The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 – the official first day of SUMMER! Yes, it is finally here. The sun is shining brightly in a blue sky with a slight breeze. The sky just got a bit dark but it will pass. Do you have any plans for the summertime? Are you doing things around the house and yard or are you going camping or away on vacation? I am going to take a few days and go visit my daughter and her family in August but otherwise I will be at home taking care of my house and yard. The flowers need tending as to other plants and the grass. I love being able to go for walks when we chose. If it is going to be an extra warm day we will go early in the morning and then again before bed. There may be those days when we only get one walk in and that is okay. Some days Mr. Alvin gets just inside the park and then wants to go home and that was noon yesterday. It was beautiful and we were not too far into the park and someone stopped and turned around. That is a strong hint that the decision has been made. I have to follow suit. Although there are times when I do try and coax him to keep going. I will tell you that I am not successful much of the time so I simply let him lead the way. After work we did the whole walk going past his BF’s house, Teddy. This time I could not stop him without strong restraint so I just let him go up the driveway and up the front steps to the porch, where he wagged his tail, waiting for his friend to come to the door. Unfortunately, Teddy was not home (he is at the farm with his family, where they spend most of their time these days). They have a doorbell with a camera so I decided to wave and say “that someone wanted to stop and say hello” and then I heard a voice. It was Teddy’s Mum Iris. I explained to her although she knows that some days or most days when we do walk past their house, he has the need to go in or at least try. If you think that it is only people that have feelings and miss their friends, guess again. Alvin truly misses his buddy and his family. It took a lot of coaxing and finally I had to lift him down from the steps to the sidewalk. They are coming home for a few days this week so we shall have a visit and that makes me happy for Mr. Alvin. I guess he had an inkling. ESP! That’s my boy. Very intuitive.

My neighbour gave me some things for the garage sale on this coming up weekend. I am actually excited to see my friends and hoping that we can all sell or give away our items.

Last night I made a “meatless” spaghetti sauce using the Mexican blend of YVES which I love with onions, tomatoes, spices and black beans. I used my hand blender and chopped/blended the tomatoes and beans into a thick sauce. It was delicious.

Well time to head downstairs and have some coffee and start work. Tuesday it is.

Wishing you a great first day of summer. Summer 2022, it has a ring to it! Yes it does.

Happy Day!!

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: only 49 days until my 65th Birthday. YIKES.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing okay. Not sure about Mr. Alvin. He seems to be freaking out more than usual. I don’t think he is in any pain but will have to keep a close eye on him. This morning it is pouring rain here. Last night my daughter came after work for a sleepover. So nice to have her in the house, we always enjoy her company. I made her favourite dish: chicken and vegetables stir fry and we had an angel cake with strawberries, blueberries and the whipped cream in the can. I had never used that until just a few years ago when I had a Christmas party here. I think it was December 2019. After supper Amanda helped me break down some boxes that I had in the garage and I have several bags of recycling as a result this morning for them to pick up. Also of course, in some of the boxes there was styrofoam and it is too difficult to break down so I basically filled my big black garbage bin with bags of plastic and styrofoam. I don’t like those things. The garage is getting more bare. My daughter is now on her way to work and it is just me and Alvin once again. I have been carrying him upstairs and down this morning and we are out of our normal routine. I also took the umbrella out with us so that he wouldn’t get too wet. I try to keep his ears dry and him, too. Of course, I dried him off when we got back into the house.

Yesterday at my lunch break we walked to our friend Pauline’s house to wish her a Happy Birthday. She was not outside and I was going to leave her a little package. I could hear Georgie bark in the house and I called out a couple of times and then out they came. We had a nice little visit before we headed back home for me to go back to work.

The sky is very grey, I think that those clouds are definitely planning to “hang” around for some time. I need coffee. It has been ready for a bit as I made it so that Amanda could take some with her to work.

I don’t have a clock in here so I had better get going. Not sure what happened to the date and time on my computer?

I hope that you have a good day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: only 56 days till my 65th Birthday.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I am well, Alvin is okay. I have to stop all together giving him any kind of human food, he gets very bad gas which at the end of the day is not good for his tummy. I am sorry that he won’t be able to enjoy his favs. Since his surgery I have drastically cut back on what he gets and only for the most part the three items plus bell peppers that his vet said were okay for him. But now I think it doesn’t matter. He can only have his own food. So his food will be his treats. The sky is overcast this morning and we had a bit of rain earlier. This week’s forecast is for reasonably warm temperatures but with showers here and there. Hard to tell but looks like it is raining at this moment.

