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 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! Trust you are well on this Wednesday morning. We have a good sleep. The first time we were outside it was lightly raining, almost like a heavy mist. I didn’t feel it on my face but when we got back into the house, I found my jacket to be wet. The pavement is wet so that is a good sign. Still raining now which we so desperately need. I hope this rain, this moisture has gone to wherever there are fires.

The timeline is fast approaching for Alvin’s surgery and I won’t tell you that I am a bit nervous, okay a lot. He is older, 12.5 years. He recovered quickly from his last surgery in February snd I sure hope it is the same this time. I also know that as before I must think and say he will be fine and recover as he should. I need to get into the positive self talk position once again. It is easy to regress. He has always been a strong guy and I’m certain that he will continue to prove me right.

Sure happy to have the rain for my flowers, the trees, grass and gardens. The trees even seem more green this morning as goes the grass.

The world or in my world is coming alive as the morning progresses. Cars going by, people out walking with their pups and the hum of the nearby highway.

I hope that you have a great day.

I continue to live each day with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Love Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! I hope this finds you well. We are doing good although I could have stayed curled up under the blanket this morning which was evident by how many times I hit “snooze.”

The air is grey but doesn’t smell overly smoke filled but I may be somewhat desensitized now. The air is cool, sweater weather. Amazing we can be +38 degrees Celsius one week, then 30+ and now 17 degrees Celsius. So definitely cooler. What a difference in the house – almost 20 degrees.

I have not heard if the fires have reduced in British Columbia or not. I hope do.

From my vantage point on the sofa the view is green that is as long as I hold my eyes up as the grass across the street is turning brown from the heat and no water. There is one advantage to facing North we don’t get the heat of the day so it has saved our grass.

There is a breeze this morning and I decided to have the windows open and it definitely is cooler inside.

I am grateful that our temperatures are cooler and looks like it will be cooler when Alvin has his surgery on Friday, which will help.

just thought that I had better do laundry on Thursday so I am good for clean clothes. I am excited and nervous not about the surgery but the recovery and really the days that follow. I know he is strong and will once again bounce back and in time will be back to our new norm. That is ever changing. I guess for most people these days.

Well time to get yo work. I wish you a wonderful Tuesday.

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

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! I hope this Saturday morning finds you well. We had one of the best sleeps in a long time. The temperatures have cooled down and with the windows open, despite the smoke (it even rained overnight) and the fans blowing, I actually needed a light blanket. Can you believe Alvin slept straight through until 640 am? We did lay back down for a bit longer hence the lateness of this post. How really isn’t that what weekends are all about? If I have to rush about, I am certainly able to do so but when I can slowly make my way, I do so.

Very smoky outside again this morning. My thoughts keep going to the areas affected by the fires to the residents, all of them whether two or four-legged or winged or no legs. Please bring them rain today.

This is my favourite time of the day on the weekends, the morning. Drinking coffee and then some toast for breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, has anyone noticed that bananas are not ripening? I have had two or three bunches lately snd whether they were green or actually yellow they did not ripen. So disappointing as they are a favourite breakfast treat for both Alvin and I.

This morning the a/c technician arrives to service the air conditioner and to check out the positioning of the hot water tank.

I just had to show you my pepper plant, there be wee peppers there. With any luck we or rather I will be able to enjoy a green pepper or two in a few weeks. I definitely will get some pepper plants next year. They are a pretty plant and a nice addition to the flowers on the deck.

Noticing that Mr. Alvin is beginning to develop a belly from lack of exercise so this morning I cut back his good amount by just a little bit. Not enough to deprive him but hopefully enough to help him to decrease the extra weight.

Time to finish my coffee and have that toast before the a/c person arrives. I almost said a guy but women are getting more and more into the trades which is great so I want to be correct in my words.

I wish you a great day.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! I hope that you are well.

Up earlier than usual. I just had a shower and doing this post before heading back downstairs to an overly anxious Alvin who has been pretty much barking every few seconds since I came upstairs. I am almost ready to pull my hair out by the roots. His tone can drive me ….. well,we won’t go there. He is anxious and I know that but it is difficult when it never ends or at least for the time that I am upstairs. Even if I talk to him from up here does not work. I guess need to work on my patience. My hope is that no one else can hear him. He will stop the second I am back downstairs.

