Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this bright sunny Wednesday morning? Both Alvin and I are well and excited to be spending a few days with Amanda, Steven and the pups at their lake side home. I am so excited to just be away for a few days in the countryside. Breathing in that wonderful lake air. The stars at night are incredible and I cannot wait to see them. I have looked after Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder and will give one last check before I leave. Their Grandpa will be taking over from me. There is a bit of a breeze and that was nice when we went for a short walk this morning. We were a bit late getting out this morning. I have watered all my plants inside and out including Humphrey’s shrubs. I still have to pack and put together things in a cooler so that part has to be last minute but will have to make sure that I do not forget anything.

Birthday. Well it was fantastic. Aunt J brought Teddy and Kobi and a Mexican feast for we, humans. It was so yummy Unfortunately in all of the excitement, I forgot to take photos as I had planned. We had a chicken mixture in crispy tortillas done in a semi dry skillet. OMG, so good. Quesadillas. We had a wide variety of condiments and dishes: quinoa salad, refried beans, avocado, hot sauce, a creamy sauce for which I do not remember the name, fresh limes, my friend Val’s Jalapeno Raspberry jelly which was so delicious, pico de gallo, corn chips and more. Supper was off the charts great. We ended it off with a small piece of my Birthday Cake from Sunday. Perfection. WE have leftovers and I am packing them in the cooler with the “6-5” cake that Val made for me and Alvin’s wet food and pumpkin. So lots to take.

Oh, I need a hat for my boat ride. Better not forget the hat!

Turning back the clock a bit before the food …… Aunt J, our friend Iris and Walter and the pups Teddy and Kobi gave me the biggest bouquet of flowers, so beautiful and a very thoughtful card. My fireplace mantel is covered in birthday cards. I love cards.

This year’s birthday seems to be continuing as there will be more celebrations with my daughter and her family. Also we saw a friend this morning and she has something for me but will see us when we get back. Also another friend popped by last night after Aunt J and the pups left with a gift and card. I am truly spoiled.

So this leaves me to mention that I will be taking a break for a couple of days from posting/writing. I will have photos and stories, I am sure to write upon my return.

Thankfully I took next Monday off so that I have an extra day.

There is a list about 1/2 mile long of things for me to do before my daughter picks us up. I guess next thing to do is to hop into the shower and get ready followed by packing. I want to ensure that I do not overpack. Always fun.

Question: makeup or no makeup for the trip. I have asked my daughter to take photos of me and Alvin, just in case we do not get back out there before winter. I guess we could have them taken at home but why not in the country. Okay, makeup then.

Have a wonderful next couple of days and I will see you on the other side. We will be home on Friday not sure what time so next post will be Saturday.

I am so grateful for the 153 messages via Facebook, two birthday parties, parcel from my dear friend Val, friends dropping by, two bouquets of flowers, thoughtful gifts, a bunch of cards, phone calls, emails, phone texts and more. I am over the moon grateful. Now I get to go and spend some time with my daughter and son-in-law and grandpups at the lake followed by a boat ride and picnic on Friday with Pauline and her husband Al. I am over the moon grateful.

Time to fly.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: 65 is the bomb, does that still mean good? I hope so. Anyway, 65 is great!

I tried to download last night’s photos to show you but did not work, other photos loaded but not from last night. Not sure why. I will send them on Saturday.

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! I hope that this finds you in good health and happy. Alvin and I are doing great. I am enjoying my vacation and wished that it was permanent. Wouldn’t it be nice to be on vacation all the time – well I guess for me that would be retirement! Yesterday was a great day. In the morning I checked in on my charges Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder – fed them and all that. Of course, Alvin was looked after before I headed out to my birthday party at my friend Gillian’s house. Our friend Signe and Gillian’s husband Kris were there as well. We had so much fun. I was totally spoiled. They are way too good to this “woman.” I have photos to share and will keep this post short as I want to go and enjoy my first mug of coffee on the deck before the sun is too hot. I already have been over and looked after my charges next door and also took Alvin for a walk, changed bedding and a few other things. So feels good to be up early.

Well I have no idea how to delete a photo or to make the one smaller. Something changed in WordPress and I am lost.

Photos of my charges. Birthday party. So blessed.

Time to head downstairs, Mr. Alvin is restless.

Wishing my niece-in-law Sara a very Happy Birthday and my friend Karen from work. August is a huge birthday month for family and friends.

Happy Birthday Ladies.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: ONE Day until 65! I think it is going to be a great year.

