2021

Good Morning ALL! Well we made it through another night. One of us who shall remain nameless (ME) had to get up and go to the bathroom and then the young one was awake. She did pretty good and better when we went downstairs to the sofa. She seems to like the main floor better, not sure why. She spent most of the night on the cushioned bench at the end of our bed. OH, today we are at THREE SLEEPS until CHRISTMAS EVE. YAY. Almost there. I found out yesterday when my daughter dropped by at noon that her BF will be joining us on Christmas Eve. I cannot remember the last time we had someone join the three amigos on Christmas Eve. We are excited to say the least. Oh and just to add: Cookie peed last night but a bit missed the pee pad and ended up on my white rug (yes, the rug in my bedroom). She did better. So more cleaning done.

Well it has been an interesting couple of days or not quite that yet with little Cookie. Yesterday we peed on the mat at the foot of the stairs that was covering a yoga mat making Alvin’s landing when he comes downstairs easier and going up gives him courage. Anyway, it was a “pad” of sorts, so what can you do. So the mat got an extra wash. All good as new. She pooped on the pad at noon which was great. How is it that my life always seems to revolve around POOP? OMG, I guess it is an important function of most life forms on this planet. In some way, shape or form. LOL. Anyway, things are getting better. She seems more calm. This morning she ate a bit more of Alvin’s hard food. A bit later I will try some of her wet food and see what happens. She is drinking lots of water and everything is coming out the back end, lol. I love how she lays beside me on the sofa with Alvin on the other side. We are settling in.

She has disappeared somewhere so I had better cut this short. Alvin is in his regular spot right outside the office door.

I wish you a great December 21st, 2021. The big day is almost here. I cannot wait.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience (definitely working on this one), love, laughter, understanding and gratitude.

Always, Carol, Alvin and Cookie.

P.S. Puppies always teach me to be patient as do older dogs. A good lesson to learn and practice.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? It is still dark looking more like night than morning. But that is what it is at this time of year. I think that is why we have some issues with our sleeping patterns at this time of year. At least I know that I do. It just seems weird to be getting up in the darkness for work and it was even more strange when I physically had to leave the house in the dark. At least my commute is short and I can have the lights on so it does not totally feel like night unless I look out the window, lol. Anyway soon the sun will rise. When we were out earlier the moon appeared to covered partially by clouds. Maybe it will be an overcast kind of day, time will tell. GUESS WHAT? We have a visitor. Alvin’s BFF Teddy spent the night with us. He arrived around 6 p.m. last night and will be here for this morning and part of the afternoon, I think. The boys are so cute. Alvin seems like the “in your face, wants everything now (food)” and Teddy is this “little, quiet, chill little one.” I get such a kick out of watching them interact. You should have caught the arrival. Teddy’s Mom pulled the car up to the sidewalk out front and got out, opened the back passenger door and all I could see was this bolt of black&white and then I realized he wasn’t coming up the steps, he accidentally went up the neighbour’s sidewalks as it was dark and his Mom had pulled up closer to their walk than ours. It was cute. Alvin was waiting on the porch. I called, his Mom called as she approached the steps and he caming running like a lightning bolt, if it could run. Oh what a sight. He ran into the house with his Mom coming in and closing the door. Yes, Alvin and I were already in the house. He made a beeline from the front to the back door and then stopped to jump up and say hi to me and then to Alvin. The boys ran about for a few minutes before settling in. Teddy’s Mom stayed for a quick visit. Afterwards I finished my supper that had been warmed in the oven and was too hot to eat before they arrived. After I got the dishes done and cleaned up and set up my workspace we settled down to watch some television with Alvin snuggling on my right side and Teddy on my lap. I think that Alvin sometimes wishes that he was more of a lap dog. He just is too big. But he does like to snuggle right up against me. At bedtime, well that is another story. Alvin of course lays close to me and then Teddy likes to snuggle by my legs. Sometimes it can get a bit awkward as he snuggles in when I lay down between my legs as I sleep on my back initially as I am reading. So I have to pick him up and move him over a bit and then get comfortable before he does. Usually it takes a little bit to get everyone settled. But they are so cute. At this moment, Mr. Alvin is sleeping outside the office door in the hallway and Teddy is downstairs on the sofa. When we got up earlier and ended up on the sofa, the same thing happens as does on the bed. Teddy wasn’t wanting anything to eat so he will eat later. He did not want supper at home last night and his Mom was a bit worried but when Alvin had his bedtime snack, Teddy had some food as well. So it worked out. Teddy remains snuggled up on the sofa on the red cozy blanket. Well it is time to head on downstairs. Another mild day on the way. It was warm outside earlier when we were out. I can smell the delectable aroma of coffee perking (in my mind) so I better go.