Both Alvin and I were disappointed when the A/C technician from Always Plumbing did not show up. I called them at 430 pm which was at the end of the appointment window and the customer service clerk advised that the technician was still at an install. While I had her on the phone I brought up the issue that I had with the placement of the new hot water heater tank as it was blocking the entrance to the sump pump pit. I explained the situation and after couple minutes chat, she advised that she would set up an appointment for someone to come and check. At no time did I even mention about canceling the appointment for the A/C to be serviced. No one with this heat would cancel that and I certainly would not have intentionally done so. She must have cancelled it. I called back at 630 and again after 730. I called another phone number that was on their website. I sent an email. No one answered and they are supposed to have 24/7 contact. Poor Alvin. I am grateful that we have fans but I was so looking forward to having a cool environment to sleep in but it was not meant to be. I think that I will be having a free A/C servicing. At least someone could have called.
But that was our night.

At 806 pm it was still 32 degrees Celsius so I decided to water the flowers in the morning. I’m not sure when is a good time to water. So I will water them in a few minutes.
Another hot one on the way. I am hoping that they will send someone out first thing in the morning! I guess time will tell.

Well not much new, just hanging in and trying to stay cool. Much more difficult than I thought.

maybe we will get a rain shower to cool things down.

Grateful today is payday.

Amidst the heat and confusion there is a sense of gratitude for what we have and where we live.

I hope you have a great Thursday. Be safe and keep cool.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

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2021

Good Morning All! How are you this Wednesday morning? Alvin and I were up late as it was so hot in the house last night. Needless to say we couldn’t settle down to sleep very quickly. Also I could not stop the thoughts from pouring into my head. That was last night and this is today. The house did cool down somewhat as the outside temperature dipped to about 17 degrees Celsius last night. Because of timing and this beautiful morning we are comfortably sitting on the love seat on the deck. Yup, you guessed it I am writing my blog using my phone and with one finger. Actually I started to use my phone a few days ago as Alvin just cannot bear for me to be upstairs without him. So here we are. It is absolutely gorgeous out here. I have 18 minutes till work starts for me.

Yesterday, with my late work start we sat out on the deck for quite a long while enjoying the flowers, the birds, the cool air, the sounds of life outside our estate. To me, this is our estate, our sanctuary, our place, our home.

I’m going to share more flower photos because they make me happy and I hope they will brighten yours as well.

I hope you have a great day.

Plus couple of others of Alvin and me.

well almost time to head back inside. Wished I would have moved faster and had my coffee outside, perhaps again tomorrow. The a/c is getting serviced today so we shall sleep well tonight.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Tuesday morning? Today i work the late shift so I start at 11:00 am. We had a good sleep although to bed quite a bit later than usual.

Last night just before sunset we were out on the deck. Me watering the front and back flower beds and the flower pots on the deck with Alvin keeping an eagle eye on my every move. Once done I thought we would just sit on the love seat which happens to be the boy’s favourite spot. I gently lifted him onto the sofa and then sat next to him. He got comfortable and then started to look about. If he heard a bird his head snapped in the direction of the chirping. Me on the other hand focused on the flowers on the upper deck which are a mass of bright colours. They just seemed to blend into each other. So beautiful. No bugs to disturb our peace. We must have sat there enjoying the most perfect evening for a good hour or so. The air was cool enough for Alvin in his fur coat and I even had on a light sweater/jacket. As the sun dipped in the evening sky, I thought how very lucky am I, are we, to have this little piece of heaven to call our own.

This morning first check was on my lilies. Yes, we have lift off- they are blooming.

I am so grateful for all the beautiful flowers.

well time to head upstairs and have a shower.

we may even be able to enjoy time on the deck before gets too warm. Tomorrow they are coming to service the air conditioning do we will be cool with resorting to fans all over the main floor.

I am so grateful for our life. There may be a wrench thrown in once in awhile to make us remember just how blessed we truly are although I’m not sure that Alvin would agree with that assessment. Poor little guy, I did not mean that he needs to have surgery for us to be grateful. Not at all.

Wishing you a great Tuesday.

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

Love Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? We are doing well. I will say that we are still working on the sofa arrangement. Why is it when we used to sleep on the bed but would end up on the sofa, we would be comfortable and have a good sleep? I can nap sitting up with my head resting on the soft pillow backing of the sofa but cannot seem to settle down to sleep.
But it is something that I am going to get sorted out over the next several weeks. Making the most of our newly changed life. Which is temporary, yes it is. We had a great sleep last night. Up at 1:00 abouts to go outside for a pee, nope not me but Mr. Alvin and then slept until the alarm went off at 6:30. So happy. Feeling rested.

Yesterday was great. The temperatures were a reprieve from the heat of last week. So grateful that our air conditioning will get serviced on Wednesday and then we can enjoy comfort without having to sit/lay in front of fans.


