Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and Welcome to another Thursday morning.

This one being the 14th day of November 2019.

Can you believe it?

Time feels as though it is passing in hyperdrive.

Super fast.

 

Well this has been sort of an odd morning.

Alvin was up at first about 3:30 a.m. although he did attempt to make me get up prior to that time.

Downstairs we went.

I gave him his glucosamine chew as per usual.

Perhaps that is my problem.

He is taking that as a treat.

But I give him the benefit of the doubt and usually he has to go outside.

I know that if I have to “pee,” there is no holding on for more time.

Bathroom here I come.

So I give him that same consideration, respect, if you will.

After the outdoors and his medicine we went to sleep on the sofa for another 1.5 hours.

It was broken a bit but I managed to get him to lay down until just before 5:00 a.m.

Then it was breakfast and he was in a hurry.

I could not give him his food fast enough.

Then drink of water and outside.

He was in and out several times over the next while as I wrote in my Gratitude Journal and ate my breakfast.

Oh, I share my banana with him ….. he started to get excited as I cut up the banana but I managed to quiet him with only one word.

What the word was now …. perhaps “softly STOP.”

I think it was “STOP” but before even 5:30 a.m. ….. it may very well have been another word.

Anyway, I am babbling.

Can you babble with words?

Of course, you can.

I write as I speak.

Once we came upstairs he seems to have settled down.

I know that last night when he was outside before bed there were a couple of dogs barking in the near distance.

There was also a FULL MOON (or close to it).

Was it the moon causing Alvin’s anxiety last night and earlier this morning?

He is snoozing on his blue blanket so that is good.

All has returned to normal in our house.

Or as close to it as it can be.

 

I am not certain what effect if any, the FULL MOON has on us living creatures.

However, despite being told that the FULL MOON does not have any effect on human’s state of being.

I still think that the FULL MOON has an effect on all living creatures.

The pull of the moon is powerful.

 

Well here we are almost time to go back downstairs and finish getting things together.

Throw the lunch into my backpack purse/bag.

Go outside with Mr. Alvin and clean up any little presents from earlier and see if he needs to go again.

I do not want to bother him as he looks so darn cute laying on his little blue blanket.

Oh my darling boy.

 

I hope that you have a dreamy Thursday filled with only goodness.

Remember it is the duty of each one of us to treat all living creatures with kindness and respect.

Just because a creature cannot speak/communicate like you and me does not mean that they should be dismissed as lesser than.

No, it does not.

We all need each other.

 

Always, Carol & Mr. Alvin

 

One of my favourite photos of me and Mr. Alvin.

I shall treasure forever ….

Living … One day at a time

Hello, good morning ALL,

Well the sun was supposed to be shining today or at least that is what I thought that the weather person reported.

Not so at the moment.

It is nice but a bit crisp.

Hopefully it will stay dry for all of those garage sales out there.

 

After work last night after Alvin had his supper and I got changed into my after work clothes.

We went for a walk.

Noticed one of our neighbours was having a garage sale so we stopped by …

Picked up a few wonderfully gently used finds …. so excited.

Alvin enjoyed the garage sale until strangers started to show up and then he was ready to leave.

His friend RIO was in the house because poor little guy had just had some teeth pulled.

Then we were on our walk as we neared our friend P’s house he started to pull, I didn’t initially think anything about it but quickly realized as I raised my head that she was outside working in her beautiful garden preparing for winter.

After a quick chat and some treats for Alvin (milk bones), the first he has had in about two weeks (since he has been under the weather).

I tell you he really gobbled them up …

P decided to come with us for a walk so that we could catch up so she yelled to her husband that she was going for a walk with us.

He yelled down from the upper balcony “Hey Carol left a message that they were going for a walk and to call her.”

Talking to her as if Alvin and I were not there.

We both started to laugh and played along.

He was just teasing us.

Then we were on our way …..

Enjoying the beautiful evening.

Picture perfect.

On our way home we stopped by the garage sale where I picked out another item or two.

I decided as I could not handle Alvin and my treasures that I would take him home and come back.

Only a short walk.

So that is what I did.

