Last Half 2022 – October

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Well it is dark out and not even that early as is just after 7:00 a.m. I guess we are into the beginning of that time of year when we get up in the dark and leave work in the dark. Thankfully we are not at the later part of that statement just yet. The shortest day is in December, 2022 – so a bit of time away. Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous – actually the whole weekend was wonderful. This week is going to be nice except for Wednesday is supposed to be 11+ celsius which is cool compared to 20’s as of late. I am so grateful for this beautiful fall weather. Enjoying the leaves raining down and seeing the kiddos crunching on them as they walk across the lawns. I am one of those kiddos. Love to walk on the leaves. When I rake the leaves, I am going to spread some of them on my back flower bed. One of my friends gave me that idea so that they insulate and protect the plants. Great idea. Might be fun removing them in the spring but will worry about that later.

I suppose this coming up weekend being Thanksgiving might be a good time to put away the patio furniture. Clean out the remaining flower pots. I have three and they are on the front porch. The impatiens might be done by then but not sure about the pot. Time will tell. I am glad that I decided to bring a good bunch of my plants into the house. Some are wintering in the basement and others are on the main floor and upstairs. All three floors have plants. Nothing like having green and flowers blooming in the deepest part of winter. When it is storming outside and there are flowers blooming – makes me feel happy. Flowers will do that.

Well tomorrow afternoon is Alvin’s regular vet appointment so I took the afternoon off. Wednesday through Friday it is off to the office. Found out yesterday on FB that one of our coworkers has COVID. ARGH. I have decided that whenever I am away from my desk that I will wear a mask and not get within close proximity to anyone. Better to be safe. Reminds me that I must go and get that fourth shot. I will phone and see if I can get in on the weekend. Maybe Saturday.

Yesterday I baked 2.5 dozen Apple Cinnamon muffins with some pumpkin and a loaf. Not sure why but I decided to double the recipe (NEVER DOUBLE A MUFFIN RECIPE) and then the consistency was out of whack so I added some pumpkin puree. They turned out great but would have been easier and less messy had I stuck to the recipe and made one batch at a time. I also chopped about 20 cups of apples for the freezer and have about 100 to go. Seriously might be close to that. I have two super big bowls full of apples to get chopped up. So everyday after work – I plan to chop some apples and then finish on the weekend. Will be so nice to have them in the winter time for some muffins or an apple crisp or even a pie. Mmmmm good.

I decided not to give Mr. Alvin a bath but did manage to trim his paws, just a little bit.

Well time to head back downstairs and put on the coffee. I really need coffee this morning. Last night we went for a walk after supper just before 7:00 and met up with Cookie and her Dad so we walked together. Went further than we have been for awhile. Nice to have company and someone to chat with other than Alvin. He usually never replies, lol.

I hope that you have a great Monday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: my friend Gillian popped by in the early afternoon to drop off the coffee and freezer bags that she picked up from Costco for me. Coffee has now increased from $11.99 to $18.99. Time to cut back on the coffee, methinks. We had a nice visit and she liked the freshly baked muffins. I gave her some of the chopped apples for a crisp or muffins. People will be revisiting their monthly budgets.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? We are up and at it extra early as I am only working two days this week. I tossed and turned last night so not a great sleep but I did catch some zzz’s along the way. Last night I set up my workstation downstairs which I think had Mr. Alvin wondering what the hey was going on! it will be a nice change to be working downstairs one again. As the temperatures start to increase over the upcoming months, it will be much more comfortable working on the main floor where I can have fans blowing on us. We will be closer to outside for Mr. Alvin. If he chooses to lay on the deck for a little while, he can do so. There is a pretty sunrise this morning and the night sky is slowly clearing to make way for clear blue sky for the day. I love this time of day in the spring. After a long winter of darkness and so much of the you know what, I said that I am not going to say that word and I have not and will not, anyway we are grateful that winter has passed once again. I do wonder what this summer will look like. Oh and the wind. It seems like we have much more wind as of late. The howling of the wind last night did not help me to shut down although it was more my thoughts would not subside so that I could sleep. It will be nice to have a few days off but with my job coming back is not pretty. Oh well, I am looking forward to having the grandpups, Miss Aspen and Master Milo here for just over a week. Alvin will enjoy it as well. I am hoping that he will sleep in a bit and not get up so early. Back to the sunrise, I can see slightly mauve hues on the southern rise. Oh, I love the morning sky. I just heard what sounds like a huge dog barking somewhere in the near distance from us. I wonder what is going on at his house. I hope that he is okay. We have had a lot of coyotes in the neighbourhood over the past several months.

