Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Sun rise beautiful and the skies are a mixture of clouds and light.

So we will take that…..

The heavens opened up while I was on the bus on my way home.

In fact, the rain started when I was about 10 minutes from my bus stop.

By the time, I got off the bus, the rain had slowed down.

Luckily for me and all my fellow bus riders.

I managed to be mostly dry upon reaching home.

Which was a good thing.

Alvin went outside to the back yard and did his business.

We decided as it was still raining to have supper first.

Ended up walking about 8:00 p.m. and it was wonderful.

The air was fragrant with fresh rain and roses.

I keep forgetting to mention the roses that line the entrance to the park by my house and in other spots throughout the park and other walkways.

The rain …. oh, they love the rain.

The fragrance …. I closed my eyes and stood still for a few moments breathing in the beautiful fragrance.

Even Alvin took a moment to take it all in …. he likes to get right in there.

I have warned him about the thorns but he is a dog and most times has to figure it out firsthand.

There is no fragrance on this earth like roses.

Seldom can man come close to this amazing smell.

I love roses.

Can you tell?

But these roses.

The “wild” roses not the ones that have been tampered with by man throughout the ages.

Just a plain rose …..

We met a new friend “Rickie” last night on our walk and stopped to see others as they were sitting in their garage.

It was a great walk.

Alvin was over the moon that he did not have to wear the dreaded red rain poncho.

I thought he looked handsome and debonair but he did not.

 

Sometimes you just get to bed later and then want to sleep more.

So am running a tad late here.

 

Wishing my darling cousin L, a very Happy Birthday …..

Wishing my best friend from early childhood and her twin sister a very Happy 62nd Birthday.

I am getting close to that special year as well.

 

Well time to fly here as Mr. Humphrey will be spending the day with Mr. Alvin.

He has a doggie friend at his house.

So as my Alvin and Humphrey get along so well ….

Humphrey will be coming over here.

First time ever.

One cat and one dog for the whole day with the Mama.

I am quite certain that they will be fine.

At least they have two floors in the house ….. space.

 

Happy Thursday.

 

Kind and Respectful.

Even with cats and dogs.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time!

Hello,

Bright and sunny morning and as I was already outside picking up Alvin’s little parcel from the backyard; I can safely report that it is mild.

Today is a busy day in this household.

First off, we are hosting a 40th Birthday party for one of my young”er” friends.

They are slowly catching up to me.

Last night we, okay, I decorated the kitchen space of the downstairs for the party.

Lots of “40” signage and swirly coloured paper.

NO BALLOONS.

We are having fresh fruit, coconut cake and coffee/tea.

The coconut cake will arrive with the non-birthday girl.

So excited to spend time with these young ladies.

They are so much fun.

Even Alvin is getting into the action.

His BF Teddy will be joining us for the day.

We always love to have him …. be brings more joy and energy to our house.

 

We will have a few hours in between tonight’s 5th Avenue Jewelry Party at 7:00 p.m.

The Birthday GIRL and the NON-Birthday GIRL will return for the party.

Do you think they will tire of me?

Hope not!

Excited to try on jewelry and visit with the girls.

 

I looked once again for the Momma & Poppa Geese and their Goslings last night on our walk but they were no where in sight.

We so enjoy our walks at this time of year.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Photos, I promise.

Even of the decorations, later.

I will get this done.

Technology and I are not best friend but we are friendly.

In time, all things are possible.

 

Living … One day at a time.

Oh, I hear our birds chirping.

Life is good.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 15th day of February, 2019.

Warming up?

Last night after work felt warmer.

Alvin and I had a great Valentine’s Day.

At work our immediate group exchanged Valentine’s & Treats.

There were everything from Cards and Chocolate to Pencils, Eraser, and Paper Airplanes.

Kinder surprise and Play-Doh.

Very cool.

On my way home I asked to be dropped off as I had some errands to do ….. picked up Valentine’s Cookies for Alvin and his BFF Teddy from the Bone & Biscuit and then SAVEON for groceries.

