Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Good Morning,

Welcome to Saturday the 2nd day of November, 2019.

It feels as though we are up extra early but here it is 8:00 a.m.

We have been up for a bit now as I have made the bed, gathered laundry and got dressed.

Of course we were up about 3:00 a.m. for Alvin’s routine “glucosamine chew” and bathroom break.

Then we hit the sofa for some more sleep.

Of course we were up at 5:00 a.m. so that Alvin could eat his breakfast.

He has a routine.

Now when the time changes in the middle of the night …. tonight…..

We will be disrupted for a couple of weeks until he settles into a new routine.

I am just along for the ride.

Oh well, it has been quite the experience thus far.

 

So last night.

My daughter was feeling better as she has been sick for about a week.

She went to work but by late morning was out of energy.

I know that feeling.

We decided to see if leaving work early by one hour was an option and it was, thankfully.

It feel as though I had, had a whole day off.

So nice.

During the drive to my house we decided to detour to COSTCO.

Being home sick does not help get your groceries.

We ended up home about the same time I normally get home so Alvin did not know the difference.

The late afternoon was nice once again so once Alvin had finished outside and having supper, we all went for a glorious walk.

As we approached Teddy’s house we saw his Auntie J’s car.

She was to arrive last night.

Aunt J is there to stay with Teddy while his parents go to VEGAS for two weeks.

So nice to see her and next weekend we will get together for supper and a visit.

In between we will catch some walks together if the weather allows.

Back home after the walk ….. on went the COFFEE POT ….. followed by starting supper.

Once supper was in the oven ….. we gathered up some of the Halloween decorations and took them downstairs.

My daughter remarked “that if you are going downstairs for something you might as well take something with you”

A great idea, actually as the Halloween stuff had to go downstairs at some point.

We went downstairs to bring up the Christmas Tree.

Originally my daughter was going to spend the night but being sick she thought a sleepover might be better another time.

So we brought up the tree.

Had supper.

Decided on a Christmas Movie, THE NUTCRACKER.

We always have a movie on in the background.

Moved around the chairs in the living room to accommodate the tree.

Assembled the tree only to find out that only the top lights worked on the tree.

Last year some had burned out but not that many.

The tree does not owe me anything as it is now ten years old.

Dilemma, what to do.

Luckily I had purchased extra lights last year.

By this time my daughter had to go.

I am once again grateful for her assistance.

She suggested checking out U-tube for some helpful hints on how to remove the lights from a prelit tree.

Removed her groceries from the fridge/freezer and she was on her way.

I took a look around and decided to clean up from dinner before getting into the Christmas decorating.

Once dishes were done, I sat down with a cup of coffee to assess the situation.

After watching a couple of short videos I decided that my earlier idea of snipping off the lights with my wire cutters was the best idea.

I did find out however an easier way to do this.

After everything it was after 8:00 and my energy and desire to decorate had wanned, so I just kicked back and put together a plan for tomorrow which is today.

I figured that I had all weekend which I do.

So here we are ….. Saturday morning.

Time to get things started.

Put on Laundry, the COFFEE, of course, have breakfast and then start taking off the lights.

Once done I will string the lights and then decorate.

It will take some extra time but that is okay.

A story for later.

Alvin is perhaps losing the bit of patience that a dog has …. he wants to go downstairs.

 

I hope that you have an awesome first weekend in November.

We did receive some moisture last night.

Rain followed by bit of snow.

Might be slippery out there.

I am hopeful that the temperatures will once again return to plus temperatures.

Happy Saturday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Funny as much as I love to decorate the tree and the house for Christmas; I am okay with just getting the tree up the first night and decorate the next day.

A few years ago, I would have worked through and had the tree and house decorated before going to bed.

Older and wiser?

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and Wow, it is Friday, November 1st, 2019.

Hard to believe.

HALLOWEEN was amazing this year as it is ALL years.

The office staff did an incredible job with costumes.

So much imagination.

Part of the group that I work with dressed up as the Monopoly Game and Characters.

Wow, they were good.

They won the big prize for the group.

I think it was a PIZZA Party.

Very cool.

The individuals were everything from me as Harry Potter to a Mummy to Witches.

Some of the groups were Zombie Plumbers and Dancing Horses.

So great.

 

I was a bit disappointed in the number of treaters that came to our door.

I was very proud of Mr. Alvin.

He did not attempt a big escape or scare the children.

Most of the time in between he sat in his chair looking out the window for the kids.

It was so CUTE.

We had 53 and usually we average about 100 give or take.

Likely had to do with so many of my immediate neighbours either were not home or had their lights off.

My porch light had burned out a long time ago and sadly I forgot to change it.

That likely played a role in the low numbers.

