Living … One day at a time

Hello,

Good Morning.

Raining outside.

Shout out this morning …. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DEAR SON-IN-LAW.

I am so grateful that he came into our life almost 2 decades ago.

He is smart and funny.

Warm-hearted and the best son-in-law and brother-in-law to Alvin.

Wishing you a great day my boy.

We love you very much.

Wishing only the best in the year(s) ahead.

 

Yesterday morning I snapped these photos of my tree as I was waiting for my carpool.

Bear in mind that it was dark outside.

The leaves are turning but still a great many are green.

The lawn is covered with crunchy gold leaves.

 

 

Last night we had a GREAT walk.

We stopped and visited with our friend who was out in her garden.

Winterizing.

After our visit there we continued walking until we reached Alvin’s BF’s house.

This time I said let’s go and visit.

We walked up …. rather Alvin flew up the steps.

I said as I was going to ring the doorbell …. Alvin why don’t you bark and announce yourself ….. he did.

I was surprised.

I could hear Teddy recognizing who was at the door.

So inside we had a nice chat and visit.

Alvin had some treats.

He is terribly spoiled.

After leaving there we continued on our way home.

We stopped to visit with some new friends.

There was a one year pup named —, oh dear I have forgotten her name ……. she was really well trained.

This pup was a lab and oh how smart they are.

The other was a three year old Basset Hound named FLOUNDER.

Alvin did really well with them as they are bigger.

After watching the Lab pup and Flounder the b hound play we headed home.

Lots of visiting going on.

Then when we were home we saw Humphrey outside.

Chatted with my neighbor for a bit and then Humphrey came to stay with us for a bit.

We were walking into the house and he was on his leash and walked up the steps.

He wanted to come in.

So I yelled back to his Mom that he was with us.

After that I quickly cleaned the front flower bed.

Trimming back the flowers.

Putting the cut stems/leaves into a blue bag and into the garage.

Also decided to clean up part of the deck …. put away a few items.

I put my flowers in the garage as I was worried it may freeze.

They are doing so well.

If we get some sunshine, I will put them back out.

 

Well time to fly here.

We are busy.

Happy Birthday to all those folks celebrating today.

 

If we treat ourselves with kindness and respect it comes naturally to treat others the same.

 

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

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

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Welcome to the last day of June 2019.

How did that happen?

WOW …..

Bright sunny morning with a bit of a breeze.

In about one hour – Master Teddy will arrive to spend the day with us.

I, we always love to have Teddy spend time with us.

He brings an instant joy and energy wherever he comes to our home.

I dare not mention him before he comes or Alvin will spend the time at the window watching for him.

Same goes for Teddy.

Except Teddy will just run around making it hard to catch him.

So his Mama does not say anything until they are on their way.

Although I am pretty sure he knows at that point that he is coming to our house.

It is so amazing that these wonderful beings are excited to come and see us.

I love being surrounded by these amazing creatures.

They don’t care what you are wearing or if you have on makeup.

Doesn’t matter if you have dishes drying in the sink or if you have a pillow out of place.

There is no judgment of any sort.

They just love you for you and perhaps a treat or two.

If you treat them with respect, kindness and with love they will be loyal for a lifetime.

They do not ask for much.

Animals are more forgiving than humans.

It breaks my heart to read stories about the horrible treatment of animals whether domesticated or in the wild.

But why?

Why do we always have to do such things.

We could learn so much for all of the other inhabitants of this earth.

So on this last day of June take note of how you treat all of the non-human creatures on this planet.

If we all change our ways just a bit ….

Can you imagine what a wonderful world this would be?

If we treat animals better … then we treat each other better.

Be kind and respectful, always.

 

Happy Sunday.

May your day be filled with sunshine and rainbows.

May you be joyful and surrounded with laughter and abundance.

Life is good.

 

All my babies and me.

They bring such joy to my life.

And no matter what …. there is kindness and respect.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 3rd day of May, 2019.

Wow, first weekend in May.

Guess what?    Woke up to bare ground.

The sky is overcast and sunrise not visible although it is light outside.

Not sunny, I guess you would say.

 

Alvin continues to remind me to live in the moment.

So last night  I mouthed the word T-R-E-A-T as I was standing looking out the kitchen window.

Alvin was in the backyard and saw me – he immediately ran to the house.

