The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! It is another beautiful morning out there. We were just outside a few minutes ago as Alvin was just finished breakfast ( I know, right!) and I wanted to move my plants back into the sunshine. We had storm clouds brewing yesterday late afternoon and I did not want to take any changes so I moved them in shelter of house and garage. We ended up getting only a few drops of rain and some wind. We were lucky. Someone would have been hit as they were scary looking clouds. There are a few clouds that look like they want to develop into something more but I am going to hold onto the moment and see beautiful blue sunny sky in my mind’s eye.

Today is an extra special day. My dear Cousin Lorette celebrates her birthday, my long time friend Deanna and her twin sister Lynn celebrate their 65th birthdays (we went to school together) and a young friend Frances Blue from my Bath & Body Work Days celebrates a birthday today. Happy Birthday to all these special women. I wish you good health, love, abundance and laughter.

The second day of our garage sale brought in a few people and a few sales. We closed it down at 3:00 with giving a nearby family some items and they bought a few items as well, win/win. We spent a bit of time reorganizing and then last night I went out and repackaged the like items that are going to be donated into manageable garbage bags. One of the girls will run them there this week. We all made a bit of money and disposed of some things. I am going to post some items on community groups as time allows. But I am happy.

I cannot believe that Friday is July 1st, 2022. There is so much talk of “celebrating” Canada Day but you know what – despite the fact that our history was less than perfect – that does not mean that our present and future have to be. Unfortunately in world history very few countries or continents treated any of their peoples with respect. Someone was always at war with someone. So instead of dwelling on things and blaming anyone – let us recognize what was done and show all the people living today – that we do not have that mindset and just be better. Be kind and respectful and compassionate to all peoples and living creatures. Who cares how you dress, how you identify as a human being or the colour of your skin or even your age – we are all HUMAN BEINGS and should be treated with kindness and respect and compassion. How about we finally live in PEACE!! This is 2022 for pity’s sake. We all make the world turn. We are all important. We are all HUMAN BEINGS! Can you imagine what we could accomplish if we all worked together in peace and harmony! Okay there may be the odd heated debate or discussion.

On that serious note, I have to go to work. Coffee is brewed. I am grateful that I have friends that are not all “like me” if you will. We should learn from each other and be better as a result.

Have a wonderful Monday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: wow only 43 days until I turn 65.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Happy Friday. I trust you are well. The sky was totally overcast with a light rain when we were outside about 15 minutes ago. Now the horizon beginning to clear so perhaps we may have sunshine at some point. Yesterday was gorgeous bordering on too warm for us. In fact, Alvin was warm and woke up so we went downstairs and outside for another pee about 12:30 or was it 11:30 and then settled down on the sofa with the windows open and the fan on. We slept until 6:00. This afternoon my friend Pauline’s grand pup Georgie is coming to spend the weekend with us as his family is going to Jasper for the weekend. Pauline’s grand- daughter works there. I am excited for Mr. Alvin to have company for the weekend, it will be good for him. We know Georgie quite well and the pups get along which is great.

Yesterday we enjoyed a walk at lunchtime. I had the afternoon off as Mr. Alvin had his 5 week vet appointment. We bumped into Cookie and her Dad out for a walk. We walked together to the park and then they had to go back home as her Dad had to leave for work. Nice to catch up. Alvin had a good appointment. Nice to have his nails trimmed, his anal glands expressed, his ears healing and paws checked.

Quite breezy out there this morning.

Well folks I don’t have much more to say which is strange, I suppose. So this will be short. I hope that life is treating you well and that you have an awesome Friday.

I am grateful for my life, for Alvin, for Georgie coming for the weekend, for warmed up pizza, for nice walks, for fresh air, for clean water ……..

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. have to get working on prepping for the garage sale. Whoops almost forgot “60” days until my 65th Birthday……

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Another bright sunny morning and although I could see my breath at 5:00 a.m., it is nice outside. How are you on this Thursday? We are well. I believe that excluding human food from Alvin’s diet has made all the difference. Now that being said he does still have canned pumpkin to help him poop. But that is it and today is the fourth day for this experiment. Again he slept until 4:00 but was up to eat at 5:00 instead of the 6:00 from yesterday. But this is a huge improvement. Six hours of sleep in a row for me is huge. Alvin has his regular five week vet appointment this afternoon, so I took the afternoon off as vacation. I sometimes think it is a waste of a whole afternoon but then I think yay, I am taking a well deserved break. I do not mean waste for him, waste of having to take vacation time. Anyway, I am grateful to have the time to take off.

