Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Wow, can you believe it is Thursday, September 5th, 2019?

Almost one week into September.

Close to the official day of FALL or Autumn.

I remain home with the boy.

After 26 hours without diarrhea (which was what the Vet had wanted) and while I was on the phone with the Vet’s Assistant; the only time that I had left him alone outside he had D.

I was glad that I had decided to check once I was off the phone.

We had a pretty quiet evening.

I knew that he really wanted to go for a walk but cleaning up D is not fun and not easy to do.

So we had a quiet evening.

He had his bland diet and was not happy when I had a vegetable stir fry with his fav vegetables but they have to be eaten.

I feel so badly for him and he is being so strong and shows little frustration with it all.

After that phone call (at 5:00 p.m.) and my find in the yard; I called the clinic back once again and asked to have his Dr. call me back.

When she was finished with her patients she called back.

I explained what happened and was told …. it has only been a short time on the medication …. we have to give it time to work.

Dr. K said that if there was no change meaning he had not had a regular bowel movement – it would be back to have blood work done to get to the bottom of things.

Bedtime went per norm.

Keeping the time close to our regular time.

He woke up at 2:08 a.m. ….. not sure why.

Seemed like he wanted to go downstairs and possibly outside, so down we went.

I grabbed my sweater and flip flops and out we went.

He just stood and breathed in the night air.

No signs of distress, I attempted to coax him to come down to the grass but to no avail.

So back into the house.

This time I decided to just crash on the sofa.

No point going back upstairs.

I do not remember if it was 5 something or closer to 6 when we woke up and went back outside.

Only peed.

Back into the house and then had his first meal of the day and his meds.

I am thankful that I purchased two packages of chicken on Sunday and froze one (as yesterday I had to cook the second one).

After that …. outside….

Nothing ….

Back to the sofa for bit more sleep.

Up around 7:45 or so and decided to get dressed and go for a walk.

He had been sitting in his chair and was watching the children out on their way to school.

Other pups out for walks.

So I decided that it would be worth the fresh air for both of us although we have been spending quite a lot of time outside.

So dressed and ready and out the door.

The coolness of the morning air felt so refreshing on our faces as we strolled down the sidewalk toward the park.

We were not at the park for more than a couple of minutes and he took the pooping stance.

I held my breath.

Then without further …. out came D, this time no gas, no flying through the air.

I guess that is an improvement.

I cleaned it up as good as I could …. thankfully I had taken paper towel and several extra bags.

Just after I had wiped his bum with paper towel … a young boy on a bike came over to where we were and said “I like your dog, is it a he or a she.”

I replied “he and his name is Alvin.”

We had a nice conversation ….. I told him that Alvin was not feeling well but not catchy for him.

He said that he had a cat and wanted to pet Alvin.

Which he gently did.

We chatted about school …. he was going into grade 5.

When I asked which school he was attending …. he said the name that I had not heard of and pointed to the south.

Then he said …. no it is ….. and mentioned that he has moved a few times and forgot.

Poor little guy.

It was nice.

We continued for a couple of minutes together him on his bike and us walking.

He said “thank you I enjoyed our chat.”

Wow, from a grade five boy …. must be an old soul.

I was glad to have some conversation not about diarrhea.

 

Well I guess we are back to it.

I need coffee ….. and in less than one hour it will be time for Alvin’s second small meal of the day.

I sure hope that by the end of this day things are different and that the poop is good.

Never so much talk of poop in my life ….

 

I am grateful for the sunshine as it has made our time at home in and out of the house much easier.

Feeling a bit frustrated but trying to be patient and keep positive thoughts rattling round my brain.

We never know what is coming round the corner, do we?

I guess all we can do is our best …. be kind and respectful …..

Patience ….. having patience is important.

 

As I laid on the sofa earlier, the blinds were open enough to see our front tree.

I noted how many of the leaves had already started to turn yellow.

In that moment I was watching the leaves and branches sway gently in the breeze.

It seemed as though time had stood still for just that one moment in time.

In that moment life was perfection.

Alvin was laying in his chair … in his happy place.

I was taking in the view.

Life was perfect.

 

Wishing you all a happy Thursday.

Time for coffee, I think.

 

Being kind and respectful to yourself is just as important as it is to be toward others.

 

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Beautiful morning …. no breeze but the air is cool so I have the windows open before heading out to work.

With the blinds closed – the house will stay cool most of the day.

We walked right after work last night in the rain.

Only did half the walk and then later after supper the sun came out.

But we did enjoy a nice walk in the rain.

Only got a bit wet.

