COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 and it is the 8th day until my 60th Birthday.

The 8th day will be my Birthday.

How about some cute photos on this 8th day until my 60th!

Something to bring a smile to your face and mine.

Elton and Penny, the grand-puppies.

They were the best grand-pups ….

Ah, Mama’s boy…….isn’t he cute!!!

Ah, Miss Penny a few years back

Just TOO Cute……  Elton and Penny.

Alvin and Penny ….. Besties.

First snowman me and my sister made since we were kids ….. (2009)

I love this photo ….. my boy lying on the top of the stairs.

Love Dragonflies

Baby Milo and Sir Elton – Fall 2016

Aspen and Baby Milo – Christmas 2016

Hens & Chicks ??? A plant!

Man it is cold out here?  Can I come in now?

Snowy Owl – so beautiful.

There be GEESE ….

Ah, the babies.

His spot ….

 

Always, Carol

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Wednesday, July 26, 2017 and it is the 15th day until my 60th Birthday.

Wow, the clock is ticking away …. cannot believe it is only 15 days until my Birthday.

I would like to share photos of me Alvin ….. most days he shares the STARS in the SKY with my GIRL.

Two of the most important beings in my life.

Baby Alvin – our first meeting January 19, 2010.

AKA: Conehead – poor baby.

This KISS, this KISS (please stop, Mom you are embarrassing me!!)

Checking to see what I am doing

Alvin ……

Alvin at Home

Ah, Mama’s boy…….isn’t he cute!!!

Alvin in the snow…..

Alvin with his toys & the blue blanket was a gift from his foster parents.

Alvin getting to know his “new” family…. that first night.  His favourite new playmate Miss Penny.

Alvin at home…..

Posting this just because “ALVIN” is so cute here….

Alvin and Penny …..

One of Alvin’s first hair cuts after he came to live with me. He looks so little….

Lounging on the deck.

My favourite photo of Alvin.

Laying on his belly on the top landing of the stairs looking down at me.

So cute and maybe me laugh.

Me and Alvin Oct 2013

In our temporary bedroom when the kids stayed with us.

Looking out the window at the back yard.

Alvin, one of my babies

Addressed to Carol and Alvin – his first parcel.

Our Annual photo 2012 taken by my daughter…

Treat anyone?

Alvin with Miss Penny and Sir Elton.

Loves of our lives and sorely missed.

Our summer adventure ….

A walk in a neighbouring park

Elton and Alvin playing tug of war….

Our Annual photo 2016

 

Alvin and Elton …..

The newest additions to the family.

Miss Aspen and Baby Milo.

Can you please get off of Facebook?

George, our little friend

Casey, a friend who visited us for a week not long ago.

We miss Simone’s hair cuts……

Me and Alvin

Alvin, almost one year ago…..first hair cut

Okay, enough photos.  Let me in the house it is snowing out here.

Okay down with the camera and come lay down beside me.

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Somedays we annoy each other just like an old married couple.

That is the truth.

But we cannot live without each other.

When I am away we miss each other.

This is our life together …. together.

 

Always, Carol

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 10th day of April, 2017.

Another Monday Morning ….. but the only 10th of April 2017.

I had the most perfect Sunday …..

Started with pancakes, hot cross buns, fruit and coffee with my favourite daughter and best neighbour.

My grand pup babies came with my girl.

We had the best visit …. lots of laughter ……

We even squeezed in a  wonderful walk with our pups ……

Mr. Alvin did not even push his way to the front of the line …..

It does not get better than that …..

To be surrounded by “family” on a Sunday is priceless.

 

Precious Moments:

Sitting at the kitchen table with my daughter sharing our lives.

Lying on the sofa at 4:40 a.m. with Mr. Alvin’s head next to mine on the pillow, snuggling close.

Mr. Alvin laying on the bath mat outside the shower with his head away to “give me privacy” but remaining close.

Walking down the street with my daughter, baby Milo and Miss Aspen and Mr. Alvin.

Making pancakes and coffee a Sunday routine and sharing them with the girls.

Talking to my friend, and setting up a coffee date for next weekend.

 

It is the small things in life that truly bring us the most pleasure.

