Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 31st day of March, 2018.

The last day of March 2018.

Today is the birthday of a dear friend of mine from Saskatchewan “P.”

Wishing my friend the most wonderful birthday.

 

We had a guest for a sleepover last night.

Master Teddy.

His Momma dropped him off about 7:15 p.m. last night and she also stayed for a little visit.

Teddy’s Mom also brought both Alvin and Teddy this huge chew treat.

Somehow during that few minutes afterward Alvin was chewing on one and Teddy had none.

We looked all over the main floor and nothing.

Could it be that Mr. Alvin ate the huge treat in that short of time.

We looked under the sofa and chairs.

Under the pillows and throw blankets.

In the corners and everywhere.

Not to be found.

After our investigation it was plain to see that Alvin had been the culprit.

Eating most of both of the treats.

We visited for a few more minutes and then it was just me and the boys.

Deciding that Teddy should have some of the last remaining treat, after all it was his.

I managed to wrangle what was left of the second one and cut a piece off for Teddy.

Alvin had no problem sharing his new bed with Teddy.

Nice to see that someone loves the new bed.

Both black and white.

On older and one younger.

Both cuteness galore.

Having fun with these guys.

Alvin is learning to share ( a little ).

 

You never know what will happen at night time.

Teddy has a cute little black & white blanket and a stuff animal “Eyore”  (possibly not correct spelling).

Alvin thought that he should have it so I had to wrestle it away from him a few times.

 

While I was reading the boys started to get comfortable.

Alvin slept near the pillow at the head of the bed close to me.

Teddy had his blanket, Eyore and was by my legs.

I find it uncomfortable to sleep in one spot for the whole night.

I usually go from one side to the other after I have finished reading.

At one point the little one was sleeping in between my legs as I lay on my side.

But both settled in and both managed to snuggle close to me.

Nice to feel “wanted.”

Teddy ended up on the outside side of the bed next to me with Alvin beside me at the top of the bed.

It is always interesting to see what Alvin will do and he has not really surprised me.

He is a Momma’s boy.

 

Alvin as usual was up early but Teddy would have slept (given the opportunity).

At this time Teddy is laying on our bed chewing on a treat and Alvin has his treat on the blanket in my office.

He keeps going back and forth.

He really wants the treat that Teddy has but after being scolded earlier for attempting to take the treat from him, he has listened.

Imagine that.

Alvin listening.

Well time to go and get dressed and have some coffee.

We are enjoying this sleepover.

 

Later my daughter and family are coming over for a visit and for supper.

Will be interesting to see FOUR puppies …..

Funny …. Alvin is laying in the doorway to the bedroom watching Teddy.

What a guy.

 

Well I must get going here.

I hope that you enjoy the photos.

 

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: my friend “P” back in Saskatchewan enjoying a birthday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 28th day of March, 2018.

Well thankfully it has stopped snowing.

I do hear that the forecast is for more snow over the next few days going into and throughout the Easter weekend.

Alvin’s appointment went well yesterday.

His right ear is good and the left one is going in the right direction.

We enjoyed our day together yesterday.

 

This morning he is a bit clingy.

Stayed the whole time with me in the bathroom throughout the shower, make-up and hair routine.

Usually after I come out of the shower he goes and jumps onto the bed.

Not today.

In fact, when I left the bathroom he sat on the area rug and did not even jump onto the bed.

I suspect something amiss.

Will be keeping an eye on him.

I brought one of his blankets into the office and laid it on the floor beside me.

He is actually laying on the blanket.

Not his usual routine.

 

The time is just after 6:00 a.m. now and it is dark.

I hope that does not mean that the sky is overcast with snow clouds.

I shovelled during a break in the snow fall yesterday.

We did have some sunshine which was nice.

 

OH, have to mention our friend “V” sent us an Easter package.

Alvin enjoyed opening his package.

He actually tore open the package and was cute to watch.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Happy Wednesday Everyone.

 

Special Hello to: our Friend “V” …… thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 26th day of January, 2018.

Well we have snow.

Beautiful white snow.

In the morning it was snowing but just the tiny round balls or appeared to be so.

They did not really collect throughout the day.

It started to snow around suppertime – about 530 p.m. and did not stop at bedtime.

During the evening I decided to go out and shovel as we already had a very thick blanket covering the deck and front sidewalks and it was not stopping.

Alvin came outside with me in the back yard.

He looked so cute covered in snow.

