Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning,

It is quiet in the house and in the neighbourhood at this hour.

We had a lovely visit and supper with Teddy and Aunt J.

Supper was in honour of her visits to Mexico.

Soft tacos.

Nothing like tomatoes, onions, lime, avocado, refried beans, cheese and more.

I love the smell of LIME.

One of my favourite things.

Reminder to pick up some limes on my next grocery shop.

I always enjoy our visits and our conversations.

Always learning something new.

I did not know that she became a certified SCUBA DIVER after the age of 50.

How cool is that for a prairie girl!

Not like there are oceans close by for diving.

It was a great story how that came to be.

Quite by accident.

Won a contest with a trip to a tropical climate.

The forecast was rain during the time that she was to be on the island.

She did not wish to sit around all week in her room; so she booked scuba diving lessons and the rest is history.

You never know what can happen.

Nothing planned.

 

Well today is organizing a book party for Steeped Tea.

With Christmas coming …. my customers will be wanting to pick up some items.

Great gift ideas as well.

I love our Hot Chocolate.

MMMMMM

 

I also see lots of shovelling in my future.

We have almost as much as the first time we shovelled.

The third time now ……

 

If the temperature is okay we might head out for a walk.

Likely will be short as they have not plowed the path around the park.

Not everyone gets out and shovels.

So many folks just leave the sidewalks covered in snow all winter long.

I am fortunate most of my neighbours do shovel.

Some may take a bit longer than others but it gets done.

 

I snapped some photos last night at bed and this morning.

Love taking photos of the SNOW.

Especially the fresh stuff.

 

 

Well I guess it is time to hit the shower.

Might be important to “smell good,” just in case someone comes to visit.

Oh, I am kidding.

I always smell good.

Just freshen up.

Don’t you find that a showers gives you energy?

I do.

Then coffee and breakfast

and

then

SHOVELLING.

Exercise.

Perfect order.

 

Happy Sunday.

With kindness and respect I shall live this day and my life.

 

Always, Carol & Al

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning All.

Well it is late.

I cannot say that I have slept in this late for years.

Went to bed at midnight and could not sleep right away.

Still a bit hyped up from the Fifth Avenue Jewelry party.

Alvin and I had so much fun.

My friends from the neighbour joined us to check out the bling and for refreshments.

We chatted in between and enjoyed some laughter.

Two almost teenage daughters of two friends joined as well.

Alvin was in his glory.

So much fun.

Yes, there is nothing like being surrounded by your good friends and bling.

The jewelry is / was so pretty.

Great night.

Perhaps it was the fact that I had drank coffee all day long.

I hadn’t realized that until bed.

I drank a pot in the morning and another mug with my daughter at noon followed by coffee in the evening.

Oh well, I likely needed that sleep.

We were up just after 5:00 a.m. initially so I fed Alvin and then we went back to bed.

He did try to get me up a couple of times after that as well but I won out.

 

We woke to another “dry ground” morning which is great.

So glad that I worked my butt off yesterday and did my household making today a more relaxed quiet day.

Yesterday I cleaned, had both Humphrey and Teddy for the whole day, walked with Teddy and Alvin, prepared for the jewelry party and did laundry.

Always nice to have the THREE AMIGOS together.

Earlier yesterday morning.

Alvin and Teddy went outside but Humphrey hesitated.

Wonder why?

 

I saw a blue jay, I think through the living room window but unable to get a clear photo of the pretty bird.

All the boys at the window.

Alvin and Teddy sharing a chair and Humphrey with one of his own.

Earlier in the day …..

 

Strangely enough they spent a bit of time outside over the course of the day.

When the sun shone it was actually comfortable outside, I won’t go as far as to say “warm.”

Today perhaps a load of towels …. or maybe not.

I have lots of towels.

But next weekend is putting up my Christmas tree and decorating the house.

First weekend in November, 2019.

So excited.

I cannot wait.

I so love spending the evening with my daughter putting up the Christmas tree.

That might be Friday.

Halloween this week.

YAY.

I was checking out my borrowed Harry Potter costume.

I might have to practice making the lightning bolt on my forehead.

