2021

Good Morning All! How are you? Can you believe that it is August 22nd, 2021? Where has the time gone? Who would have thought almost two years later we would still be living within a pandemic? There have certainly been ups and downs. The incredible range of highs and lows is unimaginable. Some families lost one or more members due to the virus and others lost jobs, homes, reduced hours of work and children not being to physically attend school and for the front lines workers living and working through these times, there are no words but thank you.


On the other end there have been some great things happen as well. People have started new businesses, some direct sales businesses started going online (lives), businesses mainly sales and office type moved their staff to work from home. For some people working from home presented issues as they were doing double duty home schooling their children and perhaps both parents working from home or one not working. So many variables.

For me, the pandemic has been made it possible for me to work remotely at home. I was home when my dog Alvin had a bout of diarrhea a year ago in May 3020. I was home when he had surgery in February 2021 for stones in his bladder and home when he tore the ligament in his right hind knee in July and three weeks later surgery to repair. I don’t know what I would have done had I been working at the office. I know that work from home has been great and the best thing to happen to me and for us. I hope that I can continue to work from home until I retire. Not only am I able to more than adequately perform and complete my job duties, I no longer have 2 1/2 hours or so, commuting to and from work, I’m not paying to get to and from work, and more. I know that utilities are more but overall I have more money which has helped me with the expenses of surgeries and media for Alvin. I think for a lot of us older workers this has been great. I am grateful to be able to work from home.

Remember in the 70’s and 80’s when it was first thought about working from home and in some cases reduced work week.

Maybe the pandemic has taught us some valuable lessons and made us think about what is important.

I am glad that Alvin and I had a walk earlier as it is raining now.

We had a productive Saturday as I decided last minute to clean the garage and make piles of things to go to the garbage/recycle and to be sold. I cleaned out some flower pots and made room in my back floor bed for the sunflower plant that my friend Pauline gave us. Watered flowers. We had fun being outside. Of course some laundry snd walks.

Okay, time to go snd drink my coffee while it is still warm and have some toast. I have a few things on my to do list for today along with some relaxing.

Be safe and kind to yourself and others. Have a wonderful Sunday.

I hope that the fires everywhere are extinguished.

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

Always, from a grateful Carol&Alvin.

Happy to report that Alvin is recovering well. Tomorrow is his third laser therapy session appointment.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Friday? YAY, we made it to another weekend. Alvin and I are well. He slept good so I slept good HOWEVER, since we came back upstairs for me to shower and get dressed, he has been a whiny pants. There is something about the placement of his water dish in our bedroom that now the past couple of days is suddenly freaking him out. He whines and paws and paws and whines when he tries to get a drink. Now if I was not in the shower it would not have been a big deal but of course, he is barking away when I am in the shower. Not just a matter of jumping out and back in. So I try to talk him down “off his ledge” from the shower. Did not work. He barked the whole time that I was in the shower. I sure hope that our neighbours did not hear him or me. Oh, please. Once I was out he stopped and I coaxed him to drink. I moved the dish over a bit but not sure if that will work or not. As the days, months and years pass, I have noticed that he has more anxiety. He used be anxious but that has climbed. I try to retain my patience and manage other than occasionally raising my voice which I know never helps any situation but when it is you are alone in the house except for an anxious dog …. HELP. Perhaps I should have taken him to see someone when he was younger but I did not. Now we just try to get through one day at a time. If anyone thinks that only humans suffer from anxiety – think again. I was thinking how great it has been for him to have me home for the last more than a year but I do not know anymore. I think that Alvin was sent to me to give me more patience. I would say that patience is definitely not a virtue for me. So I will continue to work on it and he will keep testing my patience to see if I am resolved my issues. What can you do?

I do not wish to complain ever as I have a GREAT life. We live in a beautiful home, have lots of good food to eat, I have a job, I am surrounded by loving, supportive, caring family and friends, we have good health, and we are able to walk everyday and I can do some of the things that I love to do such as writing. So I will plod on ….. plod on.

Well speaking of plodding – I had better get this train back on the tracks. One really has nothing to do with the other, lol. Really need that coffee ….

Please have a wonderful Friday. The weekend is just a few hours away …. some time perhaps to do something special for you.

