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 doing this Thursday morning? Well our weather can certainly change from one day to the next. Yesterday people were out in short-sleeves and capris and today we need long pants and a warm jacket, perhaps even a lighter winter coat. ARGH. Just so that you have some context weather wise. Our temperatures yesterday in Edmonton were +18 degrees celsius which is close to 65 degrees fahrenheit. Today at the warmest will be +3 celsius, which you can see is clearly much different. Right now our temperatures are in the minus single digits. But this is April and really anything can happen. We could have +25 temperatures or minus temperatures. I do not recall having double digit minus temperatures in April but could have happened in the past. Anyway it is Thursday. Just going back to Wednesday for a bit. Alvin and I had a wonderful walk at noon and even had a quick chat with our friend Pauline who mentioned that perhaps we could walk together later. After I was finished work which was about 4:15 p.m., Alvin and I headed out. Oh, I almost forgot to mention about Micah’s birthday lawn decorations. His parents had rented lawn birthday decorations for his 11th birthday. It was pretty cool for sure. There was a Happy Birthday Micah spelled out. A birthday cake blow up with candles and what appeared to be a cell phone? Not sure and I forgot to ask. We saw all three boys including the birthday boy and his Mom outside when we were starting our walk at noon. It was nice to have a visit with them. The boys are always so excited to see Mr.Alvin and him, them. Back to after work. We swung by and picked up Pauline. We cut across the lawn leading up from the public sidewalk in the park to their yard (Alvin always leads the way). He was so excited. We stood at their back gate for a few moments before I called out to Pauline. There was no response. So I thought we would just wait for a few minutes before carrying when Mr. Alvin started to bark and I swear that he was calling out Pauline, Pauline where are you? Wanna walk? A couple of minutes later, she came out on their balcony and said can you wait a minute as she was talking with one of her children. Of course, we waited. I opened the gate and we waited in the backyard. Alvin of course, kept going up to the back door and looking for our friend. We had a wonderful walk chatting and each taking a turn “venting.” Always good to get things off one’s chest. I had mentioned before I was feeling a bit out of sorts about a recent situation but decided to put a positive spin on things and now things are better. So much better. Really if something is eating at you, just make the decision to look at it differently, in a positive way. Life is way too short to be upset or wasting valuable time sweating over non-life threatening situations, really it is. After I changed my mindset, I have been feeling really happy with no anxiety. It is all about the choices we make. How we react to something can make or break you, honestly.

Also yesterday, someone near and dear to my heart is Queen Elizabeth. No, I have never met her and no, I am not related but I wanted to wish her a Happy 95th Birthday yesterday in my post and I clear forgot. Lots of birthdays lately. I am sending belated Birthday Wishes to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her 95th Birthday. She has always been a beacon of grace and leadership to a great many people. I admire her for her quiet and elegant way. I cannot imagine how she must be feeling with the recent loss of her beloved husband and best friend of over 73 years. I imagine that she will continue as she always has ….. Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth. Wishing you a great many more healthy years ahead. I hope that you have some days of laughter, soon. Take Care.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday.

