2021

Good Morning All! A bright sunny, bit on cool side morning but there are no rain clouds in sight. i decided that we should try and go for a walk and see if there are any problems for Alvin. When i went to get his harness he immediately ran under the table but instead of hiding there he ran under and to the back door. There the boy was wagging his tail and didn’t fuss when I put on the harness. With the grass so wet i carried him down the steps and to the public sidewalk. Not quite sure why I thought that was necessary as a few doors down he was checking out a bush on a neighbour’s lawn. Then he was wet. That is why there is a towel at the front door. The walk was great with no signs of distress. Thank goodness as over the weekend he was not himself.

We were almost at the park when we had to stop at a friends so he could sniff on the power box. it was there I noticed an empty liquor bottle on their lawn with some cigarette butts on the sidewalk. Further down on the sidewalk more butts and a lighter. Someone was partying and didn’t care where they took the party. As we got closer to the park, I noticed something off. Yes, likely the party people had tipped over the large cement glower pot that sat near the entrance to the park spilling dirt and flowers everywhere. Why oh why, don’t people have regard for other’s property? I would think they don’t treat their property respectfully either. Disappointing.

Well human brings what can you say.

Time to get to work. Alvin has a vet appointment today so will take the afternoon off from work.

Have a great day.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! It is a rainy morning here in Edmonton. The grass, plants and trees have now had a good soak. Alvin was not happy to be out in the pouring rain which is one of the cons to being a pup. I have towels at the back and front doors for those times. Our tree out front has dropped many leaves and even more turn a golden yellow.

It is the time of year for cooler nights, beautiful coloured leaves, geese flying in formations in the sky making themselves heard as they pass over, moderate temperatures, rainy days and more. Definitely my fav time of year.

These were taken a few days ago in the rain. I love how the wood on the deck glistens as the rain touches upon it.

Well this looks like it will be a quiet day for us.

A day to read, watch a movie or most likely take a nap as we have had many chopped up sleeps as of late. Alvin has a vet appointment tomorrow so i hope good news. He also needs a nail trim badly. I can hear the rain drops on the house and windows.

Time to go and drink my coffee.

Wishing you a great Sunday.

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

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All. What a beautiful Saturday morning. The grass is wet, shiny and so green from the rain overnight and earlier this morning.

There are yellow leaves littering the ground beneath the tree in the front yard. Fall has arrived early? Most of the trees in the neighbourhood remain green but there are definite signs that falls is upon us. Every weekend now there are more flower pots to pull the dead plants from as the weeks pass.

Most days I hear flocks of geese honking as they fly by. The flocks increase in size over the days and weeks.

Always lots to do around the house and yard at this time of year.

I have a few flowers and plants that are doing well. The Marigolds are blooming should have taken a photo.

Time to get this day going.

Enjoy your Saturday.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! I am very grateful that today is Friday. We had a sleepless night as Alvin was clearly in pain. At midnight I gave him one of his pain meds and thankfully there are some left. It took awhile and a trip outside in the rain before we got a bit of sleep. Then it was breakfast or close enough and back up. Thankfully not much disturbs his appetite and he gobbled it down. We have been in and out and he is not limping. Thank goodness. I gave him a bit of his wet food and a second pain pill. Fingers crossed. i think i was too liberal in letting him go up and down and once when distracted go up the three steps to the garage. No longer. i have been carrying him since last night.

I think that i have to shut the phone off so it can reset as it seems to hesitate using the keyboard.

I can smell the coffee and i will need it this morning.

I find it funny that after I watered the remaining flowers snd shrubs that it would rain so much.

I think that Alvin had a good visit with Teddy.

I hope you have a good Friday.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this morning? Alvin and I and Teddy are great. Yes, Alvin’s best buddy Teddy came yesterday after supper for a sleepover. We are so happy to have this gentle soul at our house. Alvin was pretty excited when Iris, Teddy and Kobi arrived last night. it has been months since they have together.

I am sorry this will be short as we, well i am running late. I see kids on their way to school, some on scooters and others walking.

Just as i am already at the time to start work, the boys have decided to snuggle next to me as I write this post.

I will post photos later.

So great to have our friend Teddy here. We both missed him.

The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day.

Enjoy.

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

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! A bit chilly but nice for a September morning. Every morning the sunrise is later and later. we are starting to feel like hibernating Or at least I am.

Honestly I didn’t think we would get out for our morning walk but about five minutes into the “snooze” – someone jumped up and went to the back door. Time to get up after all. Outside to the backyard to find his buddies Humphrey and Bogart were in their yard so someone had to peer through the fence boards. After a few minutes with Alvin still interested in his buddies, I lifted him up and put him on the deck and put him down as i walked to the house as he ran and jumped off the deck. A moment later I realized that Bogart was atop the gate to his yard about to make a fast getaway had it not been for Alvin. I called out to him and he walked along the top of the deck to safety. His Mom came outside and we chatted for a minute before we all went inside our perspective homes. Upstairs I went to get ready. After it all, we still had time for a nice walk where we did our community service by picking up some garbage.

For some reason my keyboard on the phone seems to be slow, not sure why and it is not me.

Time for coffee and almost time for work.