Have an awesome Monday. Be safe and well.

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

Always, Carol, Alvin and Teddy

P.S. I am grateful that Alvin has a good friend who can come by for a sleepover from time to time.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing well. I cannot believe how much snow we got, well actually I can because I shovelled like a ton of it, lol. As I turn my head and look out of my office window I see the sunrise. The horizon is filled with light pastel colours. A happy palette. They bring me joy. I wished that Alvin could see colours, he would definitely love the sky. Late yesterday afternoon the sky cleared and stayed clear overnight as I saw the stars in the sky when we were outside at 2:30 a.m. Yes we were. It is the age thing and the bathroom. I cannot fault Mr. Alvin as I am usually up at least once during the night to “pee,” so what can you do! Life is life. Sometimes I get “bent out shape” over things because I am an emotional creature. I don’t mean that I do bad things to Alvin or to people but I cry easily and I have raised my voice to both Alvin and people. Not that I am proud of those times but I am human. I apologize and move on. Trying to better the next time. Making those times fewer and more far between. One thing is I do not raise my voice to Alvin when he gets up during the night to go outside, I do not. Sometimes he whines when I am doing things, usually because he wants to eat or wants some food that I have ….. there has been the occasional time that I have raised my voice but not often. I guess I am feeling guilty this morning because I did raise my voice to him yesterday. Bad Momma. One thing that I have to remember to do is to take four deep breaths and count to ten. Distracting myself from the situation and that would help with my job as well. Somedays I want to scream at certain situations. So you see, I am not perfect and I am human. I try to be a good neighbour, good Mom, good friend, good coworker and good person overall.

Well I took all of my writing time “venting” on this post. I apologize for that. The words just tumbled out onto the page and I am always writing in the moment. The things that come to my head, to my mind. Sometimes there are “raw feelings” that emerge onto the page. Thank you for reading my posts and for continuing to fall my post. It is appreciated.

Wishing you a great day.

Time to go and make some coffee and start work in a few minutes.

Continuing to live this life with respect, kindness, compassion, patience (work in progress), love, laughter, and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this Friday, November 5th, 2021? I am well and super happy today is Friday and the beginning of the weekend. Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely walk at my lunch break. Alvin has definitely slowed down while walking and is taking each moment to sniff every blade of grass and every leaf that has fallen onto the ground. If I wasn’t with him, he would still be out there sniffing, I would think other than the fact that he does not like to be alone. I was in the shower a few minutes ago and he was safely in the bedroom with me. He started barking while I was in the shower, of course, not like I could get out quickly so I called out to him and he did not stop. So I quicken my pace and got out and realized that he was trying to get a drink of water from his dish and I think that he could not see it. I had the light on in the ensuite off the master bathroom but no lights on in the bedroom. There is no door on my bathroom so it was not pitch dark in the bedroom but not bright light by his dish. So I quickly grabbed a towel and turned on the bedside lamp closest to his water dish. Then he stopped. Might have had something to do with me being there but even once I went back to the bathroom, he no longer barked. If this is something new, I worry about those days when I have to go to the office. Guess I will have to leave a light on the main floor. Thankfully I only have to go to the office every couple of months or so. So grateful to be working from home. I will keep repeating this as I am truly feeling this way.