Alvin and I had a good weekend except for the nights. Days were good. Over the course of the weekend I was able to either sell or give away a great many items that have been taking up valuable real estate in my garage. Now the garage is beginning to look bare which is great. I only want to keep items that are being used and not odds and ends of things. We are almost there.

Yesterday I went to the ECO Station which was way different than I imagined. Kind of disappointing I might add. There were what appear to be empty train cars with the end off that were lined up with signs and you put your items in each of them accordingly. There was a building or two and a big pile of dirt. Not sure if the dirt is to be taken or people dropping off dirt. I think to pick up as the dirt looked very black and rich. So happy to be rid of those items.

Oh, today is 64 days to my 65th Birthday. I wonder if I will be able to remember, so I just wrote it down. I still do not believe that I will be 65 years old in August. Where has the time gone? What have I really accomplished, what have I really done? Where have I travelled? Good questions with somewhat complicated answers. I shall endeavour to answer them over the next 64 days.

Well it is time to head downstairs. Plug in the coffee. Work in a little bit.

Thank you for reading my posts. I really appreciate your time.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I am grateful to be alive and for my partner in crime, most days, lol. I found a video last night on FB from the first night that I met Mr. Alvin. I had forgot that it existed. WOW.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Looks like another beautiful day on the way. It was actually not bad out earlier this morning when we were out in the backyard. Warmer than Saturday morning as there was frost then. No frost this morning. Alvin is hanging in there and me, too. Couple more days wearing socks when he goes outside and we should be okay. I have tried to examine the bottom of his pads but it is difficult by myself. Anyway, we are doing well. I am so grateful for the second day in a row for the sun to be shining so brightly. Thank you for the blue skies. There is a breeze but I think that is going to be part of the norm now.

Yesterday I cleaned out the office closet, went through all of my jewelry (which was huge), went through the spare bedroom, laundry and mowed the backyard. Not a huge amount of things but things done. Today I want to wash down the deck, sort through some of the things in the garage. Then basement left to do. I want to have everything ready for the garage sale. I have a pile of things in the spare bedroom to go downstairs and to the garage for the sale. But will leave them for now. Also do some vacuuming as well. I also moved the desk (table) that was storing my jewelry from the spare room to my room. My room is a bit more full than I normally would like but it is a nice change. I can put it back at some point.

It will be done in chunks as Alvin has to stay in the house unless I can keep an eye on him. Those dratted socks will not stay up all of the time. They slip from time to time. I am proud of them for at least allowing me to put them on his feet each and every time we go outside.

Yesterday there were two little blue/black/white birds flying about the birdhouse that I have in the backyard. It sits up on a pole that sits on the upper deck. The only thing is one of the birds kept flying too close to one of the glass windows on the garage. I was worried that it was going to knock itself out but gratefully it did not.

The neighbours are outside raking their lawn and doing outdoors things.

This is the time of year that most people if not camping for the first time this season that are out raking, going through their garages, getting things ready to haul to the Eco Station (not sure if it is open on the long weekend or not), and all things outdoors.

Tomorrow I am planting my flowers. I checked the weather station and looks like we should be okay for overnight temperatures. YAY. Cannot wait.

Have an awesome Sunday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this beautiful Friday morning? Feeling great, I hope. We are doing very well. I am happy to see a beautiful sunrise with a clear blue sky. The ground is dry so no more snow overnight. Although I have been outside off and on since 4:10 am, lol. We are happy that it is Friday. I do think that it was Sunday only a day or two ago. The time flies even though it travels at the same pace always. This weekend I have a coffee date with my girlfriends which is exciting. The OSCARS are on Sunday night. For those movie buffs.

We did have a frost last night as I see frost on the rooftops and car windows. A bit of scraping involved this morning for some people. I still am over the moon grateful to be working from home. I have so much more time to do whatever I need or chose to do. Which is perfectly lovely. Even if I do nothing, I can make that choice. Plus to be home with my Alvin is so great. I am not sure what I would have done last year with his two surgeries. Would have been tough. But I am home, working from home and it is very good.

