Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 1st day of May, 2019.

A brand new month.

Our morning was greeted with fresh white snow gently falling from the sky.

The streets are wet but the lawns, decks, rooftops are all covered with a blanket of snow.

A spring storm.

Moisture it is and we are grateful.

 

Last night after our walk and supper and dishes were done.

We were surprised by an unexpected visit from Alvin’s BF Teddy and his Mom.

She brought Alvin some beef treats for another day or two or three.

They always bring joy to our house.

Thank you Teddy and his Mom.

 

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On this morning please take the time to hold in your thoughts and hearts your loved ones.

Life is precious.

Often times, more often than not, we take our family and friends for granted.

Send out positive energy to each and every one you hold dear.

Perhaps if we all did this …. the planet would be healed.

Be kind to all those souls that you meet and greet each and every day as you know not their stories.

Visualize everyone living in good health.

Visualize everyone laughing and enjoying life.

Visualize parents and their children and their children living their lives growing old together.

Visualize this moment and hold it dear.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

May joy surround you and envelope you always and forever.

May this day be full of healing and love.

May life continue to amaze and surprise us.

 

Special Hello to:  everyone needing extra help on this day ….. sending positive healthy energy to you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 25th day of July, 2018.

The sky is a pale blue with no clouds in sight (not rain ones).

Sun is shining brightly now in the morning sky.

YAY, today is Wednesday.

Not that I am in a hurry for vacation time but I have including today six days left to work.

It has been an extremely busy time at work and I am ready to have some down time.

 

The carpool is back for today and I am most grateful.

Riding the bus is not FUN.

In the morning they dropped the bus from the schedule that I used to take and ended up waiting 30 minutes for the next one.

At night the bus was 15 minutes late and I got home almost one hour later than riding in the car.

1.5 hours from the time that I got off work until walking in my house.

I am so happy that all is well and my ride is back today.

 

Our walk last night was wonderful.

A time to just be with me Alvin.

We saw Alvin’s girl friend “Miss ABI” and her Mom.

Had a nice chat and the pups played.

We saw another friend along the way.

 

In response to my tomatoes …. they taste amazing.

So much different than the ones you buy in the stores.

Taste more like the tomatoes we had growing up on the farm.

 

Our weather is starting to warm up again.

So back to closing blinds and opening windows in the early morning to ensure the house stays as cool as possible for Mr. Alvin.

 

Countdown is on until my sister arrives.

Seven sleeps …. OMG.

Alvin will be so excited to spend next Wednesday with her as I have to work that day.

But I will be here for the rest of her time with us.

Always great to have my sister visiting.

She brings that something special …. herself.

 

Well almost time to go.

Grab lunch and shoes.

Looking out the window there is NO breeze.

A bit of a breeze in the morning is always nice.

 

I hope that you have a wonderful day.

You and I will do our best to remain calm, cool and collected this day.

I will do my best – somedays it is not easy.

Remember to be KIND and treat others as you would have them treat you.

I work on that everyday.

 

Happy Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my sister, my longest friend in the whole world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 4th day of March, 2018.

Are you tired of shovelling yet?

If you live in Canada or parts of the United States; it is most likely that you have been a lot of the white stuff, namely SNOW.

I have shovelled more time over the past three days then I have done all winter long.

I think that this is the most snow that we have had accumulated for the winter of 2018.

I have decided to take a peek back to this exact date for the past few years, missed writing one March 4th.

Interesting how weather is how most posts begin, most I said, not all.

Nice to look back and I am grateful to have this platform to do so.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 4th day of March, 2017.

Wow, it looks like a snow globe here in Edmonton this morning.

The once almost bare covered ground is now completely covered.

Winter, Part II.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 4th day of March, 2016.

I had the most wonderful evening last night with my friends from Saskatoon.

No mention of weather …. I seem to remember that there was no snow.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 4th day of March, 2015.

It is a great morning here in Edmonton.

I imagine the birds are singing.

The snow is melting.

The temperatures are warming up.

Time change on Sunday.

SPRING IS ON IT’S WAY.

HURRAY ….. HURRAY …..

SPRING IS ON IT’S WAY.

ROUND THE CORNER IS SUMMER.

THANK YOU FOR THE WINTER.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 4th day of March, 2014.