On Monday morning, a dear friend of whom I affectionately referred to as my second “Mom” passed away back in Saskatchewan. I wanted to wait until her family had the opportunity to contact all members of the family before I posted on this platform. Yesterday the announcement was made on social media and the announcement from the funeral home was posted. I have known Shirley my whole life. Funny story her first name was my Mom’s actual first name, only my Mom went by Jean. Anyway, she was a great loving sweet, funny woman and I shall miss her. When my Grandfather was killed in a combining accident in September of 1973, I moved from where we were living in Alberta back to my Grandparents farm in Saskatchewan to stay/live with my Grandmother. I was going into Grade 11 that fall. Shirley and her family lived only a short distance, actually walking distance from my new home. So we reconnected. She made me and of course the whole family feel like part of their family. Shirley and her husband Charlie (passed 2012) were family. They included me in everything. It certainly helped ease the feelings of missing my sister and brothers and parents back in Alberta. Shirley was simply beautiful inside and out. She enjoyed volunteering for her church and singing in the church choir and of course, looking after her family. Family meant the world to Shirley. She will be greatly missed by her four children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to know this dear soul. There were no computers and video calls in those days. I am grateful for the technology so that I can be at her service. Another angel has joined the heavenly choir.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. 61 days till my 65th Birthday……

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Wednesday morning? I was pleasantly surprised to see the sun shining brightly and the sky mostly clear. There is a bit of a breeze. 62 days until my 65th birthday. 1957 was a busy year for babies. When I started school we had the largest grade one class in the history of my small rural town. I used to know the exact number and now I think it was 31 but I am afraid that the test of time and my memory has let me down and that number is off. But we had a large class. There were no teaching assistants in those days. The school was small and we shared each room with another grade. That is what makes me think that number is so wrong. Perhaps it was the combination of both classes with us having the larger amount of pupils. Anyway, it is okay. Does not much matter. After all these years and all of the moves that I have endured including three provinces, I still am in contact with my first best friend. We have been friends since before we started school. So 60 plus years. I am very blessed. My only wish is that I could visit her again. We live a province away from each other. But I just thought of something, online video chat! Why did I not think of that before? I am going to start connecting with family and friends via video chat. The next best thing to real life.

I have noticed a difference in Alvin the passed few days with him not having any human food. He has only had his food for three days now, I believe. No gas. He slept from bedtime about 10:00 until 4:00 a.m. and then back to the sofa until 6:00. Definite improvement. I feel so bad for him as he truly wants some of the things that I eat and that he used to eat. He even asks politely. That has been hard. I trained / showed him how to ask “nicely or say please” when he wants something and yikes, not easy to say no, instead I say all done and try not to make eye contact. Those big brown eyes. Well you know.

The last few years since the world has gone into hiding with the arrival of the pandemic, most of us have seen even less of our family and friends than we did prior to, it has been hard. I miss my sister, my brothers and family and all my friends. I have only seen the ones that live in my neighbourhood. I am so appreciative that I made friends in Edmonton and in my community. It would have been so hard. Hopefully as the world starts to return to a changed life, I will be able to see more of my truly missed family and friends.

I am not sure if my flowers will be as colourful as past years but I thought we could all use some colour and beauty in our lives this morning. Oh, I see some clouds coming in. Perhaps we should have got mobile earlier and gone for a walk.

I hope that you enjoy these beautiful flowers this morning. Have an awesome Wednesday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I am grateful for all those souls that have graced my lifetime thus far. I am so utterly blessed to have known them.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Well it was not quite the sleep that I anticipated we would have but that is okay. I stayed up much later than usual for me, watching The Royal Party celebrating the Platinum or 70th Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth. The line-up was surprising but wonderful to watch. I did wish that Sir Elton John would have been there in person. Having Diana Ross end the show was great. She does not look 78 years of age and still sings like an angel. I wish Queen Elizabeth many more happy healthy years. 96 years in itself is quite an accomplishment but to be working for 70 or more of those years, is quite another thing. Congratulations. My paternal grandmother lived to be 97 years of age but was not the Queen with all that involves. She was in a nursing home by age 92. How blessed the Royals are to have such a woman to head their family and to still be so active especially in mind and body.

Despite going to bed after 11:30, Mr. Alvin was up at 3:30 and would have been up sooner if I had not coaxed him to stay in bed longer. Oh well, we did catch some zzz’s from 6:00 till 8:30 a.m. Isn’t it funny, that sleep is always the main or close to it, topic for my posts. It drives the day and sometimes my driving is not great, I will say. (not driving a car, lol). Yesterday we were off to a slow start but enjoyed a full walk leaving the house about noon. Then I worked on laundry and cleaning/sorting through things in the garage. I posted a few large items on our community Facebook pages. One item already got picked up. This morning one of my friends and neighbours and I are going to the ECO Station to drop off some items. I have never been and am excited to see the setup.