Liquid eyeliner here I come.

 

Well I should go.

Time for coffee before lunch.

Today I don’t want to be drinking coffee all day.

Work is tomorrow.

 

Happy Sunday.

So happy to be surrounded by much kindness and respect.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

It is the first full day of my 2019 VACATION.

I feel like jumping and down and screaming it to the world.

So happy.

Can you tell?

Yes, I am so excited to be on vacation.

I wanted to sleep in a bit.

Alvin was up at 3:28 a.m. so we moved from bedroom to living sofa where we remained until 6:53 a.m.

I was thinking “Really” this is my vacation …. I would like to sleep until 7:30 a.m. – so I did.

Then up threw a coat over my nightgown and out the door to go and look after Cinder and Humphrey.

When I had finished everything – I asked Humphrey if he wanted to come home with me and see Alvin.

He ran over to the steps going to their upstairs and waited for me to slightly bend over and scoop him up.

He perched himself on my shoulder and I am glad that I had my coat back on …. because he was holding on.

So locked the house and went back home.

At home the boys are like it has always been this situation.

They do well together.

As I have mentioned before Alvin has just a bit of uncertainty about Humphrey to make it a perfect relationship.

Hi Humphrey who has just joined us.

 

Last night after I arrived home from work, did the usual, let Alvin outside, got changed, we went for a walk, brought Alvin home and then went to pick up Humphrey.

He spent the evening with us.

Made a huge salad for supper and I must say that I love my thrown together homemade salad dressing.

No recipe that I can even share.

Just after I had eaten and finished the dishes the phone rang and I saw that it was my friend V from Saskatchewan.

She had left me a message on my cell but I was busy and had not noticed.

Instructions to go and pick up the mail …..

We all know what that means.

A parcel.

In this case …. an early Birthday parcel.

Grabbed my keys, locked the house so that the fur babies could not escape and ran to the mailboxes.

Okay, perhaps that was a stretch, no running but walking quickly.

Lots of flyers in the mailbox along with a key to the BIG BOX.

Quickly picked up the parcel locked the mail boxes and was on my way home.

Once inside the house – Mr. Alvin started to get excited.

He knows all about those boxes and very likely he could smell the contents.

So I quickly went about opening the box with Humphrey and Alvin standing by not so quietly, especially my boy.

First thing was to locate his special treat from our friend and then grab my phone to video him opening his present.

OMG, so cute.

Wishing that I could show you the video.

If you follow me on INSTAGRAM @  carolylewis

You can see the video with Alvin opening his treat.

After he was finished I gave him some of the treat and then proceeded to the rest of the box which was filled to the brim with all sorts of sweet homemade delectable treats.

Two kinds of cinnamon buns, cheese buns and regular buns, chocolate biscotti and some other bought sweet treats.

 

As I was opening my packages – Alvin had taken the box that I had set beside the pantry door on the floor and pulled it over to where the photos are which is a few feet.

He was looking for more treats.

I laughed so hard, what a boy.

Photos above are of my sweet treats.

What a decision to have to make?

It was lucky that I had a salad for supper.

So in the end I had a cinnamon bun and one chocolate biscotti.

Heaven …. truly.

 

The fragrance emmanting from these gorgeous lilies is intoxicating.

Humphrey and AL relaxing last night.

Pleasant surprise as the solar light inserted in one of my flower pots came alive last night.

The colours were glorious.

 

Well time to have breakfast and get these boys outside into the backyard to enjoy some fresh air.

Wishing my niece-in-law “S” a very Happy Birthday.

Wishing my friend “K” a very Happy Birthday.

So many August Birthdays.

Happy Birthday ….

 

If you spend each moment treating others with kindness and respect then you will be living your life with kindness and respect.

 

Always, Carol & ALvin and Humphrey.

 

Living… One day at a time.

Hello,

Well it is just before 8:00 a.m. on this slightly overcast Saturday morning.

Pups have had breakfast.

Teddy, Alvin and I have been out for a walk.

Popped the first of three unexpected loads of laundry into the washing machine.

Put coffee on to brew and also ground some coffee for tomorrow or maybe later today.

