Last Half 2022 – November

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are well on this Thursday morning. Last night we went to bed a bit earlier than usual as I was SO tired. Lights were out before 9:30 and guess who was awake and needed to go outside at 11:00 p.m., not the Momma, lol. Up and outside we went. Someone really had to poop, there is that word again. Well it is something that every creature does in some way, shape or form. Just is. Why we have an aversion to it, well some reasons are obvious and some not so much. Back to the story. I made an executive decision to just lay down on the sofa and curl up under the red blanket next to Alvin. It seemed like I had been sleeping for awhile when was someone was awake once again, I picked up my phone and checked the time, it was 3:40 a.m. I got up and gave him his glucosamine chew and then outside, we went. Back to the sofa until 5:15 a.m., now we are up and getting ready for the day. Yesterday I was already and just snuggling by Alvin on the sofa ready to put on my coat, scarf, mitts and then boots when I noticed a text from my carpool. She had texted me at 6:00 a.m. to let me know that she had woke up with a sore throat and was going to work from home. I texted her back followed by texting my Manager and also Alvin’s caregiver. Then I went to work unpacking my laptop and things to get set up to work from home. Today we are going to the office. Alvin is confused I am sure. One day I get ready and then do not leave and the next I do!

I was watching a bit of the CMA’s, Country Music Awards from U.S. and it left me thinking after I heard them announce the nominees for the SONG OF THE YEAR – I know how these award shows work, I have watched them over the years. This time was different. Maybe I have changed, but I was left with a semi sour taste in my mouth. Here we are giving awards to people from writing a song granted that song has to likely sell so many copies or be played on so many radio stations but REALLY, we are awarding people for writing a song. Just seems a little sad. So many people the world over do important work and never hear anything positive much less receive an award. Perhaps I am overthinking things, I do not know but it does make me a bit sad. The other thing that makes me wonder is all the glamorous costumes and outfits that entertainers wear and on some of these television shows, what a waste of resources. More stuff for the landfill. Now I am not trying to rain on anyone’s parade, I am just stating facts. Perhaps we all need to take a step back and see how much waste and unnecessary use of resources there is and maybe do something about it. Just a thought!

Back to my reality. Alvin is laying down on the rug outside the office door as I type/key these words. I am surrounded by plants and things. Even at home, I am aware of how many things I have that really are not necessary to live my life and I am not adding to those things or at least very minimally. We all have things we only use once or twice a year and to be honest most people hang onto to things that they used once a decade ago and never recycled. Remember your “unused items” may be someone else’s treasures. None of us are perfect but we have to try to be better citizens of this planet.

Time to head downstairs and have Mr. Alvin go you know what again, P&P. Maybe that should be the new code word, lol. Anyway, I think I need a coffee as this post has really got off track.

This date is really important to me as it was the birthday of my brother Jeff who passed away over a decade ago. I miss you buddy and wish you were here. Happy Birthday our Angel. I think of you often.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thinking of all our Angels today ………

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 28th day of September, 2018.

Today Work, Funeral and then back to work.

That is the day.

 

Alvin and I picked up Teddy on our walk last night and he will be spending the next couple of days with us.

Alvin had an off night and was awake (not sick or anything) keeping the Momma awake.

Oh, it may be a long day.

 

Right now Alvin is after Teddy’s chew.

Teddy drops it and Alvin grabs it.

Then Teddy picks up Alvin’s and it is game on.

Funny but not.

 

Trying to find a bit of humour in a solemn, sad day.

 

A new star will shine exceptionally bright in the sky, tonight.

We miss you buddy.

The office has not and will never be the same.

He was the best of us.

A reminder to us all.

Kind, generous, loving, caring and compassionate and FUNNY.

 

I hope that you have a wonderful day.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends all over the world, HELLO.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 7th day of July, 2018.

One week into July, 2018.

Up early this morning as Master Teddy is spending the day with us.

Outside the air is a bit cool which is refreshing.

Windows open to take advantage of that coolness.

Yesterday was a HOT one.

We managed to get through it.

 

Was grateful that I was able to pick up groceries on way home from work last night.

Also grateful that our office closes early at 3 p.m. on Fridays during the summer months.

Still made it home close to regular time in carpool.

 

The sky has the most glorious looking marshmallow fluffy white clouds dotting the powder blueness, this morning.

Okay, perhaps that is a mouthful, but oh, so true.

 

We went to bed early as I am reading one of the books in the series of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Such good books.

You truly feel like you living in Botswana, Africa.

With the majestic landscapes and friendly peoples.

 

Do you ever feel like you are all over the place?

That is me this morning.

I had a good sleep or perhaps should have had .. but the heat plays havoc with one’s sleeping patterns.

Still feeling a bit sleepy but perhaps a nap later.

It is Saturday after all.

I know once I get into the swing of things …. like laundry, making breakfast, coffee, Teddy’s arrival etc. …… I will be AWAKE.

 

I do remember a small piece of a dream from early this morning.

I was going to cross a busy street and there was a light.

On the other side were a bunch of people that I knew …. seems like they were saying good-bye to someone.

Beside me out of nowhere appeared a big black dog.

He had a collar and seemed to be friendly.

I wanted to grab his collar to keep him safe from the traffic.

When the light changed to GREEN and WALK, he seemed to know it was time to walk.

He stepped out onto the street and took a few steps, and before I could even take a step.

He was back beside me.

It was at that moment that I turned around a saw a giant grey WOLF not far away from us.

In that split second I glanced up and noticed in the other direction at the gas station, there were several large grey wolves.

All that I remember was people screaming across the way and the big black dog had got between me and the wolf.

Next thing I know I am out of danger but see that the big black dog is on the ground.

