The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! I hope that this finds you well and safe and warm. Alvin and I are well. I am a bit concerned with him as a couple of times he has yelped and I think his left front paw may be bothering him. Will have to look at it more closely in the daylight. I hope that he is okay. Putting out good thoughts to the Universe for him AND me.

Today is the birthday of a close friend of ours, Wishing you a Happy Happy Birthday Signe. I hope that this next year brings you great joy, good health, abundance and laughter. We all need to laugh. For sure.

It is another brisk day. I kind of like that word. BRISK. In other words it is cold out there. We have cold temperatures in the forecast for a few days and warming up on the weekend. What a winter we have had thus far. Up and down, down and up. Feeling like a human yo yo. I guess that is our new norm.

I do not have a lot to say this morning, so this will be short.

I hope that you are doing well. That you have times during your day to laugh and to relax, to be still with just you. Happy Tuesday. Today is February 1st, 2022. How did that happen? WOW.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. forgot that my daughter and grandpups did not make it into the city due to weather conditions so they had to reschedule the pups vet appointment. My daughter might stop by here after work today. That would be great.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Recovered from the celebrations. We have been sleeping in the past couple of mornings. I mean we were up at 4:00 and then went downstairs and Mr. Alvin reluctantly went outside to pee. It is so bitterly cold that no one wants to go outside. At least not in my household. Poor guy, finally after three attempts at leaving the house he went outside. Two hours or so later when they got up for breakfast it was the same deal except Alvin would not go outside. So I am figuring by now he must have to go poop so I will keep this post short. Cookie did not even leave the comfort and warmth of the pillow on the green chair. With Rudolph keeping her company. I so wished that Alvin would try the pee pads. I would think that he has seen Cookie in action. Anyway, he is only outside long enough to do his business and then back inside where I gingerly wipe and warm up his feet.

I can hear the garbage employees outside. Not politically correct to say “garbagemen.” Those poor souls. I only saw the driver and this is not the truck that has the automatic arm that lifts the bins onto the truck. So I am not sure if the driver has to hope out and pick up the recycling or perhaps they were off ahead a bit keeping warm. I so appreciate what they do in the bitter cold of the winter and in the heat of the summer. I appreciate them all of the time but especially when the rest of us are in the house staying warm or in the house keeping cool.

Happy Birthday to Sonja, Humphrey & Bogart’s Mom. Wow, December 28th, 2021 already. Soon we will be ushering in yet another New Year! Seems like 2021 flew by extra fast. Or at least for me.

I was thinking that perhaps I would take the Christmas Tree down today but thought otherwise as I have Cookie here and she will be underfoot. So I will leave it up until she goes home. Her Family is scheduled to be home on January 3, 2022. I guess things will stay up until the following weekend. A bit late but that is okay. I can concentrate just on resting. That is what I/we did yesterday. I watched LITTLE WOMEN (2019), Sleepless in Seattle and Nottinghill. I enjoyed them all. I watched something else later in the evening – now what was it? OMG, I have forgotten. Anyway, it was nice to just relax watch movies. This week will truly be one of rest and relaxation. Too cold to go for a walk. Too cold to leave the house although I am thinking that I should check the mail and see if anything came in last week.

I guess as we reflect on yet another year that has been filled with stress and distress, we can choose to find those moments that were filled with joy and happiness. I am over the moon filled with gratitude that my employer has decided that we may continue to work from the comforts of our own homes. I love being at home with Alvin. Home is the best place to be for me. I am grateful that Alvin recovered from his surgeries. I am grateful that I was able to spend time with my daughter, son-in-law, grandpups and friends. I am grateful for technology so that I can video chat with my sister. Life is good. Of course, there are some things that I could definitely live without but for the most part, my life is pretty great.

So on that note, I shall say goodbye for this post for this day. I hope that you have a wonderful Tuesday and it is Tuesday, right? OMG, I am lost on the days and have to keep counting from Christmas Day. Yikes. LOL.

“Cookie, what are you up to?” I heard rustling from the spare room. She is by my side once again.

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

Always, Carol, Alvin & Cookie Monster (my nickname for her).

P.S. she zips along the floor and I wonder when she is not in my range of sight what she is up to? I just had a thought that perhaps today should be a STAR TREK movie day. That is if I can find them. Not sure if they are on NETFLIX and I do not have the DVD player hooked up. OH well, there will be some series that we can watch. I am certain of that. Maybe something new or one that I started. Nice to have a day to watch things and see the whole season of a show.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 4th day of February, 2019.

Another cold, snowy day has arrived.

First really COLD week all winter long so we really cannot complain.

Make sure that you bundle up in many layers when you go outside today and all this week.

I am grateful that both Alvin and I have a nice warm home.

We are truly blessed.

Yesterday was a fairly quiet day with the exception of some “battery” issues.

Who knew that all 3 volt batteries are not created equal.

