Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 19th day January, 2018.

Today is a very special day in our house.

Today is Mr. Alvin’s Birthday.

It was nine years ago today that my daughter, her husband, then our Elton and Penny packed up the car on a COLD winter night to go and meet this little guy.

He was little and sick.

The pups took to each other pretty much right away.

Alvin in his foster home was surrounded by lots of love and that was visible.

His foster parents had taken in other animals, mainly cats at the time we were there to start their journey to good health and joy.

Alvin has been a good companion over this last nine years and I hope that we are able to enjoy many more happy, healthy years together.

He, we have our quirks.

The best way to say Happy Birthday to Alvin is by sharing some photos over our nine years together.

Happy Birthday Alvin.

Thank you for choosing me, us as your forever home.

We loved you from the moment we met.

 

Baby Alvin – taken the first night we met.  January 19, 2010 and the night he came home with us.

AKA: Conehead

Enjoying a sunny winter’s day!

This KISS, this KISS (please stop, Mom you are embarrassing me!!) – our 1st family photo.

Posting this just because “ALVIN” is so cute here….

Me & Alvin with Zavier looking on … Miss Anela took the photo, she is four years old.

Lookin’ Out the Window…..

Alvin and Penny ….. they loved to bug each other.

Enjoying the flowers

Alvin, one of my babies

Isn’t this the cutest leash holder ever ….. the puppy looks just like me Alvin.; (a gift for Alvin from our friend).

Casey, Elton and Alvin …. 

Alvin and Penny enjoying summer.

Me and Alvin Oct 2013

favourite photo of my boy

Alvin’s first stocking …. from his family.

Alvin getting to know his “new” family….

 

Have an awesome Friday.

Special Hello to: my boy, Happy Birthday Alvin.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day …..

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

Another gorgeous day on the way.

There is no frost on the cars parked out on our street, so that is a good sign.

I am definitely wearing my “ice picks” on the winter boots again today.

They did help.

The only spots where it was tricky were on the sidewalk with just a slight film of ice.

But I walked around where I could and walked slowly in the other places.

Just have to give yourself enough time on these days.

I was lucky and got another ride home last night.

So great when that happens.

Walking earlier, supper earlier and even am able to get chores done around the house.

So grateful for my friend and my daughter for the rides this week.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk last night.

In fact it was me who turned around about half way due to the ice and him wanting to go ahead (on leash).

So instead of him dragging me (well not quite) we just came home.

It was so gorgeous out.

On those nights I could sit on a blanket on the deck and just gaze up at the stars.

So why didn’t I, unfortunately I did not think of it until now.

Note to self:  sit on deck, on blanket and star gaze with Mr. Alvin.  That would be wonderful.

 

Well tomorrow is Alvin’s Birthday.

He will be “NINE” and has been with us for EIGHT years.

WOW.

 

I hope that wherever you live on this beautiful planet of ours that you are happy, warm, safe and presenting yourself with kindness and respect.

When we all are living in this way ….. we will have peace.

I believe it could happen …. I believe it will happen.

Not today and likely not tomorrow or even in 10 years but it will.

 

Happy Thursday.

Have an awesome day.

So excited today as our new spring and summer, Steeped Tea catalogue comes out.

I love to look at catalogues.

Thank you.

 

Special Hello: to all my fellow inhabitants of this planet.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 15th day of January, 2018.

I believe that another beautiful day is on the way, weather wise.

There is a wind but that is okay.

We had beautiful weather this weekend.

 

Wow, the middle of January already.

We are well into the New Year now.

Do you find that any New Year feels vastly different from the previous one?

Maybe that is a good sign or maybe not.

Does that mean that life for you or perhaps for me, stays relatively the same?

I guess if we are happy with the way things are – then it is okay.

What happens if you have been working tirelessly each year to make changes and nothing happens?

Likely time to change your approach.

Maybe speak to someone that can help you with your approach – with your changes.

It is always good to talk to others if you are finding yourself stuck in a gear.

