The Next Chapter

Good Morning. I am taking a sick day as I am not feeling so great after the dental work yesterday. I had the temporary crowns replaced with permanent ones, four fillings and two extractions. All from upper part of my mouth. I am feeling sick and also tired. The Dentist said to get rest and I see why. This will be short as I am going to go downstairs and lay down on the sofa. I did not think about this but of course during the night some of my saliva went onto my pillow and it was tainted with blood. Something to consider should you have teeth extracted. There is some pain but not too bad. I am looking forward to gently rinsing the extraction site with some warm salty water in a few hours. Following the instructions from the Dentist. It has been many years since I had a tooth pulled and I had two extracted.

I hope that you have a good day.

Skies are smoky once again.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin, My Forever Angel

A New YEAR 2023

Good Morning ALL! Well it has been an interesting night and day. So back to yesterday. I went to my Optrometrist and had the pressure test redone and good news to report. The pressure is good so I am good until December 2022. Afterwards I raced over to the Vet to pick up more medication for Mr. Alvin. Before starting testing the Vet wanted to try another medication. This is a liquid which Alvin has to have every three hours and 30 minutes before he eats his meals. The liquid is to be administered via a syringe. Well the first time that I went to give it to him was before his supper and that did not go well. I managed to get most of it down after I had to chase him around the kitchen and under the table. The next dose was scheduled to be administered at 12:30 a.m. (not a good sign). I set the alarm and Mr. Alvin woke up one hour before at 11:30 and then started an up and down night. I gave up after trying to give him a dose for almost one half hour and I was so tired by that time. We laid back down on the sofa and went to sleep and I set the alarm for 6:30 a.m. This actually turned out to be perfect. It took a lot of coaxing but I managed after about 30 minutes to get the next dose down this throat. Then set the alarm for 30 minutes and laid back down. At 7:04 we were up and I laid out his food and then ran upstairs to brush my teeth, wash my face, apply moisturizer and apply my eyebrows before literally jumping into my clothes and then back downstairs. Oh, I turned the computer on so that once I came back up it would be ready to go. Back downstairs, I cleaned up pieces of rice that had been flung around the perimeter of his food bowl. I let him outside and grabbed my coat and put on my boots and followed him outside. I noticed more blood in his now diarrhea. I pray that this new medicine will do the trick and he will be okay without having to have more tests done. But I am not sure at this point. He has such bad gas. He is back on the bland diet. Oh and my eyeglasses are now in ready to be picked up, of course they arrived 2.5 hours after my visit yesterday. Just figures, lol.

I am really late and have to fly. Have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. perhaps the missed medicine will work out better as now the next doses will be at 2:30 and 10:30 p.m. – I can work with that. Hope my little trick works for the next dose. Bye.

A New Year 2023

Good Morning ALL! Hello. I am sorry but I haven’t posted for a couple of days due to Mr. Alvin being “sick.” I guess it was just after a few hours after we went to bed on Monday night (to work on Tuesday) when he woke up and needed to go outside and that is where it started. He had to pee, so I let him outside. Most of the time I go outside with him and sometimes I just let him out and watch him from the back door. The next time he went out a few hours later, I went with him and and realized that he had diarrhea which was filled with blood. More blood than poop. I almost started to cry. That is never a good sign for anyone. Last time he had major surgery after I spotted a drop of blood in his pee and that was February of 2021. My heart fell to my knees. We were up and down, (no sleep) and then I sent a text at a reasonable hour to my Manager explaining and advising that I would not be working Tuesday. As soon as the Vet Clinic was open I called to set up an appointment. The irony was that I had an appointment for today, this afternoon to have his nails etc. done (regular). The soonest we could get in was noon which was good as I needed to find a ride to the vet. I was very lucky that one of my friends and nearby neighbours was off yesterday and was very happy to give us a ride. Then the waiting. I think the waiting is the hardest. Every time he went outside there was blood, some 24 hours later there is still blood but it is becoming a bit less. We were picked up just before noon and off we went. I totally forgot to take a mask with me and had to ask for one inside the clinic. The vet requires all humans to wear one while in the exam rooms. I explained everything and showed the photos that I had taken to the Clerk at reception desk before we went in to wait in one of the two exam rooms. Not long later the Vet Assistant came to retrieve Mr. Alvin. Then the waiting. Actually, it was not too long. So long story short as honestly it is a blur. The blood was red and not tarry which is good and there are a long list of reasons why, he was eating and drinking water and no blood in his urine, also good. He had lost a bit of weight which was good as he had put on a couple of pounds. The first thing she said we needed to do was to put him on medications to stop the diarrhea, he would need Probiotics and Fibre (age). I asked about all the blood in his stool and she said that she had seen more. For now, not to worry, we need to get his stool back to normal. He also has to go on a bland diet (chicken & rice) for a few days. So that is that. He does not seem to be in any pain. Although I would say not quite his old self. My friend picked us up after I got the medications, instructions and paid the bill. Then we were off to the grocery store as I needed rice, chicken and Metamucil (fibre). So here we are. I am not working today as I had little or no sleep again last night. I hope that over the next day or so, he is back to normal. If not, there will be more tests. Fingers crossed and saying lots of prayers.

