Living … One day at a time.

Hello, sorry but it is late afternoon already.

Yesterday first thing in the morning my son-in-law dropped my grandpups off for the day.

After I got them settled, I went for a walk with Miss Aspen.

She is the Yellow Lab Shepherd Cross.

This was just a few minutes after 8:00 a.m.

Our walk took us to our nearby park

We had some fun.

There was a Bunny being chased by some very aggressive Magpies.

We should have turned back but this silly Grandma thought we could scare the birds giving the Bunny time to make his escape.

It was a great plan in theory.

The reality was a far different story.

Needless to say I found out the hard way just how strong my girl Aspen is as I almost did a head plant into the sidewalk.

But managed to stay upright as I made that sill trip after her.

I was very careful during the rest of our walk.

Once we arrived back home I went into the backyard with Aspen, Alvin and Milo.

Humphrey the cat was in his backyard.

Aspen was trying desperately to get to him.

She would have pushed her way right through our fence.

She was very determined and she did not want to visit or make friends.

When she was a pup during her first year of life the poor dear had to fend for herself.

So she will go after rabbits, cats and birds.

She is fast and they do not stand a chance.

Needless to say I am careful with the cats and wildlife.

I did figure that the birds had a better chance of escaping.

Anyway it was an exciting way to start the day.

After that, I needed a COFFEE.

So perked up a pot of coffee and had a late breakfast.

We just had a quiet couple of hours or so.

About noon I went for a walk with Alvin and Milo.

We stopped by the garage sale.

Yes, the same one that I attended last weekend and Friday night.

They were happy to see Milo and Alvin.

We, I took a check around and picked up a couple of items.

Alvin and Milo and I continued on our walk after the garage sale.

We were on our way to the park when I heard my name being called and turned to see our friends had stopped in their van.

So we walked back to their vehicle.

They were wondering if I had a six foot high ladder as they were putting up Christmas lights and their son had borrowed theirs.

I just happen to have one and told them I would take it to them after we got back home.

When it arrived near Alvin’s Best Friend Teddy’s house we saw his Dad or actually Alvin spotted him up a ladder.

We were invited to go into the house so of course, the pups were up the steps in no time.

It was nice to see Teddy and his Mom.

We had a little visit and of course the babes had a treats before we continued on our way.

Stopped briefly at the garage sale and picked out one more item.

Leaving them there for pick up another time.

Which reminds me I have to go and pick up my items.

After we got home – I grabbed the ladder and walked it to my friend’s house.

Had a short visit and then back home.

We had a quiet rest of the afternoon.

Eating supper early.

Followed by some quiet time and then another walk with Miss Aspen.

Our walk was filled with more adventure.

While walking around the park there was a bunny running through someone’s backyard.

I managed to hold onto Aspen.

This time it was short lived.

After that a couple of small dogs who seemed friendly …. well ended up one was not.

So we carried on.

On the home stretch we walked by our new friend John’s house with Bug the black cat who spends some time on a leash basking in the fresh air.

Now I was watching for the cat as I know Aspen and cats.

I did not see her but Aspen walked close to the bush that circles their front yard and all of a sudden I heard a hiss.

Quickly called Aspen and pulled her back.

There was Bug in the bushes.

Everyone came out safely.

Thank goodness.

Finally back home …. we just had a quiet evening.

The kids were going to pick up the pups last night.

They ended up staying over last night.

Poor Miss Aspen was up at 3:00 a.m. with diarrhea.

Is this a reoccurring thing at my house?

Seems like poop and more poop.

Anyway it was poop and more poop throughout the night.

I felt so terrible as she had been whining/crying for a few minutes before I got my backside out of bed to take her downstairs.

Of course, we all went outside.

After that, we spent the rest of the night/morning on the sofa which was closer to the back door.

Poor Aspen.

Bad Grandma.

I texted my daughter about 8:30 a.m. to let her know about Aspen.

She came a bit later and spent some time here which was great.

Well that was my excitement.

Time to go and check on supper.

How about some photos?

The first photos from out on the deck were from yesterday and I am not sure what they were seeing?

I did not see anything but the pups certainly did.

Inside photos were from this morning while we were waiting for my daughter to arrive.

Well what a wild and wacky weekend we had …. I learned several valuable lessons.

  1. Always wear running shoes not flip flops when walking with Miss Aspen.
  2. When Aspen whines/cries in the middle of the night – Grandma needs to get the heck out of bed right away.
  3. Pups make me happy.

Time to fly …. Alvin wants his supper.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 27th day of February, 2019.

TO BE minus 3 – 4 today.

Welcome to SPRING.

For one DAY only.

This would be my one day only …..

A GIRL CAN DREAM, CAN’T SHE?

How about on this dreamy Wednesday we take a few minutes and close our eyes and dream of spring.

Dream of brown bunnies sitting on the grass in your front yard.

Dream of tulips blooming in your flower beds.

Dream of buds on the trees.

