2021

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are well this morning! Also sending positive thoughts and energy out to all my friends and family. I hope that the fog is lifted, the job is secure and more orders come in, that good health is once again restored and life is less complicated. Last night we were in bed a bit later than usual, shortly after we laid down, Mr. Alvin was frantically rubbing his ear against the bed as he laid down, then he would jump up and shake his head and then lay down and lick his paws. I tried to soothe him as much as possible and after a few minutes of this, I got an idea. Off downstairs I went. In the drawer I secured one of his tramadol pills and in the fridge grabbed his wet food. In a small bowl I placed the pill inside a bite sized piece of food, put the food back in the fridge, rinse the spoon and went back upstairs. He was very happy to have more food and very easily took the pill which was hidden inside. In a little bit of time, he had calmed down and was able to sleep. He has not shook his head or rubbed his ear yet this morning. Was it possibly that his paws were bothering him so much that he did not know what was hurting. Or what? I do not know for sure. His ears look good. I was so careful when I gave him a bath not to get any water in his ears. So for today, I will monitor him and if he shows any signs of discomfort or pain, I will be calling the vet to make him an appointment. My poor boy. At this moment he is laying on his round dog bed which has a new home in my upstairs office.

Yesterday we had a nice walk at noon. It was a bit cool and windy but not bad for this time of year. After work I made another great escape by borrowing my neighbour’s car and going to both Shoppers and Save-On Foods. Both stores were surprisingly busy for that time of day. I guess most people had the same idea as I did. While in the checkout at Shoppers I noticed that they had self-serve areas and happened to say it to the Customer Service Clerk who said “Yes, they were put in back in May” and I replied “Oh I hadn’t realized it was that long since I was in the store and continued to tell her about my neighbours and daughter who for the past 18 months have been picking up my groceries. Lately I have been going myself but only once every couple of weeks. Sometimes my daughter picks me up things in between or another friend grabs me coffee from Costco or other items, if I need or on a good sale.

I was back home in less than one hour. At home first thing after parking, hauling the groceries to our porch and returning the keys to my neighbour and then placing the bags inside the door – I quickly gave Mr. Alvin his supper. He does not appreciate being late for supper. He is so funny that way. A foodie for sure.

The sunrise looks beautiful with streaks of pink and orange in between the layers of blue sky. I love this time of day ….. I especially love sunrises and sunsets. The colours bring me joy. Well on that note, I am going to sign off and head back downstairs. I hope that you have an awesome day. May your ears be clear, your hands and feed be pain free and may you be able to have a nap anytime you wish and that you sleep through the night! Be in good health.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? First work day with the clocks set back one hour, I would say that it was a bit easier getting up this morning. Alvin slept till 3:00 a.m. without waking up which was great. I was stumbling around in the backyard trying to find where he pooped last night (that was early evening). When we went back into the house, I texted one of my close neighbours to ask if she had two “D” batteries for a flashlight, she said “Dang it, we don’t have any D batteries, sorry.” The next words changed my life. “But your phone should have a flashlight.” A flashlight on my phone, wow, never thought of that. I texted her thank you and went to “settings” to find the flashlight. A few moments later, I found the “flashlight” and texted back to thank her profusely and then went outside to try it out. OMG, it lights the darkness so well. I had no problem seeing what I needed to see and could even shine the line for Alvin to see where he was going but I think they have better night vision than we do. That being said …. he could still step on missed poop. We wouldn’t want that. Okay I guess enough of the pooping stories. Anyway I used the flashlight at 3:00 a.m. and then again at 4:30 a.m. and I am so happy. It will make a huge difference and guess what I “did not have to spend any money, no extra money, not one cent.” I can tell you that I was doing a happy dance last night. I cannot believe that I did not know or realize that our smartphones have flashlights. Better late than never to the table, I say.

I managed to give Mr. Alvin a decent haircut and followed up with a bath yesterday. He was a bit better than normal. I also forgot to give him some anxiety medicine. Next time. I also baked some cinnamon scones and two rhubarb/apple crisps and we went for a nice walk. A good day all the way round. Ended with learning something new – the flashlight on my phone. I guess it truly is a “smart” phone. I can still remember the phones that we had one farm ….. that had a different amount of rings for each family on the line…… then the rotary phone, cordless phone, mobile phone and now “smartphones.” WOW. All this happened in my “64” years on this planet.