So when you are feeling down …… close your eyes and think of the walk in the park with your daughter; snuggling on the sofa with your doggie, or sitting on the porch enjoying the warm spring air.

Whatever moments, whatever precious moments belong to you ….. remember.

No matter what happens in those moments they are precious as they will never come again.

 

Have an awesome Monday.

Take a moment and reflect.

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina …. thank you for the ST order and to my friend “G” for hers……so grateful.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 13th day of March, 2017.

YAY, it is warming up.

I do believe that possibly spring is actually coming sooner than later.

So happy.

We set our clocks ahead by one hour early Sunday morning.

Feels like we lost an hour ….. yes, we did.

 

Yesterday Alvin and I had a wonderful birthday celebration for our “A.”

She loved the decorations, Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes and Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with my special vanilla icing and her gifts.

I made her three necklaces and Alvin gave her chocolate.

How does a guy always know???

We laughed and had a great visit.

Our neighbour “S” joined us.

After the party we took the pups for a nice walk.

Alvin had to take the lead.

Baby Milo had to walk beside her Aspen.

So cute.

Nice to have a walk.

 

Well back to work.

Glad to see the temperatures rising.

It will mean that we can go for walks.

Most of the neighbours have shovelled the front walks so that will be nice when it starts to melt tomorrow.

 

I hope that you had a wonderful Sunday.

Remember make the choice to live a happy, fun, abundant life.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …… perhaps we can SKYPE next Sunday?  Have to talk about your visit in August??

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 20th day of February, 2017.

Today is “Family Day” in Alberta and in other parts of Canada.

We have the day off from work and celebrate family.

Yesterday my daughter and grand-pups came for a visit.

We girls had pancakes flavoured with chocolate honey from south of Edmonton.

They were so yummy.

Alvin is beginning to calm down around Miss Aspen.

They actually laid down on our sofa without any growling coming from Mr. Alvin.

It was so nice to have them here.

My neighbour “S” also came for coffee and pancakes and a visit.

Yesterday was my Family Day.

Following the company I went canvassing for the Heart & Stroke.

Not many folks were at home.

Last night Alvin and I just relaxed and watched a couple of movies.

It was a nice evening.

This morning I had coffee with my neighbour.

We always have great conversations.

So today not much planned.

I did plan to give Alvin a bath and may do so.

So icy out there that I think we may just hang out in the house and perhaps on the deck for some fresh air.

Wishing everyone a Happy Family Day.

Special Hello to: All my Family & Friends.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 14th day of February, 2017.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone.

Also Happy Birthday to “H” …. the sister to my son-in-law.

Wow, this month has been so busy with BIRTHDAY WISHES.

What a wonderful month.

If you are going to be thinking and saying words there are no better than Happy Birthday ones.

 

Well our weather has taken a continued turn for the BETTER.

Yesterday had to be 10+ celsius as last night when we went for our walk – I did not even wear mini gloves and my hands were warm.

Crazy ….

Having these days so beautiful just brings us a bit closer to spring and then summer.

FLOWER time.

I am so excited to go flower shopping this year.

YAY …. I love flowers.

Ah, Mama's boy.......isn't he cute!!!

This is one of my flowers.

Not to be planted, though.

Happy Valentine’s Day, me Alvin.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to my daughter, son-in-law, Aspen and Baby Milo.

Too all MY FAMILY and FRIENDS.

May you be surrounded by so much love and laughter on this day and every day.

 

Special Hello to:  You, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 8th day of February, 2017.

Do you ever think back to the same day a year ago or perhaps two or three or more?

I wonder how many of these days draw exact parallels to each other.

Okay for starters today is Wednesday, and last year the 8th of February was a Monday.

So the actual day is not the same but perhaps the feelings are closer to being the same.

If we think that we stray from our core basic feelings over time  …. I would say that is not really true.

We may have the odd day or two where we stray from our true feelings, the ones in our core.

Our basic emotions.

BUT ….

It is funny that in large part it holds true one year later.

I did wake up feeling today was going to be a great day.

Just as I was blowing my hair dry the phone rang and it was my neighbour; offering me a ride to work.

A great way to begin the day.

This gives me about twenty extra minutes.

I immediately walked over to the bed where Alvin was laying watching me and gave him a big hug.

