The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing well. The sunrise seems to be faint in the distance but I can see very light colours of orange and pink. That is a good sign. The night sky has diminished and the lighter blue of the morning has taken over. It is windy this morning. As I look out of my office window, I see mostly dirty snow banks what is left of them and bare ground. The windrows of snow that line the front public sidewalk have decreased in size by more than three-quarters. Those that remain are dirty as they are filled with sand and gravel that once covered the ice on the streets. It does not look pretty but yet there is some likeable about the scene. Perhaps it is because we know that the renewal of spring lies just ahead with the buds on the trees and the green blades of grass that peer out from the snow on the lawns, the first perennials start to bloom (tulips). It is perfection. So I shall be patient with the somewhat drab appearance of nature at this moment. Drab but still beautiful. We will be happy that to have no snow and ice. It will be great to be able to go for a walk and not have to worry about ice and snow and outerwear. Yesterday we walked twice once again for a total of 50 minutes. I am starting to feel less of the winter me and more of the spring me. Does that make sense? I think we are somewhat different over the different seasons. Makes sense, somehow. Just like a child at Christmas waiting for Santa to make an appearance. I am grateful to live in Canada where we have four distinct seasons. One of them is much longer than the rest but we have different ones all the same.

Can you believe that it is Thursday, March 31, 2022 already? April tomorrow.

Speaking of March 31st, today is the birthday of an longtime friend of mine, I have known her since the early 1980’s. Happy Birthday Polly. Alvin and I wish you a great day and may your days ahead be filled with much love, laughter, good health and abundance.

I don’t have much to say this morning. Sometimes when the sun is not shining I feel quiet with not many words to share. Not that I am not thinking but my mind is more quiet than usual. Perhaps the clouds or less than bright sky is Mother Nature’s way of having us slow down, be quiet onto ourselves. Just a thought.

Time for coffee and then to work.

Have a wonderful Thursday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I am grateful for you, me and the world.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Welcome to Wednesday, March 9, 2022. How are you today? Alvin and I are well. Running on time for a welcome change. The sky is filled with a mix of ribbons of clouds in dark blue and orange. So pretty. Honestly I could sit by the window or lay on the ground and just gaze upon the majesty of the sky all day long. The night is lifting and it is light outside at this time. On this coming weekend not only does my beautiful daughter celebrate her birthday but the time changes. We move our clocks forward in the early hours of Sunday, March 13, 2022. So one hour ahead. Usually the time changes take us at least a couple of weeks to adjust.

Yesterday after work my daughter delivered our Costco order. It was good to catch up with her before she headed home after a long busy day at the office. Her job is very busy. So she is always happy to go home.

We had a bit of snow last night but only a little. The next couple of days are going to be colder than normal for this time of year. Spring is just around the corner. Easter is later than usual.

I am sending as much good energy and thoughts as possible to the people of Ukraine and of Russia. Not everyone in Russia is wanting to be fighting a war. We want this over soon before any more loss of life and property. Always the rebuilding is difficult afterwards. People losing family and homes and businesses. We always forget about the animals and the environment when there is a war. I am grateful that there are counties including Canada that are taking in the Ukraine people that are able to flee their homeland. In 2022, it is very sad that this is happening. There are no words. It is like history repeating itself. I think that future generations will read our history books and shake their heads in disbelief.

On this Wednesday I am grateful that I live in a country where even though not all people are happy with our Prime Minister at least he is not a person wanting to take over the neighbouring country no matter the consequences. We should think about that. We are so blessed in so many ways. We have so much.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Another Tuesday in the NEW YEAR. What a week this has been! Weatherwise, we went from mild plus temperatures to minus to rain to snow with howling winds and then overnight to minus 20 degrees celsius. I hope that everyone driving to and from work and school and appointments on this day reaches their destinations safe and sound. I am so grateful that I can work from home. I do worry about those who do not have this luxury. Please arrive safe in every direction you travel on this winter’s day and every day. This weather seems to be everywhere. Eastern Coast of United States, Eastern Canada, and Western Canada.

I can hear Mr. Alvin snoring from the hallway. What a guy! Tomorrow is his 13th Birthday. We are keeping it low key this year. I explained to him about “low key.” I will figure out a little celebration of sorts of him with just me. That will be just fine.