Well I see by the clock on the wall that it is time to head on downstairs, put on some coffee and shortly start work. 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 Monday morning the first day of November, 2021. Wow, cannot believe that it is November already. The sure has flown by. Alvin is resting, was laying on the hallway carpet just outside the office but now he is sitting up and staring at me, likely hoping I will be done soon. We had so much fun last night. There were sixty-nine (69) ghosts, goblins, chickens, first responders, dancers, witches, Marios, Freddy Krueger, Members of Addams Family, lions and bears. I noticed before the treaters started that two folks were out for their evening walk with their two dogs. The dogs are yellow labs, I believe (they are big) and they were sporting manes so they looked just like lions. So cute. I was disappointed in the number of treaters but then realized that the majority of the once little children are now grown up. One of the boys was 8 when we moved in and is 20 now. His siblings or at least two of them came by, they were our first guests. Another family only the youngest of three. Other friends their older boys went to a different neighbourhood. Another friend her daughter and a friend were our last treaters. There was only one family that all three of the boys came out and so nice they were with their parents. The middle boy gave me a hug. I almost cried. They are so sweet. As always, Alvin had to wear a harness and non-retractable leash. I found early on that he wanted to sit up in his chair just like the good old days. So I placed in on the chair and he sat patiently waiting for the treaters to come by. So cute. I took a couple of photos (have not downloaded yet). I am so grateful for the weather last night. It was not bitterly cold, no freezing rain or the white stuff so it was perfect as far as Halloween weather goes. Alvin even gave some treaters a kiss (we knew them). He was a good boy and received a lot of compliments. I was surprised by a couple of kids that I did not recognize but they called Alvin by name. We know more people than I think.

My daughter came for a late breakfast of pumpkin latte pancakes (my spin on the coffee blend). We had a fantastic visit catching up in person on our lives since Thanksgiving.

I cannot wait until Alvin’s best friend Teddy and his little sister Kobi arrive this morning (not sure of the time as yet). It is a surprise for Alvin. He is going to be so happy. After work we are going to walk with our friend Pauline and then after supper I am going to chat with my sister who lives in Saskatchewan. A great Monday for sure. Actually a super great Monday.

Well, I suppose it is time to go and put on that pot of coffee. That first cup most especially on a Monday is so enjoyable.

Oh, the Halloween decorations will come down gradually over the week and this coming Friday begins the Christmas decorating. I cannot wait.

Have a great day and I hope that you had a great Halloween.

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 Saturday morning? Alvin and I are well. We had a good night sleep and were up several times starting at 3:00 a.m. but that is my/our life. The sun is shining as it rises in the sky. From my office window which faces south I can see beyond my garage this most beautiful tree swaying in the breeze with the most glorious golden leaves. They almost appear to be magical from this distance. Absolutely beautiful. Mother Nature in all her glory. I love the colours of fall and I guess if you have been reading my posts – that is not new.

I had a great Halloween at work in my house, in my kitchen followed by a Zoom Halloween Party from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. We got a chance to see our fellow co-workers Halloween costumes and play some games. It was really a lot of fun.

Here are some photos of my costume:

I am sorry, I heard my neighbour calling out for her cat “Bogart” who is now sporting a GPS gadget as he likes to play escape artist. I opened the window when I heard her and she asked if he was in my backyard (which he likes to come into) but I could not see him nor could I see the entire backyard from my vantage point. Sonja said that she would come through the garage ….. she wasn’t coming so I called out to her and she said the keypad to the garage is dead (battery operated). So downstairs and outside me and Alvin ran. Alvin ran and jumped as he left the house as though he were two again. I forgot to take my keys to unlock the garage so back into the house. Oh, he was not in our yard. I left Alvin in the backyard while I quickly scoured the area close to our homes. The GPS said he was 22 metres away so he was not far. Alvin barked the few minutes that I was gone so I came back and put him in the house and he kept barking. He certainly does not like it when I am out of his sight. Sonja finally found him under the deck of her neighbour on the other side of her house. What a boy! I don’t think that Bogart will be getting any treats in the near future. She threatened to put a leash on him when he is in the backyard. We will see what happens. She is a good Mom and is always taking such good care of them. Giving him a chance to live his best life with a bit of “freedom.”