I do know that when the early morning is great, the rest of the day will be fantastic.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 8th day of February, 2016.

Have you ever awaken to feel like this is going to be a great day.

A day like no other.

Feeling like something magical, fun, wonderful and absolutely fantastic is happening to you on this day.

Well that is how I feel on this Monday morning.

I will admit a bit unusual for a Monday morning …..

Usually I do not sleep well Sunday night and Monday mornings are sometimes a bit of a strain to get up and get motivated but not TODAY.

I will admit that I asked Alvin to stay in bed until the alarm went off but it was not because I did not want to get out of bed.

Just because I wished to lay there and soak in the morning …. un-feted (is that even a word) by the day.

So here we are ….. breakfast done, shower check, make-up check and writing blog …. almost check.

Mr. Alvin is as usual laying outside the office door waiting for me.

He is so loyal ….. we could all learn lessons from our four-legged friends.

He is always waiting by the front door for me to arrive at home after work.

He is always happy to see me and I know he has to pee and is hungry …. but nevertheless he always takes that minute to ravish me with attention.

Now what a way to welcome someone home.

It doesn’t matter if I am gone all day or for 20 minutes ….. he welcomes me in the same way.

So today is the day …..

Perhaps a dream will come to fruition or just something nice.

It does not matter ….. I just feel great and that is what matters.

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So on this 8th day of February 2017 – life is magical.

I am so happy to be here right now in this place surrounded by magic.

Have an awesome day.

Fill your heart with joy and the magic will follow.

Happy Wednesday.

Tea deliveries today ……. that makes me happy.

Special Hello to: my darling sister.  Baby Milo is fine.  Are you available to SKYPE on Sunday?

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 7th day of February, 2017.

Another blast of frigid  temperatures again today.

Last night the weather channel said minus 29 degrees celsius for this morning and I believe that would be without any wind chill.

YIKES.

We have ran the gambit of temperature ranges this winter.

When it is super cold out I find that it is hard to think of anything else but keeping warm, eating and sleeping.

Perhaps we were meant to hibernate?

What do you think?

I like the idea of a long sleep but not quite that long.

This morning Mr. Alvin wanted to sit on my lap.

The only thing was that I was still eating my oatmeal.

So it was not because he really wanted to snuggle but rather because he was drawn to the yummy smell of my breakfast.

What a guy?

I did take the opportunity to snuggle even though he was more interested in my breakfast.

Well it is almost time once again to make the trail to the bus.

Thank goodness for warm boots, coat and gear.

Perhaps an extra scarf this morning.

I hope that you are warm and safe wherever you are in this world.

Have an awesome Tuesday.

I hope that you have an “Alvin” to snuggle with ……

Special Hello to: Baby Milo, Grandma forgot to check on you last night after your surgery.  I hope it went well.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 29th day of January, 2017.

Looking like another beautiful day.

The sky is mainly overcast but the sunrise is peering through.

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous here in Edmonton.

Alvin and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit with my daughter and the pups.

Alvin and Aspen are still figuring things out.

Aspen wants to play so badly with Alvin.

Yesterday, at one point we were up in my office and they had some “playful moments.”

Her size kind of intimidates Alvin but he tried.

Alvin would bark and Aspen would bark because he was barking.

Then he would playful chase her but remember she is quite big and almost took out a table that I have in my office.

So cute to watch.

He tried to do “the thing” you know ….. he’s a guy and she’s a girl or at least that is what it looked like ….

Milo just stood beside us and barked when they barked.

Of course, remember he is only 5 pounds.

We had a great visit and look forward to the next one.

We even took them all for a walk.

Looking so cute walking down the street.

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Our three Amigos or at least trying to be.

Left to Right: Aspen, Baby Milo and Alvin.

Now Baby Milo has grown and is now 5 pounds.

Despite the barking which if my neighbours were home would not have been great.

Thankfully it did not last too long.

In time they will all be best buds.

Alvin is the oldest and it is definitely taking him the longest.

I guess that is true for older humans, as well.

Young ones learn quickly for the most part and the old ones well it sometimes takes a bit before they are comfortable.

Nothing wrong with either scenario.

