2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this bright and sunny Tuesday morning? I, we are doing well. Alvin is patiently waiting for me outside the office door. The garbage truck is making the regular rounds. Just a soft breeze this morning. I can hear the hum of the traffic on the highway in the distance as people are out and about.

I was wondering who do you admire? Who were your childhood heroes? Did you have any? What did you learn from them? Are you continuing to learn from those people? Perhaps they have passed. Did you learn life lessons? Did they make an impression on your life? on your future? on your personality? on what you chose as a career? So many questions.

I would say that I admire those folks who do what they say and say what they mean.

I admire people who stand up for what they believe in.

I always admired my teachers growing up as I learned about the world from them.

My paternal grandmother played a huge role in my life. She gave us time, love, taught me to dance and was always there for me and my siblings. I could say so much more about my Gran Stella but it is almost time to head downstairs for work. These are big questions and I could write likely forever on them.

I want to continue this post perhaps on the weekend when there is time to delve into details.

Food for thought, though.

Wishing you a great Tuesday.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Tuesday morning (almost keyed Monday)? Alvin and I are doing great. We had a good sleep. Bed around 10, up at 3:30 and then again 5:43 and then 6:45 which does not look wonderful but it was ….. all depends on the time you get up and the in between time. Anyway, we are good this morning. Hard to believe that four days has passed since I was thinking that I had a four day weekend to enjoy. All in all, we had a great weekend. I managed to get most of my TO DO LIST accomplished, we walked, visited with my daughter, went shopping to COSTCO with my daughter, finally found and purchased a BISSELL CROSSWAVE dry vac/wet cleaner and I am excited to use it next weekend, cleaned out closets and cupboards and cleaned up the neighbourhood. Of course, there is always the usual bathrooms and laundry to keep things interesting. I have raked my little piece of grass area in the backyard a couple of times while 98% of the ice has melted. Most of the ice and snow has melted from the front so once the ground has thawed completely, it will be time to take the lawn. Almost forgot I gave myself a haircut as well. Guess we had a busy weekend.

Today is the birthday of a friend and fellow co-worker from back home in Regina. Happy Birthday Lisa. Wishing you a wonderful day.

I love having all these beautiful photos at my fingertips. How is it that I missed seeing them all this time? I do not know. The sun is up and the sky is I would say a grey blue almost looking like rain clouds in the distance. Just heard the garbage truck and saw them picking up the trash. What a job, thank goodness for these guys. I say guys because I have not seen any women. I am sure there are women out there doing this job. I am grateful to all of them men and women for doing this job. Not a fun one and sometimes smelly, okay, likely always smelly.

How wonderful to start back to work on a Tuesday – a short week. The weather is to be double digits for the next few days and then cooler on the weekend. Spring has definitely sprung. Looking forward to it. I will be happy to have the furnace vents, a/c and dryer vents cleaned. There will be fence painting this summer. Lots to do. One of the most exciting things for me is planting some flowers. I have several geraniums that I can transplant outside once the temperatures are consistently warm. So exciting. I cannot wait.