Photos now: My throw together WITCH COSTUME.

I was thinking that perhaps next year as it will be my 65th year that I will go all out and prepare in advance a great costume. Just have to decide on what.

Well I think that I have had enough excitement for this morning, time to get going on this day. I did water and look after my plants on the main floor at 6:00 a.m. when I was up with Alvin (breakfast). I changed our bedding and gathered the towels from the upstairs bathrooms and have written this post and searched for a missing “cat named Bogart” which is not too bad for 9:30 in the morning.

Have a great day and I am on my way to start the laundry and have some coffee. It is darn cold outside this morning. I had to come back into the house at one point and grab my winter coat. A fleece pullover was not warm enough.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

This is a large full of goodness topped with a mixed shredded Italian Cheese. So yummy and it is what I will eating for supper for the next few days. So good.

2021

Good Morning ALL! Happy Friday and Happy dress up for HAlloween day at work. I am dressing up as a witch or have dressed up as a witch. I took a few selfies but difficult to get a full body shot but that is okay. I will have to share them later as I do not have time to download them to the computer. For some most of the last ten years or so, I leave it until the last minute and then raid my closets and jewelry and I always have my trusty witch hat which I love so much. I bought it many many years ago from Shoppers (drugstore), I believe and it was well worth it. It looks as good as the day that I bought it. It is purple and black with a mesh covered in spiders that you can pull over your face. Like a veil, I suppose. Then I have a long black dress and I have many black sweaters so I picked the most flowy one and black socks although no one can see my feet, lol. Voile, I am a witch. Also a bit of dark makeup around my eyes and a bit of white powder on my face and I attempted to make a mole on my cheek but it looks more like a black mark but whatever, it is Halloween and really anything goes. I have a couple of very old rings that look like something a “witch” may wear and a bracelet as well, a couple of necklaces that are made from crystals and they are dark in colour so perfection. Alvin is upstairs with me and when I put on the hat, he really took a stare and then walked away. Now he is sitting in the hallway with his back to me. Happy to be upstairs with me but does not wish to gaze at the witch who is sitting at the computer. Not so much. What a guy! I was wondering how exactly I am going to go outside in a little bit and pick up the poop from earlier in a long dress? Guess I will be hiking it up and also wishing that I had just gone out. 99% of the time I go outside with Alvin since his first surgery back in February but this was the third or fourth time I let him go out other than in the afternoon or something to sit on the deck by himself. Should have gone out, should have, really should have. Oh well, no turning back. I need something on my lips. I don’t have a really dark lipstick but will have to just make something work.

Last night after work when Alvin and were on our way to the park, we bumped into one of our friends who was just arriving home with her pup. We stood on the driveway and chatted for a few minutes before heading onward to the park. On our way home who should be coming into the park but our friends. So we chatted for a few minutes. Alvin was in a hurry (hungry for supper) and I mentioned that I was feeling hungry as well as will be making supper from scratch as no leftovers. My friend said that she had taken the afternoon off from work and had made a big pot of rice, chicken and potatoes and I was welcome to a plate if I wanted. I said thank you but I did not want to both her as they would need to go back to the house but she did not take no for an answer. She is one of the most kind and generous people I know. She always is kind and always thinks of others. M, is a truly good person. I wished that I could be more like her … she is always happy and positive. I try but no where close to her. So back to her house we went (luckily not too far) and we all went inside. Mr. Alvin decided to go up the three stairs in the entrance way and then when it was time to go – could not get down or did not want to come down on his own. So I went up and carried him down. We chatted for a minute and I thanked her profusely for the lovely meal and we were on our way with takeaway supper in tow. When I got home I fed Alvin right away and started to make the supper that I was going to cook and then warmed my dinner from my friend in the microwave. Oh my goodness, it was delicious. Always nice to eat someone else’s cooking. I thoroughly enjoyed it and of course, Mr. Alvin thought he should have some but his Momma said “sorry buddy, no.” How lucky am I? Go for a walk and come home with supper. I am surrounded by the most generous, kind and wonderful neighbours on the planet. Best Neighbourhood Award for sure.

Have an awesome day and I will post photos later.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. the pasta with baked chicken and brussel sprouts and other items that I made was yummy. I had to give it as taste after it was cooked. Looking forward to it tonight for supper and tomorrow and Sunday and likely Monday as well …………………..

