Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 13th day of May, 2018.

The sky is bright filled with the morning sunlight and there is a breeze.

Coolness filled the bedroom this morning.

Grateful for that on a day that will be very warm.

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Happy Mother’s Day.

We all play a role in Mother’s Day.

You may have given birth to a child.

You may have adopted a child.

You may have adopted or rescued a pup or a cat or a bird or a squirrel.

You may have given refuge to another human being.

It does not matter how or who you have given mothering to but it matters that you do.

To all those Mothers out there.

Happy Mother’s Day.

You arise early so that you can make breakfast for your charges.

You walk and talk with them.

You love them and comfort them.

You hope that they will be in good health.

You hope that they will be kind and good to themselves and to others.

You hope that their life will be abundant.

Above all else … you have faith.

So on this one day a year that is specially marked for us to celebrate our Mothers.

Let us do so.

Be creative.

Walk with them, talk with them, spend time with them.

Mothers do not WISH for you to bring them fancy jewellery, huge bouquets of flowers or dinners at a fancy restaurant.

They just want YOU.

Happy Mother’s Day.

To all the Mothers out there, the others that I know and the ones that I do not know.

You are precious.

There could not be life without you.

Happy Mother’s Day.

With Love….

 

 

Written by Carol Lewis on Sunday, May 13, 2018

 

 

Special Hello to:  MOMS, Happy Mother’s Day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Thought for the day …

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 11th day of May, 2018.

Perhaps you may have wondered what happened to my post yesterday.

Well I had quite the morning.

Wednesday night my left ear plugged just before bed.

My little four-legged alarm clock woke me up at 4:00 a.m. – Thursday.

We toddled off downstairs so he could go outside (not raining yet) and have his breakfast.

While he was outside I always do the prep work for my breakfast.

Took the pre-cooked steel cut oats out of the fridge and placed in a bowl.

Placed the bowl in the microwave with a lid …. ready to be heated later.

Put a banana by the bowl to share with Alvin at breakfast.

Grabbed the water jug and lemon juice out of the fridge and made my lemon & water.

Poured a glass full.

By this time Alvin was ready to come back into the house.

I had already set the alarm for a 75 minutes which would have had us up about 5:20 a.m.

Opened one set of blinds in the living room.

We then headed to the sofa to have some snuggles and extra zzz’s till the alarm on the microwave went off.

I made sure that I slept with my right ear upward so that I could hear the buzzer.

At some point I jumped up and looked at my watch.

In sheer panic and disbelief, I noted that the time was 6:40 a.m.

A little over 5 minutes until my carpool arrives.

I ran upstairs like I was on fire.

Into the bathroom, brushed my teeth while grabbing my face soap – ready to wash my face.

Then the moisturizer.

Looking about 3 seconds into the mirror, I figured no time for makeup.

Some advantages of being “60” – I am not out to impress anyone.

No no makeup.

Luckily I always have my clothes laid out the night before so they were ready for me to put on.

I even took a second to put on earrings, my rings, and a necklace (which was laid out).

I even remembered to wear deodorant and underwear.

Check – pants and top on.

Although without having the thermostat turned on – it has been pretty cool in the house in the mornings – so unlikely I would forget my pants – just saying.

I am not totally without some sense of moral obligation – I grabbed my eyebrow pencil, lip stuff and mascara and took them downstairs.

Alvin looked confused as I flew threw the kitchen.

Opening the back door and now it was raining.

I left the door open to see if he needed to go back outside.

No time for breakfast, I grabbed the oatmeal out of the microwave and put into the fridge.

While in the fridge I grabbed my lunch and picked up the banana and placed into the lunch bag.

Somedays it pays to be prepared.

Alvin decided not to go back outside again.

Locked the back door and ran to the front door.

Opened the closet door.

Grabbed some shoes and threw off my socks.

Grabbed my purse, umbrella and jacket.

Managed to get my coat on …. set the alarm.

I remember Alvin looking dumbfounded as I said a quick good-bye, have a great day and was out of the door.

Luckily my ride was a couple of minutes late but I was already out of the house …. ready to be picked up.

