2021

Good Morning All. How are you this morning? Mr. Alvin slept till 5 am with a few tries at getting me up but the Momma won. His next round of meds is for 6 am, so thought I might as well write this post while we are waiting.

Last night it rained as the deck is still wet. So happy for my flowers, crops, gardens, grass snd trees. It has been dry here. I hope the areas affected by the fires get some much needed rain.

I am wondering why when I type a word correctly that spellcheck changes it to some random letters? Like snn. Just now I typed snn and it changed to SNL. Argh, kind of frustrating. Gotta love technology.

I feel so much better with having “slept “ from 10 to 5. We will go back to sleep for a bit once I am doing writing this post and the boy has had his meds. It is my vacation time after all.

Yesterday we had two walks to the park and back. I have been massaging his leg and doing physio. He has six laser therapy sessions to help him things faster so will book them when he goes on Thursday to have the staples and stitches removed.

I have been working on an idea do that we can go back upstairs bed. Will try it out once the staples come out. I have been dreaming of my bed, of spreading out but then I remember that someone who shall remain nameless but has four legs usually hogs the bed. At this point, I would gladly sleep in my 1/4 of the bed. I am grateful that the sofa is comfortable and that Alvin is healing and no longer sleeps in positions that take up most of the chaise portion of the sofa. I will have to ask how long I will need to carry him out to pee. I guess the three steps down will remain too much for a bit. Also if I let him walk to the deck he will run and I won’t be able to catch him before he jumps down to the grass. Oh, life with Alvin.

I often wonder how others handle this situation? Maybe I treat him too much like a human. I guess that would be the case.

Well getting closer to the meds time. I will see if he wants more water.

Gratitude for two walks yesterday and today we will go three.

I hope you have a good day.

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

Love Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! I hope this finds you well. We have had incredible highs and lows over the past 24 hours or so. Yesterday in the early afternoon our friend Pauline came over and with her urging we went on our first walk outside of the yard in weeks. I could not believe how excited he was and once harness went on he was ready to go. He loved the walk and likely went faster than should have. I too, enjoyed getting out of the house. Once back home, Pauline watched Alvin so I could have a shower. After she left we spent some time watching a Netflix series called “The Cook of Castamar,” which was recommended by Pauline. Later on we spent some time on the deck relaxing. Another hot night so I covered him with a wet towel and all seemed well until about 2 am and basically we have been up since that time. After several times in the middle of the night going outside and him not wanting to be on the sofa, I put him on one of his beds on the floor. I grabbed a bit of sleep here and there. But he did not go to sleep for more than a few minutes.

I don’t remember the time he had breakfast, I think about 5 am and then meds at 6 am. In and out, up and do. Made coffee at 9 am because that is what you fo when you are tired. At one of the early morning or middle of night trips to the backyard, I misstepped going down steps to grass but managed to make the correction do we did not fall, thank goodness.

At 10 am, with the temperature about 20 degrees Celsius we headed out for another walk. Again Alvin was super excited to get out. We saw a friend who was just heading out to take her dogs to an off leash park ….. she was backing out of the garage …. We stopped and then she saw us and rolled down the passenger window and we had a visit on the driveway. Crystal mentioned that her Daisy (passed) had the same surgery and she remembered how much she loved to walk and run despite the surgery and the importance of doing the range of motion exercises. Well time to go and get things done and perhaps give him a pain med.

I hope you have a great day.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you today? We are great . Bed about 10 pm last night and up at 430 this morning and then another hour and a bit before getting up. So grateful for a good night sleep. I believe that draping him with a wet towel did the trick. He slept well.

We are outside. I put the gate up and watered my flowers and then brought out my coffee, his water and my phone. Then I grabbed the boy and brought him out and placed him on the love seat.
We had just got settled and I decided to start my writing this post when the little bugger jumped with the grace of a gazelle onto the wooden deck with me in hot pursuit and yelling at same time. Happy he was to have made a great escape. He made it to the edge of the deck and was preparing to jump onto the grass when I said stop, he turned and looked at me which was all the time I needed to latch onto him preventing a second jump. I almost had a heart attack. He made no sound of distress. Clearly he was trying to see his friends Humphrey and Bogart who were out in their backyard. Having a bad momma moment. Guess he has been watching too much of the Olympics.

