Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! As the mornings begin to be progressing cooler and the daytime temperatures slowly start to return to normal (not for today, tomorrow, or Sunday) we breathe a collective sigh of relief. I am not saying that folks do not like warm temperatures but there are hot temps and then there are HOT temps. 30+ celsius is way too hot. Thankfully with the cooler mornings and having had the windows opened last night, it is quite cool in the house this morning and hopefully it will remain comfortable as the day progresses. I have noticed over the past few weeks how our daytime highs seem to be hitting so much later in the day. I wonder why that is? Note to self: google it.

This has been a transition year for so many people as some people are making their way back to their “offices” to their jobs at their place of employment. We have been working from home with the minimum attendance at the office. Our productivity has been off the charts and minimum use of sick days but at the end of the day our management team has decided that they “need” us back in the office. The reasons that we were given are “social” – better to have face to face with other teams and your own teams, training is easier and they want to see us. There has been much debate and many tears as we crumble to the decisions made by others. After coming up to three years of mainly working from home, we would we turn back? As one team member said “why fix something that is not broken.” If it is training that is an issue, staff could go to the office to be trained. I am so filled with emotion over this decision. At first we were told that effective immediately we go to the office “three days a week” and now didn’t that put everyone into a tailspin. How can people get child care and other arrangements in place over a long weekend? Not likely very easily. The decision after some discussion was changed a few times and the end result was one day at the office per week for September, two days per week in October and then transitioning to three days per week come November. I am not quite sure how I am going to be able to manage these changes with Mr. Alvin and his health issues. One day per week and possibly two, I may be able to get a friend to come and check on him at lunch time but that is quite a time commitment and I have not got my head wrapped around this. There are other options but I am not ready for them at this point in my life. They would mean major changes. I have had plenty of major changes over my lifetime. So anyway that is the story. We will be back into being crammed into an area that has very little natural light, packed in like sardines as I like to say (well maybe not quite that close but very close) and the noise level when everyone is back makes it difficult to talk on the phone. Anyway the decision was made and that is that as they say. I am grateful for the time that I have been able to work from home and yes, it would have been perfection to continue until I retire. I guess unfortunately for most of us this is not a perfect world. Not where close.

The back to the office also adds with it, additional costs. Parking/transportation/long commute. Poor Alvin, I worry about him. I worry for all those pets now being left alone once again. Did you know that they will not drink or very little if they cannot go outside to pee? Or there will be accidents. I wish in hindsight that I had known to train him to pee on pads, then some of the stress would have been relieved.

Well time to head outside for a walk. I am only working this morning as Mr. Alvin has another vet appointment, this one is to trim his nails etc. His regular appointment. It has been a stressful and financial straining week.

I look forward to a hopefully quiet and uneventful weekend.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

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The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Well, I hope and trust. Me, well I hit that darn SNOOZE button on my phone more than once this morning and now I am racing to get things done. My fault. I am not sure why as I was awake, just finding it difficult to get out from underneath that red cozy blanket snuggled beside the Alvin while listening to the wind howling. For some reason the wind does not give me incentive to get my butt moving in the morning. Unfortunately for me, there has been a lot of wind howling going on here in the past few days and even weeks. Thankfully not everyday until recently. I will say it is nice to be looking out of my office window and seeing the sunrise. It is so pretty. Makes me smile and feel good. I can smell my coffee waiting for me to drink. Thank goodness today is Friday. We made it to yet another weekend.

Alvin had a good vet appointment yesterday. No ear infection. He got an oral vaccine for a word that starts with a b and I cannot remember how to spell it at this moment. Too much of a hurry to stop and figure it out. Not important. He does need to have his teeth cleaned sometime in the coming months. Which I was not surprised by. So do I. It is funny that the best things in life are free like snuggling with Alvin and walking but to keep him alive and healthy COSTS so much money. Same thing applies to us. We in ourselves are free but everything to stay alive and well costs money. Isn’t life so much fun, lol.

I was so grateful to have my neighbours car to drive to the vet. She is parking in our garage for the time being as parking is little or none and when her guy is home, well, not enough room for them both in her garage. Anyway, it was great not to have to worry about walking over the ice and water to the vet. Dangerous even. We had a little situation as we were leaving but thankfully my neighbour was able to come over right away and help me. Ended well.

Anyway, I was so happy when they announced the total of my vet bill yesterday as it was much less than originally quoted which leaves me money for groceries. Oh, I am not starving as I have my pantry and freezer with food. But never good to be completely without funds. I also picked up his food, toothpaste, movoflex so he is also good to go. Thank heavens for that.

Well I have to sign off. Sorry for the short post. I think we can all agree that we have been there – hitting that darn snooze button in the morning.

I hope that you have an awesome Friday. Be safe and take careful.

So light out now. YAY. Spring is close.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

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