2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Sunday morning? Both Alvin and I are well and it is warm in the house despite having the windows open to let in the cool air. Alvin and I both slept until 5:30 a.m. and then we were up to stay. I cannot believe it. I gave the boy his glucosamine chew and then his breakfast. Following that I brushed my teeth, washed my face and got dressed and then filled up Mr. Alvin’s water bottle. I grabbed the harness and chased him around the table (actually he was under the table) and then he broke free and ran upstairs, with nowhere to go, I managed to get his harness on him. Back downstairs, grabbed shoes and keys. We were about 1/2 block or so away from the house before I realized that I had forgot to grab my sunglass clips. ARGH. I do not like being out in the sunshine without them. Anyway I kept my eyes pointed down. As we reached the park I noticed in the middle of the sidewalk a bright blue item, oh I knew exactly what it was, a disposable face mask. They are all over the place. I used a poop bag as a glove and carefully picked it up and threw it in the garbage can a short distance away. Not sure why this happens so much. Anyway. We took our time and as we walked I picked up using another garbage bag as a glove multiple cigarette butts, some plastic and a huge ziploc bag. At one point Alvin got something in his mouth and as I saw him start to chew, he spit it out and I saw it was a cigarette butt. My heart sank. So thankful that this time he actually spit it out. So grateful. They can do so much damage to the internal organs of an animal even causing death. The butt was in the grass so I did not see it. As we walked the birds chirped and the sun shone. What a glorious morning. As we were exiting the park we saw a rabbit, I called him Jack and up the way I noticed another rabbit, I called her Jill. No idea if they were a male and female, two males or two females. But they hopped away and it was not much further and I noticed another bunny. Must have been a convention of the rabbits before the humans are out and about. We carried on enjoying the walk. It wasn’t actually until we got all around and back to the entrance to the park that we saw any human life. A woman walking into the park wearing a dress and boots. I saw her yesterday in a dress and boots with a man. Boots just don’t seem very comfy for walking or in this heat. Mind you perhaps that is all that she has to wear, so no judgements. Another woman was on a bike. Oh, I got out another poop bag and picked up a Tim Horton’s iced drink plastic cup and more cigarette butts. Thankfully I carry several poop bags with me. I sure wish that people would be responsible and dispose of their garbage and that includes cigarette butts. I guess that some people have no idea and really do not give any consideration or thought to what they are doing. My thoughts anyway. We arrived home and once inside I quickly turned on the fans. Anyway I guess I did some more community service this morning by picking up the trash on our walk.

I also noticed it appeared that someone dug up some of the roses at the entrance to the park. Pretty sure there were taller ones by this certain tree yesterday and the days before but they were gone this morning.

Oh, I googled “how to keep your dog cool.” In the house you can add ice cubes to their water dish and you can soak a towel in some cool water and then wring it out and place over them. Alvin absolutely loved it. He laid on the sofa with a wet towel for a long time and then when we went to bed, I soaked another towel and covered him. Worked like a charm and he slept from just after 10:15 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. ……. that was amazing. Personally it was likely that the heat plum tuckered him out but I would like to think that he was comfortable and just slept. It was easy to remain up when you had a continued sleep. Fingers crossed that it will continue.

So today, not much on the agenda. Just bring up the clean clothes that are air drying in the basement. Perhaps rearrange the basement a bit. OR not. Oh, I have my second vaccine this afternoon. YAY, then I am done.

I hope that you are doing well wherever you are and keeping cool if the temperatures are hot.

Please stay safe and be careful.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

Ready to grind some beans and have a mug of coffee and maybe even on the deck before it gets hot.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing on this Tuesday the first day of June 2021? Alvin and I are well. I was going to get up earlier and go for a walk but I cannot seem to get my butt going at 6:00 a.m. (likely due to my multiple times up to go to the bathroom last night due to drinking lots of water yesterday). I guess it will take a few days for my body to adjust but I am trying to get back on track and to drink enough water to be properly hydrated. I am looking at the clock and we have time to go for a walk before I start work. So this is going to be a throwback Thursday …….. what was going on this day a year or two ago? I always like to check so this is the perfect day to do so. Sky is overcast at the moment.