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Thursday morning? I almost typed Friday. Guess I am rushing the weekend just a wee bit. Oh well! It has been one of those weeks. I lost my patience a couple of times but tried to remain composed which is so much better when you are working from home. Some days even though I am very grateful for my job – it drives me around the bend. I guess most people say that. There are many aspects that I enjoy about my job and others not so much. Okay enough of venting first thing in the morning. Not the way that I want to start to my day.

I do want to share something with you. We were up about 3:00 a.m. and outside. The sky was so crystal clear that even though we are in the city, we could see so many stars in the sky. In fact, the sky was so full of stars that I was in awe. First time in the city that I have been able to see so many stars. It reminded me of our trip to see the kids for Thanksgiving and how clear the night sky was and how many billions of stars I could see. I was also reminded of being a child and looking up to the sky and making wishes on the first star and then seeing so many others. I have always throughout my entire life being drawn to the sky. I most especially love the stars. Maybe that is why some of my fav television shows and movies are situated in space. Although they cannot see the stars, one could imagine they were surrounded by them. As I have not been to space, I do not know what you can see or not. The stars took my mind off of being outside at 3:00 a.m., I will tell you.

We enjoyed two walks yesterday. The after work walk was most especially special as we bumped into a neighbor who lives just off the park, she was out walking the puppy. We have spoke before but never had such a conversation and I enjoyed it so much. The puppy for which I have now forgotten her name is so adorable. Not tiny and full of energy. She reminded me of a poodle. We chatted for several minutes admiring each other’s pups. She loved Alvin, too. Rosie was the Mom’s name. We were walking with them back toward their home and to ours when Alvin started to pull big time. I could not see anyone or anything around so wondering why he was pulling forward. So we said goodbye. I thought maybe because he was hungry. As we walked we came across people with a dog and I could see our friend Kelly and her pup Jack and then I knew. He definitely could smell their scent even though they were partially hidden by the trees at the entrance. How cool is that? So we raced over to them. I have not seen Alvin move that fast since before his surgery and not even in recent times. He chased after Jack as though he wanted to play. Running fast. It was funny too watch and also made me a little anxious. But I could not stop him and I wanted him to do something that obviously he really wanted to do. We visited with our friends and then Alvin wanted to go. I think he was getting hungry for supper. By the time we got home it was well after 5:00 p.m. Also on the way, a car pulled up and I could see our friends Ali and Bailey. Bailey spotted us and was yelping and so excited. We quickly said hello and were on our way. Our evening was much more quiet, I will say but we had a great walk. I am so happy that I know so many people in our neighbourhood and that I can get to know some of them even more. It was a great end to a somewhat frustrating day.

I hope that you have an awesome Thursday. Get out and walk. You never know who you will bump into or meet. Even though there still is a pandemic – we can still chat outside and keep apart and safe.

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

Today I choose to laugh more and have more patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? When I went outside this morning with Alvin at 5:00 a.m. the grass in the backyard was cold and crusty (frozen). So dark almost like the deep of night.

MORNINGS WITH ALVIN

When we wake and I follow you ouside.

The early morning is as the deep of night.

We walk across the deck,

You jump off at the low end and I take the steps.

We enter the grass area of the backyard.

Not too big,

Just enough for you, my Alvin.

You prefer to walk around and sniff.

Nothing new but sniff you do.

Wishing that I had remembered to buy batteries.

For the big flashlight,

As this small one brings me bent over to the ground.

To ensure that I did not miss picking up any poo,

Yes, poo from you.

Oh my Alvin,

Without you I would never have experienced the deep of night.

Out in the backyard.

This morning the stars were shining brightly in the sky.

Yes, we could see the stars.

There is nothing better than stars shining in the early morning sky.

The sky being so crystal clear.

I can see my breath and yours.

Thank you for bringing me outside to enjoy.

The early morning sky.

P.S. there are lots of middle of the night sky, too.

Thank you Alvin.

I love you.