I am happy that yesterday I cleaned the upstairs and downstairs including the floors, moved my work computer and monitor and items down stairs, reorganized my desk upstairs, watered plants, raked the backyard, started to clean out the main floor coat closet and went for a walk. Felt good to get things done.

Well the coffee is ready and I want to get an early start on work. I want to have everything done before I leave tomorrow.

I hope that you have a great day and that we all have good weather to go for a walk either once or today on this Monday. Getting outside with Alvin always makes me feel good.

Happy Monday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Wednesday morning? I am well, we are well. Alvin is upstairs with me as I get ready for the day. I even got moving extra early this morning which is great. Had a nice soothing shower and am ready for this Wednesday. I am always amazed, not sure why, as to how quickly the days pass by. Mostly they appear to be moving at lightning speed. It seems as though everyone is living my dream. My dream is to be a published writer. Drew Barrymore’s new book “Rebel Homemaker” debuted yesterday and Dr. Oz has a new one out. So many people that I can think of. I had the idea to write a cookbook with more than just the recipes and it would appear that so many people are writing what I thought of a long time ago. Looks like it was a good idea and I am sad that I did not have the “drive” to get it done. I have started many books but never seem to get further than the first chapter. Over the years I have written quite a lot of poetry and I could definitely add that to a book. I have thought of writing about life’s experiences and what they have taught me. So many idea. I guess as I turn 65 next year there is no time like the present. There are so many books about Alvin that I could write – a complete children’s series, I think. Maybe I will one day soon be coming to a bookstore near you. That would be an absolute dream. But in the meantime I will endeavour to keep writing this post each and every day. It does help fulfil the dream to some degree for sure. I think most of us get stuck in a rut and just marvel at those who seem to have it all. The ones that do everything. When do they sleep? Some of them have help because let’s face it – it takes a village to do most everything in this life. It truly does. Did I mention to you that on Halloween night – I was surprised when someone that I did not recognize said “Hi Alvin.” He has a following for sure. I tried with all my heart to figure out who she was and of course, did not have the gall to ask.

On the days where I feel less than stellar and all days, I am going to continue writing notes and poems and this post. I have lots of recipes and I know that my life mirrors a movie in some respects. So one of these days, I will finish that book and it will be published, but in the meantime, I will carry on. That is all we can do.

Yesterday I learned of a friend whose beloved pup passed on Monday. I could not help but cry most of the day after she told me. She is lonely now as she lives on her own as well. My friend remarked about going for walks but they were not the same without her Sadie. Sending hugs to her.

Well Mr. Alvin has patiently waited for me so I should sign off and get downstairs to prepare the coffee. I love that first cup of coffee and note to self to get drinking more water again. Somewhere along the line I fell off the water wagon.

Have an awesome Wednesday. Be safe and work on those dreams. I will if you will!

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this morning? I am well and Alvin as far as I know has remained sleeping on the sofa after I made a quiet escape upstairs to get ready for work and for the day. Darkness fills the outside as I look out of my office window. I can see one yard light in the distance otherwise pitch black out there. Soon there will be light. I cannot get William (Bill) Shatner’s experience of going to space even though it was for only ten minutes and a few seconds. Can you imagine punching through the atmosphere and only seeing darkness as you enter space? No wonder he was so emotional. We humans can only dream of going to space and until recently it was only an experience shared by an elite few. These two private companies, these two billionaires have changed this Earth and hopefully even with a few of its regular citizens seeing space, they will appreciate the Earth and provide the drive for us to get our butts in gear and help this planet before it is not a choice. Every single human being on this planet can make a difference from the old to the young and everyone in between. I do know that the companies that make all of the throw away – single use plastics, oil and gas industry and so on, employee a great many people and contribute to the economy of every country but it is time to make some big changes. We have the intelligence to make those changes. It may not be pretty but we can do it.

Now that is a big topic for this time of morning but perhaps just a bit of a reminder that we can all make a difference. I try not to buy items that cannot be easily recycled. I do recycle. I reuse. I seldom buy new clothes but buy from thrift shops and the like. My daughter and I borrow things from each other instead of buying an item that we may only use a few times – we share those things. Most of the people living in North America only use a small fraction of the items that are live in their homes. We buy items for decoration. We buy items to decorate our bodies not just clothe them. WE have so much that is not necessary to live but rather are nice to look at. Something to ponder today. Perhaps you have some jewelry that you do not need or wear any longer. You could sell it, give it to a family member or friend or give to a charity to sell. I have found that as I age, I do not have the need or desire to have a bunch of new things. Also I am going through my house and finding new homes for things. Maybe you have someone that would appreciate that old family teapot that is gathering dust in a cupboard. You know what I mean. We hang onto things because they belonged to a Grandmother, Mother, Aunt and so on.

