Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! What a beautiful morning it is! The sun is shining, the sky is blue and there is a slight breeze. We will be hitting the trail shortly for our morning walk before the heat of the day sets in. Today is also my first day back to work after six days of vacation. Although I wished that I had a few more days of vacation – it has felt like I had time off.

I was thinking what shall I write about this morning and I was thinking “what’s it like to be sixty-five years old.”

Well to be honest – not much different than 64 or 63.

I am excited to have a much cheaper eye exam fee come December.

I am happy that I can apply for Senior’s Benefits.

I am happy that I am in good health.

I think that 65 has given me more confidence.

I feel more free.

I think 65 is the beginning of the next chapters of my life.

I think 65 shows you the way.

I know that as we age we need to exercise our minds and our bodies more.

Wow, I still cannot believe that I am 65 years old.

To my friend Val who celebrates her birthday today, Happy Birthday my friend.

To my great nephew Azlin, I apologize for missing your birthday on the 14th.

To all those folks who celebrate a birthday this week.

Happy Birthday.

Time to hit the dusty trail.

Have an awesome day.

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

To the next 65 years!!

Always, Carol & Alvin

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! I hope this post finds you doing very well. Today is Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Happy Birthday to a long time friend of mine, Lisa. We hope that you are having a wonderful day.

The sunrise is beautiful and the sky is a most pretty blue. The kind of blue that you love to look at. I can see oranges and pinks with a slight mix of blue and purple in the sunrise as the sun slowly rises in the morning sky. We are so blessed to see this beauty. I am most grateful for these mornings.

There is a bit of a breeze but not gale force as it was yesterday. Nothing like eating your hair as you are out for a walk with your favorite pup.

Everyday I hear more and more birds as they return to start building and laying their eggs. The geese are returning. The bunnies are turning brown. All sure signs of spring. Also big news, most of the snow and ice from our little grassy area as melted. I was able to chip a good portion away from the edge of the deck as Mr. Alvin likes to jump down and I was so worried about him doing this. For some reason he is not into taking the steps. The edge of the deck is not high as this is the middle section and I can even step up and down (which is something for me). Little bit higher than steps. Anyway. Even though it was windy we did get out for a couple of walks yesterday. I can feel any stress or anxiety melt away as I walk along the sidewalks in our neighborhood with my Alvin.

My life is really good. Oh and I have more good news. I seem to be almost back to normal after my backward tumble in the backyard on Sunday. Also I have been using the ice pick as a walking stick whenever I go into the grassy area so that I do not slip or lose my balance. Works perfectly. I also make sure that I hold the railing when I take the stairs. Always good to do. They are there for a reason.

Oh, the sunbeams are resting gently on the trees and the houses that I an see. Looks so pretty.

On Friday, it is forecasted to be +20 degrees celsius here in Edmonton. I believe that will be flip flop weather and no sweater weather. Cannot wait. Makes our walks so perfect. I am going to start carrying water with us for the boy to drink.

Well it is almost time to start work for another day. As a friend once said “one more day closer to retirement.” Which is true. I am excited as I am taking some vacation days starting next Wednesday. Really looking forward to this time off. I go back to “work” on the 21st, which is the following Thursday. Working Monday and Tuesday of next week and then Thursday and Friday the following week. Easter falls in there as well so Good Friday and Easter Monday are vacation days for us.

I hope that you have a wonderful day. Maybe even be able to get out for a nice walk.

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! Trust you are all well. Alvin and I are doing well. The sun is rising and the skyline is absolutely gorgeous. Pinks and oranges. It sure seems like spring is in the air.

Today is the 65th Birthday of my friend Terry from back home. Happy Birthday my friend. Wishing you a great day and many more happy, wonderful healthy days ahead.

Also today is a special day to all those people with Irish Heritage. I am one of them. This goes out to my sister do you remember the Irish Concerts at Corning Hall when we were little girls. I love our blouses and skirts and dancing. A great memory. I have always loved a good jig. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Well my second day at the office yesterday went okay. It was good to see some of my coworkers but I will say that I got stuffed up/congested being in the office. Dry air and paper. Of course, I was working with a lot of paper so that did not help. Otherwise it was okay but not as good as working from home.

I had a hard time stop hitting the snooze button so definitely need that good cup of coffee this morning.

