Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All,

Well today is my late shift and as always we were up extra early to start (@ 3:54 a.m.).

So of course, after Mr. Alvin had breakfast and made a trip outside with me, of course, we went back to bed.

Usually we hit the sofa for more zzz’s but today as he forgot a chew treat upstairs, we just went back up to “bed.”

We were up again and then to the sofa but I just wanted to sleep.

So finally at 8:30 a.m. – time to rise and shine.

The sun is shining and there is quite a strong breeze.

The trees out of my office window to the south have turned started to turn this beautiful yellow and are twinkling as the sunshine touches them.

So beautiful.

Alvin is laying on his little homemade bed of blankets and towels.

A reminder that it must go into the laundry this weekend.

Always keep clean.

 

So my late shift has me starting work at 11:00 a.m. and working until 7:00 p.m.

Today we have a team meeting at the actual physical office.

We are to meet at 1:30 p.m. and it is scheduled to run until 2:30 p.m.

I will be shocked if it only goes for one hour.

We have not been altogether since March 19, 2020.

I will miss my first 15 minute break of the day as I will be in the car going to the office.

One of my team lives a short drive from me so she offered to pick me up.

I will say that as our team is down a couple of members, will still 8 in the meeting room.

Which to me is a lot.

Other than shopping …. this is the most humans I have been around since March.

My 45 minute or lunch break will fall at 3:00 p.m. so likely that will be pushed forward.

I want to take Alvin for a walk then.

I suppose we could have gone this morning had the Momma been more on the ball and likely still could.

Sometimes it just feels like a lazy morning ….. write …… shower ….. have breakfast and coffee.

Oh well, such as life.

My top ten list of things that I have love about working remotely:

  1.  Being home with Alvin
  2. Drinking my own perked coffee
  3.  No commute to work
  4. Sleep in later
  5. Can walk at lunch break with Alvin if we choose
  6. What I wear to work
  7. Just being at home
  8. Less distractions
  9. More time in evening
  10. More time in morning
  11. More time to read (just had to add)

 

Actually I think I could do a list of more but will leave it at ten.

If you are working remotely, are you happy or are you missing work?

Personally I love being at home and if possible would love to continue to work from home.

I do miss my coworkers but with technology we do have the ability to see each other via video.

 

Today is also the 12th birthday of one of my closest friend’s daughter.

I cannot believe you are 12 Miss Madeline.

She was just a toddler when I first met her.

WOW, time flies.

 

Just about forgot to mention Alvin’s visit to the vet yesterday.

I was told beforehand that Dr. Karen would be away and that another Vet would be there.

So I was prepared for a new person.

One of the staff showed us to one of the patient rooms and we waited for a few minutes.

I tried to give Alvin some water but no.

He was a bit anxious but settled down.

When the Vet entered the room – I knew things were going to be different.

He was carrying his tools with him.

He said “Hello Alvin.”

But Alvin first.

He squatted down to Alvin’s level.

Said hello as he gave him a little check over while asking me if he was okay.

I told him the reasons for our visit.

He checked his ears and said other than a bit of wax in the outer part there was no redness and they did not smell of infection.

YAY.

As we chatted, he clipped Alvin’s nails.

He was almost finished the first paw before Alvin even noticed.

I could not believe it.

He did not put him up on the examination table ….. the whole visit was done at Alvin’s level with him staying on the floor beside him.

I can not imagine being able to stay squatted in one spot for that amount of time.

Even when Alvin starting to “make some noise” about the nail trim ….. “Greg” just kept on going.

Yes, I could not remember his last name so I asked his name.

He was gentle and kind.

Actually can I have a crush on the Vet, cause I sure do.

He took it all in stride saying that Alvin is all talk and no follow through.

Which was good as I think follow through meant struggling and perhaps getting vicious.

I did mention that usually Alvin is up on the examination table and his reply was “I like to change things up.”

Whoa, that was great.

He checked his anal glands and said they were empty.

I was duly impressed with Dr. Greg.

I love his regular vet Dr. Karen but Dr. Greg, I must say brought a whole new experience to Alvin’s appointments for both of us.

 

 

Well time to hop into the shower and get this day going.

Starting to feel energized.

 

We wish you a great Thursday.

