Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 22nd day of October, 2017.

The sun is up and there are dark blue clouds covering most of the sky to the south.

The air is crisp, cool and still.

My bathroom fan and light are on awaiting my presence to enjoy a morning shower.

Alvin is relaxing in the hallway waiting for me as he does not like to be in the office.

Perhaps it is because of the floor (laminate).

He prefers to lay on something soft, I cannot blame him for that.

I captured the cutest photos (on my tablet) of him this morning.

We have already been up a couple of times much earlier than now and settled on the sofa as somehow the thought of staying up at 4:30 or 6:20 on Sunday does not interest me much.

So when it was time to get up, I got off the sofa and he continued to lay on our rectangular pillow.

Oh, so cute.  His head on the pillow and his body sprawled out on the sofa.

He stretched and starred at me.

Grabbing the tablet and took some photos.

The camera would have been easier but it was upstairs and the chances of him remaining on the sofa where pretty much NIL.

I will have to figure out how to get those photos off the tablet and onto the computer.

Previously I have posted them to FB.

I will post them on my blog.

These photos will pretty much guarantee a smile to your face.

Well I hear that shower fan telling me I am ready to move around the wet air, the steam.

Light saying you are using unnecessary electricity, yes, I know.

Anyway have the most awesome day.

I am working on projects for Christmas.

Pretty much all the big jobs were done yesterday so today can be a fun day.

Walk and project day …. fun projects …. making stuff.

 

Happy Sunday.

See you tomorrow.

Enjoy your day.

 

Special Hello to: my Friends and Family all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 12th day of October, 2017.

Well there is no SNOW on the ground this morning which is a good sign.

More time without the pretty stuff.

We went for a short walk last night as the wind was freezing cold.

So thankful to be getting a ride home and to be getting home so VERY early.

Yesterday was home by 4:45 p.m. and we even made a couple of stops.

WOW …. normally on the bus I get home … well, let me think about that for a second ….. THERE IS NO NORMAL …. anytime between 5:15-5:45 p.m.

Feeling pretty spoiled this week, to be sure.

Nothing says FALL like a parcel from our good friend “V” ….

Truth be told ….. she spoils us ….. with goodies all year long.

She knows how to spoil me and Mr. Alvin.

There was a bag of treats for the boy.

Muffins, Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Caramel Chocolate tarts, Brownies like a cupcake with chocolate icing and a piece of KIT KAT chocolate bars and a DEEP DEEP DISH APPLE PIE.

Now this would have been more than enough treats for us ….. she also gave me the most gorgeous turquoise pendant.

I am wearing it today.

I, we are so grateful to have such a thoughtful, kind and generous friend.

 

Footnote: to the treats for Alvin.  He went overboard and guess who was up SICK last night about 1:30 a.m.?  Not the Momma.  Note to self: do not keep letting him have treats …. he has no self control.  Have to teach him …. NO…..never too late to learn something new.  “ALVIN…”

There is so much to be thankful for this week and all the weeks of my life.

I am surrounded by great people.

I live in peace and joy.

I live knowing that if I truly would like to do something (legal of course), I may do so.

I live knowing I can make my dreams come true.

I live knowing that life is great at any age.

 

Whoops time to fly.

Have an awesome Thursday.

Happy Thursday.

 

Special Hello to:  my dear friend “V” who keeps me full of homemade sweet delectable treats …… thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 4th day of October, 2017.

Dark outside but will lighten as I travel on the bus to work.

Another gorgeous day on the way.

We are grateful.

This morning I am thinking of those affected by recent tragedies in Edmonton and in Las Vegas.

A reminder.

 

IF I HAD KNOWN

Looking at photos of us when we were kids.

It seems like only yesterday,

but it was a lifetime ago.

Things have changed.

We were five now we’re four.

How I long for those days.

When we were all together.

When playing school, all sitting in a row … I’d be the teacher…

Running about the yard playing in a nearby slough looking for tadpoles …

Playing in the dirt ….

Imagining driving to far off places in that old black car, and eating Mom’s homemade french fries and pumpkin pie.

Playing hide and seek and watching Disney on Sundays.

Was what we did, when we were just kids.

Now we’re grown,

Time has past.

If only I had known,

We would be four and not five.

I would have taken your hand.

I would have told you how much I loved you every day.

I would have loved you better.

I would have visited you more often.

I should have tried.

I would have known your pain.

I would have understood.

I would have known your favourite song.

I would have known your favourite colour.

I would have known you better.

Now we’re four and it’s too late

For me to take your hand.

To share your pain, and to comfort you.

I wished that I had knew you better.

Between the pain and the laughter.

You were a man, and I remember the boy

The little boy with a zest for life.

The little boy that always seemed to find a way ….. now that’s our secret….

That irresistible little guy that made me smile.