Other than a warm feeling of gratitude this Tuesday morning – I do not have much else to say. I am grateful to my daughter for our time together. I am grateful that I was able to have four days off with my Alvin. I am grateful that we are all in good health. I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful for the garbage guys for picking up my trash. I am grateful for spring. I am grateful for every blessing in my life.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this Saturday morning? Alvin and I are okay. We watched or rather I watched, while he napped the movie: WW84. I was so excited to see Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in action once again. Unfortunately it did not live up to all the hype. It was worth the rental fee but I was sadly disappointed. Still not a bad way to spend over 2 hours. Well we went to bed before 10:00 last night, and were up at 4:15 a.m., which was great but Mr. Alvin woke up shaking his head like his ears or something was really bothering him. I gave him his glucosamine as I do every morning, gave him his breakfast and then he went outside. Still flapping his ears, I grabbed the flashlight and checked them to see if they were inflamed and they were a bit pink and not really dirty but I cleaned them anyway. Hoping that the cleanser (vet) would help out in some way. He continued flapping them until about 6:00 and then back outside. We then hit the sofa and he was up and down. I massaged his ears and gave him a back rub with hopes that he could settle down. I fell asleep at some point. Actually we both did. Next thing it was really bright out so up we got and it was almost 9:30 a.m. ……. yikes, cannot remember the last time it was that late when we got up. I will say that I was awake for awhile – just not wanting to disturb Alvin as he appeared to be resting. Anyway, up now and lots to do. Alvin appears to be okay. It could have also been his paws as well. The plan is once I am finished this post, to get dressed, make coffee and have breakfast and then gather my garbage picking equipment and hit the trail. It is pretty dry out there so I will go out and pick up the garbage that is lining the gutters, sidewalks and walkways. Once that is done, back home where I am going to cut my hair, have a shower, take Alvin for a walk, then give him a bath, let my customers know about an upcoming tea order that is going in, look for my 2020 journals, clean my master bathroom cabinet and the main upstairs bathroom cabinets. Like by that time it will be close to supper. I will call that a good day at that point. Yesterday between laundry, cleaning and walking I did get the entryway closet all cleaned out from top to bottom including washing the walls and the floor. YAY, me. Getting there. Always good to have a plan or most times anyway.

Just wanted to add some unique photos taken by various artists that I obtained from the free photos attached to wordpress …. such beauty and amazing colour.

Well I guess it is time to get this show on the road. I hope that you are enjoying this Easter weekend. I have noticed that lots of people are having company over this weekend, and “pray” that folks are being careful and paying heed to the instructions from the health care professionals, as we will never get through this pandemic without doing so.

Take care. Be safe. I know that people have lost their patience a long time ago but please remember it is not all about ourselves, this affects us all.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect to and for all, compassion and patience. Patience is the big one or so it would seem these days for most people.

Happy Easter Weekend

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this morning? Yesterday the weather was so perfect that not only did we walk at lunchtime but we also went for a walk after work. We took a different route after work which was actually our old norm route which took us to pass right by Alvin’s best friend Teddy’s house. He could not help but to turn in and although I tried to sway him, we ended up on their doorstep with me ringing the doorbell. Kobi had hopped onto a bench by the window near the door looking so excited to see us. How can you say no to them? Obviously we can’t, well at least I cannot. Shortly thereafter we were sitting on the deck drinking tea. During our conversation, I mentioned to Teddy’s Mom that he should come for a sleepover sometime this weekend and how about Saturday? She checked with Teddy’s Dad and it was a date. Over the next few minutes it appeared that Teddy wanted to come home with us now. So we changed the sleepover to last night. We had a great night. Teddy is way more laid back than Mr. Alvin so I guess that, is why they are besties. Opposites attract. We were late for Alvin’s supper by the time we got home so that was the first thing on the agenda “feed Alvin,” and of course see if Teddy would eat a bit more, which he did not. He is not a huge eater. So unlike Alvin. Once they were tended to, I started my supper which was a pot of chili. It turned out to be one of the best pots of chili that I have ever made. So yummy. It was very late for me with supper. After the dishes were done and clean up, we just had a quiet evening snuggling on the sofa. This morning. Last night Alvin was up about 3:00 and then tried to get me up as soon as possible for his breakfast but I managed to hold him off until 5:00 a.m. …… Teddy could have cared less about eating so will try him again and again. Which I did when we got up at 7:00. They are so different but really get along so well.

Alvin is upstairs waiting “patiently” for me to be done and Teddy is snoozing on the sofa in the living room.

The skies are overcast and it was light outside about the time we got up. Well today is the start of my cleaning and reorganizing and sending out notes for an upcoming tea order that I will submit next weekend.

BEST FRIENDS

Everyone needs to have a best friend.

Wishing you a wonderful Good Friday.

May you be surrounded by love and joy.

Be safe in all that you do.