But I am most happy that ALL of our friends in the neighbourhood with children came to visit.

The one that made me smile the most was our neighbour’s son who was 8 years old when I moved to Edmonton.

He turned 18 at the beginning of October; he dressed up as a turtle.

Came to show me and of course, teasingly I gave him some treats.

His little brothers are the ones that raked my lawn and of course, they received a special bag of treats customized for each of them.

My friend G and her youngest son came and stopped for a visit.

C wore this amazing chicken costume which inflates and is not exactly the easiest thing to maneuver wearing.

Anyway it was great.

We enjoyed ourselves.

Now we have quite a bit of candy left.

I guess I will freeze the chocolate for another day.

The weather held out.

No wind or rain or snow.

A bit cool but not bad.

Well I was going to show some photos but I am experiencing technical difficulties and it is almost time for us to head downstairs.

Tonight my daughter is picking me up from work and coming for a sleepover.

So excited.

We are putting up the Christmas Tree tonight.

My favourite night ….

Well I love Halloween, too.

 

Happy Friday.

Remembering we all have to be kind and respectful.

Me, too.

And patience….. I am working on that one.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Happy Halloween.

Wow, last day of October.

I always enjoy this day.

Just sharing some photos for this day.

I tried to take some photos of myself in my “Halloween Costume” but not able to get whole body shot.

Happy Halloween.

Enjoy the day.

Be safe and Have fun.

Mr. Alvin decided to just be himself today.

Ah,

 

Don’t be frightened by the next photos.

Me putting on my scar for Harry Potter.

Perhaps I look a bit like an aged Potter too early in the morning.

Oh well,

I thought some blush on my cheeks might help.

Happy Trick & Trick Day.

Always be kind and respectful.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning All.

Well it is late.

I cannot say that I have slept in this late for years.

Went to bed at midnight and could not sleep right away.

Still a bit hyped up from the Fifth Avenue Jewelry party.

Alvin and I had so much fun.

My friends from the neighbour joined us to check out the bling and for refreshments.

We chatted in between and enjoyed some laughter.

Two almost teenage daughters of two friends joined as well.

Alvin was in his glory.

So much fun.

Yes, there is nothing like being surrounded by your good friends and bling.

The jewelry is / was so pretty.

Great night.

Perhaps it was the fact that I had drank coffee all day long.

I hadn’t realized that until bed.

I drank a pot in the morning and another mug with my daughter at noon followed by coffee in the evening.

Oh well, I likely needed that sleep.

We were up just after 5:00 a.m. initially so I fed Alvin and then we went back to bed.

He did try to get me up a couple of times after that as well but I won out.

 

We woke to another “dry ground” morning which is great.

So glad that I worked my butt off yesterday and did my household making today a more relaxed quiet day.

Yesterday I cleaned, had both Humphrey and Teddy for the whole day, walked with Teddy and Alvin, prepared for the jewelry party and did laundry.

Always nice to have the THREE AMIGOS together.

Earlier yesterday morning.

Alvin and Teddy went outside but Humphrey hesitated.

Wonder why?

 

I saw a blue jay, I think through the living room window but unable to get a clear photo of the pretty bird.

All the boys at the window.

Alvin and Teddy sharing a chair and Humphrey with one of his own.

Earlier in the day …..

 

Strangely enough they spent a bit of time outside over the course of the day.

When the sun shone it was actually comfortable outside, I won’t go as far as to say “warm.”

Today perhaps a load of towels …. or maybe not.

I have lots of towels.

But next weekend is putting up my Christmas tree and decorating the house.

First weekend in November, 2019.

So excited.

I cannot wait.

I so love spending the evening with my daughter putting up the Christmas tree.

That might be Friday.

Halloween this week.

YAY.

I was checking out my borrowed Harry Potter costume.

I might have to practice making the lightning bolt on my forehead.

Liquid eyeliner here I come.

 

Well I should go.

Time for coffee before lunch.

Today I don’t want to be drinking coffee all day.

Work is tomorrow.

 

Happy Sunday.

So happy to be surrounded by much kindness and respect.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning Canada.

Tuesday morning.

Our Federal Election is now over and it would appear that the Liberal Party under the leadership of Justin Trudeau has held on with a Minority Government.

The  Official Opposition under the leadership of Andrew Scheer is the Conservative Party.

The following parties all have various number of seats in government in order of the most to the least with one.

Bloc Québécois

New Democrat

Green

Independent

 

Well it was an interesting evening but not a real surprise.

Or at least not to me.

 

Last night after work Alvin had his supper, we went for a walk, took out the trash, raked up the leaves front and back all before I caught a ride to vote with one of my friends

at 5:45 (home at 4:40 p.m.).

