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? 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

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I just realized when I sat down to write this post that I left my eyeglasses downstairs. Distances I can see with no problem but close up is another story. I am going to try and do this post without wearing my glasses. If I go back downstairs I will just disturb Mr. Alvin and he is being so good. We slept six hours in a row, up and he had his breakfast and we went outside (starting to get cool overnight) and then back to the sofa. I know not likely very good to eat and then back laying down but sometimes cannot be helped. Anyway I am so happy that we have been able to sleep in our bed. We are getting there. Last night the Alvin got away on me and hopped all the way upstairs, he did not go fast but he made it. I know he is not supposed to do that many stairs yet but only been the second time since his surgery. He did not seem to have any issues although I am not going to let that happen on a regular basis. Sometimes I am not fast enough. We are enjoying our longer walks. Not the full walk but we walk as far as Pauline’s house and then turn around and come home. We will continue this length for awhile. I am so happy at his progress and his strength and his ability to do things. He is one strong old guy.

Yesterday shortly after we left the house there was a young many coming toward us on the other side of the street, Alvin stopped and looked at him for a minute or so and was wagging his tail. I stopped of course, the young man happened to glance over our way and noticed us stopped and looking in his direction. He said “Hello” and came over. He was so handsome and sweet. He bent down and said “Hello” to Alvin and gave him some pets and Alvin was so happy tail wagging away. I told him it was odd for Alvin to stop and stare and wag his tail at someone especially a guy with no pup to boot. We had a laugh. Chatted for a moment longer about weather and such and then we were on our way. He was so nice. Younger remember, too young, lol. Still nice of him to come over and say hello. Reminds me how nice strangers can be. What a great way to begin our second walk of the day. At noon when we walked we bumped into friends that we have not seen since June. We used to see them all the time. Makes a difference when you do not walk very far. So happy to start connecting again with people in the neighbourhood. I think that people were beginning to wonder and they are happy when I relate the story of our summer.

Well this is becoming increasingly more difficult to do and the words are so blurry so I had better stop. I should have gone downstairs and got my glasses although if I close my left eye it is not so bad. LOL.

I hope that you have a grand Tuesday. Remember to get out and take that walk at noon if you are able to or after work. Good for the body, mind and soul.

Almost time to get that coffee on to perk. Another workday ahead. Looking forward to an extra long weekend ahead, Thanksgiving weekend. I am so grateful.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! What a quiet morning. I suppose most mornings are quiet with the exception of Alvin barking impatiently while I am upstairs. I am grateful that today is Saturday, the weekend. It has arrived. We had a couple of great walks yesterday enjoying the vibrant colours of fall and the air. I love the smell of the air at this time of year. There is just something about it that warms my heart. It is just over/under one month until I decorate for Christmas. This year I put up my fall/Halloween decor in September, early for a change. Why not enjoy the decorations for more than a couple of weeks!

Some of my Fall/Halloween Decorations

Bogart – the morning he decided to visit us, such a handsome big boy.

Modern PURAIR – Furnace & Vent Cleaning – lovely thank you note.

Backyard and Deck – mostly ready for the next season ……

Alvin sleeping while I crept upstairs last night to get ready for bed…. we slept upstairs last night, yes we did…………… the saga continues…….

I haven’t taken many photos of the trees in our neighbourhood but that reminds me to take my phone with me so that I can snap some photos of the amazing colours.

Time to get back downstairs for the boy who now is being a patient boy. I need coffee, I always need coffee, lol.

I wish you a Happy Happy Saturday. May you have time to relax, to be with nature, and to tackle some of the items on your TO DO LIST (but not all). Leave some things for next weekend.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Reminds me that next weekend we need a new family photo and that I need to print off and put up on my office bulletin board the photos of us from the past couple of years. For some reason they are not up in our little gallery of photos.

2021

Good Morning ALL! This morning is crisp but bright and sunny for Wednesday, September 29, 2021. I can hardly believe that October is only a couple of days away. Where has the time gone? Mr. Alvin is impatiently waiting for me downstairs. We had a great sleep, one of few, but oh so, appreciated. I am trying to download photos from my phone to the computer but seems to be taking a long time.

