2021

Good Morning ALL! Well here we are at Monday morning once again. I seem to find it difficult to get my butt up off the sofa “or out of bed” on these days more so than others. I read quite late last night and then could not turn off my brain. Also the few times that I got up and also turning off and on the snooze button, I had awoke from an ongoing dreams. Not 100% sure if same one or not but I just kept dreaming or thinking about things. Felt like a dream. Something I could not escape. Kind of scary. So that was my Sunday night and early Monday morning. Needless to say it is fast approaching work time so I will have to make this post short. I apologize for that.

Today is our Civic Election. We elect a Mayor, 12 Councillors and some School Trustees. We also have a question about Daylight Savings Time and whether or not to continue with Equalization payments from the Federal Government. Lots to ponder. The ballot will be a long one for sure and I am hoping that I can walk to the school and get back in a reasonable amount of time. With mask in hand, my drivers license and proof of vaccination (just in case) and my phone (cause who knows what will happen) and me, myself and I.

I hope that you have a great day. If it is your time to VOTE ….. go out and do it. You may not like the way that the majority votes but at least you had your say. Always important.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this morning? Alvin and I are doing well. Bed about 10:00 pm last night and the first time Al woke up was 4:00 am. So that was great. Looks like there are some clouds looming in the morning sky as the sun rises. So it is Sunday. We have a walked planned this afternoon with our friend Pauline. Yesterday we had a lovely walk and did our whole walk. I think it had to have been at least 20 degrees celsius. It was great. I did laundry all day which seems strange for one person but then I did not start until about 10:00 a.m. Also I got sidetracked and ended up cleaning out and changing up some of my kitchen drawers. Emptying the junk drawers (yup, I will own up to it I had about four drawers that held miscellaneous items). So I moved my kitchen towels to the larger bottom drawer. I had a drawer filled with tools of all kinds so I decided to get one of my three tool chests from the garage and empty one into the other two and bring it into the house. Now all of my tools including a hammer from the garage are in one tool chest. I was shocked to find out that I have three heavy duty measuring tapes. Not sure how that happened. Anyway I can measure everything. The remaining drawers had a mixture of recipes, papers, office supplies, and a multitude of other items. The top of the kitchen counters were slowly driving me mad. You know what I mean. Suddenly you go from a couple of items on the counter to having a good portion of that real estate covered with kitchen gadgets and other things. I had some medications and things for Alvin taking up space on the counter so I put them in a drawer. Lots of things were put in the garbage, recycling and a box for giveaways. At the end it looks a lot better but I still want to declutter more.

My plants in the kitchen are slowly taking over the once open and bright bay window. They love the light and are growing like there is no tomorrow. I had a bright idea to move the largest plant upstairs to the guest bedroom and had to rearrange things but it looks great. Nothing like a large plant to change the ambiance of a space. I also opened the blinds so that it could get that beautiful southern exposure light. Certainly helps that two of my three bedrooms face south as well as the kitchen. My office has one desktop filled with plants. With the largest of the plants moved from the kitchen it brightens up the space and does not make me feel claustrophobic.

I did some things that I had not planned to do but definitely glad that I did. In between I cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed. It was a busy day but so rewarding.

Yesterday I was thinking and planning Christmas gifts. I did wish that I had started a “gift book” years ago and every gift that I gave to someone, wrote it down. Because you reach a point where you forget what you gave people and I certainly do not want to duplicate a gift. I usually write the gifts down sometimes in my Christmas card book but not always. So this year I am going to grab a new notebook and start a gift book where I will write the names of my friends and family members that I gift gifts on a regular basis and every time I give them a gift, I shall enter it in the book. Then I will know. Also in this book you could write down everyone’s favourite colours, what they like and do not like, sizes, if they read, like to eat out, etc. I think I need a huge book. You can also write their birthdate beside their name. So many ideas are running through my mind. Hopefully if you are struggling with any of the things I have mentioned – I will have given you some ideas.

I would hope that at age 64, I would have some good ideas. Right, lol.

Well I had better get downstairs to the boy. He has been pretty good but I think I can hear him starting to squawk.

Oh, I am so excited as I caught a glimpse of the Pioneer Woman t.v. show yesterday morning and she was making all sorts of things in sheet pans (cookie sheets). One of the things that she made was pancakes. It was so much easier than cooking them individually and way faster. So this morning I am going to try making my pancake recipe in the oven on a cookie sheet/pan. Wish me luck.

Yesterday was a good day for ideas!

