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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 21st day of January, 2019

At 8:20 a.m. the sky is overcast and I believe that there is snow in the forecast.

WOW, hard to believe that Mr. Alvin’s Birthday party is just a memory now.

WE had such a great time.

The air was nice and warm yesterday.

The pups were all excited.

Alvin, Teddy, Aspen and Milo.

Decorations

Goodie bags for Alvin’s guests

One bag with a toy and the other with a little “sweet” treat.

Presents galore.

Photos from before the party.

Making up the treat bags.

Alvin and I from our beginning.

Alvin greeting his guests.

Alvin’s sister, Milo (odd shot of him) and Alvin.

Miss Aspen

Pups and more pups.

Teddy’s Mom and Alvin

Alvin’s brother-in-law

Unwrapping gifts.

Alvin loves to unwrap presents and does a great job.

Alvin’s guests enjoyed opening their bags of treats and toys.

 

Most of the photos are blurry, sorry.

Trying to get the pups still was almost impossible.

By the time he got to his last one, I think he was tuckered out.

Birthday Cards

This morning checking out some of his birthday gifts.

I cut the birthday cake which was made from meat and veggies in different sized pieces depending on the size of the guest.

Alvin and Aspen ate theirs pretty much right away.

Teddy and Milo took their pieces to a different location to enjoy.

The cake, unfortunately I missed taking photos of his cake, him eating the cake and opening the treat bags.

Will be posting more later as others took some photos.

We had such a great time.

Everyone remarked on how much fun this party was and I am so grateful it all worked out.

I am so pleased that Mr. Alvin enjoyed his special days.

 

My nephew is visiting.

So have to go and visit with him.

I am grateful that I have today off and I took tomorrow off as well.

Looks like snow is on the way.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter, son-in-law, Teddy’s Mom, Miss Aspen, Teddy, Baby Milo for all attending Alvin’s 10th Birthday party.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 18th day of January, 2019.

Another COOLER, okay COLD day on the way, er actually it is here.

But warmer weather will be here by Sunday.

This weekend will be fun.

Teddy coming tomorrow morning and coffee with my younger girl friends.

Alvin’s Birthday is tomorrow and then his party is on Sunday with our family and Master Teddy.

I feel like this morning should include photos.

The boys, Alvin and Teddy from another visit.

So cute.

My grand-pup Miss Aspen, who takes a glorious photo but does not like having them taken.

Oh, our baby Milo.

A game of JENGA, anyone.

Mmm, LAVENDER.

My birthday present to myself (Antique Mall in AIRDRIE).

Would have loved to have had wagon wheels in my backyard, somewhere?

CANMORE, a beautifully lined trail.

Gotta love a little coffee shop with BOOKS.

I even managed to get a photo of a truck filled with logs.

Pretty flowers from years ago

Not from my yard.

Everyone needs a rose on a Friday.

Mmm, homemade pancakes!

Love Dragonflies.

 

Well time to fly.

Again, almost time to go to work.

I hope that you all have an awesome day and that one or more of these photos brings a fond memory to mind or just a smile.

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello: to all my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 13th day of January, 2019.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BROTHER “T” who turns 54 today.

Cannot believe that my youngest brother is 54.

Where has the time gone?

 

Well the sun is rising but not quite as spectacular as yesterday morning.

But clear skies and not so unpleasant temperatures.

Yesterday was so nice.

I was able to get a few things done around the house before heading out for Alvin’s Vet appointment.

Received a phone call from Teddy’s Mom that they were not going to the farm after all.

Teddy’s Mom was just getting over a cold and his Grand Mom was just out of the hospital.

So they decided to stay home.

She asked if he could come for a play-date and that they could drop him off after Alvin’s appointment, if okay.

I said “Yes.”

We ended up being early to his appointment.

I like to be early.

Had a nice visit with the staff and Dr. K while she administered his second ear treatment.

