Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! Well we were up at 5:30 Alvin had his glucosamine chew, went outside and then had breakfast before we settled down on the sofa until 7:30. We have been up for awhile now. I am happy to report that we had a full walk. Alvin sniffed happily all round our walk. I had to watch him very carefully to ensure that he did not eat something that he should not. It is foggy and humid this morning but with a cool breeze making it comfortable to be outside. There were a few big rain drops during our way and also our large dog friend name Grizzly whom we met a few weeks ago, I believe. Grizzly is a playful big guy and he reached out with his large paw to pet Alvin and Alvin got scared. I guess I would be scared if a huge paw came down on my head. He is truly a gentle giant our Grizzly friend. I did not freak out so Alvin was okay. Just an initial bark and he was okay after that.

Last night before bed I applied for the Canada Pension Plan for which I have been paying into for over 40 years. I wished that I would have applied for OAS at the same time but I had this voice in my head saying it is automatically paid as I had been listening to a YouTube guy speaking about applying for these benefits. Anyway, I just went to apply for OAS and their Government of Canada website is down. So will have to try later. Just wishing I would have done it last night, woe is me, lol. I will keep trying over the course of the day and tomorrow. I did the hard work last night getting all of the signins worked out. Nothing is straightforward with the government or so it would seem. Anyway, it is what it is.

Yesterday we were happy to have Teddy, his little sis Kobi and Aunt Janine stop by for a visit yesterday afternoon. So nice to have company, we thoroughly enjoyed their visit. Alvin was over the moon. So excited to see his friends. It was a great day. Janine and I had coffee and I shared some of my birthday biscotti with her. By the way, Val if you are reading this post – Janine loved the biscotti.

Last night for dessert, I baked an apple crisp with the remaining apples before they spoiled. For the supper portion I made large chicken stir fry. Both were yummy and I will have leftovers for a few days.

There is such a refreshing breeze coming in through the office window. I appreciate it so much. Looking forward to having a cup of coffee earlier than yesterday.

I am so grateful that Alvin had a good weekend. Today is looking good as well. Tomorrow we take an urine sample. That should be interesting.

Oh, I had a lovely chat with one of my brothers, the older of the two who will be turning 60 in a few days. Two days after mine to be exact. I will be having a video chat with my sister today so I want to get everything done. At least I have leftovers for supper so we can always chat after an early supper.

Now I just need to reach out to my youngest brother and have a chat. Also wonderful to chat with my siblings. I miss seeing them. It has been a long over two years since we were together. I am hoping that next summer we are able to have a get together. Time flies and we need to see each other.

What a busy but yet relaxing weekend. There was plenty of time for snuggling with the Alvin and time for visiting with friends, chatting on the phone and doing a bit of work. The work part – well let’s be serious, my house does not really get dirty. I am always picking up and putting things away as I go. That is the secret to keeping things tidy. A bit of dust can easily be wiped. If you keep things clean as you go – less work in the long run. I have learned that in my almost 65 years on this planet.

Wow, today is August 1st and now only 8 days till my birthday on August 9th. Janine and I made plans to have our “Mexican Supper” on my actual birthday so that will be great. I did not have any plans for my actual birthday and now I do so that is great. She is putting together the meal and I am doing dessert. Not sure what yet but I will figure it out. Maybe it should be cake or cupcakes since it is my birthday. I can always run to the grocery store and pick up a couple of pieces of cake or cheesecake, that would be lovely.

I am enjoying the over a week long celebrations. Why not!

Well time to go and perhaps I will try again to apply for OAS which is Old Age Security here in Canada. It is nice that you can apply for and start these benefits and still be working.

Have a great Monday. I am enjoying this long weekend. So great to have the extra day. This Friday is my last day of work before I begin my vacation. I took one week and one day and will enjoy every moment.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: only 8 sleeps till I turn 65. I cannot wait.

Second Half of the NEW YEAR

Good Morning and Day 2 of my Vacation Days (Day 5 since my last day of work).

A very warm one is one the way.

The sky is a delicate blue, there is virtually no breeze at all and the sun is glowing like the powerful ball in the sky that it is.

Yesterday I defrosted and cleaned the fridge, cleaned the oven, and finished my craft project.

So it was a busy day.

As we have been doing since Sunday morning we were out walking bright and early.

Well 7:30 a.m.

We were already into the park when Alvin spotted a “shopping cart.”

It had been on the other side near the entrance yesterday morning and he did not acknowledge the beast.

But this morning …. it got his gaw.

He gave the big green monster a wide girth as we walked by, growling and barking until we were clear.

So funny.

Oh me Alvin.

We encountered not a soul … not cats out in the yard enjoying the sunshine …. no humans out walking their Alvins.

Just me and Alvin.

I will say it was kind of nice.

As we walked into the park – I had to stop and move my glasses (with sunglass clips) to fully appreciate the rich green of the trees and grass.

Absolutely breathtaking.

The green is my favourite shade of green ….. grass green ….kelly green would best describe that shade.

Picture perfect with the blue sky and the green grass and trees.

As we came near our friend’s house …. we briefly stopped to admire her flowers.

She has one of the most gorgeous flower gardens that I have ever seen.

 

Well before it gets too hot, I want to give Mr. Alvin a hair trim and bath.

So have to get going as want to begin before 9:00 and be done no later than 11:00 a.m.

Otherwise it will be too warm.

I think Alvin will be pleased to have a bath on a hot day.

I will follow with a shower.

 

My TO DO LIST is starting to get shorter with each passing day.

The only item that I may not get done this week is washing all of the window blinds in the house.

There are blinds on each window so there are a great many.

Might leave them for next Monday, we shall see.

This is vacation after all.

But also time to get those extra time consuming jobs completed.

 

I hope that you are safe and in good health, keeping cool.

For all those birthdays in August …. WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

I think that I know at least one person with a birthday every day in August.

 

We stopped and picked up the mail on the way home.

I had two non-junk pieces of mail.

One was a birthday card from my Aunt and Uncle, so treasure her cards and letters.

I am saving the letter for later to read and enjoy.

The other was a brown envelope from Revenue Canada …. I was not sure what that would be.

When I opened it – pleasant surprise.

Information about applying for CPP or better known as Canada Pension Plan.

All the details including amounts that I could receive pending on when I apply.

 

Okay time to fly.

Get this day going …..

Wishing all creatures on this earth to live with kindness and respect.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Alvin and Carol

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