Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 14th day of September, 2017.

 

FOREVER CHANGED

Last night as I prepared for bed,

before I laid my head down upon my pillow,

before I drew the blankets about me to keep me warm and dry.

I thought of all those souls, of all those creatures of land, water and sky.

Lives lost and forever changed.

Struggling to keep safe from the fires burning in Western Canada.

Praying for rain with no lightning and no wind.

Of those trying to escape the massive flooding and destruction caused by the Hurricanes in the Southern United States, and in the many islands of the Caribbean.

Praying for sunshine and the wind and rain to stop.

Of those who are searching for loved ones in the rubble of the largest Earthquake in 100 years, in Mexico.

It warms my heart to hear stories of people reaching out to help each other.

Strangers going into neighbourhoods to rescue beloved pets that got left behind.

First Responders risking their lives to help.

There were no political agendas, no thought of race or religion.

Just humans helping.

Despite the danger and risk to themselves.

People coming together to help.

I am forever changed.

I am so grateful to have my own bed in my own home.

I am so grateful to be warm and dry.

I am so grateful to snuggle with me, Alvin on this night.

Safe and sound and together.

Grateful in the knowledge that my family and friends are safe and warm as well.

Gone are those thoughts that have irritated me during the day, and that keep me awake at night.

For they are not important.

Life can change in the blink of an eye.

What is important ….

 

Each other ….

You are all in my thoughts and prayers ….

Each human being, each creature of land, water and sky ….

All those affected …..

As you are all important to me and to this planet.

 

Written by: CYLewis, September 13, 2017.

 

Special Hello to: Dedicated to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 28th day of November, 2015.

The sun is coming up with pale shades of orange and blue almost clear.

It is quiet here in my neighbourhood.

Likely households are just beginning to stir.

The only sound I can hear is the buzzing in my right ear.

I guess time to start using the oil for my ears …..

Perhaps a bit too late but will try that first.

It would appear that as I glance out of the office window that my neighbour’s garage is final complete from the shingles to the lights.

It is quite the sight as it almost completely blocks the sight of their house and about half of the view from this window.

Looks nice though.

 

Yesterday the craft sale was good.

Some of the “vendors” were saying that the traffic was down from last year.

My neighbour is a nurse and works at the hospital so we had all of her co-workers and people she knows, so that definitely helped.

Compared to the Trade Show we attended a couple of years ago in a neighbouring community there were a thousand times more people.

We did not sell out but did quite well.

Lots of comments which gave us ideas for the future.

Some that made me think …. “did you forget to use your inside voice as the comments were not perhaps what one would deem flattering.”

I was reminded by my ever so wise daughter ….. not to take it personally ….. there are all kinds of people.

But then there was this woman who was so sweet.

She was at the hospital as her boyfriend was having surgery.

The dear lady lightly joked with us about him and having to look after him after the surgery when he goes home.

Clearly she was worried.

She loved our jewellery, and I showed her a pair of earrings and she remarked that there were too fancy for her as she was too plain.

“Ah”, I said …. “you are not plain and you wear what makes you feel good.”

My daughter showed her our pinecone earrings which are so sweet.

She tried a couple of necklaces on and checked them out in a mirror we had with us.

She decided on the pinecone earrings and one of the necklaces.

We chatted for a few minutes.

We girls, remarked how great she looked and she was on her way.

Just after she left … my daughter found her glasses.

We did not see which way she left so could not follow, so we were hoping she would come back later.

There was always the lost and found.

She came back later …. very worried as they were her only glasses and she needed them for driving.

I asked how the surgery went and she said “well.”

My daughter handed her the glasses and she was so grateful.

I gave her a hug and she was on her way.

We are so blessed that she stopped by as it reminded me how fragile the human spirit is and how we must we kind to one and other.

 

Overall I would say that it was successful.

Time spent with my daughter is always a great thing.

It was a nice change from the office.

Two of my friends stopped by to show their support so that was wonderful.

Pretty much everyone else I know was working.

But that is okay …. great experience.

 

Well in just over one hour we will be leaving for Alvin’s regular 6 week pedicure appointment, he also needs some food.

Then home to prepare the orders for the recent tea parties so that I can submit them today.

One of my friend’s is stopping by to take me to run an errand later and possibly stay for tea.

Then it will be laundry.

 

Well looks like I had better be getting this show on the road.

I hope that you have a wonderful Saturday.

 

One thing … my thought for the day …..

“Chose your words wisely before opening your mouth to speak”

Being hurtful or ingenue or less than kind is not how we should treat our fellow human beings. 

The old adage “if you cannot say something nice then do not say anything at all” ….. it works.

Just saying.

 

Special Hello to: my sister and our friend “M” back in Saskatchewan …. thank you ladies for always your kind words and support.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 24th day of November, 2014.

One month until Christmas Eve.

I can hardly believe it.

Where has the year gone?

I sure hope that you have had a great year.

Now, most of us have had some bit of bad news or perhaps more than a bit.

But it is up to each of us how the rest of our time is affected by the news.

Some days rising above a hard phone call or remaining positive after being yelled at is not easy to do but that is exactly what you need to do.

We all have those phone calls when the news isn’t great.

We all have those people who just like to threaten.

There are always those who believe they are better than the rest of us.