Take Care and Be safe.

We shall continue to live with kindness and respect.

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and here we are at Tuesday morning.

Back to work.

Alvin and I had a good snuggle this morning.

Yesterday Humphrey joined us for the day.

I mailed my out of town Christmas Cards to British Columbia, points in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and SWEDEN.

Mailed cards to virtually half of the Canadian Provinces.

On my way home from mailing the Christmas cards and actually quite close to home; out of nowhere I slipped and went down on one knee on the sidewalk.

I had been coming off the road onto the sidewalk.

I was so careful but I guess not quite careful enough.

Luckily everything being me and my phone were okay.

When I got home I checked and even though my coat and my pants covered my knees there was a big patch of skin gone.

It was sore but not super painful.

 

I was not home very long when the phone rang and it was Teddy’s Mom.

She was wondering what we were up to as they were thinking of going for a walk.

I told her about my spill and that strangely enough I was feeling kind of nauseas.

She said that they could walk over and if we wanted to join them on the walk home that would be great.

Always nice to see them and this time the baby was going to walk on her on.

She followed right beside her brother and walked all the way to our house.

Pretty impressive for a 14 week old pup.

She is so cute.

We had tea and a visit.

Before they left Teddy’s Mom who is a “Energy Healer” gave me a treatment.

She said that I had been blocked by old old energy and that the new experiences/new energy were not getting in because of the old stuff.

She told me that it felt like old paper.

As she worked on my knee, I could feel something leaving and just felt so energized.

My friend told me she could see it in my eyes and hear it in my voice that I was feeling better.

So out with the old and in with the new.

Feeling like a new person today.

We are all energy beings.

Everyone should try this …. so cool.

Just to note that after the treatment I could actually kneel and put weight directly on that knee.

 

Well it is almost time to head downstairs.

One thing that I must work on is my posture.

Also sitting.

The computer chair that I have is pretty hard for me to sit back fully in and comfortably type on the computer keyboard.

But I am going to work on sitting tall and properly.

Will help with the sometimes achy back that I have.

 

I am catching a ride with Humphrey’s Mom as my car pool is off today so that she can drive her husband to a medical appointment.

 

May you have an awesome Tuesday.

Surrounding yourself with love, kindness and respect.

Happy Tuesday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 4th day of December, 2016.

The countdown is on – only 20 sleeps until Christmas Eve Day.

Yesterday we had baby Milo here for a visit while his parents were out for a Birthday/Christmas party.

Wow, he is for sure a puppy as his energy level is through the roof.

But he as are all babies is so cute that even when his yellow fur ball self was running from one of the house to the other all his Grandma could do was smile and say “Alvin, you once upon a time

had that much energy.

Bless his heart Alvin did play with the little one.

They both love to fetch ….. and then pay tug of war.

It was cute.

I took a video and will post it soon.

I was able to get everything done before his arrival so that was nice.

This morning at 4:30 which seems to be Alvin’s new wake-up time came quite fast after we went to bed at 11:30 p.m.

So up we got and after what seems like 3 seconds Alvin was done eating (actually I think it takes longer for me to make the bed and for us to get downstairs) and I let him out.

When I opened the door I could hear a dog barking which is odd for that time of morning.

At first I didn’t think much at first.  (it was early).

Alvin after doing his business stood on the deck and raised his shoulders and head to the sky and let out this yell, not his usual thing.

So into the house and for the time it took us to go back upstairs I realized that I had better investigate.

I opened the office window which opens to the south side of our house and to where the barking was coming.

I could tell from his bark that it was a small dog – likely smaller than Alvin.

So I closed the window, told Alvin I gotta go and help him/her.

Ran downstairs donned my coat and boots and grabbed the keys to the garage (it is detached from my house).

Opened the back door and across the deck and unlocked the garage, turned on the light and opened the big door.

Once out I listened for a moment to get my bearings.

Once done, I knew it was the folks behind me but there is no access to the front door without going down the length of the back alley and then up the block and around the corner and into the

crescent to their house (and I had to listen once again to make sure it was the right house).

I could hear the little one still barking.

So I rang the doorbell, once twice and three times no one came.

So I opened the screen door and knocked as loud as I could on the door.

