2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing on this Wednesday morning? We are doing well. The sun is rising earlier each morning and although it normally gives me that extra boost to get up and go, not so much the past few mornings. Last night we were in bed a bit later about 10 p.m. and Alvin basically slept until 4:30 a.m. which was great. He did try to get up earlier but I instructed him to go back to bed and he actually did. So I did get a good amount of sleep this morning. There is something about just snuggling under the blanket that keeps me from getting up and going some mornings. Oh well, we up and after this post ready to get to work for the day.

I was wondering who do you admire? Who were your childhood heroes? Did you have any? What did you learn from them? Are you continuing to learn from those people? Perhaps they have passed. Did you learn life lessons? Did they make an impression on your life? on your future? on your personality? on what you chose as a career? So many questions.

The above questions were asked yesterday. Did you ponder them? Maybe you even made some notes. I was thinking since yesterday that I will just start with the first question.

Who do I admire? I admire a great many people. Topping the list are my daughter and son-in-law, my sister, my brothers, my cousin LL, my friend since we were toddlers Deanna, a dear friend Val, I call them my young friends G & S, teachers and another longtime friend LH. Really when I think about it there are way too many to write. I admire a great many people and definitely so many over my almost 64 years. There are also people that I do not personally know that I admire from afar. Also some folks that I worked with in Regina for many years GM, RH, RB, LE, and KS. So many more …… I admire them all for different reasons but mainly for being in my life and teaching me so much about the world and myself.

Who were my childhood heroes? I would say my grandparents topped the list for sure. They were the ones that were always there. My mother and father but for different reasons and people that know me will understand this. My best friend’s Mom who happened to teach me in grade 5/6. I would say Walt Disney from a distance for his vision and for creating the Walt Disney Show. Also I had some wonderful Aunts and Uncles and I treasure their presence in my life for all time.

Are you continuing to learn from these people? Absolutely. Life lessons all round. I have learned something from every single person that has entered my life and that includes my four legged friends.

Did you learn life lessons? I guess that I answered that above, yes, very definitely.

Did they make an impression on your life? on your future? on your personality? on what you chose as a career? Absolutely. I believe, well actually I know that every single life force that has entered my life has made an impression, some positive and some negative. But that is how you grow. The information, the knowledge, the incredible impressions, so much brought me to this place. On my personality, for sure. How can every person that you meet not help to form who you are, who you will be and what you will do in your life. It takes a village, right! I have found that certainly to be true.

There are so many folks that have help formed who I am today. I am grateful for each and everyone of you. If you read this post and were not mentioned it is not because I did not value you in my life it is because there simply is not enough room to write everyone’s name. I value everyone and for a multitude of reasons.

Well time to head downstairs and get this day going. I can almost smell the coffee perking (I have to turn it on, of course). Today we are celebrating our new company name, yes there was a name change. Shorter and that is good. Sometimes change is good. This is good.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

It is a rainbow kind of day …… bright …… positive …. time to celebrate!

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I am doing great. Off to a little wobbly, well rather later than planned start but all is good. I have showered and am writing my post now and one of the girls will be here in less than a hour. She is bringing a couple of small heaters as we are having a birthday party in my garage. Thankfully the temperature is warming up but having the party at 10:00 a.m. …. it is likely still going to be cold. I wore a long sleeved top and a cardigan and sweatpants that are toasty warm. Not sure if to wear my bigger coat or my other one. Both are warm but one covers more of my legs. Boots ….. Also I will be putting a sweater on Mr. Alvin, his sweater of course, not one of mine, (you are silly, lol). All depends on how you write words as to the understanding, right? I have everything packed up and ready to be hauled out to the party area. Last night after work I moved and rearranged things in the garage so each of us are more than six feet apart so we can be mask free so we can drink our beverage (coffee and tea) and eat the birthday cupcakes. Each person has a comfy chair with a nice cushion. I am taking out blankets as well. Also we each have a side table of sorts. One is a table, one is a wooden bench and the other which I am using is a rubbermaid container with a piece of cut drywall as a topper (as it is flat). I am taking a cloth to cover the table. Decided to use the river rock top bistro table as I was unable to easily get to the other bigger patio table. I think it will be perfect. A birthday banner will be hung this morning as I thought the tape would come off in the cold. I have a few decorations that will go onto the table and voile we are done. Ready to party. I will put on the coffee so it is ready when Gillian arrives. I said her name. Sometimes I mention friends and family by name and sometimes not. The birthday girl is Signe. Her actual birthday is tomorrow. The sky appears to be clear. I think this is going to be a great party. It surely is. Also the extra gift for the girls that was being commissioned and did not make it for Christmas has arrived. So both girls will have gifts today. How wonderful is that. I am so excited. Alvin had lots of gifts last Sunday and me, well everyday and all the time that I spend on this earth with my Alvin, family and friends is all the gift I need.