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! We have been for a few hours already which I must say is wonderful. I have done all the usual things with Mr. Alvin by this time and also gone to check in on Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder. They have been fed, watered, photographed, and had treats. I have had a shower and even put on a full face of makeup this morning and am now sipping on my coffee as I write this post. In less than one hour I will be at our friend Gillian’s house for my Birthday party. She is hosting. I love that we do this for each other. Very cool and that way no matter what else is going on in our lives, each of us always has birthday cake and presents. I love this tradition and hoping we can continue for the rest of our lives. It was hard to decide on what to wear and I have no idea why. I guess for my 65th Birthday party- I would like to look good. So I decided on a navy blue short sleeved t-shirt which is long and not super baggy and navy blue dress shorts. I was thinking of adding a coral three quarters sleeve cardigan but I think it may be too warm although I could start out wearing it. I feel good this morning. I wore lots of jewelry, too.

This has been a really busy vacation so far. Yesterday Alvin and I stopped at Susana & Malena’s garage sale while on our way to the park to meet up with our friends Pauline and Georgie (her grandpup). I had spotted something new at the garage sale, it was a macrame wall hanging. Very simple in its’ design and that egg shell colour that really goes with everything. I had a vision as I saw it and immediately said “sold.” I could see in my mind’s eye – a bunch of my antique pins and brooches displayed on it. Alvin knows them well so we walked into the garage. Susana’s sister Malena had been in the house and came out. She said hello to us and then Alvin walked into “the back” going towards the inside door and I should have had him on a shorter leash but I did not pull him back soon enough, and then a flash and the sound of glass breaking as it hit the cement garage floor, as Malena moved back out of our way into the table. They had a table in the centre of the garage with other tables lining the walls. There were lots of glass items in the sale but some huge glass vases and goblets on the table and they went flying. Thankfully the table did not turn over but several pieces were broken. I felt terrible and offered to pay for the glass that was broken but kind people that they are – they laughed it off. Susana made a joke about “putting a second mortgage on my house.” We all laughed but I felt bad. I could not even help clean it up as I had Alvin with me and we had to get out of the garage in case Alvin stepped on some glass. I have to find a way to make it up to my kind and generous friends. I wished that I knew how much she was asking for those items, because then I could just give her the money. After that, we carried on to the park to meet up with Pauline and Georgie. Instead of going for a walk – we decided to walk to Pauline’s house and visit on her patio. The pups could run in the backyard off leash. Alvin loves to run in her yard. So that is what we did. We had a two hour visit on her patio. Catching up about all that we have been doing. They had been looking after friend’s farm (dogs) and such out of the City. Just so happens that these friends live in a community not far from where I lived for a year when I was a teenager. My family lived there for years and my brother still lives in the area. Isn’t it a small world.

After our visit we walked home. I made sure that Alvin had some more water and put on another load of laundry. After that I went to check in on Humphrey and Bogart and Cynder. We had company after supper. I had invited Aunt J and the pups, Teddy and Kobi to come for a visit. What a great time we had. So you can see it has been mainly about visiting and playing so far this weekend although I did clean the main floor including washing the floors. Now to do the upstairs, perhaps tomorrow. Later today we will go for a walk with Pauline and Georgie. Tomorrow night Teddy is coming for a sleepover. Perfect as Aunt J and the pups were coming over to celebrate my birthday on Tuesday. I love when a plan comes together. So this is going to be a busy vacation and I would not have it any other way.

Well time to head downstairs, almost time to go and I want to finish my coffee and see if Mr. Alvin needs to pee before I leave.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: zero time to an early birthday party and 2 sleeps till I turn 65.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! I am back and will be working today. OH my goodness, it is COLD in the house. Got down to 64 degrees fahrenheit overnight. I could not warm up and even though I likely had the warmest shower that I have ever had, I am still feeling cold right down to my bones. The sky is blue and the sun is shining so hopefully it will warm up. Earlier when Alvin and I were outside in the backyard I noticed that the water in the dish for the birds and bees had frozen over. My poor plants. The pansies and violas are still doing okay but the others are having quite the time. I haven’t checked the front plants as yet. I will admit, just a tad bit afraid. I sure wished that the overnight temperatures would warm up. Yes, it is just the last day of May. But would be nice.

Today is the last day of May and also the Happy Birthday of one of my most dear friends and also a neighbour “G” ……. Alvin and I wish you the best day ever. This was the birthday party that another of the friends hosted on Sunday. We had such a great time. Signe went over the top with the food. There was laughter and no tears. I love these girls. They are such great friends and neighbours. I got so lucky when I chose this place to live. So blessed and so fortunate and I am so grateful.