We set up his next regular appointment which at that time he will need a vaccination (do not remember which one at this point).

So appointment ready for first Saturday in February.

As we approached our house; I had a grand idea.

With the temperature being so warm, I decided that we would walk to Teddy’s house and pick him up for his play-date.

It was 10:00 when we arrived at Teddy’s house which was the time of Alvin’s appointment (talk about early).

Teddy was so excited to see us …. we had a quick visit and then were on our way.

At home I started more laundry and then got some coffee on.

Always love to have coffee in the morning.

The rest of the day ended up playing with the pups, putzing around the kitchen cleaning out cabinets etc.

Just got odds and ends done which was nice.

Teddy went home about 5:00 p.m. or so.

We had a great day.

I always love Teddy’s zest for life.

He loves us and we love him.

 

Alvin just sneezed.

His sister is coming for pancake breakfast and a visit.

I have not told him as yet as he still has not eaten his breakfast.

He eats when he wants to.

That is okay.

As he is getting older – his routine is changing – most especially on the weekends.

 

Great day ahead.

I hope that you enjoy this Sunday and that sunny skies are shining down upon you.

 

Special Hello to: my brother on his Birthday …. Happy Birthday …. I will call you later.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 6th day of January, 2019.

It is light outside as it is now after 9:00 this morning but there is no sign of the sun.

Taking another vacation day, I suppose.

I know that it is there hiding behind the clouds otherwise we would be one big popsicle.

But at this vantage point it is hiding as only white clouds cover the sky.

It always seems quiet before we get going in the mornings.

Which is a good thing.

Now just the clicking of the keys as I touch them.

The furnace was running but has warmed the house so stopped until it is needed once again to warm the house.

We are expecting snow as per the weather forecast.

Another warmer day for January but tomorrow is supposed to dip down and at the cold end it is to be -25 degrees celsius.

ARGH, that is not very nice.

No complaints as it has been so nice for January thus far.

 

TODAY is the birthday of one of my closest friends.

Happy Birthday “L,” – wishing you the most wonderful day and year ahead.

Reminds me that I have not seen her in a very long time.

I used to work with her and could just take a shortcut to her house from mine and be there in just a couple of minutes.

Now not so easy.

Life changes.

 

As I review the month of January on my birthday calendar almost each day has a birthday or two.

Busy month.

Lots of family and friends, this month celebrating.

 

This afternoon I was invited by one of my friends in the neighbourhood to her daughter’s baby shower.

She gave me very “clear” instructions not to bring a gift or food and that only my presence was required.

Her words it is a celebration of the new baby and that they have the food and gifts covered.

We are close in age.

So I know that knows this is something our age group automatically does.

She is friend who was born in England and I refer to her garden as a “English garden.”

Part of my knows that I should listen to her instructions but another part cannot do this.

I have never attended a baby shower or anything like this without a gift.

So I have something small and a card from us (me and Alvin).

I am hoping that no offence will be taken and that I can use the “line” – Alvin insisted.

I guess part of it is EGO.

Not being able to bear someone thinking that “she did not bring anything.”

I only know my friend, the Mom-to-be, her sister and children.

It is unlikely that I will know anyone else.

Oh well, decision made.

Take a small gift.

Not elaborate.

I will go to the shower for a little while and then return home to take Mr. Alvin for a walk as tomorrow may be too cold.

Do not wish to miss our window for a walk.

Hopefully the snow will wait.

Or perhaps we should go this morning.

Yes, that is likely a better idea.

 

Have breakfast and some coffee …. get dressed and go.

I have a couple of hours or so.

 

Well time to go here.

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday.

 

Tonight is the Golden Globes.

I like to watch them.

 

I forgot to mention that poor Mr. Alvin has a bacterial ear infection.

Found this out at his appointment yesterday morning.

I had been giving me a few ear drops as I was thinking that he did.

His ear was tender to the touch more so than usual.

They were able to give me one of two treatments.