Time to head on downstairs. Get the coffee brewing and continuing to make the list of items that I no longer need. We can also repurpose things that we have as well.

Have an awesome day.

Yes, it is Friday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I am well, we are well. Perhaps a slight bit sleep deprived but nothing new. Still dark outside and that is part of living in Western Canada. The sun will not rise for awhile but that is okay. We will be voting on the time change next week. “To be or not to be, that is the question.” Sound familiar. Someone has decided this morning to bark every 10 seconds or so while I am upstairs despite my calling down to reassure him. Perhaps he has to pee but not likely. He is joined to me at the hip and whenever I am in the house and not beside him …. it is a problem. Definitely is getting more anxious as he ages. When I am outside and he can see me, no problem. Thank goodness that I do not have to go back to work at the office very often. My next time is November 9th, 2021, I think but I will have to find someone to come and check on him or he will go spend the day with someone. There is no way he will survive a 10 or so hour day without going outside or having human contact. Life.

Yesterday morning Canadian born William Shatner became the oldest person to go to space. I listened to him as he spoke to Jeff B. upon his return to Earth. He was so genuinely excited about the trip and grateful that he was able to see Earth from space. As he said he will be changed forever and he wished that everyone could have that experience. I wish that as well. I am so happy that “Captain Kirk” got to actually go to space. How strangely wonderful is that. Pretty darn exciting.

Someone is finally quiet down there and I am not sure why. Grateful for the quiet.

Yesterday we enjoyed two walks, one at my lunch break and the other after work. Before the walk after work I raked the leaves from our front lawn including Humphrey & Bogart’s. The leaves were crunchy. So pretty. Love this time of year.

I thought that perhaps we needed a bit of “yellow perfection” in our Thursday. I love Sunflowers. So perfectly beautiful. My gift to you for today.

Well time to go and get that coffee on to perk and see if Mr. Alvin does in fact have to go outside.

I wish you a great Thursday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter.

Good Morning All. How are you on this beautiful Thursday? I can only imagine the day as we are still in darkness as the sun does not rise until later and if there are clouds it may be dark longer. Oh well, that is winter in the province of Alberta, Canada. What can you do? Alvin is chatting about something so it would look like my story shall be cut short.

Yesterday I was on the phone with one of my clients. We were disconnected and then another call came in and I happened to notice that the ringtone was different and looked to see that it was my friend Iris, Alvin’s best friend Teddy’s Mom. So I picked up and she was wondering if she could stop by in about 1/2 hour, I said sure as I could take my lunch break then. She had called earlier on the house phone but I was working and did not answer. So I worked away until the doorbell rang. There was my friend with her hands full of something. She had been out shopping for something unrelated and happened across a great sale on sweaters and winter coats for dogs. I had mentioned to her at one point that Alvin much needed a new winter coat as his really did not fit him and that I would love to have a sweater for him for those less than frigid days. So she was out and found some. She bought matching winter coats for her pups and tried to get same for Alvin but could only get a warm cream tone with brown latches up the back. Anyway they are the cadillac of winter coats for dogs. So beautiful. Alvin’s completely covers him and even has a nice warm hood lined with fake fur of course. We tried on both the sweater which is a mix of red, black, grey and white and the winter coat but Alvin was not really keen on either of them. They fit and I was/am one happy Momma. Alvin is not so good with new things unless it is FOOD and then he is all over it. We visited for a few minutes. I could not believe the deal that she got, more than 50% off. Basically two coats for the price of one. How wonderful. The Universe was truly listening when I made that remark. Thank you Universe and Iris. I will pay her of course for the sweater and jacket and am happy to do so.

We were supposed to have Teddy and Kobie for today, tomorrow and Saturday but something came up so they will not be coming over. That makes us sad even though I did not tell Alvin or he would be looking out the window for them.