June 1st, 2020

Good Morning All,

A bright beautiful sunny breezy Monday morning here in Edmonton.

What a great weekend we had despite my tumble down the stairs on Friday morning.

My daughter dropped by on Saturday to help her Momma give her little brother Alvin a haircut.

I still cannot believe we cut 1/3 of the time off the time it normally takes me.

Teamwork.

I was slowed down a bit on Saturday and even early on Sunday but now I can walk okay.

I will say that the bruising is still ugly but that likely takes a few days to fade away.

We hosted a great birthday party for our friend “G” yesterday morning.

Most of the party was held out on our deck in the bright warm sunshine.

We ate the birthday cake in the house as it was hot and I feared that the cream on the strawberry shortcake would melt.

A great time was had by all.

G’s Mom came as well as she was visiting.

The four of us ladies and Alvin had a great time.

The rest of the day was beautiful until it was not.

Well into the afternoon the sky clouded over.

By late afternoon/early evening it was very windy and raining.

I put away all of the cushions away.

I even put the umbrella in the garage as it was forecasting 100 km wind gusts

I took these photos from my bedroom window last night during the wind.

The flowers are so pretty and the first two photos how can you tell it was kind of breezy.

Well time to get to work.

Running late ….. one would think with no commute that a person would be early.

Well I am not late for work as I start at 8:00 a.m. but I like to be starting before that time.

There is lots of things to do as one signs into the computer.

I hope that you have an awesome Monday.

With kindness and respect,

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

We hope that you have a great day. Going to go and get in a quick walk before work.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the Year

Good Morning,

Before I get started I would like to send Birthday Wishes to two of my friends.

My friend Carolyn, I have known her since High School and

Our friend Iris, meeting her after I moved to Edmonton.

Both wonderful people and great friends.

 

We are halfway into a beautiful Sunday morning.

Alvin and I have been up to stay up for about two hours now.

We went for a nice walk.

Not too many people out and about until about halfway through our walk.

We saw our friend “Sadie” who was out with her Dad usually we see her with her Mom or Sister.

I love Sadie, she is a white/yellow lab and reminds me of my grandpup Miss Aspen.

So lovely and kind.

The air is so fresh that I had to make a promise to both Alvin and myself that we would always go for a morning stroll.

I think it is the nicest time of the day.

Not too hot or cold.

Usually quiet.

A good time for reflection.

I snapped some photos when we arrived home of our backyard which is our happy place.

They are still loading.

I guess my poor computer is telling me that I MUST get through those almost 40,000 photos and delete the ones that we do not need.

It is one of those jobs that is overwhelming.

But as I tell Alvin when he has problems crossing the doorway …. put one paw/foot in front of the other and soon you will be walking cross the floor.

I remember that line from a song, I think.

Alvin does not really enjoy walking on the laminate floor.

Looks like I will have to do a separate post with the photos as they continue to load.

 

I do wish to report that I am well into Chapter ONE of my book.

Writing is coming easily and I am happy for that.

Likely there will be several edits but I am on the way.

 

Well time to go and have breakfast.

I started about a week ago, actually a week ago today to fast for at least 15 hours between my night meal and morning meal.

I have noticed that I am feeling better.

So that is a good thing.

 

I can hear the computer working to save the photos.

Just wished that they would finish loading soon.

It has been awhile.

Also my dear computer is getting older as far as computers go.

I appreciate her every single day and hope that she will work for me forever.

 

The coffee has been ready for a few minutes and I do not think that I can wait any longer.

I apologize.

I need COFFEE.

When you sit and smell that delectable aroma wafting from the main floor to upstairs …. it is almost mind bending.

I need COFFEE.