Soon you will be surrounded by all your friends and family.

That you miss so much as they do you.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Thursday morning before the Easter weekend? I am doing well and thankful that our office is closed for four whole days, what a wonderful break with time to renew, recharge, relax and reorganize my house. Looking forward to it for sure. What about you? I forgot to mention that I finally saw a bunny the other day and it was mostly white with only a few brown patches. If we go by the bunny it would mean that we will still have winter weather for a bit. March came like what, I really do not remember without checking but definitely went out like a lamb. It was absolutely gorgeous here in Edmonton yesterday. We had the most wonderful walk at 3:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Why so late? I worked the late shift so my “lunch break” fell at that time. It was pretty quiet out when we went except for the playground at a nearby park which was filled with children. They sounded happy. That is a good sign. I can see a tree on the other side of my garage and with the glow of the sunrise it appears to be golden. Just the reflection, I suppose. Really pretty, really pretty. So happy that it is getting lighter earlier each morning.

I hope that you and your family are doing well and that you have a wonderful Easter. It is definitely a time of celebration for many reasons.

Feels like a photo sharing day….. beauty

Continuing to live this life, my new old life with kindness, respect, compassion and patience. Adding love and joy.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this last day of March 2021? We are doing well. Today is my late start / late shift day. I will say that I am not terribly excited about having to work these shifts every month but it is what our employer asks of us so what can you do? The sky is overcast and there appears to be little wind this morning. YAY. Happy about that. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be double digit plus temperatures here in Edmonton and that is great news. The Easter weekend, the long weekend will be much cooler with plus single digit temperatures. Now as long as our day time highs are plus temperatures not much to complain about from me, anyway.

Alvin and I had a nice walk yesterday at lunchtime. Walking into the wind was a bit on the cold side but definitely not winter like conditions and our walk was most enjoyable. I have noticed that the past couple of weeks Alvin has been jumping up onto his chair by the window a bit more often. He used to sit in that chair and look out of the window for hours during the start of my time at home but gradually starting spending more time on the sofa or on his bed in the kitchen close to me. I am happy to see him enjoying looking out of the window. I wonder when I was working away from home just how long he actually stayed in the chair? Or did he go upstairs and lay on the bed? Perhaps he ran around the house. I will never know. Some days upon my return from work he would be sitting in the chair looking out the living room window …. he would see the vehicle and jump up onto his back legs and take a really good look before jumping down and running to the door. Always happy to see me and to go outside. It was an awful long time to hold his pee and I always felt guilt and wished that I had trained him early on to go on pads. There were also times when he would not be at the window looking out and as I opened the door I could hear him jumping off the bed and then see him come bounding down the stairs to greet me. Our four legged companions. They treat us like royalty with their unconditional love and gratitude. Even though sometimes we get on each other’s “nerves” so to speak we are pals and I will always do whatever is earthly possible to ensure that he is happy, healthy, comfortable and surrounded by love. After all, he is my boy and has been from the beginning. We are both working on patience.

Almost time for me to head to the shower and get freshened up.

Oh, no …. how could I possible forget the birthday of one of my dearest and long time friends who celebrates her birthday today. Happy Birthday P, wishing you a wonderful day. May you be surrounded by family, love and laughter on this special day. WIshing you good health and abundance. Thank goodness for that birthday calendar.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this fine Tuesday? Both Al and I are well. We had a pretty good sleep or at least I feel somewhat rested, so that is good. Alvin well, he can snooze/nap all day long if he chooses. Lucky boy. What a beautiful sunrise and the wind …. the trees are still. I can hear the keys click clack as I touch them on the keyboard which yesterday was sidelined by the sound of the wind howling and blowing. Pretty much light out now at just after 7 a.m. which is wonderful. I love going for walks just after the sun comes up before the heat of the day sets in. Sometimes in the summer months when we hear that the temperatures are going to be too hot for walking most especially for the boy – we head out before work. So for the time when I was heading to the office we would walk at 5:00 a.m. and now we can go out at 6:00 instead. I am so grateful to be employed and to be able to work from home. So, so great at this stage of my life to be able to work from home. No long dreaded commute, especially those times when I had to catch the bus. Also Edmonton Transit is making huge changes in our bus routes and have heard through the drain pipe that there will be additional walking in store for us when catching public transportation. Time will tell. The changes are effective April 25, 2021. I will keep checking the City’s transit site for updates and further information. At the end of the day, I hope that our employer gives us the choice as I would take working from home in a heartbeat. I am so grateful to be here with Mr. Alvin …..