What are your plans for the weekend? If the temperatures are warm, I will be continuing to move about the snow from the backyard grass area. The snow of the deck is melting fast and his portable potty will be gone soon. I sure do not want to have to take him out front. Means putting on harness and leash. He would not like it and would be a pain for me, doable though. Back to the weekend, of course the regular laundry, cleaning the bathrooms etc. I am also going to bake a coffee cake for the get together on Sunday morning with the girls. We will get a few walks in this weekend. There is a good portion of the sidewalks that are dry and safe to walk upon which is great. I love to walk. I guess whatever we can squeeze into two days we will do. I am thinking of colouring my hair. Maybe tonight! Just to give me a pick me up! A little change of colour is good.

The time is flying by here. I kept hitting the snooze button this morning. I wonder what it would be like to go to bed at 10:00 and sleep through the night. Not even sure if I would be able to after years of Alvin conditioning. But it is not all because of him as two years ago I was always up at least by 5:00 a.m. to get ready for work. I am so grateful to have that extra time on the sofa to snuggle with Alvin these days.

I know that I was going to mention something that I thought of last night but of course, I did not write it down and have forgotten it. Hopefully will remember for tomorrow.

I saw a video on social media somewhere and I am not much for watching too many of them but this one caught my eye. It was about a young woman called Lizzy who loved to dance. So well done. It is a reminder that looks can be deceiving and do not judge a book by it’s cover. Body shaming needs to be a thing of the past. We all have dreams and even though we may not look like the “advertised version” – that does not mean it makes it impossible or unlikely that we should have to give it up. You have to watch the video. She is amazing. To all those bullies out there – you never know what a person has gone through until you walked a mile or thousand in their shoes. Next time you want to judge someone – keep your lips closed. We all have to do that.

Not all opinion have to be shared. Food for thought.

Time to go.

Have a great Friday.

Here comes the sun brightly shining on everything it touches (my neighbour’s garage is aglow).

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 doing this morning? I am doing great as is Mr. Alvin. We are happily surprised to see the sun shining with a gorgeous blue sky. Last night we had a thunder/lightning storm and rain. Not too much but some. Good thing that I did not give my flowers/plants too much water last night. YAY, today is Friday. The last weekend of the month of May 2021. It has been a busy week. With the kids stopping by night before last, a coworker and her husband stopped by to pick up her tea order from April and we had “tea” on the deck. Masked and then physically distancing. I decided to open the office window and happen to see my neighbours garage door open so I quickly texted her and then I noticed some movement and a pedal bike in the alley by the garage and freaked thinking someone was trying to steal her things. So I yelled down “I see you there” and then phoned her to find out that it was her boyfriend who was getting things packed up for their weekend trip to Jasper. She laughed and I apologized for yelling at her boyfriend. I am not even sure that he heard me but if he did – likely thinking “oh that crazy old woman” or something! Anyway I guess better to be safe than sorry and that is what my neighbour said as she giggled. Alvin and I are good “watchers” even when we are not watching. The breeze coming in through the window is slightly cool and oh so, refreshing. Good to have that fresh air in the house. I have our bedroom window open as well. Last night about 1:00 a.m. some noises kept waking me up. Sounded like door shutting and I got up to make sure that I did not leave my door open or unlocked. Things happen right. Nothing was open. Even took quick look outside and never did figure out the source of the noises. There were various sounds that were not regular.

Tonight after work my daughter is stopping by to drop off some items and to have supper with us. I am making stir fry and having meat for the first time in a long time with the exception of the little bit of meat on the pizza. Mostly eating a plant based diet these days. I am thinking that I need to cut back on the sweets. Not helping me that is for sure. Sugar does not help any of us. I love fruit and eat a fair amount so do not need other sweets. Wish me luck.

Oh, yesterday the estimator guy came out about the shingles. He measured the house and took photos and gave me and my neighbours information about the company and about the shingles etc. The owner of the company will come out next week and give us the “actual price.” I am so excited to have new shingles and know that the house will be protected for 50 years. Isn’t that a great warranty. Almost unheard of these days and guess what if we happen to move within that time – the warranty can be transferred to the new owners. Cool, right. So excited.

Well time to go and get the coffee brewing. Open the main floor windows. I wish, we wish you a fantastic day. Filled with sunshine and rainbows. Love and laughter.

This life is filled with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love and gratitude and so much more.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Tuesday morning? We are well. Both Alvin and I had a good sleep. The sun was shining brightly and now I see that the clouds are rolling in and the wind is still blowing. I was going to run out to the garage and put out my three geranium plants which I had placed in the garage yesterday due to the wind and rain. They do not like to have too much water. So far the other plants that remained outside seem to be doing well. I wished that the sun would shine. I have a chill in my bones just from the sound of the wind and the rain. Perhaps I should have turned the heat on but I have elected to wear warm clothing instead. I might just leave the geraniums in the garage for a bit but will keenly watch the weather. Fingers crossed for some sunshine. We are grateful for the moisture as it was very dry here despite the heavy rain and snow of last week.