Okay, perhaps a bit over the top but I do love a good cup or two of coffee.

Likely should be enjoying a cup of coffee on the deck in this beautiful weather.

 

Okay I am going to go and have that coffee, some toast and fruit and will post the photos later.

I have laundry to bring up from the basement and wash the main floor.

Also I want to trim the paws of my boy (now that is a big job).

 

Be kind and respectful of all around you including yourself.

Enjoy each moment the good with the not so good.

Take time to smell the roses.

Even Mr. Alvin was stopped to smell them this morning.

Yes, he loves roses.

 

I wish you the best Sunday.

May your day be filled with great joy, much love and laughter, feeling great and abundance.

Happy Sunday.

 

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Mr. Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Good Morning,

Guess what?

Two things.

First thing:

It is raining and has been since we were first awake and downstairs at 2:00 a.m.

Yup, Mr. Alvin had to go outside.

Second thing:

Technical difficulty.

Batteries were low on the keyboard.

So I remembered to bring some upstairs to change them this morning.

Only thing …. they did not wish to cooperate.

I spent almost ten minutes fussing with them.

Finally working and now I have to leave.

Note to self: never change batteries in the morning.

 

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Remember today is Friday and for those of us lucky to have weekends off we are hooting and hollering.

For those folks who have to work on the weekends, I once was once of you, I can sympathize.

 

Happy Friday.

With kindness and respect I shall carry on …..

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Monday morning here we go.

Back to the weekday routine.

We love routine.

We, Alvin and I had a glorious weekend.

There was a visit and overnight stay by a best friend named Teddy.

There was a visit by our friend and neighbour Humphrey.

There was a visit by the two little neighbour boys from two doors down.

There was JENGA, Halloween ARTWORK, Laughter and toys flying through the air.

Girl Guide Chocolate Mint cookies.

Throughout this weekend surrounded by fur babies and children we had so much fun.

We enjoyed our walks this weekend.

There was sunshine and warm temperatures.

It was perfection.

I even managed to find time for laundry, some cleaning and relaxing.

Although who wants to relax when they are enjoying themselves.

Better to be in enjoyment than a couch potato.

I guess that I should not compare “relaxing” to “being a couch potato.”

They are definitely not one in the same.

Anyway we had a great weekend.

Also yesterday we were out for our walk and bumped into another friend who joined us for an extra long walk.

We just had to enjoy that perfect day …..

 

We both slept well last night and no waking up at 2 or 3 a.m.

First up at 4:00 which is doable.

 

I was working on taking a selfie (yuck, that word) of me and Alvin.

He wasn’t very cooperative but I will keep trying.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

 

 

Kindness and Respect go hand in hand.

A better place.

A better world.

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

The Poop Saga is drawing to an end.

The results from the Vet were negative.

So what happened?

My theory of Alvin’s out of the blue “sickness” was due in part to anxiety.

I think that he was still upset about leaving home for almost one week.

Or at least that did not help matters.

Anyway he is getting back to normal – we are getting back to our normal routine.

I love our routine.

We enjoyed our walk after supper last night.

The rain held off until we were almost home, needless to say we were both wet when we arrived at home.

 

Well work was not a surprise.

We are always over the top busy.

But I am grateful to be employed.

I am grateful to be able to pay my bills.

So no matter what it is a good thing.

 

I recorded, a new talk show.

The Kelly Clarkson Show, I am really enjoying her and the show.

Well done Miss Kelly.

Also on one of my regular taped shows, Today 4th Hour with Hoda & Jenna – a guest that got me to thinking.

So much so that I put her book title and name into the NOTES on my iPhone, “Well, yes, I did.”

I figured it out all by myself.

Her name is Marie Forleo and her book “Everything is FigureOutable.”

She told a great story about her Italian American Mother.

She came home from school one day to find her Mother out on the roof.

Marie asked her what she was doing on the roof?

