Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Overcast skies.

Due in part to rain in the forecast and likely some due to the smoke from the fires up north.

Alvin is resting on his double thick blanket on the floor beside me as I write these words.

When I was a little girl – I dreamed of phones that you could both see and speak to the person on the other end.

Remember I was born in 1957.

These thoughts were not brought on by a television program as we did not watch much television other than Walt Disney on Saturday or Sunday nights.

Too much to do on the farm.

As I got older and saw the way that technology was going – I knew that it would happen in my lifetime.

So today …. I am happy that I can sit in front on my computer and video chat with my sister.

See her in real time.

Hear her voice ….. hear her laughter.

Such an awesome way to connect.

Who would have thought that a person, me, could key the words onto a keyboard and they would appear upon a screen and click on PUBLISH and they would go out to the world.

Certainly not me.

What a life.

I am so glad to be living this life …. now ….. One day at a time.

Has not always been this way.

Seems to be an age thing.

Make the most of each day ….

 

Last night after work Alvin and I went out for our walk.

We were disappointed not to see the geese and those darling baby goslings.

They were likely swimming out of our sight.

We were just walking into the park and going round the bend when I heard “Alvin, Alvin.”

Turned around to see two small boys coming towards us.

One on a bike and the other running and ended up falling.

They were coming down a hill.

Not a big one but a hill all the same.

Neighbour boys were out with the sitter.

They got ahead of her and their smaller brother.

So cute.

They were so excited to see Alvin.

Bike was dropped close by.

Came over and gave him some love.

Alvin is definitely loved by all.

So sweet.

We chatted for awhile …. waiting for their sitter to come.

She must have been quite a distance behind them.

The older boy ran up the hill to the sidewalk to check but did not see them.

I gave them instructions to go straight home and to the younger one to stay on the sidewalk with his brother.

The elder of the two said that they walks him home ….

So off they went and off we went.

 

Well time to fly.

We slept in a bit this morning.

Glad to see brighter sunshine.

 

Have an awesome day.

Living in the moment or one day at a time does not mean that you can not look back from time to time.

Happy Tuesday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Living … One day at a time!

Hello,

Bright and sunny morning and as I was already outside picking up Alvin’s little parcel from the backyard; I can safely report that it is mild.

Today is a busy day in this household.

First off, we are hosting a 40th Birthday party for one of my young”er” friends.

They are slowly catching up to me.

Last night we, okay, I decorated the kitchen space of the downstairs for the party.

Lots of “40” signage and swirly coloured paper.

NO BALLOONS.

We are having fresh fruit, coconut cake and coffee/tea.

The coconut cake will arrive with the non-birthday girl.

So excited to spend time with these young ladies.

They are so much fun.

Even Alvin is getting into the action.

His BF Teddy will be joining us for the day.

We always love to have him …. be brings more joy and energy to our house.

 

We will have a few hours in between tonight’s 5th Avenue Jewelry Party at 7:00 p.m.

The Birthday GIRL and the NON-Birthday GIRL will return for the party.

Do you think they will tire of me?

Hope not!

Excited to try on jewelry and visit with the girls.

 

I looked once again for the Momma & Poppa Geese and their Goslings last night on our walk but they were no where in sight.

We so enjoy our walks at this time of year.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Photos, I promise.

Even of the decorations, later.

I will get this done.

Technology and I are not best friend but we are friendly.

In time, all things are possible.

 

Living … One day at a time.

Oh, I hear our birds chirping.

Life is good.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 20th day of September, 2018.

Two more days until it is officially “FALL.”

Dark outside but no moisture overnight which I really like.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk with our friend last night.

I had not been taking Alvin’s water bottle with us for the past few nights as it has been cooler and not hot.

At points on our walk as it was longer … Alvin would stop and whine and look at me.

I figured he just wanted to go home because we were walking a greater distance but my friend thought perhaps it was because he was looking for a drink.

She said he is so used to having a drink or two along the way.

It was funny because lots of times when I did carry water, he would not want a drink, even when I stopped and asked him and put the water in front of him.

Not then.

Funny how we all want things when they are not there.

Well I felt like a “not good Momma” so last night I took water with us and he had a drink or two.

Note to Momma, always have water along.

I guess he is getting older and perhaps needs a drink even when it is not hot.

I should have known.

There is not a day that goes by where I do not learn something new or refreshing my memory on something old.

That is life.

Live and learn.

That should/could be my MOTTO.

Live and learn.

Words to live by.

 

On our walk the leaves on the trees and bushes by the lake are slowly turning yellows and oranges and reds.

The grass in spots was turning yellow and brown.

The air had that tad bit of coolness to it wrapped in the warmness.

It was a good night.

 

When we got home and after supper, I cleaned out the front flower bed.

Trimmed down the perennials and pulled the remaining annuals except for two begonias.

I also pulled and cleaned out the flower pots on the deck that held the Impatiens plants as they did not make the previous night.

They are a delicate plant and it was just too cold for them.

The Snapdragons made it with flying colours.

There is snow in the forecast for tomorrow so I may pop them back into the garage as by Monday it is supposed to be nice again.

