Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and today would be Thursday.

November 21st, 2019.

Can you believe it?

I am trying to make the best use of my time but I will admit that some days it just gets by me.

I guess we all have those days.

I felt like a bad Mom as Alvin missed walks two days in a row.

Tuesday there wasn’t enough time before the Snowflake Tea and Cookie Sale and it was raining/snowing.

Oh, my daughter picked me up from work.

I love our rides and time together.

We have the best conversations.

COSTCO wasn’t too busy.

Last night by the time we got home from Costco and I had supper it was too late and Humphrey was over.

I did not want to leave him shortly after he arrived for the evening.

Oh well, we will be going this evening.

He did spend a lot of time outside last night so am thinking that Alvin is trying to tell me something.

I do get it.

 

Again I tried to download the photos from Tuesday but for some reason I am running into technical difficulties.

Always tomorrow.

ARGH.

What is it with me and technology.

Some things work all of the time and others it seems to be hit and miss.

Oh well.

LIFE, right?

 

Well here it is time to head back downstairs.

No pearls of wisdom today.

No great stories.

Just a 62 year old woman trying to make the best of each day and sometimes failing miserably.

Just me and my Alvin ….

Please don’t get me wrong …. I do have a pretty great life all things considered.

There are just moments within some days that I would like to crawl under a rock until I can breathe again.

Okay enough with the self pity, here.

 

Happy Thursday.

I am happy today is Thursday.

 

I will live my life with kindness and respect.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Good Morning,

Welcome to Saturday the 2nd day of November, 2019.

It feels as though we are up extra early but here it is 8:00 a.m.

We have been up for a bit now as I have made the bed, gathered laundry and got dressed.

Of course we were up about 3:00 a.m. for Alvin’s routine “glucosamine chew” and bathroom break.

Then we hit the sofa for some more sleep.

Of course we were up at 5:00 a.m. so that Alvin could eat his breakfast.

He has a routine.

Now when the time changes in the middle of the night …. tonight…..

We will be disrupted for a couple of weeks until he settles into a new routine.

I am just along for the ride.

Oh well, it has been quite the experience thus far.

 

So last night.

My daughter was feeling better as she has been sick for about a week.

She went to work but by late morning was out of energy.

I know that feeling.

We decided to see if leaving work early by one hour was an option and it was, thankfully.

It feel as though I had, had a whole day off.

So nice.

During the drive to my house we decided to detour to COSTCO.

Being home sick does not help get your groceries.

We ended up home about the same time I normally get home so Alvin did not know the difference.

The late afternoon was nice once again so once Alvin had finished outside and having supper, we all went for a glorious walk.

As we approached Teddy’s house we saw his Auntie J’s car.

She was to arrive last night.

Aunt J is there to stay with Teddy while his parents go to VEGAS for two weeks.

So nice to see her and next weekend we will get together for supper and a visit.

In between we will catch some walks together if the weather allows.

Back home after the walk ….. on went the COFFEE POT ….. followed by starting supper.

Once supper was in the oven ….. we gathered up some of the Halloween decorations and took them downstairs.

My daughter remarked “that if you are going downstairs for something you might as well take something with you”

A great idea, actually as the Halloween stuff had to go downstairs at some point.

We went downstairs to bring up the Christmas Tree.

Originally my daughter was going to spend the night but being sick she thought a sleepover might be better another time.

So we brought up the tree.

Had supper.

Decided on a Christmas Movie, THE NUTCRACKER.

We always have a movie on in the background.

Moved around the chairs in the living room to accommodate the tree.

Assembled the tree only to find out that only the top lights worked on the tree.

Last year some had burned out but not that many.

The tree does not owe me anything as it is now ten years old.

Dilemma, what to do.

Luckily I had purchased extra lights last year.

By this time my daughter had to go.

I am once again grateful for her assistance.

She suggested checking out U-tube for some helpful hints on how to remove the lights from a prelit tree.

Removed her groceries from the fridge/freezer and she was on her way.

I took a look around and decided to clean up from dinner before getting into the Christmas decorating.