Her Mother replied “She had called a repairman, he was going to charge her $500.00 to fix the hole, she said No and set about fixing it herself.”

Now these were not the exact words that she said on the show, as I no longer remember the exact wording but you get the picture.

Marie’s Mother inspired her throughout her life and continues to do so.

If you stop and think about it ….. everything is “figureoutable.”

I love that word.

Everything is FIGUREOUTABLE.

Everything is FIGUREOUTABLE.

Word for the day is FIGUREOUTABLE.

 

Well time to get out into the world or GO TO WORK.

 

Spread your kindness with respect throughout the day and to all you encounter.

Maybe even go above and beyond!

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time.

Hello, it is a gorgeous morning here in Edmonton.

Looks like we are now having more summerlike temperatures.

Will be a hot one today.

Alvin and I thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday.

We had the best weekend.

Yesterday we started the day off with a 30 minute walk.

Followed by breakfast and coffee.

Humphrey came to visit.

The photos below will describe what the rest of our day was like.

My office.  Now just to hang up the bulletin boards that my daughter made for me a few Christmases ago and reorganize the desk drawers and closet.

Each genre of book has a special place.

YAY.

Humphrey was outside and Alvin had just come into the house.

I didn’t see Humphrey at first and then noticed him on the grass, which was odd.

I ran over to see that he had a dragonfly in his paws.

I quickly retrieved the poor little creature from the paws of soon to be not a good ending and he/she was alive.

Me and the dragonfly went to the front of the house where I placed him on the fern plant.

He was alive.

I even put some water on the fern close to him.

He was still there some time later.

I am afraid to look now.

What a glorious creature.

 

My hands sure look mighty dry.

Time for lotion.

 

JENGA with me, myself and I.

I WON.

 

Well time to leave.

Wishing you a day filled with so much KINDNESS and RESPECT.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 13th day of December, 2018.

Well short cute story.

I am sitting at the computer, just now.

Alvin is standing beside me, just looking at me.

He gave me that “did you forget something look.”

I said to him how cute he was and then I remembered that I had forgot to lay his blue blanket on the floor so that he could lay down.

Smart cookie, me Alvin.

His Momma, a little slow, today.

 

He was right up wanting a massage bright and early this morning.

Morning massages have got to be a regular part of our morning routine.

 

So last night after I had shut off the light and was settling down to sleep.

I was thinking of our Secret Santa Gift Exchange at work and the potluck lunch and our temp.

We worked on some things together yesterday and so before drifting off to sleep, I thought that perhaps she had not started before we drew names.

I thought how horrible she might feel to be left out and not that it was on purpose so I decided that I could be “her Secret Santa.”

Why not, I have gift bags, tissue paper and gifts.

Comes in handy to sell Steeped Tea, NORWEX and make jewellery.

There is always something in the house for those last minute gifts.

I also usually have a couple of other items that I picked up along the way.

So when Alvin got me up at 3:45 a.m. – I grabbed a gift bag from the office and a gift item.

After Alvin went outside and as we headed to the sofa for a bit more sleep, I set the microwave for another hour.

Once back up – I raced down into the basement to grab some tissue paper from my wrapping container.

Found some ribbon, some construction paper to make a tag and headed back upstairs.

I grabbed my tea tub and picked out something for her.

So then put the gift together – wrapping each item with tissue paper and placing inside the gift bag.

I placed two pieces of tissue paper one inside the other and tied them together with Christmas ribbon.

Then placed it in the bag.

That gives you that professional look and it stays together and in place.

The one thing that I could and can not locate is my single hole punch so that I could punch the paper to make a tag.

Guess I will have to staple the tag to the bag.

Oh well, I tried.

I was going for the “Martha Stewart” look and instead got the “Early Morning” Carol look.

Well almost time to finish up getting things together.

A salad from the fridge to add to the buns/butter for the lunch.

Sometimes you can do things last minute and they work out just fine.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

 

I put on a sweater this morning that my kids gave me for Christmas a few years ago.