Time is valuable and if we want to make the most of it, we must try.

 

I have a pretty good life.

Now not exactly what the original plan was but then again those plans change.

It is good for them to change.

What was important to you when you were ten, sixteen, twenty-five, thirty, forty or even fifty-fifty may be different.

That is just the way that things go.

Also carry some method of taking notes with you as you never know where or when inspiration will appear.

Take a chance.

You may be surprised.

 

Well here we are once again, time to leave for work.

The weekends seem to evaporate but I am grateful to have them.

Yesterday my daughter and grand pup, Milo came for a visit.

We had a great time.

I even was able to make the trip to the grocery store that had not worked out on Saturday.

All is well.

Good conversation and the fridge is full, again.

 

Special Hello to: those folks who are embarking on a new chapter in their life.

You never know where change will take you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 14th day of January, 2018.

No snow coming down this morning.

Temperatures warmer.

Life is good.

Yesterday was an odd but good day.

Started out after the usual routine plus coffee by going to our Vet to pick up food for Alvin.

Enjoying the walk in the much warmer weather.

The plan was to go for groceries but that got suspended as we got a FB message asking if “Teddy” could come and stay with us for a few hours.

Teddy is in the photo below with Mr. Alvin.

Teddy is in the forefront of the photo.

They are the same colour – only noticeable different Alvin is bigger (and older but don’t tell him).

I posted this photo on FB, that is why the fancy lights.

Teddy loves coming to our house as much as we love having him.

He warms my heart and makes me happy.

It was a good change from the original plan.

I did manage to have laundry done before he arrived and some house work completed.

When Teddy comes to stay with us – I like it to be all about the pups.

When he first arrives he runs back and forth and up to me and away from me.

He is so excited.

His Mom says that she cannot tell him too much in advance of coming to our house, as he gets so excited.

I do not think any “guy” other than Alvin and perhaps not even him as ever been that excited to see me.

SO CUTE.

We played, they went into the backyard, we snuggled and played.

It sometimes takes Alvin a little while to get into the play mode but Teddy is so energetic that you cannot help but want to play.

Of course, wherever Alvin goes Teddy goes.

So cute.

When suppertime came, I gave Alvin his food and placed Teddy’s food away from Alvin’s.

Alvin can be greedy.

I was watching and thought careful but Alvin put his head between my feet as I was standing beside Teddy and his food.

Little bugger (Alvin that is), he managed to eat a couple of big mouthfuls before I could stop him.

I had to laugh but was a bit mad.

That was Saturday.

Sunday …. now have to go and get groceries.

I had to improvise supper.

Made a salmon pancake of sorts with slices of avocado on top and halved grape tomatoes beside, and the rest of the kale salad

Looked real colourful.

Well time to get this show on the road.

Things to do and get ready for work tomorrow.

My daughter may be coming for a visit.

I need COFFEE.

Happy Sunday.

So happy for this nice weather.

Special Hello to: all our family and friends, Happy Sunday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 27th day of December, 2017.

Another COLD COLD day for us here in Edmonton and in Western CANADA.

We had a wonderful Christmas with our family.

Chatted with my brothers on Christmas Day and my sister.

Chatted with our friends from Regina…

Hard to believe that Christmas is all over for another year.

The decorations and our inflated bellies are all that remains.

I tried “Jamie Oliver’s” recipe for cooking the turkey and gravy this Christmas and was happy with the results.

An easy and extremely tasty way to make the turkey and gravy.

SANTA CLAUS was good to both me and Alvin.

My daughter and her family slept over two nights at our house which was so nice.

We ATE and ATE and ATE too much.

We played a new game for the kids but not new for me, “SEQUENCE.”

So much fun ……

 

It feels like early in the morning but here it is almost 8:30 a.m.

The sun is not up.

 

I am most grateful to have this week at home.

Our office is closed this week.

So grateful.

 

Well time to go and have a shower and wake up.

Alvin has an appointment this afternoon at his Doctor’s.

No worries, just his regular pedicure and stuff.

