Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 24th day of December, 2015 and Christmas Eve.

It is finally here …. the waiting is over.

Mother Nature has even joined in the excitement this day as it is ever so gently snowing.

The snow globe effect …..

While……

Me and the children are waiting patiently for Santa Claus to arrive ….

and Alvin, too.

Counting down the hours and minutes.

I remember back to when I was a young girl …. never could sleep Christmas Eve.

Just remember Santa Claus is a feeling ….. the feeling of wonder and awe, happiness and love.

Capture that feeling at Christmas and you will be set for life.

 

While I am a dreamer I am always a realist and while I, we are celebrating with our family and friends there are those who cannot.

There are many reasons ….

Perhaps they are alone in a hospital bed.

Perhaps they are homeless.

Perhaps they have no family or friends.

Perhaps there just is no money for the “trimmings.”

Or maybe they are not at home and cannot get there.

For whatever the reason…..you are not alone.

I want to WISH every human being on this planet all the LOVE that is celebrated and felt in my home, and in so many others.

I want to WISH every human being on this planet a place to call home, food in their bellies and to have the safety to just take a walk and gaze up at the stars.

We are all together ….. every decision I make, and you make affects someone, everyone, somewhere, everywhere.

So on this much celebrated day which should be the likes of everyday ….

I wish you love.

I wish you an easy life.

I wish you happiness.

I wish you joy.

I wish you laughter.

 

Merry Christmas Everyone from Me and Alvin …..

Have the Best Day and Remember to spread the Joy…..

You do not need another blue sweater or gift card to the mall.

There is someone out there perhaps close by who does ….

Merry Christmas …..

Be safe in your travels …..

 

Best Wishes

Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 8th day of August, 2015.

Today is my niece-in-law’s 39th Birthday ….. Happy Birthday “S” ….. we hope you have a great day.

We have lots of friends and family birthdays in August.

Mine is tomorrow.

I will be “58”

Have you ever just sat and thought about all of the things that you have done and seen in your lifetime thus far?

I have …..

Here are some of the things that I have done or accomplished and seen from birth until today.

  • lived on a farm
  • had one sister and three brothers
  • changed diapers before started Grade one
  • went to school, learned to read and to write (loved biology)
  • earned first money babysitting for neighbours at age 8 (back in the day)
  • wrote poetry throughout my childhood (my Grandma kept ones I wrote to her)
  • still writing years later
  • drove a tractor and combine
  • spent a winter in Texas as a child and swam in the Gulf of Mexico at Padre Island
  • taught my siblings school that winter (they all passed with flying colours including me)
  • lived in three Canadian provinces (Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta)
  • went to four different schools in three different provinces from Grade 9 to 12
  • black and white to colour televisions
  • computers
  • man on the moon
  • went in a prop plane to California in the 70’s.
  • gave birth to my daughter
  • visited Victoria, B.C. (twice) … love antique shops
  • Canadian Cities visited: Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, WInnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton
  • Visited the Rocky Mountains in Canada
  • Banff and Jasper, Alberta Parks
  • visited the World Trade Center in New York in 1994.
  • went to a musical on Broadway in New York
  • visited Las Vegas twice
  • visited Las Angeles, California and walked in the Pacific Ocean
  • belonged to the Downtown Optimist Club in Regina
  • was Optimist of the Year (very proud moment) and held various positions within the organization
  • visited Montreal, Quebec and Quebec City ……
  • continued with Volunteer work in Edmonton – Capital City Cleanup Block Captain (keeping area clean)
  • retired early after 30 years (with same company)
  • back to work now four years
  • worked first real Retail Job after age of 50
  • was top seller in said job
  • adopted my first dog in 2010 (over 50) – me Alvin
  • started my blog after age 50
  • corresponded with a Wall St Journal journalist (after age 50)
  • saw 58 years of the sun, moon and stars
  • always had great friends ….. still do
  • raised a gifted daughter ….. photographer ….. artist …. good person
  • bought my first house on my own in Edmonton, this house (after age 50)
  • started making jewellery with my daughter
  • sold different things over the years like Tupperware, Fashion Two Twenty makeup ……
  • visited several U.S. States over the years.
  • most important, I am alive to celebrate another Birthday.

