The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! It is a bright and sunny morning and I am ready to get going on this weekend. No wallowing about – no anxiety, I am getting things done. Next big thing is to do laundry and put away things in the basement. You know. But I will get it done, even if it means that I have to put on my winter boots to go downstairs to the basement. Okay, perhaps I am still a bit anxious but until get down there and get things done without any “issues” that will be the case.

As I look out of the office window I see so much snow on the garage and house roofs. I have so much on the back side of the house that I am actually worried about going out back (Alvin) when the weather starts to warm this week and melts and falls off the roof. Will have to be careful. Anyone living in Edmonton or in Western Canada will have to watch as we have had more snow at this calendar date than usual.

Last night I chatted with a friend back home for over 3.5 hours. It was like we were in the same room catching up although I just had her on speaker phone on my iPhone. Not even video chat. I realize that I have to push myself to reach out and call more family and friends more often. Sometimes that is necessary. I realize that time passes so quickly before you know it. Not that one ever deliberately says “I am not calling my best friend or my sister” until it is her birthday or a special occasion. Do not wait for a special occasion. As well get older – time seems to pass at the speed of light. Reach out often and talk to someone you love often. We have no idea how much of life we miss out on by not keeping caught up. Not just big events but small important moments. In this day and age, we have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Not that we ever knew but with the pandemic we definitely have no idea what is going to happen. So make that call. Don’t just text, that is too easy and not as much fun. Believe me, I know. Let’s show each other how much we care, respect and love those dear people in our lives.

Okay time to head downstairs. Laundry to do. But first coffee in my brand new coffee percolator. Alvin is getting restless so better get going.

I wish you a great day. Sunny days ahead.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you today? I, we are really good. Bed later as someone was watching a Christmas movie and then I read for a bit before lights out around 11:30 p.m. Mr. Alvin woke up about 1:00 but I coaxed him back to bed and we slept until 4:00 and then we were downstairs and outside. It was cool but the sky was amazing. The glitter of the stars as they surrounded the moon in the night sky. If I could have laid down on the deck, I could have watched the stars for hours. Then back into the house and we slept until 7:00 a.m. (can you believe that Mr. Alvin did not fuss about his breakfast before then?). I gave the boy his breakfast and decided that we should just stay up and not lay back down. Plus when we went outside I noticed that Humphrey & Bogart’s parents were up. So up we stayed. I have gathered the laundry, changed our bedding, got dressed and am doing this post now. Feels like I have accomplished so much and it is not even 8:00 a.m. One can always have a nap in the afternoon if needed. I am going to try and get up earlier on the weekends. Usually we have been getting up between 8-830. I guess it depends if you are a morning person or a night person, right! Some people I know get up at 6:00 a.m. every single day no matter what time they go to bed. I used to get up between 4:30-5:00 a.m. when I was working at the office and now it is 6:45 a.m. What a difference no commute makes? I am sure grateful that I am able to work from the comfort of my home. Alvin is grateful as well. What are your mornings like? Do you get up at 6:00 and go for a walk, exercise, have coffee and breakfast, write a post, clean the house, do laundry or perhaps all. I have quite a few things that I would like to accomplish this weekend with the big items being laundry and Christmas Cards. This time I would like to write up the cards that I hand deliver. If I get them ready this weekend, I will have them ready to deliver once I get the cookies baked next weekend. I usually give some homemade cookies / baking to some of my friends and neighbours. People that I can physically walk and deliver to but I also have some delivered. I love this time of year.

Yesterday, we went for a full walk at my lunch break. It was SO NICE outside. The air felt warm. There were a few icy patches but nothing serious and we both stayed upright the whole walk. I had to coax Mr. Alvin to stay on the public sidewalk when we approached his best friend Teddy’s house as he always turns at their driveway and pulls me up the steps to the house. Sometimes I cannot hold him back as he is still pretty strong. I guess he is hopeful that his friend is at home. I know he misses him a lot. We don’t seem them too much these days as they are back and forth to the farm. What a true friend. Teddy’s Mom said that they could have another sleepover soon. I know that Alvin will love having his friend over for the night. We all need friends no matter who you are!

I had a craving for some popcorn, the good stuff, the Kirkland brand from Costco so I reached out to my girl friends. My friend lives two minutes away so I walked over to pick up the popcorn. We had a chat in her entranceway catching up as time seems to zing by. It felt like forever since I had seen my Newfoundland Friend (she was born in Newfoundland, Canada). I was so grateful when she handed me four packages of popcorn, the good stuff. So happy. We were talking about Christmas, shopping and the state of affairs in our grocery stores. I have not been for weeks so I had no idea that there were bare shelves in our grocery stores. Our Save-On-Foods stores have their main office in British Columbia and a lot of the produce comes from B.C. and with the recent flooding and drought this past summer, the farmers are suffering with crop failure and loss so it then is passed on to the consumer. Not by choice, but that is how it works. So they are starting to bring in more produce from the U.S. I can only imagine how the pricing is going to increase even more than it has already. Anway, I was saying about getting low on produce and before you knew it, my friend was saying that she had two red peppers that she could not eat before they spoiled, could I use some potatoes as they were begin to sprout and that she was going to bake some banana bread and would bring me some later.