We ended up walking to Alvin’s fifth laser therapy session appointment yesterday after work. it went okay. We walked slowly.

i hope that you have a great day.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday er I mean Tuesday morning? Alvin and I are just back from a walk. No one out there except rows and rows of garbage bins and bags. The same two families as last week don’t have their bins pulled to the street, not facing the right direction and not the right distance between, go figure. Don’t people pay attention. Even if I didn’t read the instructions which I did several times to ensure I had it correct, I would have noticed the other 50 neighbours. Made me smile. Kids are out in masks with backpacks on their way to school. It is a beautiful sunny slightly cool morning. Mr. Alvin has been over the moon with walls to the park. A few more weeks and we should be able to increase the length. I was thinking walking to our friend Pauline’s house and back home. That is roughly half of our regular walk. I cannot wait and hopefully we will have a long fall-autumn.
Every day he gets stronger. Today after work Alvin has his fifth laser therapy session. He needs his nails trimmed but that’s next Monday. Slowly but surely we are getting back to our normal. So happy about that and I cannot wait till we can sleep in our bedroom and not in the living room. I am grateful for a comfy sofa.

On this Tuesday I wish good and happy thoughts to and for everyone. Can you imagine the state of things if just for a few moments every single human on the planet had good thoughts. Might just turn things around. Would be great.

Remember it all begins with me and you!

Time to go and get the coffee poured and turn on work computer. Have an awesome day!

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you doing? Alvin and I are great. We had a great long weekend. Even managed to give the boy a haircut yesterday minus the bath. I did take a really wet cloth and washed off the loose hair. I figured he was stressed enough with the haircut that a bath would be too much. He had a bath last weekend. I did give him an anti-anxiety pill but it did not seem to help. We had two walks. I did some yard work and finished the laundry. Popped in three times to see Humphrey and Bogart and Cynder.

Just as I cleaned up some flower pots and pulled some weeds, the sky got dark and there was the roar of thunder. I hurried up and picked up Alvin and headed into the house just as it started to rain. We got a nice shower and then the sky cleared.

We were up at 430 and Mr.Alvin had his breakfast and then did his outside business. I cannot believe we slept again till 830 (well actually 839). I guess we were tired. Doesn’t matter as it is not a work day. We will go gore a walk I a few minutes.

The sun is starting to shine although there are patches of clouds. Not sure if rain is in forecast or not.

Today I have mainly things to do on the computer so will either do in pieces or bring the boy upstairs.

Sending hugs to our friends whose grand pup recently passed away. We know he was loved. Rest In Peace, little Otis. We hope you are chasing rainbows and having lots of yummy treats.

A reminder to be kind and respectful to all creatures on this planet. Our time is relatively short so use it wisely.

I wish you a great day.

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

Love Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! Better late than never. Up later last night and then up at 230, and then at 500 and then 823. Kind of a mashed up sleep but anyway. Gone for our walk and paused for a few minutes to enjoyed the park. The trees, the grass and the fountain. Things we miss so much. Once home I gave Alvin some fresh water in each of his dishes. Then off to spend some time with Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder. Humphrey was laying atop the cat tree when I arrived and Bogart not on sight. I said hello and then went to clean the litter boxes. Bogart heard me and before you knew it, guess who was lying on the basement floor wanting some attention. So we had some loving and that lady for about twenty seconds and he was done. Anytime I tried to stroke his head or rub his belly he tried to bite me. What a guy. I guess his way of saying you had your moments. They are quite the characters. Humphrey let me pick him up briefly but was more okay with me stroking him. They both love to be sitting in the window ledges. I love spending time with them. Now Cynder the Gecko, well she was sleeping so I gave her fresh water and cleaning her water dish snd sprayed her greenery with water. Have to keep the humidity levels up. After just over 30 minutes I was back home with a tail wagging Mr. Alvin. I quickly put on the coffee and we came outside to the deck. He loves laying on the love seat with me.

The plan is to have coffee and breakfast and then give the boy a haircut and bath. Hopefully I can trim his paws this time round. I might give him an anti anxiety pill and see if he calms down more but will have to do that soon do it can take effect.

I want to do some yard work as well. So likely housework will have to wait. The house isn’t too bad. I want to do some computer stuff and research who to get to clean furnace snd vents so that I can call on Tuesday.

There always seems like lots to do.

Well it is time to get things going as time seems to get away on me. I have enjoyed this time on the deck with the boy.

Have an awesome Sunday!

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! What a glorious morning. We have been up for a couple of hours already but just walk and visiting. While out for our walk we bumped into friends haven’t chatted with since before Alvin’s surgery. Her pup is 16 and honestly seems more energetic than years ago. The air is cool and the sun is shining brightly. The temperature for today in Edmonton is to be 25 degrees Celsius. So nice. My to do list is long but I have three days to do things so just taking my time. We are looking after Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder for the weekend. We were invited to a neighbour’s for a visit today at 230 pm. So, in the meantime laundry and bring in things from garage that my daughter gave me. I also want to find a good company to clean the furnace, vents and dryer vents.

Yesterday after work, I went out for one hour all by myself. I went to the grocery store and to Bone&Biscuit and pick up a new harness, poop bags and couple small peanut butter cookies for Alvin. I am grateful to my neighbour for lending me her car. I felt as though I had gone on a big trip, met new people and just had fun. Yup, I did say that I went to the store. But seriously it has been forever since I have gone anywhere, much less any place without the boy. I cannot leave him for long but one hour was a nice break. It is the small things that are so important!

Last night after I put the groceries away I put away my workstation as I do every Friday night and then rearranged my flowers placing the pots of geraniums back by the kitchen window.

Of course, I gave Alvin his supper as soon as I got the groceries into the house.

I think Al is pooped as he is laying down on the sofa beside me while I write this post. I can smell the coffee as it has finished perking and I need some coffee this morning. I’m hungry as well. So nice to have fresh produce in the house. The last time I bought groceries was July 23rd – yup, the day of Alvin’s surgery. I like to use everything up. Then one does not waste and let’s face it – that is why we have spices to change up something plain and make special. The same pasta can be made hundreds of ways and so on.

Okay, gotta go. Have a great day.

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

Love Carol&Alvin

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