I did want to mention something that I believe has become so important this past year and will remain important now and into the future. That is PATIENCE. We have all had to learn and be patient this last year. It is not a trait that comes naturally to human beings or at least not in my experience. It does come more easily to some than to others but it is most important these days. We have had to change our daily lives completely in 2020 and even into 2021 whether working from home, changed work hours, having no job, wearing a mask whenever you are outside in public, teaching your children from home, either having personally experienced the COVID 19 virus first hand or having a family member or a friend have the virus and of course, the worse possible – having someone pass away. There is no one on this planet that has not been affected in some way, shape or form. You may be one of the millions of folks who work in healthcare, with seniors, in schools, in stores, restaurants, fire department, police, utility companies and the list goes on and on of those that are out everyday no matter what. Also to all of the small businesses who have either had to close their doors or somehow have managed to keep afloat. Everyone, everyday has had to have patience. Whether you are at home or at work …. we all need patience. I tell myself (quite often, actually) and others to stop, take a deep breath and then go forward. We can do this. Patience will always serve us well in every situation for the present and into the future. Some things are beyond our control but patience is something we can control if we work on it. I know that for sure. Deep breath, patience all. We got this. We have learned valuable lessons as human beings or at least I hope so and although there may be many days that are marred with doubt and despair we will get to the other side. It will be different. I do not believe that things will ever go back to the way they were or at least some part of me, hopes that is the case. We hopefully will have learned for the future, for our children’s futures and their children.

So time to go and put the finishing touches on this birthday party. Mr. Alvin looks like me may have to go outside as it look like his eyes are watering …. he is fussing. He even asked me nice. How can you ignore that.

Be well, take cake. Breath and have patience.

Oh, I get to pick up my new glasses today, so excited. We might also get a walk in later this afternoon.

Life is good.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and learning patience, always.

Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

As I typed the above words, It is a NEW YEAR.

I am filled with a sense of awe, slight confusion and a mix of other emotions and thoughts.

What a year it has been thus far.

 

No one could have seen this coming or perhaps they did.

I would never have thought in a million years that I would be working from my home.

Going into third full month in June and by the time we head back it will be close to six months.

Just about the time we are all adjusted and super comfortable we will be changing things again.

Such as life, I am finding.

Since I began to work for this company, nine years ago this July, I have found that nothing stays the same for long.

Nothing truly lasts forever and just when you start to get comfortable in your job, bam changes happen.

Sometimes it is hard to get your head wrapped around all these changes.

I guess that is good although sometimes it would be nice for things to settle down for just a bit.

But at the end of the day I am so happy to have a good job.

I am paid pretty good (although wouldn’t it be nice to have more pay), I have good benefits including vacation.

 

In my future I see change and more change.

So will this keep me “young?”

I have no idea …. I guess there is no time for “grey” to happen.

 

News from the home front or rather the backyard.

The fence is up and the middle post has to be trimmed.

It was to be trimmed this morning but it is raining.

Perhaps the rain will stop for this to happen.

The new fence looks awesome and both myself and the neighbour are happy.

I will have to post photos later, like tomorrow.

 

Some reason I am running behind the eight ball again, today.

Time to grab my coffee and sign in on the other computer for work.

 

I hope that you have an awesome Friday.

Yup it is Friday again.

Thank goodness, I need a break.

 

Remembering to be in kindness mode and with respect,

I/We shall remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning …. Wednesday finally …. December 18, 2019.

I am getting SO excited for my Christmas break.

Will be great to be home with Alvin and our little friends.

Arriving on Saturday afternoon for a sleepover and going home sometime on Sunday will be Teddy and his little sister Kobi.

On Sunday, Humphrey arrives for a week and will watch over Cinder as well.