Dropped Alvin off and back to the garage sale.

Where I scanned for more treasures and found one more items bringing the total to “7.”

I picked up some great finds.

On my way home, I saw Humphrey’s Mom in the middle of the sidewalk …. waving as she saw me.

She was talking but I could not hear her initially as I was just a tad too far away.

Once I got a bit closer, she realized that I had my arms full so she came down the sidewalk toward me to help me carry things home.

On the way home, she asked if Humphrey could spend the evening with us and I said “Of course, yes.”

The photos below are the boys and I just kicking back and enjoying the evening.

Perhaps Alvin might have been a bit miffed that Humphrey was stretched out on his favorite side of the sofa.

Stretched out he was.

 

I also have been recording the new television show “THE KELLY CLARKSHOW SHOW”

One of her guests was someone that I did not know about “Chance the Rapper.”

OMG, I am truly infatuated with this young guy.

Something about him ….

Seems like a wonderful funny, loving, caring, intelligent human being.

WOW, so cute to boot.

How could you not like that face?

The house phone just rang downstairs and by the time that I got to it …. went to voicemail but I saw it was Teddy’s Mom.

Grabbed the phone and checked her number and dialed.

Keeping ringing and then I heard my cell ringing upstairs in the office.

So was able to pick it up.

Teddy will be spending the day with us.

YAY.

 

Friday the 13th and a Full MOON.

Taken from my deck.

One of these years I will be able to get a photo of how it actually appears to the naked eye?

 

Well time to fly, Teddy is here.

I have to get dressed.

The coffee is ready.

There is laundry to do.

Life goes on.

 

Happy Saturday.

 

Kindness and Respect are catching on ….. each day I notice more random acts of kindness done with respect.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 7th day of September, 2017.

Dark still and the air is cool which is wonderful as it is to be plus 31 degrees celsius today.

Wow and it is September 7th …..

Funny how it cools down at night and can be so warm during the day.

 

Last night my daughter picked me up after work and we went straight to COSTCO.

Picked up some items and then off to our VET to pick up food, glucosamine and treats for Mr. Alvin

Then home to a happy boy.

My daughter stayed for supper and was happy to share the fruit crisp that I had made on the weekend.

I made it with fresh apples, rhubarb and cherries – all of which were grown local in Edmonton.

It was super delicious.

After supper we visited before she gathered her fridge food items from COSTCO and was on her way.

I always enjoy our rides as we have some of our best conversations in the car.

Thank you once again my darling for a perfect visit.

We always love having you here.

 

Dreams ….. do you dream?

I dream lots usually.

Sometimes I can remember a flicker of what I dreamed and other times I wake feeling sad, anxious or super recharged and over the moon.

Speaking of moon …… I noticed a FULL MOON last night.

That would count for some things.

 

Well almost time to head out the door.

I hope that you have an amazing day.

Remember (reminder to me, too) to be KIND and LIVE EACH MOMENT WITH CARE AND INTENTION.

Once those moments have gone – they have gone.

No turning back.

We want to live with no regrets.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. Happy September ….. when is G’s birthday?

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 25th day of April, 2017.

I now know why I was having an “off day” ….. apparently there is/was a full moon.

That darn moon always plays with me ……

Cannot see the moon for the overcast sky but I will take the word of the person who made the statement.

Snow and rain mix was most of Monday.

We shall see what happens today.

 

Well yesterday I wore a new pair of shoes that I had picked up on the weekend from the Thrift store …. big mistake to wear them to work the first day.

They did not feel great with socks off the get go so I removed said socks.

Another mistake.

I had a couple of blisters before day’s end.

So I donned my winter boots and wore them for the rest of the day.

Which leads me to a cute story.

This morning I decided to place a couple of bandaids on my feet on the “delicate spots.”

As I was opening the bandaids – Mr. Alvin came along to check things out.

So I explained to him what I was doing.  He kept watching closely and listening intently.

Man oh man, those eyes of his – could melt even the coldest of hearts.

Big brown … soft beautiful eyes..

As I was opening three ….. he watched and listened and sniffed at each one.