A little while ago just after we got up, Alvin wanted to go outside, so out we went to the backyard. He hesitated by the steps but walked over to the lower end and jumped off. I was going to help him down but he really wants to do things on his own. I can tell. When he wants help he will just bark or wait until I come and help him up or down. Anyway, he was trying to look through the fence and I could see the neighbour’s patio door open so I figured either one of both of Humphrey and Bogart were in the backyard. It was a few minutes later that I realized that Bogart was in fact, in our backyard. He was snuggled beside by pot with the grasses and the upper deck railing …. just staring at us. Alvin had not noticed him. Because Bogart is not as comfortable with Alvin as Humphrey is, I scooped up Alvin in my arms before he noticed him. I even walked toward Bogart so that Alvin could see him but it took a few minutes before he could see him. Alvin desperately wanted to visit but I took him into the house. He definitely misses his friends. Humphrey used to spend a lot of time with us before Bogart came to live with him. Anyway, I grabbed my phone and texted Sonja to let her know that Bogart was in our yard (he has GPS tracking) and snapped a few photos of him. The perfect photo would have been of him snuggled in between the plant pot and the deck railing but of course, he moved by the time I got back out with the camera. I did snap a few photos before Sonja came to take him home.

Well it would appear that the “downloading” may take awhile and I have to run soon before someone wakes up the neighbourhood. We will go for a walk, then coffee and breakfast for me. We are having the furnace and vents cleaned today. So grateful for that.

I am so grateful for this beautiful weather. Bright sunshine and blue skies. The leaves on the trees continue to turn into such a glorious palette of amazing fall colours. I just love fall. Makes me smile and want to dance. I am so happy when I can walk through fallen leaves some crunching beneath my feet and the others flying up into the air as I go. It is the simple things in life that makes us the happiest. Just being in good health. Being able to enjoy a fall day. Listening to the sounds of nature. Walking in nature with your pup. A great cup of coffee. Smiles. Being surrounded by good people. Time. Flowers.

Looks like I am going to have to try later to download/upload those photos. But I will post them. Bogart is so cute. What a big guy.

I hope that on this Wednesday you are enjoying life’s simple pleasures like good health, nature and laughter. Have a great day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! We are up a bit later than usual for a weekday as this is my “last” late start work day. No more answering phones from 4:00 – 7:00 twice per month and no more working from 11:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. I am so grateful that is over. Well we ended up sleeping on the sofa as on our walk after work last night we ran into friends. Bailey is still basically a pup and full of energy. Alvin is not. We met up with them at the entrance to the park and chatted for quite awhile. I had plans to walk to our friend Pauline’s house and then back home but with a lengthy chat, I decided that we would just walk with them home as we live only a few doors apart. When we got to our house, we were on the front porch visit. Bailey really wanted to go inside and so did Alvin. So in we went. Ali let Bailey off her leash while we chatted. Bailey was up one side of the room and down the other. I have never seen her so full of energy. She almost climbed up onto the half wall that divides the kitchen from the living room. Then she got between the opening and the baby gate and was upstairs. She did not want to come down. I went up and brought her down. Ali and I chatted and then it was time to go home. The pups both needed supper. It was not right away that I noticed that Alvin was not quite himself. Looks like he strained his neck muscle once again. So back onto the Robaxin. Thank goodness I still have some. So that was why I did not want to carry him upstairs to bed. He is walking fine but he sat up on the sofa most of the evening while I massaged his neck. Poor guy. He just cannot win. We were up once about 2:00 I think and then up about 5:00 to eat and then slept until almost 8:00 a.m., so we both got some rest. He seems to be not too bad this morning. I gave him another portion of Robaxin before my shower. Once I am finished this post, we will go for a walk. It is well after 9:00 a.m. and I haven’t even made coffee yet and then have to have breakfast. So the morning is zipping along.

The sky is partially overcast but the sun is trying to burst through. One thing I have to mention when we were outside about 8:00 a.m., I could actually see my breath. This seemed odd considering it was nowhere near freezing temperatures. Very odd. Maybe I have extra hot breath. LOL.

Well I am going to keep this short. Next weekend is Thanksgiving already and we are looking forward to seeing the kids in their new home. I hope that Alvin has recovered and stays that way.

Tomorrow we get the furnace cleaned and the vents, so excited to have that done. It has been awhile.

Every time I look out of the windows the trees are more and more glorious in their shades of yellow, gold, orange, red and green. There is a nice blanket of leaves covering the lawn. I love fall. The smells and the sights are glorious.

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

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? I thought that I may have a hangover this morning? Yes, I know. Last night was a paint night at one of my friend’s homes. Her parents are visiting from Newfoundland. I had one drink and it was likely a bit strong than I would have made had I been pouring but anyway ….. we had a great time. I am downloading/uploading photos from my phone and I guess I have not done this in awhile as there are just shy of 900 photos in the process of downloading/uploading (I always get that mixed up) to my computer. Unfortunately I cannot share at this point. Also again I am writing this post from my computer. YAY, it is Saturday. So happy to have another weekend.