When I explained my morning ….my friend just smiled and said “Next time, call me …. we are early enough that you could have had a few minutes.

Nice friend, right.

All the way to work I had to have my head facing toward her to hear what she said as my left ear is plugged.

ARGH.

I get to work and usually I am one of the first ones there so most times I make the coffee.

Not that day …. another coworker had stopped at Tim Hortons and picked up coffee and tim-bits.

My hero.

So I had a banana and tim-bits for breakfast.

What a morning.

It is amazing what one can do in a handful of minutes.

I am grateful for two things (actually a great many things) and that is being prepared in advance and the second being it is was not a shower day.

Thankfully my hair looked okay.

Did I mention that I quickly brushed it and put it back (at home).

At work I decided to forego the make up …. except for a wee bit of eyebrow pencil.

So that is it ….. my reason for no blog….. my reason for no writing in my gratitude journal and no breakfast at home.

Usually when my routine is disturbed that much – the rest of my day pays for it.

Not today.

I got so much work done.

Perhaps because I could only hear out of one ear and was not disturbed.

We are all connected to our routines, that is for sure.

Well I hope that this brought a smile to your face.

I am quite certain that I looked pretty funny as I played SUPERWOMAN zipping around the house yesterday morning.

NOTE to self:  remember you really are not old ….

Special Hello to: my daughter who is a reminder that life is certainly worth living

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

PS:  I managed to coax the boy to remain in bed until closer to 5:00 a.m. – we did have 20 minutes on the sofa – but I was really careful and did not fall back to sleep.

The sun is rising and the rain clouds have passed over.  We did get a great bit of rain yesterday – hopefully enough to help out the grass, trees, gardens and such.

YAY, today is Friday.  I am so happy for that …… enjoy, my friends, enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 9th day of February, 2018.

Happy 41st Birthday to my eldest nephew “T.”

Hard to believe that you are 41 years old, where has the time gone?

Crazy ….

 

So happy that today is Friday and that I made it through this first week back to work after being sick.

Tomorrow is Mr. Alvin’s appointment.

The one that was post phoned from last Saturday.

He has to get his shots, nails trimmed, “bum squeezed” and I think that is about it.

Will be good to get those things caught up.

I do take him on a very regular basis.

 

Also this weekend I am hosting a belated 40 Birthday party for my friend.

It was supposed to have been last weekend, as well.

I am baking a cake tonight.

The party will be on Sunday.

Decorations, I want to come up with some new ideas.

Perhaps I should check out Pinterest.

Have the card and gift to finish wrapping.

 

Well I am also most happy about this …. the weather.

It is warming up one again.

Thank goodness.

Spring is also getting closer.

 

Well I guess I should get this show on the road.

I hope that you have an amazing day.

Oh, one more thing to share.

I met a young woman yesterday who gave me back my faith in humanity.

I cannot give details but suffice to say …. I have faith once again.

Not that I lost it altogether but it was failing.

 

Special Hello to: the birthday boy.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 6th day of February, 2018.

I could hear the wind howling a bit earlier this morning.

Not so much now.

Doing happy dance sitting down.

Keep moving that is my new motto.

One thing I have heard that is vitally important as we age is to KEEP MOVING.

Do not sit still ….

Do not sit so much….

If your job requires you to sit down you have to get up and move around each hour.

Ideally it would be about ten minutes each hour but any amount is better than nothing.

So this week, I shall endeavour not to sit so long at work.

I am going to move more.

 

First day back after being gone for a week was not quite so bad.

A couple of my co-workers helped with phone calls and some of the mail.

What a wonderful treat.

I appreciated not having to answer roughly “40” phone messages.

 

So day two.

Here we go.

Keeping active.

Going to move more.

It is my life and no one will care at the end of the day that I worked through coffee breaks or took shorter lunch breaks, no they will not.

So get going and keeping healthy.

 

Time to go and finish getting ready.

Moving about.

Keeping active.

 

Special Hello to:  all my friends and family.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of January, 2018.

My fingers still from time to time, want to stop on the 7 instead of the 8.

I guess it takes a few thousand times of keying, writing 2018 to get it right.

Oh well.

Another gorgeous day on the way.