Continuing to live this life in kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? Well if you live in Western Canada it is very likely you are experiencing extra low temperatures to the tune of minus 30 degrees celsius and colder. My brother tells me it is minus 42 at his house in rural northern Alberta (northeast of Edmonton), my sister from Regina says it is minus 45 with the windchill and my nephew who is working north of Grand Prairie on the oil rigs, says it is minus 50 and in Edmonton it is hovering somewhere around the minus 33 temperature and I am not sure what the windchill is at this time. I do know that when I was out picking up the poop earlier, I noticed frost on the handle of the shovel. I was moving some snow around the deck as the pups have been peeing in the snow. Cannot blame them too friggin’ cold to be out for longer than a second. Last night Alvin’s bestie Teddy came for a sleepover and a minute ago I heard a toy squeaking downstairs, that would be Master Teddy. Alvin of course, if never far from my side and is laying on the carpet on the hallway floor. For the first time other than Teddy barking when someone walks by the front of the house, he barked. It was a low little bark unlike the loud semi shrill bark of Mr. Alvin. Alvin was barking about god only knows what while sitting beside me on the sofa as I was trying to watch AQUAMAN and then Teddy on the other side of me started to bark. I think he was trying to tell Mr. Alvin to be quiet. But I don’t know. They had a good night. We all need to have someone around from time to time. Without going for walks due to these frigid temperatures, I thought it was time for a friend to sleepover (not for me but for Alvin). At least I can chat on the phone and video chat to see people. We were all snuggled into bed last night and I read for a bit. At first Alvin was on the left side of me not real close and Teddy was by my feet …. as I sleep on my side I had to move my legs around a bit to get comfortable. Finally found the sweet spot and on our way to sleep. After I am not sure how long I felt Teddy move ….. he came up to the pillow and laid on the pillow so that he was almost like a warm scarf on my neck. Alvin does not do that for apparent reasons, main one being he is too big but Teddy is small. He spent the rest of the night snuggling close to me and Alvin nearby. Usually Alvin would growl but not at Teddy. Teddy barked a couple of minutes ago so I went downstairs as he had to go outside so both boys went out. He came back upstairs with me and Alvin for a minute and then back downstairs.

We are enjoying our company. I think with this cold weather we shall have just a lazy day. I will bring up the dry laundry from the basement at some point and I will make coffee and have breakfast and we will watch some television. I may even do some writing. I put my books and pens together last night. My hands are so rough and dry and no amount of hand cream seems to be working. The air is dry. Thankfully we are toasty warm inside the house and I am grateful to have heat and to have a beautiful home to live in.

I apologize for these not being current photos of the boys. Both the boys just had hair cuts and are looking top notch. But cuteness still prevails no matter how long their fur/hair is. Yes, Mr. Alvin had a hair cut and bath yesterday before his friend came for the sleepover. I did snap some photos last night but have not downloaded them to the computer as yet. I will thought. They are looking super handsome, these boys.

We hope that you are safe and warm.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol, Alvin and Teddy

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning All,

We have houseguests. Alvin’s BF Teddy and his little sister Kobie. We had an interesting night and needless to say I did not have much sleep. I had to sleep a bit later this morning and am running late. So this will be short. We are doing okay.

I can hear some birds chirping outside, must be magpies, they are quite loud.

No snow but we did have frost last night.

I truly need coffee this morning and I can smell that delectable aroma as I type these words.

Now the dogs are barking so better go.

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 18th day of June, 2020.

Okay, much better this morning.

Guess what?

The sun is shining brightly and the sky is the most delicate of blues.

YAY, I love the sunshine.

Not necessarily to be out in the sunshine for long periods of time but I like the sun to shine.

Rain is wonderful as well but the sunshine is what makes my heart beat a little bit faster.

The sunshine is what makes me feel like I can conquer the world.

Oh, no worries.

I am not planning for a worldwide domination.

The sun simply makes me feel so good.

The birds are chirping and I heard a goose fly by honking along the way.

Perhaps the goose was looking for the rest of the flock.

There are two criss crosses making a large X in the sky from the jet fuel.

There are also a few wisps of white delicate clouds dotting the blue morning sky.

 

I am happy it is Thursday.

My Good Food order is being delivered today.

I have decided to do this once a month or so.

It is a great way to try new things and to have all the ingredients.

When you cook for only one person it goes like this.

Saturday and or Sunday you make a big meal.

You eat said big meal.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

By this time you are tired of said big meal it is time to start all over again.

I cook simply and use what I have in the house.

Of course, I buy groceries.

Well not personally these days.

I have not gone grocery shopping since the beginning of March, 2020.

Crazy, I know.

My daughter and one of my friends are my personal shoppers.

Not by design but by necessity.

They always tell me …. we have to go out ….. you don’t need to.

Am I not the luckiest one!

Now at some point I will have to brave the “new world” and leave my neighbourhood but until then I will be quite content to let my girls shop for me.

As long as they are okay with it …. I shall be, too.

 

You will not believe just the depth of green that our trees and grass hold with all of this rain.

