2021

Good Morning All! I hope this finds you well. We have had incredible highs and lows over the past 24 hours or so. Yesterday in the early afternoon our friend Pauline came over and with her urging we went on our first walk outside of the yard in weeks. I could not believe how excited he was and once harness went on he was ready to go. He loved the walk and likely went faster than should have. I too, enjoyed getting out of the house. Once back home, Pauline watched Alvin so I could have a shower. After she left we spent some time watching a Netflix series called “The Cook of Castamar,” which was recommended by Pauline. Later on we spent some time on the deck relaxing. Another hot night so I covered him with a wet towel and all seemed well until about 2 am and basically we have been up since that time. After several times in the middle of the night going outside and him not wanting to be on the sofa, I put him on one of his beds on the floor. I grabbed a bit of sleep here and there. But he did not go to sleep for more than a few minutes.

I don’t remember the time he had breakfast, I think about 5 am and then meds at 6 am. In and out, up and do. Made coffee at 9 am because that is what you fo when you are tired. At one of the early morning or middle of night trips to the backyard, I misstepped going down steps to grass but managed to make the correction do we did not fall, thank goodness.

At 10 am, with the temperature about 20 degrees Celsius we headed out for another walk. Again Alvin was super excited to get out. We saw a friend who was just heading out to take her dogs to an off leash park ….. she was backing out of the garage …. We stopped and then she saw us and rolled down the passenger window and we had a visit on the driveway. Crystal mentioned that her Daisy (passed) had the same surgery and she remembered how much she loved to walk and run despite the surgery and the importance of doing the range of motion exercises. Well time to go and get things done and perhaps give him a pain med.

I hope you have a great day.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! Well another change to our everyday life. Yesterday I took Alvin for his regular nail trim etc. And to check reason for the limp. My friend Iris drove us as Alvin could not walk that far. We basically got in right away for our appointment and with a cancellation our Vet was not rushed between patients, thank goodness. I was waiting in one of the two previously used for patient exam but since COVID now are waiting rooms for the parent/parents only for a few moments when Dr. Karen came in, I could tell by her eyes that something was wrong even with a mask on. She explained in simpler terms that Alvin has a torn ligament between the joints in his knee on his hind right leg. Serious business with best course of treatment- surgery. I almost started to cry. She showed me pictures to explain the two types of surgery that can be done to fix the problem. My heart hurt as I knew this was not going to be easy for Alvin or me. He is on some pain medication while we wait for the surgery to be performed in almost three weeks time. Once the surgery is performed it will be 6-8 weeks recovery with the first few weeks the toughest as he cannot put weight on his leg at all.

We slept on the sofa last night and that will be our new bed until basically the end of September. There was some frustration for us both trying to get comfortable. Poor little guy.

Hopefully the surgery goes well and he recovers as quickly as his surgery in February. Poor little guy.

Our life will be different for some time but different isn’t always bad or easy.

I am grateful to my friend Iris who waited for 1.5 hours while we were at the vet. She also brought me some pumpkin as the vet suggested it as the pain meds cause constipation.

Upon reflection last night and early this morning I realized that I am grateful that this happened now and not in the winter time, that I am working from home and that we are surrounded by loving supportive family and friends.

I hope that you are well. Should you wish to send some positive energy or a little prayer our way, we would be eternally grateful.

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

Always Carol&Alvin ♥️

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Tuesday morning (almost keyed Monday)? Alvin and I are doing great. We had a good sleep. Bed around 10, up at 3:30 and then again 5:43 and then 6:45 which does not look wonderful but it was ….. all depends on the time you get up and the in between time. Anyway, we are good this morning. Hard to believe that four days has passed since I was thinking that I had a four day weekend to enjoy. All in all, we had a great weekend. I managed to get most of my TO DO LIST accomplished, we walked, visited with my daughter, went shopping to COSTCO with my daughter, finally found and purchased a BISSELL CROSSWAVE dry vac/wet cleaner and I am excited to use it next weekend, cleaned out closets and cupboards and cleaned up the neighbourhood. Of course, there is always the usual bathrooms and laundry to keep things interesting. I have raked my little piece of grass area in the backyard a couple of times while 98% of the ice has melted. Most of the ice and snow has melted from the front so once the ground has thawed completely, it will be time to take the lawn. Almost forgot I gave myself a haircut as well. Guess we had a busy weekend.