So I shovelled and shovelled and this morning you can barely see the shovel marks.

Oh well, we are in winter.

Snow happens in winter.

Good exercise.

Yes, I guess so.

I can definitely see shovelling in my future.

I do love the fluffy stuff.

Easy to shovel and easy to walk through.

When I look out the bedroom window I can see how some of the snow has laid to rest on the branches of our tree.

Ever so carefully.

So beautiful.

So white.

 

Well almost time to get this show on the road.

I am leaving the house a few minutes earlier this morning to allow for the snow.

As I know most of my neighbours did not shovel last night.

 

Happy Friday Everyone.

Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers, thank you for reading and for sharing.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 18th day of January, 2018.

Another gorgeous day on the way.

There is no frost on the cars parked out on our street, so that is a good sign.

I am definitely wearing my “ice picks” on the winter boots again today.

They did help.

The only spots where it was tricky were on the sidewalk with just a slight film of ice.

But I walked around where I could and walked slowly in the other places.

Just have to give yourself enough time on these days.

I was lucky and got another ride home last night.

So great when that happens.

Walking earlier, supper earlier and even am able to get chores done around the house.

So grateful for my friend and my daughter for the rides this week.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk last night.

In fact it was me who turned around about half way due to the ice and him wanting to go ahead (on leash).

So instead of him dragging me (well not quite) we just came home.

It was so gorgeous out.

On those nights I could sit on a blanket on the deck and just gaze up at the stars.

So why didn’t I, unfortunately I did not think of it until now.

Note to self:  sit on deck, on blanket and star gaze with Mr. Alvin.  That would be wonderful.

 

Well tomorrow is Alvin’s Birthday.

He will be “NINE” and has been with us for EIGHT years.

WOW.

 

I hope that wherever you live on this beautiful planet of ours that you are happy, warm, safe and presenting yourself with kindness and respect.

When we all are living in this way ….. we will have peace.

I believe it could happen …. I believe it will happen.

Not today and likely not tomorrow or even in 10 years but it will.

 

Happy Thursday.

Have an awesome day.

So excited today as our new spring and summer, Steeped Tea catalogue comes out.

I love to look at catalogues.

Thank you.

 

Special Hello: to all my fellow inhabitants of this planet.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 6th day of June, 2017.

Here we are one day closer to the official first day of summer.

This morning the sun is shining brightly in the beautiful blue sky.

The birds are singing and Alvin enjoyed a few minutes on the deck just taking it all in.

Oh my boy.

Likes to soak in the moment.

I must say that one of my most favourite times each day is the time that we snuggle on the sofa before getting up to stay up.

I have this rectangular pillow from IKEA that is just long enough for my head, Alvin’s head and a bit of space.

When I lay down on the pillow and throw a blanket over me ….. once Mr. Alvin has done his thing ……

He plunks himself down and his head hits right on the pillow beside me.

He really does with some force plunk himself down.

He snuggles right in and it is the best start to my day …..

We have a bit of a snooze before getting up to start the day.

Most every day for the past couple of weeks we have been walking with our friends “S” and “P.”

S is my neighbour whose dog was attacked and killed by an off leash dog in an on leash park.

So we have been walking with S and her dog Presley.

I get such a kick out of Presley ….. he came running down the sidewalk to meet us last night and when he arrived …..

He sniffed, growled, nipped at Alvin, and then went in another direction.

Both the dogs are comfortable around each.

If Presley nips Alvin ….. Alvin just walks away.

I wished that I always had his patience and grace.

Now if food was involved ….. that may go out the window.

But I am proud of Alvin for taking higher ground to give the little guy some space and time to grieve the loss of his beloved friend.

While we enjoyed a great walk last night …. our friend “P” was out in her amazing garden.

She called us over and we walked away with snapdragons for both of us girls and I got a tomato plant.

We are so lucky.

All of the plants that my friend “P” has given me are doing great…… best gardener.

 

Okay time to hit the road.

Mr. Alvin needs to head outside one last time.

Happy Tuesday.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Be safe.

Spread kindness ….. it is the only way.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who has yet another business ….. so busy ….. not sure how she does it.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 4th day of January, 2017.

Warming up to minus 9 degrees celsius today.

YAHOO.

We are walking tonight.

 

This will  be short this morning because I elected to snuggle a bit longer with Mr. Alvin this morning and am now a little bit late.