Finally a woman came to the door.

I told her when Alvin and I got up this morning I could hear your dog barking in the backyard.

She seemed kind of confused as first and then acknowledged that they must have left her in the backyard.

She said Thank you and closed the door.

After a couple of minutes the barking stopped.

Thank goodness.

It was cold outside.

I am grateful that it is not tonight as it is supposed to be almost minus 20.

Lesson learned anytime you hear a doggie barking in the night or early morning go and investigate.

Well I am off to a coffee date.

I definitely need coffee this morning.

Have a great Sunday.

Special Hello to: all those folks who help others including the four-legged kind and all creatures.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 25th day of June, 2016.

Well it is not the bright and sunny morning that I and my fellow garage sale sellers were hoping for but that is okay.

The skies are grey and it is wet out there.

Still raining.

Hopefully the rain will not hurt our sales today.

It seems strange again this morning to have such quiet, stillness in the house.

Not saying that Mr. Alvin is loud because that truly is not the case.

He has his moments but we all do.

Must say that it is difficult to get motivated when it is raining outside.

I was going to get up at 7:00.

7:00 turned into 7:30 and finally at 7:40 I dragged my body out of bed.

Okay enough of that and time to get energized and get to the matter at hand.

THE GARAGE SALE.

We, I am going to have a great time.

Meeting lots of people.

They are going to buy all of our stuff.

Still a multi family sale…..

I hope that whatever you are doing on this day that you are energized and ready to get to it.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: my daughter who is hosting her little brother Alvin for a three day two night sleepover.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 15th day of October, 2015.

Last night Alvin and I enjoyed another wonderful walk ….. a bit on the breezy side but warm.

I am so grateful for this great weather.

Mr. Alvin seems to have changed his clock already for the fall as he was ready to get up just after 3:00 a.m. this morning.

I managed to convince him to remain in bed until 4:15 a.m.

Thank goodness we were in bed by 9:15 p.m.

I guess for him he basically eats/sleeps/walks/snuggles so not a big deal for him.

Now his Momma on the other hand ….. time will tell.

I just keep telling myself I am energized everyday ……

We did go and hit the sofa for some zzz’s before I got up at 5:00 a.m.

Perhaps I need to be more firm.

Just is difficult so early in the morning.

Oh well ….. just another day in Paradise.

Right ….

Looking forward to Thursday ……

At this moment in time, I am grateful to be sitting in front of my computer keying these words, expressing myself, with Mr. Alvin laying on the floor just outside the office door, (always close by).

The only sound other than my fingertips hitting the keyboard is the sound of the furnace as it sends warm air throughout the house.

I do love the early morning quiet.

So Happy Thursday.

I wish for us all a productive and wonderful day.

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 16th day of July, 2015.

IT IS RAINING …. oh, glorious rain …… the forecast is for two days of rain ….

I love hearing the pitter patter of the drops as they reach the windows.

The grass is already coming back to a nice hue of green as it was starting to turn yellow in the places.

The sky is overcast and that is okay.

We certainly can do without seeing sunlight for a couple of days.

So refreshing …. I am looking forward to my walk in the rain to the bus.

Somehow it is almost time to leave ….

Where does the time go?

I am energized and ready for the day.

I hope that wherever you are that you are having a glorious day.

Rain or not ….. have a happy happy Thursday.

I am sorry for no blog yesterday but I was home “feeling under the weather.”

Feeling great today …… YAY.

So if it is raining in your neighbourhood ….. grab your umbrella and go for a walk.

Nothing like splashing around in the rain.

Better get going here ….

Have a great day.

One more thing ….. I should mention …. there is one person in this household who is not a fan of the rain.

Guess who?

That would be Mr. Alvin.

He hesitated and waited and waited before he finally walked around the edge of the deck under the pergola before going down the steps to the grass.

He is so cute …..

That’s me Alvin.

Special Hello today to: my sister ….. see you soon.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 9th day of July, 2015.

It is another glorious morning here in Edmonton.

Me and Alvin hit the pavement/grass for a wonderful walk this morning.

Oh, it felt so great.

I think we should rework our morning routine and walk.

One man was about, and was wearing a down-filled jacket …. oh, that must have been warm.