So when my friend was out and picked me up a 3 volt battery; I was surprised when it did not fit.

Not the low battery / failure signal keeps on wailing.

With some luck perhaps it will not disturb me Alvin while he is home today.

My daughter ordered me some batteries from Amazon and I hope they arrive today.

 

I am again grateful for the ride to work this morning.

Grateful that I have a warm coat and boots for the wait and walk from the bus after work.

Always seems colder and perhaps it is in the morning.

 

I am rereading the book “THE MAGIC” by Rhonda Byrne.

All about gratitude.

Counting your blessings …. being thankful ….. certainly does make your life brighter and easier.

Negative, which as of late I have fallen into, can drag you down.

Negativity takes away the brightness and makes things harder.

Every time that we criticize we cancel out the blessings that were on the way.

Negativity takes away the Positivity.

Take some time every single day maybe even all day to be grateful.

Say aloud or write on your computer or on paper – all of the things that you are grateful for ….

 

I am grateful for my house as it shelters me and Alvin from the elements.

I am grateful for me Alvin as he is a great companion and makes me smile.

I am grateful to be employed as it enables me to have this house, food on the table, to pay bills and to live my life.

I am grateful to have rides to work this week as it is bitterly cold outside.

I am grateful to my friend who is giving me and Alvin a ride to and from his surgery on Thursday.

I am grateful to be alive….

 

Well time to start gathering up things and start putting on the layers.

I hope that you are safe, warm and happy on this Monday and always.

We are so blessed …. a good thing to remember.

 

Special Hello to: my sister, keeping warm here and hope you are there, too.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Life is like that …… Part III

It is funny or perhaps strange would be better word for remembering a current task, and  how differently it was performed years ago.  For me, this just happened.  I am currently doing a couple of loads of laundry.  When I was removing the clothes from the dryer it suddenly dawned on me “how lucky I was” to have my own washer and dryer in the house.  When I was growing up, there were times when we would take our clothes to the local laundromat.  We would carry bag upon bag inside, and then would fill up as many of the empty machines, as were required.  I could even see the dirty tiled floor (it had been raining that day).  Smell that clean clothes scent.  Feel the heat from the dryer as we folded the warm clothing, towels and bedding. Oh, the static electricity.  Not my favourite thing. I could actually see in my mind’s eye the clothes, as I was folding them.  It was the strangest feeling.  I remember that I was so HAPPY to have clean dry clothes.  One great thing about going to the laundromat was you could do so many loads all at once.  At home, it took all day to wash clothes.

This gave me the oddest feeling.  To remember in such detail is amazing.  Visualizing things is work for me.  I want to do it, but my wandering mind and insistent thoughts cloud the pictures.  But NOT this time.  How great.  I feel like I made a major breakthrough.  LOL

Now this probably would seem crazy to most people.  The fact that I was happy to be washing and drying clothes in a laundromat.  But when I was a little girl growing up on the farm, all we had was a wringer washing machine.  I was about 7 or 8 when I started using that machine.  It was hard work.  The clothes were washed in the machine but  before you rinsed them they had to be put through the wringer to remove the excess water.  This task not only took some ingenuity but was dangerous as well.  You had to be so careful that you did not accidentally get your hand, shirt sleeve  or arm caught in the wringer.  One of my younger brothers actually put his arm through the machine when our attention had been averted.  VERY SCARY.  We had an outdoor clothes line as did most people of that era (1960’s).  But at some point, I think it was after we had been in the new house on the farm for awhile, (the one that my Dad built), he bought a gas dryer.  That was great.  It was wonderful in the wintertime as we didn’t have to hang up the clothes outside.  They always froze of course, so then you would spend hours getting them dried, and then ironing everything.  We (being me, most of the time) even ironed the towels and sheets.  Okay, that is another story.

So as you can see to have this amazing luxury is a big deal for me.  I have over the years thought about it.  I mean up until I moved into this house, I did not have my own washer and dryer.  In the apartment building there were machines which were shared between 24 different tenants.  But even then …… I was a happy girl.  Walking down the hall is a far cry from standing on the porch and hanging out sheets to dry when it was bitterly cold.

So, I wonder how many people my age (53) can remember doing laundry the old fashioned way!!   Hey, my grandma Stella even had an old wash board (I remember her using it from time to time).

For all those reasons above, I am eternally grateful.  Sometimes those jobs from the past  not only bring back interesting memories, and  food for stories, but are good for the character, as well.   So the wringer washer replaced the wash board and so on and so forth.  Here we are today.  At some point, I am sure that we will stand inside a shower like unit, and something will clean our clothes without us even removing them.  Kind of like the sonic shower in the Star Trek shows. Not sure about how that would work with bedding and towels but I am sure they will work that all out.

Interesting, hey.  So take a few minutes and think back to your childhood and how you did some task.  Compare it to today.

 

Always, Carol

Guess, Alvin needs me…..

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