Cannot forget about the gekko.

Aspen and Milo will be here Christmas Eve with Mom and Dad spending Christmas Day at Grandma’s house.

 

Today feels like a blast from the past:

One of my first posts from December of 2010.

What happened to 2010?

I am so pondering while writing up the letter to be enclosed with my Christmas card about where 2010 went?

It came in quietly, I barely was aware.

It snuggled down tightly and buried within …..

Suddenly March, then April and then June.

But where it did go?

As I watch from above …… July and then August …..

Summer came and summer went.

Autumn well it was spent.

Now it’s December and almost Christmas.

If you are wondering what happened to 2010

You are not alone, I share your sentiments along with another eight billion or so people.

If you noticed at the beginning of this “story” I was drafting my Christmas letter – just so that you know – it did get written and sent.

So from me and Alvin, WE WISH YOU A HAPPY HAPPY CHRISTMAS & ALL THE BEST IN 2011.

May you always be surrounded by a loving family and friends.

May you be in perfect health (focus on good thoughts, they keep the body healthy, too)

May you laugh every single day (even if it is at yourself, because if you cannot laugh at YOU, who can you laugh at?)

May you love and be passionate about all that you do..

May your life be abundant in every single way.

May your gift of smile brighten someone’s day.

May you remember to help those less fortunate.

May you always be the BEST that you can be.

Happy Holidays …..

Always, Carol and a very patient Alvin (sniffing around in the hallway, now he is in the office)…….

 

I always love to read things from a few years ago …. mostly they are more than relevant today.

Wishing you a Happy Wednesday.

Our office is having a “Christmas Brunch” for us.

Wonder what will be on the menu?

We also have an opportunity to go and check out the renovations for our newly renovated new “old” office.

We move back there in January 2020.

New space for a new YEAR.

Very cool.

 

 

Have an awesome day.

Remember even when a package takes a sharp left turn instead of angling to the right,  it will show up in time for Christmas.

We just have to laugh.

Oh, the Post Office.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and we are cruising toward November 1, 2019.

Where did the time go?

I cannot believe it is less than two months until Christmas and then the New Year.

2020.

That freaks me out just a little bit.

When I was a child I actually thought of this year and 2025.

What would be going on in the world?

Where would my family be?

Wondering if I fulfilled my dreams of being a Registered Nurse and a Writer.

Where would I be living?

Would I be happy?

The house with the white picket fence was that in my future?

Four children ….. two girls and two boys, of course.

That was my perfection.

Grandchildren possibly.

One never knows where life will take you.

I am perfectly happy with the way that things turned out.

I am okay with the choices that I made.

Perhaps I could / should have done things differently but then I would not have and be where I am today.

It is a package deal.

You cannot have one person, one thing without the other.

So if I zigged instead of zagged …. I could have been living on a farm in southeastern Saskatchewan or perhaps in the big City of Regina or in London or New York.

I may have been married with more than one child.

I may have become a nurse.

Who knows?

But I know that the choices I made at the time were right for me at that time.

I have the most exquisite daughter.

I have my best buddy Mr. Alvin.

I have a job that sometimes drives me crazy.

I have a house which I bought on my own.

I am healthy.

Life is good.

I am surrounded by great friends.

I have the best sister and brothers on the planet.

So that is that.

I have never spent much time worrying or thinking about what may have been …..

I believe in living in the present …..

You cannot change the past but you can change the present which changes the futures.

Now that is a lot of change….

 

Just living my life trying to be kind and respectful.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

The rain has been coming down in varying strengths since yesterday morning.

The umbrellas on the patio tables are drenched and drooping where they stand.

The grass is a brilliant kelly green.

I am certain that all the bunnies and other wildlife are taking protection in the bushes.

Good for the forest fires – if they are getting this rain up north.

Even poor Mr. Alvin did not want to go out in the rain.

I had to grab an umbrella and go out with him but I know that he is not finished.

So will be making another trip out with my big family sized umbrella.

The sky is that shade of grey that looks like the rain has set in for a long time.

I hope that it stops so that my boy can finish his morning ritual / business.

Kind of sounds like it may have slowed down.

I will have to keep this post short.

I am sorry about that.

Only so much time in the morning or at least this morning.

 

Question?

When it is raining in the morning do you just want to stay under the blankets and sleep?