A more powerful treatment so that they could administer it and then I will take him back next Saturday for part 2.

Giving him ear medication is not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Special Hello to: the birthday girl…Happy Birthday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 29th day of December, 2018.

WOW, just three days remaining in December including today.

It remains dark as we were up slightly earlier than most of the last few days.

 

We are hosting the girls coffee party/visit this morning at 10:00 a.m.

Only one of the two gals is able to make it but that is okay.

Next time.

I am also planning to give Mr. Alvin a bath this afternoon.

Forecast is for plus 2 so figured after our walk – a nice warm bath would hit the spot.

 

What are you thinking about this morning?

We were up the first time about 6:00 and then 7:30 and then 8:00 a.m.

Each time I laid back down I started to dream.

My mind has been running amok landing on the strangest of topics.

Where do we get these thoughts from?

At one point I was choosing a couple of purses and something else that I do not remember from some items that were going to be tossed.

The thing is all these items were brand new.

Strange.

My Mom was in the dream and the items that were being tossed were hers or at least she was in charge of the items.

I don’t remember anything else.

Too bad.

Just the purses and my Mom.

 

Outside my window – still dark.

The sky is white, the rooftops are white and the ground is white.

Hopefully the sun will shine again today.

It seems quite eerie almost as if we were placed in a large white bowl.

Does not appear that we have sky.

Very odd.

 

Alvin is laying on his blue blanket beside me.

Oh, the comfort of routine.

I would say that is the case for most of us.

We feel good when we are in our routine.

No matter what that routine is ….

It is the unknown that causes us anxiety.

For the most part.

 

Well time for a nice warm shower.

Wake me up before our company arrives.

My friend will be bringing her daughter.

So three girls and Mr. Alvin.

A nice group.

 

I hope that you have a great day.

Maybe we should all stretch a bit beyond our comfort zone.

Not always easy but we should try.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who take the time to read my blog.  Thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 28th day of December, 2018.

The SUN is shining brightly in the morning sky.

Today is the birthday of one of my friends and neighbours “S” ….. Happy Birthday.

Alvin and I had company last night.

Two of our friends “A” and “J” and her pup JAZMIN came for tea and a visit.

A had mentioned about stopping by last night after work and then J called to see if okay for her to stop by.

I said bring JAZMIN and she wasn’t sure.

JAZMIN is getting older and has a heart condition.

Alvin and Jaz get along quite well and he doesn’t get too excited when she arrives.

It is as if they know.

Anyway J & J arrived first and we visited and then A arrived a bit later.

J & J left for home first so it worked that we had visits separately with them and together.

So nice to see these ladies.

 

Yesterday afternoon Alvin and I went for a walk in between doing some laundry.

His paws were starting to get cold as we neared Teddy’s house.

Strange thing … just as I about to say we could stop for a minute their garage door opened and there was Teddy’s Dad “W.”

He spotted us and I mentioned about Alvin’s paws.

W said that he was just about to leave for an appointment but there was time for us to say hi and for Alvin to warm his paws.

Oh, Master Teddy was so excited to see us.

Always, always warms my heart to see him.

W also mentioned that we should stop by tomorrow (which is today) as J, sister of Teddy’s Mom is going to be visiting.

So we will likely on our walk this afternoon stop by for a bit and say hello.

 

So this time off from work has been filled with resting and relaxing and visiting.

I am going to put together a coffee date with two other friends for tomorrow morning.

Our friend “V” called from Regina yesterday.

These days have been filled with phone calls and visits.

The best kind of days off.

I am also thinking of perhaps taking down the decorations on Sunday.

 

Well I guess it is time to get dressed and get this day going.

These later nights and sleeping in ….. well I will have to get back into our routine before next Wednesday (back to work) or the 5:00 a.m. is going to be painful.

Will have to check around and see what project I can take on for a few hours.

Certainly has been wonderful having this time off.

 

We wish you a great day.