Dream of all of wildlife babies being born and the cuteness in abundance.

Dream of walks with only a light jacket and shoes on.

Dream of NO SNOW.

Dream of plus temperatures.

JUST DREAM.

 

Happy Wednesday Everyone.

Did you close your eyes yet?

Have a wonderful day.

 

Special Hello to: my friends near and far.

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.

A HUGE JOB.

 

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 Thursday the 15th day of March, 2018.

Spring is getting closer.

The bunnies are beginning to turn that glorious shade of brown.

The sun is bringing the temperature from winter to spring.

We are on the way.

The official day of spring is not far away.

Next week.

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk last night.

The sidewalks are starting to be free from ice now.

There is water in places and still lots of snow but that is mostly away from the sidewalks.

So grateful.

 

Alvin is doing much better.

He is still not quite his old self but he will be soon.

He is sitting in the hallway …. doing his short little whines as he does not like to walk on the floor in the office.

He does not like the laminate flooring for sure.

I guess it feels slippery to him.

At all of his favourite sleeping and watching places there are cushiony mats and rugs for him to have some security and for his little legs/paws.

As he ages I will need to find a better way for him to mount/dismount from his chair, the sofa and the bed.

There are options and we will find the best one for him.

 

Yesterday we had our semi-annual off-site staff meeting.

We had a great guest speak.

She has spoke about one year ago and was so popular that she was requested to return.

If you happen to live in or around Edmonton or in Alberta her name is Kim Silverthorn of TACIT Knowledge.

I could listen to her speak all day long.

She is interesting and engaging.

I also found out at our meeting that a newer employer knows my daughter.

Small world.

 

Well here we go.

Time to put on the finishing touches and off to work.

Special Hello to: all those folks who have aging pets ….. just love them and do what is the best for them.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 17th of November, 2016.

Dark outside but no added snow overnight which is good.

Yesterday was about +2 degrees celsius.

We are enjoying this weather before winter hits/arrives.

Even the bunnies are white.

So it goes without saying that it is not the snow that drives the turning of their coats from brown to white.

The man-made lakes/ponds in our nearby parks have started to freeze over.

There was still some “running” water last night.

 

I was reminded yesterday at our staff meeting which was off-site of the reasons I journal and write this blog.

Mainly it is because it is something that I love to do and the other reason is it helps me to destress.

Most of my life I have tried to see the silver lining in every situation.

Now sometimes it may take me a bit of time to reach that positive end but eventually I do.

It is like most things in life if you find the pot of gold too early then you missed the journey learning along the way.

Does that make sense?

In every moment there is something to learn giving us cause to grow.

Being positive does not mean being “happy” in every second of every day but it does mean that you are on the plus side more often

than not.

Makes sense?

There are days when getting my “tongue” wrapped around what I am thinking in my mind are two different things.

It is so funny that what I am thinking sounds so intelligent and meaningful but by the time it reaches my tongue or fingertips it has been transposed to

some degree.

 

Well on this note it is almost time to finish getting ready and head out for the bus.

I will get Alvin’s results tonight at the Vet (from his laser light therapy) as I need to stop and pick up food and toothpaste for him.

His ride said that he was nervous and had anxiety.

Will be interesting to get the results tonight.

I will share tomorrow.

 

Happy Thursday Everyone.

Try to find the silver lining in your day.

Keep a journal, writing down what you are grateful for is so beneficial.

 

Special Hello to: EVERYONE

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 21st day of September,2016.

It is getting close to the official first day of Autumn.

One more day.

The leaves are turning each and every day.

Wherever I walk they crunch under my feet.

In our neighbourhood we have rose bushes lining the entrance to the park.

They are still blooming.

Their fragrance is amazing.

If I could only bottle that exact fragrance.

We are in the transition period between summer and autumn.

Nature is preparing for the colder months ahead.

The bunnies are beginning to turn from brown to white.

I do love that colour change.

Birds are flying south.

Amazing how the pigeons for example stay all winter.

They have adapted.

Find a cozy warm chimney and don’t get too close.

Our walks in the evening are so enjoyable.

Alvin sniffing everywhere.

More so now.

I love fall.

Time to get things ready for fall / winter.

Argh not to say the “w-word.”

Although November 1st my Christmas Tree goes up.

I love that part.

Well here we go again ….. where does the time in the mornings go.

It evaporates.

Time to get those last things done before leaving for work.

I hope that you have an enjoyable Wednesday.

Take a walk and crunch some leaves.

I love to do that …

Happy Wednesday.

Special Hello to: all those folks who love autumn

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 29th day of August, 2016.

It remains dark out at 6:17 a.m. and a clear reminder that the days have become shorter.

My favourite season is right around the corner.

Just a few weeks away.

The leaves will turn, the brilliant green grass will fade and the flowers will no longer bloom.

It will be that time of year.

Our brown bunnies will slowly begin to turn white.

The air has already has that slight crispness.

Alas, autumn is on its’ way.