I am going to make this short this morning. I can smell the coffee brewing and sometimes my thought process gets stuck when it comes to this. No point in babbling about nothing much which perhaps some days I do at that.

One thing to mention, I made this yummy lentil stew/soup last night. Definitely something to consider if you have not as yet used lentils. So good.

I wish you a good day and be safe out there. Whether you are walking or driving, slow down and take your time. Not worth rushing. Leave early if you are driving in this weather. Make sure that you have an emergency kit in the car with a warm blanket, flashlight, chocolate, water and flares. Also have your phone charged.

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

Always, Carol & her Alvin

P.S. slow down …….

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? How was your Wednesday? I hope that you had an awesome day and that wherever you are, the weather is mild and you are safe and in good health. I had a great day at the office and did not have to worry about my boy as he was left in good hands. I know that he was “upset” with me as he reminded me all evening and woke up extra early at midnight. Not so much that he was upset as out of his routine and when you get older “routine” is a big deal – much the same as when you are very young. I don’t think that he drank enough water as he was super thirsty in the evening and at midnight. So I cannot blame him or even be the slightest bit upset with him, which I was/am not.

We did not have our walks yesterday either but will get out there today. I am only working in the morning as Alvin has his regular vet appointment in the afternoon and while he is there, I have an appointment to get the booster vaccine at the nearby Pharmasave so multitasking which is great. I hope that we have clear skies and the same warm temperatures today. It did freeze overnight so at least by afternoon the ice will have melted so it should be safe to walk for our appointment.

It was so wonderful to spend time with my daughter as she drove me to and from work. On the way home from work we made a “quick stop” at Costco. Is a stop there ever quick? But it wasn’t too long as I wanted to get home to Alvin.

This Thursday January 13, 2022 is a very special day as it is the birthday of my youngest brother, Tyler. Happy Birthday Buddy and I will speak to you later (should you be reading this post). He is one of the sweetest human beings that I know. We wish him a great day.

I also wish you a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! Wishing you all a wonderful Monday, December 6, 2021. Today also happens to be the birthday of a cousin of mine, Happy Birthday Janice. Wishing you a wonderful day and may all your days ahead be happy and bright.

Yesterday was the SUGAR COOKIE baking day. I made 18 dozen of them. They turned out perfect. Now today as I took as a vacation day is ICING / Decorating them day. I think that I should have time to wrap them and also perhaps to wrap some Christmas presents. We shall see how the day evolves. I am actually hoping that the temperature is a bit warmer today so that we can get out for a walk – even if it is a short one – something is better than nothing.

The last FB Live for the FIFTH AVENUE Jewelry MEGAPARTY was yesterday. It was fun. Worked out perfectly that I was almost finished baking the cookies for batch #2 at the time. After the Live, we took a supper break and then after supper I whipped up the third batch of cookies. We even had a bit of time to snuggle on the sofa, me and Alvin that is, lol.

Well I am going to make this a short one this morning so that I can get this show on the road. Tomorrow is a work day and I don’t want to be up late tonight.

I hope that you are well and enjoying this Day thus far.

I cannot believe that it is December 6, 2021. Where does the time go?

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Remember the time Janice that we tried to crawl out of my basement bedroom window when we were teenagers? What a time we had. Cannot help but to smile thinking of it …….