When we “hit” the sofa for some extra zzz’s the odd time and I have mentioned this before he will line up and plunk himself down his head right beside mine on my rectangular pillow.

His body snuggling to mine.

I would love to have a photo of this ….

Anyway this morning he was laying beside me on the pillow and I just could not bring myself to disturb him.

So this is now.

 

Time to go out and pick up poop as cannot wait until tonight as it is snowing.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and perhaps someone will “snuggle” next to you (only if they are welcome).

I wish each of you had someone like me Alvin ….. a snuggle from a precious four-legged creature …. well there are no words.

Happy Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister and brothers …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 30th day of December, 2016.

Wow, today and tomorrow and then a New Year.

The sun is shining brightly this morning and I had to close the blinds so that I could be on the computer.

Definitely not writing this at my usual time of 6:00 a.m. when it is still dark outside.

I have loved being at home with Mr. Alvin …… doing things as they happen.

Yesterday we took the Christmas Tree down and all of the decorations.

Did some laundry.

Alvin and I walked over to his Dr.’s office and I picked up some food and treats for him.

It was a nice walk.

We had a quiet evening.

The house looks so different without the Christmas decorations.

Actually looks empty.

I had eleven rubbermaid containers filled with ornaments and decorations not including the tree.

Those containers were not the little ones either.

Hard to believe that that much stuff was on the main floor between the kitchen and living room.

It was a different Christmas for us but very nice.

The kids enjoyed their gifts as did the pups.

Another Christmas come and gone.

All of the preparations reminds me of a wedding day.

Crazy the time that goes into one day.

But that is what we humans do ….. things are always over the top.

I am grateful that we being me, my daughter and son-in-law are trying to live a more simple life.

Not buying things just to have them.

Every year I go through the house and give/throw/recycle many items.

The only things that are not multi used are my things for Christmas.

That is my one guilty pleasure so to speak.

I have been thinking after a seed of an idea was given to me by one of my friends.

That perhaps I will start making personalized gifts for family and friends.

I guess that I have actually always done this but 2017 I will do on a larger scale.

This morning I am going out to pick up some groceries and use the remaining credit on my Walmart gift card.

I am not usually a big fan of that store but as I have the card I will go and use it.

One of my friends is going out and said she could drop me there and then pick me up after she is done her shopping elsewhere.

After that shopping I have another friend coming over for a visit …..

I have a couple of phone calls to make between tonight and going back to work.

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Cute story:  Most mornings Alvin has me up way earlier than we need to be so he eats and does his business and afterward we lay down on the sofa for some extra zzz’s.

I have this rectangular pillow which I lay my head upon and then cover with our special warm red blanket.

Not long ago this happened.  I lay down and cover with the blanket.  Alvin plunks himself down beside me with his head right beside mine on the pillow.  He snuggles so close.

The first time he did this I almost had the big one as he really plunks himself down but never hitting me.

Anyway then I cover us both with the blanket and we snuggle.

So cute.

Another reason why I love this little guy.

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Well time to get this show on the road.

Shower time to freshen up before shopping.

I can only imagine the people in Walmart.  Too many likely.

Have a great day.

One more day before we celebrate the New Year.

Happy Friday.

Special Hello to: YOU ALL.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Feels like a time to share some photos of our beloved babies.

Some left us this year and some joined us this year.

A full year of Sorrow and Joy.

Great memories.

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Alvin at Christmas 2015

Alvin at Christmas 2015

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

Miss Penny

Miss Penny

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Baby Milo and Miss Aspen.

Our newest family members.

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 20th day of November, 2016.

Today marks the first of two Christmas Events that I am a participant.

This Sunday I will be with Steeped Tea at my friend’s house along with a rep from Stella & Dot and one from Scentsy.

This is my first home party multi vendor event.

I am excited to see the other products and excited to show Steeped Tea to everyone attending.

 

Yesterday it snowed off and on all day but a fine dry snow.

We now have a light blanket covering the ground, rooftops and lawns.

 

Mr. Alvin is downstairs chewing on one of his treats.

He loves to chew and thankfully it has always been his food and treats.

 

The sky looks a white grey colour as I look out of my office window.

Just seems like no break from the ground to the sky all one colour.

I guess winter is officially here.

It feels like it now.

We have been so blessed with a warm November.

 

Well time to go and put the finishing touches on preparation for the Christmas Event.

I hope that you all had an amazing weekend.