Yesterday my daughter had another dental appointment (she is having a tooth straightened). After her appointment she had to run to the grocery store so she asked if I needed anything. Silly girl, when doesn’t the momma need something, just kidding. I asked her to pick up a few vegetables, bananas and vegetable oil. Last night I made a stir fry for supper, it was so good. While my daughter was here she helped me bring the Christmas Tree upstairs and we had a couple of giggles over that. She also helped me to erect the tree. Now it is ready to decorate tonight. At lunchtime I am going to run to the vet and pick up food for Alvin and then we can go for a nice long walk after work and not have to rush. YAY.

Time to head back downstairs. I noticed there was heavy frost last night by the sight of car windows. I hope that you have an awesome day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Happy Birthday to Ashley. I hope that you have a great day. Today is also the first day of FALL or AUTUMN. My favourite season of all. Although I do love them all. I am so grateful that here in Alberta, Canada we still enjoy four different seasons with winter being the longest of them.

Quick update about the ongoing saga and me and Mr. Alvin. Well I won’t say that he is loving sleeping upstairs because I am not convinced at this point that he is. I do think that he actually likes sleeping on the main floor more. Not a big fan of being carried up and down the stairs. I guess things in our bedroom look different from before with the addition of some pieces of furniture from my daughter and son-in-law and the “sofa spot” that I made up of cushions/his dog bed in case he jumps from the corner of the bed. We went to bed at 9:30 ish, he was up about 12:30 so I took him outside and then back upstairs. He was up again at 3:00 and we came downstairs and settled on the sofa until almost 6:00 a.m. So the in between times seem to be getting longer. If he would just say settled/sleeping from the time that we went to bed until even 3:00, I would be a happy Momma. As I was reiterating to a friend yesterday he never used to sleep through the night anyway so for him to sleep from bedtime until 3-4 would feel like a good night sleep. Not sure what to do tonight. Last night when he was up, he was panting and when he is panting he is super anxious (as he was not hot) so I do not like him to be in that state so of course, we were up and outside. The only thing is he is heavy at 30 pounds to lug up and down the stairs at anytime but most especially in the middle of the night. Oh well, every night is a new opportunity, a chance for things to be better. I just have to keep positive thoughts and see a better outcome.

Yesterday was a good day. I accomplished lots at my job (working from home). We have been going for walks at my lunch break from work and after I am finished work. Last night after work, we got ready and were outside when our neighbour in the other half of the duplex arrived home. We hadn’t seen each other for a bit so we stopped for her to give Alvin some love & attention and to catch up. Then we were on our way to the park. When we got to the park, Alvin was so happy sniffing that I thought let’s go and see our friend Pauline. The extra walk would be good for both of us. It is not that much further beyond the entrance to the park to her house which backs onto the park. We love her and they have the best backyard. I realized as we were walking that it has been months since we have walked in the park. We missed the whole summer. Alvin happily sniffed each and every blade of grass along the way. I took in each and every leaf on the trees which are slowly beginning to change colour and any bird chirping and everything in the park along the way. I, we were in our happy place. Definitely this was something that we both needed badly. An escape from the routine and back to some semblance of our old life which seems like years ago now. When we got to her house, we did not find her in the backyard but I noticed the kitchen window open so I called up with hopes she would hear me and not loud enough to disturb any neighbours. A couple of minutes later, I heard a little voice say “Oh’s it’s Carol” and then come down the stairs to the backyard calling us to come in ….. We were both so excited to see her as we have not been to her back yard since June, 2021. I missed seeing all of her beautiful flowers. Thankfully over the summer we have seen each other when she has come to our house. This was the best medicine for us. I desperately needed that for my mental well being. A piece of what we had not that long ago. Pauline checked the gate at the top of the yard to ensure it was closed so that Alvin could come off his leash and run around the yard. His favourite thing to do. She invited us to stay for a visit. We were all so happy for this time together. We chatted and chatted. Looked at flowers. Her husband popped in to say hello and then said better let you girls visit. He is a wonderful guy. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends. Oh, almost forgot to mention that Georgie, Pauline’s grandpup, a wee little dog was there visiting so he joined us as well. He spent a great deal of time on my lap. No photos of this time as I did not have my phone with me but perhaps that is a good thing as I have my memories locked in to remind me that life is good.

