Last Half 2022 – November

Good Morning ALL! Well today is Saturday and I am happy about the weekend. We were off to a rough start last night as Mr. Alvin was not happy about something and spent a considerable amount of time whining and going in and outside to the backyard. In the meantime, I had taken the ornaments off the tree, removed the lights and unpackaged and tested the new lights for the tree. It was well after supper (we ate very early and I had the dishes done before 5 p.m.) that our “fun” began. I had taken five of the six strands of new lights and plugged them in end to end, I had miscalculated a step and stepped on one strand of lights which broke one of them. Right away I picked up all of the tiny pieces and threw them into the garbage. Then I unplugged that strand from the line and went to see if I could remove the remainder of the bulb. I decided as the instructions were clear about only plugging in five sets of lights in one plug so I decided to just use the five strands for now. It took awhile to get the lights on and then I started to decorate the tree. I was not happy with how it was looking and Alvin was still miserable about something or other. At one point and it was just a few minutes after 8:00 p.m., he barked and then went upstairs, I had to follow to ensure that he made it up okay. Up on the bed he went while I turned on the bathroom light so he would have some light upstairs. I went back downstairs to continue decorating the tree. A few minutes later, very few, guess who was back downstairs. He was not having a good night. He was whining and barking and it is very hard on a person, “me.” Anyway, no matter what I did he was not happy and I was growing more miserable and mad by the minute so I made an executive decision to just stop and watch a bit of television without even the tree lights on. We say in semi-darkness watching television for a bit. I checked my messages and found one from a neighbour. Apparently they had accidentally sold me their Mom’s good hand blender at a garage sale a couple of months ago and were wondering if they could buy it back. I really had to laugh as I had wondered why someone (who cooked and baked a lot) would give up a KitchenAid hand mixer at a garage sale. I replied “of course.” I guess it was a good thing that it was me and not someone that they did not know. She offered me $30 but I texted back that I only paid $18. Definitely not taking more money for something – that would not be fair or even good on any level. We are friends. Sometimes accidents happen. I am just happen that they had not sold it to an unknown. We were in bed by 10:30 and I did not even read. It took me a long time to fall asleep because of the evening’s events but that was okay. Lucky for me, I did fall asleep and Alvin slept through until after 4:00 a.m. and then we were up at 7:00 (I was wondering why he kept bugging me and then I saw the time, well of course, he was hungry). Anyway, I removed the ornaments that I had put on the tree before I went to bed so this morning, I played with the lights and branches, rearranging and such. I reached a point where I was moderately satisfied with how the tree looked before starting to redecorate. I carefully placed the ANGELS all over the tree before starting to put on other of my favorite ornaments. When I looked at the clock and due in part to Mr. Alvin whining once again by the door and realizing that Humphrey & Bogart were outside and that is where he wanted to be with his friends. Even with a fence between them, he wanted to be out there. He is giving me that look so I suppose it is time to head back downstairs and finish the tree. It will likely take me another couple of hours or so. There be laundry to do and cleaning. A walk with the boy later this afternoon.

The sunrise is beautiful. Pale colours fill the sky. I am once again calm and laughing at how I stepped on and broke a light and then this morning I plugged the strand in and only some of the lights are working. Also this morning or was it last night, oh, last night, while removing the decorations I dropped one of the smaller red round ornaments. Back out with the broom. Okay two things have been broken and that is enough. Wish me luck. Perhaps it was not such a great idea on a Friday evening after a full week to be redecorating the tree. I should have just taken the ornaments off and left until this morning but oh well, would a, should a, could a.

Wish me luck again.

Have a great day.

I think that I will wait for awhile before attempting to fix the toilet handle, lol.

Need coffee.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: always brings me back to COFFEE.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 22nd day of November, 2016.

Another Tuesday, how about that?

Dark outside, here in Edmonton.

It is awhile yet before the sun comes up and then as of late it has been overcast.

Even when it is winter and cold outside with the sun shining it makes things better.

I wished that the sun would shine.

It brings back the energy and joy to life.

I notice how much the lack of sunlight drains my body, mind and soul.

Not to the point that I require medical attention of course, but enough that I notice.

Perhaps that is why I love the extra lighting during the holiday season.

Christmas lights and all.


Poor Mr. Alvin and his internal clock.

He was awake sometime around 3:00 a.m. and wanting to get up.

I managed to coax him to stay in bed until 4:30 a.m.; however then I did not get much sleep during that time.

He does not appear to be sick or in any kind of pain ( I always think about that ).

This is the time of year that it takes some adjusting to the time change.