When you start making a list you suddenly realize that your life has been busy.

If you read this blog and you know me …. can you think of anything else notable?

Well time to have a shower and get ready for my “Birthday party”.

My friends “S” and “G” are having a party for me at our coffee date.

I have very thoughtful friends.

With the sun shining and a cool breeze I shall start this Saturday.

Grand-puppies here to keep Mr. Alvin company while I am out.

It is funny I keep thinking of things and adding them to the list ….. time to go though.

Make that list and see that you yourself have been an important part of this planet.

Have a wonderful Saturday.

Special Hello to: “S” Happy Birthday …… Also my cousin “M” who was born on my birthday.

So many birthdays……

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 10th day of April, 2015.

WOW, today is Friday ….. where did that week go?

Well it was a busy one.

It was a fun one.

It was a “stressful” one.

It was a happy one.

It is ending on a great note for me.

This will be my first Friday off in a long time.

My first real weekend in months actually years.

What am I going to do?

Go on a wonderful long walk with Alvin.

Take the patio furniture out of the garage.

Sweep the deck.

Perhaps sip on my tea on the deck as the night falls.

Look up into the night sky and realize that even though there are moments throughout my day at the office that are “stressful” … my life is pretty darn perfect.

Really it is.

I have family and friends who love me, and I love them.

I have the best friend on the planet …. me “Alvin” …..

I am in great / perfect health.

I have my very own house.

I make jewellery with my creative genius daughter.

I write this blog every day and people read it.

Still amazes me.

I can walk, talk and cry and do almost anything I try.

Does that line sound familiar?

I borrowed most of it from a story I read when I was a child.

The character is on a prime time series.

Did you guess?

Let me know…..

Well I just know that my life is pretty wonderful.

I am very grateful each and everyday.

We all have our moments and I have mine, to be sure.

But in between the madness and the joy ….. I am very so very grateful.

With all of the love and joy in my life it does not mean much if you cannot share it.

So I am sharing my hope and love and joy with you.

I know that you can do it.

You can do anything you try.

Keep up the great work.

You are amazing.

We are amazing.

Happy Friday my friends.

Special Hello to: the blogging community ….. keep writing.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 12th day of October, 2014.

It has been almost one week since my last blog.

Tragedy struck our family this past Monday morning when one of my nephews was involved in a single vehicle accident.

He was flown from a rural area in Alberta by STARS (helicopter) to one of the hospitals here in Edmonton.

Suffering a moderate to severe brain injury;  he has been in a coma since the accident.

With all of the fractures throughout his body he miraculously remains in stable condition, and Doctors say they will heal over time.

We thank everyone who has taken the time to come and visit and offer their support to my nephew and our family.

At this point they are concerned about pneumonia and flu season.

So we hope that people will use common sense and not come to visit with a cold or flu.

 

I am grateful to the medical staff as they have been great.

He has someone with him 24/7 which is a relief.

I was there everyday but had to take yesterday and today to do some things around the house, and today to work at the store.

I did not realize how exhausting it would be.

But it will be a long time until he leaves a medical facility.

So we will just take one day at a time.

 

I am so grateful for this beautiful weather, the sun is shining and one does not even require a jacket.

I am so grateful to be alive so that I may offer my assistance whenever/wherever needed.

I am grateful to be in good health and to have a beautiful home surrounded by those I love.

 

It is times like these that we stop and think about our own lives.

How truly blessed we are …..

Little things do not matter.

 

Special Hello to: all the hearts that are enveloping my nephew with good energy and love, thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 4th day of October, 2013.

Can you say “IT IS GOING TO BE THE BEST DAY EVER” ….

Well today is the day that dreams will be coming true.

I can feel it in my bones.

I can smell it in the air.

Last night on our walk there were roses blooming and the fragrance.

Can you believe it?

The third of October and the roses are still blooming.

Well it just means that spectacular things are about to happen.

I just know it.

The ducks are in a row.

The stars are aligned.

So on this GREAT FRIDAY …. ENJOY.

I know my wildest dreams are about to come true and then I shall be even more happy than I am at this very moment.