Made my bed.

Working on this post.

 

Yesterday was a great day when I left the office I felt as though I had accomplished what I wanted/needed to do.

Only two work days next week before I am on vacation for a few weeks.

So looking forward to the time off but at the same time I do want to leave “my desk” in good order.

I even completed a task that is not typically done until the middle of the month.

Check.

YAY.

On Fridays in the summer months we are allowed to leave at 3:00 p.m. and I was lucky to catch a ride with a co-worker who lives not too far away.

Once home it was clearly too warm for us to walk.

So I decided to get some work done.

Some laundry, tidying up.

I was just speaking to my sister when a call came in on the cell phone, I wasn’t sure how to switch over so I let it go and continued to speak to my sister.

All of a sudden my house phone rang and I figured it was the person who was calling me on the cell.

So grabbed the phone from the kitchen and saw it was my neighbour, so kindly asked my sister to hold on for a moment so that I could take the call.

My neighbor wanted to see if Mr. Humphrey could spend the evening with us and of course, I said Yes.

I was explaining to her about Teddy coming and she said she knew as they had just arrived.

She saw them before I did.

So we had Humphrey and Teddy and Mums all arriving at the house at the same time.

There was some running and excitement.

We chatted for a bit.

Humphrey’s Mom was going out so she left and Teddy’s Mom stayed for a few minutes longer.

Then it was me and the boys.

I had finished the laundry before all the company arrived.

We spent some time outside.

Humphrey loves being on the deck.

It was warm but he loved being outside.

The other two were back and forth as I had the fans going inside.

We had some weather.

Tornado watch for most of the evening.

At one point I heard thunder and saw lightning in the distance so I scooped up the babies and brought them into the house.

Well of course, Teddy and Alvin walked but I did scoop up Humphrey as he did not want to go into the house.

We had a quiet evening.

Just putzing and relaxing.

Humphrey’s Mom came home about 9  p.m. and then it was just three.

I decided that I was tired by then and we started to get ready for bed.

We went outside for the pups to go for a pee and or poo.

That ended up being an extra long process.

You will find out in a moment.

So I call the pups upstairs.

Moved the pillows off the bed.

Went into the bathroom to brush my teeth.

Teddy went downstairs and Alvin just sat outside the bathroom door (was in the main bathroom as I have my dental station set up in there).

Once done, I went and picked up Teddy to bring him upstairs.

I was wondering for a second why he went downstairs.

Back in our bedroom, I closed the door.

Teddy was playing in the blanket on the bed, hiding while Alvin just hung around me.

Once I had washed and changed and was ready to lay down and read my book.

I moved the blanket and in the semi dark something looked out of place.

I turned on the light to see someone had peed on the bed.

That someone was the little someone who had been playing in the blanket as Alvin was not even in that spot.

So I lifted up the bedspread wet, top sheet wet, bottom sheet wet, pillowtop wet, all wet down to the mattress cover.

I am so glad that I purchased that and left it on the bed.

So I grabbed my pet stain removed and one my one cleaned the wet spots on each of the coverings.

Then placed them in the laundry basket and into the bathtub until laundry this morning.

That was my unexpected laundry.

So then I only placed sheets on the bed – not taking a chance and having to wash another bedspread.

I always wash bedding on the weekend so that was okay.

But it was 30 minutes that I was not planning and then my reading time was cut down considerably.

Teddy slept good but then Alvin was up and down all night long.

So at about 2 a.m. – decided might as well come downstairs to sleep.

Downstairs we went.

Our actual getting up to stay up was much earlier than normal about 6:30 a.m.

Early for a weekend.

Oh well, the laundry is on and the stains should come out.

What a night and early morning.

In just over one hour my grand pups will arrive.

Time to have breakfast.

I took some shots of the pups last night, the storm and stuff.

Will share of them.

One never knows what is going to happen and has to be prepared for “anything.”

 

The Oriental Lilies that I received as a gift, so many blooms.

On the way to the bus stop on Friday morning – the water fountain – such a beautiful place

The next shots while we were on the deck last night.