Oh, I realized that not counting today it is 65 days until my 65th birthday. How funny is that?

This will be a quiet day, I think. A bit of this and bit of that. We will go for a walk a bit later.

Time to head downstairs and have some coffee and then breakfast before we are off to the ECO Station.

I hope that you have an amazing Sunday. It is cloudy and windy here in Edmonton at the moment. That’s okay. I do wish for sunshine and a bit of heat so that my plants and flowers may grow along with everyone’s.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Welcome to Friday. We did it! We made it through another week. Fast approaching the weekend. What are your plans? Well I have another busy one ahead. We are starting it off right with a visit after work this afternoon from my daughter, always laundry, lol, Alvin gets a haircut and bath, more cleaning out of the garage to prepare for the June garage sale, house cleaning, going through more things (including the basement) and on Sunday an early birthday party for our friend Gillian. Our other friend in the group Signe is hosting this time round. We generally take turns. I do love to host though but Signe is a great host. Oh and I have to finish putting the birthday present together. I cannot be too clear about anything because G usually reads these posts. I am not going to give anything away. SURPRISE.

This morning it is warm outside but the sky is overcast. There is a breeze. Temperature forecast to be plus 21 degrees celsius. A beautiful day.

Yesterday I went on three walks totally about 1 3/4 hours timewise. A walk at noon with Mr. Alvin and then after work with him. We saw the goslings out with their parents by the lake and I wished that I had my phone/camera with me. Every day they grow so much. At 6:30 p.m., Gillian and I headed out on a beautiful walk. We had such a great chat. So grateful that she invited me along and I cannot wait until I have actual runners or walking shoes. I was walking in my Clark’s “flip flops” which are comfortable for walks with Alvin but for longer walks would be better to have proper support, proper shoes. Another thing on my list. So a good amount of walking and I slept good except for Alvin waking me up but that is nothing new, lol. You know last night was perfect for a wonderful walk with a friend. Thanks Gillian.

I am grateful on this Friday:

To live in Canada, I know we have not always been or are even now, perfect but closer than others.

To have clean drinking water and good food to eat.

To have so many wonderful caring, loving and supportive friends.

To be surrounded by beauty everyday.

To have my darling Mr. Alvin to keep me company each and every day.

To my daughter, son-in-law and grandpups for your kindness and love and support.

To my sister and brothers for being lights in my life.

For every rainbow and every sunbeam.

For love and laughter.

For every creature.

For every flower.

For the smell of perking coffee most especially in the mornings.

For life, for good health and for you, thank you.

Have an awesome Friday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. when nothing is sure everything is possible!

The New Year 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Alvin and I are doing great. I had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday. My daughter picked me up in the late morning so that we could arrive at Creekside Nursery & Garden when it opened. Wow, did it ever get busy fast. Initially we both thought that we would just look and pick up maybe the odd flower as it is too early to plant. Well that did not last long. By the time we got to the check-out our cart was filled to the brim, no room left for even the smallest container. I also picked up a cream coloured ceramic flower pot, three bags of potting soil, gardening gloves, fertilizer, and some plants which included tomatoes, greek oregano ( I did not know there was such a thing), begonias, violas, pansies and impatiens and lavender.

The photos are all from home except for the first two and the stock photo.

My kitchen looks amazing. I will keep the plants inside until it is warmer to plant them. What a gorgeous workspace. My happy place. I apologize for the slightly blurry photos as they looked clear when I snapped them.

I hope that your Mother’s Day was awesome.

Well it is almost time to head downstairs. Get this Monday started.

Alvin and I had a quiet Mother’s Day evening which suited me fine.

The sun is shining this morning, there is a breeze, buds on the trees and even small small leaves on some of the trees.

Feels like almost summer now that I have my flowers.

Happy Days ahead.

Have a fantastic day.

Happy Monday.

I am so grateful for such a great Mother’s Day with my daughter, grateful for all the beautiful plants I was able to purchase, grateful to be alive, grateful for my darling Alvin and my son-in-law and my grandpups. Thank you for this great life.

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

Always, Carol & AL

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing well. Yesterday at noon we went for a full walk which was great. It was so lovely outside. We had a pretty decent sleep so we are ready for the day. I booked the afternoon off as vacation as Mr. Alvin has a vet appointment. Just his regular nail trim etc. When we were woke up the sun was shining brightly but shortly thereafter the brightness turned to grey, clouds set in. Weather is to overcast but 21 degrees celsius today. So I will take that.

