A New YEAR 2023

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? The sky looks so beautiful this morning with all the layers of blues, almost purple, oranges and pinks. Absolutely gorgeous. Great way to start the day with a great sunrise. We had a good sleep, I was up more than Alvin. He definitely is on the mend. His poop is starting to look like poop and there does not appear to be any signs of blood (I was looking in the porch light as it was dark as I held the bag up). This morning I started to wean him off the bland diet by slowly introducting his regular food. It was easy to do, 1/4 cup of rice, chicken, his wet and dry food and then some pumpkin with the Metamucil. I was easily able to get him to take his medicine this morning which was a relief. Nothing like having to keep picking up pieces of a pill and rewrapping in chicken. Perhaps he was playing me! Anyway, things are looking up. I am so relieved. Hopefully by the end of this week we will be back to normal.

Yesterday my daughter stayed until about lunchtime. She helped me with some computer stuff. Still not able to find out why we cannot upload photos to WordPress but we found a work around, oh I know about work rounds. My work is all about that. Why is it with every update or new model that something that was working fine is no longer working? Anyway, that is for another day. Amanda was going to put all my photos on the external hard drive but there is a problem, a specific cord was not included. Of course, the hard drive is new and my old computer is not. She thought it was included but it was not. She has the same hard drive so can bring me one next time she comes over. See what I mean about technology. Let’s keep updating technology so that people have to keep buying all the adapters, cords etc. Makes me want to cry. Nothing is easy and they have us all over a barrel.

I tried once again to add some photos to this post. But no luck. I have company coming for coffee in a few minutes so need to go and put on the coffee. I will figure this out. We thought maybe because I had so many photos in my gallery here but that does not seem to be the issue. ARGH.

On that note, I am going to add some wonderful memories from 2022, my 65th Birthday…….. ah…..

Have a great day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

A New YEAR 2023

Good Morning ALL! Bed late and up late this Saturday morning. So excited that my daughter slept over last night. We had such a good night and as she is getting ready to go home to her family, a bit of sadness creeps into my heart. I love when she arrives and am sad when she leaves. I guess that is a Mother thing or parent thing. She is such a great human, person, woman and daughter. Just love my girl to the moon and beyond.

One thing that I want to figure out with my new computer is how to access my photos through Word Press. Somehow the new computer does things differently or perhaps it is the old me that just cannot see the trees for the forest. Oh, well, as I recently told my daughter, eventually I figure things out. Sometimes it takes me awhile.

Last night for supper we had black bean burgers enveloped by Val’s most delicious dill pickle cheese biscuits with a splatter of her raspberry jalapeño jelly. OMG, so delicious. We added cheddar cheese as you cannot have a burger without lots of cheese. My mouth is watering at the mere thought of that burger. I do not think that anything will ever top the most deliciousness of that burger with those biscuits on either side. My friend Val sure knows how to cook and bake. She is the bomb, so talented in the kitchen. I am eternally grateful for all the goodies that she sends to us. Alvin loves his homemade treats as well. We had later in the evening this incredible chocolate brownie. Hidden in the brownie/icing was pieces of a Kit Kat chocolate bar, one of my favourites. It was so rich and delectable. My tummy was so full and content by the goodness. This morning I gave my daughter one of the apple tarts for “breakfast” with her coffee, I will have my later (dessert for supper tonight). Thanks Val, you rock.

Thank you to my daughter for helping me with computer things this morning. She is on her way and I am about to “publish this post.” Photo of Alvin is from last night. What a cutie!

I hope that you are having a wonderful Saturday. Mine has been good thus far. Lots going on. I am also watching over Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder for a couple of days.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, gratitude, love, laughter, focus, possibilities and coffee. I need coffee ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

Last Half 2022

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are doing well this morning! Wow, can you believe that it is Monday, November 21, 2022 today? We had rain before 4:30 this morning. Rain past mid November. That is just very strange. Thankfully I am working from home today. Anyone having to drive, I hold you in my heart and wish you safe travels to work and back home or wherever you may be going.