So grateful to have these days and to my friend who gave me another ride home last night from work.

It makes about a 40 minute difference in the length of my evening before bed.

I have been able to take Mr. Alvin for a walk and to be able to see where I am walking.

I can see if the sidewalk is icy or not.

More easily to avoid the icy spots.

Thank you “C.”

It is funny the difference between the car and the bus.

 

Last night I was dreaming and I kept waking up.

Finally at 4:00 a.m., I guess Alvin decided it was his turn to get up.

He tried before …..

So we got up and then after he was finished eating, drinking and going outside we hit the sofa for almost 90 minutes.

Which was glorious.

But guess what I fell back into the dream world.

Crazy.

 

The dream(s) were good and I woke up happy.

Maybe I won the lottery.

My friend is picking us up tickets for a few draws starting with the one for tonight.

That would be wonderful.

You never know.

Financial freedom would be awesome.

First always is good health and then financial freedom.

For me.

Well time to get ready for work.

The minutes in the morning always seem to zip by.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

Keep dreaming …. visualize.

I do try but need to do more until I master the art of visualization.

Thoughts become things.

Visualizing just enhances the experience.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister ….. H-Allo

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 19th day January, 2018.

Today is a very special day in our house.

Today is Mr. Alvin’s Birthday.

It was nine years ago today that my daughter, her husband, then our Elton and Penny packed up the car on a COLD winter night to go and meet this little guy.

He was little and sick.

The pups took to each other pretty much right away.

Alvin in his foster home was surrounded by lots of love and that was visible.

His foster parents had taken in other animals, mainly cats at the time we were there to start their journey to good health and joy.

Alvin has been a good companion over this last nine years and I hope that we are able to enjoy many more happy, healthy years together.

He, we have our quirks.

The best way to say Happy Birthday to Alvin is by sharing some photos over our nine years together.

Happy Birthday Alvin.

Thank you for choosing me, us as your forever home.

We loved you from the moment we met.

 

Baby Alvin – taken the first night we met.  January 19, 2010 and the night he came home with us.

AKA: Conehead

Enjoying a sunny winter’s day!

This KISS, this KISS (please stop, Mom you are embarrassing me!!) – our 1st family photo.

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

Me & Alvin with Zavier looking on … Miss Anela took the photo, she is four years old.

Lookin’ Out the Window…..

Alvin and Penny ….. they loved to bug each other.

Enjoying the flowers

Alvin, one of my babies

Isn’t this the cutest leash holder ever ….. the puppy looks just like me Alvin.; (a gift for Alvin from our friend).

Casey, Elton and Alvin …. 

Alvin and Penny enjoying summer.

Me and Alvin Oct 2013

favourite photo of my boy

Alvin’s first stocking …. from his family.

Alvin getting to know his “new” family….

 

Have an awesome Friday.

Special Hello to: my boy, Happy Birthday Alvin.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 22nd day of November, 2017.

Woke up to a fresh thick blanket of snow ….. temperatures warming up.

To be plus 5 degrees celsius tomorrow.

One day minus 20 something the next plus.

Go figure.

 

Last night I attended a “Snowflake Tea” hosted by the Girl Guide Troops in our area.

The daughter of one of my friends is in Guide ….. cannot remember which level.

They had a cookie sale.

It was held in the basement of a church and so many people and so hot.

Lots of yummy things to purchase – was hard to make a decision.

When we three friends sat down to have a cold drink from a variety of cold juices we compared our hauls.

Everyone found something different.

Imagine that.

I missed out on the fudge ….. missed my radar… will have to work on that…..

There was fudge somewhere, sugar cookies of all sizes, shapes and decorations, ginger cookies and gingerbread men, slices and squares and so many different kinds of cookies.

It was a nice outing.

Sorry to have to leave Alvin at home but that would not have been a good place for him.

I seldom go out during the week but this was for such a good cause – fundraiser for the Girl Guides.

 

Footnote:  I had decided not to make “my” Sugar Cookies this Christmas and try something else.

When we were talking about baking and I mentioned that I was not making sugar cookies this Christmas my girls were both outraged at the possibility.

What, a Christmas without Carol’s Sugar Cookies.