My thoughts, and every ounce of positive energy are directed to my grand-puppy Elton.

I hope that he has many many more good days and less bad ones.

 

Special Hello to:  Elton, who has been one of the loves in my life for the past 12 years.  Thinking of you buddy.  Alvin and I love you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 16th day of November, 2016.

I have to apologize to my nephew “J” as I missed his Birthday yesterday on my blog.

Happy Happy Birthday – Wishing you a wonderful day.

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Well we had an interesting night.

So happy that we had a nice long walk last night as there is snow on the ground this morning.

That is not to say that we do not walk most of the winter (depends on the temperatures).

Anyway we were in bed, gone early, and I was reading.

Alvin is not so much into reading. ( giggling aloud )

All of a sudden he start retching and then threw up.

I immediately jumped out of bed.

Grabbed his clean up stuff including paper towels.

Cleaned off his blanket and threw it into the wash.

Got another one of his blankets out of the closet.

Cleaned him up and brushed his teeth.

It only happened once and he seemed fine EXCEPT he would not go to sleep.

He basically was awake all night.

I know that I fell asleep off and on.

He would just sit up looking into the night.

Scratching and licking himself here and there.

Poor guy.

This morning he seems fine although he was shaking a bit at my breakfast time.

He ate his breakfast (no problem) and had some water.

He did his business outside.

He must be exhausted, I know that I am.

Not much sleep.

We have an off-site staff meeting today – I will have to check myself if I begin to yawn.

He also has a “Laser Light Therapy” session today.

Our Vet’s office has purchased the machine and today they are doing some free sessions to try things out in real time.

I have someone that is going to take Alvin to the office as I cannot.

I am certainly glad that he appears to be okay and I was worried earlier.

Appears that we have some snow.

Just a dusting.

Is winter here?

We certainly enjoyed our beautiful summer/early fall days in November.

Well almost time to hit the road.

I am so relieved that Alvin is feeling better or at least appears to be so.

Happy Wednesday.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: my family

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 1st day of October, 2016.

One month from today is the day that I typically put up and decorate my Christmas Tree.

This year I believe that November 1st falls on a Wednesday so I may take the liberty and put up my tree on the Friday.

It will be a couple of days later than usual but there are times that it is beyond my control.

Most times since I moved to Edmonton it has become a Mother – Daughter time together decorating the tree.

Also since I moved I purchased a much bigger tree and this Momma finds it difficult to put it up by herself.

Now I can do it but would prefer to have help whenever possible.

 

Now I do not wish to get ahead of myself as we are celebrating all things falls for the month of October.

Last night after our walk I raked the leaves from the front yard.

I almost filled a blue bag full of yellow leaves.

Now this morning you would never know that I had cleaned up the leaves as there is an even bigger blanket covering the grass.

But this morning it is gloomy to say the least.

No sunshine in the near forecast.

It was raining when we got up both times.

Now it has stopped.

Today is laundry and bit of cleaning day. AND

Time for Mr. Alvin to have a haircut and a bath.

I also have to run to the store for a few things and pick up my bus pass.

I sure hope that it stops raining …… carrying groceries and an umbrella can be tricky.

 

Looking out of my office window there are some green leaves covering trees and some red and some yellow.

They are poking out from between closely standing homes.

I always thought it was strange but I do understand the reason but do not necessarily agree with it.

Everyday on the bus we drive through a neighbourhood that has been around for over 50 years at least.

The yards are huge …. likely over an acre.

You could put three houses side by side in the space in these yards compared to the new neighbourhoods.

What other than taxes could be the reason?

Perhaps space but heck we live in Canada and space is not a restricted commodity.

I guess depending on where you are building it may be.

But really, how many people really want to spend on average $400,000 to see inside their neighbour’s window.

I swear that in one of the newest neighbourhoods along my bus route you could literally put your hand out of the upstairs window and touch the

house next door.

Really …..

Why?

These are my thoughts for today as I sip on a nice cup of coffee.

I guess it is time to get dressed and get going on my projects for the day.

Giving Alvin a haircut and bath usually takes me about three hours.

Not his favourite things to do that is for sure.

 

So happy that this is the weekend.

Happy to spend time in my home.

So happy that I put away the deck furniture and cleaned up most things.

YAY me for being progressive and not putting it off.

 

Have a GREAT Saturday.

Thank you for reading my blog.

I am forever grateful.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter, my sister and my friends, thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

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