Happy Birthday Gillian

I can tell you something that I know for sure and that is that a cup of coffee is going to taste so good this morning. I am still cold.

I stepped in poop somehow again, the only poop in the backyard (that was last evening). The grass even though I cut it only a few days ago is growing so fast, that it needs a trim again. That way, the poop cannot hide in the grass. I have been going out with Alvin especially at night. How is it that poop always seems to “step” into the conversation, lol. It may be gross but the word is kind of funny. Poop, poop, poop, poop!

Well on that note I need to head on downstairs and get the coffee made.

I hope that you have a wonderful Tuesday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. poop, lol.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Another beautiful bright sunny morning. Welcome to Sunday. We had actually a good sleep. It was about 3:30 and then 5:00 (I managed to coax him to lay back down) and then up at 6:00 for Mr. Alvin to eat and then up to stay up at 7:30. So much better. There is quite the breeze this morning. I noticed when we were outside earlier that I could see my breath, no wonder my plants are having a hard time. My tomato plants do not seem to be doing very well. I guess I should investigate further. They have a white coating on some of the leaves. Hopefully they are okay. I paid $11.99 for one of the three plants. The plants out front and the violas and pansies in the back are doing well. I cut down the geraniums and even though it has only been one day but two nights, they already seem to be doing better. Fingers crossed.

This morning as I was laying on the sofa and looking out through the open blind, I thought if I were a painter I could paint each little area separately that was showing in each section of the blind OR what if the blind were a puzzle depicting life. Each section is a day or year. My mind was turning up all sorts of wild ideas. I love my sofa, it is so comfortable and cuddled up under the blanket just being, was amazing. Alvin by that moment had jumped down and was laying on the yoga mat beside the sofa, patiently waiting for me to get my Fanny Farkle/Farkus up and get going. So I stretched and got up. I went into the basement and fetched the rest of my clothing and unmentionables that had been drying and some NORWEX cloths and Alvin’s special towels that were air drying and brought it all upstairs. The load that I left drying last night is having an extra tumble this morning to completely dry. Then the laundry is complete. After that, I opened the door and let Mr. Alvin outside while I made a pot of coffee. I can smell it already perked just waiting for me. After that, Alvin was ready to come in so I grabbed the clothing etc. and came upstairs to put it all away. Made the bed. Now writing this post. Sounds like I lead a pretty ordinary life. But isn’t that great!

At 12:30, our friend Signe is hosting Gillian’s birthday party. So I will have a couple of hours out of the house on my own. Just enough for me to have some time out on my own but not enough that I will be worried/concerned about Mr. Alvin.

Once home from the party, I will take him for a walk. After that, will see what time it is and then perhaps do a bit of gardening, take some things out to the garage. I have to sort out the garbage and see what I can fit in the big bin for Tuesday. With only having it picked up every two weeks and having filled it the one week with the garbage from the neighbourhood pickup, I don’t think that I can get it all in. I might have to ask one of my neighbours if I can put some in their bin(s).

The leaves on the trees are beginning to fill out, and it will not be too long before you cannot see through to the other side. I love leaves. Some of the trees are in flower at the moment and the scent is fantastic, so pretty. The flowering cherry trees that line one of the neighbouring streets are out in bloom. Such a short time but oh so beautiful.

Well time to head on downstairs and have that first cup of coffee. I am debating if I should get out of my pj’s first and get ready for the party but that would delay the coffee by 15 minutes. PJ’s it is. Nothing like having a cup of coffee in your pj’s. I don’t very often so this will be a treat. I want to have breakfast early as we will be having cake at noon. Usually I don’t eat lunch but this will be dessert! Cannot wait to see the girls.

Have a great Sunday. If you ever think that you are just ordinary – then think about how wonderful that is! I do. I am.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Alvin decided to come into the office and lay down on his bed. How sweet!

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I hope that you are doing well. Alvin and I had a good sleep and I kept hitting the snooze button this morning, argh! The sunrise in the distance is so beautiful with hues of orange going up into the dark blue morning sky. No matter what the colour palette is, always gorgeous and is a good start to the day.