This morning

Well the photo clearly shows that the boy desperately needs a haircut and bath. Photo taken after the jump. It only takes a second. I guess this means he is feeling better as he wants to do things. No longer satisfied to sit and watch or nap. I will have to ensure there is no way for him to jump off of or onto anything.

Only a few more sleeps until the wretched staples come out of his leg. It will mean a bit more freedom for us. We will then begin to take the required walks on the front sidewalk instead of in the backyard. I can hardly wait although part of me does not want to wish my remaining vacation days away. Not much of a vacation as I see friends posting photos from their vacations. I am okay vacationing at home but definitely would have been better had we been able to walk and get out and do things.

Right now the sky is partially filled with smoke keeping the heat from coming through with the bright results of the sun. But eventually it will come through and the temperatures will soar but for now I was happy to have a light jacket on while outside. The fans are working overtime keeping the main floor cool along with the ventilation system.

Last night I had a great chat with my sister. Life can get in the way and sometimes we don’t make the time and we should. I haven’t laughed that hard for a long time. My sister knows how to reach my funny bone.

I was happy that Andre De Grasse got the bronze medal in the Men’s 100 metre. He is quite the young man and made his country proud. Well done. I enjoyed watching him race and listening to him speak, he is a wonderful young person.

Well time to get this day going. I will be happy when it is not necessary to have fans running all the time. The noise is sometimes annoying and yet so necessary. I wonder how many fans are out there that are more quiet?

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

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! Welcome to Saturday morning and an even warmer day than yesterday. Here in Edmonton our temperatures will soar to +30’s Celsius for the next several days. We will do what we can to stay cool.

Last night was not quite the repeat of Thursday night but we managed a couple of hours in earlier this morning. Not feeling too bad. I think Alvin is feeling the heat. His tummy was upset as we sat outside at 200 am with him eating grass. He did not throw up. He did just sit on the grass and with the cool air surrounding us, I was happy to just sit. I could hear coyotes howling in the distance which kind of have had me concerned. There was some smoke in the air but I could see the moon looking orange through the smoke. We went back into the house sometime later and after 300 am, we fell asleep and awake just before 700. After giving Alvin his breakfast, meds snd going outside we ventured back to the deck and slept Till 900. Up and going. I placed Alvin on one of his beds on the floor and blocked off sofa just in case he had the urge to jump up. I washed my face, applied moisturizer, put on eyebrows (just because) and brushed my teeth before getting changed for the day. Following this I put on a pot of coffee and grabbed the baby gate so I could quickly water the flowers on the deck with the boy watching my every move. Once done I grabbed his water dish, my phone and a mug of coffee and put items out on the deck coffee table before returning to grab the boy. We thoroughly enjoy sitting on the deck on the love seat. The air was cool, sky a bit smoky and a cool breeze blew over us every so often. I enjoyed my coffee and Alvin some water. There was a huge dragonfly dipping in and out of our yard to say hello. I love dragonflies. My favourite insect. Once I was finished my coffee, I moved the table to block Alvin’s possible escape by jumping down to the deck. Also moved a chair on the other end. With the table giving him a clear view of me while I deadheaded my flowers. I also moved some of the planters away from the hot area for later. Reminds me I should have moved two other pots but I still have time before the heat spikes.

As I write Mr. Alvin rests. I cannot tell if he is sleeper not but he is quiet. I elected not to give him pain medicine this morning and will monitor him throughout the day.

It is funny how your life can change in the blink of an eye. Things you took for granted like walks are for the future. We can walk a bit in the backyard for now. Even doing laundry or having a shower.
I have decided that once Alvin’s staples and sutures come out on Thursday that shortly thereafter we will sleep upstairs. I will be able to carry him partially over my shoulder. Even if we can sleep alternate nights in our bed and on the sofa, I would feel like I have a wee bit of my life back. Time will tell. At least I can give him a bath and haircut on the weekend.