I/We had a great long weekend. I forgot to wish my friend Mr. B a Happy Birthday for yesterday along with Queen Victoria. Not sure how I forgot them but I did. It was a weekend filled with outside visits with friends and checking off items off that never ending TO DO LIST. I finally have all my daughter’s things from childhood washed, dried and photographed and carefully packed away. There are some dollies that I have to figure out how to store with care. But the clothing, handmade dolls and blankets are all done. I only had a couple of mishaps and my daughter has already forgiven me. She is a gracious girl that one. I won’t share what item had the mishap but it was a big one. Momma was feeling pretty badly.

Have you gone through your house room by room and done the following:

  1. Either pulled the item(s) or made a list of the item(s) that you no longer need or want?
  2. Have you made a list of what to do with those item(s)?
  3. Have you made a list of what repairs need to be done?
  4. Have you started to figure out your finances for said repairs?
  5. Have you started to call and make appointments/estimates for said repairs?

I have started doing the above. Sometimes things can get away on you. We quite often have the easy response “oh, it can wait until tomorrow” and then tomorrow never comes for one reason or the other. I have a few things that require attention. It can be scary of course. Sometimes being scared to make arrangements for the financing can be scary. Or perhaps just having to find someone to come and do the repair can be nerve racking. Unfortunately this is all part of being a homeowner. Yes, it is true. I find that being on my own – adds a level to the whole adventure. A level that I never thought about much ….. but I am learning ….. learned so much over the past decade or so since I bought this my first house/home.

Food for thought.

Well time to head downstairs and put on the coffee. Perhaps rearrange those plants on the deck. Looks like the sun is coming back out. YAY. Perhaps Mother Nature heard my plea.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love and gratitude. We should add laughter to this list. We all need to laugh everyday.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this “bright and sunny” Thursday morning? I am so grateful that the skies are pretty clear and that the sun is shining after a few days of clouds, rain and snow. It did freeze hard over night as I noticed the water that I have out for the bees froze over and there is frost on the cars. Most of the snow has melted now and the grass and trees appear to be renewed, is that possible? Of course, they gratefully soaked up the moisture in both forms. My lawn has not looked this good in years. Between the fertilizer that our neighbours threw on a few days ago and the extra moisture ….. well it looks like a lawn again. I was thinking that we may have to replant which I suppose throwing on some extra seed would not have hurt. If I would have had some grass seed in my garage I would have done so, at the beginning of the rain. Food for thought. I am going to pick up some seed to have on hand. Even our back patch of grass is coming back. Yesterday and earlier this morning there were a bunch of little birds flying about our backyard near the bird house. There was also a Magpie that was swooping in and about every once in awhile. They are pretty but not good for the little birds. Anyway, I am certain that by noon, or perhaps before I can remove the cover that is protecting the flowers in the front flower bed. Did I forget to mention? Yes, I did, that I pulled the cover back and checked some of the flowers and they are okay. If they survived last night, we all should be good. I also shook and dipped with a measuring cup all of the excess water off of the handmade tarp so that it would not crush them and not freeze. Fingers crossed.

I am looking forward to a walk with Mr. Alvin at noon. He needs to get out as I think he has a bit of cabin fever or at least he has been more anxious that usual. He barked short piercing barks the whole time I was in the shower. I kept calling out to him and hoping to calm him down but it did not work. I even tried singing my “put one paw in front of the other” song but to no avail. Luckily, he is okay now. What a guy. I tried to explain about how lucky that he is as I have noticed this poor little orange cat running on the front sidewalk and across the street. Poor cat looked like he or she had not had a good meal in a long time. So many cats on the loose in our area. Very dangerous as we have had coyotes in the nearby parks. Plus there are hawks and other birds of prey that can swoop down and take away little cats. I hope that he finds a home, soon.

Well time to head on downstairs and put on the coffee, need to smell that delectable aroma and drink some of that pure joy liquid before I start work. I am grateful that all my flowers survived this late spring snowfall and the wind. Thank goodness for a garage. I don’t have a car but man on man, that building has come in handy for storing and housing the vehicles of company.

I hope that you have a wonderful Thursday. May you laugh and smile and be surrounded with kindness and joy.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion and patience. Always working on patience I am patient. I am patient. I am patient.