This is going to be really short, I am sorry.

Celebrate with your Irish Family and Friends!

Remember when Irish Eyes are Smiling – Sure, they steal your heart away!

Have an awesome day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Are you wearing something green today?

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Both Alvin and I are well. I can not believe yesterday. I had one of those headaches on the weekend that just throbbed but not all of the time, it got worse Monday night/Tuesday morning so I texted my Manager to advise her that I would not be “in” but little did I know that she was not in either. Anyway, I took some painkillers and voile around 9:00, I felt so much better. I decided that I would go to work and if it got worse, I would just stop. Ended up I stayed. At noon, I had the most refreshing shower ever. Changed clothes and finished my lunch break and then back to work. I guess it was meant to be as in the afternoon I was returning phone calls and I had a phone conversation with a client that was truly a light bulb moment. One of those conversations that is a reminder about life. Anyway, she helped me as much as I hope that I helped her. Win/win. She was the last call of the day and I ended up not being finished work till close to 4:30 (end date 4:00). Alvin and I had a good night.

This day being the 23rd day of February is my sister Cindy’s birthday and a good friend Diana’s birthday and another good friend Arlene’s birthday. What a day. So many beautiful women celebrating today. Wishing them all a wonderful day filled with love, laughter and joy. Happy Birthday dear ladies. Happy Birthday.

The sun is rising earlier in the morning now. It was starting to rise just after 7:00 , I think. So pretty in pale oranges rising to the most exquisite powder blue. There is a little bit of the moon still visible. What a great day.

We are getting closer to spring. The next 10 days or so are supposed to be mild for February in Edmonton so that is great. Perhaps Alvin and I will be able to get out and walk. Maybe, just maybe we will be able to get rid of that ice and the chunks of snow and ice that are forming the windrow will melt and be gone for this year. One can only hope. Positive thoughts.

I can smell my coffee waiting patiently for me to take the first drink.

Today is a great day.

For all of you who celebrated a birthday yesterday – how cool was that.

Time to head out. Well actually over to the next chair to my workstation. Have a wonderful day. If you have a safe place to walk – take the time as there is nothing like a fresh air to clear the cobwebs and give you a new perspective on life. It is true.

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! I hope that this finds you well and safe and warm. Alvin and I are well. I am a bit concerned with him as a couple of times he has yelped and I think his left front paw may be bothering him. Will have to look at it more closely in the daylight. I hope that he is okay. Putting out good thoughts to the Universe for him AND me.

Today is the birthday of a close friend of ours, Wishing you a Happy Happy Birthday Signe. I hope that this next year brings you great joy, good health, abundance and laughter. We all need to laugh. For sure.

It is another brisk day. I kind of like that word. BRISK. In other words it is cold out there. We have cold temperatures in the forecast for a few days and warming up on the weekend. What a winter we have had thus far. Up and down, down and up. Feeling like a human yo yo. I guess that is our new norm.

I do not have a lot to say this morning, so this will be short.

I hope that you are doing well. That you have times during your day to laugh and to relax, to be still with just you. Happy Tuesday. Today is February 1st, 2022. How did that happen? WOW.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. forgot that my daughter and grandpups did not make it into the city due to weather conditions so they had to reschedule the pups vet appointment. My daughter might stop by here after work today. That would be great.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Well this certainly has been the week of important BIRTHDAYS. Angel Betty White’s 100th Birthday on Monday and today Earth Angel Alvin Charlie Lewis celebrates his 13th Birthday. Thirteen years since our family adopted this beautiful boy with all the quirks and “social-bility.”

It was not so much that first night or even that first month but he did not have a very good first few months/year so he deserved much love and attention and that is what he received. I have apologized to him countless times as that first month was just as much filled with anxiety for him as it was for me. But we got through it and we are best buds. No one in my entire life has ever been this attached to me. He always wants to be wherever I am. He is my friend, companion and partner in “crime.” We both love to walk and cannot wait for this weather to change so that we can get back out there. I love to look at nature and he likes to sniff at nature. Perfect partner!

I am so grateful that you recovered stronger than ever from both the surgeries within six months last year. It was a scary time but you did it, we did it with the love of family and friends. Good energy prevailed.