Once dishes were done, I sat down with a cup of coffee to assess the situation.

After watching a couple of short videos I decided that my earlier idea of snipping off the lights with my wire cutters was the best idea.

I did find out however an easier way to do this.

After everything it was after 8:00 and my energy and desire to decorate had wanned, so I just kicked back and put together a plan for tomorrow which is today.

I figured that I had all weekend which I do.

So here we are ….. Saturday morning.

Time to get things started.

Put on Laundry, the COFFEE, of course, have breakfast and then start taking off the lights.

Once done I will string the lights and then decorate.

It will take some extra time but that is okay.

A story for later.

Alvin is perhaps losing the bit of patience that a dog has …. he wants to go downstairs.

 

I hope that you have an awesome first weekend in November.

We did receive some moisture last night.

Rain followed by bit of snow.

Might be slippery out there.

I am hopeful that the temperatures will once again return to plus temperatures.

Happy Saturday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Funny as much as I love to decorate the tree and the house for Christmas; I am okay with just getting the tree up the first night and decorate the next day.

A few years ago, I would have worked through and had the tree and house decorated before going to bed.

Older and wiser?

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Wow, welcome to Monday and the actual calendar date of Thanksgiving.

We celebrate yesterday with our family.

The wind is blowing and the sky is grey.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

I was chatting with my friend G yesterday morning.

Catching up.

She mentioned about going to COSTCO, so I asked her to keep any eye out for casual, around the house, sweatpants.

G said that she would.

She texted me from COSTCO as she found sweatpants for $14.99.

G picked me up two pair one charcoal grey and one black.

I must say they are the most comfortable pants that I have had in a long time.

Wished I could wear them to work.

Will be great for walking with Alvin.

My other pants will be tossed with a small ceremony.

They served me well.

So appreciated them but the holes can no longer be sewn, time for them to go.

These dear old pants are over 10 years old.

Wore them everyday.

YAY, thank you my friend for the new pants.

 

 

My four charges from yesterday.

The kids had to make a trip to COSTCO so dropped pups off.

Miss Aspen, Baby Milo, Master Teddy and Rockstar Alvin

How I managed to get them all looking to the camera was an achievement.

Oh my babies.

Thanksgiving

I forgot to take a photo when the food was served but the buns that my friend made were under the tee towel.

The turkey platter was filled with desserts.

One would think we were feeding twenty people, nope just three of us.

I provided my friend’s homemade apple pie and I bought a pumpkin pie (cut into wedges).

The kids brought some cake that one of their friends had made.

So we were surrounded by loving hands.

We had a great time.

Well we went to bed late and got up at 5:00 and then back to the sofa for a few hours.

So it is now after 9:00 a.m. ……

Guess it will be a quiet day.

I might have to work on the photos.

Just noticed that the total of photos I have on the computer is now over 33,000 and almost 1,000 videos.

ARGH.

OR may be a project during Christmas holidays.

 

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time

Hello,

There is nothing quite like being ripped out of a deep beautiful sleep than by the loud crack, crash of THUNDER and the room lit by LIGHTNING.

Well that is what happened to us in the middle of last night.

WOW.

Being both wide awake we decided to go downstairs and hit the sofa for the rest of the night.

Luckily it was quiet.

I love my sofa …. always get a good sleep …. no matter the length of time.

Looks like the sky is beginning to clear.

They are forecasting some rain showers for today.

Decision on what to wear for footwear as I am catching the bus for my last four days of work before my vacation.

I don’t want my new shoes to get wet …. argh.

The carpool is on vacation starting yesterday at noon.

Lucky girl.

So excited for mine to begin but at the same time I do not wish to rush it.

Teddy comes tonight for a couple of days.

So will be nice for Alvin to have company during the day tomorrow.

Our office closes at 3:00 p.m. so will be home earlier than normal which will be nice.

 

Last night after work my daughter and I hit COSTCO.

Man did we ever hit COSTCO to the tune of over $700 …. largest amount ever spent there between the two of us.

Not like we bought anything much out of the ordinary ….