We are grateful that our friend is giving us a ride for I fear a walk in this cold would freeze his paws.

 

Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: all my friends all over the world.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 13th day of December, 2017.

Another beautiful “spring-like” day on the way.

A good bit of the ice has melted and I am truly thankful for that.

Mid week, that is a good thing.

We are having our “floor” Christmas potluck today.

I am taking a veggie ….. “corn” ……. not too exciting but everyone loves corn, right?

Sure hope so.

Alvin and I have been enjoying our evening walks in this gorgeous weather.

Good for body, mind and soul.

My sprained hand is healing.

On the days that I use it more ….. well I know it for sure.

But life goes on.

Sometimes you just have to power through things.

Tonight my girl is picking me up after work and giving me a ride home.

Love rides home with my daughter.

Catching up and all.

A technician is coming from TELUS this evening to hopefully get my “internet” in order.

Always something.

Well time to go and get that corn packed ….. I need to put my purse and the corn in one bag so that I can carry them with my good hand.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

I hope that life is treating you wonderfully well.

Happy Day ….. Christmas is just around the corner.

Special Hello to: My Sister …… we will SKYPE soon.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 11th day of December, 2017.

Appears to be another nice day on the way.

My hand is still sore depending on what I am trying to do.

Should be interesting at work as I have some things to do that require writing and that is something that is not easy to do.

I have been writing with my right hand which is not my dominant one.

Will have to power through and write with my left as most of the writing is numbers.

I am grateful to my daughter who came over yesterday and helped me finish the Christmas baking.

Showers and getting dressed take time.

Found that putting on “stretch” – legging type of pants, I cannot do without pain.

No jewellery, hardly any make-up.

Fun and games.

I feel naked.

Watch on opposite hand.

ARGH.

But at the end of it all I am most grateful that I can key without too much discomfort which helps and that I am feeling pretty good.

Although I have not really stopped since it happened.

Good or bad, I do not know.

Alvin has been at my side as I figure he knows something is up.

Oh, my darling boy.

Well almost time to go as it will take me a few minutes to don the coat, boots and slide into my back pack……

No complaints as I know it could have been much much worse.

I am grateful for that and for the girls and work and for my daughter for the help.

So happy Monday everyone.

Special Hello: to my sister and fellow blogger for their concern and comments.  I have learned that I can only trust me to make sure that I look after me ….. if someone is coming on the bus, I will

just get out of the way until I have 100% exit.  Better to be safe than sorry.

Thank you everyone.

P.S. update on Telus and the data exceeded …. guy called me at 6:50 instead of 6:00 as promised…..then spent another 50 minutes on the phone with him ….. on the computer ….. only to tell me that I would need a technician to come out……argh.  Kept saying there is another device on my … whatever it is called.  I told him what I had…. I also said I am 60, why would I lie??  Anyway.

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 10th day of December, 2017.

The sky is broken up with clouds and lighter patches where the sun wants to appear.

The temperature has been absolutely beautiful.

Yesterday was over 10 degrees celsius, what a glorious day for December.

Just one more weekend before the Christmas weekend begins.

I apologize for not writing on my blog yesterday.

I had so many things to do and with my hand injured I had to choose what I could do without getting to carried away.

Well I got carried away but luckily things worked out okay.

I learned that there are just some things that I cannot do with my right hand or with my left hand “sprained.”

So I will take you back to my Thursday.

The day had unfolding beautifully, I had a great work day and had taken a couple of vacation hours to go to West Edmonton Mall and do a bit of shopping.

Nothing to exciting.

Alvin required some “poop bags” (not him, I needed them) and we have adoped four seniors at work through London Drugs (they adopt seniors, they give a list and foster groups adopt them for Christmas).

I wanted to pick up some small items from their list which had pretty much already been fulfilled.

So I went to the mall (yes it was busy even at 2:30 pm on a Thursday) and did my shopping.

I found them some word searches and some bath salts and the poop bags and some other small items that I required.

In and out of the mall in about one hour.