Teddy’s Aunt picked me and the groceries up.

I had written up a little card for Teddy from Alvin and gave her the card and the cookie that was in a little brown bag from the Bone & Biscuit.

Sounds like Teddy loved the cookie.

Poor Mr. Alvin had to wait for a bit before he got his cookie.

As I had several things to do before the big moment.

My Steeped Tea finally arrived so I wanted to sort the orders and be able to deliver them today to customers at work.

After Alvin had his supper ….. I gave him the cookie.

At first he seemed stumped as to what it was and then he began to lick the icing from the cookie and then it was done before you knew it.

Happy Valentine’s Day over for another year.

.

Here is the cookie that I picked up for Alvin and the same one for Teddy.

The shots with Alvin ended up being “action” and they are blurry, sorry.

We, er I mean Alvin did not sleep well last night.

Maybe it was the cookie or all the food he ate.

Likely had a tummy ache.

 

Well getting late here so I better run.

It was a good day yesterday and I am grateful that today is FRIDAY.

 

Happy Friday.

Special Hello to: you and you and you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 19th day of January, 2019.

Another cooler day on the way or actually here.

TODAY is a very special day as it marks the 10th Birthday of our beloved Alvin.

Alvin Charlie Lewis.

 

He came into our lives on a bitterly cold night nine year ago and it is almost fitting that we should celebrate his tenth birthday on another cold winter’s day.

I cannot believe he is ten already and that nine years have passed since he came to join our family and to live with me.

We had a somewhat rocky beginning as he was not in a good place health wise when he came to my home.

That passed and after about a month or so, we settled into a routine and have had a great life since.

Of course there have been moments for both of us but we get through those times together.

He has been a faithful and loyal companion, although he does love the girls (giggling aloud).

We seem to like the same things such as food, walks and did I say food.

You can always see that by our waistlines.

We are both stubborn and loyal and loving.

He is such a social “butterfly” and loves being around everyone.

As of late, he is becoming more friendly with Humphrey the cat who lives next door.

Which has been great.

His best friend “Teddy” will be here shortly.

His parents are going to the farm for the day so it just happened to fall on Alvin’s birthday.

Perfect timing.

I had decided to have a birthday party for Mr. Alvin and then asked if Teddy could sleepover.

Because everyone should have a sleepover for their birthday.

Tomorrow is his birthday party.

My daughter, his sister and family will join us.

So Alvin will have his best friend Teddy, sister, brother-in-law, niece Miss Aspen and nephew Baby Milo attending his party.

We picked up a dog friendly cake last night along with some treats  & toys to make up goodie bags for the guests.

Also there had to be cake for the humans attending the party.

Why not, I said.

Why not?

Teddy will be here shortly.

Happy Birthday to my buddy ….. Happy Birthday Mr. Alvin.

Thank you for coming into our lives and making them so much better.

We love you.

OVER THE YEARS:

Ah, Mama’s boy…….isn’t he cute!!!

Alvin in the snow…..

Me and Alvin

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

Alvin getting to know his “new” family…. (his beloved friend Penny, who passed away in 2016).

The above photo was taken the first night we met.

 

Lookin’ Out the Window…..

Cuteness

Me and Alvin Oct 2013

Alvin, one of my babies

Penny, Alvin and Elton waiting for treats.

Missing Miss Penny and Elton now.

Isn’t this the cutest leash holder ever ….. the puppy looks just like me Alvin.

Alvin’s first family and friends …

Receiving a package from our friend “V”

Walking

Memories … playing with Elton.

Alvin at home

Alvin and Teddy

US at Thanksgiving 2018

 

Well Teddy will be here shortly and the fun will begin.

I have not told Mr. Alvin just yet as he gets so excited.

 

Special Hello to: my beloved Alvin …. Happy 10th Birthday

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Teddy just arrived…..the fun begins.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 4th day of January, 2019.

Dark out as it is early.

Snow mixed with rain last night.

Cooling off a bit today.

Still crazy weather for January.