Unless you call the one package of underwear that I picked up.

Love the JONES NEW YORK ones.

Okay, perhaps that was a bit too personal but what the heck.

Just between me and you, right.

Gotta have a sense of humour otherwise what does it matter.

My daughter also picked up some moisturizer.

It was one that only ever comes to COSTCO a couple of times a year.

Sold at one of those kiosks.

It was more than the underwear.

Anyway.

 

We even managed to get out for a walk before it rained which I will just say this:  the forecast was way off …. it did not rain at 7:00 or even 8:00 p.m.

Our walk was perfect.

We even saw our friends out for a bike ride …. of course, we stopped and chatted.

Also had time to mow the back lawn (which takes less time than it takes to take the mower out of the garage).

Cleaned up the front flower bed.

There was one flower that was getting a bit straggly.

 

I hope that I made you giggle just a tad on this wonderful Thursday morning.

Alas I must sign off as there are windows to close and have Mr. Alvin go outside one last time before I leave for work.

 

Happy Thursday.

 

With kindness and respect you WILL be joyful.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Welcome to the weekend.

So excited.

We had a huge rainstorm with booming thunder and lots of light up the sky lightning.

Woke us up.

Alvin wanted to go outside.

So just as it started to hail …. Ma in her summer nightie and coat ran out in the hail to move her flowers.

I only have four pots this year in the backyard and I did not want them to get flatten.

Ended up that the hail was quite small … about pea sized and appears that did not do much damage.

The puddles are still visible this morning as I look out the window of my office.

One of the neighbours does not have an actual paved driveway so obviously the dirt will puddle.

After work my daughter and I went to COSTCO.

I don’t mind checking things out.

She is happy that now her Ma has a cell …. she cannot lose me.

Sometimes we use to lose each other and then it could take a long time to locate the other.

After arriving at home, we split some items and my daughter left for home.

I put the groceries away and then made a beautiful salad for supper.

One of our friends called to invite us for for a visit in their backyard.

They live down the street and have the nicest backyard.

First photos Alvin was patiently waiting for my friend’s husband to come out to the backyard.

He loves him so much.

I will say that most of the time Alvin was either laying on the swing between us girls or rolling around in the grass.

I tried to play frisbee with him although once or twice he tried to pick it up ….. he did not quite get it.

I guess you cannot always teach old dogs new tricks.

He did run around like a crazy pup when I pretended to be a monster (like we do on the deck at home).

He ran back and forth and had a blast.

The grass is so lush and beautiful.

 

Well I guess we need to end this post as Teddy will be here shortly.

I still have to put in the first load of laundry.

I had planned to do laundry last night but then received the invite.

We were happy to be invited out so we grabbed the opportunity.

Then breakfast and coffee.

Always need that cup of coffee.

 

Have an awesome Saturday.

This afternoon my grand pups arrive.

They will stay with us while their parents attend a wedding in the City.

 

So happy to be spending the day with the pups.

I will take Alvin and Teddy for a walk before the others arrive.

Not able to take all four.

 

Remember Kindness and Respect will bring you the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin & soon Teddy …..

Living … One day at a time!

Hello,

Another gorgeous day on the way.

A little bit too warm for me but I will accept it as those days are not in the majority here in Western Canada.

I have closed all of the blinds except for Alvin’s vantage points with hopes that the house will stay at a comfortable level for the boy.

I will also leave the main floor bathroom door open as it is cooler in there.

 

Last night my daughter gave me a ride home via COSTCO.

GUESS WHAT?

I got some florals …. some flowers.

So Happy.

I was truly doing a little happy dance while planting them last night.

Both Alvin and Humphrey were watching with “raised eyebrows.”

Oh, Humphrey joined us for the evening as his Momma was golfing.

The flowers in the pots are the ones that I picked up at COSTCO last night.

Could not believe that I filled 7 pots for $24.00.

I planted Marigolds, Snapdragons, Impatiens and Trailing Lobelia.

I still have some pots to be filled when my daughter and I go to our local nursery “CREEKSIDE.”