Yesterday at lunchtime my daughter came and hung out with us. We had coffee and a visit which was so great. I had forgotten that she had taken this week off as vacation. What a great idea. After my lunch break was over she headed out to the store and picked up some groceries for me. I am so grateful that I do not have to go shopping tonight. There were a couple of items that I forgot to put on the list so I could run over after work, will see but nothing that is absolutely necessary. I am so grateful to have such a thoughtful daughter. When she bought the groceries back …. she put away the items for the freezer and fridge …. so that I could continue uninterrupted as I was training one of my coworkers. We did not go for a walk due to the wind so having this last minute visit was perfect. Both Alvin and I were so happy to see our girl. I love, love, love our talks. She always perks me up and Alvin, too. She is a bright light in our lives.

Just saw out of the corner of my right eye some bright red flashing lights and turned to see the garbage truck heading down another back lane from ours. We do not always have trash and recycling to put out. Usually once every two or sometimes three weeks. The bright green truck with red flashing lights looks like a traffic light, lol.

Well that is about here for me for this post. We are doing well. Showing and feeling gratitude for our many blessings. I am excited for this weekend to do some cleaning and reorganizing of closets and other areas. I also was watching a daytime show last night that I record and have the need to get that living room wall painted and perhaps pick up some peel and stick vinyl wallpaper and do a wall or two in maybe my bedroom or a bathroom. This house has not been changed or painted since I moved in back in March of 2009. Actually today in 2009 I took possession of my home, 12 years ago and the adventure began. My very first home on my own. My son-in-law had flown to Regina and we drove the U-Haul truck with my things here to Edmonton. In those days we lived just three blocks away from each other. Those first few years were incredible …. to be close to them again.

I can hear the coffee pot calling me to put in the water and the coffee grounds so that she can perk me some of that delectable liquid.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! We hope that you are all well. Alvin and I are holding on for dear life as the winds have been howling and blowing since last night. Almost sounds like we could be Dorothy & Toto from the Wizard of OZ leaving Kansas for places unknown. I am hoping that everyone’s shingles are stuck like glue to their roofs. The rain that started yesterday afternoon changed into wet flurries and as the night progressed and the temperatures dipped it turned into a blanket of white. I had a grand idea in the morning after breakfast and coffee to head out for a walk. Upon checking the weather channel and seeing what the forecast was for the afternoon – it seemed like the best course of action. We left the house at 10:00 a.m. and arrived back home at 12:07 p.m. and what a great walk it was. We had gone a bit further than our usual walk of late when we spied our friends Pauline & Georgie coming up from the park. I quickly got her attention and then dropped off some poop quickly before meeting up with them. She too, had heard the change in weather coming and decided to get out early. Seems like everyone had the ideas as there were lots of people out and out increasing as our time increased. I decided that we would go part of the way of their walk and then we changed the course of the walk and walked around the lake. We did not rush and visited along the way. The grass was still wet in lower areas as we walked around the lake/ponds at our park. It occured to me that had we crossed from the other park exit on the walkway heading home and not gone to our park that we would have missed out on this grand opportunity to visit with one of my most favourite people. We had a grand chat. I enjoyed every minute of our time together. We had just said our goodbyes and she was heading home when I noticed this little dog who looked like our friend “Jack” and then noticed his Mom coming around the pillar at the entrance to the park. So we stood properly distanced in the park bench area chatting and catching up. I could not believe my good fortune. See what the difference can be by changing your path, changing the norm! The Universe was giving us a bit of a nudge and I am glad that I picked up on it. Our two hours out connecting with friends and Nature was awesome. Looks like we will be staying put today as it is sheer ice out there and so windy it would likely knock me over if I did not slip on the ice first.