I was so grateful to my friend for the popcorn, some fresh banana bread and some other food items. My “stores” were getting low and with payday next Thursday, we had some time to wait before restocking the produce. I was out of fresh fruit, only had carrots left but we were not starving. There are sometimes when you want to clear out the pantry (thank goodness I had things in the pantry and freezer) and make sure that you use those items but it is always the fresh produce that goes first and those are the foods that I love the most. Let’s face it there is just so much you can do with chickpeas, lol. So I am grateful to my friend for hooking us up with some fresh produce, thank you. I felt like I had won the lottery. Please understand that we all run into times when might need a bit of help from someone and that is okay. I will be there when she needs me. That is what friends do.

Okay it is now after 8:00 a.m. and I hear the laundry calling me to take it to the basement and start it washing. I really would love a cup of coffee this morning. The sun is coming up. It is a good day.

Sometimes when you are in a moment of feeling low, someone comes along and brings sunshine to your cloudy sky. So grateful. The sky is clear and I feel wonderful.

Have a great day. Do me a favour, keep an eye on your neighbours and friends, sometimes people do not like to ask for help and sometimes, just sometimes, someone needs your help!

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I do love chickpeas and eat them weekly.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Wednesday morning? I am well, we are well. Alvin is upstairs with me as I get ready for the day. I even got moving extra early this morning which is great. Had a nice soothing shower and am ready for this Wednesday. I am always amazed, not sure why, as to how quickly the days pass by. Mostly they appear to be moving at lightning speed. It seems as though everyone is living my dream. My dream is to be a published writer. Drew Barrymore’s new book “Rebel Homemaker” debuted yesterday and Dr. Oz has a new one out. So many people that I can think of. I had the idea to write a cookbook with more than just the recipes and it would appear that so many people are writing what I thought of a long time ago. Looks like it was a good idea and I am sad that I did not have the “drive” to get it done. I have started many books but never seem to get further than the first chapter. Over the years I have written quite a lot of poetry and I could definitely add that to a book. I have thought of writing about life’s experiences and what they have taught me. So many idea. I guess as I turn 65 next year there is no time like the present. There are so many books about Alvin that I could write – a complete children’s series, I think. Maybe I will one day soon be coming to a bookstore near you. That would be an absolute dream. But in the meantime I will endeavour to keep writing this post each and every day. It does help fulfil the dream to some degree for sure. I think most of us get stuck in a rut and just marvel at those who seem to have it all. The ones that do everything. When do they sleep? Some of them have help because let’s face it – it takes a village to do most everything in this life. It truly does. Did I mention to you that on Halloween night – I was surprised when someone that I did not recognize said “Hi Alvin.” He has a following for sure. I tried with all my heart to figure out who she was and of course, did not have the gall to ask.

On the days where I feel less than stellar and all days, I am going to continue writing notes and poems and this post. I have lots of recipes and I know that my life mirrors a movie in some respects. So one of these days, I will finish that book and it will be published, but in the meantime, I will carry on. That is all we can do.

Yesterday I learned of a friend whose beloved pup passed on Monday. I could not help but cry most of the day after she told me. She is lonely now as she lives on her own as well. My friend remarked about going for walks but they were not the same without her Sadie. Sending hugs to her.

Well Mr. Alvin has patiently waited for me so I should sign off and get downstairs to prepare the coffee. I love that first cup of coffee and note to self to get drinking more water again. Somewhere along the line I fell off the water wagon.

Have an awesome Wednesday. Be safe and work on those dreams. I will if you will!

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Thursday morning? The sky is partially overcast and the trees line my horizon in all glorious colours of the fall palette. I have to announce in my most loudest happiest voices ever. We went to bed last night at 10:00 p.m. and the next time Mr. Alvin woke up was 5:00 a.m. (I woke up to go to the bathroom at 3:00 a.m. but that does not count). The boy slept through seven hours. We got up at 5:00, he had breakfast and we went out to the backyard to do you know what. The boy did you know what!! Then back to the sofa and the next thing I know it is after 8:30 a.m.. I guess all of this fresh air we have been getting lately is catching up with us! I am so happy that he finally had a good sleep and me, as well. The technicians from Modern PURAIR came out yesterday to clean the furnace and vents. They were awesome. Of course, they fell in love with Alvin. I have photos to share but will have to post them later. We are running late and I need to take Alvin for a walk before I leave the house at 10:00 a.m. My friend Gillian invited me over for a morning coffee. Yes, not working today. I feel relieved to have the vents and furnace cleaned. The filter in their “giant vacuum” was not as dirty as I thought it would have been after not having the process done in over five years. The price was under my budget amount which made me even happier. Now I can go to the Vet and pick up both Alvin’s wet and dry food before payday which is great and some money leftover. There appears to be a bit of a breeze so I will check the temperature before we go – just in case Alvin needs to wear his sweater.