So to my boy, my guy, I raise my coffee mug and WISH you, Alvin Charlie Lewis the most Happy Birthday and I hope that we have many more happy healthy years together.

We are having the best life. Instead of a birthday party this year, if you would like to make a donation to your local Humane Society or Shelter or Society in Alvin’s name, we would appreciate it so much. Thirteen years ago today I adopted you from the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society.

Happy Birthday Alvin.

Much Love Your Mom!

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Welcome to Monday, January 17, 2022. Today is a special day and a very special post.

Today marks the 100th Birthday of comedic television and movie legend “Miss Betty White.” Her career spanned eight decades. I loved her for many reasons. She made me laugh, she made us all laugh. She was kind to animals and helped them in any way that she could. She was Betty, just herself. Betty White was a great human being. The world mourns Betty today.

I loved watching Betty in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland, The Proposal, hearing her voice in The Lorax and Toy Story 4 and so many more. Her credits would fill many pages.

I am so grateful that she shared herself with us all by making us laugh and for showing everyone that animals matter. The television and big screen will not be the same without her.

She showed us all that age is just a number and it is the mindset that really counts. Betty showed us all that no matter your age – if you love doing something – you could do it forever.

Oh, how I loved that sharp wit, her impeccable timing. She truly was a force.

I had so wished that she would have reached 100 years and beyond.

I wished that she would have lived forever.

Happy Birthday Betty.

We miss you, I miss you.

Every time I use my special Betty White coffee mug – I shall think of you, Betty.

I hope that she touched you with her love of animals and that perhaps you will take the time to donate some money or volunteer in a shelter or adopt an animal that needs a good home.HAPPY HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY TO OUR ANGEL BETTY WHITE!

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Well it is raining here in Edmonton, I could see my breath when I opened the back door. The sidewalks are sheer ice. Even Alvin does not want to go outside, I will have to go out with him. He went out at 4:00 a.m. but not since. Take care out there.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Happy Birthday to Ashley. I hope that you have a great day. Today is also the first day of FALL or AUTUMN. My favourite season of all. Although I do love them all. I am so grateful that here in Alberta, Canada we still enjoy four different seasons with winter being the longest of them.

Quick update about the ongoing saga and me and Mr. Alvin. Well I won’t say that he is loving sleeping upstairs because I am not convinced at this point that he is. I do think that he actually likes sleeping on the main floor more. Not a big fan of being carried up and down the stairs. I guess things in our bedroom look different from before with the addition of some pieces of furniture from my daughter and son-in-law and the “sofa spot” that I made up of cushions/his dog bed in case he jumps from the corner of the bed. We went to bed at 9:30 ish, he was up about 12:30 so I took him outside and then back upstairs. He was up again at 3:00 and we came downstairs and settled on the sofa until almost 6:00 a.m. So the in between times seem to be getting longer. If he would just say settled/sleeping from the time that we went to bed until even 3:00, I would be a happy Momma. As I was reiterating to a friend yesterday he never used to sleep through the night anyway so for him to sleep from bedtime until 3-4 would feel like a good night sleep. Not sure what to do tonight. Last night when he was up, he was panting and when he is panting he is super anxious (as he was not hot) so I do not like him to be in that state so of course, we were up and outside. The only thing is he is heavy at 30 pounds to lug up and down the stairs at anytime but most especially in the middle of the night. Oh well, every night is a new opportunity, a chance for things to be better. I just have to keep positive thoughts and see a better outcome.