Alvin was a trooper staying at home by himself for 2.5 hours last night. First time for that length of time since before June. I do not get out much. Obviously between COVID 19 and Alvin’s two surgeries and other health issues, home is where I am 99.9% of the time. I am okay with that honestly but it is so wonderful to actually be able to get out without him. I compare it to be a parent and going out without the children. We all need some ME time without having to watch/look after someone. Anyway, I had a great time. We painted a truck in the woods with a pumpkin in the box. I am not artist by any means but it was so much fun. Perhaps if I did it more often I would get better. Also, I find I am better when it is more on the abstract side of things.

Well this is going to be ultra short as I really need some coffee this morning. It was funny we slept on the sofa again last night as I did not want to carry Alvin upstairs. He is still getting up every two hours or so no matter where we sleep. ARGH. He has to pee so what can you do. I get up to pee but not that often. Cannot blame him at all but it is hard on this poor getting older gal. We had been up several times when it was 4:54 a.m. when he wanted to have breakfast. So up we went and I gave him his breakfast. He has been going out on his own a few times although most times I tag along. Funny thing, I was so wide awake that I watered my plants/flowers in the kitchen and cleaned them out (removing any dead leaves etc) and a couple of little things before laying back down on the sofa. Likely it was a sign to just stay up but something inside just does not like to be up that early for the day. Then I want to sleep at suppertime. Anyway it was cool getting a few things done that I will not have to do later.

Time to hit the trail. Have an awesome day. Almost looks like it is raining and if that is the case, I won’t be doing any outside work right now. It is overcast. I see laundry in my future.

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? I was hoping that we would have had more sleep last night with less ups and downs but not the case. I think he was up more and likely due in part to not having any medication. Alvin does not appear to be in any pain and his neck seems to be okay, so I did not give him medication before bed. The moon was full last night and I think it has an effect on all creatures to some extent. Anyway we watched a good portion of the Canadian Federal Elections before retiring to bed about 9:30 p.m. I was excited to read more of my book before going to sleep. Alvin was good but I did notice that my left shoulder was hurting a bit and likely due to carrying Alvin up and down the stairs. I kind of put him on my left shoulder. Looking like not the best of ideas. I had turned out the light and it only seems like minutes but it was about two hours later and he woke up. He stood at the end of the bed and I was able to coax him back to bed but not much later or so it seemed, the same thing so before long we were outside enjoying the full moon. Then back upstairs to bed. The next time we got up was about 3:00 a.m. and at that time after going outside – we laid down on the sofa. I did notice the first time we came in from outside that he stood by the sofa (likely thinking we were going to lay down there but instead we went upstairs). I am beginning to think that he likes sleeping on the sofa. Well it is closer to go in and outside and less stress on my body carrying him up and down the stairs. But I do not wish to give up on sleeping in my own bed. I love my bedroom plus I want to read my book. There is no way that he would sleep downstairs without me. Not even an option as that thought may have crossed your mind as it has done mine. Anyway, that is our saga ….

The sunrise is gorgeous this morning. The darkness has not as yet left the sky or perhaps there are some rain clouds forming. But as I look out of my office window all I see is beauty. Dark blue to pink shades in the morning sky. Yes, I am upstairs on the computer. I just felt like I need to write on my computer. Typing my blog on my phone is just frustrating. There still seems to be problems with keyings. The hesitation or the deletion of letters and then words drives me mad. So there have been no peeps from the boy which is good. Plus I get to look out of my office window and admire the morning sky. We should be close to the first day of fall. I do not remember off hand what the date is officially. Just quickly googled on my phone and it is actually tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021.

I have been watching the temperature lows so that I can get my Canas Lily (plant) into the basement before it freezes. There are still a couple of pots of flowers to pull but they are still blooming and I just do not have the heart to do it. Maybe on the weekend.

I hope that life is treating you with grace and respect. I just keep thinking if I could have a good night sleep. Perhaps I need to change my thought and keep thinking / saying “thank you for the good night sleep.” I am grateful for the good night sleep. Trying to keep those thoughts positive and in line with what you want is sometimes a challenge. Mind over matter. Yup.

Okay, time to go. I actually for the first time in a bit am not running late which is wonderful. I can go downstairs and put on the coffee and get set up for work a bit early.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I have to figure out how to select “category” on my phone when doing this post so that they are not miscellaneous. LOL

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