Well this truly was a weekend of diversions from the “TO DO LIST” but in the end I managed to get most things crossed off/completed. I took this afternoon off from work as Mr. Alvin has his regular 5 week appointment for ears, nail trim and “anal glands.” Thankfully the weather is nice so we should be able to walk there and back. By later this afternoon any ice should have melted. I could not believe that it was +3 degrees at 8:00 o’clock last night. Wow, this weather. Can you imagine if it was like this for Christmas. So much of the snow has melted although the ground still remains with a thick thick blanket but gone are the four foot snow banks. We had a nice walk yesterday afternoon and Alvin enjoyed sniffing along the way. We also visited with neighbours that were out and about on the warm afternoon. One was even putting up outdoor lights. Perfect time to do it. After our walk, I dropped Mr. Alvin off at the house and went over to my friend Gillian’s for a cup of coffee and to pick up the floor mats. Yes, I ordered two more of the floor mats that I had recently purchased from Costco. Reason being is that I have been using my yoga mats on the floor for Mr. Alvin. I really do not want the wear and tear on them plus they look a bit odd. Not that appearances really make a difference to me but this time, they did/do. We had a great visit with her brother making a surprise appearance. I had not seen “D” for a long time. Nice to chat with him. Once back home, I finished upstairs. I had previously gone through both of the bathrooms and cleaned out the cabinets upper and lower. Throwing away unwanted things. Felt so good. I vacuumed. Did some things before making supper for me and Mr. Alvin. After supper I did dishes and then set up my workstation for today.

Well time to head downstairs, back downstairs. I will have a few hours before his appointment this afternoon to clean out some kitchen drawers. Then all of the kitchen drawers and cabinets will have been cleaned/tidied up. I moved some coffee mugs about by putting the Christmas ones in the cupboards where they can be reached when company comes over.

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Have an awesome Monday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: Happy Monday!

Second Half 2022 – November

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you had a great Monday and a wonderful Halloween. Last night we had 45 treaters of all ages arrive on our porch. I had put Mr. Alvin’s harness and leash on so that he would not get away on me and then realized that he wasn’t going anywhere. Depending on who was at the door he might walk onto the porch otherwise he stayed in the house. It was so nice to see some of the children from the neighbourhood. There were several of the 45 that I did not recognize but there have been lots of people moving in and out over the last year. We made note that several, actually a lot of our neighbours did not hand out treats. Some perhaps due to the expense and others because they were unable to buy any. I bought mine weeks before the big day. Not something you want to leave until the last minute. Our first treater was a little LION named Grayson, oh so cute. Just started to walk. On cue when Mum asked what sound does a Lion make he went “GRRRR” and then he blew me a kiss. Such a cutie. Alvin sure loves him and he loves Alvin. One of the few little ones that was not afraid of him. Other children we knew of course were not afraid of him. We even had a Samurai – so cute. Most of the children whether young or a bit older – all said THANK YOU. I was very impressed by that show of manners. It was 45 minutes bordering on one hour between the first visitor and the second. I decided early on that I would just give out a handful (sometimes more) as it was apparent that the numbers were down this year. Our neighbourhood is maturing I suppose and we do not have the numbers of children that we did for the first decade after I moved here. Very sad but that is life. Our friend Maddie even stopped by and I scored a bag of cheetos. Just needed something not sweet. I have managed to eat only a minimum of Halloween treats this year. Which is good! We had a good night and I turned off the porch light and closed the blinds at 7:51 p.m.

Alvin and I went outside to the backyard after that and as I waited for him to do this thing, I noticed these tiny, tiny snowballs hitting the ground and bouncing about. Some hit my coat bouncing off while others landed on Mr. Alvin and just stayed. I would not say that it was cold out but I guess cool enough for miniature snowballs.