I am looking forward to a mug of coffee before the pancakes.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Sometimes you just need a bit of cuteness to start your day. Mr. Alvin at one of his laser therapy sessions.

2021

Good Morning All! How are you on this bright and sunny Saturday morning? I am doing well, we are doing well. Alvin is waiting patiently downstairs as I got washed, dressed, stripped and changed bedding, gathered towels and replaced with clean ones, renewed a subscription, and now writing this post. I am grateful to have two days off each week and sometimes the weekends are longer with statutory holidays.

I have to apologize to my grandpup Miss Aspen who turned “6” yesterday on Friday, October 15, 2021. I am not sure how Alvin and I both forgot ….. but we did.

This morning we would like to dedicate this post to our beautiful Miss Aspen. She is strong, smart, patient, loving and kind. The only time you have to look out is if there are bunnies or birds out and then all bets are off. She did not have a good start to life and had to fend for herself even having to find her own food. Aspen loves her home and her family. Her little brother Milo “MiMi” loves to play rough even though he is a fraction of her size. She just lays there and lets MiMi play away. She is a good pup and we love her so much. Aspen love, love, loves her walks and would be outside all the time if she could. But on the other side of it she loves to lay on her bed curled up, warm and safe. Aspen also loves to look out the window and check out what is going on in the neighbourhood. The pups are enjoying their new home and their huge yard. So much to investigate.

Happy 6th Birthday to the best “Grand Girl Pup” every.

We love you Miss Aspen and wish you many more Happy Years on this Earth with our Family.

This next bunch of photos are from Miss Aspen’s very first Christmas with our family. Milo was just a baby then. My daughter the photographer took these beautiful photos of the new additions to our family. I cannot believe how small they look – most especially MiMi. Christmas 2016.

Have a great day everyone. Happy Saturday.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. forgot to mention how much Miss Aspen loves when Grandma gives her belly rubs. Love you!

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this morning? I am well and Alvin as far as I know has remained sleeping on the sofa after I made a quiet escape upstairs to get ready for work and for the day. Darkness fills the outside as I look out of my office window. I can see one yard light in the distance otherwise pitch black out there. Soon there will be light. I cannot get William (Bill) Shatner’s experience of going to space even though it was for only ten minutes and a few seconds. Can you imagine punching through the atmosphere and only seeing darkness as you enter space? No wonder he was so emotional. We humans can only dream of going to space and until recently it was only an experience shared by an elite few. These two private companies, these two billionaires have changed this Earth and hopefully even with a few of its regular citizens seeing space, they will appreciate the Earth and provide the drive for us to get our butts in gear and help this planet before it is not a choice. Every single human being on this planet can make a difference from the old to the young and everyone in between. I do know that the companies that make all of the throw away – single use plastics, oil and gas industry and so on, employee a great many people and contribute to the economy of every country but it is time to make some big changes. We have the intelligence to make those changes. It may not be pretty but we can do it.

Now that is a big topic for this time of morning but perhaps just a bit of a reminder that we can all make a difference. I try not to buy items that cannot be easily recycled. I do recycle. I reuse. I seldom buy new clothes but buy from thrift shops and the like. My daughter and I borrow things from each other instead of buying an item that we may only use a few times – we share those things. Most of the people living in North America only use a small fraction of the items that are live in their homes. We buy items for decoration. We buy items to decorate our bodies not just clothe them. WE have so much that is not necessary to live but rather are nice to look at. Something to ponder today. Perhaps you have some jewelry that you do not need or wear any longer. You could sell it, give it to a family member or friend or give to a charity to sell. I have found that as I age, I do not have the need or desire to have a bunch of new things. Also I am going through my house and finding new homes for things. Maybe you have someone that would appreciate that old family teapot that is gathering dust in a cupboard. You know what I mean. We hang onto things because they belonged to a Grandmother, Mother, Aunt and so on.

Time to head on downstairs. Get the coffee brewing and continuing to make the list of items that I no longer need. We can also repurpose things that we have as well.

Have an awesome day.

Yes, it is Friday.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I am well, we are well. Perhaps a slight bit sleep deprived but nothing new. Still dark outside and that is part of living in Western Canada. The sun will not rise for awhile but that is okay. We will be voting on the time change next week. “To be or not to be, that is the question.” Sound familiar. Someone has decided this morning to bark every 10 seconds or so while I am upstairs despite my calling down to reassure him. Perhaps he has to pee but not likely. He is joined to me at the hip and whenever I am in the house and not beside him …. it is a problem. Definitely is getting more anxious as he ages. When I am outside and he can see me, no problem. Thank goodness that I do not have to go back to work at the office very often. My next time is November 9th, 2021, I think but I will have to find someone to come and check on him or he will go spend the day with someone. There is no way he will survive a 10 or so hour day without going outside or having human contact. Life.

