write with each morning.

I am grateful to always have more than enough money.

I am grateful for all my family and friends.

I am grateful that these thoughts of gratitude are not in any particular order.

I am grateful for my favourite season.

I am grateful to have the best daughter on the planet.

I am grateful to have the best son-in-law on the planet.

I am grateful to have grand-puppies.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I am so grateful to all of you for reading my blog and being my inspiration for continuing to write.

Thank you.

I hope that you all have a crazy wonderful day.

Special Hello to:  anyone who is not feeling well ……. we send you good healing energy ….. to feel better.


Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and today is Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 …… mid week ……

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who take time out of your busy schedules to read my blog.

It truly means the world to me.

I do write for me but I also write because I want to be “read” ……. and I am over the moon with joy.

Everyday I receive email notification that people are reading my blog ….. new people ….. people from all over the world and not just my family and friends but YOU.

I appreciate everyone ….. may you be blessed with perfect health, abundance, great joy, love and wealth.


When I was a little girl one of my dreams was to be a writer.

I always loved to read and write.

Never in a million years did I think that I would be typing onto a device that would send those words to the far corners of the planet.

It is so amazing to me.


Have a wonderful day.

It is raining this morning here in Edmonton.  Mother Nature provided us with a sound and light show through the night ….. followed by rain.

Special Hello to:  YOU …. you rock….


Always, Carol and Alvin

My “Amanda” …..

Yesterday my wonderful daughter spent most of her day off from work recreating the “main page” of my blog.  She found two photos of me.  One from when I was a young girl, and the other from this past Christmas. Can you believe it?  My hair style is pretty much the same almost 50 years later.  I guess it could be 50 years later as I am going to be “54” this year.  I think that is a cause for celebration.  Whoa….

She created the banner in the header section. I am so blessed and lucky to have such an artistic daughter.

Amanda is also coming over this afternoon to spend time with her Mom while her hubby watches the “Superbowl” …..  YAY.  The sun is shining and the birds are likely singing somewhere!

We will be visiting, having coffee and making bracelets and maybe even a necklace or two.

My thought for this day is:  Always take the time to be grateful.  We all have so many things in life to be grateful for ……. gratitude rocks.  Remember to be grateful, and your life will be glorious.

May the sun shine on you wherever you may be this day.

Always, Carol

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