I am so grateful to to my friends. Gillian picked up my favourite bread: sourdough and stayed for a visit. Most of our visit was enjoyed out on the deck and near the end of our visit we moved into the house as Alvin was getting warm. Poor guy.

Later another friend dropped off bananas and we visited on the front porch.

I am so lucky to have great friends that help, support and feed my soul.

If you are blessed to have good friends, true friends, people that are there in good times and in bad, you are very fortunate. I am fortunate.

Now that we are not able to take our daily walks, I have noticed that when Alvin sees another dog out for a walk, he will stand up on the sofa and stare. Poor guy, I hope that once he has the surgery he will recover quickly so that we can resume our walks. In the meantime we can enjoy the view from the sofa of our tree and our small view of the neighbourhood and our backyard. Thank goodness for flowers, our little patch of grass in the back and our deck. Life is good.

When life sends you lemons you can choose to squeeze them and make lemonade or add the zest to a vanilla cake batter. All I mean is that we can choose how we are going to go forward in any situation. Sometimes things are not easy but as long as we remember that we make the choice as to how we react in every situation. Our reactions are how we survive, how we live and how we are perceived by others.

So today on this musical mystery tour we call life, we will, I will have a great time. I will be kind and respectful of others. Patient and Compassionate with Alvin. Understanding, loving and grateful to myself and to all others.

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! I thought that I would share what my life was like on this day one year ago on July 11th, 2020. By all accounts it was definitely more active. I hope that this finds you well and enjoying your weekend. Perhaps you are watching the rerun of some of the STAR WARS movies. Always enjoy re-watching them.

From July 11th, 2020:

Good Morning All,

We just arrived home from a nice walk a little while ago.

There is ever so slight of a breeze as the temperature is already begin to climb.

Supposed to be +26 degrees celsius today.

Which is warm considering the temperatures that we have been experiencing this summer.

In the some of our Canadian provinces east of Alberta the temperatures have been ugly hot.

With the humidex it has been almost too much.

I cannot imagine being a dog or cat or any animal including human in +40 temperatures.

Not for me.

While out and about we bumped into Humphrey and his Mom.

They were also out for some fresh air and sniffing.

Mom for the fresh air and Humphrey for the sniffing.

He likes to go into everyone’s front yard and sniff the trees and plants.

In a little bit after a late breakfast for me and a cup of coffee, I have decided to move up Mr. Alvin’s haircut.

Might as well get it cut before the heat of the day.

Last night after work Humphrey visited.

After supper and clean up I went over and picked up Bogart to introduce him to Alvin.

Alvin wanted to say hi but was a bit reluctant but the kitten just hissed and did a baby kind of growl.

We did go into the backyard and I placed the kitten down at one point but he was scared so I picked him up.

We spent a few hours just chilling on the sofa.

The kitten draped loosely around my neck, Humphrey dozing on Alvin’s doggie bed and Alvin stretched out on the sofa beside us.

By the time that I took the boys home, Bogart was hissing a bit less.

Alvin was panting so he clearly had some anxiety over the whole thing although he wanted to get close to the kitten.

I don’t think he has seen a kitten before in his life.

Not so easy taking photos with a kitten in your arms.

I snapped these photos earlier in the day from my office window.

The deck was still wet from that wicked storm the night before …

I love my backyard.

Flowers have survived.

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Unfortunately the only photo that copies over from the above post was the one of Alvin. I do love that one of him.

He almost always takes a great photo unlike someone I know.

So in contrast, we are not out for an enjoyable walk enjoying the sights and the smells.

We did spend some time on the deck as I was retrieving the flower pots from the garage.

By the way, the storm did not amount to much here in my neighbourhood.

I just brought the laundry upstairs, got washed and dressed and writing this post.

Alvin is downstairs and is making it know that he is not happy.

Such is my life.

Looking ahead, I am thinking that this is going to be a good memory compared to after his surgery.

Trying to keep him from moving and being able to go upstairs, do laundry, make meals, water flowers, even go to the bathroom will be an undertaking until we figure it out. I hope that the surgery goes well. Still two weeks away. Which is good and bad. Good for us and bad for him, I think.

Well he is barking and I do not wish to make him more anxious, he is the boss, so downstairs I shall go. Time to have a cup of coffee, anyway.

Thank you for sticking with us on this journey we call our lives. Not too exciting but never a dull moment.

Have a wonderful Sunday. Remember to check out the STAR WARS movies on television.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

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