Might as well enjoy them as long as possible.

Just the back flower bed and I have my yard work all done.

Deciding on whether to put the bistro table and chairs into the garage on not?

There is time for that.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Remember to live your life.

Take a chance, go for it.

Be happy ….. simple things …. simple pleasures.

 

Footnote:  on all the flyers in the post box and delivered to the door.  Think of all the trees we are cutting down to make these posters, flyers and such.  Most of them end up on the ground by the mail box or in our recycling.  I know this as I take them from the post box straight to the recycling and we pay for that service.  ARGH.  Perhaps it is time that we do something about this.  I am going to speak to the City and see what we can do.  With technology we do not need paper flyers and they could have a few in the stores for those who like to look at them.

 

Special Hello to: my friend V, love the new bamboo toothbrush and paste.  LOVE THEM.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Monday, June 12, 2017 and it is the 59 day until my 60th Birthday.

I guess at some point one may ask these questions:

  1.  What does it mean to be 60?
  2. How are you supposed to be feeling as you turn 60?

To me it means that I have lived through six decades.

60 years – some good – some great – others less so.

It means that I have lived through major changes in technology.

It also means that even though the years and decades have come and gone – basically the human race has not changed.

We have not evolved past centuries of torturing and killing one another, and the world around us including other life forms.

The one thing that has changed dramatically over my sixty years on this planet is our less than stellar care and protection of this planet, we call Earth, our home.

Greed and Power remain two of man’s largest downfalls.

It is likely not to change anytime soon.

I think what makes me feel so sad, is, I am about to turn sixty years old, and I can clearly see that things have not changed much at all.

Now I am a pretty positive person and I am not about to spend these next fifty-nine days reflecting on things negative.

Just an observation from my vantage point as I near sixty years living on this amazing planet.

It is never too late to change and one person does make a difference.

 

Always, Carol

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 7th day of September, 2016.

I accidentally typed 2026 and gave myself a quick start.

Can you just imagine what 2026 will be like?

Will be make even more advances in science and technology?

More than the past 50 years?

 

 

Wonder if that chip implant in our arm or hand will become a reality?

With all of our information in one place.

One quick swipe and no need for five thousand plastic cards to be in your purse or wallet.

Although I do think they could have everything on one or two cards.

Personal information on one card and financial on the other.

There would have to be some kind of security with the chip or minimum cards.

Interesting though.

They have started making cars that can drive themselves.

That is likely a good thing ….

With all of the bad drivers or more like bad habits having a “chauffeur” would be more safe.

People could then text to their hearts content.

Will they cure all man’s diseases?

Will we change?

Will we become better people, more compassionate over the next ten years.

Would a few more female heads of state make a difference?

Not sure.

Anyway food for thought.

 

Isn’t it funny how your thoughts can change so quickly.

I was thinking about relating a story about Alvin and his girlfriend and then I accidentally typed “2026.”

Whoops.

Alvin and Abi, a story for another day.

They are so cute.

He was playing kind of hard to get last night.

 

Well here we are almost time to leave for work.

I started catching an earlier bus yesterday so have to leave the house 15 minutes earlier than last week.

Kids are back to school.

The bus was jammed pack full of youngsters both on the way to work and on the way home.

 

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Special Hello to: all those bloggers out there entertaining the world with wit, charm and information.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 7th day of September, 2015.

The last day of the long weekend ….. the sky appears to be clearing up and the rain has stopped.

It started to rain Saturday evening and stopped overnight.

Safe to say things are green ….. my flowers are a bit droopy with all of the rain.

What a grand weekend I am having.

My friend from Regina went home yesterday ….. her flight left Edmonton about 5:15 p.m.

We had a great time …… just kicking back and chatting.

Alvin really liked her and often times I found him laying in between us as we sat on the sofa.

Now today time to finish the laundry and prepare for my first solo Steeped Tea party next weekend.

I want to prepare my script so that I say all of the things that I want / need to …..

It is exciting …..

I have a few questions for my leader so will chat with her later.

Hopefully the sun does shine this afternoon so that it shines on me and Alvin as we go for a walk.

I hope that you had an awesome weekend.

Surrounded by friends and family.

Perhaps you travelled for a weekend getaway which is always nice.

Well I should be getting along ….. get dressed and start that laundry.

I do want to clean up this blog ….. some of the categories got messed up one day and as I am “slightly technology challenged” I did not fix then….. well I was going to have my daughter help me but perhaps I can figure it out on my own.

Special Hello to: all those friends visiting/visited this long weekend, I hope that you will always have sweet memories to keep you entertained on long winter nights or raining days.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 6th day of September, 2015.

It is an overcast, rainy Sunday here in Edmonton.

But the “sun” is shining at my house for my friend is visiting from Regina.

We had a glorious Saturday together filling each moment with great conversation.

After supper and everything was cleared up we decided to watch a movie.

She picked out on of my movies that I have on DVD and we settled in with our cup of “tea” to watch the movie.

It was a Bruce Willis …. Die Hard one.