This coming Sunday we turn our clocks back by one hour. That always takes some adjusting and will take more considering we are back to work three days each week. It is not something that I particularly look forward to, that is for sure.

Well, we turned our calendars over today to: NOVEMBER 1st, 2022 for this Tuesday. Today is back to the office for the next three days. ARGH. It will be okay.

My burning eye incident passed after about one hour but was miserable for the duration.

Well almost time to go downstairs and have some snuggles with the boy before I leave for the office. I am so grateful to have a ride to work. Very grateful. I am grateful that I have the time to snuggle with Alvin before I leave for work. I am grateful that I live in this beautiful house, our home. I am grateful for time. I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude for my life.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: a mug of java will taste mighty fine this morning. YAY.

The New YEAR 2022

Hello, cannot say good morning as it is now after lunch. I hope you are well on this Monday. I woke up not feeling well under the weather and decided to take a sick day. Other than getting up with Alvin throughout the morning I laid on the sofa under my red comfy blanket snuggled next to Alvin.

The sun is shining brightly and there is a strong breeze marking the day.

Having a hot cup of coffee now to warm me up.

I hope you are all having a great Monday, I will be back tomorrow.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus and possibilities.

Always, Carol&Alvin

The New Year 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Alvin and I are doing great. I had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday. My daughter picked me up in the late morning so that we could arrive at Creekside Nursery & Garden when it opened. Wow, did it ever get busy fast. Initially we both thought that we would just look and pick up maybe the odd flower as it is too early to plant. Well that did not last long. By the time we got to the check-out our cart was filled to the brim, no room left for even the smallest container. I also picked up a cream coloured ceramic flower pot, three bags of potting soil, gardening gloves, fertilizer, and some plants which included tomatoes, greek oregano ( I did not know there was such a thing), begonias, violas, pansies and impatiens and lavender.

The photos are all from home except for the first two and the stock photo.

My kitchen looks amazing. I will keep the plants inside until it is warmer to plant them. What a gorgeous workspace. My happy place. I apologize for the slightly blurry photos as they looked clear when I snapped them.

I hope that your Mother’s Day was awesome.

Well it is almost time to head downstairs. Get this Monday started.

Alvin and I had a quiet Mother’s Day evening which suited me fine.

The sun is shining this morning, there is a breeze, buds on the trees and even small small leaves on some of the trees.

Feels like almost summer now that I have my flowers.

Happy Days ahead.

Have a fantastic day.

Happy Monday.

I am so grateful for such a great Mother’s Day with my daughter, grateful for all the beautiful plants I was able to purchase, grateful to be alive, grateful for my darling Alvin and my son-in-law and my grandpups. Thank you for this great life.

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

Always, Carol & AL

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! What a lazy morning me and the pups are having. Things are going well. Yesterday in the afternoon Miss Aspen and Grandma went for a walk. It was a long walk distance wise but only took us 45 minutes. Cool and windy. we met lots of pups out for walks. I took a break and then took Milo and Alvin for a walk. Looks calm this morning thus far. I am using my phone to do this post, not ideal. The pups all went to bed without incident last night and slept till 430, which was great. We were up and down after that for breakfast and for Aspen’s medicine at 800.

I made some homemade vegetable chicken soup starting with making a broth.

Aspen on the sofa when Alvin, Milo and I returned from our walk.

Milo on the chair looking out the window and Aspen on one of the beds.

I am having difficulty uploading photos.

I am sorry for the shortness of this post.

Have an awesome day.

I will use the computer and post photos.

