2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this “bright and sunny” Thursday morning? I am so grateful that the skies are pretty clear and that the sun is shining after a few days of clouds, rain and snow. It did freeze hard over night as I noticed the water that I have out for the bees froze over and there is frost on the cars. Most of the snow has melted now and the grass and trees appear to be renewed, is that possible? Of course, they gratefully soaked up the moisture in both forms. My lawn has not looked this good in years. Between the fertilizer that our neighbours threw on a few days ago and the extra moisture ….. well it looks like a lawn again. I was thinking that we may have to replant which I suppose throwing on some extra seed would not have hurt. If I would have had some grass seed in my garage I would have done so, at the beginning of the rain. Food for thought. I am going to pick up some seed to have on hand. Even our back patch of grass is coming back. Yesterday and earlier this morning there were a bunch of little birds flying about our backyard near the bird house. There was also a Magpie that was swooping in and about every once in awhile. They are pretty but not good for the little birds. Anyway, I am certain that by noon, or perhaps before I can remove the cover that is protecting the flowers in the front flower bed. Did I forget to mention? Yes, I did, that I pulled the cover back and checked some of the flowers and they are okay. If they survived last night, we all should be good. I also shook and dipped with a measuring cup all of the excess water off of the handmade tarp so that it would not crush them and not freeze. Fingers crossed.

I am looking forward to a walk with Mr. Alvin at noon. He needs to get out as I think he has a bit of cabin fever or at least he has been more anxious that usual. He barked short piercing barks the whole time I was in the shower. I kept calling out to him and hoping to calm him down but it did not work. I even tried singing my “put one paw in front of the other” song but to no avail. Luckily, he is okay now. What a guy. I tried to explain about how lucky that he is as I have noticed this poor little orange cat running on the front sidewalk and across the street. Poor cat looked like he or she had not had a good meal in a long time. So many cats on the loose in our area. Very dangerous as we have had coyotes in the nearby parks. Plus there are hawks and other birds of prey that can swoop down and take away little cats. I hope that he finds a home, soon.

Well time to head on downstairs and put on the coffee, need to smell that delectable aroma and drink some of that pure joy liquid before I start work. I am grateful that all my flowers survived this late spring snowfall and the wind. Thank goodness for a garage. I don’t have a car but man on man, that building has come in handy for storing and housing the vehicles of company.

I hope that you have a wonderful Thursday. May you laugh and smile and be surrounded with kindness and joy.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion and patience. Always working on patience I am patient. I am patient. I am patient.

ALLways, Love Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to a Rainy THURSDAY morning.

The sky is gray and it has been raining since before 2:30 a.m.

Likely the thought crossed your mind, how did I know that?

Well because Mr. Alvin was up at 12:17, 2:30, 4:22, 4:52 and then up to stay at 6:19 a.m.

He has breakfast at 4:22 a.m.

Alvin does not like going out in the rain so going to the bathroom for him is always interesting when it is raining.

I have been taking my heavy family size umbrella out each time we go outside so that he feels he has some protection from the rain.

It does help him and also that I am out there, as well.

The boy has not pooped since Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

So safe to say that the pills are working but when is he going to poop.

He is trying to tell me something so perhaps he wants to go out yet again.

We were just out but I had better go and see.

Will return.

Back again.

I am quite certain that if any of our neighbours were outside and saw this huge umbrella moving about on my deck and then on the grass just above the fenceline, they would laugh.

They would most certainly have a giggle if they could heard my words of encouragement to Alvin “please go poop, Alvin.”

So not again.

I think that he wants to go but his bum is sore and he is reluctant.

If he does not go by this afternoon, I might call the vet to check.

I am glad for both of our sakes that the diarrhea has ended.

Life is so funny.

Never did I think that on May 20, 2020 that I would be working from home and able to be with Alvin 24/7.

So happy that I am with him when he truly needs me.

Last time he was sick, which was last September one week after I returned to work after three weeks of vacation only to be gone another week.

This time I am here already so have only had to take small amount of time …. last Friday a couple of hours and Monday morning.

He is laying on his little bed that I made for him in the office.

He usually stays put there while I write my post and then when I am working he lays on the rug in the hallway.

Yesterday he actually left me and laid on his favourite chair in the living room.

Oh, my boy.

I think today will be up and down while he figures out when / how to go.

He is likely nervous.

 

My neighbour fertilized the lawn so perhaps it will be a nice lush green for a change.

Although I am not a fan of putting something on the lawn to kill the weeds, I may have to this year.

My neighbour longs for green grass and mine has some weeds.

Even though it is kept cut it does not look very nice.

I am hoping that can get something that is not harmful to the environment but will rid the lawn of the unwanted weeds.

Our back area by the garage is filled with yellow flowers …. dandelions.

At least it is some colour and most of all, good for bees.

Not everyone in the back lane area looks after that space so it is difficult to do so.

 

Well the clock says I need to get signed on for work.

I got my coffee when we were coming back upstairs.

So ready to go.

 

I hope that you have a lovely Thursday.

Keep Mr. Alvin with positive thoughts.

I hope he is better soon.

So we can walk again and live our regular ordinary wonderful lives.

 

Remember with Kindness and Respect is the only way to live our lives.

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 24th day of May, 2014.

Well here we are again …. another sunny Saturday morning.

So great….

There is a soft cool breeze blowing making it the perfect time for a walk.

I think it will be a very warm day.

We have so been looking forward to summer after such a long winter and cold spring.

One by one the neighbours are preparing their yards ….. raking ….. having the lawn aerated …. fertilizing…. planting flowers.

Be pet friendly when fertilizing.

The leaves are almost fully out ….. still at that brand new stage ….. not yet matured.

I do love this time of year …. not quite summer but feels close enough.

Alvin spent the night at his sister’s house.

They are looking after a friend’s doggie for the weekend.

So they have four puppies running around their house.

Yesterday when we dropped off Alvin before my daughter drove me to work ….. I got to see Alvin interact with the new puppy.  Finnegan, I believe his name is.

At first the usual sniffing each other.

Then Finn had a moment where he didn’t like Alvin (nothing bad happened just an angry bark and quick movement).

After that they kind of kept their distance but yet wanting to check each other out.

So cute.

I am excited to hear how the night went.

Kudos to them for having four doggies in the house.

They are so kind and so great with animals.

I call them my “dog whisperers” …….

Well I guess time to get this “old girl” to work ….. you know laundry …… dusting …. oh, Mr. Alvin is getting a hair cut when he comes home.

His second “favourite” thing next to the pedicure ( which by the way was yesterday and he provided the Vet’s Assistance with a less than stellar performance ).

His Momma was a bit disappointed and sad.

But then again there are things that I have to do and maybe I would feel better if I “whined and cried.”

Oh well, it is all good.

We all have to do things that are not our favourites….

It is all of the things that we love to do that gets us through our lives.

Right!

I need coffee ……………….. BIG CUP OF COFFEE ….

Oh, I hear the chair under the umbrella on my deck calling my name…….

Have a great Saturday.

Thought really for today is there will always be things we have to do as that is the nature of our lives ….. some will be pleasant and enjoyable and others not so much.

Just try and make sure you are doing more of the pleasant and enjoyable ones.

The things we love …..

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello: to my cousin “J” ….. I almost forgot that the recipe for the Fruit Cocktail Cake is under the Recipe Category.  Also note that you can use any 14 oz can of fruit with juice.  I used pineapple yesterday.  Good reminder for me to post the recipes that I promised a long time ago.  I have so many more to post.

Thanks J……

Always, Carol and Alvin …..

 

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