Today is the birthday of a friend and fellow co-worker from back home in Regina. Happy Birthday Lisa. Wishing you a wonderful day.

I love having all these beautiful photos at my fingertips. How is it that I missed seeing them all this time? I do not know. The sun is up and the sky is I would say a grey blue almost looking like rain clouds in the distance. Just heard the garbage truck and saw them picking up the trash. What a job, thank goodness for these guys. I say guys because I have not seen any women. I am sure there are women out there doing this job. I am grateful to all of them men and women for doing this job. Not a fun one and sometimes smelly, okay, likely always smelly.

How wonderful to start back to work on a Tuesday – a short week. The weather is to be double digits for the next few days and then cooler on the weekend. Spring has definitely sprung. Looking forward to it. I will be happy to have the furnace vents, a/c and dryer vents cleaned. There will be fence painting this summer. Lots to do. One of the most exciting things for me is planting some flowers. I have several geraniums that I can transplant outside once the temperatures are consistently warm. So exciting. I cannot wait.

Other than a warm feeling of gratitude this Tuesday morning – I do not have much else to say. I am grateful to my daughter for our time together. I am grateful that I was able to have four days off with my Alvin. I am grateful that we are all in good health. I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful for the garbage guys for picking up my trash. I am grateful for spring. I am grateful for every blessing in my life.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing today?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day today. I have Irish roots and am proudly wearing my “green” today.

Happy Birthday to my great niece for whom I missed her special day. Happy 18th Birthday Selena. I cannot believe that you are about to graduate High School. You were only a little girl a few months ago or so it seems.

Happy Birthday to my friend Terry W. back in Regina. You are a bright light and always so much fun to be around. Wishing you a great day.

Happy Wednesday to everyone who celebrates the middle of the week.

Good Morning Sunrise …. the sky is beginning to turn the most delightful colours as the sun rises in the morning sky.

Thank you to Teddy and Kobi for visiting with us yesterday ….. definitely brightened our day.

Thank you for the warmer temperatures. We are so enjoying them. The snow on our deck is quickly melting as well as the snow bank on the grass area. The snow on our front lawn on the northside of our home well that is quite another story. As I have said before it is spring across the street from our house and winter on our side. Oh well with the next couple of weeks temperatures soaring into the double digit plus numbers we are sure to see a huge dent in the snow banks for sure.

I am so excited to start planting flowers and arranging my patio/deck furniture and all the outdoor stuff. This summer I am going to paint my fence. A big job for sure.

Just looked through my photos for some green and found this one. Won’t be long now and we will be surrounded by green trees and grass. Alvin is in the foreground or at least part of him, lol.

Have a wonderful day.

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? Alvin and I are doing well. The sun is rising and the wind is blowing. Actually the trees out of my office window are dancing away in the wind. We had a nice walk yesterday but only went half way. I always let Alvin decide how far or almost always. Sometimes I can convince him when he has changed directions for home before we have gone for our full walk and sometimes not. Yesterday was one of those days.

Yesterday in the morning I had a lovely video chat with my friend Gillian. It was so nice to catch up. She always has good stories and information. I always learn something new. Yesterday was no exception. Also, she has offered to give us a ride to the vet tomorrow and that way I won’t have to “attempt” to stop him from peeing on the walk as they would like him to have a full bladder for the ultrasound. So grateful to have a friend nearby.