Thankfully not a downpour.

But then again we wouldn’t go if it was raining hard.

There is something healing about walking in a nice rain.

Touching nature.

 

Looks like our services will be in high demand over the next little while.

Master Teddy is coming Thursday night until Saturday night.

My daughter asked if their two could stay with us Saturday till Monday.

Then next week the Humphrey.

YAY, my favourite thing to do …. is to be surrounded by the pups and the cat.

All of our four-legged fur babies.

 

Looks like the sun is peeping through the morning cloud cover.

Always a good thing to see.

 

Only a short time until my beloved sister comes for a visit.

She is my only sister.

My “little sis” …. my younger sister.

I am so excited to see her again.

We are going to have so much fun.

My sister, my daughter and I are going to take a short road trip.

YAY.

Then my sister and I will be joined by another brother to go and see our other brother.

Try and say that five times fast.

Not this gal.

So excited to be blessed to have this time together with my family.

 

I love our sibling get togethers.

Nice to catch up.

Looks like this girls road trip is going to be an annual event.

Happy about that.

 

Feeling so grateful to be surrounded by great family and friends.

Feeling so grateful that I, we will have all our fur-babies coming to see us over the next week and a bit.

Feeling so grateful that my daughter is giving me a ride home tonight (also going to COSTCO).

Feeling so grateful for the moisture and moderate temperatures.

Feeling so grateful to have Mr. Alvin by my side.

Feeling so grateful that I get up and swing my legs to the floor, this morning, and all others.

 

With kindness and respect I shall enter this day and do my best all day long.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 21st day of July, 2018.

Absolute perfection outside this morning.

We were up at 5:00 as Alvin wanted to go outside and then to eat his breakfast.

Back to the sofa for some extra zzz’s as on a Saturday who NEEDS to get up for the day at 5:00 AM if not necessary.

So we did and then about 7:30 Alvin started to stir and finally just before 8:00 I was up ….. basically grabbed him and off we went for a walk.

Covered up my PJ’s with a long sweater.

The air was cool and refreshing.

SUN high up in the sky already but not hot.

The water fountain in the pond was turned on and the sound of the water was delightful.

We had a great walk and even picked up the odd piece of trash along our walk.

Once home turned on the first load of laundry.

Our plans changed as my daughter and grand-pups were to come for a sleepover.

So we will just get some extra housework done – like the BLINDS, argh.

Sounds like they will come tomorrow for a visit – perhaps come for PANCAKES as I have all of the ingredients.

That would be WONDERFUL.

Coffee is perking and I love that smell as it wafts through the house.

Madonna is singing AMERICAN PIE …… love that song.

I have GREAT news – misunderstanding as I thought that my sister would only be here for a couple of days at the end July / start August.

She will be here for almost one week ….. YAY …. so excited.

I love having my sister at my house ….. we LAUGH and LAUGH and LAUGH.

Crazy girls …..

Well I guess it is time to get to work.

Perhaps should have some breakfast …..

Could even sit outside and soak up that glorious morning air.

 

I hope that you are enjoying your day and that you have great NEWS this day or soon.

Special Hello: to my sister …. so happy that you are able to come and be here for extra time.  FUN is on the way.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 5th day of November, 2016.

I have to share something with all of you ….. nothing life threatening.

This morning as we are getting ready to make a visit to the Vet (just routine).

I had pulled the blinds up as per usual so that when Alvin sits on the bed he can see out the window.

All of a sudden it went from darkness with only the light of the street lamps to this clearness.

I had not experienced this as it happened.

But with the rise of the sun it gave a glow that was so beautiful it gave me pause to stop and admire.

I looked out of the window to the east and just sighed.

We are so lucky to have sunrises and sunsets.

 

The sheer magnificence is breathtaking.

What a great way to start your day.

Well just a few minutes until we have to leave.

We are so lucky that our Vet is within a quick walk from our house.

Lucky Alvin and lucky Momma, for sure.

They are awesome and just like family.

I have decided to have breakfast when we get back as I was able to get some extra sleep after Alvin’s breakfast (he is such an early bird).

Tomorrow or rather about 2:00 a.m. tonight our clocks go back one hour.

YAY.

Well I should go as Alvin has to go outside.

Another thing to share ….. our ChRiStMaS Tree went up last night.

Also was able to decorate most of the main floor except the upstairs bannister and a bit of tweaking here and there.

I love this time of year.

How about decorating outside today in plus 15 degree temperatures.

Gotta love Edmonton.

Have an awesome day.

Happy Saturday.

Girl friends coming over for coffee later this morning.

