2021

Good Morning All! How are you? I’m okay and Alvin is recovering. Body wise faster than mind. We slept on the main floor last night as I am realizing that carrying him upstairs isn’t great for either of us. I had to carry him not over my shoulder but upright against me and likely not the most comfortable way to be carried for a dog. Is there a comfortable way, I don’t know. Somewhere along the line I think I sprained the muscles or pulled something in the top of my foot, likely from carrying Alvin. He is not a light fireball. So there’s that. Oh well, we shall get through this at some point.

We went for our first little walk a few minutes ago and the wind is cool and strong. Some of the leaves are blowing off the trees. It is funny that the leaves on my tree are similar to the ones on the front door wreath. I was wondering at first.

oh, by the way, I think it works better if we sleep on the main floor, Alvin on his bed and me kn the sofa. I did get 4.5 hours in one stretch.

I also wanted to mention back to my birthday. I had the best visit with my cousin Lorette and her husband Wayne. I loved her goat story and maybe one day I will pass the story on as it still makes me smile. Honestly I need to smile and it is tough at the moment. But as with anything time will pass and hopefully all will be good again.

Man, that wind is strong.

Last night I gave the remaining birthday cake of which I had three. I had eaten so much and it was telling me to share and I did. Cake all gone. I am grateful to everyone who made my 64th Birthday extra special.

Well I need coffee snd it is ready. The aroma divine. Besides I did not retire overnight but that would have been sweet.

Have a great day.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience (working on this one most of all), understanding, love and gratitude.

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! I hope this finds you well. We or rather Alvin slept from 930 last night until 500 this morning. For some reason I did not fall asleep until much later. Having the fans running makes me stuffy so I was finding it a bit difficult to breathe comfortably. I did get up and turn one of the three fans off. I was cool and had a blanket on but Mr. Alvin with his fur coat needs to have it cooler. Anyway, I am so happy that he slept so well. His next rounds of meds is at 545 so I figured as I did yesterday- write this post and then give him his meds. We can lay down for a bit after that. Such as my life.

Yesterday we had a walk about 830 in the morning which was great. He did well. About 230 we went again and although in the beginning he did well, on the second half I realized that perhaps it was too warm. Note to self. There was a breeze so initially it didn’t feel as warm as the reported temperature. I massaged his leg once we got home.

Our day to day will change dramatically once I go back to work but gratefully I am working from home.

Tomorrow the staples come out and I can finally breathe again. I will admit that they do freak me out. Also I am still debating as keeping upstairs again if only I can come up with a solution to keep him from jumping off the bed.

I dream of our life before this incident and wish it were back. Somedays it just seems so complicated. I want to go up and down the stairs when I wish. I want Alvin to follow me as I water the flowers on the deck. I want him to go upstairs at night with me to bed. I want a lot of things, I guess. If I’m listing wants, no mortgage would be awesome as well. We will carry on each day making progress and changing our old ways to new ways. They may not be perfect but I guess what is. Each day we make progress.

The sun is beginning to rise as it becomes light outside. A new day dawns.

Are you watching the Olympics from Tokyo? Those poor athletes that have their events outside in such humid hot temperatures. They are amazing.

Just about time for Alvin’s meds and then we shall lie down for a bit more sleep.
Perhaps tonight will be the night that we both sleep well.

Alvin just tried to be a lap puppy’s and realized that would not work.