Also I caved and watched the NETFLIX series “FIREFLY LANE” and it was so good. The storyline reminds me of part of my youth which is odd as we grew up in totally different decades but then again it reminds us all that it does matter what the fashions are or the music; we are all human and our personality traits have not changed. The human story remains the same decade after decade after decade. I was always hopeful that things would change but not so much. I got to the end of episode 8 and had to call it quits; as I work today, actually in a few minutes. Definitely worth watching.

We both had a good sleep last night ….. only up once at 3:47 and then at 5:40 a.m. (of course, we did not stay up at that time).

Oh, my phone did not hold the charge from last night. Not sure what to do now. I will have to seek out assistance after work as won’t be able to reach anyone before then. I did get a quick text out to my daughter so that she knows. I am assuming that cell phones have batteries and even with recharging just like cameras they eventually have to be replaced? ARGH.

Wishing you a safe and happy Monday.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience. Always, working on patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing today? I am/we are well. Last night or rather this morning, first time up and downstairs was at 4:08 a.m., yay Mr. Alvin. Next time up when I set the alarm. Feels like I had a good sleep. I am most grateful. The night sky is just starting to show the morning sunrise as it begins to lighten on the horizon. My view from the office window facing southward.

News on the block. My kids bought a new car. So exciting for them. They brought it to show me on their way home from the dealership last night. It is a beauty.

Today is the 44th birthday of my eldest nephew. One of my high school classmates turns 64 today as well. It is a reminder that this is the year me and my graduating class turn 64. I cannot believe it. Does not seem real but then again on the other hand – my nephew just turned 44, so it does. Happy Birthday Nephew – Wishing you a wonderful day. He is away working up north and it has been minus 50 celsius. Now that’s cold. Sending you good wishes and warmth. Take care and be safe. To my friend Barb, Happy 64th Birthday. Wishing you a wonderful day.

As I look about my office, I see that my African Violet has a great many purple flowers. She is most beautiful with her deep purple blooms and rich green leaves. The smaller Spider Plants that I have brought up stairs are doing well. They seem to grow like nobody’s business no matter where they are placed. Easy peasy. My Geraniums downstairs are blooming with bright pink flowers. Love them. Poinsettias are doing well. The one from last year has some leaves that are turning red. So pretty with green and red leaves. I would say that my little garden in the kitchen and in office are bright and cheery and bring joy to my days. Always good to be surrounded by greenery with a pop of colour. Good for the air as well.

I can see the sky starting to turn oranges and pinks on the horizon and soon the sun shall be up and shining every so brightly.

Another cold day but by Friday it will be warming up. Which is a good thing as I have to make a run to the vet for supplies for the boy.

Well time to head on downstairs. The boy is standing staring at me from the hallway. He has a piercing look when he wants something.

I wish you a great Tuesday, be safe and warm and take care.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I want to wish a Happy Birthday to my nephew in Calgary and one of my long time friends in Regina. They both celebrated birthdays yesterday and guess who forgot to send them birthday wishes. Happy Birthday to you both. May 2021 be filled with good health, great joy, much love and laughter and abundance.

Turnaround in our weather. Thankfully the temperatures are going up (warmer). One or so weeks of this frigid weather is enough for us. Tomorrow I am hosting a birthday party for one of my Edmonton friends in our garage. We will have heaters thanks to another Edmonton girlfriend. I can honestly say that I have never hosted a birthday party in a garage. I have hosted on the deck, in the house, in basements, on the beach, at McDonalds, in a park and so on but never ever in a garage. After work today, I am going to move around and organize seating and a table for us. Hang up some decorations. The Birthday Banner. The guest list is the three of us friends which includes the birthday girl. I must add Alvin to the list as he will NOT stay quiet in the nice warm house. He has to be attached to me all of the time. I have this perfect patio set that is made to resemble wicker but it is not. There is a small “loveseat” and two comfy chairs. They all have nice cushions which I just remembered will need to be brought out of their storage bags. I also have a small table that comes with the set and then a large round table. So I will move the large round table into the middle of the garage or close to the middle. Place the seating six feet apart. Make sure that everyone has a spot to set their coffee/tea drinks on and we are set to go. Set up should not take too long. Just some rearranging and we are good to go. In the morning, I will take the cupcakes (made from scratch, I might add) and some other treats to the garage along with a butler of coffee. The gift. Party time. I am so excited to spend good quality in person time with two of my best girl friends ever. They are amazing human beings and I am more than proud to call them my friends.