I feel out of sorts this morning and I will be honest.

My full-time job has changed and after two years of in the position I was just getting comfortable and settled.

The office has restructured and I find myself not dealing with the changes as well as I should and perhaps I should not even be writing about this but writing is my way …. I am a writer.

No mention of weather but this seemed to be more important at that the time.

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Good Monday Morning and Welcome Everyone to March 4th, 2013.

THIS WAS THE MOST WEATHER WEEKEND.

I hope that you all had a great weekend.

Were you able to get some of the items completed from that “seemingly” never ending “TO DO LIST?”

Were you able to relax with family and friends?

Did you have some alone time?

Did you have supper with your family?

I hope that you checked off a resounding “YES” to all of the above.

It was a busy weekend and the weather was silly.

Just when the snow was starting to melt away and the grass was showing in spots ….. it snowed and it snowed and it snowed.

So after I spent considerable time chipping down to the storm drain so that the water could start draining from in front of my house and the lake on the street would hopefully find it’s way down …. it SNOWED.

It started out later in the afternoon on Saturday by raining and then these beautiful large wet flakes came down.

By the time it was finished we had a “down blanket’s worth” of fresh snow.

Our streets are crazy ….. the ruts are deep and it reminds me of driving down a country road but actually I think that those roads are much smoother.

Actually when my daughter drove me and Alvin last night after my shift at the store …. it was like being on a roller coaster.

So much for the shocks on cars …. they would take a beating for sure.

Anyway it was nuts …. our streets are packed with ice and water …. heavy slush.

So I hope that the sun shines for a few days and gets rid of some of the extra “ice and water” from the sidewalks and streets.

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Happy Monday, March 5th, 2012 …..

On my way home from BBW yesterday late afternoon the air was filled with huge wet snowflakes.

It continued to snow for several hours and it appears for most of the night.

Funny how we have received more snow in the last couple of snowfalls than all winter.

Wow, it is March ….can you believe it?

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Just to add, I thought that I heard a noise from outside but was determined not to stop until I was done writing my blog, no interruptions.

I could not wait and looked out of my bedroom window to see the front walk all shovelled, oh that neighbour.

I called her as I do not have the coffee ready and I was going to shovel out front but she said no worries, and that she was going out for a bit.

I am so grateful.

Time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you enjoy my weather + stories from this day or close to from years ago.

 

Special Hello to: all those people with their own weather stories, I hear you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 1st day of November, 2017.

Woke up to SNOW, SNOW and more SNOW.

Poor Mr. Alvin did not wish to go out to the back yard.

The first snowfall always makes him hesitant.

 

We had an awesome Halloween.

I dressed up as a Hippie and it went over well.

Pretty comfortable costume, I will say.

That is the mark of a great costume – if you can comfortably wear it all day or most of the day.

We got to pick the best costumes at our office and at noon we had the best POTLUCK ever.

The food was great and the treats even better.

I had a pasta (macaroni) with cheese and veggies.

It turned out so yummy.

I wrote the recipe down.

That is the trouble I always make up recipes and then do not usually write them down.

I am getting better at writing them down.

Last night the first treater showed up at our house at 5:45.

I was sort of surprised to see the boy get out of a vehicle.

I asked him as he was older, I would say 11-12 approximately “if he lived in the neighbourhood?”

He said no.

I asked him where and he named an area about 10 minutes or so away.

AS I was asking questions, asked him why they would drive to our area and he said we give bigger and better treats.

Yikes, I thought.

So because we give better treats people are driving their kids here.

There were several vehicles that stopped and let kids out.

Some would be due to the weather but some come from elsewhere.

Funny ….

I had about 92 treaters.

There were a couple of times that my steps were filled with children so I may have missed one or two.

This is the least amount that I have had since I moved to Edmonton.

Two cute stories from last night.

First one:  the doorbell rang and there were three boys and a man standing just a few feet away from the steps.

I answered the door with the obligatory “Happy Halloween” and proceeded to hand out some treats.

The man stood more into the light and said “Hello” …. we just wanted to thank you again for bringing our dog home ….

One of the boys said “yes, thank you so much for bringing (cannot remember dog’s name) home.

I almost cried.

This is a dog that had accidentally got out of the yard.