Well time to finish my coffee as I think he is now sleeping.

Wishing you a great day.

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

Always from Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! I can honestly say it is a good morning, well actually a great morning. Yesterday my son-in-law was here waiting for my daughter to finish at an appointment. Alvin was so happy to see him. We chatted about his anxiety as he is always panting even for no apparent reason and that his Doctor had said we could look at putting him on an anti-anxiety medication. This was a recent conversation and with everything else going on we had not nailed down a time. Steve said why don’t you call and see if he could start now. So I called and after a few hours of waiting for confirmation- we were able to pick them up. One of my girlfriends picked them up as my son-in-law had to leave. So at 4:36 pm last night I have him an anti-anxiety pill, well actually it was 1/4 of one tablet and we went about our business. After we both ate, dishes were done and bit of tidying up we sat down on the sofa where we both nodded off. Next thing I know the phone was ringing and it was my friend G who was at the door for a scheduled visit. I had left the door unlocked before we laid down. We laughed when I told her that I had glanced at the time and it was 635 and then what seemed like five minutes later, she was there for 7 pm.


Oh my goodness- so nice when we have company. Alvin was so happy to see her. We chatted and caught up on our lives albeit mine has not been overly newsworthy. Before you knew it – two hours had passed and she was on her way home. We then started getting ready for bed, meds to the boy with some wet food. I got washed up, brushed my teeth and changed into my pjs. Did I tell you my “closet” is a laundry basket? Yup, it is. I placed items that I would wear in the basket along with a few pairs of pjs and placed it on the upstairs for convenience and blocking off access to the upstairs. I hung a few tops in the entrance way closet. I have a tall laundry container sitting on the basement landing to the stairs so I can easily place worn items there. A section of the kitchen counter is filled with our hygiene products. We are set up.

We were in bed on our current bed, the sofa a few minutes before 10 pm. We settled in pretty quickly. Through the night Alvin stirred but I was able to just say go back to sleep and he did. Finally we both woke up and I checked my phone for the time snd it was 535 am, our first full night sleep in one week. I almost leaped off the sofa and cried tears of joy. We got up, he had his breakfast and meds and a drink of water before heading outside. it was so lovely outside that I thought I could have him on the love seat while I watered my flowers who were droopy. But I decided not to water flowers at 600 am and we went back in and fell asleep till almost 900 am. We both near exhaustion- definitely needed that sleep. Once up to stay, I got dressed, put on some coffee, gave the boy his next round of meds before grabbing the watering can to fill. I figured as he is definitely more calm that I could leave him by the back door with a baby gate blocking access to the deck and quickly water the flowers. It worked, he watched as I watered and then came into the house to refill the watering can. Once done, I moved the baby gate and grabbed my phone and the boy to sit on the deck. I set him down carefully on the love seat and using the “coffee table” and a chair to block any possible attempt to jump down. I deadheaded some flowers while he quietly watched. Once done, I sat beside him just relaxing in the morning air.

We are now back in the house chilling on the sofa me writing and enjoying a mug of coffee while he rests. He is not totally out and the anti-anxiety pill does not appear to have caused him to be unsteady when he is awake and he is not sleeping constantly so it is working and I am great relieved.

Time to have breakfast for me. At the end of the day when you are feeling things are so dark and you think there is no hope, I am here to tell you that there most certainly is. All it takes is words snd they can change everything. I am so grateful to my son-in-law as I would not have made the call at this time.

Now feeling rested and more like I have a brain that is functioning properly- I can fo anything.

Have a great Friday and start to the weekend. Maybe catch some of the Olympics.

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

Always from Alvin and his very happy Momma!