Something else I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post and this happened to us on Saturday. I was rearranging and repotting some plants as they were way too large for the pots that they were in and I know it is getting closer to the time that they can be transplanted outside but they simply could not wait. They were so tall and starting to fall over. My geraniums are gorgeous. Growing like mad. Two shades of pink. I had gone to the garage to put the extra dirt away when I happen to notice a little white watering can and decided to bring it back into the house. My thoughts were with the long spout it would be easier to water my plants than with an empty yogurt container. Sometimes I spill water and then cleanup is a bugger. Anyway, I grabbed the watering can from the shelf closing the door to the garage on the way out. Alvin was waiting and happily ran beside me to the house across the deck. Inside the house, I happen to look inside the watering can …. just to make sure that there was nothing inside. Likely should have done that in the garage but I did not. Inside the house, I noticed that there was the most exquisite butterfly. Colours of brown, white, yellow and orange. Thinking sadly that it was so perfect but was likely dead and where had it come from and when? How long had it been in the watering can? No water or food. What do butterflies eat and I guess they drink water? I tipped the watering can and was expecting the butterfly to fall into my open hand but to my surprise it flew to my plants and the brightness of my kitchen window. I stood aghast at my luck, at the butterfly’s luck. I watched it for a few moments and wondered if it would live if I left it in the window with my plants. Then I gently cupped it in my hand and headed for the door, opening the door, I wished the butterfly well, opened my hand and the butterfly just sat on my hand. I said “it’s okay little one, fly away” and after several minutes it took off. Perhaps it was in shock from being temporarily captured in my hand. Not my intent to make the little one upset or scared. Do butterflies feel? As the day progressed and the weather changed, I was thinking that I should have kept him/her in the house. Too late. I hope that the butterfly lives through this weather and into the summer OR for as long as butterflies live. The beauty of the butterfly warmed my heart and made my day. I love butterflies.

Well time to head back downstairs. Put on the coffee and get this day going.

Wishing you an awesome day and please do not fly away.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you doing this Sunday morning? Did you sleep well last night? We slept straight through for six hours and then up and then back to the sofa. Nice to have a solid amount of sleep. The skies are overcast this morning. We managed to get all of our housework completed yesterday. Only have to bring up the clothes that are air drying from yesterday and put them away. I think that I may clean out my bathroom cabinet. It wasn’t long ago but I feel it could be better organized. Likely time to put away the winter coats and things as well. But perhaps I will do that on the Easter long weekend as I will have four days off and a project or two is always good to have. There will be time for lots of walks and if the weather remains dry – I may get out to do a neighbourhood trash pick up. I have been picking up trash everyday now for awhile. It blows in front of my house or onto the lawn. Trash sticks in the storm drain grates and in the gutters. Garbage is everywhere. Seems to be so much this year. I cannot remember if I mentioned this when we walked to Alvin’s vet appointment on Wednesday there is a walkway. In the bushes on the walkway were what seemed like a hundred disposable coffee cups from McDonalds, Starbucks and Tim’s and others. I wanted to cry. It was obvious that people were finished their drinks and then tossed them into the bushes. What is wrong with people? Now this almost 64 year old woman who was appalled by their actions has to take her time and garbage bags to go and clean up their messes. On the bright side it is exercise for me. Also there are blue disposable masks everywhere and I mean everywhere. Come on people! Are you neighbourhoods like mine? People cannot say that it is only the old or poor neighbourhoods that are dirty and filled with trash for that is definitely not true. I am truly disgusted by some people. I wish that people would just carry their cups and masks and what have you to the nearest garbage bin or home. Also another reason for trash blowing about in our ‘hood is the lack of proper placement when putting out their garbage. Most especially the recycling. When Alvin and I are out for our walks, I see people put papers, egg cartons loose in a blue bin or cardboard box and what happens when the wind comes up ….. they end up at my house or on the street for me to pick up. So many people just leave crap laying on their lawns, in the gutters and on the sidewalks in front of their homes. They sometimes even walk around items instead of picking them up and putting said trash in their garbage bin. There is hope coming for garbage as we will eventually all have bins with lids and then garbage cannot blow about. Also will help keep the crows, ravens and magpies out of the trash. Hopefully it won’t be another decade until we have bins for recycling. I guess that is a heavy duty rant for a Sunday morning as I smile.