Feeling really good.

I didn’t wait long and the bus pulled up.

Got on the bus, had to stand as it was full.

No worries.

At the second bus terminal got off and the 117 was there so got onto that bus.

Again it was full so remained standing.

About ten minutes later approaching my stop so pulled the “bell.”

I noticed someone waiting at the stop.

I grabbed my bags.

My purse was made into a backpack and I had two bags one on each hand.

The driver stopped the bus.

The woman outside came toward the bus and as she came forward, I tried to move around her, the step had not been lowered (did not know at that second) and I lost my balance and

went flying threw the air landing on my face and left hand.

The bags went flying.

I laid there hurting and humiliated for what seemed like forever (likely only seconds).

I lifted my head noticing that my left glass lens had been scratched or at the least was dirty.

By this time the bus driver had come off the bus.

He asked me if I was okay, I said yes.

The driver also said that I was “bleeding” and went back to get some paper towel from the bus.

I wiped the blood from my face, which was not much.

He asked me if he should call for medical and I said absolutely not.

He asked me this question a couple of times.

I started to move after a few minutes, and get my bearings.

By the way the girl that started this did not get off the bus.

She had to have known or seen.

I began to see if I could get up when I realized that my left hand was hurting and injured to some degree.

As I tried to get up the driver lent an arm and I pulled myself up gathering the items that were now littered about on the sidewalk and placing them into the bags.

I stood up, fuming and crying at the same time.

The driver all the while kept saying to me “that woman tripped you.”

My final response to him beside “thank you” was that the step was not lowered and yes, she should have waited until I was off the bus.

Common sense, you see some with their arms full coming off the bus ….. would you not step back out of the way.

Anyway the driver got back onto the bus and waited for a minute or so.

I started to walk in between the tears and the curse words home.

It was a slow walk with me crying and saying curse words the whole way, but I made it home.

Somehow swearing makes you feel better??? Not really.

When I arrived home it took a couple of minutes to get my backpack off and get the key out and the door opened.

I was early and Alvin was not at the door ….. he arrived seconds later.

I as quickly as I could got my boots and coat and mitts off and headed to the back door to let him out to pee.

He actually stopped for a drink and then went outside.

He came in and followed me upstairs as I wanted to get out of those clothes and see what the damage was to my knees and body.

As I neared the top landing I noticed in the middle of the floor (yes carpet) a huge mound of poo.

I said “Oh, Alvin.”

Followed by grabbing the paper towel and cleaner from the bathroom.

Cleaned up the poop …… laid an old towel on the floor to absorb the cleaner.

Thankfully it was not “loose poop” if you know what I mean.

Poor Alvin ….. he has not had an accident in the house since his first night with me almost eight years ago and then he was sick and with a stranger.

No worries.

Next steps were into my bed where I was greeting with my bed tore apart.

I always make my bed in the morning and place all my throw pillows onto the bed so that it looks nice.

The throw pillows were thrown about ….. the sheets and bedspread were pulled back.

My pjs were pulled out from behind the pillow ….. I actually said to him, “Buddy, did you have a party while Momma was gone.”

As quickly as I could I got changed.

Not quickly with one hand.

I noticed that my right knew was scraped but not other bruises on my body.

My left hand was swollen and hurt.

I went into the bathroom and checked out my face.

My left glass lens was scratched and would need to be replaced.

My nose was scraped.

The left side of my upper cheek was scrapped a bit.

My lip was cut (small).

It was my hand that bore the brunt of the fall.

Not broken as I could and can move it.

A sprain by all accounts.

I had one drugstore painkiller at home so I took it (think it was Advil).

I gave Alvin his supper and called my daughter.

She wanted to come over and I said that I was okay and that if my hand got worse, I would get to the Doctor.

My daughter thought that perhaps Alvin because he could not get outside to poop got a bit crazy and tore the bed apart.

He also moved both the matts in the upstairs bathrooms around.

Oh well …..

 

There was silver lining to all of this …. my friend “V” had sent a package.