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

Always, Carol, Alvin, Aspen & Milo

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? The sun is up but partially hidden behind some clouds. Looks beautiful as you can see the clear sky between the layers of clouds. I love how that looks. There is one place that I just noticed where it appears like beams of light coming out over the clouds, I guess from the sun itself. So pretty. It is mild outside and forecast is for plus 5 degrees celsius. YAY. One of my neighbours and friends brought over some gravel mix and put down on the sidewalk as it was so icy. I have not been anywhere to pick any up and of course, forgot to mention it to my daughter. I am so grateful to have such great friends and neighbours. Safe to walk on our sidewalk. I have put a call out to my daughter if she is by any place that sells it – to please pick some up for us. We did not get out for a walk yesterday but hopefully this afternoon.

In a few minutes, I am going to put on coffee, first load of laundry and have a quick bite to eat so that at 10:00 a.m. – I can give Mr. Alvin a haircut followed by a bath. Then he will be dry so that we can go for a walk mid afternoon. He will have to wear his sweater of course.

So happy for the weekend.

How about some photos?

I wish you a great Saturday.

Continuing to live with respect, kindness, compassion, patience, love, laughter, gratitude, understanding, focus and possibilities.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Wow, December 30, 2021. Well we slept in but really what does it matter? We are not going anywhere or doing anything special. The sky is clear and the sun is up. The pups are both in the office with me. I caught Cookie a couple of minutes ago carrying something downstairs. It was a Fifth Avenue Jewelry box. One that once held a piece of jewelry but was stored on a moveable cart in the guest room. Perhaps to be used another day. Well Miss Cookie had it in her mouth and was about to make a quick getaway down the stairs. She definitely is getting more brave and confident and inquisitive with each day she spends with us. I am most grateful to have Mr. Alvin as he is more concerned to be right beside me than to be checking things out in other rooms. He never really has inquisitive. He has always been happy to be with me. No matter where I am or what I am doing. So as we go into the New Year we, me and Alvin are with another being who likes to look and sniff and see what everything is. Maybe it is because our home is relatively new to her and not to us. I am not sure but whatever it is I am happy that it is the way it is in this moment. She is lying on her belly scratching at the door. She does not like the door being closed. But she will need to learn patience. After this post, I am going to have a shower so yet again another door will be closed. I do not trust her not to get into things if I am out of the room for more than a couple of minutes. She jumps as though she is flying. What a character she is!

She loves to lick me and Alvin. She was just licking Alvin’s face and he put his paw up as if to say “enough.” She is lying by the door on her side and Alvin is whining, for what reason I do not know. Perhaps he is bored being in the office with the door closed. Not an usual scene for us.

I just paid Alvin’s pet license online. Thank goodness for technology.

Well the troops are getting restless and I need a shower. I think today will be a pancake day. Time to use up milk and eggs. I always buy too much at Christmas. Even with the extra company we still did not go through as much as I bought grocery wise. Which is okay as I do not need to go to the grocery store any time soon. Except for bananas. We always need bananas. Alvin and I love bananas. I would love one right now.

I forgot to mention that when we went to bed last night. Cookie was playing. Alvin was laying down quietly but she was jumping and rolling and did a backflip right off the bed. Thankfully she landed on the area rug. I couldn’t look at first as I thought for certain she had injured herself. But within a couple of seconds she was back up and fooling around. Whew!!

I wished that I could show you a video of Alvin and Cookie playing together. Chasing one another. Once in awhile they stop and she licks his face. I haven’t seen that much energy coming out of Mr. Alvin in a long time. Clearly they are enjoying each other’s company.

I had pulled the spare bedroom door closed and heard a scratching but it was not Cookie opening the door – it was the Alvin. OMG.

Sometimes there is fireworks!!

Wishing you a great day. I hope that you are able to laugh and are in good health and have plenty to eat.

Continuing to live each day with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding and gratitude.

Always, Carol, Alvin and Cookie (Monster).

P.S. I renewed Alvin’s pet license this morning. I had forgot that I did it online last year. So easy to do.

2021

Good Morning,

Cold but bright and sunny morning and I am feeling under a bit under the weather with a headache. Decided to take a sick day and get some rest.

I will be back bright and early tomorrow.

Always, Carol&Alvin

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