If we get the right amount of sunshine …. the grass will be lovely this year.

Nice and green and lush.

Last year we had to much rain which is just as “bad” as no rain.

 

Well my friends looks like almost time to head over to the workstation.

Oh, so far away.

In the NEVER NEVER LANDS.

I got the “lands” from PLUTO LIVING.

OH my gosh, I do love Pluto and her Mom.

They have the best videos.

Good information and advice.

Funny stories.

From a perspective of a four-legged, oh if only Alvin could talk……

 

Yesterday I posted a photo of my new flowers again.

The name of the flowers are:  LANTANA – Havana Cherry.

They are butterfly magnets, love the summer heat and are drought tolerant.

The perfect flowers.

Now bring on some heat.

Just a little.

Definitely not 30’s for weeks.

No, no, no.

 

Okay now I really must go.

Time to fly.

The commute is so far.

To the NEVER NEVER LANDS.

That is what I shall call my work now …..

Wild laughter.

Yes, I am definitely smiling.

Alvin is whining and now barking.

Oh, me Alvin.

Better go.

 

Have an awesome day.

Remember to live with kindness and respect, always.

I/We, shall remain

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Monday Morning.

The sky is filled with deep blue rain clouds and there is quite the breeze.

Every so often the clouds part and the sun shines.

We are a bit late with things this morning as Mr. Alvin had me up throughout the night.

He still is having issues in the bottom end but I am happy to report that a few hours ago, the poop actually was starting to firm.

Always a good sight even early in the morning.

I can tell he is not quite his old self but then he is going in the right direction.

So hopefully today will be just that, a continuance.

What a weekend, what a long weekend.

I happy that it has been raining off and on since earlier this morning.

We were up before it actually started to rain.

The time, well I don’t exactly remember.

Rain is good for our plants, grass and trees.

Anyone that planted their gardens will be happy to have a nice shower from Mother Nature.

I was going to take Alvin for a walk in between showers as it has been a couple of days since we last went for a walk.

Perhaps more fresh air and exercise would be good for Alvin, as well.

We have spent time outside in the backyard but when the sun shines it is pretty warm back there as we have southern exposure.

 

I wanted to mention that I have been trying the food boxes that one can have delivered to your door.

The first one was a gift from my kids ….. Hello Fresh …… the food was good.

I am going to make the third dish from Good Food tonight for supper.

They all are really good.

Dishes that I would not have made mainly because I tend to cook simply with not a ton of ingredients.

I do use spices and lots of veggies.

These recipes, these dishes gave me ideas on future dishes.

Things that I can do to the meals that I make to “spice” them up so to speak.

Perhaps starting to use some different ingredients or same ingredients in different manner.

 

Well appear that Mr. Alvin needs to go downstairs.

I don’t like to keep him waiting.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

 

WIth kindness and respect,

I/We remain,

AS Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Well good morning we made it through the first day and night of our week with Teddy and Kobi.

Kobi did not settle down very well last night.

She is used to sleeping away from her brother and parents.

So we set up a similar situation for her and she whined and cried.

This of course upset both Alvin and Teddy.

Less than 1/2 hour later last night we were downstairs sleeping on the sofa.

This kind of worked but not really.

Alvin was up in the middle of the night and therefore she was up.

So not much sleep.

Just had a shower and she is in her kennel, well actually much bigger than a kennel and has cried since I came upstairs.

Alvin is with me and I left Teddy downstairs hoping that he would calm her down.

Not working.

So this is going to be an unusual week.

If you do not see a post from me, please do not worry.

I may be lacking sleep or something.

It does take longer feeding and looking after three pups in the morning.

Work tomorrow is looking more like a vacation day but I am not sure if I want to take a day off or not.

I could but do I?

Hopefully with company coming this afternoon followed by walks …. everyone will be tired.

We had walks and company yesterday ….

Oh well, too much whining.

I have to go downstairs.

Starting to feel a bit anxious.

Alvin is as well.

 

Have a great day.

Bye for now.

 

Remember with Kindness and Respect.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Sorry not current photos as I have not had time to download/upload.