We have been going there for years.

Even though it is great to get plants at the big box stores for very reasonable prices; I do believe in supporting local businesses.

I look forward to our date in the near future.

The plants / flowers in the front flower bed are growing like crazy.

Every morning I wake up to the ferns being inches taller.

Is that even possible?

The lilies and other plants are growing quickly.

The back flower bed is doing fair well, too.

GREEN plants and pretty coloured flowers always make me happy.

Whoops where did the time go.

Gotta go.

P.S. decided to use my camera as I still have to get the photo storage figured out with the cell phone.

I will one day soon.

As soon as I get my voice mail activated.

ARGH.

So many things….

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Do what makes you happy.

Please.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Rained overnight with partial sunny skies this morning.

Always makes a difficult decision as to what to wear?

Oh well, dressed now.

It is was it is and will be what it will be.

Mouth full.

Yikes.

 

I will post some of the photos that I took of the little blue/white/black birdies who have made a home in our backyard bird house.

So excited for this little family.

I wished that I would be able to see the babies fly away when they are grown.

 

We now have a black cat who appears to be dropping by for a visit.

Humphrey is not impressed.

Beautiful black cat.

Alvin is in the house.

He likes cats but not certain if this cat likes dogs.

Or even has been around them.

 

We are turning into a animal sanctuary.

Which is fine by me.

 

We did not see the goslings and their parents last night on our walk.

Very disappointing.

We were late going on our walk as I had caught a ride home with my daughter and we stopped at the grocery store.

Too many items ….. too many choices.

I wanted to purchase these new vegan burgers.

They were in the recent flyer and something new.

More than a burger …..

I don’t remember the exact name.

Well they were good but I still love the black bean burgers from COSTCO.

They were so good.

 

Well it is Friday and that is always a good thing.

Last day of work for the week well at the office anyway.

There is work to do 7 days a week.

Work at the office.

Work at home.

Keeps me busy.

Not a bad thing.

 

Well I am running a tad behind.

Seems to be the program the past couple of days.

Just want to snuggle with the boy.

Oh well.

 

I wish you a splendid Friday and weekend.

Roses and Rainbows!

Living … One day at a time!

 

Always,

Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 6th day of March, 2019.

March is just rolling along.

Last night after work my daughter picked me up to give me a ride home.

We made a stop at COSTCO.

Was busy but we found our items and got out in good time.

Alvin was patiently waiting for us at home.

He was as always happy to see his sister.

Sometimes he is a bit cautious as he thinks he may have to leave the house and go in the car.

Poor guy.

But nonetheless always happy to see his big sister.

My daughter stayed for a bit and then was on her way as she had errands to run before going home.

As always I am always grateful to see my girl, for the ride but more than anything grateful to be in her presence and for the great conversation.

Afterwards I got changed and grabbed Mr. Alvin so that we could go for a walk.

He does not really like having his coat and harness put on but once on he is ready to go immediately.

Hardly giving me time to get my coat and boots on.

Even though the temperature was considerably less than the past few weeks, the wind/breeze was cold.

So our walk was short but we got out and that was important.

Some fresh air and we also bumped into our neighbours and friends, also out for a walk.

My friend J’s doggie Jazmine is getting on in years and has some health issues, one being heart.

She was so happy to see Mr. Alvin.

She moved to the side so that he could take the lead.

It was so cute.

There walk was short as Miss J got cold and my friend ended up picking her up and carrying her back home.

Poor girl.

We then carried on but our walk was not long.

Fresh air, check.

Once home, I put Alvin into the house and went to pick up Mr. Humphrey.

He was spending the evening with us while his Momma was curling.

As always those two, Alvin and Humphrey always make me smile.

Alvin is a bit cautious around Humphrey.

He loves him – you can tell but …..

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Funny story before I leave for work.

Alvin had been outside and when we came around the corner – guess what we found?

Mr. Humphrey curled up in Alvin’s spot on the sofa.

I could almost hear Alvin’s sudden anguish.

But he jumped up and sat near the end of the sofa.

