2021

Good Morning ALL!

Yesterday evening, minutes before I was going to attend a Facebook LIVE Fifth Avenue Collection jewelry party, I learned of the passing of a dear friend of mine.

I first met Martin in my twenties as we worked for the same employer. So I have known him for most of my life. He was one of the most sincere, gentle, loving, kind, compassionate, funny, hard-working, human beings that I have ever had the great pleasure to call my friend. He treated each and every person he met with kindness, understanding and compassion. Martin loved to help out in his community and that was evident by the great work that he did for Heritage United Church and with The Downtowners Optimist Club. He never said NO and always found a way to help.

We worked for the same company and over the years were on the company Social Club together in various roles, Children’s Christmas parties, played slow-pitch on the same team, there were Curling competitions (rather parties with the odd curling game in between), the road trips were the best to sporting events were thes best, we both belonged to the Downtowners Optimist Club and worked on some of the same projects, took a road trip together to the States to meet with various Optimist Clubs, our daughters were friends so we attended various birthday parties when the children were young, and even worked in the same department for over a decade. Our children went to the same school. We also carpooled together with some other friends/coworkers for years. There were parties and get togethers. He was definitely a social, active person and that was clear by the life that he led.

His family were the world to him. Grandpa was a handle he treasured and was over the moon proud of his grandson. He loved to share photos and stories.

Martin loved MUSIC. Barb and Martin travelled extensively over the years to various concerts. We were always just a bit envious of his travels.

I am not sure if he ever missed a football game. That would be for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He loved to go to the games with his family.

Although we haven’t seen each other since I moved to Edmonton over a decade ago, we did keep in touch. There were emails and Christmas cards with a letter.

To Barb and family, please accept my deepest sympathies.

He truly was one of a kind. The earth is a much better place for his time here and he will be greatly missed.

I can see his face in my mind and can only think of all the times we all spent together working on projects or just laughing about something at work.

I miss you my friend. May you rest easy.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing this Sunday, February 21, 2021. Today was my paternal Grandmother’s birthday. She was born this day in 1901. Her name was Stella and she was a force in all things from her love of football and hockey to baking and gardening and everything in between. She knew every player and theirs statistics in the Canadian Football League. Grandma even had season football tickets for the Saskatchewan Roughriders which were/are located in Regina, Saskatchewan (she lived in rural Saskatchewan) and never attended a game, this was one of the ways she supported them. Another was purchasing the annual fundraising dinner. ticket and never attended As much as she loved sports she loved her garden, most especially her roses. Flowers were her passion. She won horticultural awards in her hometown for her roses. Her garden was always beautiful. Happy Birthday Grandma Stella.

The sky is overcast here in Edmonton. The air is warm, I was just outside with Alvin who was digging up a chew treat from one of the snow banks while I was digging up something else (not really digging for me). After I finished I watched as he dug up the chew treat from the snow drift on the grass area of our backyard (which is small). He picked it up and then proceeded to hop up the three steps from the yard to the deck. From there he hopped up the three steps to the top part of the deck by the garage. It was here that he walked over to the snow that I have piled and started to dig. I was entranced. He had his head down in the snow, digging with his paws until he dropped the chew treat and then started to cover it with his nose. When done he raised his head which had been partially covered in snow and gave it a shake. All through this I had wished that I would have ran back into the house and got my phone to take a video. But my phone was not by the door and likely by the time I threw off my boots and grabbed my phone he would have been done. I really wanted to just be in the moment. After burying the treat, he walked over to the steps to come down and hesitated for a moment before making the leap down the steps. I always hold my breath when he comes down the steps. Also I need to share something else about Alvin. This past Tuesday as you know he had his regular nail trim, anal gland and ear check appointment in addition he was receiving some vaccinations that were due at the end of February. That morning I noticed something odd. There was colour in his pee. Now when peeing in the snow …. you notice things. The colour was red. Even after he peed, there would be a drop of red. My heart skipped a beat. This is never good. I called his Vet to let them know and that we would have to add some tests to the appointment and explained. So at the appointment they were able to take a urine sample by inserting a catheter and also did blood tests. They could tell it was not an Urinary Tract Infection or at least there were no crystals. The blood tests were inconclusive so the only other option was to book an ultrasound. So that I did. This coming Tuesday. I have not shared this information with many people. But after knowing this for several days and trying to remain positive and feeling like I need to say something, I have started to tell a few people. It is a big thing to keep all to myself. I am positive that he will be fine as he has been eating and drinking like normal. His sleeping has not changed – still as crazy as ever. He was a bit whiny yesterday but his paws seem to be bothering him which they do from time to time. Please keep Mr. Alvin in your thoughts and if you pray, in your prayers. I am hopefully for good results. This was why I wrestled about taking the video but I am happy that I stayed outside and did not miss one second of him digging up and re burying his chew treat.

Well it is almost 9:30 and I have to put on coffee and have breakfast as I am having a video chat with one of my friends. The other is spending time with her husband who works away from home and is currently at home for a few days. They are having some family time.

The sky is overcast and the wind is blowing. The only sounds are the clock ticking in the bathroom beside this room and the clicking of my fingers as they touch the keys on the computer keyboard.

I will enjoy and be grateful for each and every day that I get to spend with my friend and companion Mr. Alvin. I hope that it will be years but that is not for me to know that this point.

Have a wonderful day. I thank each and every one that reads my daily post. I love to write and it makes it even better to know that people love to read my words. I hope that most days – I bring a smile to your face, perhaps give you food for thought, and bring you some helpful information.

Take Care.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience for all creatures.

Always, Carol & Alvin

One of my favourite photos of my boy.

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 17th day of March, 2015.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone.

My family and friends all over the world, Happy St. Pat’s Day.

We are having a potluck lunch at work today and we can also wear sports jerseys and anything green.

Just so happens that I have a Saskatchewan Roughrider (football) jersey which is both.

YAY, me….

Also to top off the celebration my friend “G” is coming over coffee after her “bootcamp” (exercise class).

I am so excited.

I have not seen her in what feels like forever.

YAY …. I am so lucky and feeling really blessed right now.

 

If you remember I mentioned picking up what they call “pet steps” so that when Alvin and the puppies want to get onto the bed they don’t have to jump so high.

Well Mr. Alvin will have nothing of it.

So I shall leave the steps by the bed and see if perhaps over the course of a few days he will gradually get used to them.

Stubborn boy that one.

 

Well life is good …. great, in fact.

I hope that it is in your home as well.

Spread the kindness.

Spread the joy.

Spread the laughter.

Always laugh …. giggle ….. feel it right down to the bottom of your belly.

Have a great green day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Special Hello to: everyone … I would like to yell from the rooftops “HELLO”

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 25th day of November, 2013.

Two things to celebrate on this beautiful Monday.

One being the 29th Birthday of my niece “D” and the other being the WIN for the SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS … THEY WON THE GREY CUP.

How exciting on both counts.

So on this day, I am grateful that the Riders won and that my beautiful niece was born this day 29 years ago.

Jumping for joy.

I feel so awesome.

Today is going to be the best day ever.

Special Hello: to ┬ámy niece ….. wishing you the best day …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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