I guess he was making sure that I wasn’t doing wrong.

Such a little honey, my boy.

Lesson learned about the shoes.

They felt so good in the store and were like new.

 

I have to start incorporating some type of exercise other than walking into my daily routine and it has been a long winter, just saying.

 

So here we go again to work ….. HI HO …. HI HO ….. it’s off to work I go …..

 

Okay time to get this SHOW on the road.

I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

Keep safe as you go out and about this day.

 

Special Hello to:  my fellow bloggers …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 16th day of March, 2017.

WOW MID MARCH …… you know what that means??

Well it means that spring is just that much closer.

Not to rush things …. not at all.

Our weather has been very nice the past few days and is supposed to remain as such for the remainder of this week and next.

The staff meeting went well.

The hotel always does a great job with the food ….. yummy.

When were sitting down, and enjoying a cup of coffee before the meeting started; I obtained a couple of tea orders.

WOW, that was nice.

I have supportive co-workers.

I really enjoyed the afternoon speaker.

 

Well here we go Thursday.

Started extra early as Alvin needed to go outside about 3:30 a.m.

Sure makes for a break in the sleep.

I had some MATCHA for breakfast in my oatmeal and hopefully it will help with the lack of sleep.

Not sure what happened to him.

After sitting and walking around he went to the “bathroom” and then we went back to bed.

He is a funny guy.

Could be the full moon.

It does things to all living creatures in some way, shape or form ( I think ).

 

I hope to have a quiet day at the office so that I can get through lots of mail.

I hope that the nice weather continues and the streets and sidewalks stay clear of ice and snow.

 

Well almost time to get this show on the road.

Another day to work.

Payday which is nice.

Get those bills paid, of course.

 

Have a wonderful Thursday.

Whether at work or at play …. enjoy.

Spread kindness with respect as you go about your day.

 

Special Hello: to my sister, looking forward to SKYPE chat on Sunday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 26th day of January, 2017.

Does not appear to be foggy outside, so that is good for drivers this morning.

Forecasting 0 degrees for Edmonton today, +1 for tomorrow and +5 degrees celsius for Saturday.

Plus temperatures in January in Edmonton – well that is just crazy.

We are loving this mild weather for sure.

It makes going for walks more enjoyable and allows us to go for walks.

It makes walking to and from the bus actually nice.

A far cry from normal temperatures for this time of year.

So nice and I am so grateful for this wonderful reprieve from “winter.”

 

So Thursday already ….. another week almost over.

It has been an odd one….

You would almost think that there has been a full moon.

But this time … it is just the time of year.

Not much sunlight and despite the warmer temperatures it is still winter.

I think most of us feel some degree of depression at this time of year.

If you feel yourself slipping into  that place …. go talk to someone.

Talk to a professional ….. always best to seek someone who understands.

Maybe it is a simple as taking a vacation to a tropical destination …..

So many people with varying degrees of depression and other mental illnesses sometimes do not realize or understand that they need help.

Also for far too long those suffering have been afraid or embarrassed to come forward because of the stigma attached to depression and other forms of mental illness.

You are important and if you are not well, seek help.

I can tell you that when the sun does not shine, I can feel the dip in my well being.

I feel less joyful.

I feel less “sunny” and more “foggy.”

I feel less social.

The list could go on.

Take care of yourself.

Ask the questions.

Find the answers.

 

Have a wonderful Thursday.

Special Hello to: my sister ….. time to SKYPE?????

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday, November 28th, 2012.

Last night was absolutely gorgeous here in Edmonton.

I caught the bus home and had a wonderful walk from the stop to my house and admiring the full moon as I walked.

After I got home and Alvin was looked after we went for a walk.

The full moon appeared to be surrounded by a halo of sorts.

It was so beautiful and I could not take my eyes off of it.

Mother Nature is amazing and I am in awe of the wonders that surround us.

I think that on this Wednesday we should be more aware of all the wondrous things that we can see as we go about our day.

Take note of them and be thankful for them.

I hope that you have a wonderful day …… share the beauty with others as well.

Take care.