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Alvin and I had a great sleep. As usual up at 3:00 a.m., he had his glucosamine chew, outside to pee and then back to sleep on the sofa. Up at 4:30 to have his breakfast and then back to the sofa until the alarm went off at 6:45. So all in all a good sleep. I am so grateful that most of the time I can fall back to sleep after our 3:00 a.m. wake up. You know if you had asked me this years ago, I could not have foreseen this. I will say that Alvin has always had a thing about getting up early. He did sleep longer in between the puppy and senior stages. But you know what, even though we have had our ups and downs, I would not change a thing. He has taught, is teaching me so much. I would say that I am more easy with change now than I ever was, I have more patience most days and I enjoy the moment. Dogs do that. They live in the moment. Back when I was working away from home – he was always super excited to see me. I know that part of that was that he had to pee really bad but he was happy to see me, I know it, just like every other dog owner on the planet. I do have one regret and that is not pee pad training him. If I had he could have drank more water during the day and peed on the pads. All those years, my poor pup. I feel badly for not doing this. Luckily for me he does not appear to have held a grudge although may in his own way he is doing so with the early morning starts. Live and learn. I know that I am not the most perfect pet owner but I am trying. I do ensure that he has good food to eat, lots of water, love and attention, regular 6 week visits to the vet for nail trim etc. and in between if he is under the weather and walks. We try to walk most days although as we age getting out in the winter can sometimes be a challenge but we do the best that we are able to. Mr. Alvin is the best cuddler when he is in the mood,lol. He is quite photogenic. When he wants some of my food he can turn those eyes into “soft puppy dogs pools of love” and it makes it hard to resist although most of the times I can because he cannot have what I am eating. He loves bananas and cauliflower and green peas. He likes a lot of other things but since his February surgery he is not allowed to have them. So just once in awhile I might give him a piece of carrot. I want to keep him healthy for as long as possible. Hopefully just the regular vet visits. I hope that his ears stay healthy for a long time. I think he needs a bath but with his ears being infected and being on medication likely better for a sponge bath. He might like that a lot better anyway. Maybe.

My Alvin over the last year or so.

Well the times is slipping away and closer to starting work for this Friday.

Happy Birthday to our angel “J.”

Have an awesome day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! We hope that you are doing well. I have recovered and feel great. It is amazing what a day of sleep will do for someone. Alvin was a good boy and other than the odd visit outside, he slept right beside me. Note to self: when you aren’t feeling yourself it is okay to take a sick day. We all need some extra rest sometimes. I am so grateful to be feeling great.

In the early morning the sun was shining so bright but was cool. Just after my shower it feels hot in the house so it must be warming up outside. We are to have plus celsius temperatures tomorrow and Saturday or was it today and Friday. Anyway some warm days ahead. We have been so fortunate to have a good fall. There were a few bla days but all in all it has been great. I wonder what winter will bring? Officially winter does not happen until Tuesday, December 21, 2021. So this is fall. Spring officially comes in March.

Alvin is just laying on his belly in the hallway staring at me. I wonder what he is thinking? I am thinking that I have not had a cup of coffee since Tuesday morning and I am going to enjoy a cup or three this morning.

I did not get any of my cards done up to be hand delivered so perhaps tonight. I would like to get them done so that I have them ready to be delivered. I am happy that our photos arrived so that I can pop some in with the Christmas cards both being mailed and hand delivered.

Today is the birthday of my eldest niece. I can still remember the day that she was born. Seems like yesterday. She is all grown up now, and has a daughter who graduated from high school this past year. My how time flies. Happy Birthday Dee. We hope that you have an awesome day.

It remains dark at this time but won’t be long until the sun begins to rise in the morning sky. In the meantime, while it is still dark, I will pop on the Christmas tree lights and enjoy them. Wishing you all a wonderful day. Be safe and well.

Oh, my goodness, how could I forget. Happy Thanksgiving to all our neighbours to the south. Wish you a wonderful day. Be safe and enjoy your time together.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are up and at it. Mr. Alvin is having a “fit” downstairs as I hastily try to write this post midst the barking and whining. Not sure why some mornings he is better than others but that is the way that it is. I left the light on for the stairs so he knows that I am up here and I have called down to him but nothing seems to make him feel less anxious. Life in my house. I am trying. It seems whenever I get confident that things are turning around this happens. Oh well, he is fine. In good health, has a belly full of food, I just heard him take a drink of water (yup all the way up here) and he went outside at 5:00 a.m., and he is loved. So I think he is good. Just a bit on the anxious side.

Yesterday one of my friends who lives close by popped in for a visit and coffee and a game of JENGA. We chatted about life and work and it was over two hours later and we had not had a game of JENGA. She had to leave a bit later so we managed to score a couple of games of JENGA. I was also happy that she won both games. My friend seems to think that I am really good at this game and that she can never “win” against me. I personally don’t care if I win or lose, it is playing the game and being surrounded by good company. So I was very happy when she won both games. Happy for her and happy for me. Isn’t that the way life should be. Doesn’t matter if you win or lose!