Good night, all in all.

I am happy that I was able to get the leaves raked for the fourth time – just in case.

Although I did hear another double digit plus day later this week.

Whoot Whoot.

Awesome news.

Oh and Humphrey joined us last night after work.

 

Those darn little plant flies.

Not many but enough to be annoying.

 

Well almost time to go back downstairs.

I had better remember to take that box of kleenex to work.

Yesterday, I forgot and kept reaching for one.

 

Happy Tuesday.

Oh, I have a costume for Halloween.

Thank you to my friend for lending me her “Harry Potter” costume.

I am using my own hair as I have a similar hair cut … who knew.

 

Happiness lies in a life lived with kindness and respect.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 4th day of November, 2018.

So funny how fast time goes.

I was up in the office and speaking to a friend on the phone and realized that I had not flipped the calendar in this room.

Flipping to already the 4th day of the new month.

WOW.

Last night and early this morning it rained.

Still some snow on the deck as I did not shovel it all.

OH well.

I did however finish the decorating yesterday.

I have one more big project left to do and that is to rearrange / clean out this room, my office.

All of my plants had to be moved upstairs …. all four of them.

I do not like a room that is too crowded with things so time to rearrange.

But as I have a long weekend coming up I may leave until then.

I took photos of the newly decorated main floor.

Did anyone spot the one lone Halloween / fall item that photo bombed Christmas?

It has been since removed.

I also found another strand of lights and decided it would be best served on the mantel with that collection of snowmen and trees.

It looked so beautiful when I turned the lights on and these photos do not accurately show that.

I do have one thing that drives me crazy and that is the cords from the television.

I had them fixed with my old television and when I got the new one, years ago now I did not have it redone.

So I will locate some plastic zip ties and get them all into one bunch ….. shortly here.

I realized that even though I do this once a year most of the decorations end up in close to the same spot.

Well time to go and change the clocks.

We are officially ONE HOUR BEHIND.

YAY  or NAY, I do not know.

Just have to remember that when I call my sister and brother and friends they are ahead of us.

HAVE AN AWESOME DAY.

I see a bath on the horizon for Mr. Alvin.

His BFF arrives on Tuesday night and Alvin needs to be his best self …..

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. we girls had a great night.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 2nd day of November, 2018.

Did you flip your calendar?

Doesn’t it seem like October?

Where did it go?

The months seem to be passing in supersonic mode.

Anyway Welcome November ….

We woke up to SNOW this morning.

A beautiful fresh blanket.

Not the wet stuff …. but a nice blanket of light snow that is easy to shovel.

I already shovelled a bit of snow off the deck.

Last night we enjoyed our walk.

Just as we neared Teddy’s house, Alvin spotted the garage door open.

Made a beeline for the house.

Teddy’s Dad invited us in to say Hello.

In we went.

You cannot turn down a nice invitation like that ….

They are such awesome people.

Teddy’s parents.

Teddy will be coming for a visit for 12 days or so starting next Tuesday night.

I know that Alvin is excited.

He will have a “brother” for near a couple of weeks.

Good for him to have some company.

He is getting a bit better at sharing although he does have a long way to go.

Well it is 6:30 a.m.

Where did the time go.

Of course, Mr. Alvin has been having been up at 3:30 the past few mornings.

ARGH.

But we do have a bit of extra sleep on the sofa after he has done what he needed to do.

So that helps.

I guess we change our time this Sunday.

One hour back.

Not sure if that is good or not.

Any and all time changes take a certain amount of adjustment.

That is for sure.

Thankfully it happens on the weekend.

Well nice to just slip on blue jeans this morning for work.

I so appreciate our casual Fridays.

Also last night I took down the few outdoor Halloween/Fall decorations that I had put up.

As well as the indoor ones.

Which was good now with the snow.

I am going to put away the FALL wreath before I leave for work as well.

TONIGHT …. oh, tonight.

My daughter is picking me up from work.

With a couple of quick stops at grocery store and vet – food for all of us …. we will head home.

Home where I shall make a stir-fry for supper.

One of my daughter’s fav meals.

Then after supper ….. the TREE will go up.

Followed by decorating the house all weekend.

My daughter is spending the night.

I am not physically able to put up the tree.

Although if I was pushed perhaps I could.

Nothing is impossible.

Just the tree is 7.5 and heavy to assemble by oneself.

Well time to fly.

Likely more like sledding …. snow …. smiling.

Boots and winter coat for sure this morning….

 

Happy Friday.

So excited.

Happy Dancing.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. love you, my darling.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 1st day of November, 2018.

Well HALLOWEEN DAY and EVENING was gorgeous.

Perfect evening for the little ones and the bigger ones to be out and about.