 

Alvin joins me in the office – laying on his blue blanket.

I feel that all is right with the world when he is near me.

Where he wants to be and where I want him to be.

Close by.

I so wished that I could take him with me to work.

Definitely would be a morale boost for certain.

He is such a good guy.

I am so happy that he has a best friend in Teddy.

Those guys …. always so excited to see each other.

Bringing each other a toy.

Truly, I have not given this much thought if any before this moment but I think that the creatures that we take into our homes – actually mimic us to a large degree.

Alvin loves company; as do I.

He is always happy when company comes over; as am I.

He loves to sniff around on our walks; as do I taking in the scents and smells of each season.

He loves to relax and snuggle next to me; as do I snuggles are best with him.

He does not like to ride in cars and I do not mind.

He is an loving, excitable, anxious creature and I wear my heart on my sleeve so definitely similar.

Perhaps when we take a look at ourselves when we work on improvements – there is even more reason to make changes as they impact our pets.

Food for thought.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

 

Oh, once again, I love my new eyebrow wax.

I mentioned it yesterday in my post.

It is the best.

ACTI-LABS.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who share their homes with a dog(s) or cat(s) or another small creature.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 31st day of March, 2017.

Another gorgeous spring morning here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

How are you?

I am great.

Not only is this the last day of March, and Friday, it is the Birthday of my dear friend “P.”

We have known each other and been best friends for almost 40 years.

Happy Birthday my Friend – Wishing you the most wonderful day and year to follow.

 

So yesterday on my walk from the bus I noticed more garbage laying about where I had spent hours cleaning on the weekend.

What happened?

Did the garbage fairy rain on my parade?

Not likely but someone did.

It is disappointing after picking up trash one day to find more just a few days later.

This could likely be a full-time job for someone.

Not for me as I have a full-time job and a part-time one.

Oh well, it gives me something to talk about and I should not complain as least I am able to go out, walk and pick it up.

Now I will say that lugging those big full bags of garbage for several blocks was more of a work-out than I anticipated but nevertheless it was good exercise.

I took a plastic bag with me and picked up trash along my walk to the bus yesterday morning.

That was the one part of my route that I had not been able to do last weekend so I figured why not do it on my way to work.

Not letting it being dark hinder me, no sir.

So I might grab another bag as there is more.

There is always more ……

 

Well time to hit the road …… time to go to work.

Earn the money to keep Alvin in the lifestyle that he has grown accustomed to ……

Just kidding.

 

Have a wonderful last day of March, 2017 and Friday.

Keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Be Kind ……

Life is short and might as well be happy and joyful than sad and bitter.

 

Special Hello to: the Birthday girl.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Afternoon and it is Saturday the 31st day of January, 2015.

The last day of January.

January has been a great month filled with great weather and for the great progress made by my nephew.

He is smiling and although he does not speak as yet he communicates in other ways.

It is so wonderful …… he has come such a long way and although he has a long journey ahead …. to see him here is fantastic.

 

Alvin and I made a trip first thing to the vet for his pedicure and for his “bum squeezing” (sounds better than the gland something or other).

Me and the pups are here now …. doing laundry ….. well not them but me.

The kids are out and out shopping and stuff.

My daughter and I did some shovelling earlier as we received some of the white stuff from Mother Nature.

She always loves to surprise us.

 

One of the big moments today was a phone call from my dear friend “L” who lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

When we both lived in Regina we used to go out for supper and coffees catching up.

We met working for the same company.

He is a retired, married, grandfather who is one of the best people I know.

When I lived in Regina and they in Saskatoon whenever they came home we always got together.

His wife is such a sweetheart.

My friend has some health issues making it hard to get out and about but he calls me all the time.

I miss him greatly.

 

Well time to finish some housework and see what the barking is all about downstairs.

Actually “Casey” our little visitor is growling …. likely someone walking by.

Alvin is upstairs with me.

Elton and Penny are laying on the sofa by the kitchen window watching for the return of Mom and Dad.