Well this morning I am going to the grocery store. My outing for the month, lol. Yesterday we hosted a small birthday party (there were four of us). The birthday girl was over the moon happy with her gifts. We did good. We had cake and fruit and coffee and some laughs and some near tears. Nothing new for us. I am so happy that we were able to get together. Then later Cookie’s Dad texted me wondering if they could come over for a visit. They came over just after 5:00 p.m.. His wife and daughter came along. First time I met Cookie’s Mom and she is lovely. I look forward to our next visit. She was so sweet and even offered should I go away on vacation or away that they would be happy to look after Mr. Alvin. Lots of company in small amounts but absolutely wonderful. Alvin was happy to see Cookie and she was super charged to see him. I missed her energy.

We also got in a short walk and ended up have a great visit on the sidewalk with the neighbours just down the street (the ones with the gorgeous yard). They were out chipping and moving ice and snow so that the water would drain. They were lucky and with some hard work located the storm drain. Mine will take some work but with us facing north, we just do not get the warm rays of the sun so takes much longer to melt. When we got home and after Alvin was settled in the house, I went back out and put some ice melt down and then a bit later did some ice chipping and managed to clear a bit of it away. Every bit helps.

Well time to go and have some coffee and I think that Alvin has to go outside. Better go.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

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

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Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing well. I can just see the sun and blue sky barely peeking out from behind some light cloud cover. I hope that we have some sunshine today as we have had mainly overcast skies the past while. SUNshine always makes us feel better. I feel much better when the SUN shines. I am excited because two of my girlfriends are coming for coffee/visit and what was a surprise early birthday party for one of them. We had to blow the surprise due to some unforeseen things which I cannot share. But I am happy to say that we are having company. Both Alvin and I are excited. I had baked the birthday cake the other night and iced it last night, prepared the fruit, put up some decorations (very simple) and did some cleaning. So this morning I just have to put on the coffee. Earlier I put out fresh towels and the others into the laundry. Changed bedding which is part of my regular Saturday morning routine. We were outside a bit ago cleaning up “poop” from the snow covered deck. Man he poops a lot as I had cleaned it up after work. They eat and then they poop. Anyway off the poop story and “baack” to the company coming for 10:00 a.m. We are ready – just have to make the coffee which I will do in a little while as I am feeling in need of a cup of coffee. I can always make more. The birthday girl is bringing her daughter who is now a teenager, hard to believe. Seems like yesterday that she was a toddler. I have been here for some time, that move from Regina seems like only yesterday.

Also I am excited because the Space Channel is showing all of the STAR TREK movies the older series, which I love and could watch another million times if given the opportunity. I love them. Thank goodness for technology – I can record them and watch at my convenience. Sometimes I leave them on the PVR for awhile and rewatch but then I have too many shows recorded and have to start deleting them.

So time to go and take the laundry downstairs and get a load ready to turn on later. I am going out for groceries with G, either after the party of tomorrow whenever she goes. I have not been out for awhile, since earlier in December, I think. Time to get out. I guess I did go to the office in January. Sorry Mr. Alvin is whining away, so time to fly here.

Have an awesome Saturday. If the sunshines get out and enjoy it. We all need to take a bit of time away from the chores and that to do list.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. the girls finally get to open the second part of their Christmas gifts that did not arrive before Christmas. YAY.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Both Alvin and I are well, very well. We are happy to be in good health. Alvin had a good 13th birthday yesterday. It was quiet but he had fun. I did not have an actual gift for him and I know how much he enjoys opening them so I wrapped up some of his food in a little tupperware container and with a card set it in front of him. I took a video of him opening his gift from beginning to end it was just short of two minutes which is pretty quick. When you consider that he uses his mouth to open it and goes back and forth between his two front paws to hold the package and to stabilize himself. He is so darn cute. Always brings a smile to my face when opening a gift. I can thank my friend Val who for many years has sent us gifts a few times each year with always a special parcel for Alvin. That is where he learned to do this. Yes, I have a pup who can open presents. He is certainly talented.

I am so happy to report that our temperatures are warming up and perhaps over the next couple of days we may even get outside for a walk. Sure would be great. We both miss those daily walks. Our bodies miss them, as well.

This morning I was wrote in my journal and realized that I have been doing for 4692 days. If memory serves me correctly, that is the day that I am on. I write down Day ….., then the date, record what is happening in my life and list what I am grateful for …. I believe it is so important to verbalize and write these down. If you are in a constant state of gratitude then you are living a good life. I am so grateful that both Alvin and I are in good health, for our beautiful home, for family and friends, for me working from home, for good food, for clean drinking water, for each day that we can get out of bed and have our toes/paws reach the floor. The list is endless. Try it!