On our way home we bumped into another neighbor and her pup. We hadn’t seen them for a bit so we stopped and chatted making a plan to get together soon.

When we got home it was 6:30 – two hours past the time we left for our walk. A long time past Alvin’s suppertime so I fed him right away and as I got his food out of the fridge, he then realized he was hungry. What a guy.

Well time to go and put on the coffee. I love using my computer instead of the phone. Much easier.

I hope that you have a great first day of FALL. Enjoy the colours and the changes in temperatures and smells. Our tree is a lovely mix of gold and green now.

Thank you for continuing to read my blog, I so appreciate your time.

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

Always, Carol & Al

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this gorgeous bright sunny Thursday morning ( lol, I almost typed Wednesday)? Both Alvin and I are well. We got a good night sleep. Very grateful for the sleep. Always a great way to begin one’s day with a good night sleep. Alvin and I had a good walk yesterday and even though the temperature was in the single plus digits celsius it felt warm. By mid afternoon it was about 17+ celsius. Everyone was out walking. I had ordered my supper through SKIP THE DISHES. First time. I found out that between the delivery charge, the tip and taxes there was way less left on the gift card that I had received from my employer and I did not know how it all worked so I had to keep changing my order to have it fall within the “budget.” I thought by the charge of the food that some of the charges were included in the total but guess not. I am not sure that I would use this service again. Besides I am not one to order out for food. I do like ordering a pizza from Royal Pizza (best pizza place) once in awhile but other than that, I prefer to eat at home, something that I made even it was toast and eggs. Anyway, it was a nice change. At the end of it ….. I guess I helped give someone some earnings so it was worth it.

There is not much on our plate today other than regular old work. I am in the sixth week of training someone at work. Tomorrow I actually go into the office. My neighbour is going to check in on Alvin. He will definitely need to go outside to pee and need a treat during the time that I am away.

Saturday is supposed to be +18 or so and I have invited my two friends over for an outside coffee/tea visit in the morning on the deck. I have more than enough room to ensure that everyone is comfortable and is physically distanced from each other to keep within the restrictions set out by our health care professionals and government officials. I cannot wait. To share some stories and laugh, to laugh. Alvin is a pretty good story teller but laughing not so much.

Well I guess that is about it for today.

Keeping on smiling and laughing and staying well. Take some time out of your busy day just for you. If you have to lock yourself in the bathroom to do so ….. do it. Just relax.

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

Always, Love & Carol

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing today? Well it is an overcast rather dull looking day out there. Alvin and I were outside in the backyard a little while ago chatting with Bogart who was sitting atop of the railing on their deck trying to figure out a way to get over to us. Alvin was on the ground at the fence trying to figure out a way to get through the fence. Apparently we have pets that would like to visit. If it were possible we would put a door in the fence for them to visit but then Bogart might want to visit other neighbors and that would not work. Sonja and I were thinking about doing the “pet door” in our adjoining fence before Bogart came into our lives and it would have worked for Humphrey and Alvin. That would have been noteworthy for sure as how many have “pet doors” in their fences.

Last night as the first new snowflakes were fluttering down from the night time sky; I noticed how delicate and fluffy they were as they floated by me while I was standing inside at the back door looking out the window. So beautiful, each one so different. With the appearance of a tiny pillow, a little puffy throw that would nicely cover a small bee or other such insect. So very pretty. There was only a fine layer of fresh snow on the ground and covering the deck when we got up this morning. Now it is coming down with a bit more thickness than last night. I see shovelling in my future. Well there was a tad of it earlier but there will be more. Love fresh snow. So pretty.

One thing that I forgot to do and should do when I am finished this post and before the roof is covered in snow and perhaps it already is, is to gaze up from the deck and see if I lost shingles in that last huge windstorm that we had the other night. One of my girlfriends told me that another neighbour actually lost part of their roof whether she meant shingles, I forgot to confirm. Anyway shingles lost for sure, I know.