 

It is a wonderful quiet, lazy day.

Watching HGTV channel as I roam about the house.

 

I am so grateful for my life …. my home …. my family ….. my friends …..

Thank you.

 

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “L” … miss you buddy.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 25th day of February, 2014.

WOW, almost the end of yet another month.

One month closer to spring and I am extremely happy for that …..

 

This morning when I was having a shower – I moved the shower curtain to see Mr. Alvin lying on the mat in front of the tub.

Just lying there.

I felt a tear well up in my eyes as I felt so perfectly loved and protected at that very moment.

He truly is my “best friend.”

What a cute little guy.

He spent a couple of days with his sister Sunday and Monday (and slept over Sunday night).

When I was finished work and had stopped by to drop off the car – he was up at the window looking out.

My daughter had planned that she would just come out and drive me home (very cold for walking).

I could see him jump off the sofa and I knew he saw me.

He barked that shrill bark of his and it broke my heart.

I felt like I was abandoning him.

He spent the night because the kids were off yesterday and I worked.

Always better for him to have company than not.

When I stopped by at their house after work last night to pick him up ….. he was again up at the window.

Looking out and when he saw me ….. he looked twice and then headed for the door ….. oh, my boy.

But I did feel guilty even though he was in the best hands possible.

The kids always tease me and I know it to be true that Mr. Alvin is truly a “Momma’s Boy.”

He is the son that I never had …..

Well time to zip off to work …..

Just wanted to share that with all of you ….. I think that sometimes people forget just how attached our pets get to us.

I know they are part of our family and after all we are all “animals” …… we just happen to be on two legs instead of four.

They definitely love us unconditionally …..

I wish for this Tuesday that everyone would love and show respect to the their pets and the animals around them.

Special Hello to: all those special pets in the world and my Alvin…. love you buddy….. you are the best.

Always, Carol and “me” Alvin …..

 

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 5th day of January, 2014.

It is a very bright Morning here in Edmonton.

How are you?

I am doing great and am so excited that warmer temperatures are on the way.

YAY.

It seems that all we can seem to think about is eating, sleeping and the cold …..

The cold, eating and sleeping.

When the temperatures without the windchill dip below 30 below Celsius … all one wishes to do is hibernate.

I am starting to feel like a bear …..

I even have the extra “roll” to prove it.

So after a glance in the mirror this morning it was enough to say …. enough is enough …..

Get back on the eating healthy train and more exercise.

When the temperatures warm up we will walk and in the meantime …. climb stairs ….. and do whatever exercises we can do.

So on this cold morning I say keep warm and exercise.

Have a great day.

I am on my way to work ….. 5.5 hours of walking …… if I do not stand still.

Special Hello to: all my friends back in Regina …. my best friend celebrates a birthday tomorrow.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 4th day of January, 2014.

WOW, DAY FOUR…..

It is a bright sunny COLD morning here in Edmonton.

I am so HAPPY to see the SUNSHINE

We have not had much sunlight this winter so when it shines …. baby ….. our lives shine.

Sorry, I just wanted to use “baby” in a sentence.

Well day four …..

I am working diligently on “de-voiding my life of judgment” ...

We judge all of the time and mostly it is things that are not harmful to ourselves or others but still we do.

It is an interesting process to go through.

I am doing well at this …..

Well today is my cleaning and odd job day.

My daughter will be coming over shortly and we are going to do some shopping.

She needs to go to COSTCO and I am going along.

There is also a new craft shop in our neighbourhood ….. I think mainly for scrap-booking.

We are going to check it out so that should be fun.

Then back home and do some WORK.

Cleaning my bedroom closet and changing bedding is all I have done thus far …. oh and emptied the dishwasher.

Oh, such fun.

Well I hope that you all have an amazing day …..

Let’s see how we do “de-voiding our lives of judgment” …..

I think we shall be better for it (now is that a judgment??)

Happy sunny day to me.

Special Hello to: my best friend back in Regina “L”  ….. a birthday is just around the corner for me….

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

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