WOW, the 28th day of December, 2018 …. almost a New Year.

 

Special Hello to: all of those folks who have time off from work and are just resting and relaxing. DO NOT feel guilty.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 8th day of December, 2018.

Funny how a few hours can change the course of your planned weekend.

Not in a bad way – just changed it.

I noticed a FB message from Teddy’s Mom yesterday when I was on break at work.

She asked if Teddy could come and spend the night on Friday and then they would pick him up on Saturday night; as they were going to the farm.

Of course, he can.

We cannot say “no” to Alvin’s BF.

Then I received a phone call from Humphrey’s Mom and she had an unexpected trip out of town and wondered if I could keep an eye on Mr. Humphrey.

Well, yes I can.

After work I caught the bus as my carpool stayed downtown to attend a work function.

The bus was close to 1/2 hour late and it was 5:00 p.m. when we rolled up to Lewis Farms, the bus terminal.

The gal that was driving the bus ….. was at least 20 miles per hour under the posted speed limit.

I am not sure if that was what was making her tardy but it certainly did not help.

She also slowed near every posted pedestrian walk even as it was clear ahead that there were not pedestrians.

She also let every person come in from every side street.

ARGH.

It was hellish, I will say.

I am all for being polite when you are on a bus after a long day at work and the first bus that comes is full to the rafters and then the second one is full but you manage to squeeze on and

then she drives like she has all of the time in the world …. well, there are words.

People just want to get home.

I was very happy to turn the page in my bus riding adventure when the 119 pulled up just after we were unloaded.

That driver was also over 20 minutes late and he did not wait around so we left right away.

I still did not get home until 5:40 p.m.

It is at these times that I am so GRATEFUL to be in a carpool.

Not so much looking forward to the time off my friend has before Christmas, in January and February.

ARGH.

Oh well.

I was happy to get home to Mr. Alvin.

We went for a short walk but a walk nonetheless.

Teddy arrived about 7:00 p.m.

I then had supper and started to write up some Christmas cards.

Did not get them all done but at least a good start.

Now it is 915 on Saturday morning and there is so much to do.

Laundry and baking and baking and laundry.

Perhaps I should scale back the baking OR will have to buy another deep freezer and start earlier.

I would do some next weekend but I have that DENTAL appointment on Friday and am having a tooth removed.

So might not feel like baking on Saturday but then again just having one tooth removed is not the end of the world.

So I will chug on.

Time to get things going.

I can always do most this weekend and then perhaps a smaller batch next Saturday.

The following weekend will be Christmas and I am also hosting an office Christmas party on the 22nd.

I can do this.

I know that I can.

Keep the Christmas party simple.

No need to get carried away.

That is what I keep telling myself.

I am not trying to impress the coworkers.

If they do not like it …. well …..

Okay time to get some breakfast into me and that all important COFFEE.

I have already been up off and on since midnight.

For some reason Mr. Alvin just was restless.

He is not ill that is for sure.

I also have been over to check on Mr. Humphrey.

So the day has begun.

 

Have a great Saturday.

Any ideas for hosting a simple but great Christmas party – please share them.

It will be all ladies except one might bring her 4 year old.

Not really appropriate but what can you say.

As she put it “He will be the life of the party.”

Likely Alvin will have something to say about that …..

He loves kids so he would like the little boy.

The little guy is also used to pups so that is good.

 

All in the life of a single 61 year old working woman.

Happy Saturday.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks who have lots going on …. cannot always say no and sometimes no is not the answer. Where is the paradigm in that?

Is that a real thing?  Need coffee starting to babble.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 1st day of December, 2018.

Foggy and overcast this morning.

SNOW is on the way on this first day of December, 2018.

Perhaps some snow will make walking a bit more easy.

Alvin and I are going for a walk here shortly.

Just wanted to write this post and get dressed (having coffee).

Mr. Alvin has been waking up at 2:30 and then every two hours for the past week or so.