The little boy with such a big heart.

That much I did know when the boy became the man.

I feel that I let you down, but it is too late

I wished that I knew your favourite song.

Or what you made you cry late at night.

Why the time passed so fast.

Now we’re four instead of five

What did you think?  Your thoughts?

I wished that I knew.

If I had, I had only known  the man, not just the boy.

Written by Carol Yvonne Lewis, January 8th, 2010

 

Take care on this day and each day to follow.

Hold your loved ones close.

Know them and love them, no matter what.

 

Special Hello to: all my family and friends all over the world.  Stay safe and I love you with all my heart.  Alvin says DITTO for him.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 1st day of October, 2017.

October ….. 30 days after today until Halloween.

31 days till I start decorating for Christmas.

My favourite time of year.

Both of my favourite times for decorating although Christmas wins out.

I do love them both.

 

So yesterday I said that I was going to remove the rocks from my back garden.

After lifting many rocks and placing them in every empty container I could locate.

I decided to use some them along with the areas that would have flowers.

It was definitely some of the hardest physical work that I have done in a long while ……..

The photos do not do it justice as this was just after I watered the plants and of course the rock got wet and it just does not look the same.

Some of the plants are IRISES and the others I do not remember the names.

This bed was completely covered in stone and the shrubs/plants that I had in here before where surrounded by them.

Pulling out the landscaping cloth was not easy but so happy I was able to do it.

Also because Mr. Alvin has started to bury his chew treat in this flower bed, I upon the advice of my daughter placed up the little metal dividers.

You can barely see them but it should keep him out.

I had some plants temporarily in there and with him jumping up …. well not good.

I also threw in a photo of my ready for winter front flower bed.

There is no real design involved in the garden …… just what worked.

Our front tree all yellow and gorgeous.

Decided to wait and rake the leaves all at once instead of five times.

Oh, the fall wreath on our door.

I made this …. should have been a close-up but it has lasted pretty well since it was seven years ago since I made it.

I put away the last items that I could move myself.

Left are the two tables, the bottom thing that holds the umbrella in place and the two chairs for my bistro table.

Deciding if I should just put them all in the garage or not.

Doesn’t leave much room for a car …..

That was my Saturday except for laundry.

Poor Alvin was outside with me the whole time …..

It took about five hours or so ……

Coffee with my girl friends this morning.

One has her Mom visiting from Newfoundland and we are celebrating her birthday.

Should be fun.

The sky is overcast and rain is on the way.

Only hoping it is ONLY rain.

Perhaps I shall take Mr. Alvin for a walk sooner than later.

Happy Sunday Everyone ……

 

Special Hello to: all those folks preparing their gardens for winter.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. feeling a bit sore this morning most especially when I bend ….. oooo

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 and today is the day of my 60th Birthday.

So in honour of my 60 years on this planet.

There were a few years that I missed but I could definitely see the changes in hair, styles and me.

This has been a fun process.

I hope that you have enjoyed this little trip down memory lane with me.

Today the day ….. we are going to Fort Edmonton Park for High Tea.

Last night we had my Birthday Supper with cake ….. so good.

So much fun spending time with my family.

 

 

 

 

1957-1958

1958-1959

1959-1960

1961-1962

 

1961 – 4th Birthday Party – me on the right

 

 

1962-1963 – me on the left – age 5

1963 First Day of School – Age 6

 

1964 – Age 8

1965 – Age 9

1967 – Age 10

1971 – Age 15

 

1972 – Sister (me age 15)

 

1973 – Me (age 16) with brothers

1974 – 17th Birthday

 

1975 – 18th Birthday

1976 – Age 19

1977 – Age 20

1978 – Birthday Age 21

1979 – Age 22

1980 – January

1980 – 23rd Birthday

 

1981 – Age 24  (Summer)

1981 – Christmas

1981 – Age 24

1982 – 25th Birthday

1983 – Age 26

19–, Age

1990 – Age 33

1992 – Age 35 (Celebrating birthdays with Mom & Brother J.

1993 – Age 36

1997 – Age 40

2000 – Age 43

2002 – Age 45

2004 – Age 47

 

 

2006 – Age 49

2007 – Age 50

 

2008 – Age 51

2009 – Age 52

2010 – Age 53 with my girl

 

 

2011 – Age 54

2012 – Age 55

2013 – Age 56 with Alvin

2014 – Age 57

 

2015 – Age 58

 

2016 – Age 59

 

2017 – not quite 60  (selfie)

 

Always, Carol

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Saturday, August 5rd, 2017 and it is the 5th day until my 60th Birthday.

So on this Saturday I am celebrating early with the arrival of my beloved little sister.

Keeping this short as time is precious and we need to get caught up.

Me and my sister …. the good old days. I am on the left holding a dolly

Me and My Sister
Christmas in the little house.