Yesterday morning Canadian born William Shatner became the oldest person to go to space. I listened to him as he spoke to Jeff B. upon his return to Earth. He was so genuinely excited about the trip and grateful that he was able to see Earth from space. As he said he will be changed forever and he wished that everyone could have that experience. I wish that as well. I am so happy that “Captain Kirk” got to actually go to space. How strangely wonderful is that. Pretty darn exciting.

Someone is finally quiet down there and I am not sure why. Grateful for the quiet.

Yesterday we enjoyed two walks, one at my lunch break and the other after work. Before the walk after work I raked the leaves from our front lawn including Humphrey & Bogart’s. The leaves were crunchy. So pretty. Love this time of year.

I thought that perhaps we needed a bit of “yellow perfection” in our Thursday. I love Sunflowers. So perfectly beautiful. My gift to you for today.

Well time to go and get that coffee on to perk and see if Mr. Alvin does in fact have to go outside.

I wish you a great Thursday.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, patience, compassion, understanding, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this morning? My first day back to work since last Thursday and I will admit that I HIT the snooze button more than once, yes I did. I am up and going in the direction of work.

I was listening to the news yesterday. Next week in our Municipal Election they are asking us to vote on whether or not we want Daylight Savings Time. A Doctor was stating the cons of the sunrise and how it negatively affects us. So the sun would rise at 9:30 instead of 8:30, something like that. My home to the east Saskatchewan has been on DST for years and I don’t remember hearing that they were enduring problems. I like the idea of having everyone on the same time instead of having to think about the time everytime you call someone outside the province. Hopefully people will want to make the change.

Guess what I missed the Northern Lights show on Monday night. I cannot believe that I did not hear about it or SEE the light show. We were even outside and still up when the show was happening. Perhaps I do not have a good vantage point from here! I guess not if I did not notice the green sky. Hopefully it will happen again in the near future and I am sorry that I missed the show. Green is my favourite colour.

The last few mornings have been very crispy outside. Had to don a light winter coat. Still surprised by how many leaves remain on trees around the park and in our immediate neighbourhood. When we were out for a walk yesterday afternoon, I took notice of all the sizes and shapes of leaves from all of the different trees and the colours. Do you remember as a child collecting leaves for school projects? I do and that was a long, long time ago. There were long narrow leaves, round leaves, pointy leaves, almost square leaves, oblong and on and on. Colours everything from a plum, burgundy to golden yellow and orange. I love this time of year. My favourite time, actually. Walking and crunching on the leaves.

I took this photo a little while ago but I love the leaves from my tree. Now they are crunch and much fewer. I raked these ones but left the remaining ones as they fell to the ground. The wind has been so strong that there was no point in raking. Some of mine have gone to the neighbours and some of theirs to mine. If there is a point in the near future where there is calm outside I will give them one more rake before the season changes. One of the neighbours north of us has a tree that has red leaves. So pretty and such a vibrant red.

Well time to get downstairs and get the coffee on. See if Alvin has to go outside before I start work. Then turn on the computer and start work.

I hope that you have an awesome day. Wednesday already.

Continuing to live with respect, kindness, compassion, patience, understand, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this morning? The weather is beautiful on this first day of the long weekend, second day of my long weekend and first full day with the kids in their new home. My favourite part of being in the country is the night sky. when Alvin needed to go out at 4 am, it wasn’t so bad as the stars were incredibly beautiful. I could see the Big and Little Dippers, Orion’s Belt and more. The stars were endless. Magnificent. There are not enough adjectives in the English language to describe the night sky.

We are happy to see the kid’s new home and it is beautiful and most importantly they are happy and loving their home in the country.

Last night after we arrived my daughter and I along with the three pups Aspen, Milo and Alvin went for a walk. We walked to the each which is only a short walk from their house. The sun was just setting and the colours coming off the water at the horizon were amazing. Some of my favourite colours at this time of day.

Breathtaking. What a beautiful evening.

I will post more photos later.

Enjoying some family time.

Wishing you a great Saturday.

Continuing to li life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and laughter and gratitude and abundance.