ALLways, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! We hope that you are all well. Alvin and I are holding on for dear life as the winds have been howling and blowing since last night. Almost sounds like we could be Dorothy & Toto from the Wizard of OZ leaving Kansas for places unknown. I am hoping that everyone’s shingles are stuck like glue to their roofs. The rain that started yesterday afternoon changed into wet flurries and as the night progressed and the temperatures dipped it turned into a blanket of white. I had a grand idea in the morning after breakfast and coffee to head out for a walk. Upon checking the weather channel and seeing what the forecast was for the afternoon – it seemed like the best course of action. We left the house at 10:00 a.m. and arrived back home at 12:07 p.m. and what a great walk it was. We had gone a bit further than our usual walk of late when we spied our friends Pauline & Georgie coming up from the park. I quickly got her attention and then dropped off some poop quickly before meeting up with them. She too, had heard the change in weather coming and decided to get out early. Seems like everyone had the ideas as there were lots of people out and out increasing as our time increased. I decided that we would go part of the way of their walk and then we changed the course of the walk and walked around the lake. We did not rush and visited along the way. The grass was still wet in lower areas as we walked around the lake/ponds at our park. It occured to me that had we crossed from the other park exit on the walkway heading home and not gone to our park that we would have missed out on this grand opportunity to visit with one of my most favourite people. We had a grand chat. I enjoyed every minute of our time together. We had just said our goodbyes and she was heading home when I noticed this little dog who looked like our friend “Jack” and then noticed his Mom coming around the pillar at the entrance to the park. So we stood properly distanced in the park bench area chatting and catching up. I could not believe my good fortune. See what the difference can be by changing your path, changing the norm! The Universe was giving us a bit of a nudge and I am glad that I picked up on it. Our two hours out connecting with friends and Nature was awesome. Looks like we will be staying put today as it is sheer ice out there and so windy it would likely knock me over if I did not slip on the ice first.

Something else I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post and this happened to us on Saturday. I was rearranging and repotting some plants as they were way too large for the pots that they were in and I know it is getting closer to the time that they can be transplanted outside but they simply could not wait. They were so tall and starting to fall over. My geraniums are gorgeous. Growing like mad. Two shades of pink. I had gone to the garage to put the extra dirt away when I happen to notice a little white watering can and decided to bring it back into the house. My thoughts were with the long spout it would be easier to water my plants than with an empty yogurt container. Sometimes I spill water and then cleanup is a bugger. Anyway, I grabbed the watering can from the shelf closing the door to the garage on the way out. Alvin was waiting and happily ran beside me to the house across the deck. Inside the house, I happen to look inside the watering can …. just to make sure that there was nothing inside. Likely should have done that in the garage but I did not. Inside the house, I noticed that there was the most exquisite butterfly. Colours of brown, white, yellow and orange. Thinking sadly that it was so perfect but was likely dead and where had it come from and when? How long had it been in the watering can? No water or food. What do butterflies eat and I guess they drink water? I tipped the watering can and was expecting the butterfly to fall into my open hand but to my surprise it flew to my plants and the brightness of my kitchen window. I stood aghast at my luck, at the butterfly’s luck. I watched it for a few moments and wondered if it would live if I left it in the window with my plants. Then I gently cupped it in my hand and headed for the door, opening the door, I wished the butterfly well, opened my hand and the butterfly just sat on my hand. I said “it’s okay little one, fly away” and after several minutes it took off. Perhaps it was in shock from being temporarily captured in my hand. Not my intent to make the little one upset or scared. Do butterflies feel? As the day progressed and the weather changed, I was thinking that I should have kept him/her in the house. Too late. I hope that the butterfly lives through this weather and into the summer OR for as long as butterflies live. The beauty of the butterfly warmed my heart and made my day. I love butterflies.

Well time to head back downstairs. Put on the coffee and get this day going.