I do, Alvin does.

 

Question?

Sometimes, I wish that Alvin could talk.

I wonder what he would say?

I wonder all of the time what he is thinking.

 

Food for thought.

 

Well Living … one day at a time …..

Today in the rain.

I have a dental appointment this afternoon so I see walking in the rain a few times in my future.

Thankfully I have an umbrella but am wishing that I had rubber boots.

 

Happy Thursday

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 26th day of April, 2019.

Sunrise this morning is partially covered by a deep blue cloud bank.

The forecast for this weekend in Edmonton is cooler and wet.

We could use some rain.

 

Last night after work my daughter picked me up and gave me a ride home.

I absolutely love our conversations in the car ride home.

Trying to squeeze in and also to remember every bit of news that we can.

There is usually a bout of laughter about something or other.

I love my girl very very much.

We made a couple of stops including one at Alvin’s Vet to pick up some food for him before reaching home.

I was surprised as the cost of his food had increased by almost $3.00 per bag.

So lovely that everything rises in our daily lives but our income.

Why is that?

I often wonder how big families afford to buy food, good food?

Anyway ….. just thinking.

We had a quick visit at the house.

One of the other stops we made or rather I went into the store while I was waiting for my girl …. BON TON BAKERY.

They have been in business for over 60 years.

I could see why.  Busy place.

The baked goods smelled so delicious.

WOW, it was amazing.

I ended up buying a few things …. a loaf of bread, 1/2 dozen cinnamon buns, two muffins and an oatmeal raisin cookie.

I know it was an odd mix of items.

A bunch of carbs ….. do the raisins count to fruit?

They even gave us a lovely fresh “FRENCH BAQUETTE” as we were leaving the store.

As my daughter was leaving the phone rang and it was our friend P wondering about a walk.

Ten minutes later I was changed, had Alvin in his harness and out the door (his water bottle, too).

We walked all about the big lake to the north of us ….. we walked for about 50 minutes.

On the way home I stopped at the mailbox as we had a parcel waiting for us.

I even managed to carry the parcel (which was big), some mail, Alvin’s water bottle and of course, the boy.

The boy I did not carry, though.

Anyway home we opened the parcel which for Alvin could not happen fast enough.

He barked and barked.

I took out his present from our friend V and placed it on the floor.

He was able to get partially opened and then needed some help.

I took some video and photos.

Alvin got a can of some nice wet food and a toy.

He was happy.

I got well V’s famous cheese buns, regular buns, a carrot cake in the shape of Mrs. Rabbit.

The carrot cake is too die for …… so good.

I had to stay away from the fridge after the first piece.

A bunch of chocolates all kinds, a handmade dish cloth, a fancy sponge and more.

Well I see carbs in my near future and my belly is going “oh, no.”

 

Well I would have posted some photos but as I was going to do so found that my camera needs a change to the battery pack.

I do not have a spare one at the moment.

So no photos.

 

Well time to leave for work.

I hope that you have an awesome Friday.

Teddy comes tomorrow …. that always makes me and Alvin extra happy.

 

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello to: our friend “V” who always spoils us.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 2nd day of December, 2018.

WOW, it seems like I went to sleep and woke up and we are already on the 2nd day of December.

Time is zipping along.

Well it appears that we have winter or at least SNOW.

The rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, decks, and lawns and all completely covered.

Yesterday my neighbour and I each shovelled out front once and you can barely tell.

I was already up and shovelled the deck this morning and put on a load of laundry and made coffee.

Feels good to get up early and have the day started at a more reasonable hour.

Not that I sleep until noon or anything but good to be up.

 

I changed my TO DO LIST yesterday and ended up giving Mr. Alvin a hair cut and bath.

His front paws still are quite furry but I managed to snip some here and there.

He was shaking so bad with anxiety that I decided enough was enough.

No matter how comforting I tried to be.

Poor little guy.

I still was grooming him for almost three hours.

He looks his old handsome self.

I will snip with the scissors each night before bed.

Easier to get at his paws.

Well it means that Christmas CARDS are on the list today.

So happy that we got out for a walk before all of the snow.

Likely better that Alvin’s paws are not so short as they will keep his feet warm.

His jacket will be fitting better with the excess fur gone.