Even for we two-legged creatures.

I know for sure with me.

Oh well …..


I also want to send out all the positive good energy and love to my eldest grand-pup Elton.

He has been a force to be reckoned with for over 13 years.

His way or not.

We love the little guy so much more than words can say, and hope that he will be with us for many more days, weeks and months.

Whatever he can handle, we will take.

I hope that he is pain free,and is able to enjoy his remaining time with all of his family.

This is always a hard thing for everyone.

Our fur babies are just as important as our human ones.

Please help keep the positive energy flowing to him, I hope that it helps and I thank you.

In our hearts and minds, little guy.


I wish everyone a good Tuesday, keep safe and warm and always surrounded by love and joy.

Special Hello to: Elton, my boy.  Hugs to you special boy.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 15th day of November, 2015.

Today is the Birthday of my nephew “J” ….. he will be out of the hospital today celebrating with family, friends and neighbours.

So happy for him.

He has come a long way since the accident of last year.


This morning as I look out of the office window the sky looks like a massive snowbank with a hint of dark blue throughout….

Alvin is patiently waiting for me to go downstairs.

But because the little one remains somewhere I am doing all that I can upstairs before going down.

Of course, we were up at 5:00 and he has had breakfast and went outside.

I wish that the only living breathing creatures in this house were me and Alvin.


The weekend has gone by at a reasonable pace, I think.

Yesterday I had several break through moments …… I cooked again the kitchen …..

I even walked in my sock feet in the kitchen.

There were two outings one to the grocery store for me and the other, Alvin and I went for a wonderful walk.

It was really nice out in the afternoon.

One of our neighbours was out putting up lights.

The neighbour is covered in lights.

Looks so pretty at night all lit up.


Well my thoughts today are to just grapple the anxiety and get on with my life.

Each day I get stronger.

I can do this.

Thank goodness for me Alvin …. he is my hero.

Lots to do ….. will be a fun day, I am thinking.

Recording the jewellery that we will take to the craft sale in a couple of weeks.

Making some calls and sending some emails to see who would like to order some tea for Christmas.


Special Hello to: all those doggies out there, thank you for your support and love.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 21st day of December, 2014.

The sky is beginning to clear as the sun starts to come up.

I had the most wonderful day yesterday.

Started out with having a Christmas party with my two best friends “G” and “S.”

It was glorious.

We had way too many treats and had so many laughs.

COFFEE, too.


I always love spending time with my friends.

I am so blessed to have great friends all over the planet.

Some live closer to me than others and I see them more but I hold each of them in my heart and mind all of the time.

Well the last shift at the store before Christmas…..

Next time I go back is Boxing Day (the day after Christmas).

So this day being the fourth last shopping day before Christmas will be BUSY as will the day after Christmas.

Funny how that works.

Back to yesterday.

I gave Alvin a well-deserved hair cut and bath.

He looks so handsome and SMELLS great.

After work tonight we are going for a walk ….. just me and him.

It has been awhile….. lately the kids have been taking the puppies for walks.

I miss that time with me Alvin.

Whoa he is standing on the bed looking out of the window.

Funny how the blind is up to just the right place so that he can stand up and look out with his paws on the window sill.

Yesterday my kids drove with friends to Rocky Mountain House, a community two hours away from Edmonton.

They went to see this house with all of it’s lights.

It is the last year this man is doing this and has done the light show for 23 years.

I saw photos … amazing ……. check on-line, it should be there somewhere.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

I did manage to get some other chores completed such a laundry.

Well time to fly ….. Happy Sunday ….

Special Hello to: my family and friends wherever you are on this day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Wow, today is Thursday, October 20th.

The sky appears to be overcast but the air a bit warmer.

Our autumn, this October has been beautiful.

I noticed that during this warm weather folks are out putting up their Christmas lights (what a grand idea).

So much easier to do the lights when your hands are warm.

Some of my neighbours have their Halloween decorations up.

There is one place that has several big blow up Halloween characters …. one being a huge spider that moves.

When we were walking by the other night ….. Alvin stopped ……. starred for a moment and then planted his feet firmly in place and began to bark.

I think he was protecting me ….. but it was so cute.

I tried to explain to him that it was just a decoration and that spiders did not grow to be that big except in the movies.

But he really didn’t understand (LOL).

Made for a interesting walk, though.

Well from this computer to yours …..

Have a great Thursday.


Special hello today to:  Ingrid, Tyler & Family, Linda, Deanna & the Ladies Group, Lisa E, and Vicki.


Always, Carol


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