He doesn’t appear to be in any kind of pain.

Just wants to get up and pee at 2:30 ( I can identify with that).

After all we are both getting on in years and that seems to follow us as we age.

Then at 4:30 p.m. he is ready to get up and eat.

I do try and keep him in bed but then I cave, there is no point.

So up and he ate.

Then outside and then we laid down on the sofa.

Then up at 6:30 and back outside.

We really, okay, I really should have stayed up.

By this time which is close to 10:00 a.m., I could have basically had some major chores done by none.

But there is something about just laying there and dreaming or sleeping or combination of both on a non-work morning.

During the week we are up to stay around 5:00 a.m.

I hear the medical reports about getting up at the same time every day but I just cannot do it.

Perhaps I should try a bit harder.

Then I could always have a nap later.

But unless I am sick, I am not really a nap person.

Oh well.

That has been our morning so far.

Picked up poop outside in my pj’s (covered with a coat).

It is warm outside.

Made coffee and had some breakfast.

Stripped the bedding for laundry and put on fresh bedding.

Love the smell of clean sheets before the bodies lay on them.

Now just writing this post.

Happy December 1st.

One of the major jobs on my list is to give Mr. Alvin a hair cut and bath.

I am thinking as it is already 10 a.m. that perhaps I might put that job off to tomorrow.

Then get some cleaning, laundry, our WALK and Christmas cards done today.

Then tomorrow would just be him…..as it is a big job.

Supposed to be a snowy day anyway.

I will check the temperature for tomorrow ….

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Lots to do.

Also wanting to confirm my menu for the Christmas party that I am hosting for some of my co-workers.

The immediate group.

 

Have to share my COSTCO story.

My daughter picked me up from work yesterday.

I took some extra vacation time and left early.

That was such a treat to leave work at 2:30 p.m.

My daughter had an eye appointment just after 3:00 p.m. at COSTCO.

We decided upon arrival that she would look after her appointment and picking out new glasses AND

the Momma would take both of our lists and start the shopping.

No where did it dawn on us that perhaps I should tag along with her and help her pick out new specs.

I took a quick peek at the non-food things like Christmas decorations, clothing and books before heading to pick up the food items on our lists.

We made an arrangement to meet in that area at 4:00 p.m.

I was there with everything on both lists at 3:55 p.m. (there were a couple of things that were sold out of )

I waited and waited.

Strolled with a full cart from display to display looking for my girl.

Even walked over to the eye area …. did not see her.

Finally at 4:35 p.m. – I spotted her.

The Doctor was late and neither of us even considered the time it would take to pick out new frames.

With a sigh of relief and a bit of impatience TONE – we were almost ready to hit the lineups.

We picked up photo orders (photos to enclose with Christmas cards).

After we girls had gone our ways after arrival, I had been looking at mats/rugs to put near the front door.

I have one from COSTCO but was thinking with Christmas and so many people arriving … perhaps a longer one would be a good addition to what I already have…

So I picked up two and then when found my daughter later …. decided to go with the long narrow one.

Everything was paid for ….. we continue to the car …. my daughter stopped to pick up a bottle of wine while I continues to the car to start putting things away.

We loaded the car and continued on to SAVEON ….. another grocery store.

To pick up a few things that I could not get at COSTCO or at least in a lesser quantity.

Arrived home.

I grabbed some things and into the house to let Mr. Alvin outside.

We unloaded the car.

Once unloaded …. made supper ….. visited ….. ate supper.

It was not until my daughter was leaving for home that I realized two things …. I did not have my bag of avocados which I know that I had picked up two and the long ma

t/rug.

So we searched the car and nothing.

I was willing to just take it as a loss but …

My daughter said that she would go to COSTCO and check the carts outside to see if the rug / avocados were there.

When she got there one of the guys was gathering the carts and said that he found the mat.

However, the receipt was left with me and he could not just give it to her.

No avocados.