Wishing you an awesome day and please do not fly away.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you this morning? We are doing well. A few times up during the early morning hours and finally up to stay just before 8:30 a.m., on this slightly overcast Sunday morning. The sun is rising in the morning sky spreading the glow. How was your Saturday? Mine was amazing. First thing in the morning, Alvin and I hosted our friend Signe’s birthday party in our garage. Our friend Gillian brought over small heaters and it definitely took the edge off in between blowing the breaker box in the garage until we realized it was the smaller older heater that was causing the disruption. We unplugged the older heater at that point. We had blankets and of course all of our winter gear. I snuggled up to Mr. Alvin on the two seat sofa with him in his sweater and wrapped with a warm blanket. You never saw happier friends. I cannot tell you how much I miss our get togethers. We used to have coffee dates almost every weekend for years and then when the girls changed career paths; the coffee dates were spread out to every couple of three weeks. We absolutely love each other. I am grateful these days that I have a cell phone as we text all the time. It is a great way to keep in touch. We also speak on the phone as well. Sometimes there is nothing better than to hear the voice of a dear friend. I am happy to say that the commissioned gifts which were paper collages made by my super talented daughter Amanda were a huge hit. She definitely has an artistic gift. I am so glad that I could help support her artistic endeavour and to give something truly unique and beautiful to my friends. A treasure for all time. Gillian and I gave Signe gift cards to her favourite store on the planet “CHAPTERS/INDIGO” and we know that she will enjoy buys books. Oh, the vanilla from scratch cupcakes were a hit. That will be a recipe that I will definitely keep and the icing which I modified from my regular sugar cookie/cake icing I will remember to use again. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning with your friends. I was happily shocked that Mr. Alvin sat on the sofa with his sweater wrapped in the blanket the whole party (he did not lay down, he say up). These gals are the best. Perhaps in hindsight having the birthday party later in the day when the temperature had definitely warmed up more would have been good but despite the chill in the air we thoroughly enjoyed our time together and cannot wait until the next time OR when the restrictions are lifted so that we can get together in the house even if we have to social distance. I have lots of room for that. Better to be together than apart.

After the birthday party disbanded and the ladies went home. I gathered up the remaining items left in the garage and put the furniture back to its original stored location. Another successful birthday party held. I then grabbed a mug of coffee and chilled on the sofa with Mr. Alvin until I had to get ready to leave for the Optometrist’s office to pick up my new eyeglasses. I arrived a few minutes early which is par for me. Do not like to be late or right on time. Although with the COVID19 Restrictions and Protocols, being right on time is actually better. Before I stepped into the entranceway, I donned a blue mask. One of the staff opened the inner door and asked to take my temperature. I told her that I had walked over and would be cool so she asked if she could take it at my wrist and with this new fangled thermometer she took my temperature. It did not even seem that she looked at it unless it perhaps beeps or glows some bright colour if you have a temperature. She asked me to use some hand sanitizer which I was already doing and then to follow her. I had been hesitate about my new glasses after reviewing the photos I had taken from my visit a month ago trying on frames. But when she handed me the new glasses and I put them on, I was in love. The new frames look great. They feel nice and light. I am quite certain that the whole visit took less time than it took me to walk there in the first place. Before I left “Sunni” asked if I wanted some of the anti fog spray. They had mentioned this to me on my second visit and how good this spray was so I picked up one for me, one each for both my daughter and son-in-law as they also wear specs. After that I was on my way back home to Mr. Alvin. At home, I put Mr. Alvin’s sweater back on along with his harness and leash and we went for our first walk in over a week. It has been over a week since the frigid temperatures hit our city. There was a bit of a breeze which was cool but really all in all it was perfect. Bright sunshine. Both of us enjoyed the walk until we were 3/4 of the way home, then Alvin began to hop on three paws. We stopped and I rubbed his cold paw with my mitt. He is too heavy for me to carry although if he was injured, I certainly would find the strength to carry him as far as was necessary. He was good until we were almost home and then another paw. Stopped again, warmed the paw and then we were home. At home I wiped his paws so they were warmed up and dry. Removed our outerwear. Then, I went upstairs and changed as I was pretty warm after being dressed for being in the garage. Then grabbed some laundry and down to the basement to get that started. After the laundry was going, I went upstairs and warmed up a mug of coffee and snuggled with Mr. Alvin. I decided to go and shovel the driveway as it had not been done since the last snowfall. It was not too deep. While I was outside one of the neighbours came home, so we chatted from our driveways.

By this time it was almost time to start preparing supper. Alvin was hungry so I ended up feeding him a bit earlier than usual. I made roasted chicken breasts with roasted sweet potatoes, carrots and onions for my supper.

What a wonderful Saturday.

Well I guess I had better get the remaining laundry downstairs for round two. I was going to give Mr. Alvin a haircut and bath but have decided to do that next weekend. We will go for a walk this afternoon. The sun is really shining brightly now.

I hope that you are having a great weekend. Be safe, take care and be strong.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and learning to have more patience as each day passes.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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