Have a great Wednesday.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you? We are great. There is great cause for celebration in my house. Actually I have been smiling and doing a little jig since 5:25 p.m. last night. I was just about to throw in my eggs with broccoli and tomatoes into a pan to be cooked when the phone rang. I removed the pan from the burner and turned it off quickly before reaching for my phone which was not far away. The caller was GUARDIAN (hospital where Alvin had his surgery). My heart felt like it did a small jump or perhaps it was me temporarily not breathing, as I answered the call. The caller identified himself as Alvin’s surgeon (said his name) and we chatted for a minute or so about his recovery before he explained the purpose for his phone call. He said that the results were all back from Alvin’s tests and were earlier than first expected. As I started to write down the most important things, I asked him to repeat something and he said don’t worry I am emailing you the reports and they will go to Alvin’s Doctor as well. First thing he said was no cancer anywhere, no Cushing disease, nothing bacterial and of course, he used different terminology and I sometimes had to ask him to explain in non-medical terms. At the end of it all of the tests which included testing the lining of his bladder, biopsy of his liver and of the stones from his bladder – everything came back negative. He said he of course is starting to show signs of aging but he is 12 and that is natural. The only change for Mr.Alvin is his diet. He will go on an Urinary Diet SO, I believe he called it. Diet I can handle. I told the Dr. S. that I had not given him any human food, none of his favorite treats like bananas and blueberry and carrots. I asked him if the fruits and vegetables that I gave him would hurt him in the future and he thought not. He also said to discuss his diet with his Doctor which I will be doing later this morning, in fact in two hours when his stitches come out. We had a nice chat. He also mentioned that he will need to keep his water intake around the two cups of water each day. That helps to keep the stones from forming. I am glad that I asked him how much water he should be drinking. I measured his water dishes and could tell that he drinks at least that much and perhaps a bit more each day. YAY, Mr. Alvin. At the end of our conversation I thanked him and the team profusely for the care and support that they have given to us. He said if I ever had any questions to email him. I have his email. How nice is that! Cannot say enough about GUARDIAN Emergency Animal Hospital. They are simply the best. Oh, I also asked about the dental chews that he has now in the pantry …. we went over the name etc. and he said that he could have one. Alvin had gotten so excited when I pulled his container out of the pantry so I was happy to comply.

We are also celebrating the 41st birthday of my beautiful daughter and Alvin’s beloved sister, Amanda. She is coming to pick us up and drive us to his stitch removal appointment this morning. Then she is going to pick up some groceries for me including the items that I need to make her “fruit pizza” birthday “cake.” A bit later she will go home so that she can get her family ready and then return here for a birthday celebration. A celebration of life, really. This day holds extra meaning today. A day filled with so many blessings and much gratitude. I have much to be grateful for and I know it. I feel it and I own it.

Happy Birthday to my darling daughter who is the most compassionate, kind, respectful, patient, funny, intelligent, creative, tech savvy, wonderful, thoughtful, gentle, loving of course, girl – woman. She will always be my little girl.

I cannot wait to celebrate later today.

I do know and believe with all my being that “Thoughts do become Things.” Alvin’s results were proof of that. I just kept thinking to myself ….. he will be in great health and only have to change his diet and he was.

Well time to go and have a shower, then breakfast and coffee and before long we will be at the Vet getting Alvin’s stitches removed. Tomorrow is supposed to be +10 degrees celsius and we will be going for a nice walk. Both of us have cabin fever ….. a need for fresh air and time with nature.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time.

Hello, well we are looking forward to a daytime high of 20 degrees celsius.

YAY, that will be wonderful.

It felt good when we were outside about 5:00 a.m. this morning.

The boy is on the mend.

Slowly adding his regular hard food back into the chicken, rice and soft food.

It is quite the thing to figure out each and every day.

But I am so grateful that he is feeling better.

 

Yesterday morning Mr. Humphrey jumped up onto the corner post and top of his deck so that he could say hello to me.

He was having a whole conversation with me and Alvin.

I only wished that I could understand what he was saying.

Even after work he jumped up to say hello.

So last night, nothing says “feeling better” than hanging with one of your besties, right!

I could take photos of the boys all day long.

 

 

Humphrey on one side last photo on above row and Alvin on the blue blanket beside me.

Humphrey was not licking his paw he was actually sleeping.

Such cuteness …..

I am so happy that life is almost back to “normal” and sometimes we do not realize just how wonderful that “crazy normal” is until it is not.

So grateful to all our friends and family for their love and support and GREAT IDEAS.