Well I guess it is time to head on back downstairs. Put on the coffee and start work in a few minutes. YAY it is Friday. It has been a strange week. Alvin seems to have a dislike for the headset that I put on so when I am on the phone which is often he barks. I even let him sniff the headset but to no avail, he still barks. When I was using the phone app, I could get up and take the phone with me, I cannot do that with the headset, as it is not cordless. So it has been frustrating. Sometimes he has to go out and other times not. What a guy.

Okay, it is Friday. Today is going to be quiet and a great day. Looks like it may be nice enough for us to take some semblance of a walk at noon today. I am so grateful. I think he needs to get out for longer than bathroom breaks.

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and learning to be more patience. Learning. Learning, Learning.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning All. Another Monday here we go. Today is the 12th Wedding Anniversary of a very special couple to me. Happy Anniversary to my daughter and son-in-law. I cannot believe that it has been twelve years already. Their October 19th, 2008 wedding day was sunny and nice for most of the day. Once the sun went down it cooled off dramatically and later it rained. But we were lucky to have photos done outside during the day and at sunset with no moisture. I am so proud of these two for all that they have accomplished and all that they do in their lives. They are good human beings that are kind and respectful and compassionate. Happy Anniversary to you both.

I woke up yesterday with the sniffles, bit of sore throat and sneezing and the odd cough. Just running nose and sneezing now. We postponed our gals coffee get together yesterday until next weekend. I plan other than walks with Alvin to stay away from people for the week. Better to be safe than sorry. We had a quiet day at home just putzing about. I did prepare and wrap a parcel to mail for my sister and my friend back in Regina for Christmas. So will mail that in a few weeks ….. but ready to go. Another item checked off the list.

Happy that the snow that has been falling is melting as it hits the ground. Our temperatures have been below zero but not terribly cold unless you are walking into the wind.

It is dark out now so I cannot see what is going on in the sky. It is also getting onto time that I need to head downstairs and put on the coffee and start work shortly.

12 sleeps until Halloween and 13 until the Tree goes up !!!

I hope that you are well and safe. Perhaps you had a giggle already this morning. May you have the best Monday ever.

Mr. Alvin is whining so perhaps he has to go outside. So better sign off for now.

Living our lives with love, kindness and respect is the only way.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday, September 20th, 2020.

Two more days till officially FALL.

The smoke from down south fills our skies this morning.

There is rain in the forecast with the potential to clear the smoke and possibly to help with fires in Oregon.

At the moment I am loading some photos from my phone to the computer so that I am able to share them with you.

I am not sure why I also end up loading ones that loaded before …… makes no sense to me.

I will have to ask my “technical support.”

Earlier I was texting with my brother who was on his way to do some farming helping out friends and neighbours.

Mentioned that they were moving equipment this morning but have been combining the past few days.

Also skies are smoky and no rain.

Fingers crossed that the farms are able to get what they need done without any moisture.

Such a time sensitive period of the year ….. harvest crops.

Wishing them time to bring in the crops.

 

Yesterday we had company.

My daughter who was supposed to come in the afternoon was able to come in the morning.

We had a text from Alvin’s BF Teddy’s Mom who wondered if he could come for a visit.

I texted her back and set up a playdate for 2:30 …… which extended to include Teddy’s little sister Kobi.

Amanda came about 11:30 just as I was finishing up with the LIVE on Facebook Fifth Avenue Show.