Above shots taken during the storm last night

The shots below were just as we were going to bed before the accident.

You can actually see the wet in the last photo.

Hadn’t realized that until just now.

Anyway we are off to a great start this morning.

I am hungry so time to have breakfast and coffee before the grand pups arrive in about one hour or perhaps sooner.

 

All in the life ….

I will admit to be a bit upset about the “pee” last night but then I remembered that he had gone downstairs … he was telling me something.

I just chose not to listen.

Oh well, it is all good.

 

Happy Saturday.

Kindness and Respect to all, no matter how many legs you may have ….

Life is good …. sometimes there is the odd hiccup along the way …. but it is not the end of the world.

Only a small pothole in the road.

 

Have an awesome day.

My tummy is a rumbling.

 

Always, Carol, Alvin and Teddy

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello, what a gorgeous morning.

Mr. Alvin and I are just in from a glorious walk.

Only meet up with two sets of folks out walking with their pups.

One was a 14 year old with his/her Mom & Dad and they were close to us so we stopped after checking with them first.

Said hello.

The other was on the way home and it was a large dog with his Dad.

They were on the opposite side of the street.

That dog clearly wanted to come to our side of the street but the Dad kept on walking.

Likely better.

We stopped and took in the sights as we walked around the ponds on our walk.

So beautiful.

There was/is a bit of a cold breeze which felt so refreshing as it feels like a warm one coming.

The sky is a brilliant blue with no rain clouds in sight.

We did not see the geese anywhere in plain view.

So likely they were in the shade of the trees by the water.

Birds chirping their morning songs as we walked along.

I appreciate the work that some folks put into their yards.

Filled with beautiful flowers of every description; manicured shrubs and lawns.

We managed to get both the front and back lawn mowed yesterday.

My neighbour mowed the front with her electric mower and I mowed my back.

We take turns mowing the front lawn.

 

So excited as today is finally the day that I have planned to get this room back to normal.

Or at least most of it.

Some of the items that will be hung – will have to wait until I have extra hands.

Unfortunately Alvin’s paws won’t work.

I know that he wants to help.

 

Yesterday we changed things about slightly on the main floor (not furniture), dusted, vacuumed and washed the floors.

Today it is all about the upstairs.

Mainly the office.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Breakfast first.

Oh, my toaster gave up/gave out yesterday so had to use the oven broiler to make my toast.

The toaster does not owe me anything as I had it for ten years.

But will have to get another one shortly.

Coffee is ready …..

 

Also after trying in vain to find a new spot for my LARGE plant, like it was an umbrella plant; I gave it to my neighbour.

She was happy as one of hers just recently passed.

So it worked out for everyone.

Beautiful healthy plant.

But just TOO big to fit in nicely.

 

I hope that this Sunday brings you great joy.

That you show kindness and respect to all living creatures and it is shown in return.

Happy Sunday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

How are you today?

I am great.

Had a time actually getting up though.

I was dreaming away and just kept wanting to go back to sleep.

Seemed pretty real.

We went to bed at our regular weekday time of about 9 p.m. and Alvin was up about 4 a.m.

Then we were on the sofa until approximately 5:00 and he wanted to eat or at least it appeared so.

So he ate.

Then outside again.

Timer on the microwave, once, no twice but actually three times before getting up about 8:30 a.m.

Sometimes one just wants to lay down and rest and dream.

Right.

Alvin well I guess he sleeps all day or I assume he does because I am at work and do not know for certain.

Now yesterday and the past couple of days may have been different because Teddy was here.

Teddy’s Dad called and came for him about 5:30 p.m. last night just after our walk and pup’s supper.

Teddy’s Mom was coming home later in the evening.

Perhaps that is why Mr. Alvin went to sleep and slept through until about 4:00 a.m.

Well anyway …. we are up and by looking at the sky I am thinking before laundry and my breakfast, perhaps a walk.

Our weather has been all over the map.

Mostly clouds and rain.

But there are breaks when we get out and go for a nice walk.

Thankfully our temperatures have not been so HOT as in Eastern Canada.

Where they have soared in the high 30’s with 40’s humidity factor.