Yesterday was a good day. I accomplished lots at my job (working from home). We have been going for walks at my lunch break from work and after I am finished work. Last night after work, we got ready and were outside when our neighbour in the other half of the duplex arrived home. We hadn’t seen each other for a bit so we stopped for her to give Alvin some love & attention and to catch up. Then we were on our way to the park. When we got to the park, Alvin was so happy sniffing that I thought let’s go and see our friend Pauline. The extra walk would be good for both of us. It is not that much further beyond the entrance to the park to her house which backs onto the park. We love her and they have the best backyard. I realized as we were walking that it has been months since we have walked in the park. We missed the whole summer. Alvin happily sniffed each and every blade of grass along the way. I took in each and every leaf on the trees which are slowly beginning to change colour and any bird chirping and everything in the park along the way. I, we were in our happy place. Definitely this was something that we both needed badly. An escape from the routine and back to some semblance of our old life which seems like years ago now. When we got to her house, we did not find her in the backyard but I noticed the kitchen window open so I called up with hopes she would hear me and not loud enough to disturb any neighbours. A couple of minutes later, I heard a little voice say “Oh’s it’s Carol” and then come down the stairs to the backyard calling us to come in ….. We were both so excited to see her as we have not been to her back yard since June, 2021. I missed seeing all of her beautiful flowers. Thankfully over the summer we have seen each other when she has come to our house. This was the best medicine for us. I desperately needed that for my mental well being. A piece of what we had not that long ago. Pauline checked the gate at the top of the yard to ensure it was closed so that Alvin could come off his leash and run around the yard. His favourite thing to do. She invited us to stay for a visit. We were all so happy for this time together. We chatted and chatted. Looked at flowers. Her husband popped in to say hello and then said better let you girls visit. He is a wonderful guy. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends. Oh, almost forgot to mention that Georgie, Pauline’s grandpup, a wee little dog was there visiting so he joined us as well. He spent a great deal of time on my lap. No photos of this time as I did not have my phone with me but perhaps that is a good thing as I have my memories locked in to remind me that life is good.

On our way home we bumped into another neighbor and her pup. We hadn’t seen them for a bit so we stopped and chatted making a plan to get together soon.

When we got home it was 6:30 – two hours past the time we left for our walk. A long time past Alvin’s suppertime so I fed him right away and as I got his food out of the fridge, he then realized he was hungry. What a guy.

Well time to go and put on the coffee. I love using my computer instead of the phone. Much easier.

I hope that you have a great first day of FALL. Enjoy the colours and the changes in temperatures and smells. Our tree is a lovely mix of gold and green now.

Thank you for continuing to read my blog, I so appreciate your time.

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

Always, Carol & Al

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this morning? We are doing well. Up in good time for my late shift start for work today. There is a bit of a breeze coming in through the windows but not much. The plan is to have a quick shower after I write this post and go for a nice morning walk before the heat of the day sets in. My “lunch break” due to the late start is not until 3:00 p.m. which will be near the high for today. I love morning walks. There is something about the air, fresh and calm. Perhaps the goslings will be out in sight with their parents. They grow so quickly.

Happy Happy Birthday to my friend Gillian ….. wishing you the most wonderful day. May you be surrounded with love, laughter, great joy, good health and abundance. Happy Birthday my friend.

I cannot remember if I mentioned this to you or not but I noticed on the weekend that NETFLIX has in its’ new releases “SAHARA.” One of my most favourite movies of all time. It stars, Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn (love him), Penelope Cruz, Rainn Wilson, William H Macy, Delroy Lindo, Lennie James and Lambert Wilson. The story follows a treasure hunter who partners with a WHO doctor to find a lost Civil War Ironclad Warship in the Sahara Desert with lots of turns and twists. Great Movie. Little bit of everything. I watched it twice over the weekend.

Today Canada Roofers come out to give us our quote. I cannot wait until the shingles are replaced and will be relieved. Especially with summer coming and the possibility of rain storms. We will remain safe and dry with our rubber shingles.

We had a somewhat quite day yesterday. I looked after Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder, went to COSTCO in the morning with one of my girl friends, gave Mr. Alvin a haircut and bath not long after I returned home from COSTCO, did a load of laundry, had supper and we went for a nice walk after supper. My neighbour came home from her weekend getaway to Jasper with her boyfriend. They mowed the grass out front and it looks great. Best it has looked in many years. I guess the fertilizer helped/worked. They sprayed for weeds as well. Trying to get the unruly weeds begone. Watered the flowers as well last night and they continue to look beautiful and my pepper plant is growing.

I can hear the birds singing in the distance. Quiet except for the birds.

The sky appears to be overcast a bit to the south.

Time to hit the shower and get out for our walk. If it is hot at my lunch break at 3 p.m. we cannot walk. Better to get out now.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Continuing to live this life with as much kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love and gratitude as is possible.

I am blessed and I know that ….. with good health, amazing family and friends, a beautiful home, to be employed, and for a great companion Alvin. Each day I am filled with gratitude for my life, it is a good one.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

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