Written by CY Lewis @ this morning October 26, 2021

Sometimes you just feel like writing a poem.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Time to go and make a pot of coffee and perhaps start work a bit earlier than usual.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Someone just had to be upstairs with me so I let him come upstairs (all by himself). I shall carry him down.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are up and at it. Mr. Alvin is having a “fit” downstairs as I hastily try to write this post midst the barking and whining. Not sure why some mornings he is better than others but that is the way that it is. I left the light on for the stairs so he knows that I am up here and I have called down to him but nothing seems to make him feel less anxious. Life in my house. I am trying. It seems whenever I get confident that things are turning around this happens. Oh well, he is fine. In good health, has a belly full of food, I just heard him take a drink of water (yup all the way up here) and he went outside at 5:00 a.m., and he is loved. So I think he is good. Just a bit on the anxious side.

Yesterday one of my friends who lives close by popped in for a visit and coffee and a game of JENGA. We chatted about life and work and it was over two hours later and we had not had a game of JENGA. She had to leave a bit later so we managed to score a couple of games of JENGA. I was also happy that she won both games. My friend seems to think that I am really good at this game and that she can never “win” against me. I personally don’t care if I win or lose, it is playing the game and being surrounded by good company. So I was very happy when she won both games. Happy for her and happy for me. Isn’t that the way life should be. Doesn’t matter if you win or lose!

My youngest brother called during our visit so I called him back after our company went home. It was so nice to hear his voice. He is a good kid, a great younger brother and he is 56. So not really a kid but he will always be that little one that I looked after when he was a baby and a small child. He lives in Calgary which is approximately 3 hours from here. It all depends on what area of the City you live in as to how long the drive can be. Anyway, his family are doing well and he is doing well and that is all that matters. We chatted about life, about family, about his job and a multitude of things before saying goodbye until next time. It was a reminder that I need to speak to my sister and catch up. Life seems to always get in the way and before you know it ….. significant time has passed.

Alvin and I went for a walk after the phone call with my brother and were so happily surprised to see our friend Pauline outside in the yard. She finished up what she was doing and joined us for a walk. We went on a different route that our normal one and ended up home almost one hour later. We slowly walked about letting Alvin take the lead. I had a sweater on under my coat and was actually hot by the time we got home. It was not hot according to the temperature check but there was no wind and the air felt warm. The walk was most enjoyable.

Okay, I can no longer retain my composure with someone squeaking downstairs so I shall go. Wishing you a wonderful day. A friend of mine “C” has a birthday today. Happy Birthday to you. We used to carpool before the Pandemic and I have not seen her since starting to work from home. Just the way things worked out. I miss our drives to and from work.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience (really working on that this morning), love, laughter, understanding and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Did you have a fun, relaxing and or productive Saturday? I hope that it was a bit of everything. We all need to have a bit of fun everyday, time to relax and to be productive. Perhaps even your productivity was taking the time for yourself. Nothing wrong with that. Pulling away from the television screen, the computer screen, your smartphone is so important. We all need quality time to work on our body, mind and soul. Going for a walk in nature, reading a good book, maybe going for a manicure or pedicure, a massage, doing yoga or meditation. All of these things are relaxing and also productive. I am the Queen of watching television and I watch far too much in any given day so when I say that to step away, I can relate. We are becoming far to dependant on “screen time.” I always used to say that I did not want a cellphone because I do not want to be that accessible. I thought and felt that because everyone carried them on their person at all times – it was necessary to answer all incoming calls and emails and texts as they arrived/came in. IT IS NOT. We have become a society that thinks/feels the necessity for things to be instant. Not a great idea as far as I am concerned. Technology has taken over our lives. Most of us are “addictive” by nature, I think most if not all humans are…. we are addicted to all sorts of things and certainly does not need to be drugs or alcohol. Anyway I am not here to preach – just to relay my feelings. As I get older, I want to live a easy, less demanding and more authentic life. Being true to myself with no games. Likely I could write on this subject for a long time as most of us could certainly do but there are things to do. Alvin is also calling out for me in the way that he does. I am concerned about the human race as much as I am about myself, Alvin, my family and friends. So if there is any takeaway here ….. please be good to yourself …… go for that walk ….. have a nice long bath… go for a massage …. do something just for you ….. just for you.

The sun has been up for a bit now. The sky appears to be clear so not raining. We had a constant light rain from Friday night until late last night. We did not get any of the “stuff” that was a possibility and I am grateful for that.