Well it is is the weekend. I have much on my TO DO LIST as I prepare for Mr. Alvin’s 12th Birthday party tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. I will be baking some cupcakes, vanilla today for the human guests. All three of us. I will also prepare a package to send home with Teddy and Kobi for their Mom & Dad to enjoy as they cannot join us. I will recheck the restrictions as I know some had been loosened a bit. We are taking the precautions as we do not wish to get the virus nor do we want to spread should I be one of those humans that is asystematic. For lunch for the humans just a simple pasta salad with lots of veg and chicken and then instead of a baguette, the next best thing …. garlic bread in baguette form. I have both a CHICKEN CAKE from Bone and Biscuit for the pups to enjoy plus some yogurt cups that I want to check out for them. I have little treat bags to do up for the guests. Regular laundry and cleaning and stuff.

Time to get this show on the road. Oh, almost forgot that I am going to watch the 6th episode of BRIDGERTON next. What a show. Even made this old gal, blush a bit. Good thing that Mr. Alvin was not watching, he would have turned away in spots for sure. LOL.

We wish you a wonderful Saturday. Remember to take some time just for you.

We will continue to live with kindness, respect, compassion and I am adding patience (mainly for me and Alvin).

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter.

Good Morning All. As we are winding down and fast approaching November with then one month until 2021 …. what are your thoughts? What a year this has been! There have been so many changes and for some people those changes have not been great. For others of us those changes have turned out to be blessings in disguise. I am so grateful that I have a job and that I am working from home. I have said this before and I will say it again, I am ever grateful to my employer. I have found out that I do thoroughly enjoy those rare occasions when I go outside of my house other than our walks. I don’t mind going to the office once every month or so. I don’t mind going to the grocery store once in awhile. Lately as statements come in from my benefit provider, it is giving me cause to get my poop in a group and make some medical appointments ….. like eye checkup and dentist. The dentist and staff were wearing masks even before COVID19 hit the Western World. I would think that they are taking even more precautions like limiting the no of patients at one time. Lots to think about. Do you find that you procrastinate some things and even more during these uncertain times? You are not alone, you are not alone. So much to consider and to think about ……

Well it is five sleeps until Halloween and six sleeps until my Christmas Tree goes up and the house transforms into “Christmas.” I have contacted all the folks in the neighbourhood that I know with children and they all were happy with my idea to drop off bags of treats for their children. I am working on decorating the treat bags for the kids. Then Sunday the TREE goes up. I am so excited. My daughter as agreed to come over and I have a backup to help me erect the tree just in case. Always good to have a plan B. I thought that I would before bed on Friday night, I would take down all of the fall/Halloween decorations and other ornaments and put them in the basement. Maybe even bring up the rubbermaid containers of Christmas decorations and be ready to decorate. I could do some of the decorating before the tree goes up. Those are my thoughts for now – time will tell.

Yesterday my girl friends were over for coffee in the morning. We always have a great time. One of the girls brought over muffins and the other gave me my own little Halloween treat bag. They spoil me. Love these girls, they are the best. I am so blessed to have great friends, truly.

Alvin and I went for a walk in the afternoon before I watched the LIVE Open House for my friend Amber’s Fifth Avenue Jewelry Collection. I enjoy seeing all of the new jewelry. GUESS WHAT? Mr. Alvin hardly fussed at all in his new sweater and in fact, we did the whole walk without any unnecessary stopping. It was great.

I also watch “THEN CAME YOU” twice yesterday. Really loving that movie.

I am so excited that our weather is going to be all plus temperatures for the next two weeks with multiple days in the high single digits and even going into the double digits. The bunnies will be able to forage for food easier and longer.

Well time to go and put on the coffee. I hit the snooze and then the time on the microwave a couple of times this morning. ARGH. Oh well, there is time to make coffee and get ready to start work before my 8:00 a.m. start time.

Have an awesome Monday. If we all live our lives with kindness and respect for ALL, what a wonderful world this would be and can be.

I/We shall remain, As Always Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday.

So happy that it is payday.

Pay those the bills and wait for the next ones.

What a circle!

I am grateful that I am able to pay my bills in full and on time.

I am grateful to have a roof over my head.

I am grateful that I am able to look after me and Alvin in good order.