Special Hello to:  all those folks who took in the full moon last night……

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Well, Happy Thursday, March 8th, 2012 ….

It is a beautiful morning here in the City of Edmonton in the  Canadian province of Alberta.

I just wanted to share something with you from last night.

After I arrived home from work and Alvin had gone outside to “pee” and had his supper we went on our usual “evening” walk.

When we were coming home I noticed that the moon was super full …… I mean it almost looked out of place.

I know that I must have noticed it to be that big other times when it is in full sight but this time ….. I felt as though I was somewhere else.

It was a strange, weird, wonderful feeling.

There was also a fine blanket about part of the moon which even added to the mystery.

Perhaps for a time I was transported away to a new Earth …. a new time …. new space.

Who knows….

Anyway it was cool ….

I hope that wherever you were last night that the opportunity was there to take a look at the moon, our neighbour in the sky.

Have a great Thursday.

Special Hello to all those “sky watchers….. star gazers and moon followers”…..Happy Day.

Always, Carol and Mr. Alvin (who saw his reflection in the shower door this morning, and was not quite sure about the whole thing even as his Mama tried to explain that it was really “himself” …..)  LOL

Alvin always brings a smile to my face and a song to my heart……

Thought for the day…..

Welcome to Friday, February 10th, 2012.

Well, it is the day after Thursday.

How are you doing this fantastic Friday morning?

It is 6:14 a.m. here where I am.

The moon shines brightly and the stars fill the morning sky.

The air is a tad crisp but that is more than okay.

Spring is on the way.

I am so excited to hear the birds sing and fly about my back yard.  Perhaps this spring they will nest in the bird house in my back yard.

To see grass start to turn green and the buds on the trees.

One afternoon when me and Alvin were out walking to meet up with Amanda and the puppies …. we stopped to chat with some folks along the way.

They were visiting from elsewhere in the city and said that their fruit trees had already started to blossom with all of the warm weather.

Between the rabbits starting to change to brown and the trees ….. I wonder if Mother Nature is just confused by all of this global warming and doesn’t know what to do.  Mixed up.

Although I love the warm temperatures ….. it makes me curious about the weather to come.  What will spring be like?

I remember as a kid on the prairies …. spring was spring ….. there was that smell in the air …. ice melted gradually as did the snow ….. crocuses filled the fields …. babies were born…. then summer “hot” and bright ….. then fall …. those gorgeous colours that happened in due course, and then winter…… lots of snow …. cold temperatures and sunshine.

Food for thought.  Lots to think about that is for sure.

Well almost time to finish getting ready for work.

Tomorrow I am working at BBW (Bath & Body Works) as we are having a Fragrance Event just in time for Valentine’s Day and will be working on Sunday.

So this is a seven day work week for me ….. but that is okay.

I actually have tonight off and have plans to go out for coffee with one of my friends.

So I hope that this Friday brings to you much love, joy, abundance and FUN.

Happy Day.

Special Hello to:   all those people born in the springtime!

Always, Carol and Alvin …..

Thought for the day…..

Good Wednesday Morning and it is the 8th of February, 2012.

The moon has seemed to be extra full the past couple of days.

The craters are in full view.

The moon seems so close that one feels as though they could just reach up and touch it.

So very cool.

Perhaps that is part of the reason that my sleep patterns have been erratic or perhaps it is because I am learning a new job at work.

At any rate, both are good.  One I know, and the other I am learning.

I wonder how many people are conscious of the effects of the moon.

Do you feel differently when there is a full moon?

I know that we always say …… that people act “a bit on the crazy side” at those times.

Anyway, I love gazing up at the night and early morning skies to see the moon and the stars.

Isn’t it great that we have such beauty to look upon and it is for free.

We are truly blessed.

It is one of my favourite things to do …… look up at the sky.

I would have loved to have gone to the moon and beyond.

Who knows perhaps someday.

Well time to get this show on the road ….. LOL.  (finishing touches on getting ready for work).

I hope that you have a lovely day.

Remember to look up when you have a spare moment or three.

Special Hello: to all those lovers of the skies ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

Follow My New Life @ 51 on WordPress.com