2021

Good morning All! How are you today? Thursday, I think? The days are running together. There have been a few points when I was oh so tempted to grab my sandals and keys and leave. The front door looks so tempting. Another mixed up semi sleepless night. More on the no sleep than sleep. Reminds me of being a Mom when my daughter was colicky. No sleep. Being alone and caring for another life whether two or four-legged is not easy. Alvin panted for hours on end despite multiple trips outside during the night, rub down with wet cloth and his meds, I could not console him. No one was here to console me and I had an equally miserable night. Unpleasant thoughts took over my mind. It is hard to have continued loving, kind and respectful thoughts when you are so tired you just want to cry or run away. I would never harm Alvin despite being so distraught but I’m sure he could feel the words hit his heart. I’m sorry Alvin.

Tomorrow is one week since his surgery. I pray and hope that things drastically improve soon. Now of course things are way better than last weekend. That first night we camped out on the living room floor and there is no way that I could have got through it without my daughter being here.

It just seems that at times there is nothing I can do to make things better. Alvin is an anxious guy and that anxiety can push over the positive effect that his meds would have on him. I honestly do not know how he functions at all. Not much sleep and being anxious.

On a positive note when we were outside the last time I decided to put in on the love seat blocking any escape. He seemed to enjoy it for a few minutes while I deadheaded some of my flowers as bf gave a drink to others. Those glorious moments did not last but at least I had them.

I am so sorry to be venting but I hope if there are others out there in a similar situation that you will know you are not alone. In the wee hours of the night/morning I am with you and knowing that this too yet shall pass.

There is no way that I could have envisioned this happening and spending literally months sleeping on the sofa. Oh, I would give almost anything to sleep one whole night in my bed upstairs. We have a long way to go and there will be ups and downs such as there is in life. But I know I will get through and Alvin will as well.

Well time for more caffeine. I look forward to walks in time. I pray his knee heals.

Thank you for reading this post and continuing to follow me on this path which is my life.

Fingers crossed when I start back to work and so grateful I can continue to work from home.

Continuing with all my might and a few slip ups to live with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you today? We are getting better with each passing day. Sure is not the way that I had planned my vacation. But that is okay. I’m not sure why I reviewed my post from yesterday but I did and found typos. Lack of sleep snd using my phone keyboard with one finger – the reasons.

Yesterday my friend Pauline called to say if I would like to have a shower or do anything that she could come over and watch Alvin. Actually it was more of a gentle order and I graciously accepted. You quickly realize how much we take for granted. Making coffee, cooking, showering and all the things we do without any thought. I had the most enjoyable shower and am so grateful. My daughter came after a busy day at work so I could look after my flowers and get the mail. This surely has been a time with no sleep, appreciating the small things like giving Alvin pumpkin so he has good poops, enjoying a cup of coffee while the boy rests and seeing friends show up offering time and ready made meals just defrost and warm. I’m so lucky and grateful.

I wanted to share a couple of quick stories. There were two times when Alvin decided he was going to sleep partially on my lap. I had a blanket across my lower body with my legs folded under snd the other time one leg under and one on the floor. Not good positions for any movement with his head and shoulders on my lap. He slept for a long time and I had to pee so bad, lol. On the other hand so happy he was sleeping.

So with each passing day he becomes stronger. The incision is healing well. He is walking but more hopping than trying to put any weight on the leg. Although he does stand on it while on the grass. He almost was running this morning. Less whining. I can tell by his eyes that he is starting to feel better. I have to keep an eagle eye on him as he has been trying to figure out how to get off the sofa. When I’m in the kitchen I bring him and he lays on one of his beds. So that works well.

Few minutes till meds.

Well time to sign off. I never thought I would spend most of my summer/ early fall in the house looking out watching people and their pups walking and doing things outside. Life can change in a split second and all you can do is make the most of it. I’m trying. Certainly is easier with some sleep. Time to watch some of the Olympics from Tokyo which is nice.

Remembering to live each day with Kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Have a great day.

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Evening All! How have you been? Well just to catch you up on this crazy life of mine. Mr. Alvin had surgery this past Friday. The surgery went smoothly but the recovery has been up on the bumpy side. I am grateful to Dr. Karen and the team for looking after our boy. I am very grateful to my daughter for picking us up and taking us to his surgery. We left him there about 930 on Friday morning and then went to do some grocery shopping at Costco and Save-On-Foods with a stop at Starbucks for coffee. With Alvin having not able to eat or drink past 10 the night before, I thought it only fair that I do the same.