To my cousin J, I have been trying to reply to your comment from the other day about the hair cut and cannot find it to reply to. I remember that you did a great job cutting my hair when we were kids (teenagers). We had some pretty great adventures you and me. Pretty great. Definitely ones for the journal.

Well time to start signing off as almost time to start work, a few minutes away.

I wish you a wonderful day. Hopefully nice weather so that we all can go for a walk.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. two of my LOVES: Alvin and flowers.

2021

Good Morning All! Oh my goodness, I was just sitting sipping on my second mug of coffee and realized that I had not written my post for the day.

Things are beginning to look up. We had a good sleep in our bed. It was an early rise at 3 am but then me on the sofa and Alvin on his bed near me. He seems much more comfortable now on his bed than sleeping on the sofa. I guess after this last round of being down, 5 weeks of sleeping on the sofa has been too much. Also having the gate around the sofa seems to be freaking him out at times.

We had a walk earlier. Now just having a bit of downtime before my kids come for my birthday supper. My actual birthday is tomorrow. Today is my niece-in-law Sara’s birthday. Happy Birthday Sara.

Yesterday two of my friends held my birthday party here so that I could be here for Alvin. It was a cool raining day outside but warm and joyful inside. I am so grateful to have such great friends.

Here are some party photos.

The sun is shining this morning and there are some rain clouds as well. We are so grateful to have the moisture. A few raindrops just now.

Just spoke to a friend who was checking to see how we are doing.

Time to go. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Remembering to live each day with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this Saturday morning? We are doing well. My first time in weeks using the computer to write this post and it feels a bit strange. Mr. Alvin is patiently waiting downstairs for my return. I have been upstairs for a bit as I had a shower, put on makeup (yes, I did), got dressed, made the bed (yup) and a few other little things (okay brushing teeth). I am so happy that we had our first sleep upstairs in five weeks. It did not go quite as I had planned or hoped. There was a glimmer of hope that he would be so happy to be in the bed again that he would not react to the harness and leash although he has been wearing it the previous couple of nights on the sofa. I had washed his harness and dried in the dryer. Usually I let it air dry and I think that perhaps it may have shrunk a bit. Anyway, it just looked uncomfortable. So I put him in the main bathroom while I ran back downstairs to get the one dog collar that I have and put that on him. Now he has only ever wore a collar a couple of times since he came to live with me so he was freaked out by the whole thing. Perhaps it was more that we were upstairs, I don’t know and will never really know. We will see what happens tonight. He/We slept until just before 5:00 a.m. which was good considering we went to bed at 10:00 p.m. I gave him his breakfast and we went outside in the cool morning air. Once done I thought we would have a bit more sleep on the sofa. This time I was going to try and just keep my arm over him but he kept jumping up. I honestly think that those metal gate things are giving him anxiety. So I got his bed out of the kitchen and put in the living room. I laid back down on the sofa and although it took him a couple of minutes he did lay down on the bed. So that will be our future routine when we get up in the morning. If we keep doing it he will get used to it and not get so freaked out. When we got up the second time it was 7:22 a.m. and just now a huge ROAR of THUNDER. The once clear skies are overcast and perhaps we are going to have some rain. That would be nice. Although I did plan to take him for a walk in the next few minutes and almost my friends are having my birthday party here at 10:00 a.m. It was supposed to be at Gillian’s house but with Alvin, I cannot leave him for that long or at least not yet. It is one thing being upstairs. Back to getting up…. I gave him a pain pill and anti-anxiety pill and some food. He has actually been quite good since I came upstairs. Only a few barks.

Perhaps he will finally get used to the new routine. I have to start getting ready upstairs and it would be great to do this post on the computer. I am still figuring things out on the phone. The set up is a bit different. I was not able to change the category and it has been saving as miscellaneous and things like that.

Well I had better get going. I have a few things to do before the party starts. I guess there will be no walk. Don’t need to get rained on or to be struck by lightning. Good thing that Mr. Alvin is not scared of storms.

So this is our life. Living with a senior dog and being a senior, Yes, I will be 64 on Monday. That just seems not right. My mind is still in the 1970’s most days.

I hope that you are doing well. Thank you for continuing to read my posts, I so appreciate it.

Time to go back downstairs. I am going to make coffee early ….. need some.

Feels strange to have makeup on ….. I have not even been putting my “eyebrows” on lately.

I think it is raining. Good thing that I did not have the chance to water the flowers. HAIL. It seemed like hail as coming down so hard. The party may be delayed if the rain does not stop. ARGH.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

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