That would be too much.

The weather channel is showing some high 20’s for next week.

I will say this our grass has never looked more green and the flowers and plants are incredible.

Last night we had a real downpour just after Teddy left and I even managed as it was coming down with hail to move my plants on the deck into some shelter.

I am hopefully that we will have sunshine in August when I am on vacation.

My sister is coming for a visit and sunshine is a must.

How about time for some photos.

I love to share photos.

Especially pretty flowers.

First photo taken yesterday morning when I was on my way to work

The pups were each laying in a chair looking out the window (well Alvin was kind of watching me take the photo).

These photos were taken this morning … just a few minutes ago.

The deck is still wet from last night’s rain.

The flowers are so vibrant and beautiful.

The grass and shrubs/plants in the back garden are growing like mad.

 

Well hopefully it will stop raining so we can mow the grass.

I have the office window open and we can some dogs barking behind us somewhere.

Alvin is getting annoyed.

 

Time to go.

Also he did not like the fact that I was trying to clean his ears earlier.

 

I hope that you have an awesome Saturday.

Perhaps something wonderful will just happen for you.

A nice surprise.

I wish that for you.

You deserve nice surprises.

 

Kindness and Respect are always the direction to take.

 

Happy Saturday.

Alvin is back on his blue blanket.

By himself.

The house is quiet once again.

We miss Teddy.

He does bring us joy.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello, my fellow Canadians.

HAPPY CANADA DAY.

What a glorious bright, sunny, breezy Monday morning.

I am so grateful to have this day off from work and to be at home with “me Alvin.”

He is resting beside me on his blue blanket as I key these words on the keyboard.

 

We have so much to be grateful for in this country.

The list is long but what I am most grateful for are the following:

  • peace
  • freedom
  • clean fresh water
  • beauty of our country from coast to coast

 

A day to celebrate the peace that we are honoured to live within our borders.

A day to celebrate the grand beauty of this amazing country.

A day to celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis.

A day to be grateful for the clean water that is easily accessible.

A day to celebrate each other.

Happy Canada Day to all my family and friends.

Happy Canada Day to all CANADIANS.

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Yesterday Alvin and Teddy and I just spent a quiet day together.

We went for a walk.

We played.

We had treats.

We even had a nap.

It was a great day.

 

I did manage to get out for groceries and to see my girl for a visit.

So I guess today that means that I need to get to work.

Well there will always be things to do when you are the only “person” in the household that can clean the house, mow the grass, pull the weeds, cook etc.

But that is okay.

One good reason to keep things clean as you go.

Then it is only light cleaning.

That is my mantra.

Keep things clean as you go.

Put things away …..

 

Okay, time for breakfast and coffee.

Perhaps even two walks today if the weather holds.

That would be lovely.

Great way to spend Canada Day.

 

Happy Happy Canada Day.

Be kind and respectful as you continue on your day.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

My flowers on the deck from my first summer in Edmonton

2009

I can tell as there is grass peeking out from the end of the deck.

Cannot believe it has been ten years since I moved here.

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

A bright sunny blue sky morning.

We slept in this morning as were up quite late for us last night.

 

Last night I accompanied my daughter and son-in-law to her “opening night.”

So many of her co-workers, friends and family turned out in support.

It was fantastic.

 

There were three artists in attendance including my daughter who were show casing their art.

In addition to the art works there were other entrepreneurs such as SOBER SATURDAYS who are the first company in Canada to offer a non-alcoholic beverage line.

BODHISATTVA HEALING is a young woman who followed her dream leaving a 9 to 5 job to pursue her dream.  She is a Reiki Master Therapist/Teacher & Psychic Medium.

The artists were:  Emily Roth – Fine art Prints; MACRAMORR by Bailee Orr, a fiber artist; BYELLADOO, Botanical Watercolours & Illustrations by Ella Doo.

My daughter is  MIXED MATTER COLLAGE – Amanda Hobbs, Paper Artist.

Everyone was so wonderful.

My daughter I am very proud to say was incredible.

It was one of the best nights of my life.

So happy for her.

I snapped a few photos ……

Photos do not do justice to this incredible work.