One more quick story to finish off the new sweater and coat story. As we did not get out for a walk at noon as we had company, I thought that we would go for a walk after work and try out Alvin’s new sweater. Not cold enough for the cadillac of winter coats just yet. So with due care and attention I slipped the sweater onto Alvin. He was not really happy about the whole process. In fact, he stood in the middle of the kitchen floor not moving at all except for the quivering/shivering that he was doing. I tried to coax him to come but to no avail. So I picked him up and carried him to the door and set him down so that I could finish getting dressed for our walk. He just stood there. When I opened the door, I had to gingerly move him out the door. I locked the house and he stood on the top part of the porch. Just stood there. Not moving at all. I tried my best to convince him to come down but he would not. So after a few minutes I decided to go into the house and perhaps try to get him to walk around the deck before trying to go on our walk. Into the house. He did not walk very fast and in fact, I had to guide him and pull slightly on the leash (he wears a body harness) to get him to move toward the back door. After we got outside, I slowly walked about and finally he walked in his new sweater. I could tell that he was not very happy about the whole experience. After a few minutes we headed back outside. I managed to get him down the steps and outside. He walked very slowly. The wind was howling and it was cold so after a miserable few minutes for the boy we turned and headed home. My poor Alvin not so good with change or something new.

Last night I thought that it was cute that he walked up to where I had laid his new winter outerwear on top of a square container and started to sniff it. Perhaps I should have thought of that.

Well time to head downstairs. I think you get the drift of what happened. Oh me Alvin.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day. Take care and Be safe. Walk through your days spreading love, kindness and respect for all.

I/We shall remain, As Always, Carol & Alvin

Soon I hope to share some photos. Technical difficulties.

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 23rd of March, 2020.

We had a great weekend.

No cell, no FACEBOOK, no other social media, no internet except for writing this post.

It definitely took my anxiety down several notches to almost nil, I would say.

I started to put together a little mantra to repeat throughout the day.

Hopefully it will help keep me settled down.

It all comes back to bringing work home.

I like my job but home is home.

I understand these times and I am grateful that I have a job and am able to work from home.

But it does not change the facts that I am invading my home with work.

Something that I will have to work on …. through this time.

 

I love being home with Alvin.

Yesterday I gave him his regular haircut followed by a bath.

As always, he cringed and balked at having his paws trimmed.

I somehow managed to get them trimmed.

Back ones always look better than the front.

I have started to keep the scissors close by at bedtime.

When he has settled down and just before I brush his teeth, I give a couple quick snips.

It helps.

The sun is beginning to rise as I can see the beginnings of beautiful colours to the east.

Those colours make me happy …..

We had a nice walk yesterday.

Changed up our route once again.

Mainly due to the ice on the sidewalks.

 

I love the morning sky.

Back to the sunrise.

It is 7:09 a.m. and the sky is beginning to grow light as the darkness dissipates into the day.

I love the whispers of pink, oranges and blues as they fill the morning sky.

The colour pallette brings joy to my heart and a calmness to my mind.

Both great things for sure.

 

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.

I wish you a day filled with kindness and respect.

If you are feeling anxious …. try to step away from that which is making you feel that way.

I hope that you are able to do so.

If not, write down a simple mantra.

Words that bring you to a state of gratitude and joy.

Words that will reduce your anxiety.

This is one of my mantras.

 

I am grateful to have more time with my Alvin.”

I am grateful to have a beautiful home.”

“I am grateful to be surrounded by considerate and supportive people.”

“I am grateful to have freshly perked coffee each morning made in my kitchen.”

 

Take care out of your day for yourself.

It is the little things that will get us all through these days.

Go for a walk.

Get away from where you are whether you are at home or at work.

Being outside makes a huge difference.

Try to go near some water and trees, nature is a wonderful healing force.

 

With heartfelt feelings of kindness and respect to everyone including myself,

and to Alvin,

 

We remain, Always,

Carol & Alvin

My geranium is blooming, I cannot wait to transplant it outside.

 

 

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning,

Well we are closing the gap on the middle of November, 2019.

In less than 2 weeks it will be one month until Christmas Day.

 

Another year to reflect upon.

I am so excited for 2020.

Not that I am wishing the days away or anything like that but I am looking forward to the New Year.

In this moment, Alvin is resting on his blue blanket as I click away on the keyboard.

In this moment, I am awake perhaps not 100% rested but I am awake.

In this moment, I am dressed and ready to set upon this day.

In this moment, I am happy to be writing these words.

In this moment, I am happy to be me.

 

We were so blessed to have a nice walk, our regular walk, last night.

The sidewalks were wet mostly but not icy.

Such a relief.

Yesterday we had plus temperatures here in Edmonton and that is the forecast for today.

We were mostly alone as we walked.

It was dark by the time that I caught the bus home from work, looked after Alvin, changed my clothes and then headed out for our walk.

The sun sets mighty early these days.

Thankfully it was not pitch black out and of course living in the city there are lights.

In places around the lake the street lamps are a bit too far apart for my liking.

I understand why but still ….

Alvin wanted to turn around and go home a few times as we walked in the park in the darkness.