I am grateful that I am employed.

I am grateful for each and every day that I am able to get out of bed in the morning.

I am grateful for all of my dear family members and all of my friends.

I am grateful to be surrounded by goodness and light.

I am grateful to have Alvin as my housemate.

I am grateful to have this beautiful weather as we fast approach the first day of fall.

I am grateful to be alive.

 

Last night and early this morning – I had the strangest of dreams.

Unfortunately I remember nothing of them other than they were odd.

How often does this happen to you?

Me, lots.

Sometimes I remember little things and sometimes I remember the dream in some detail.

But not often.

 

I prefer to daydream.

Where I can somewhat control and remember what I am thinking.

What do you daydream about?

I think daydreaming is good for us.

I daydream about things and people.

 

Another beautiful day on the way.

Yesterday was gorgeous.

We went for a walk in the morning as I worked the late shift yesterday.

Our walk was lovely.

Quiet …. not too many people out before 8:30 a.m.

Today at lunchtime I am going to the Vet to pick up food for Alvin, some pain meds and toothpaste for him.

We will walk after work when it cools down.

I guess we could / should have gone this morning but alas I did not get my butt going soon enough.

If I got dressed now and we went …. we could be home in time for me to start work.

But I think we will wait.

Although …… it looks tempting but it would be cutting it close.

We shall wait.

Can always go after supper if it is too warm at 4:00 p.m.

 

Tomorrow I got to the office for the first time since I left on March 19, 2020.

I am a little nervous – I will confess.

Must remember to take a mask or two and some other supplies.

Lunch, I guess.

Sounds like the coffee machine is in use so that is good.

Only for one day.

I shall miss and feel guilty leaving Alvin for a whole day.

He is not used to it.

Perhaps he will be happy to have the day to himself.

Who knows?

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I have to get ready.

Turn on the coffee.

Actually turn on the coffee first and then come back upstairs and get ready.

I have all of the windows open so that cool air can come into the house.

Smells good.

Not really any breeze this morning.

Happy Thursday.

 

Have an awesome Thursday.

Be safe.

Be kind and respectful.

I shall/we shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

I am so excited to see the Snapdragons coming up in the pot with the Geraniums.

Orange and pink so pretty.

There are more Snapdragons since this photo was taken.

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All,

Well it is raining once again here in Edmonton.

We had a beautiful day yesterday.

Sunshine but incredibly windy.

Now it is not so windy and raining.

Everything is in a great state of green.

 

Over the past several months we have all been so much incredible change and so much flux, happening almost daily.

Some folks have lost their jobs.

Others are gladly retaining their jobs but working from home.

Some families have lost family member or members due to this virus.

Some folks have been waiting to have surgeries that have been cancelled or delayed.

Families with children are coping with on-line and at home schooling.

People have had their incomes reduced.

Seniors not able to easily access food and medicines.

All folks having to go through a real ordeal just to put food on their tables.

Then there are all the folks who must go to work each day …. the front line workers.

Such a range of jobs that takes these folks away from their families into a great uncertainty each and every day.

The long hours, little sleep, not a decent meal.

Our normal celebrations with large crowds have been cancelled.

Vacations different.

So much change.

Change that literally touched each and every person on this planet in one way or another.

I know that I have missed so many different situations and if I had more time, I could likely add to this but I am one of the lucky ones.

I have a job.

I have a job that allows me to work from home.

I can be with my Alvin, my pup who is getting older and each week, month and year is precious.

So I very much appreciate this situation.

It was a transition for sure but now that I have things figured out – it is great.

 

I guess my point in all of this is – we do not know what others are feeling or going through at this time.

We must be patient.

We must be kind and respectful.

We must listen.

We must do whatever it takes for us all to be safe.

If that means wearing a mask, then wear the mask.

If that means keeping six feet apart, then keep the distance.

We all need to be good global citizens.

In this situation, at this time, we, each and every one of us can make a difference.

To do whatever it takes.

 

I wish you all a great day.

Living my life with kindness and respect and gratitude.

So much gratitude to my fellow human beings.

 

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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