I did not utter a sound.

Amazing, right.

He had done this once before and I wanted to test him to see.

He can read lips.

What a guy!

He is such a food driven being …..

He loves to eat….

I guess he comes by that honestly …..

From spending years with me …..

I love to eat, too.

Anyway, I thought that I would share as it is a cute good positive story.

We need to hear more fun honest stories.

 

Oh, I see the clouds breaking up near the horizon – it can mean only one thing.

Making room for the SUN to shine on through.

YAY.

Doing the happy dance as we did not wake up to a blanket covering the ground.

 

Well I think this is the time for some cute photos.

I have posted these before …. but seriously we all need to see some cuteness.

A fond reminder to not notice what is in the background of “some” photos.

Laughing aloud.

Hope to make you giggle.

 

 

There should always be a FRUIT PIZZA in your future.

Ah, Mama’s boy…….isn’t he cute!!!

CUTENESS FOLLOWED by in a few weeks okay perhaps a one or two ……

VOILE

Flowers – cannot wait to do this shopping!!!

 

Well time get hit the road.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Remember only one way to live your life and that is “IN THE MOMENT.”

Be present, listen and aware of this second, this moment.

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello to: YOU and YOU AND YOU.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 13th day of March, 2019.

Another GORGEOUS day on the way.

Alvin and I are loving this weather.

Each night we are taking in a nice long walk.

We are feeling much better and are no longer “too fat” to fly as I like to say.

Not only do the walks help with the extra winter weight.

Which I think has actually accumulated over the past couple (saying very loosely) of winters.

But walking helps our mind, body and spirit connection.

My mind is always more clear.

Walking is food for my soul.

Walking brings great joy to my body and spirit, my soul.

I always feel as though I could conquer the world, when I walk on a regular basis.

We have that connection to NATURE ….. birds, water, trees, SNOW…..

Yup, even snow.

As we age, and there is no way around it (definitely not the alternative) – walking is so important.

Always it is a source of socializing.

We always meet someone walking around the lake and during our walk.

We need to socialize more.

It is definitely something that is being lost with the advent of the new “smart phones” and “social media.”

They all play a role of course but socializing and meeting people is a HUMAN thing.

Right.

If we were not meant to socialize to some degree …. there would not be any humans on this earth.

By socializing I do not meant “party hearty” ….. but communicate ….. share knowledge via speaking ….. share feelings and thoughts ….. and DREAMS.

I love our walks and will continue to walk until I can no longer walk and that will be the day that I leave this earth.

 

Last night we invited Humphrey to spend the evening with us as his Momma is not feeling well.

He has the best poses ever.

Humphrey just chilling at our house.

 

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What a cutie.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday.

Remember walking is so good for your body, mind and spirit.

Special Hello to: all our friends two legged and more.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 5th day of March, 2019.

Today is the birthday of my Dad’s only sister, my Aunt L.

I have fond memories of the time we have spent together over the years.

Wishing her the best day.

Enjoy your supper out.

 

Temperatures warming up, spring will be here soon.

I can feel it …. almost taste it.

So grateful that we had our regular walk last night.

The wind was a bit cool but we managed to get all the way round.

YAY, me and Mr. Alvin.

We will lose this winter weight …. yes, we will.

 

Last night we had a visitor while his Momma was out at her dance classes.

Humphrey snuggled with me on the sofa and even spent some time out on the deck with Mr. Alvin

But his favourite spot seemed to be in the midst of Alvin’s toys on his bed.

He is so good and so cute.

I love spending nights with these guys.

Calming, relaxing and fun.

Alvin decided not to be cooperative when it came to taking his photo.

Not sure why.

Humphrey was right there.

Oh well.

Both cutie pies.

Great way to spend a Monday evening.

 

Well here it is almost time to leave once again for work.

Oh well, what can you do.

I am grateful to be employed.

I am grateful that I am in good health so that I can get up out of bed and go to work.

I am grateful to be surrounded by loving, supportive people at my office.

I am grateful that Alvin is my companion.

 

Happy Tuesday.

So happy that it is 6:30 and the sky is beginning to lighten in the east.

We jump ahead one hour on Sunday early morning.

Spring FORWARD don’t you know.

 

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to: all those bloggers out there …. you rock.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 28th day of January, 2019.