My first BF ….. SISTERS
Happy Easter Sista …..

 

NOW FOR SOME VISITING AND A WALK WITH MR. ALVIN ……………

Always, Carol

 

 

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

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

It is hard to concentrate on anything else as my dear little sister arrives tonight.

She is flying in from Regina, Saskatchewan.

So looking forward to seeing with her and catching up in person.

 

Well I think over the past 50 plus days we have covered almost aspects of my life, thoughts, dreams and aspirations.

I have an idea for the day of my birthday for this post which will require some additional time.

 

One of my most favourite times of year is Christmas.

I love the colours, the music, the festive ambiance, decorating the tree and my house and BAKING.

I love sharing said baking with family and friends.

Here are some of my decorations:

These tiny Angels were made by my Daughter and my Mom shortly before she passed away.

Did I mention that I love to wrap gifts.

Christmas at my house

Wrapped gifts …. so beautiful….

One of my most favourite tree ornaments

 

Inside and Outside.

Maybe because it has been warm that I am really thinking about Christmas.

 

Just a few of my favourite time of year.

 

Have a wonderful Friday….

Always, Carol

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 and it is the 8th day until my 60th Birthday.

The 8th day will be my Birthday.

How about some cute photos on this 8th day until my 60th!

Something to bring a smile to your face and mine.

Elton and Penny, the grand-puppies.

They were the best grand-pups ….

Ah, Mama’s boy…….isn’t he cute!!!

Ah, Miss Penny a few years back

Just TOO Cute……  Elton and Penny.

Alvin and Penny ….. Besties.

First snowman me and my sister made since we were kids ….. (2009)

I love this photo ….. my boy lying on the top of the stairs.

Love Dragonflies

Baby Milo and Sir Elton – Fall 2016

Aspen and Baby Milo – Christmas 2016

Hens & Chicks ??? A plant!

Man it is cold out here?  Can I come in now?

Snowy Owl – so beautiful.

There be GEESE ….

Ah, the babies.

His spot ….

 

Always, Carol

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Thursday, July 27, 2017 and it is the 14th day until my 60th Birthday.

Well as I am gearing up for the big day – I am wondering what would be appropriate or good to post today.

Quite frankly, I am running out of thoughts to share.

Maybe it has been the heat, I do not know but please forgive me on this day …..

I will share a couple of photos that make me feel relaxed and calm.

To you on this day.

May you have a wonderful, stress free, joyful day.

 

Is it wrong to post a bowl of cookies here?

But honestly they do make me feel joyful, less stressed and calm (oddly enough).

Always, Carol

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Wednesday, July 26, 2017 and it is the 15th day until my 60th Birthday.

Wow, the clock is ticking away …. cannot believe it is only 15 days until my Birthday.

I would like to share photos of me Alvin ….. most days he shares the STARS in the SKY with my GIRL.

Two of the most important beings in my life.

Baby Alvin – our first meeting January 19, 2010.

AKA: Conehead – poor baby.

This KISS, this KISS (please stop, Mom you are embarrassing me!!)

Checking to see what I am doing

Alvin ……

Alvin at Home

Ah, Mama’s boy…….isn’t he cute!!!

Alvin in the snow…..

Alvin with his toys & the blue blanket was a gift from his foster parents.

Alvin getting to know his “new” family…. that first night.  His favourite new playmate Miss Penny.

Alvin at home…..

Posting this just because “ALVIN” is so cute here….

Alvin and Penny …..

One of Alvin’s first hair cuts after he came to live with me. He looks so little….

Lounging on the deck.

My favourite photo of Alvin.

Laying on his belly on the top landing of the stairs looking down at me.

So cute and maybe me laugh.

Me and Alvin Oct 2013

In our temporary bedroom when the kids stayed with us.

Looking out the window at the back yard.

Alvin, one of my babies

Addressed to Carol and Alvin – his first parcel.

Our Annual photo 2012 taken by my daughter…

Treat anyone?

Alvin with Miss Penny and Sir Elton.

Loves of our lives and sorely missed.

Our summer adventure ….

A walk in a neighbouring park

Elton and Alvin playing tug of war….

Our Annual photo 2016

 

Alvin and Elton …..

The newest additions to the family.

Miss Aspen and Baby Milo.

Can you please get off of Facebook?

George, our little friend

Casey, a friend who visited us for a week not long ago.

We miss Simone’s hair cuts……

Me and Alvin

Alvin, almost one year ago…..first hair cut

Okay, enough photos.  Let me in the house it is snowing out here.

Okay down with the camera and come lay down beside me.

*****************************************************

Somedays we annoy each other just like an old married couple.

That is the truth.

But we cannot live without each other.

When I am away we miss each other.

This is our life together …. together.

 

Always, Carol

 

 

 

 

 

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