This morning one of my neighbours and friends is coming for a visit and for a game or five of JENGA. It is our favourite. I did not have a chance to practice so will have to rely on my previous experience. Should be fun.

I hope that you all have a great Sunday. Wash that floor and finish the laundry but do that time to go for a walk or have that nice relaxing bath with your favourite music lightly filling the air.

Happy Sunday.

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

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I am well. Bed late and up late but that is okay because it is a rainy morning so it will be a stay at home putz around kind of day. I am definitely good with that. Do some laundry, dust some things, figure out Christmas gifts and whatever else I get my hands and mind into. Hang out with the Alvin.

Last night I packed up some fruit and mini chocolate Halloween decorated cupcakes and left for my friend’s house at 7:24 p.m. I could tell Alvin was thinking okay she is putting on her coat and not mine. She is saying some things that I don’t quite understand but I heard her says Signe and Gillian’s names. He just sat on the sofa. I struggled in the darkness finding the right key to lock the door but finally after two attempts I found it on the third. You see all my keys look the same except for the mailbox one. Anyway soon I was on my way down the steps and as I walked down to the public sidewalk out front I checked back over my shoulder and did not see Alvin on the sofa but saw his little face pressed up as close to the window as he could with having the blinds in the way. Ah, my poor boy. I always dislike leaving him alone but I do need to spend some time with human beings from time to time. Checking both ways before I crossed our busy street. There are always so many cars parked along the sides that you do not always see a car zooming down the street. By the way, not many people adhere to the maximum of 40 kilometers. Another story for another day. Finally I am almost at the party. Really the walk might be 3 minutes max. As I approached my friend’s home I saw pumpkins on the steps and decorations on their front lawn. They always do such a good job decorating for Halloween. I cannot wait. My decorations are interior not exterior. I rang the doorbell multiple times as the inside door was partially open and I wanted to play the part of a prankster. She was laughing as she opened the door to let me in. Our third partner in crime had not arrived as yet. I was happy to see her and her daughter. A few minutes later the doorbell rang and our friend arrived. We unpacked our treats for the party and got to filling up plates which was a reminder that even though my supper was fairly light – it should have been nothing. There was so much to nibble on. Once everyone was ready and we had chatted for a few minutes we settled in and started to watch the new Halloween Movie – Halloween Kills. We all noticed how it went between the last movie and present time. As the movie progressed we were all surprised by the “campiness” of the storyline and actions. I will admit that this genre of film is not my favourite or even something that I would typically watch but I did it for my friend. Spending time with the girls is way more important than whether or not I love a certain movie type. Disappointingly the movie did not improve before it ended. Perhaps this was how it was meant to be, I do not know but my friend who loves and waits with patiently to watch them, was sadly disappointed. I will say this though our commentary was better than the movie and we had the best visit. So perhaps it was not a waste of anyone’s time. We always need to seek out the positive in every situation and that was it for last night. We had the best visit. Talking about our lives and offering support to each other if required. Doing what friends do. One of the girls came up with the hashtag “GoldenGirlsForLife” and that describes us fully. Even though at this stage of the game, they are far from being Golden Girls in the sense of age but they are “Golden” in the sense that they are amazing friends. So we ate and talked and watched the movie and ate some more. I stayed a bit later than usual and definitely past my usual bedtime but it was so worth spending the extra time with the girls. I was home just before midnight. I think that Alvin was worried that I wasn’t coming home. He kept at my side after that and even this morning while I am upstairs he is not happy that we are apart.

So it is time to get that pot of coffee on to perk. Pop in that first load of laundry. Have some breakfast in a bit. Snuggle with the boy. Do some dusting. Just think about how blessed I am to be where I am in life. Sometimes when I look back over the last 64 years I am amazed that things turned out the way this way. Not the way that I had planned but in a way much better. I zigged and zagged down the life’s path and finally ended up here and could not be happier. Well perhaps if groceries were cheaper because why should a small bag of grapes be $10.00 and an apple be $2.00. I amaze at folks who can feed a large family these days.

Have an awesome Saturday. I hope that the sun is shining where you are OR if it is raining that it is a light rain. Be well my friends, we well. Spread the kindness, joy and respect to everyone you see today.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Sure am glad that we had a nice walk in yesterday. Not great for Alvin to walk in the rain.

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