By the way, I am pretty HAPPY.

There is only one way to live your life and I think it is by being happy.

So get out there …

SAY “YES” to dreaming …..

GO FOR IT.

Happy Friday and Happy Life.

Special HEllo to all my fellow bloggers ….. thank you ….. love your stories …. keep up the great work.

Always, Carol and Mr. Alvin (who keeps me on my toes)

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 25th day of September, 2013.

Well we had another gorgeous day yesterday.

This morning early on, ( about 5:00 a.m.) the sky popped with the brightest view of the moon and stars, I was so in awe “I said, “WOW.”

It was truly magnificent.

Making me feel so grateful to live on this planet with this incredible view.

Thank you.

ALSO:

I made an even more conscious effort to be extra kind to everyone that I came in contact with throughout the day.

That was yesterday.

It worked I felt so good.

Like I had just conquered the world or went to the moon or better yet “won the lottery” (actually I think going to the moon would be pretty spectacular).

So let us try this again tomorrow and the day after that and so on.

Can you imagine what a great place this world would be …. if we were all kind and respectful …. warm and generous.

Well that is going to be my mantra …..

“KIND and RESPECTFUL … WARM AND GENEROUS” to everyone that I meet.

Special Hello to: all those people who follow the SECRET ……. it is a great thing to be in your company.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 11th day of September, 2013.

Last night Alvin didn’t seem to interested in going for a walk – I know this because when I showed signs of readiness he headed for the top of the stairs.

Where he laid on his tummy with only his head showing at the top of the stairs.

I remember all too well the first time he did this …… I remembered smiling as he looked like a headless puppy.

Cute but scary ….

So instead after I finished my chores I joined him on the deck.

He loves to sit out there and sniff the evening air and just be.

He listens intently to the sounds around him.

So I decided as it has been forever since I have done this that it was high time, I did.

So I had put on a light jacket (the evening air starts to cool here in Edmonton) and luckily for me it had a hood.

I pulled up the hood and laid down beside him on the upper part of our deck.

It was after 8:30 p.m. and already the sun had set and you could literally see nightfall as it got darker and darker.

At first I scoured the night sky to see a star and there were none.

The sky did not appear to be cloudy but yet no stars.

Finally when I was starting to think it was going to be a starless night I found one …. just one but one all the same.

I just laid there and found myself in mindless bliss.

No real thoughts …. no stresses …. no phone calls…. no interruptions ….. just laying there looking up at the sky.

Alvin wasn’t quite sure what to think as he had got up and was shuffling about for a short bit, and then settled beside me.

It was absolutely glorious.

There are really no words.

It was the best part of my day.

I feel refreshed and calm and once again blissful.

So easy and so great.

Just took a few minutes with amazing results.

I feel like a million dollars or perhaps ten.

So on this mid week day I hope that you find your bliss.

Run with it and enjoy.

Thank you.

Special Hello to: all my friends near and far.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday, the 12th Day of March, 2013 and the 33rd Anniversary of the birth of my daughter.

FOR MY DAUGHTER

Happy Birthday my Darling …..

If ever there was a treasure ….

I found it in you….

You are the sunshine of my days …

The stars of my nights …..

The ocean that floats my ship ….

The flowers that fragrance the air….

The air that I breathe …

You are the best ….

I am so grateful for your kind soul and generous spirit ….

I am so grateful that you have always championed those who needed a voice whether two-legged or four….

I am grateful that once again we live near each other …. not too close but close enough.

I am grateful that you choose to have me in your life.

I am grateful that you a song in your heart and music in your soul.

I am grateful that you are artistic and intelligent ….

I am grateful for your love.

So on your special day ….. your little brother and me want to wish you all the best that this world has to offer.

May kindness continue to follow you all the days of your life.

May abundance and joy be plentiful.

May perfect health envelope you all the days of your life.

May your dreams continue to come true…

May riches surround and keep you.

May you always find the music …..

Continue to light the world with you.

Love Always and Forever Mom and Alvin

P.S. For us all, I wish that everyone would have a special person in their lives such as my daughter.  Truly I am blessed.  I wish everyone a fun, easy, wonderful Tuesday.

 

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