Anyway, it has been about three years since this happened and every year they stop by to thank me.

How sweet.

Good deeds do not go unnoticed.

The second story …..  Alvin was on his leash as he loves to check out the children and as we know so many of them ….. he was right with me at the door.

One of the Dad’s said from the darkness ….. “Hi, Alvin …. he is so cute” and stepped into the light and here was this guy that I had met on the bus.

So Alvin is a star.

We had fun.

I took some photos on my tablet but unable to get downloaded but here are some from work and home from my camera.

Then gotta run.

Decided better not to post photos of people as I do not have their permission.  The two officers (reflections) were/are masked.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Special Hello to:  you

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 27th day of October, 2017.

Another gorgeous day on the way and even warmer tomorrow.

Happy Birthday to my friend “S” ….. she lives in Ontario.

We go back many years and have many stories.

Have a great day my friend.

 

Looks like me and the Alvin are puppy sitting Master Teddy tomorrow.

He is such a lively little guy.

Certainly will be a busy fun day.

 

I was considering giving Mr. Alvin a hair cut and bath but may rethink that …. not sure.

We will see how things go.

 

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing that today is a great day for you.

Filled with hope, love, much laughter and fulfillment of a dream or two.

Be kind and considerate and also filled with generosity.

No matter who or what comes your way.

Today is the door that separates us from yesterday, and the window with glimmers of tomorrow.

 

Happy Friday Everyone.

Special Hello to:  my sister, oh my goodness seems like forever since I spoke to you.  We have to SKYPE soon.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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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

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 8th day of April, 2017.

It is raining this morning and has been raining through the night.

Not a hard rain but a lovely soft rain.

Cleaning the earth as it touches down.

The sky is that soft grey colour …. the one that you know is going to last for awhile.

There is no break in the sky …. no sign of the sun.

 

Alvin and his internal clock.

Up and then down.  Up and then down.

I feel like a yoyo but there was something about getting up at 4:00 or even 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday when you do not have to that was not appealing.

We are up now.

Time to head to the shower perhaps that will give me the boost to get going…. making coffee and pancakes (just in case we have company) and laundry and stuff.

Gotta have clean clothes.

 

My sister is now in Peru, South America.

I have seen shows on Peru, reads lots of stories and seen it on many a map.

I am excited to hear all about her travels upon her return.

 

Time to go and have that shower.

Have an awesome day whether you are travelling to faraway places or just going to the grocery store or even just staying home like me.

Special Hello: my sister and her guy …. safe travels.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 5th day of April, 2017.

First week of April and the weather is beautiful.

Last night Alvin and I had a wonderful walk.

 

Today is the 7th Anniversary of my FIRST BLOG ever …..

I named my blog after the major change in my life which happened at 51.

It was not until a couple of years later that I chose  “My New Life at 51” as my blog name.

I had wanted to entertain and inspire anyone who took the time to read my words.

Writing is the one constant that has been in my life since I was a small child.

Whether writing poems for my Grandmother at Valentine’s Day or one for my Mom on her Birthday; I tried my hand.

A poem for my daughter’s class play.

I loved writing in school and did well.

My next project will be writing a book ….. it has been a dream of mine for a long time.

One that I can have published.

I just have to decide on a storyline and go.

I just keep changing my mind ….. is that not the beauty of writing ……. you can always change your mind.

Change the lines ….. change the story ….

 

 

Well here it is time to leave once again for work.

I hope that you have enjoyed this journey with me and will continue.

With gratitude and hopes that I can bring a smile to your face and perhaps be inspirational along the way.

 

Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: all those folks who write and to those who read what we have written …. thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 31st day of December, 2016.

Snowed overnight.

Guess shovelling is in my near future.

My daughter picked up Alvin for a sleep-over last night.

Sure seems quiet in the house and took me a bit to fall asleep last night.

Miss his cuddles for sure.

Oh, me Alvin.

So,

The very last day of 2016.

Let me see 2016.

Alvin and I managed to stay up until Midnight welcoming in the New Year, 2016.

It seems like every new year is born with hope for a wonderful year ahead.

I guess going into 2016 we knew that it would be less than wonderful but we held hope.

We lost our Penny mid March and life changed.