No, they said …. You have to make them.

They sent bribes and “crocodile tears” my way and twisted my “rubber arm” …..

Sugar Cookies are once again back on the baking list.

Oh, well…..what can you do?

 

Time to get this show on the road.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my sister, we are doing great.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 21st day of November, 2017.

Brr, it is so COLD outside this morning.

Me poor little Alvin had to make two attempts at leaving the house before he was successful.

Please make sure when you let you little pups outside in this COLD weather that you are watching them and make sure they do their business and get back inside.

Sometimes they will get sidetracked and get frost bite before realizing they are freezing.

Keep track of the time.

I stand by the back door and watch him.

They are precious our fur babies so please take good care of them.

They are the ones who can help keep us heart healthy and who love us unconditionally.

 

On these COLD mornings – I will say that I find it difficult to get my butt out of bed or off the sofa.

I set the timer twice this morning before getting off the sofa.

I was so comfy snuggled under our red warm blanket with me Alvin.

He even lays his head on the pillow beside me.

How would one ever want to get up to go outside.

ARGH.

 

Okay….time to get this show on the road.

Please if you are living where it is COLD, dress appropriately.

If you do not have a warm enough coat – dress in layers.

Layers are always good.

Couple layers of warm socks – make sure that they are not tight fitting – you always want to be able to wiggle your toes.

 

Time to fly.

Have a great Tuesday.

Special Hello to: my sister …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 20th day of November, 2017.

WOW, just a little over one month till Christmas Day.

Where did the time go?

I remember last Christmas so well and the summer seemed like yesterday.

 

Woke up to a layer of fresh white snow.

There was wind last night just as we were going to bed so I am thinking it might have rained as well.

Yesterday was in the plus temperatures and today minus double digits.

Crazy weather.

We had a great walk yesterday.

Oh, does Mr. Alvin love to sniff about.

I love our walks when the weather is nice whether summer or winter.

 

Well back to work …. weekends always seem to pass quickly.

My neighbour and friend took the dryer apart and one of the fuses burned out.

Burned out due to being blocked by lint and some dryer sheets.

I will tell you this ….. take your dryer apart once a year and clean it out.

My was jammed pack with lint and dryer sheets.

Now considering it had not been done EVER, I was shocked it was not worse.

But I will say that once a year I will be cleaning out the inside of my dryer.

Your dryer will let you know if it is not drying clothes in one cycle ….. likely you have a lint/dryer sheet clog.

It took some time to get all of the screws out but at the end of the day ….. that is such a fire trap …. take the time.

Get a friend to help and maybe do a video so you remember what you did because it is a bit detailed but not hard.

Worth it and I learned so much.

 

Well almost time to go to work.

Have a great day.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks who take the time …… and to those who do not…… please take the time.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 7th day of November, 2017.

Well I guess whether we like it or not WINTER is here early or earlier than some years and definitely earlier than last year.

By summer we will have forgotten about the exact date that winter arrived but we will remember if there was a lot of snow and if it were cold.

Those things we never forgot but yet we do.

Anyone living in a climate that is cold for more than half of the year ….. has to either love winter or forgets the magnitude of the cold.

Likely that is part of the reason why the population of Canada has remained many times smaller than the United States.

Their Northern States that border with Canada also share the winter but not always to the same degree of cold.

I do not mind the winter ….. after all Christmas comes in the winter…..

As long as you have a warm winter coat, boots, scarf and mitts you will do okay.

Whenever you are outside in the winter ….. frostbite is always something to watch out for …… especially with the children.

I even watch Mr. Alvin as he likes to bury his chew treats in the back yard and sometimes loses track of time.

That could be dangerous if you are not keeping track of the time yourself.

Dogs do lost track of time …… something to keep in mind.

Children lost track of time …… something to keep in mind.

We are responsible for these little ones so always keep them in your mind in the winter.

Pets do not belong outside for long periods of time…… ….

Well looks like it is almost time for me to don my coat, boots, scarf and mitts and head out to the bus.

Have an awesome Tuesday.

Stay warm and dry.

Have a fun day.

Special Hello to:  Remember to be mindful.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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