Well I guess someone needs a cup of coffee or three. Alvin is impatiently waiting at the office doorway giving me that look. What look? That look ….. impatience. Perhaps he has to go back outside. He went before we can back upstairs for me to have a shower. Oh well, old bladder, I get that. LOL.

I hope that you all are having a great weekend. I am looking forward to our walk this afternoon.

Have a wonderful Sunday. May you have some quiet relaxing time throughout this day.

Remembering to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience (always working on).

ALLways, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I hope very well. Alvin and I are doing great. We had a decent sleep with an early up and then back to sofa (nothing different than norm). I cannot believe that I missed the first day of SPRING on Saturday. I knew it was about this time but totally missed mindfully celebrating the spring equinox. Happy Spring everyone!! I have been watching for the bunnies but have not seen any lately which is odd for this area. We usually have them on our front lawn all of the time especially since my neighbour feeds them. But strangely enough even with good I have not seen any rabbits for I would say about one month or so. I always gage the arrival of spring by the turning of their fur from white to brown. I hope that they are okay. Never know, I guess. We walked on the weekend. I almost put Alvin’s sweater on yesterday and realized that it had warmed up somewhat from earlier in the morning.

Have you had a morning or I guess anytime during the course of a day where you just looked at something in your home and decided to change it up, around or clean? Unplanned! Yesterday I had been in my upstairs office and at this point I do not even remember what I was doing but I happen to look at my bulletin board which takes up near the whole wall behind my computer. There are two massive bulletin boards that my daughter made for me a few years back. Anyway, it just seemed “messy” ….. just with no plan ….. unorganized. So I set out to spruce it up if you will. At one point I could not reach the top so had to run downstairs and grab a stool. I love my massive bulletin board filled with cards of thanks and of birthdays and from Mother’s Days, photos of family and friends, my monthly birthday calendar, and odds and ends. I decided to hang up my birthday calendar as it was on a bulletin board on a wall that is partially hidden so sometimes I forget to look at it. I have missed birthdays. So now it is right in front of me. No more missed Birthdays. There are notes from Bath & BodyWorks days when I had the highest sales per hours in the entire company (and that was worldwide). Can you imagine that? It definitely is something that I am proud to have achieved without realizing at the time. I have an email from the Arts & Culture Reporter of the Wall Street Journal from end of 2013 when she had left a comment on my blog. How cool is that? Also I hung up our “family photos” of me and Alvin that my daughter takes every fall. It is a reminder of our journey and my hair cuts, argh. Thankfully more the journey and surprisingly Alvin has not changed much over the years. I can tell when he did not have a hair cut before the photo shoot, me too for that matter. There are reminders of the young boy turned man that I sponsored from Malawi many years ago. It is a good wall and I love looking at every item and remembering.

Well back to work today as it is once again Monday morning. This will be the third week that I have been training with a coworker as she returns to work after being away for some time. The training is going well and remains lots to go through and over. Alvin has an appointment on Wednesday, his regular one, thank goodness. Nail trim etc. Also on Wednesday one of my neighbours and friends is hosting a Mary Kay Mask party. Should be fun.

Time to get the coffee plugged in …… turn on the tunes ….. place Alvin’s bed in the kitchen and get this week going.

I wish you a great Monday.

As we continue to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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