A huge package.

It took some time to get it opened with one hand but I managed.

Both Alvin and I were excited to see all of the treats that she sent to us.

Thank you again, my friend.

We are truly spoiled.

 

I went to work on Friday …. I got a ride with my neighbour.

Work was slow.

I could not write with my left hand and I am left handed, of course.

But I can write (out of practice) with my right hand.

So managed to get a few things done.

Long day.

One of my co-workers gave me some more ADVIL and also wrapped my hand in a tensor bandage.

My hand has and is swollen.

Depends on how much I do and what I do.

But between ADVIL, breaks, heat and ice compresses, I am good.

I did put a claim in with the City of Edmonton.

Not likely that anything will happen there but it felt like the right thing to do.

I was able to take my glasses in yesterday and it cost me just a few dollars short of $200.00 to get the lens fixed.

You have to pay at least half up front and with paying the full amount, now I can submit it to my Health Spending Account.

So at least I have insurance to cover it but am mad that I have to pay for someone else’s neglect.

So that is the story.

I managed to get groceries yesterday morning, more bus tickets, go to the Optometrist, do laundry, take Alvin for a walk, made a double batch of fudge (that was later last night) and puppy sat in the afternoon.

So a productive day.

 

I know that I cannot easily mix with my left hand and not with my right as I found out with the fudge.

My daughter is coming over today to help me with the last of the baking.

Time for coffee and breakfast.

But I wanted to fill you all in and to let you know that I just could not get this done yesterday.

I feel good today.

My hand remains sore but manageable.

 

Have an awesome day.

If you ride the bus – watch for people getting on.

 

Happy Sunday.

The sun is shining and it will be a great day.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 4th day of December, 2017.

What a grand weekend I had …

Dinner out with my girls and party at my house to follow.

Me Alvin came home and his sister spent most of the afternoon with us and helped me with the cookies.

Clothes dryer fixed on Sunday along with hand delivery of more Christmas Cards.

Even managed to wash three loads of bedding and pleasantly surprised that each load was dried with the cycle.

Fancy that.

I am so grateful to have the best family and friends.

Feeling so grateful this morning.

Back to work but before you know it, Christmas will be here.

More baking to do this coming up weekend and over the next couple of weekends also finish off my gift projects for my kids.

The weather has been wonderful.

Oh, last night I made my first ever “peanut sauce” from scratch and it tasty oh so yummy.

Great weekend.

Alvin has been staying close since his return.

Such a cutie.

Oh, my Alvin.

Here are my main floor Christmas Decorations.

Finally got photos posted.

The table set up for our girls Christmas party on Friday night and under the towel were some treats.

Time to go to work.

Have an awesome Monday.

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 3rd day of December, 2017.

The sun is shining brightly this morning.

Lots to do again today.

Yesterday I baked over 14 dozen SUGAR COOKIES and decorated.

One major bake down only two more items to bake.

My daughter brought Mr. Alvin home yesterday around lunchtime and stayed until late afternoon.

It was so nice to have her here and she helped me with the Sugar Cookies.

We make a great team and I am thankful for her every day of the year.

 

Looks like today I will have a clothes dryer that is functioning once again.

It has been over three weeks now and will be nice to have it working.

So many thanks to my friend “N” for researching parts, taking it apart and all running around getting parts.

I am so grateful.

 

I think before our friend arrives, Mr. Alvin and I will take a walk and deliver more Christmas cards.

I still have a bunch to deliver in the neighbourhood.

 

Oh, Mr. Alvin looks like he wants to play as he is pretending his chew treat is a hockey puck and pushing it around the floor with his paws.

He has a great imagination and would make a good forward.

Maybe the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Team could use a fast little guy like him.

 

Well my friends if I could figure out how to move my photos from FB to this blog … I would show you my cookies.

Let me try.

Finally I figured it out.

Time to go and get some fresh air.

 

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: to my sister ….. perhaps we can SKYPE later this week or on the weekend?  Missing you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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