It is long stretchy and black and I thought would look good with my black pants.

I guess I am not quite the same size as back then but it fits ….. perhaps a bit more snug than before.

Oh well.

That is life.

Hoping that the ice melts soon.

I have to chip some tomorrow night and bake cookies for my friend.

It will be a busy Friday night.

 

Well gotta go.

I hope that you have a great day and perhaps a giggle over my adventures.

Somewhere along the way – I dreamt that we had three more dogs in the house.

They were small and just showed up out of nowhere.

How does that happen?

What does that mean?

 

YIKES.

 

Special Hello to: all those Christmas ANGELS, thank you.  Always feels good to give.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 10th day of July, 2018.

It is a beautiful morning here in Edmonton.

Alvin and I went for a walk at 5:00 a.m. just as the sun was beginning to rise.

The sky was different hues of pinks and red/oranges, so pretty.

There was not a soul out until we were on our way home and then we saw a lady and her pup.

Thankfully it was cool even without a breeze.

We opted not to walk last night as I felt it was too warm for us.

Perhaps more for me …. I don’t know.

I am always aware of Alvin and his fur coat.

 

Well it is Tuesday.

The traffic is humming at this time as people make their way to and from work or perhaps just leaving on a vacation.

We are pet/house sitting for a neighbour this weekend.

The next weekend my daughter and pups are coming for a sleepover weekend, yay.

Then basically one week until my sister, niece and great nephews arrive for a visit.

So excited.

Then I will be off on vacation for about 10 days.

During that time my daughter and I will take a road trip together.

I cannot wait.

Will miss Mr. Alvin but will be good to get away.

I always love my adventures with my girl.

We try to go off the beaten trail just a bit (but being safe) and get some amazing photos.

 

Our office is closed while we install a new version of our computer program.

During the closed time we will be in training and spend some time cleaning our workspaces and odds and ends.

Always something to do.

Excited to see this new version in place.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

I was able to cool the house down some with the windows open and the fan going.

Will go downstairs and spend some time with my boy.

Perhaps he needs another massage.

 

Have an awesome Tuesday.

Keep safe and cool.

Be kind to those around you and always try to do the right thing.

Not necessary your “right” but what is best in the situation.

 

Special Hello to: my family, near and far.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 11th day of April, 2017.

Well we were up again with the birds – actually I think it was well before the birds.

4:08 a.m.

ARGH ………..

So Mr. Alvin eats and has a drink of water and of course, then outside.

So while he is outside he decides it is time to go digging by the fence in the mud to retrieve his chew treat.

ARGH, again, I say.

It took me 15 minutes to coax him into the house.

After he barked several times ……

He was not able to get his chew treat during that time but was able to be covered in mud.

So after several minutes of scrubbing him by the back door and feeling sort of comfortable that he was clean, I let him come into the kitchen.

After journalling and eating ….. he wanted to go outside.

I figured that he had not done his business as yet so I let him out.

BIG MISTAKE !!!

BIG !!

So he retrieved the black mud encrusted chew treat and was proudly holding it in his mouth.

Standing at the back door.

ARGH, again.

So I got my trusty wet fibre cloth and towel and carefully let him into the back door area …. even carefully the mud was falling all around him.

Not happy Momma and this was at 5:30.

Finally was able to grab a couple of blueberries from my breakfast and con him into dropping the chew treat and faster than an eagle I grabbed that mud infested chew treat and threw it into the

garbage can outside the back door.

Not happy Alvin.

Anyway long story short as now I am running late …..

He is clean and chew treat less for now.

Not too happy with the Momma, methinks.

Well time to go to work.

I hope that you all have an awesome Tuesday.

Hopefully not as early start as we …. but if you did I hope that you can at least smile ….. like me.

Even though I was not happy with the mud – I love me Alvin – no matter what.

He was just doing his thing.

Happy Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family all over the world including my globetrotting sister …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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