 

Mr. Alvin is snuggled up under his blanket at the foot of our bed.

I think he remains a little pooped after our company yesterday.

My friend brought her baby who is almost one year and she like Alvin.

He liked her but babies play us old toots out.

She sure was a cutie.

 

Well I cannot believe that is is Monday morning already where did the weekend go.

It was a great weekend, did lots of cleaning,  had dinner out and was able to take Mr. Alvin with me, and had a successful Steeped Tea ParTEA.

A fun weekend.

Labor Day weekend coming up.

An extra day off for us so that is nice.

 

Oh and the roses that line the walk by our park were so fragrant on our walks this weekend, they smell so incredible.

Take a few moments on this Monday morning and be with nature.

Smell those roses.

Walk on the grass.

Sit under a tree.

Be grateful that we have so much.

 

Happy Monday Everyone.

 

Special Hello to: my sister “C” ….. hope you are well.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 24th day of March, 2016.

This is my last day to work before the long weekend.

We are very lucky to have the next four days off from work.

What a wonderful break.

I believe that even Mother Nature is going to work with us for beautiful weather being warm and sunny.

The house is so very quiet this morning with my boy away at his sister’s.

I spoke to her last night and Alvin has settled in at her house.

She said he seems to be less stressed.

He does not like car rides and is adjusting to their new house.

He is not so much for change.

I can identify but sometimes it is a must.

So I am pleased that he is feeling better about his visit.

Whew.

Still seemed odd not to have him snuggled up beside me in bed.

He likes to cuddle which is nice.

I am not complaining as it is good for him to spend time with his sister and her family.

I am happy that we live close enough for visits.

 

This morning at work we have a Easter Hunt …… chocolate bunnies are hidden for us to find.

It is a nice way to start the day ……

CHOCOLATE.

Mmm, I hope that I find one.

In addition to the ones that are hidden we each have an EGG somewhere at our workspace and it is jammed packed with small delightful treats.

A win, win all round.

 

Well it is almost time for this cookie to put the finishing touches on before heading out to work.

I wish you a wonderful Thursday.

Whatever you do and wherever you go may the sun shine on you and may a happy song play in your heart.

Happy Thursday Everyone!

 

Special Hello to: my sister ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 1st day of March, 2016.

Hello March …… great to see you.

Can you believe it?

It is March.

Soon we will be forwarding our clocks by one hour  ….. spring forward.

Soon the ice and snow will be melted …….

Soon the bunnies will be brown ……..

Soon the trees will be budding …….

Soon ………

YAY …..

So close ….. so exciting.

My favourite time of year ……

Okay likely a close second to Christmas time ……

 

After reading so many horrific stories on  last night ….

I want to keep this blog …. happy and positive.

I would like us all …. every human being on this planet …..

To take pause ….. stop for a second.

How do you treat yourself?

How do you treat family and friends?

How do you treat animals?

How do you treat the environment?

I will say that when I was typing this I was asking the question like this:

How do you treat your family and friends?

As soon as I typed that line I knew there was something wrong.

The word “your” …… this makes everything seem like a possession.

So I removed the word and it feels better.

Stop making everything a possession.

We have to be better ….. we just have to.

One of these days there will be a “bigger threat to human beings than ourselves.”

I always look to the sky and think of how we would feel if another species would find themselves on our planet ….. would they eat us, beat us, torture us, throw us in cages, and kill us?

Just because one is “bigger” does not mean to say that we should be threatening all around us.

Come on people ……. can we please be better and treat all other beings with respect?

Well I guess it is almost time to finish getting ready for work.

I hope that everyone takes pause today ….. stops for a second and goes in a different direction.

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of February, 2016.

Appears to be another beautiful day weather wise.

Alvin and I sure enjoyed our walk last night to the park.

The ice is melting and it is easier and much less dangerous to be out walking the past few days.

So happy about that.

Spring is on the way ……

I did notice a couple of bunnies out and about yesterday morning on my walk to the bus stop AND wait for it …… drum roll please.

THEY ARE STARTING TO TURN BROWN.

That is always a great sign.

Spring is on the way …..

 

February sure seems to be a month for birthdays.

I seem to know a great many people celebrating birthdays this month.

Happy Birthday Everyone.

 

I kind of twisted the muscles in my neck when I was going to bed last night.

Wouldn’t you know it.

Anyway it was difficult to get comfortable and certainly is a bit painful this morning.

Unfortunately I do not have anything to take …. I did find one bottle with one tablet ….. but the bottle had an expiry date of 2014 …..

Not sure if the one tablet was that old but did not wish to take a chance.

Oh well ….. hopefully throughout the day it will work it’s way out.

It is truly funny/sad/strange how easy it is to hurt one’s body with no malice intended.

Age …. likely …… probably ….. maybe not.

Oh well ……. I will just suck it up and get on with the day ….

 

I hope that you enjoy this Wednesday …. middle of the week.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks out there celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, finding a job, finishing school ….. anything that makes you feel happy.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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