I need coffee. On the upside my Ricki’s order arrived yesterday and the 5TB external hard drive for my photos. YAY.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities and coffee. I really need coffee this morning – a bit late. With not having to work, I was able, we were able to get a bit of sleep.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 18th day of February, 2019.

The sun is up.

Shining brightly on this Family Day.

This is a Statutory Holiday here so our office is closed today.

I am grateful to have another day at home with Mr. Alvin.


We were up at 4:00 a.m. as he had to go outside.

Thankfully we were in bed about 10:30 p.m.

I caught the first 30 minutes of the Elvis Presley Celebration.

Thankfully I had the mindset to record to watch at a later time.


The weather channel is forecasting warmer temperatures over the coming days.

YAHOO, walking will be in our future.

We did manage to take a short walk to the park yesterday afternoon.

It was cold but so much better than the past over two week period.


I have decided to take one hour every weekend to go through my on-line photos and delete the ones that are out of focus or duplicates.

When you have 30,000 photos on your computer – it is time to do something.

I also have about 10,000 hard copies of photos in boxes that need to be sorted.



Well I am thinking that today is a good day to make some pancakes.

My daughter might be coming over for a visit.

I love making pancakes for her.


So another day in paradise.

We are so blessed, me and Mr. Alvin.


My thoughts do go to all of the bunnies, birds and other wildlife that are desperately foraging for food.

We have quite a bit of snow.


Happy Family Day.

I  hope that you enjoy your time with your family.

Family may be described as any being that you “love.”

May be two-legged or four or winged or …..

Family are the ones that are ….

They may be of same blood, related or not ….

Family are the ones that you want to spend time with ….

Whether you spend the day playing board games or baking together…

Whether you talk on the phone or go to see a movie.

Just spend time together.

Just be.

Happy Family Day.


Special Hello to: all of my Family, related and those who are not, we love you and have a Happy Family Day.

Always, Carol & Alvin



Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 11th day of November, 2013.

Two important things this morning.

Happy Birthday to a special nephew of mine ” T ” … such a great young man.

We are not blood related but he feels like family.

I have known him since he was in his Momma’s womb and I have loved him since the first time I laid eyes on him.

We always shared this special connection.

We would go for coffee together on prearranged days when I lived in Regina.

Now that I have moved he calls me on a regular basis.

I want to wish him the best BIRTHDAY ever.

Happy Birthday my boy.


The other important thing is “Remembrance Day” ….

I think it is important to remember those from the past who gave their lives to keep us safe.

I think it is important to acknowledge those souls who keep the peace today.

I think it is important to relish peace and remember that not everyone on this planet has that luxury – that way of life.

I think it is important to work on peace.

I think it is important to live your life in peace.

I think it is important to always remember.


Special Hello to: every peacekeeper whether in uniform or not…

Always, Carol and Alvin


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