Elton had major surgery in April, the scary kind that someone older generally does not recuperate from but he beat the odds and came back to us.

He gave my kids more time; the time they needed to start to heal from the loss of Penny.

They took the time, and made the most of what would be Elton’s last remaining months with our family.

He passed away on November 22, 2016.

We miss them both very much.

Our four-legged fur babies – our family.

Baby Milo came into our family in October about one month before Elton passed.

A golden puppy who lit up the room with his bouncy baby energy.

In their short time together they bonded, and Elton once again had a “sibling.”

Just days before Christmas my kids once again found a doggie who needed love and a good home and adopted “Aspen.”

She is just over one year old, same colouring as baby Milo and such a gem, so loving despite her time before being rescued.

It always amazes me on the deplorable behaviours of some human beings.

I cannot believe but I have seen on many occasions; despite how absolutely horribly some dogs are treated; how loving and wonderful they are …..

So amidst the sorrow we found joy.

Joy is a good place to be.

We take this time to remember all of our loved ones whether two-legged or four that we have lost this year.

There were many.

You will always be in our thoughts and hearts, forever.

They have formed who we are, and we have learned so much from their time on this earth.

Our puppies took the forefront of our year, and everything else just happened.

 

Of course the everything else that happened included a record number of garage sales held between May and August.

Still selling Steeped Tea and working full-time.

Many walks with me Alvin and so many cuddles.

Spending lots of time with friends throughout the year.

Sharing stories and laughter.

Before we knew it the year was over.

The week after Christmas leading up to New Year’s Eve is filled with thinking back on the year, perhaps making resolutions for the year ahead, and making plans for bringing in the New Year.

My wish for 2017 is that you take a look over your life, and take note of what is really important.

Spending time with your family whether two-legged or four or both is so important.

If you are unable to physically see them the technology is there to video chat via SKYPE, and other formats.

Do things with your family and friends instead of buying their joy.

Go on that walk instead of watching television.

Put down that cell phone and spend TIME with them.

Have dinner together and be with your family.

Simplify your life.

Spend less on stuff.

Spend more on doing things.

Create memories that will last a lifetime.

Your children will not remember that video game in 50 years but they will remember those long walks you took together.

They will remember sledding.

They will remember roasting marshmallows around the bonfire.

They will remember the time you spent together.

Which is the best legacy you can give them.

 

Simplify your life.

 

Wishing you and your family the most wonderful New Year, 2017.

May you find joy in the little things.

May you find continued good health.

May your lives be filled with abundance.

May you continue to grow and to learn.

May you spread kindness to all creatures.

May you love and respect yourself, and all others.

Happy New Year.

 

Special Hello to:  All the creatures on this planet.  Happy New Year.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Photo Album of 2016

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A surprise treat delivery from my friend “V” who continues to send wonderful delectable surprise to Alvin and me.

Relaxing at Grandma's house.

Relaxing at Grandma’s house.

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Surprise gift in the mail.

Surprise gift in the mail.

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Enjoying an adventure with me Alvin.

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 28th day of December, 2016.

Our weather has warmed yesterday and for today and the next few to follow.

 

My thoughts as of late are to all of those wonderful souls that have passed during this past year.

Some have been famous.

Some have been family.

Some have been friends.

Some you know and some you do not.

They made us laugh.

They shared their lives, their stories.

They will always be with us in the air that we breathe, and in all that surrounds us.

Their stories will continue in us.

To all of those who are missing your mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, friends, grandparents, beloved fur-babies: pups and kitties, you are in my thoughts.

I wrote this poem almost twenty years ago.

I would like to give this a tribute to all those wonderful spirits we have said goodbye to in 2016.

 

 

BEYOND THE SUNSET

The sun melts into hues of gold and pink,

as the sky darkens.

A peaceful sigh, as she closes her eyes.

She sees the roses in her garden.

The fragrance soft but strong in the air.

She sees her children and theirs.

She feels her husband’s touch.

She remembers times gone by.

It has been a great life!

She is not afraid,

The time has come.

The Lord extends his hand,

And she follows him home.

Written by Carol Lewis on September 29/30, 1998 for my Grandma Stella.

 

Special Hello to: Rest in Peace our darlings. Rest in Peace.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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