Happy CINCO DE MAYO day, Happy May 5th. They say that this day is probably one of the most misunderstood of Mexico’s holidays. Maybe we should all read up on this and find out why?

Today I feel like posting photos.

Happiness is: My Babies, Family, Friends, Chocolate, Flowers, Coffee, Books, good food and so much more …….

Sorry for the duplicates …….. for some reason I cannot edit these here …… Happy Thursday.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Alvin and I are fine. A bit tired but okay. Our company, our beautiful pups Aspen and Milo have gone home with their parents. My kids arrived weary but overjoyed to see their babies and to get home to their own bed. It was an up and down night. I thought originally that we would just wait up until they arrived knowing it would be well after midnight. My daughter texted me about 11:00 that they had landed in Edmonton. Knowing it would be at least 1.5 hours before they arrived, I made an executive decision to just go upstairs to bed, the pups were happy. We made one last trip outside before heading upstairs. Upstairs and a few minutes later the lights were out. My daughter texted their progress. She didn’t have my house key with them so I instructed them to ring the doorbell or knock at the door. I keep my bedroom door closed at night so wasn’t sure that I would actually hear them knock but I did. 1:00 a.m. they arrived. I turned on the lamp beside the bed and grabbed my socks and got up. As I opened the door and headed downstairs, Milo and Aspen followed. It was a great reunion. Alvin surprisingly did not come downstairs. I had their belongings ready to go so it was a quick in and out except for one bathroom break. Then we were alone. We had quickly made friendly exchanges and hugs before the departure. When I headed back upstairs I found Mr. Alvin sitting on the bed. I think he was sad and confused. The house was so quiet. I pulled up the blinds and waved at my daughter as they headed for home. This morning I had a text that they were home.

Yesterday was a good last day of vacation. The sun shone and it warmed up enough to melt a lot of the snow. I had shovelled my walk, neighbours in other half and Humphrey & Bogart’s Mom’s, as well. On the deck I moved the snow around. All in all, only snow left is on the front lawn and a little pile on the deck and a small amount in the backyard.

Lots of stories to tell and about a parcel but I hit the snooze button a couple of times this morning. Time to get downstairs and put on the coffee and start work.

I will finish my story tomorrow.

Have a wonderful Thursday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Happy Easter Everyone!

We woke up to a few inches of the white stuff covering everything including the Easter Bunny’s steps. I guess he missed our house. Me and the pups were very disappointed. We had been good and were thinking there were be treats waiting for us when we woke up. Maybe he got lost. I don’t know but very disappointing all the same. Perhaps he figured chocolate not being good for pups and that I didn’t need it – was not worth the stop. Oh well, maybe next year. I feel badly now that I did not pick up a little toy for each of the pups yesterday. I will give them some treats and we will be all good.

Yesterday I had a pleasant surprise. There was a knock on the door in the afternoon. I opened it to find a friend that we had met on our walks. She handed me some chocolate chip cookies (made with coloured Easter smarties). So sweet and thoughtful. She has a little boy but he was with his Dad and she was on the way to the gym.

Late morning I went to the store with another friend but we took a side trip to the Italian Store which I may have been to only once. So either it was the first or second time that I had been there. So many people and I did wear a mask. I picked up a few items including some orange and chocolate biscotti (not as good as my friend Val’s but tasty). I love biscotti. We were only gone about 1.5 hours and after returning home, my friend came in for a few minutes as she wanted some puppy time (her beloved Jazmin passed away just over a week ago). After she left, I took Miss Aspen for a walk followed by Alvin and Milo. It was snowing and a bit cool but we got the walks done. I wore the wrong shoes with Aspen and my toes were hurting most of the time. They are old shoes and are okay if you are not walking. Whatever possessed me to wear them, I will never know. But that is okay. I put on better ones and my toes felt find for the next walk. Alvin decided our walk would be shorter than usual so that helped me although I would have taken them gladly for the full walk.

Guess what we woke up to this morning at 4:00 a.m., S-N-O-W, when will this end. It isn’t going to melt as fast as the white stuff from yesterday. Oh well.

Time to go and have some coffee and take the pups downstairs. Aspen stayed downstairs in the big brown hair enjoying the view out of the window. Her happy place. The other two follow me everywhere.

I hope that you had a laugh from part of this post.

I hope that you are in good health.

I hope that you are surrounded by love and laughter on this day and always.

I hope that you have some chocolate in the house.

I hope that your hands are not chapped (mine are and I don’t know why)

Happy Easter.

Have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin, Aspen and Mi-Mi

P.S. I bought a lotto ticket and a scratch ticket. Won $5 on the scratch ticket and look forward to winning on the lotto max ticket. Happy 2022.

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