This is when I managed to snap a photo of them sharing some space.

Afterward when I was drinking my tea …..

Humphrey stayed where he was but Alvin wanted to be beside me and that would be where Humphrey was …..

We managed to get things worked out.

At one point, it was Humphrey by the pillow, then Alvin right beside him laying down and then me.

I so wished that I could have snapped a photo.

It would have brought a SMILE to your face as it did to mine.

 

Wishing you all an awesome Wednesday.

Whoops gotta run.

ARGH, time always goes so fast when I am writing.

 

Special Hello to: smile, it is catching.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 22nd day of December, 2018.

Well we are up and at it already.

Starting the final preparations on our first office Christmas party.

But first I would like to share a story or three from yesterday.

Yesterday was our last day of work before the Christmas break.

Some of the staff already moved over to our new office space went back to the old building to help with the final cleanup.

There were cords of all description to gather, odds and ends to gather and either mark for move, storage or trash.

I helped for a few hours before returning to the new office as I had some work to do before we closed at 12:30 p.m.

Just before 1:00 p.m. we enjoyed a hot turkey lunch with all of the trimmings.

It was so good.

We also enjoyed some entertainment, a magician.

He was really good.

Even with a group trick …. it worked.

We were all amazed.

I volunteered to help with a trick.

Following there were some draws for gift baskets.

I did not win but that was okay.

After that my friend J and I went back to the old office to pick up my cabinets.

The wind was blowing and it was snowing.

We managed to load both of the cabinets onto his truck and then head for my home.

The traffic was heavy as likely most every other office downtown were off early.

So we got to my house about 4:30 and unloaded the cabinets.

I left one in the garage and brought the other one into the house and placed it in the nook behind the back door.

It was almost 5:00 before we were done and on the road again.

Poor Alvin likely wondered what the heck was going on.

I asked J to drop me off at my neighbouring SAVE-ON FOODS store so that I could pick up the last of my groceries for tonight’s party and for Christmas.

I hemmed and hawed about whether to call a taxi before or after getting the groceries and at the last minute decided to call afterwards.

So I raced around the store picking up my items so that I could call and get home to Alvin and to the list of things that I had wanted to do last night.

I finished in record time.

It was about 5:35 p.m. when I called for a taxi, a Co-op one and the dispatcher said 5 to 30 minutes, so I thought that’s not too bad.

I picked up a lotto ticket for the $60 million draw from last night (have not checked my ticket yet) and then proceeded to wait outside for the taxi.

It was snowing and blowing so I waited in the section where they house the Christmas trees which is open.

Standing there in the blowing snow, I waited.

First it was 10 minutes, then 20.

They were playing Christmas tunes, so I sang quietly and danced to the music to keep warm.

Watching people come into the store and minutes later leaving the store.

Then it was 30, then 40, then 45.

By this time I am starting to get aggravated but no choice but to wait.

I had bought ice so did not wish to wait inside where it was warm.

Then it was 55 minutes and a YELLOW CAB pulled up and dropped someone off.

I without even thinking – started to wave at the taxi.

I could see him acknowledging me as he drove up and around to come back to my spot.

He rolled down the window and I quickly explained about the other taxi and the long wait.

The driver asked me where I was going and I told him not even 5 minutes away and odd question, he asked me how much I was going to pay.

I think that he meant was it cash?

I told him a few times, thank you for stopping and asked for his name, he told me “Abdi.”

Anyway in a minute he was helping me load my groceries and I kept the bag with the eggs with me inside the car.

In a short short time, I was home.

I gave him the money, “ten dollars.”

The ride only ever costs $5.00 or so.

It actually went up as the first time that I started to catch a taxi it was four dollars and change.

Anyway, I had my things and was home.

Poor Alvin.

Thankfully when I was home at 4:30 – he had gone outside to pee.

Otherwise he would have been floating.

I apologized to me Alvin and let him outside.

Then off with the coat and started to put the groceries away.

By this time we are fast approaching 7:00 p.m.

Considering I originally left home just before 7:00 a.m. – a long day.