Temperatures cooling down and we received a fresh light blanket of snow overnight.

What a crazy assortment of weather we have had over the past few weeks.

Up, down and everything in between.

Anything but consistent.

Starting to feel more like Calgary.

 

We had another busy, busy weekend.

Yesterday, Teddy’s Mom called to see if he could come for a play-date as not great for walking, I agreed.

He spent from about 1:15 until 4:00 p.m. with us.

Then Humphrey’s Mom asked if he could come and stay with us from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Earlier in the afternoon I had the most glorious telephone conversation with my sister.

I always love our chats.

We catch up and always, always have a bit of laughter.

I would say this time not as much as other times.

But she always brings a smile to my face.

I miss not having her close by.

Tonight Humphrey will be spending the evening with us.

I would say that Alvin was a tad bit nervous with Humphrey last night …. most especially when he moves fast.

He is a bit awkward when he runs as he has three legs.

But they get along and I am grateful.

 

I can hardly believe that the weekend is over.

The whole weekend including Friday night was jammed pack full of company and outings.

I did manage to get some laundry and tidying up done.

Even transplanted my two poinsettia plants into one point.

I received two beautiful arrangements over Christmas.

One of them had a poinsettia plant and three other plants.

Only the poinsettia and one plant survived in that arrangement.

That one was a red poinsettia, so pretty.

The other arrangement was a yellow poinsettia.

So I put it all together and it looks great.

I hope that it survives.

They are fussy plants.

Not good for pets either.

So have to be very careful, which I am.

 

Well getting close to time to head on downstairs and finish getting ready.

I am getting a ride to work most days with my neighbour as she works downtown.

My carpool is soaking up the sun with her husband in Mexico.

Lucky gal.

 

I hope that you have an awesome, fantastic Monday.

See you tomorrow.

 

Special Hello to: my sister, thank you for our chat yesterday and looking forward to a SKYPE chat with you soon.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Alvin’s friends and mine, too.

Humphrey the Cat

Teddy the Pup

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 24th day of January, 2019.

Another BRISK morning ….. er, cold.

Then it is warming up.

This winter we have had quite the assortment of temperatures from one day to the next.

Thankfully it has stopped snowing and the sun shone through yesterday.

My nephew went back up north the oil rig yesterday morning bright and early.

He called last night and said it was BAD on the drive, near white-out conditions most of the way.

Thankfully he has a good vehicle and is a good driver.

 

Last night another package arrived from our friend in Regina.

Alvin was so excited.

I took a video of him but it is too large to post on FB or to email.

I guess I have to play with it a bit.

He skillfully opened the package.

One piece at a time.

Holding the package with one paw and ripping the paper with his mouth.

Spitting out the paper as he went.

He knows not to eat the paper, which is great.

I have to say that watching him open a package warms my heart and brings a huge smile to my face.

 

After we opened the parcel, I got changed and did a couple of small chores – went to pick up Humphrey.

He spent the evening with us.

Lots of company as of late.

At one point, I was outside shovelling and picking up poop and took a peek through the back door to see Alvin and Humphrey nose to nose.

Just smelling each other.

No growling or hissing.

No paws flying.

Just smelling each other.

They do pretty well other than Mr. Alvin is a tad bit jealous of attention that I give to Humphrey.

Mostly when I sit down.

As week when one was on one side of me and one on the other.

I again, wished that I could have snapped a photo.

Just did not work.

Humphrey sure likes the tablet and watched mine intently for several minutes.

He even crawled on me and up to face where he placed his paw.

A couple of times, a claw touched my skin, accidentally of course.

No major injuries.

The boys were both drawn to the living room at the same time and it looked so cute with both of them sitting in front of the window, looking out.

They do quite well together.

Will get better over time.

 

We are having company for the afternoon and for supper on Saturday.

I am trying to come up with an easy, delicious menu.

Not a billion ingredients.

I keep changing my mind.

 

Well I am grateful that today is Thursday …. I know it was an extra short work week for me.

Almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

I am going to work on getting some photos of the boys together.

The cutest thing ever.

 

Happy Thursday.

Special Hello to: my sister …. I have not forgotten …. phone call Friday night.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 29th day of November, 2018.

I cannot believe, I simply cannot believe that Saturday will be the first day of December, 2018.

Truly where has this year gone.