He is not moving.

I think that he is dead.

Woke up.

 

Time to go.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Special Hello to: my sister, our lives, hey.  Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 18th day of February, 2017.

The sky is overcast and there is forecast for snow over the weekend.

Guess we will be walking sooner today than later….

Well it has been a morning already in our house.

Mr. Alvin up at 4:00 a.m. – had his breakfast – outside to do his business.

Back to bed till 7:30 a.m., and we were up again.

Then to the sofa until 8:00 a.m. and up again.

I feel like I have not slept at all.

Not quite sure what to do.

Perhaps stay up later ….

I guess it is not like 7:30 a.m. is early or anything but you know sometimes you just want to lay down.

Perhaps not even sleep ….. just rest your bones so to speak.

Well not in our house.

He is an early riser …..

During the week not a problem because I have to be up anyway but on the weekends ….

Well I should not be complaining as I have a comfy bed, I have lots of things to do and I guess if I were up early they would be done earlier, right?

Forgive the choppy …. nonsensical talk here.

I hope that you have a great day as will I.

Tomorrow we will stay up when he gets up.

I guess if I would have stayed up at 4:00 – all of my laundry would be done.

There is always that …..

Time to hit the shower and really wake up.

Have an awesome Saturday and weekend.

YAY ….. coffee where are you …… need coffee, I think.

I forgot to mention that I started to drink tea in the mornings at work.

I brew some tea in my “Steeped Tea Pop Top Tumbler” which keeps it hot for up to 8 hours and take it to work.

I can sip on it all morning long.

I have been drinking black tea so there is some caffeine not as much as coffee.

I do miss the smell of coffee and the taste.

The reason for doing this was because I have so much opened tea that I need to use and figured it was a good way to do so.

Normally I only drink tea in the evenings after supper.

Back to the shower. …. going now.

Have an awesome Saturday.

 

Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers ….

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 27th day of January, 2016.

It was raining here in Edmonton yesterday afternoon and well into the evening.

I would have thought with the warmth on my walk home from the bus stop that the sidewalks would have been okay but they were not.

They were so icy ….. so I walked on the street.

It was a slow careful walk home.

My sidewalk which was free from snow was covered with ice and I had to creep up the side walking partially in the snow that covers the lawn …. just to stay upright.

Needless to say I am not really looking forward to the walk to the bus this morning.

Careful and slow.

That will be the name of the game.

I will be leaving home a few minutes early ……

 

Also Mr. Alvin was wide awake this morning and ready to get up.

I am not quite sure what was with him and I only managed to keep him in bed until 4:40 a.m. ….. yikes.

Funny how that last few minutes in bed means so much ….

Anyway we were up and now I am almost ready at not even 6:00 a.m. …… YAY for ME.

 

My tea order arrived yesterday.

So all sorted …. I need to get it delivered.

All of the orders except for one go to my office.

So I will get it there …. just like the Post Man through rain or snow of fear of sleet …. something like that.

I think a sense of humour will be high on the list this morning.

 

Something tells me that I should have bought through ice cleat things …. you strap them to your boots.

Oh well ….. I will walk on “water” this morning ….. ER, I mean ICE.

What an odd January …. should be minus something not plus.

Not complaining just concerned.

 

Well here we go again another month almost finish never to appear again.

It is funny I barely remember last January and that was only one year ago.

Does that happen to you?

The time seems to evaporate and only extreme good and bad seem to remain in our memory.

 

Well I guess I might as well get this show on the road.

I am nervous … I will admit.

But I will get there ….. the bus will arrive and I will be at work.

 

Special Hello to:  all my friends and family and people of Edmonton tread carefully this morning.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 19th day of May, 2015.

It is bright, sunny and warm.

Well it is almost noon ….. not the usual early morning start.

Mr. Alvin was sick to his stomach last night.

So we spent all night awake.

I have realized that I am not 20 when it comes to staying up and then functioning the next day.

So I took a vacation day to stay at home with him and to also get some sleep.

I made an appointment with his Doctor for after lunch to have him checked.

He seems okay but not quite his own self this morning.

Kind of jittery ….. and just like a child, clingy.

He goes from room to room with me …. stuck like glue.

I hope that he is okay and I am sure that he is ……

I am so grateful that his Doctor is close by …..

He is my little guy, and important.

Changed bedding and time to throw it all into the laundry.

Thank goodness for the spray cleaner that my daughter gave me for little messes such as these.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all those people with four-legged babies …. they are our babies.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

What do you think about right before you close your eyes to go to sleep?

What do you think about first thing when you open your eyes in the morning?

Most of us, think about everything on our to do list or all of the things that we do not wish to do.

Or just a lot of nonsense about things that were said or done.

Our minds are crowded with messages.  Just like your inbox for email.

But I would love you to think about the following:

Upon closing your eyes to go to sleep: think about your upcoming day and all the good things the day has in store for you.

Plan your day with positive measure.

When you wake up in the morning …… intend your day to be great and walk around the house saying thank you for everything that you have.

I try to practice these exercises or this way of life and it truly does make a difference.

Most of our life is based on “what we think”.

So ….

If we walk around thinking that we are “cold” …… then we will be cold.

So practice having a great day before it happens, and I know that you will have a great day.

Put love in your heart and mind and voila …..

Have a perfectly awesome day.

I know that I will.

Always, Carol

Thought for the day ……

I am reminded on this rainy morning to remain “positive”, “happy” and “AWAKE”.

Sometimes when it is raining we become blue, a bit sad and want to sleep.

But get yourself up,  put on some happy music, make some muffins or take a walk in the rain.

Even those rainy mornings can be uplifting.

Enjoy your day, wherever life may take you.

Always, Carol

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