She had picked up a few things from the grocery store and bought me a surprise “potted plant” and also gave me some crafting paper.

Lucky me.

The plant matched the one that my friend Pauline gave me for my birthday.

I do not know what kind of plant they are …..

We had such a great visit …… laughing and catching up.

I love having my daughter come to visit.

Perfect touch to the weekend.

Not long after she left …. Teddy and Kobi arrived.

Their Mom was going grocery shopping and asked if I needed anything.

“No” I replied as I already got the few things on my list.

The pups ran around the house …..literally bouncing off of each other and me.

They were so happy to see us.

Kobi has not been over for awhile.

It was good to see her.

Of course, Teddy as well.

When Iris came back she had bought me the same plant that Amanda had given me earlier except this one is pink along with a box of tulip bulbs.

How blessed am I?

Very.

 

Well after a considerable amount of time I have been unsuccessful in downloading the photos from yesterday from my phone to the computer.

I am definitely not tech savvy.

So as I would like to go for a walk.

I will try this again later and perhaps post them tomorrow.

ARGH, ARGH and more ARGH, I say.

Disappointed to say the least.

Not sure why sometimes things go off without a hitch and the next time, not without a hiccup.

 

Wishing you the best Sunday.

Filled with love and laughter.

Maybe you are spending the day finishing that book that you just cannot put down.

Maybe you are on your way out the door to go for a nice long walk with your dog.

Maybe you are spending the day baking some cookies and a banana loaf or three.

Maybe you are doing laundry.

Maybe you are going to spend the day watching movies on NETFLIX by yourself or with family or friend(s).

Maybe you are going to paint a picture or take some photos.

Maybe you are going to clean your closets.

Maybe just maybe you will do something that brings a smile to your face and joy to your heart.

Just maybe …. just maybe.

 

Speaking of NETFLIX, I started to watch this series with Hilary Swank and Josh Charles about first mission to MARS.

I don’t remember the name but it was really good.

So good, that I watched several episodes and did not go to bed until 11:30 p.m.

 

Best day.

Living with kindness and respect.

I will learn this technology soon ….. time for some more lessons, methinks.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to my 63rd Birthday.

Why is it whenever one has somewhere to be that time seems to past with lightning bolt speed?

Alvin and I were up at 4:30 first and he had breakfast.

Then at 7:00, I pushed it to 7:30 and then up at 8:00 a.m.

Why do we do that?

The sun is shining and the wind is blowing and it is a glorious day.

Already received texts from my sister, brother and long time friend from back home.

I am all showered, made up and dressed to go to my birthday party/celebration.

Two of my friends and I alway celebrate each other’s birthdays.

One of the others hosts the party and we have cake and coffee and gifts.

We chat about the latest news in our lives.

This time I am taking some of my yummy birthday carrot cake, chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel icing and the #1 cupcake vanilla with key lime icing.

I have one of the best bakers that bakes for me ( I pay her of course) and then I love to share the treats with family and friends.

This time one of the gals not the host, has her parents visiting from Newfoundland, so her Mom will be joining us.

I think she was here last year for my birthday as well.

Usually it is just we three girls.

Sometimes the kids come or at least they used to.

I had wanted to share photos of my treats and recent photos of what has been going on but alas technical difficulties.

I have been experiencing some problems with my phone, photos and now to the computer.

Something tells me that I have to go through them and delete some from my phone as most are on the computer.

Also have to downsize the photos on my computer as well.

I have close to 50,000 between the computer and my phone.

I think that is a bit too many.

 

Well almost time to go and put together the treat platter to take.

Will have to ensure that there is a good lid on the container in this wind.

Later or tomorrow, I will see if I can fix or have fixed my problem so that I can share some new photos.

But for today:

This geranium is now massive and so many beautiful pink flowers.

 

Okay last minute was able to download or upload some photos from Friday.

All dressed up for my family birthday celebration.

The cupcakes and cake just delivered.

 

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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