On this day and every day, I wish a wonderful, respectful, kind and loving time for everyone and every creature. If we could only learn to treat all life with the deep respect, kindness and compassion that “they” deserve then our todays and tomorrows would be glorious. There is work to be done of course. We all live on planet Earth together and together it is our responsibility to make it the best place to live and to be that we can. This is all we have. I look to today as I learned from yesterday to make tomorrow the best it can be for myself and for all others.

Lovingly and with hope for better tomorrows, I remain …

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

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Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! First thing, this morning. BIRTHDAY WISHES going out to my son, my son-in-law Steven. Happy Birthday. Wishing you a great day and may the days and years ahead be filled with great joy, good health, much love and laughter and abundance. Alvin and I won’t be able to spend time with him on his birthday for the first time in many years so we shall miss seeing him but we are so looking forward to spending a few days with the family at Thanksgiving at their new home. It will be great.

We had a pretty good sleep last night on the sofa. Only up at 2:00 a.m. (although I am pretty sure Alvin wanted up at other times but either I coaxed him to lay down or I did not hear him) and then up at 6:00 a.m., which was spectacular. So happy. Much better way to start the day.

As I looked out the living room window earlier I realized that most of the trees had virtually gone from green to gold and reds overnight or at least it sure seemed that way. So pretty but most of the green has slipped away for another year. The vibrant golds and reds are a good way to bring in the following season which hopefully is several weeks or even a couple of months away. December would be good. In Canada, you never know when that “season” will arrive …. never according to the official date that is for sure.

Thursday night we visited our friend Pauline. Her beautiful yard. Doesn’t even matter that it is almost the end of September. The flowers are still absolutely beautiful. Colours so vibrant. My happy place. Both Alvin and I could just lay on the grass forever and be perfectly happy and content.

Friday night “Paint Night” with the girls. We had so much fun. I even had a drink and I don’t mean coffee. We laughed and painted and painted and laughed. Here are some of our paintings over the course of the evening.

We have had a glorious last few days. I know that Alvin was not out with me for the paint night but we did enjoy another walk with Pauline and Georgie. Yesterday about 4:45 p.m., the phone rang and it was Pauline. They were going to be busy for the next few days so she wondered if me and Alvin would like to go for a longer walk with her and Georgie. I thought that Alvin was up for a longer walk. It was glorious we even saw folks we had not seen in months and had a quick catch up. Met a new pup Daisy and her Mom Ashley. I was so happy to see Miss Sadie and her Mom and Sister. It was great. Alvin had no problems and was happy to be out sniffing in new places. Places that we had not been to in a long time.

Well time to get going and plug in that coffee pot. Time for coffee and then breakfast. I am going to work a bit on the yard but I was thinking that maybe I would leave the plants for a bit longer. I just cannot pull them when they are blooming. Just not right.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All!

I thought a great way to start this Thursday morning would be with photos. I have taken these over the past couple of days. My tree as it turns to gold. The morning sky two mornings ago rich in a lavender pink hue. Last night I picked some of my flowers from the pots that are still doing okay and thought that I would have some mini bouquets in the house. The greenery in with the pink geraniums has lasted since I received my birthday bouquets. So beautiful. I am surrounded by greenery with pops of colour on the main floor of my house and I also have some plants in my office (water me please).

Well I am not sure that Alvin is cut out for moving back upstairs just yet especially when I have to carry him up and down. He seems to wake up every couple of hours and is finding it hard to settle down. I am thinking that the dog bed and cushions that surround part of the bed should he have decided to jump are freaking him out. I guess that makes sense. I have noticed that when we sleep on the sofa, he sleeps a bit longer. Maybe it is age and all of that. I don’t know for sure. Just going to take things one day at a time. Tonight we will sleep on the sofa to see if I can get a bit more zzzz’s. The sun is up and it looks like a beautiful day ahead. We are going to visit our friend Pauline after work, cannot wait. We should be able to walk at noon, as well. Great. We can always use the exercise.

I am excited as the new fall season has started and I have already started to see some of my shows returning. I always love the first episode ….. they always leave us on the edge of our seats.

Well, this will be short and I apologize but I think that Alvin has to go outside. He is downstairs as I came up to make the bed, shower and do this post.

Wishing you an awesome Thursday. If you have an opportunity to go outside and if you are fortunate to have a green space nearby, go there. Walk about. Stop and close your eyes for a few moments and breathe in that outside air. Soon enough winter shall be upon us and the air is definitely different, lol.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

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

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