There are always those people.

But I hope that for the most of this past year that you have had peace and joy in your lives.

So on this Monday let us not be those people ….. be kind …. be respectful and be loving.

Everyone deserve to be treated with respect, kindness and love.

Doesn’t matter if they are family, friends or strangers and this includes every living being ….. our pets …… the birds in the air and the deer in the fields.

Happy Monday Everyone.

Now I am off to work.

Special Hello to: all those folks who still write letters and send Christmas cards, me too.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 17th day of August, 2014.

Another hot muggy summer day here in Edmonton.

Alvin and I went for a walk a bit ago while it was still somewhat cool.

There is still a cool breeze so that helps especially when you are wearing a “fur coat.”

I had a glorious weekend …… still coming off the afterglow of Friday.

Having a barbecue at work, off early, shopping at the mall and winning movie passes.

WOW.

I am so grateful for every single thing that I have ….. from the tip of my toes to the roof of my house.

It is mine and I am proud and grateful and happy.

Sipping on a hot cup of perked coffee and I am truly on top of the world.

Next a nice relaxing shower – get ready – working at the store.

I have a short shift today – Noon till 4:30.

I am okay with that …… means I will get home earlier.

So that will be nice.

I always look forward to my Sundays at the store …..

I work with the best people on the planet alongside my family and friends, of course.

This is a happy, grateful, thankful, positive, smily, hopeful day ….

It is a great day.

So polish off that SMILE ….. get out there and enjoy the moment.

Take your SMILE and present it to your family, friends, strangers ….. just get it out there.

Be kind …… do something nice for someone.

It can be anything really ….. from opening the door to mowing a elderly neighbour’s lawn to taking a friend who is feeling low out for lunch or coffee.

Just do something nice ….. also you could go into your neighbourhood and pick up the trash.

That is a big thing for me…… seems like so many people like to leave things behind ….. I guess to show that they were there but still really people ……

I picked up several items on my walk this morning with Alvin ….. hands full with keys, poop bags and dog on leash.

So you can do it.

Take care and see you tomorrow……

Special Hello to: MOTHER NATURE …… THANK YOU.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 12th day of August, 2014.

The sun is starting to rise as the morning sky is filled with delicious shades of yellow, pink and orange.

The moon last night was so big that it made me think we had changed orbit and were close to another planet.

So big and bold.

So big and beautiful.

I felt as though I could reach out and touch it.

It was so close.

That moon of ours ….. just wanted to snuggle for a bit.

How sweet.

 

Last night when we stopped off at the grocery store.

My daughter and I noticed a beautiful big dog tied to a concrete garbage bin.

It was doing the dance when the ground is too hot.

It was in the 30’s yesterday with the humidity.

Anyway, a young man who worked at the nearby liquor store was with him …. trying to get him to lay down on some shirts he had retrieved from the store.

A woman offered a water bottle and drained it on the hot cement.

I was so impressed by everyone’s generosity and so mad at the owner …. who could leave a poor dog out in the hot sun.

Another staff from the liquor store brought a big bowl of water out for the dog.

The young man would not leave the dog’s side and said he would stay until the owner showed up.

Such a kind and gentle dog.  Big and red.

He had with him for about 15 minutes at that point.

We had gone into the store and when I was done came out.

Still there.

The young man asked me to make an announcement in the store, so I ran back to have them do so.

Still no owner.

When my daughter was done … still no owner.

When we left the store ….. the dog was in good hands …… thank goodness for the kindness of strangers.

I was so impressed to see that people still cared.

I think that people simply do not think …… not that people do not care ….. like the owner.

Just was not thinking or at least that is my hope.

The young man was going to “chew him out.”

Anyway time to go.

Well time is passing by quickly.

Time to go and check in on Miss Aussie.

I opened the window for her after work and closed it at bedtime.

I know that she loves sitting in the window.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all those great people who stop to help ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 5th day of October, 2013.

It is a beautiful day as the sun comes up in our fair city.

I had the most wonderful experience at the store last night.

As you know I work part-time at Bath & Body Works, West Edmonton Mall location.

I met so many wonderful people as I usually do but there was this one young couple that stood out.

Something drew me to them most especially the young man.

His smile was engaging and I could literally feel his warmth.

Honestly it felt like a magnet was pulling me closer and closer to him.

I did my “thing” and we also chatted.

We had a couple of laughs.

I told him “how cute he was and that he had the best smile.”

We kept talking and shopping.

Something about this couple made me feel so great.

Especially the young guy and he did remind me of my brother Jeff (who has passed on).

I was so grateful that he allowed me to compliment him without it being awkward or creepy.

Anyway you just never know when you are going to meet someone who makes you feel so warm and wonderful.

It was only a few minutes but man it was great.

You just never know who you will meet in the course of a day.

I did tell the couple that I always think it is important to pass on compliments even to strangers.

We are all human and hearing nice things is a good thing.

Well time to go and start my Saturday.

My daughter will be here shortly with the puppies.

She is coming for a sleepover (we have not done that for a long time).

So much fun.

Oh and Mr. Alvin will be home ….. he is sleeping over there.

Pay compliments when they are due.

Be honest and nice.

Life is meant to share and be wonderful.

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: strangers who warm your heart…….

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

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