 

I liked shovelling the deck in the semi dark …. it was so quiet….only lights on at my friend who helps with the shovelling.

All the other houses that I could see where still in darkness.

Hopefully I did not wake anyone up.

I did try to be pretty quiet.

Was not 5 or 6 AM …..

Quite a lot of ice under the snow.

 

Well lots to do today.

I love writing up Christmas Cards for family and friends.

We picked up the photos at COSTCO on Friday.

So once all done – just have to mail them.

That will be on Thursday.

 

Well we heard a clatter out front and Alvin sprang to see what was the matter.

I saw snow flying.

My neighbour beat me out front.

One thing off the list ….. front walks shovelled.

Thank you my friend.

I am quite certain that there will be more shovelling in my future.

Still snowing …..

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you are enjoying the weekend.

Perhaps you are shopping, decorating, baking or just resting as you are all done.

Perhaps Christmas is not your thing …. that’s okay.

Some keep it simple and others do not celebrate.

We are all different in our celebrations and traditions and that is okay.

Whatever makes you happy and keeps you in a constant state of joy.

 

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister …. we should SKYPE …. I miss your smiley face.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 30th day of July, 2018.

Another HOT one on the way.

So glad that we got up extra early yesterday and had a walk and got our chores done before it started to get too hot to work.

Windows open to cool house off for Alvin for the day.

Glad we went for a walk earlier this morning – it was so nice and cool.

Too bad one could not bottle that cool air and release it into the house.

 

Somedays a poem is just right.

 

IN YOUR HEART

 

In your heart lies the secret to your life.

In your heart lies the beat to every song and every dance.

In your heart lies the dreams for the future, and the ones forgotten.

In your heart lies every moment, every tear, every bout of laughter, every everything.

In your heart lies the gold that shines in the sunlight.

In your heart are the stars that shine like diamonds, blinding in the night.

In your heart is the strength to go where your body must follow.

In your heart is the soul that reminds you to live, love and laugh.

In your heart is mine beating like a reminder to all that we shared.

In your heart ……

In your heart I long to be…

In your heart I wonder…

In your heart I hear…

In your heart I feel….

In your heart I live, I love and I remember.

In your heart, for my heart.

My soul I do surrender.

 

CLewis, April 4th ,2011  (dedicated to the loves of my life)

 

Have an awesome Monday.

One more sleep until our company arrives, we are ready and so EXCITED.

Prayers go out to our little four-pawed friend Jazmine, get better soon.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …. we are ready.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 7th day of March, 2018.

According to the weather forecast last night and the opening of the back door this morning; it is safe to say that it is COLD outside this morning.

If yesterday was any indication it will be nice by the end of the day.

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk last night.

Double digits temperatures in our near future?

I am so done with winter.

I am longing for spring.

Winter was as winter is.

Cold, Icy and SNOWY.

But we did have lots of nice days in between, so really cannot complain.

We would not be CANADIANS if we did not talk about, stress about and complain about the WEATHER, most especially our WINTERS.

Anyway, I love spring and it is close at hand.

 

Last night I started the second book from Alexander McCall Smith series “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.”

It is named “Tears of the Giraffe.”

I cannot remember when I bought these books – more than several years ago.

I love them so much that I reread them every so often.

Here we go again.

Mr. Smith’s description of this woman and her life in Africa is warming, funny and makes you feel like you were there.

I have never travelled off the continent of North America so I really enjoy being able to travel through his books.

 

I hope that you are enjoying the last bit of winter wherever you are..

Now I know that the folks in Saskatchewan and Manitoba are not enjoying the crazy amount of snow that has been thrust upon them.

We had quite a lot of snow last weekend but I somehow don’t think as much as Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The photos on FB appear to show more than what we had … meaning Edmonton …. around my home….

Because everyone knows that you could have one inch of snow in your neighbourhood and a few blocks or miles away they may have had a FOOT.

ARGH ……

Gotta start doing the Happy Dance ….. if nothing else.

 

Well time to hit the trail ….. I was going to say  “dusty trail” but that would be VERY WRONG …..

More like snowy, icy in parts trail.

Happy Wednesday.

I hope that no matter what you are smiling just a little or shall I hope that you are laughing.

Thank you.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends in Saskatchewan and Manitoba ….. it will be end (the snow).

Always, Carol & Alvin

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