Sometimes it feels as though so much has happened that I barely remember everything.

Other times feels as though the year has passed so quickly that I have not accomplished everything.

Did I have a plan?

Er, mm, not really.

Then perhaps 2019 I should have a plan.

Doesn’t have to be cast in stone.

But something.

Writing it down is likely a good idea.

That would give me some rough timelines to follow.

Food for thought.

I know that I am likely not alone in these thoughts.

 

Well yesterday was icy in our neighbourhood but outside on the main roads, not so bad.

I was pleasantly surprised.

My carpool drove up part way on the sidewalk in the morning (and at night) so that I could walk from the lawn to the truck.

I had kicked some snow from the lawn to the sidewalk with hopes of creating some traction.

It did help but I found the sidewalks icy.

Funny thing though.

Last night.

So many folks were walking by all night long and did not appear to be slipping and sliding.

I do not know.

 

Last night Humphrey was going to come for a visit but his Momma took him with her to work.

Yup Humphrey the Cat was downtown Edmonton in an office.

He even took his first ride in an elevator.

He had an accident …..

Otherwise he did great and was a huge hit with the staff.

He is going back today.

Anyway back to last night.

Humphrey was going to be spending last night and tonight with us.

I was going to pick him up after I got home from work and then take him home when I went to bed.

But as he went to work he was pooped.

So I just went and spent some time with him.

1/2 hour twice over the course of the evening.

He pretty much slept the whole time.

He has a new CONE of SILENCE and it is pink and oh so soft.

So he was comfy, cozy.

I stroked his face and top of his head as he laid there sleeping and purring.

So content.

I believe that he actually was enjoying the attention.

His Momma was concerned as he has been trying to lick his surgical wound.

He was beat.

I am quite certain after his adventure yesterday that he was simply pooped.

So happy that he is really comfy.

He has to wear the cone for I think another two weeks for a crazy total of 8-10 weeks.

Alvin was disappointed that Humphrey did not come over.

He finally settled down.

I sure hope that we can get rid of this ice so that me and the old fart (oh, Mr. Alvin) can go for a stroll, a walk.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you all have an awesome Thursday.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” back home who cooks up a storm everyday.  Perhaps we should speak to her about the weather???  Just kidding.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 29th day of October, 2018.

Well as October draws to an end our thoughts are for Wednesday, Halloween.

Both Alvin and I love to see the kiddies from the neighbourhood and beyond drop by in their costumes.

There is always a good mixture and lots of imagination as well.

I will have to make sure that I have a quick supper on Wednesday so that I will be ready when they start to arrive.

Also my carpool took the day off so I will be catching the bus and won’t arrive at home until about 5:15 p.m.

Everything else is ready.

Decorations up. Check.

Treats ready.  Check.

 

Yesterday I pulled the SNAPDRAGONS from their earthy home.

I pulled the pockets of seeds from the stems and placed them into a ZIPLOC bag.

In the spring, I will spread them into some of my flower pots.

Also I trimmed as I was not able to pull the two “grass” like plants that were remaining.

This was a reminder that I need to have my garden scissors all sharpened.

I wanted to keep them as they were still green and so pretty but figured that they may not survive the winter in the garage.

Now we are completely done and ready for the next season.

Not mentioning which one.

I think we all know without saying a word.

The deck now looks pretty bare.

I did leave the three of the pots against the fence by the garage as they are so heavy for me to carry into the garage but I may change my mind.

The dirt was fresh this spring so I did not want to empty them.

The bistro table and chairs remains outside but I really think it belongs in the garage.

Table weighs a ton but I can pop the chairs into the garage.

We enjoyed a walk after the cleanup and before the rain.

Humphrey was even out for a walk.

His Mom has a harness.

He likes to walk on the grass.

He needed a reprieve from his week of dread.

Poor little guy.

His Mom said that folks were staring at them.

A cat with three legs, harness and leash and a cone around his neck.

Poor Humphrey.

 

Well here we are almost time to leave for work.

I am taking part of my Halloween costume to work today so that I do not have to drag it onto the bus on Wednesday.

Did I tell you who I am going to be?

Lucy Van Pelt from Charlie Brown.

I made a stand out of a cardboard box for her “medical advice” along with a jar for the change.

Need to find a tin can, though.

That would be perfect.

 

Okay time to fly.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …. thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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