Great day ….

Special Hello to: all those folks who love sunrises and sunsets.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 27th day of October, 2016.

Dark out is the new norm for the next few months.

Just as I was getting dressed I saw from my upstairs window a police cruiser drive by.

Which leads me to our situation that happened Tuesday evening.

That night we went to bed a bit later than usual …. about 9:40 p.m.

I had just turned off the bedside lamp and laid down when the room lit up with red and blue lights.

Well I will say that I never jumped out of bed so fast in all of my life.

When I peeked through the blinds I saw a police cruiser all lit up and there was a policeman doing something under the hood of the car.

It was dark so I could not see.

I could see a policeman a few houses north of us.

There was the canine unit complete with the largest shepherd (dog) that I have ever seen.

So in a matter of minutes there were multiple police cars and policemen.

Over the course of the next couple of hours there were a total of 7 police cars across the street from our house.

I counted about 10 policemen.

Now in the dark it was difficult to get too many details.

One thing that scared the out of me was the semi-automatic rifles they were carrying.

Not their handguns but the bigger ones.

Not all of them carried the rifles I saw two for sure.

It is getting almost time to leave so I have to make this short.

They shone their flashlights all over the ground.

They were looking for something and obviously someone.

At one point the canine unit was back near the car.

By this time I had both of our upstairs blinds pulled open and the window open about 6 inches.

Alvin saw the police dog and let out this growl.

I knew the police dog hear him so I quietly asked him not to growl.

He seemed to understand and was quiet.

It lasted with no results.

When they left they did not appear to have what they were looking for.

Will finish story later.

All is well.

It was definitely a bit of excitement and not the good kind.

Special Hello to: family and Friends.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 10th day of March, 2016.

Looks like another beautiful “spring-like” day here in Edmonton.

I know March and it was plus 10 degrees celsius yesterday and for the next couple of days.

Most of the snow has melted with the exception of the north side of each street in the residential areas (like at my house).

There remains some ice on the streets and sidewalks in a few places.

But all in all it is drying up and that is a good thing.

It will be nice when we have spring showers to freshen everything up.

Soon there will be flowers budding and blooming.

The big box stores will have their garden centres open for business right around the corner.

All of the greenhouses will be open soon as well.

I guess it will be a bit but it seems sooner than later.

This Sunday we turn our clocks ahead by one hour here in Edmonton.

I have noticed in the mornings as I walk to the bus stop that the sun is starting to rise in the east.

I had wished yesterday that I had a phone with a camera as the sunrise was magnificent …. glowing like a big red ball.

The sky was amazing …..

Nature is preparing for spring …..

The bunnies have already begun to turn brown.

I have the urge to start purge and spring clean.

Already started by washing the blinds on my main floor …. now just upstairs.

Our walks at night are so much more enjoyable as we do not have to worry about falling on the ice.

Well here we are time to finish getting ready for work.

The time always flies for me in the morning.

But I am truly grateful for my life ….. my family and friends ….. that family includes Alvin, of course and my grand-puppies ….. my beautiful home ….. to be employed …… good health.

I hope that you are living your life to the fullest.

There will always be those days when you feel as though things are never going to get better but trust me they will …… stop …. take a deep breath …… make a change….. sometimes turning in the opposite direction is all you need to do to get back on the right track ….. something simple …… you may have misses something turning right all of the time ….. go left.

Gotta run … take care.

Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers …

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 17th day of May, 2015.

It is bright and sunny outside.

It also feels warmer outside than inside my house this morning.

Guess turning the thermostat off was not a great idea.

This morning it was 61 degrees ….. I don’t have a celsius thermostat.

But blankets and sweaters helped.

No wonder all I wanted to do this morning was stay cuddled under the blankets.

It was Mr. Alvin who convinced his Momma to get up and get to it.

First thing I did was open all the blinds and the house warmed by a whole degree.

Amazing how warm that sun’s rays are ……

I had not downloaded my flowers that I bought for the deck and front porch until just now.

Flowers always make me feel great so thought that I would share them with you.

Once it warms up a bit it will be planting time.

They spent the night in the garage as it was forecasted to freeze last night and I did notice a bit of frost on one of the neighbour’s car windows.

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After this blog I need to bring the pots back out onto the deck so they can enjoy the sunshine.

I hope that this flowers bring you a bit of joy on this Sunday morning as they do for me.

They always make me feel giddy and wonderful.

Smiles everyone.

Happy Sunday ……

Special Hello to: every living creature on our planet …. Happy Sunday

Always, Carol and Alvin

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