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and today is Sunday, December 22, 2019.

Only a few more sleeps now.

A busy next few days lay in store for me and Mr. Alvin.

Humphrey has already joined us for the day and will return home only to sleep.

When I went to pick him up …. and mentioned “Would you like to go and see Alvin?”

He ran to the door and to me so that I could pick him up to carry him to my house.

Alvin is laying on his blue blanket next to me, moaning and groaning as he wants to be downstairs.

Plans changed and Teddy and Kobi only came with their Mom for a short visit last night.

There had been lots of snow so they did not go out of town.

But they are going today for the day.

So Kobi and Teddy will be arriving in less than one hour.

Also coffee with the girls changed venue and will be at my house.

So Alvin has his friends and I have mine.

I have to cut this short as I want to have some breakfast and perhaps make a couple of couple of coffee before the girls arrive.

Some laundry to take to the basement to be done later.

I just realized that I have not downloaded photos from my phone to the computer in quite some time, so I will share some of those photos now.

Sorry change of plans.

The puppies came 40 minutes early.

Kobi is with me and Alvin has been barking non stop since we came upstairs.

Only able to share these photos from last night.

 

Have an awesome day.

 

Always, Carol, Alvin, Humphrey, Teddy and Kobi

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 20th day of January, 2019.

A bright sunny morning here in Edmonton.

 

We have unexpected house guest, my nephew.

He is off for a few days from the oil rig and will be spending the time off with me and Alvin.

Today is Alvin’s birthday party.

Teddy spent the night last night.

The boys are downstairs with my nephew at this moment, no barking so that is good.

Usually Alvin has to be with me all of the time.

This post will be short as I do not like to be rude and not spend time with my nephew while he is visiting.

Excited for Alvin’s party and I will post photos of the party, later.

Excited to see his reaction when he has his birthday cake (made for pets, partially meat).

The weather is warming up and I am happy for that …..

Happy Sunday.

I am excited to have tomorrow off as well.

 

Feeling really nice and fresh as just having a nice shower.

Funny how a shower can always make you feel better.

 

Special Hello to: my sister, today.  So nice to have your son visiting us.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 17th day of October, 2018.

It has been an odd morning here in our house.

Nothing bad for sure, just odd.

We were up at 4:00 originally which is not out of the ordinary for us.

Alvin had his breakfast, some water and outside for a bathroom break.

At 4:02 a.m. I set the microwave timer for 75 minutes which would have brought us to 5:17 a.m.

Then we hit the sofa for that extra sleep.

Next thing I know I checked my watch and to my horror it read 5:40 a.m.

I had to rub my eyes and recheck the time.

I must have slept through the timer.

Up fast and into the kitchen.

I wrote in my gratitude journal ….. slept in no time to write……thinking I am grateful that I still had time to do most everything else if I got to it.

So I ate breakfast,

Showered.

Got dressed.

Now writing this post.

 

At the rear of my house (which is where my office is located) I can hear a small dog barking in the near distance.

I think it is the same dog that barks most of the time.

This leads me to believe that the dog is outside all of the time.

I believe that I am going to investigate in the daytime (after work).

Poor little thing.

Why have dogs if they cannot stay in the house, especially if they are small.

There are no lights out back and when I opened the window it was pitch black (at this time).

Poor little thing.

 

I look at my little Alvin and think to myself that both him and I are so lucky.

So blessed to have found each other.

There are days perhaps when one or the other of us might be less than patient with the other but we would never hurt the other one.

I would NEVER leave him outside all of the time.

At the end of the day, I know he is snuggled next to me and is safe.

 

I am surprised that no one has called in a complaint to the city for the barking?

Why the once for Alvin and none for this little guy?

Perhaps if the city came out …. they could help him out.

Well in the meantime I will look into this matter.

Discreetly, of course.

 

Well almost time to leave as I am catching the bus today as my carpool is sick.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

If you are going to have a pet …. be respectful of them.

They are living breathing creatures just like us.

 

Special Hello to:  my daughter and son-in-law who are the best parents to my grand-puppies.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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