I feel energized.

Mr. Alvin is napping…..

With the heat of the past few days a morning walk is perfect.

I love walking behind Mr. Alvin as he sniffs about ….

My favourite place to walk is by the lake….

So he had his nose into the grass as he walked about.

Walking behind him and watching his little wiggle made me smile.

Oh, he is so darn cute …… I love me Alvin.

I cannot think of a more perfect way to begin the day than to be out walking with me Alvin.

I love saying “me Alvin” …… it sounds musical to me.

Well it is almost time for me to leave for work……

Always fun trying to figure out what to wear on these hot days.

The office is generally cool/cold and then sweltering on the bus ride home.

Oh well ….. I am grateful to have air conditioning at work and grateful to have a ride home where I have air conditioning.

Tonight some friends are coming for iced tea ….. I am trying to replicate that drink from our tea party.

Wish me luck.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Remember to hydrate on these hot summer days.

Drink lots of water …….

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 9th day of June, 2015.

Well it is overcast and cooler out this morning.

Last night after work my daughter stopped by to drop off their sander so that I can sand and paint the front porch, and I in turn had her plants, and a couple of items packed and ready for her to take to their new home.

Alvin and I were so happy to see her ….. we miss them very much.

You should have seen Mr. Alvin ….. he didn’t know what to do.

He wagged his tail ….. grabbed a toy ….. ran almost sideways to her …..

He loves his big sister.

We had a brief visit as she had to get home.

With her husband’s recent injury he is unable to take the pups out to the bathroom.

Well for some reason this morning I feel tired.

Not sure why as I went to bed on time and I don’t remember being up during the night.

Well I guess if you count Alvin waking up just before 4:30 a.m. …. well maybe that is it.

He likes to get up early.

So on this Tuesday I am repeating the words “I am energized everyday.”

If this is you ….. like me …

That should do the trick …. and perhaps that first cup of coffee.

A great combination.

Happy Tuesday everyone ……..

Special Hello to: my friend “M” who makes the most beautiful hand-crafted treasures.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Afternoon and Welcome to Saturday the 13th day of December, 2014.

WOW, what a glorious day.

I have accomplished so many things today that I feel on fire …… at this rate I will have plenty of time to relax and wrap Christmas gifts tonight.

YAY.

What beautiful weather we are having here in Edmonton.

It has been incredible.

The kids took a drive out to Spruce Grove (location of their new home which is being built at this very moment) to take a peek at the progress and to take the puppies for a walk in the nearby park.

So I am alone and just catching up on a few things.

Like writing this blog.

Normally I write early in the morning before I leave for work but on Saturdays sometimes life just gets in the road and it happens later.

I feel so incredibly wonderful ….. a great feeling.

I picked up my new eyeglasses and sunglasses this morning so I will be posting a photo at some point in the near future.

Always takes a bit of getting used to and perhaps that would begin with me actually wearing them.

Usually at home I do not wear them but I had better before I go to work tomorrow.

Well loves I must get this show on the road and get to my list.

I want to be organized so me and puppies can just relax on the sofa after supper and watch some television.

Likely will wrap gifts before the sitting on the sofa.

The kids are going to a Christmas party this evening.

Have a wonderful rest of your Saturday.

Thank you so much for reading my blog …..

I so appreciate it.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 15th day of June of 2014.

WOW …. we are at the halfway point.

So excited I got so much accomplished this weekend between yesterday and this morning.

I am now enjoying a cup of coffee and writing (two of my favourite things).

It feels to so good to get things done before I go to work.

Alvin and I enjoyed a fantastic walk by our lake and on the way home bumped into one of my neighbours out working in her garden.

She has the most gorgeous garden and lawn …. so beautiful.

We had a great visit and then home ……

Mr. Alvin is pooped …… nothing like exercise to start your day.

I work at the store as per usual and it is the end of the first week of Semi-Annual Sale.

Lots of people looking for bargains.

So always interesting.

There is the most glorious cool breeze blowing this morning making walking and being outside …. heavenly.

I feel so energized and I am sure that the walk had everything to do with it.

Well on this glorious Sunday morning I hope this finds you energized and happy.

I am happy …. it was the best weekend.

Special Hello to:  YOU.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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