2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I am well, we are well. Perhaps a slight bit sleep deprived but nothing new. Still dark outside and that is part of living in Western Canada. The sun will not rise for awhile but that is okay. We will be voting on the time change next week. “To be or not to be, that is the question.” Sound familiar. Someone has decided this morning to bark every 10 seconds or so while I am upstairs despite my calling down to reassure him. Perhaps he has to pee but not likely. He is joined to me at the hip and whenever I am in the house and not beside him …. it is a problem. Definitely is getting more anxious as he ages. When I am outside and he can see me, no problem. Thank goodness that I do not have to go back to work at the office very often. My next time is November 9th, 2021, I think but I will have to find someone to come and check on him or he will go spend the day with someone. There is no way he will survive a 10 or so hour day without going outside or having human contact. Life.

Yesterday morning Canadian born William Shatner became the oldest person to go to space. I listened to him as he spoke to Jeff B. upon his return to Earth. He was so genuinely excited about the trip and grateful that he was able to see Earth from space. As he said he will be changed forever and he wished that everyone could have that experience. I wish that as well. I am so happy that “Captain Kirk” got to actually go to space. How strangely wonderful is that. Pretty darn exciting.

Someone is finally quiet down there and I am not sure why. Grateful for the quiet.

Yesterday we enjoyed two walks, one at my lunch break and the other after work. Before the walk after work I raked the leaves from our front lawn including Humphrey & Bogart’s. The leaves were crunchy. So pretty. Love this time of year.

I thought that perhaps we needed a bit of “yellow perfection” in our Thursday. I love Sunflowers. So perfectly beautiful. My gift to you for today.

Well time to go and get that coffee on to perk and see if Mr. Alvin does in fact have to go outside.

I wish you a great Thursday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you doing this Friday morning? We are good and just back home from one of our three daily 10 minute walks. I must say that I enjoy this first one the most. We had a bit of rain earlier when we were outside and now just cool and chilly.

Last night after working the late shift till 7 pm and having a quick bite to eat, one of my friends G came over for a visit about 8 pm and we chatted till 1015 pm. The night just flew as we chatted catching up in our news. To be honest there wasn’t to much new with me. We had the odd laugh about something or other but mainly serious talk which sometimes is necessary and we all need to “vent” and get things off our chests. We did just that. Alvin was so happy to see her that he spent most of the evening sitting beside us on the sofa.

I think it is supposed to be nice over the weekend so will get more yard work done and obviously house stuff as well. I am going through things in the basement to downsize the things that have accumulated down there. Sell a few things, give away and recycle. Always a big job. If I am going to be downstairs for any length of time I will have to carry Alvin down there so he doesn’t bark. Life.

well it is almost that time once again. It seems lately I am always running a bit late. Sure will enjoy coffee this morning.

I hope that you have a great Friday. Someone just grabbed his Teddy to play and looks like he wants me to play. Better ho.

Hard to believe that I started this blog when I was 51 and newly retired and now I am 64 and working full time for ten years. Life is interesting I will say that.

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

Love Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are well this beautiful Friday morning. The sky is clear and blue and the sun is shining ever so brightly. See what happens when the Momma gets a decent night sleep. I just had a shower and am feeling on top of the world. Mr. Alvin is waiting patiently downstairs for me.

I wanted to mention a topic that seems to have been gaining momentum as of late and that is the number of times one showers/baths. The “stars” are talking about it and I think it may have started with Ashton Kutcher and his wife Mila Kunis and the bathing of their children. Honestly, in North America we OVER USE everything and most especially water. There really is no need to most of us to shower or bath everyday. It has become the norm to do so because of the availability and convenience of water. But you know what that is becoming less and less the case as water is disappearing around the globe. Most especially in North America and mostly at this time in the United States. Now that being said we here in Alberta are facing a water crisis when it comes to watering livestock due to the heat wave and the drying up of natural watering places such as sloughs and streams. But think about it for most of us we do not require or need to bath or shower on a daily basis. When I was a child we had a bath once a week on Sundays. If you got dirty in between you simply washed those dirty parts in a small basin of water. We did not waste much when I was growing up but now, totally different story. Something to think about and do it now. I have a feeling that due to climate change our water in Canada is going to become less and less. We must think about the waste, how much we use and when we need to use it. This is going to become a crisis situation in a short period of time. I have started some time ago showering every few days and usually stretch that to four or five depending on how “dirty” I am which really I am never dirty – perhaps sweaty but never dirty. The only things that get dirty on me are my hands from gardening and my feet from walking with no shoes on. Please take the time and think about how you are using this very valuable natural resource as it may not last forever, most especially in the abundance of the recent past.

Okay Mr. Alvin is now awake, he was sleeping when I came upstairs and woke up after I was using the electric toothbrush not sure if he heard it or not. Anyway he is barking now. I do not wish to disturb the neighbours or keep in an anxious mood.

I hope that you have a great day. I am once again so grateful for the good sleep last night.

Stay cool and be safe.

Continuing to live this life with respect, kindness, 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 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.

 

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