Unfortunately after many failed attempts I was not able to get the DVD on ….. so technically challenged I am.

So we just watched a movie on Netflicks.

IT was an okay movie …. one we had not seen before …..

Well I better get back to my company for she will be leaving this afternoon to go back home.

Just wanted to check in with you guys.

To let you know that I am having a great great weekend.

I am so happy that she came for a visit.

Happy Sunday everyone.

Special Hello to: my friends and family everywhere…..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 18th day of March, 2014.

How was your St. Paddy’s Day ( realized the correct spelling )?

Mine was interesting…… all good on the St. Patrick’s side, anyway.

 

Here we are fast approaching the first day of spring, 2014.

Can you believe it is almost the end of March, already.

Wasn’t it just New Year’s Eve?

 

I am so grateful that the sun is warming the earth here and all around us.

I am so grateful that the snow is melting and that the earth is showing once again.

I am so grateful for the smells and sounds of spring.

 

So on this timely Tuesday – I am so grateful to be alive.

I was thinking this morning I wonder what my grandparents would think of what is going on around us if they were alive?

My Grandma Stella would have embraced the internet and all that it brings.

I could see her sending emails as she loved to write letters  …. perhaps in the beginning she might have been a bit reluctant but she would have converted and surfing the world wide “web.”

I am always amazed by how much of our glorious older people have embraced technology with cellphones and email.

 

I hope that you have an amazing Tuesday.

If you happen to find yourself in a situation that starts to remove your positive sunny outlook and peace of mind ….. stop take a deep breath.

If you can remove yourself from the situation.

If not, with your sunniest face ….. just carry on.

Find the right words …. always good to have a “catch word” that can bring you to your best place.

I have found myself as of late stepping off my glorious plane of peace and positive energy to the “dark side.”

It is not something that I am proud of nor to I wish to stay there but it has happened.

So I am going to practice what I “preach.”

After all, we are all human.

I hope that you have a lovely day.

Wish me luck and I, you.

Take care, my friends.

Special Hello to: my cousin “J” and my sister “C” ….. who have always been supportive and loving ….. thank you.

Always, Carol

P.S. very excited that our first Trade Show for our Dear Stella Jewellery is only four sleeps aways…… YAY

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 21st day of November, 2013.

It is fast approaching the crazy time of year when people feel the urge to buy everything in sight.

Most people spend way beyond their means.

I learned that lesson all too well.

For the past few years I have made the holidays about those people that I love, and not about buying the perfect gift that I thought they would want.

I made special gifts, took advantage of free items, refurbished items, gave my time.

Essentially, I gave from my heart not my pocketbook.  The first Christmas that I did this I spent $5.00 and that was on doggie treats.

With all the commercials, flyers and such it is almost impossible for people not to feel that they need to shop.

We should pay attention.

Take a look around the trash on December 26th.

How many things are tossed away because people did not like them or want them.

Selfish, perhaps.

But we have gone way too far.

Simplify.

Take the time to find out what a loved one might really want …. that might be a home cooked meal or someone to watch a child or a pet while they go out for an evening.

AGAIN FIND OUT WHAT PEOPLE REALLY LIKE AND NEED – NOT JUST SOME HIGH TECH GADGETS TO BE LIKE THE JONES.

Give your time to a local hospital or senior’s home or animal shelter.

Perhaps it might be a small basket of items that your sister might love – like her favourite shampoo, soap, socks or lipstick.

Make a hand-made book of coupons for different things using your time.

Simplify.

Our landfills are an indication of how commercial we have become.

Anyway …. my point is this.

Just give from the heart not from your pocketbook.

Have a great day and don’t stress about the holidays.

Give your time …. it is invaluable.

I think this Christmas we should all make something for loved ones or give the gift of your time.

Spend less …. less stress.

Give yourself a challenge to see just how little you can spend on Christmas but giving at the same time.

You will be pleasantly surprised.

Special Hello to: ALL THOSE FOLKS WHO GIVE WITH THEIR HEARTS …

Always, Carol and  Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday and the first day of September, 2013.

Wow, it is a beautiful “summer” day here in Edmonton.

Yesterday morning when my daughter was over for coffee I had a “light bulb” moment of sorts.

It is funny how different generations use things differently.

Here are our different methods of keeping track of appointments and to do lists.

My day planner .... keeper of the lists.

My day planner …. keeper of the lists.

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        The modern method, the trusted “I PHONE”

I have found that when you write down everything that you wish to do in a day or a specific time frame and then as each task is completed you cross them off of the list; it gives you a sense of accomplishment.

So try it and see what happens.

You will feel so great.

My daughter noted that on my “to do list” that I even had “coffee with her” and why not.

Then at the end of the day you are reminded that in between all of the work you had a lovely break with your special girl.

So I invite you to try the “list thing out” … doesn’t matter whether it is on paper or on your I PHONE.

Have a great Sunday.

I am going to go and enjoy coffee with my daughter before going to work at the mall.

Thank you for reading my blog.

I hope that you are also enjoying my story – one line at a time.

Special Hello to: all those bloggers you rock and thank you for sharing your stories.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

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