I was able to stock up on a bunch of things and perhaps got carried away in the fresh fruit and vegetables area. Someone just woke up so might have to cut this short.

I am grateful to my daughter for sleeping over Friday night and staying until Saturday evening. I sure miss her. My next door neighbour has been checking and dropped off some frozen meals for me to thaw and warm up. My dear friend Pauline dropped by today with a sunflower plant (forgot to take a photo) and stayed close to Alvin allowing me to eat and do a couple of things.

it has been a tough few days with lack of sleep and having to carry him out each time he needs to go to the bathroom. My arms are getting stronger snd I can definitely bend and squat more easily. Tonight he wouldn’t take his wet food with pills, I had to toss as I tried to get him to take the food with the pills. What a mess. Anyway back to the patient. He has been panting and I wish I could get him to take his meds, even tried bananas.

My self care is slipping as it is difficult to watch him and do anything. We are on week 4 if sleeping on the sofa. We won’t be able to sleep upstairs until the end of September.

Back to the boss, he is not a great patient but with staples in his leg, I likely wouldn’t be e to her.

One of these days I need to wash my hair. Wishing I would have chopped it off. Easier to care for. Who knows, I might just grab the electric clippers and go to town.

Thank you for reading. I hope you are doing well.


trying to live with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this Friday? We are doing well. I cannot believe Alvin this morning. We were first up at 5:23. He did not ask, beg or whine about food or water instead we went outside where he did his business. Then back into the house where we snuggled on the sofa until just after 7:00. I talked to him for a bit before going upstairs to have a shower and get dressed. He only barked once while I was upstairs which is odd. I am grateful that he does not seem to be anxious. If he is, he is doing a great job of covering it.

My daughter will be here for 9:00 and we will take him to the vet for 9:30 per instructions.

Both Alvin and I have had nothing to eat or drink since 10:00 last night. Those were the instructions for him and I do not wish to drink especially in front of him, so I will have coffee after he is at the vet. We are going to run errands, ie: grocery run and then back home to do whaler can to prepare before he comes home this afternoon. My daughter is spending the night so am happy for that.

I’m going to see if I can add photos of the boy from this morning and last night. We will go and sit on the deck until my daughter arrives so he can enjoy the lovely morning.

The flower photo did not want to be deleted so flowers and the boy.

Keep the wee boy in your thoughts and send him positive energy. Thank you.

Remembering more than ever to live with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Love Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you today? We are okay and had a decent sleep so that is good. Today is my last day of work before Alvin’s surgery and vacation. Tomorrow is a personal day and after that the next two weeks are vacation time. Next day back to work is August 10,2021. Will be nice for the time off and hopefully Alvin’s recovery goes smoothly and quickly. I certainly won’t rush anything.

Last night as we were outside for one last “pee” before bed the sky had grown dark with rain clouds and there was thunder followed by lightning. We went to sleep by the sounds of the thunder roaring and the lightning flashing.

Earlier in the evening near the start of a Mary Kay Live summer event that I was attending on Facebook- Alvin wanted to go outside. I knew he wanted to sit on the love seat and just enjoy the warm air. The cushion for the sofa was in the garage so I retrieved it quickly before he could hop up the steps into the garage. We sat on the sofa him laying down sniffing the summer air and me watching some Mary Kay Directors explaining about some products they had bundled for different things one if you were camping sand so on. Two of them told about their starts in Mary Kay snd some of their best memories. I even won the first prize given for the night, a surprise – some product. Cannot wait. We just enjoyed the time outside. It was perfect outside on the deck last night.

Well I should go here as almost time for work. The time goes quickly. It was nice to see the sun shine last night and that happened in late afternoon. I forgot to say we sat on the deck in the first sunshine of almost a week.

Gratitude for the sun and the rain overnight.Have a great.

Tomorrow is the boy’s surgery.
I am excited to have it done and anxious.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

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