I would not have made it through this past almost two weeks without you ALL, thank you.

 

Well time to take the boy outside one last time before I leave for work.

Yesterday my ride arrived while we were outside.

Then panic … running through the house …. changing shoes …. grabbing ID…… grabbing keys ….

 

Happy Thursday.

With kindness and respect we shall mend the madness.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 30th day of March, 2018.

Today is “Good Friday.”

Here in Edmonton the snow is lightly falling to the ground.

It is just after 10:30 a.m. and I can see in the near future – some shovelling for me.

 

Update on Mr. Alvin.

His ears are healing nicely.

We went yesterday for a follow-up and went well.

He will be going again next week to ensure that the final treatment did the work, and his ear has healed.

 

We are preparing for company tomorrow.

Master Teddy will arrive tomorrow morning for a sleepover.

The afternoon will bring my daughter and her family for a visit and supper.

Looking forward to our company.

 

So today is laundry, cleaning and SHOVELLING.

 

I hope that wherever you are that you are safe and happy.

Drive carefully.

Be good to each other.

As always treat every living creature you encounter with respect.

We share this world.

Also to note “the living creatures” includes our environment.

Our environment … the trees ….. the plants ….. the water…. the air …… insects ……

We need it all.

If we work together this planet could last us indefinitely.

Be selfless not selfish.

 

Have a great day.

Remember to play and enjoy.

With respect.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 10th day of December, 2014.

One day closer to Christmas ….. only 14 actual sleeps until Christmas Eve Day.

How did that happen?

We are experiencing such wonderful spring like weather here in Edmonton.

I do know what that can bring but we are grateful all the same to have some warmer temperatures this time of year.

Plus is always better than minus.

Well at least always in temperatures and school grades.

I always try to have a sense of humour in everything that I do ….

Sometimes people do not necessarily understand it but I do.

This is the time of year that we begin reflecting on the year gone by.

I always think wow did all of that really happen.

Most years I could write a book on my life, perhaps I should.

There were babies born, people passing, people getting ill, people getting better, changes at both my jobs, reconnecting with old friends, coffee dates, our first wedding jewellery made, and so much more.

Perhaps that does not really sound too exciting but when you have the details involved and lived it – trust me it was.

I am so grateful to live my life and know that it just keeps getting better and better.

There are moments of clarity and moments of fog.

But there are moments.

Moments to live and to live those moments is the most precious gift of all.

So on this Wednesday I am grateful for my life.

Every morning I write in my journal of the previous day’s events, my thoughts on said events and write down the first ten things I am grateful for at that moment and then give thanks for healing family and friends.

It is a great way to begin the day.

Well time to go to work.

Have a great one.

Remember there will always be moments of clarity and ones that are foggy.

Things are not always crystal clear and that is okay.

Special Hello to: my nephew in the hospital who everyday gets better and better.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 26th day of June, 2014.

A bright and sunny breezy morning here in Edmonton.

Alvin is wondering what is going on as I have been at home for the past few days and now out of the blue I am back to the regular routine.

He will have a surprise a bit later as his sister told me she was going to come and pick him up.

She is on vacation this week.

Well, I am so happy to be feeling much better …… my mouth is healing properly.

I am going for a checkup with the dentist tomorrow ( I have a bunch of old fillings that likely will need to be replaced ).

I wished that dental work was less expensive …… even with benefits we still have to pay.

But I am very grateful to have benefits and a dentist nearby.

So on this Thursday I am just grateful to be feeling great ….

Alvin and I went for a walk yesterday with my daughter and her puppies so nice to get out and get some fresh air.

The roses line the walks with blooms so heavy they nearly reach the ground.

The fragrances so magnificent there are no words.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Well time to get downstairs as my ride will be here soon (catching one with a neighbour).

I hope that you all have an awesome Thursday.

Enjoy Mother Nature whenever and wherever possible.

Thank you.

Special Hello to: Nature lovers ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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