Well time to get this ship on the water or time to get this show on the road.

We have had a great weekend thus far and have another busy day ahead.

Time for Alvin to have another haircut and bath.

We have or rather I have lots to do mainly some items but a lengthy list so time to get started.

Have an awesome Sunday.

Remember no matter who you are if you are meeting someone new it is okay to take your time getting to know them.

Taking your time is okay.

Relationships are not to be rushed.

 

Happy Sunday.

Almost February and then S-P-R-I-N-G …….. wonderful.

Our winter has been good but spring is always most welcomed.

 

Special Hello to: You, remember you rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 31st day of December, 2016.

Snowed overnight.

Guess shovelling is in my near future.

My daughter picked up Alvin for a sleep-over last night.

Sure seems quiet in the house and took me a bit to fall asleep last night.

Miss his cuddles for sure.

Oh, me Alvin.

So,

The very last day of 2016.

Let me see 2016.

Alvin and I managed to stay up until Midnight welcoming in the New Year, 2016.

It seems like every new year is born with hope for a wonderful year ahead.

I guess going into 2016 we knew that it would be less than wonderful but we held hope.

We lost our Penny mid March and life changed.

Elton had major surgery in April, the scary kind that someone older generally does not recuperate from but he beat the odds and came back to us.

He gave my kids more time; the time they needed to start to heal from the loss of Penny.

They took the time, and made the most of what would be Elton’s last remaining months with our family.

He passed away on November 22, 2016.

We miss them both very much.

Our four-legged fur babies – our family.

Baby Milo came into our family in October about one month before Elton passed.

A golden puppy who lit up the room with his bouncy baby energy.

In their short time together they bonded, and Elton once again had a “sibling.”

Just days before Christmas my kids once again found a doggie who needed love and a good home and adopted “Aspen.”

She is just over one year old, same colouring as baby Milo and such a gem, so loving despite her time before being rescued.

It always amazes me on the deplorable behaviours of some human beings.

I cannot believe but I have seen on many occasions; despite how absolutely horribly some dogs are treated; how loving and wonderful they are …..

So amidst the sorrow we found joy.

Joy is a good place to be.

We take this time to remember all of our loved ones whether two-legged or four that we have lost this year.

There were many.

You will always be in our thoughts and hearts, forever.

They have formed who we are, and we have learned so much from their time on this earth.

Our puppies took the forefront of our year, and everything else just happened.

 

Of course the everything else that happened included a record number of garage sales held between May and August.

Still selling Steeped Tea and working full-time.

Many walks with me Alvin and so many cuddles.

Spending lots of time with friends throughout the year.

Sharing stories and laughter.

Before we knew it the year was over.

The week after Christmas leading up to New Year’s Eve is filled with thinking back on the year, perhaps making resolutions for the year ahead, and making plans for bringing in the New Year.

My wish for 2017 is that you take a look over your life, and take note of what is really important.

Spending time with your family whether two-legged or four or both is so important.

If you are unable to physically see them the technology is there to video chat via SKYPE, and other formats.

Do things with your family and friends instead of buying their joy.

Go on that walk instead of watching television.

Put down that cell phone and spend TIME with them.

Have dinner together and be with your family.

Simplify your life.

Spend less on stuff.

Spend more on doing things.

Create memories that will last a lifetime.

Your children will not remember that video game in 50 years but they will remember those long walks you took together.

They will remember sledding.

They will remember roasting marshmallows around the bonfire.

They will remember the time you spent together.

Which is the best legacy you can give them.

 

Simplify your life.

 

Wishing you and your family the most wonderful New Year, 2017.

May you find joy in the little things.

May you find continued good health.

May your lives be filled with abundance.

May you continue to grow and to learn.

May you spread kindness to all creatures.

May you love and respect yourself, and all others.

Happy New Year.

 

Special Hello to:  All the creatures on this planet.  Happy New Year.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Photo Album of 2016

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A surprise treat delivery from my friend “V” who continues to send wonderful delectable surprise to Alvin and me.

Relaxing at Grandma's house.

Relaxing at Grandma’s house.

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Surprise gift in the mail.

Surprise gift in the mail.

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Enjoying an adventure with me Alvin.

 

 

 

 

 

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