We did wake up to wet ground so rained overnight.

Thank you Mother Nature for holding off so that all the babies, me and Alvin could enjoy Halloween.

We had ….. 102 …… treaters of all ages.

Such great costumes.

Here are a few costumes including mine.

Some from work and some from home.

Staff at the office certainly out did themselves this year.

Every year they get better and better.

I even made some money yesterday giving out thoughts and advice.

How about that.

 

Best group at work was the Strawberry Shortcake gang.

Homemade cupcake by my friend who bakes my birthday cakes.  It was heavenly

How about that chicken?

Such great costumes.

So much fun.

We even took the time to go for a walk after work.

The bus got me home just after 5:15 p.m. last night.

At 5:30 p.m. we were leaving home and there were treaters out and about.

I figured that Alvin needed a walk as did I.

It was early yet.

When we got to Teddy’s house – Alvin beelined for the front steps and there was not reigning him back.

So we rang the door and I only meant to say hi and seconds later my friend handed me supper in a container (which was still hot).

So sweet.

Then all I had to do was open the container and dig in.

It was amazing.

Roast beef and gravy, potatoes, carrots and more.

So so good.

I am so blessed to have such thoughtful friends.

Poor Alvin did not wish to eat his supper when he caught a whiff of mine.

Oh well it all worked out.

 

Alvin loved the kiddies as much as they did him.

He received lots of cuddles and hugs.

Lots of compliments … he did.

 

More thing more and I have to go.

A few years back we rescued a puppy that had got away from his home.

We found his home.

Since that time his Dad and two human brothers drop by on Halloween to say “thank you” and he always says …. “do you remember me?”

I say now “yes, I do.”

So sweet.

They live several blocks away.

 

Have a great first day of November.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who were out and about last night ….

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 31st day of October, 2018.

Happy Halloween and last day of October, 2018.

Woke up to dry ground so that is a good start.

No moisture in the forecast as of last night.

Should be a great night for the treaters.

I, me and Alvin always look forward to the little ones coming around.

So many cute costumes.

Here are a few photos that I was able to locate from past Halloweens.

Some of me, some of the little treaters.

As I look at the photos – man have the children grown.

Well it is time to fly and I am not a witch.

I will make certain that someone takes photos of me with my camera so I have some for future postings.

Happy Halloween and Be safe out there.

 

Special Hello to: all of my friends and family … wishing you all a Happy Halloween.

Always, Carol & Alvin

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

My favourite treaters of all time if only I could have found them in their Halloween costumes that made it to the CTV National Morning Show many years ago.

Missing Penny and Elton.

 

Me ….. WHAT?

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 30th day of October, 2018.

Second last day of the month.

Tomorrow is HALLOWEEN.

Are you ready?

I have my costume and accessories all ready.

In fact, I took my accessories or props, if you will, to work yesterday.

Now I just have to don my costume and I am done.

Simple and done.

Thank you to my friend “G” for lending me one of her costumes.

I am really grateful to my friends.

My friend “N” fixed my kitchen chair better than new.

I had to run over to another friend’s last night to drop off a package to be mailed to a friend in Saskatchewan.

Canada Post offers free shipping on Tuesday to all small business owners who applied for a business discount for specific posting.

While I was at her house, our friend N walked the chair over and it was waiting on my porch when I arrived back home.

I called their house right away and Alvin was barking when he heard his friend outside but no way for him to open the door.

According to his wife, he sat on the chair on the porch for a couple of minutes.

That would have been a cute sight.

I am surrounded by amazing, supportive, funny, good, awesome people that I am blessed to call my friends.

How did I get so lucky?

That is a question for the ages and one that I am at a loss to answer.

Thank you to my friends who I am over the moon grateful to have in my, in our lives.

Both Alvin and I are very lucky.

 

We went for our walk last night and Alvin turned to head home well before the half way point.

Not sure why.

Perhaps it was because when we were closer to home we saw one of our friend’s little guys outside.

He ran over to say hi to me and Alvin.

His Mom was right there and we chatted for a few moments.

They are the family with the big puppy named STELLA.

Stella is doing great and next door is a 4 year old dog named SCOOBY who is the best fit to be her friend.

He is a lively, full of energy doggie as is Miss Stella.

We were out for a walk one day and Scooby’s Dad was dropping him at Stella’s for a playdate.

How cool is that!

Guess that click on KIJIJI was meant to be.

You never know what, when or why.

But live has a way of working out.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

Have a great day.

Take time to take deep breathes and to relax.

Even if for a few moments each day.

A good reminder for us all.

 

Happy Tuesday.

I am excited for tomorrow.

 

Special Hello to: all my friends, a girl is blessed and so is her Alvin.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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