The work by these incredible young women was incredible.

I wished that I would have taken more photos.

My daughter had unframed works also displayed.

So proud to have been their for this evening.

 

This Collage is one that my daughter did for me….. it is hanging proudly in my bedroom so that it is the first thing that I see when I get out of bed in the morning and

the last thing that I see before I go to sleep at night.

 

Well time to get this show on the road as it is almost 10:00 a.m. and Mr. Alvin has not eaten yet.

He usually will not eat until I do now.

Did not used to be that way.

 

So grateful to everyone for coming out last night.

Such a great night.

I believe that every neighbourhood should have a WELLNESS CENTRE.

When I walked through the door it felt so relaxing and smelled so good.

A place of peace and joy.

One of the owners does essentials oils among other things.

A place where people can go to meditate, come together, do yoga, show case their art, talk about life …. a place of peace and joy.

Maybe someday that will be the norm.

We would be all the better for the change.

 

Feeling so grateful to have met so many wonderful people last night.

Also had a great Angelic reading that quite possibly may have changed my life.

At least opened my eyes.

 

Have a great Sunday.

Time for breakfast and COFFEE.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Another rainy day in Edmonton.

With no appearance of stopping today.

We enjoyed a lovely walk last night around the park by our home.

Went to bed on time.

Alvin woke me up about 11:00 a.m. and I managed to get him to go back to sleep.

By 1:00 a.m. he was up.

Shaking his head as if to shake something loose.

Quivering a bit.

He had been sneezing a bit over the passed few days.

Can dogs get a cold?

He has also made me wonder if he has been “peeing” properly as his posture seems to be different the past few days.

Thoughts racing through my head.

So after being awake for hours and so tired.

I made the executive decision to stay home with him and take him to the vet.

This morning he seems to be okay.

Only some of the symptoms from late last night or early this morning.

So I will make him an appointment for later and hopefully the rain will let up.

I am so tired at this point.

Perhaps we will lay down.

Note: he did eat his breakfast but later.

I wished that he could tell me when he is not feeling well.

Always good to check things out.

Which I will.

So I will have some breakfast and then perhaps a nice cup of hot coffee as it is cold in the house.

The temperature is low this morning but no frost …. it is raining.

The plants, trees and grass are all so nice and green.

 

Sorry for the shortness of this post.

So tired.

Keep good thoughts for me Alvin.

As I shall keep good ones for you.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 11th day of April, 2019.

Wow, we are having quite the morning.

We were originally up at 3:00 a.m. and then went downstairs.

Alvin had his glucosamine chew and went outside.

Then we hit the sofa for what was supposed to be 99 minutes and apparently the microwave timer went off but I did not hear it.

So I woke up and it appeared to be getting lighter than it should have been.

I jumped up (scared Alvin) and ran to the kitchen.

Where the microwave clock said “5:58 a.m.”.

It took me a few seconds to wrap my head around the time.

Was it two minutes to 5 or what?

Nope it was 6:00 a.m. (or almost).

So I grabbed my pre cooked oatmeal from the fridge.

Threw it into the microwave to heat.

Quickly grabbed Alvin’s food from the pantry and filled his bowl.

Mixed in some coconut melt and clementine matcha and over top some blueberries.

I wrote just a few lines in my “gratitude journal.”

Ate quickly and then upstairs.

Water piked the teeth (as cannot start the day without that and with blueberries, you get the picture).

Brushed teeth,

slapped on some makeup.

Into clothes which thankfully I always lay out including socks and underwear.

Then grabbed rings, earrings, bracelet and watch.

Oh, in between brushed Alvin’s teeth and filled his upstairs water dish.

Laid down his blanket.

Onto the computer.

Here I am ….. just a tad frazzled.

Okay.

Well I have to make this short.

As of course, we are late.

I think Alvin has to go outside because I don’t know if he actually “pooped” or not in all of the commotion.

 

Have an awesome Thursday.

Coffee break??  feel as though I have put in a full day already.

Happy Thursday.

 

Special Hello to: my family …. always in my heart and thoughts….. love you all.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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