I did however notices on the receipt that we were only charged for one bag … so that was okay.

So I took some photos of the receipt with my tablet and sent them to my daughter.

She went into the store with the staff and they allowed her to take the rug/mat (as I had sent proof of the sale).

I felt bad for her as they had to escort her out of the store as she had no receipt.

The exit staff would not have let her out with the rug/matt without a receipt.

I was so thankful that the matt/rug was found.

Next visit I will have a new mat/rug for near the entrance way.

What a night!

 

I hope that you all have an awesome first day of December, 2018.

Happy December.

Love DECEMBER.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. Happy December…..

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 25th day of November, 2018.

The sunrise is absolutely gorgeous this morning.

There is a almost fan-like array of pinks and oranges filling a corner of the sky visible to the sound around the rooftops of my neighbours.

So pretty.

A deep blue cloud bank fills the bottom portion of the sky to the east.

These are my sights out of the office window.

A lighter blue fills the remainder of the sky with dots and dashes of white clouds.

Almost alive sky this morning.

A magpie just flew by …. love their coloration.

 

Today will be spent cleaning upstairs, one more load of laundry, writing more Christmas cards, feeding my friend’s fish, and going for a walk with Mr. Alvin.

Also I want to send some photos electronically to COSTCO to be printed to add to my Christmas cards.

I have a couple of emails to attend to.

Get ready for the work week.

A full day.

 

I can smell the coffee as it perks along almost ready for my taste buds.

Today is also the GREY CUP as Edmonton is hosting this year.

FOOTBALL, North American style.

Two different sets of rules between the styles played in Canada and the United States.

They are not playing but the game is here.

I hope that it will be a nice day and not too cold.

Bundling up is a must …. lots of hot chocolate and coffee?

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Lots to do.

I hope that you have an enjoyable day.

Be kind to yourself …. take some time.

In between the noise and chaos that is our lives.

 

Special Hello to: all of my family and friends, thank you for being loving and supportive.  I could not do it without you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 24th day of November, 2018.

It remains dark outside at 8:01 a.m. in the morning although there is a bit of lightness beginning to happen.

Our days are getting shorter and shorter until the shortest day just a few days Christmas.

 

Alvin has his regular pedicure etc. appointment this morning at his Doctor Karen.

Teddy will be here in less than one hour and he will accompany us.

I was so grateful when my carpool was able to stop at the Vet last night so that I could pick up Alvin’s supply of food, toothpaste, shampoo and treats so that I would not have to carry

all those items and wrangle Alvin and Teddy.

There really isn’t too much wrangling going on but always good to have some control of the boys.

 

I love having coffee on the weekends.

I perk freshly ground coffee in my electric percolator.

Makes the best coffee.

Reminds me of the old coffee percolators that sat on the stove top.

Mmmmmm.

 

Today I must get the photos to COSTCO on-line to be printed.

These are the photos that will accompany most of my Christmas cards.

Also today will be the perfect day to get writing cards.

I feel as though I am late.

The time passes so quickly ….. evaporates one might say.

 

Mr. Alvin is laying on his belly on the hall carpet.

Not on his blue blanket, odd or not.

He will be most excited to see his friend Teddy.

 

Well time to fly here and get a load of laundry in before our guest for the day arrives.

Lots to do.

I am always happy to have Master Teddy in our house as he brings excitement and added joy.

 

I hope that you all have a great day.

Remember to hold dear ones close.

Tell people that you care about that you love them.

Tell those people that perhaps you are not perhaps “not fond of” – something nice.

Really it never hurts to just be nice, be kind to everyone.

Regardless of the relationship that you share with them.

 

Happy Saturday.

Yikes, Christmas is getting closer.

Baking and Cards ……

I have to sit down and figure out how much baking that I have to do.

Another item on my list for today.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who are stuck today …. just look in the mirror and say to yourself …. I can do this….. Remember you can do anything you put your mind to…..mind over matter.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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