I told him “not to worry and that I would keep him safe.”

Poor boy.

In his older age he is not as brave and fearless as he once was.

Although most days when he hops across the threshold to go in or out; you would never know that he is coming eleven years old in January 2020.

 

Well as the seconds pass here it is becoming closer to our time to go downstairs.

Finish the last minute items.

Grabbing my lunch.

Going outside with Alvin and picking up any little bundles he left out there for me.

Then donning the boots, the coat, scarf and mitts.

So grateful that the weather is staying warm.

Grateful for the little layer of crusty snow covering the ice.

 

Be careful out there.

Happy Wednesday.

 

If we spread kindness with respect all day long ….. the world will be a better place.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Somedays you just have to reshare “cuteness.”

Guaranteed to bring a Smile to your face 

  and Joy to your heart.

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 18th day of October, 2018.

Dark outside, guess we have to get used to it once again.

It will be several months before we see light at this time of day.

But that is okay.

 

Everything is equal in the darkness.

Meaning you can not see anything so everything is equal.

No divisions or egos or opinions to get in the way in the dark.

What you cannot see, still is, but is equal until it is not.

Isn’t that funny?

Strange thought?

We place too many labels on people, things, and situations.

We place too much stress on ourselves and then onto others.

We need to relax and just be.

Do your job.

Write your book.

Live your dreams.

One moment at a time.

Just breathe.

See the darkness not for what it is but what it can be.

Meaning the light will come and then you can see things as they are.

 

This morning once again Mr. Alvin in his way gave me a very important moment.

In the bathroom (no details) and he wanted me to massage his neck.

He sits there enjoying the moment.

Then he stands up and wants me to massage his back and upper tail area.

Okay upper bum area ….. but his tail ….. anyway.

He is loving it.

Quietly standing.

Then after I am finished.

He stands up on his hind legs and gives me kisses.

Something that only takes a few minutes clearly made him feel good.

It is those little things that make us feel amazing.

Good for him and good for me.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

My carpool is home sick for another day.

Sending good health energy her way.

 

I hope that you all have a great day.

I may not always say it but I appreciate you all.

My family and oh my friends.

I have the best friends on the planet.

My sister is second to none.

My brothers, I love them.

All the nephews and nieces and cousins, thank you.

I am grateful to have my own home.

I am grateful to have the best companion, Mr. Alvin.

I am grateful to be creative and to have employment.

I am grateful to see, hear, smell and to touch.

I am grateful for all the experiences of each day.

I am grateful for my life.

 

Special Hello to: my sister, thank you for your wonderful comments and for reading my blog every day.  Have a great Thursday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

PS: yesterday was so beautiful.  Wore capris and short sleeved t-shirt on our walk after work.  WE LOVED THE WALK. Still some beautifully coloured leaves remaining on some of the trees.

Still some green leaves.  Grass is green.  Loved hearing Mr. Alvin crunching the leaves as we walked along.

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 4th day of October, 2018.

Well into the first week of October.

Darkness in the mornings takes a bit of getting used to …. but the temperatures have been okay.

Perhaps a bit cooler than a “normal” fall day.

But really what is the norm anymore?

We enjoyed a beautiful walk last night with our friend ….. chatting about life.

As we walked the leaves scrunched under our feet.

Alvin looks so cute walking through piles of leaves (especially the ones still out front).

Bad Momma has not raked them as yet.

Just no energy when I get home from work.

To go for a walk and make supper and clean up and get ready for the next day is about all I can do.

Now something is clearly wrong with this picture.

I am old school in that I think I am “super woman” and if there is more to do, I will find a way to do it.

Like working through breaks, starting early and sometimes working a bit later.

Between conversations with myself this morning and my friend last night.

I realized that I am doing more harm than good by not taking breaks.

Not good for physical or mental health.

It does not give an accurate picture of the work load or what can be done in a regular day.

If we are working “hard” during the rest of the day …. that is enough.

That is all that I will say as I try to keep this post not work related.

Sometimes though you just have to get things off your “chest.”

 

Well Mr. Alvin had me up at first about 3:30 a.m. ……

He is definitely off his clock.

He ate early before 4:00 a.m.

Went outside.

Anyway, we did manage to score some snoozes on the sofa.

Now it is almost time to leave for work.

 

I am taking a book and will be leaving my desk at break times to read.

No interruptions and will get that time that I need and earn.

 

Have an awesome Thursday.

Special Hello to: my fellow humans who put in extra time at their job – realize that often times it goes unnoticed and really does more harm than good.  Take time for you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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