I felt tired.

I went to grab the bag with the ice and frozen peas and did not see it.

I looked everywhere.

In the store I had used a different bag – it was the one that I had used to carry my SAVE-ON bags.

Just to put the ice and frozen peas in so that they would keep each other cold.

Not anywhere.

I even looked on the porch as the bag was dark red and black.

Nope.

Then the realization set in that I had left it in the trunk of the cab.

ARGH.

OH now.

I felt like crying.

Over a bag of ice and frozen peas.

But I needed the ice for tonight and the peas for Christmas Day dinner.

I had been so happy that I was able to get ice that was not frozen into one block.

Had been so happy.

In a quick thought I remembered that I had asked for his name and I knew that he was on his way to pick up a fare at COSTCO.

So I got the cab’s phone number and called the company.

The dispatcher likely thought I was a little crazy.

But I asked for help.

She was going to ask her Supervisor and call me back.

The call never came.

So I am out a bag of ice and two bags of frozen peas.

Now I will have to ask one of the girls coming tonight to please bring a bag of ice.

After all of that I was frazzled.

But in the words from FROZEN ….. “Let it go, Let it go.”

Managed to do some laundry and a couple of things including cleaning the cabinet and offloading items from other areas to their new home, and then to bed at 10:00 and we slept until about 4:00 a.m.

That is when Alvin needed to go outside and he actually ate his breakfast.

Okay that is my sad story.

I am beginning to think that I will have to count bags or something.

It was not long ago that I forgot the rug on the cart at COSTCO and the bag of avocados (which must have been missed at the cashiers as we were not charged for them).

Okay, time to get this show on the road.

I hope that this crazy story brought a smile to your face.

Cause I have to smile now.

Not much point in crying ….. have a party to get ready for ….. the time will fly….. already 9:15 a.m.

Laundry to go and check on …..

Have a great Saturday.

 

Special Hello to my sister and all of my girl friends back home in Regina …. Happy Saturday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 20th day of December, 2018.

Okay, we finished packing yesterday and spent the day in a dust bowl.

People were sniffing and sneezing.

It was dirty as some places that not seen the light of day for awhile.

You know how that is, right?

I am excited to move into our temporary workspace down the street.

Not far away which is nice.

Today we will unpack and get settled.

Tomorrow the office is open in the morning to the public and closed at noon as we will have our corporate Christmas Lunch.

Lucky me, my neighbour gave me a ride to work yesterday and will do so today and tomorrow.

So happy that I do not have to walk in baby steps to the bus.

I have my “ice picks” strapped onto my boots but you still have to be careful.

Deep sigh of relief.

Tomorrow last day and then I am off for “11” days including weekends.

So excited.

Tomorrow night I have a long list of things to do: starting with picking up the remainder of groceries for the Christmas party and for Christmas; bath Alvin, make another batch of fudge, and I know

that I had other things on the list (have to seek out that list, OR did I even write things down.

I forget.

Down to the wire.

Oh yes, wrap gifts that would be helpful.

Some items cannot go under the tree until the last night because of the pups.

Last night my daughter picked me up from work and we went to COSTCO.

I thought it might be really crowded to the rafters but luckily not bad.

Tonight I have to take the bus to Alvin’s Vet and pick him up some food.

Cannot have the boy without food.

Okay, clearly I am rambling here.

Things are all mixed up.

Oh well, I hope that you are smiling or chuckling.

Almost time to hit the “dusty trail” ….. wishful thinking.

I hope that this finds everyone doing well.

Both Alvin and I are doing VERY well.

We are as you know putting on the final touches for Saturday’s Christmas party and for Christmas.

Mostly everyone is done.

Just the final touches.

Oh, one more thing.

I am cheating this year.

I found at COSTCO (imagine that) a box with a frozen turkey breast.

So I bought two.

The instructions sounded ultra easy so we shall see.

Still will have the wonderful aroma of turkey roasting in the oven.

Time to fly.

Special Hello to: my friend “D” who I just found out reads this blog and that makes me happy & grateful.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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