My youngest brother called during our visit so I called him back after our company went home. It was so nice to hear his voice. He is a good kid, a great younger brother and he is 56. So not really a kid but he will always be that little one that I looked after when he was a baby and a small child. He lives in Calgary which is approximately 3 hours from here. It all depends on what area of the City you live in as to how long the drive can be. Anyway, his family are doing well and he is doing well and that is all that matters. We chatted about life, about family, about his job and a multitude of things before saying goodbye until next time. It was a reminder that I need to speak to my sister and catch up. Life seems to always get in the way and before you know it ….. significant time has passed.

Alvin and I went for a walk after the phone call with my brother and were so happily surprised to see our friend Pauline outside in the yard. She finished up what she was doing and joined us for a walk. We went on a different route that our normal one and ended up home almost one hour later. We slowly walked about letting Alvin take the lead. I had a sweater on under my coat and was actually hot by the time we got home. It was not hot according to the temperature check but there was no wind and the air felt warm. The walk was most enjoyable.

Okay, I can no longer retain my composure with someone squeaking downstairs so I shall go. Wishing you a wonderful day. A friend of mine “C” has a birthday today. Happy Birthday to you. We used to carpool before the Pandemic and I have not seen her since starting to work from home. Just the way things worked out. I miss our drives to and from work.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience (really working on that this morning), love, laughter, understanding and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! Well a mixed sleep night but mainly due to my not falling sleep right away. Why is it on some Sunday nights that a person cannot settle down? Oh well, there is also tonight.

Today is the birthday of a dear friend of ours, Val. Wishing her the most wonderful day.

Guess what it is raining or has rained? The sidewalk is still wet.

Guess who just woke up and found me not there? Alvin. I tiptoed upstairs while he was sleeping hoping he would remain asleep. I thought I would take a few minutes before getting ready and write this post. I’ll be back!!

Dressed and ready got the day. Unable to go for a walk but on the other side do grateful for the moisture. We can walk at noon. I’m proud of Alvin – once I turned on the upstairs hall lights he laid back down on his bed and that is where I found him when I came downstairs. My good boy.

Listening to the weather channel and there are all sorts of alerts for boil water, ban on watering outside, air quality, weather in all parts of our province. I send rain to the sites of fires so they may be extinguished.

Well today is a work day for me. I am grateful to be able to work from home.

I would also like to wish a speedy recovery to my cousin Janice. Take care and be well. I wish that I was there to help you.

How about some flower photos. I had to go through my two bouquets and freshen them up. I also made a bowl of roses to dry.

Alvin has is second laser therapy appointment today after work. I’m glad there is a treatment to help with his recovery. I look forward to the day when we can walk upstairs together. Jumping off the bed will have to stop or be reduced.

Well time to go and pour my coffee and get things set up for the day. I forgot just once yesterday to move the pillow to block Alvin from jumping onto the sofa and I turned around and he was on the sofa laying down.

I hope that you have a great Monday. Enjoy your coffee or tea or favourite morning beverage.

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

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this morning? Feels more like a Monday than a Tuesday. We went upstairs as we have done for the past few nights. Alvin seemed to be okay for a bit and then did not settle down, at midnight we were back downstairs and outside. He peed snd walked around for awhile with me close at hand. Still panting we came back into the house, I laid him on his bed and I laid on the sofa. Lights out but I had opened one of the living room blinds to let in some light from the streetlights. He would lay down and then get up and look out the window. I have no idea how long he did this for before setting down. At times I thought I could hear him panting over the fans but not sure. The alarm went off at 6 am and I wanted more sleep desperately. Up and fed him and back outside. Once back inside I put the timer on for 45 minutes to 7 am. I put him on the sofa with me snd he settled pretty well and was up with 33 seconds left on the timer. No choice but to get up as I am back to work today.

Once up, I went upstairs to get ready for the day and to make the bed. Then downstairs to ready the coffee to turn on after our walk. I got him ready and out for our morning walk. The air so fresh and I was glad that I had pants and a sweat on. The sky is overcast so not sure what the day will bring.

Yesterday I had a great birthday. Alvin had his first laser therapy session in the morning followed by my cousins over for an afternoon visit. In the evening two friends dropped by to wish me a Happy Birthday with cards and gifts. My youngest brother called as well. With all the voice messages, phone calls, texts, social media messages and such I felt so loved.

Well time is running out almost time to start work.

photos from yesterday.

Have a great day.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

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