Always

2021

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are all well. It is a beautiful bright sunny blue sky morning here in Edmonton. It is the beginning of the long weekend for me. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to all my Canadian Friends and Family and to all Canadians.

We have so much to be thankful for this year and every year.

I am grateful to be alive, to be employed and working from home, to be in good health, to have my own home, to have great family and friends and for everything in my life including a barking Alvin who is not happy that I am upstairs and he is not.

Please enjoy some photos taken just a couple of minutes ago from the front of my house looking out from the porch as the final leaves dropped from our tree and then some from the backyard. A few decorations for fall.

Enjoy your day.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Thursday morning? I am doing okay. Been a rocky sleep last night but it is morning and I am up and dressed and now writing this post before starting my last work day for this week. I am looking forward to an extra long long weekend. I am off from tomorrow and go back to work next Wednesday. So two short weeks in a row. But that means lots to do on the days that I am working.

Looks like we had a light frost last night. We were outside several times during the night and early morning so I am feeling somewhat like I imagine a “zombie” to feel like …… a little sleep deprived. At one point the sky had cleared and the stars were shining brightly. That I so enjoyed. The sun is coming up as the sky begins to turn from night to morning. So beautiful. I always love the colour palette of sunrises and sunsets. So vibrant and gorgeous. A feast for the eyes. Most of the leaves have fallen from our tree in the front yard. There is something eerily stunning about a bare tree. Very cool.

I am afraid this will be short but I have a couple of things left to tell you. Yesterday it was smokey in the morning and at noon so we did not venture out for a walk. Our friend Pauline dropped by during my lunch break to drop off some apples. She offered to take Alvin for a walk as the smoke had dissipated somewhat and did not bother her so I put on his harness and leash and out they went. I forewarned her that he may not want to go. He is like that. If I am at home he does not want to leave me behind or go without me. I figured if he would go with anyone it would be Pauline. So out they went. After a few minutes there was a wee knock at the door. He would not go. I believe if I were not there – he would have gone. Kind of sweet in a way that he won’t leave me behind and that is how I tend to look at it instead of the other that he is so much a momma’s boy that he won’t go without me. My Alvin.

Near the end of the day our friend Iris, Teddy’s Mom had called but I was working so the call had gone to voicemail. I decided that we should just walk over as they were home from the farm. So after work off we went. We had a great visit with them all. I cannot believe how grown up Miss Kobi is becoming as she is not longer a wee pup. I love the word “wee.” Iris gave me some of her homemade mulled apple sauce like cranberries but made with apples. After a nice visit we were off home. Alvin had been trying to tell me something for the last bit of our visit and I found out what it was ….. he had to poop. I should know better. Really he seldom barks for no reason. I have to put on my listening cap and try not to be distracted. Anyway he had a poop on the way home and I of course picked it up in one of the bags that I always carry with me.

Once home it was, suppertime for both of us. Alvin first and then I had to wait for my supper to cook. We had a nice quiet evening.

Time to fly. Put on coffee and let the boy out again before I start work which is in just over 15 minutes. Time is zipping along.

Take Care and enjoy this October 7, 2021 day.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I hope that life is treating you well. We had a good sleep. I noticed when I went to bed that the furnace did not go off once the house was warmed, it just continued to run. As I fell asleep I was hoping that it would turn off but found out at 4:00 a.m. when Alvin got me up that it was still running and likely did not turn off as it should do. So I quickly googled possible solutions / problems and went over the list and I have a new furnace filter, (which was the big reason), furnace has been cleaned, and some other things. They mentioned to check and see what position the furnace fan was at “ON” or “AUTO” and it was at on. So I flipped to AUTO and in a couple of moments it turned off and then a few minutes later came back on. “Auto” means that the fan automatically works only when the air is being heated or cooled. So once your home reaches the temperature set on the thermostat, the fan stops. “ON” means the fan is on 24/7, even when the air isn’t being heated or cooled. The “ON” mode costs you more money as opposed to the “AUTO” mode. Interesting. Well I certainly hope that this solves my problem. I do not remember the furnace running continuously in the ON position so perhaps there is an underlying problem. When a homeowner there is so much to know and unfortunately like parenthood there is no handbook (or maybe there is).

Well that has been my excitement for the night and early morning.

I am running late so will have to sign off.

The smoke fills our air from the fires in Saskatchewan. I hope that everyone is safe and that they are extinguished soon. Not much fun to walk in. We will say inside except for Alvin going to the backyard and me with him. My hair smelled like smoke and I was grateful to have a shower this morning.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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