Continuing to live this life with respect, kindness, compassion, PATIENCE, love and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. it may not sound like it but I love the little guy with my whole heart …. just sometimes the barking is not easy to handle. …… but we will get through it …. one moment …. one day at a time.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Thursday morning? Alvin and I are well. We had a good sleep. Aiming for another early morning walk right after I have finished this post. YAY. Two for two as it were, as it is. The sky is overcast but the sun was shining earlier. So grateful for some cool air this morning. Our walk will be divine. I just heard some noise and noticed that Humphrey is out in his backyard enjoying the cool morning air. Life is good. Can you believe that were are in the month of June already? Where does time go? We put the measurements on time. That is a whole other conversation. Always food for thought. I had read something about time and Einstein’s theories. All so interesting.

Earlier when Alvin was outside the air was filled with birds singing. Now I can hear dogs barking. Are they speaking to each other or simply barking to be allowed into the house? Alvin is quiet sitting on his bed in the office with me. He has his own little bed to lay on when he is in this room as the floor is laminate. I suppose it is likely more cool at the moment than the bed but he is okay. He has water on each level and even out on the deck. Lots of dishes to check and keep full. But hydration is just as important for him as it is for me. Most creatures require hydration, in fact I do not know of any off the top of my head that do not require hydration. There may be some but I don’t know. Anyway by in large, we all need hydration. So please remember during the hot summer months when you are outside with your pets, with your children and for yourself to have water. I always carry water with us – mainly for Alvin but if I needed a sip I have it with us. I have recently changed back to my tupperware water bottle that I used to have at the office and I have found that I am drinking more than with my other glass. Bonus for me.

Life is good. I am so grateful that we are able to work from home. I love working from home. Works for both me and Alvin. He needs me to be here for him especially now that he is older and since his surgery. He needs to drink lots of water and he would not do that if I were working from the office. So I am grateful to be at home. Oh, I just felt a wee bit of cool air flutter in through the open window.

Well time to hit the trail. Get some exercise and enjoy the cool morning air before it gets hot.

We wish you a great day. May you be surrounded by love and laughter. May you be in good health and have abundance. Take Care.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I had a slightly difficult time wanting to stay up this morning. Their were plans to be up earlier but ended up just before 8:00 a.m. Are there folks out there who are like me, who would love to be an early morning person but someone cannot bring themselves to get up at let’s say 6:00 a.m.? I manage to get up for work although now that I am at home, I push that time to the latest that I can and still able to fit in our morning routine. I have tried staying up later so that Alvin will sleep past 2:30 a.m. and most times he has been waking up at 4:00 or a bit earlier. Not quite sure what to do. I know that consistency is the key and I guess we have to find out groove, our place. I believe that part of “our problem” is that he will nap in the evening while I am watching television or whatever it is that I am doing unless I am outside working on something and then he is right at my side. I guess I have to spend less time on the sofa and more time doing things. Likely I do spend too much time on the sofa semi watching television and the rest of the time checking things on my smartphone. Here I am falling into the groove that I did not wish to when I first got the phone. On the bright side or upside, it is almost summer. There are many things to do outside so if we are busy and are in bed at/by 10:00 and then could sleep until 6:00 a.m., that would be perfection. 8 hours sleep or close. In a row would be ideal. Not sure how that would work with both Alvin and I be “older” and sometimes a full “bladder” wakes you up. Oh well. Life in the fast lane.

Yesterday I took a vacation day. What a great day I had. We were up fairly early and had a quiet morning. My daughter had a bit of a late start but she was here by noon and that was great. She brought the pressure washer so that I can clean the deck (hopefully) this weekend. Then we were on our way. I brought along a to go mug of freshly brewed coffee for her and I brought water as I had already drank way too much coffee. Always have to think of the bathroom thing. LOL. We decided to drop off her groceries that she had picked up from COSTCO on her way to my house to her house. She also picked up new eyeglasses which looked so good on her and had very “fancy looking” frames. At her house, I said hello to my son-in-law and to my grandpups who were excited to see me. I spent a few minutes giving Miss Aspen a belly rub. Soon we were on our way to a nearby community that was hosting the free cycle and I made an error in my previous post(s). It was Stony Plain that was having the freecycle weekend and June is when Spruce Grove (my daughter’s home) is hosting this event. We drove around and admired homes looking for people who were participating in the freecycle. The first thing we found was what looked like a garden hose and was very soft and flexible and two battery operated garden lights. We also pulled up to this house and we both spotted three vases. One was a dark copper, tall and cylindrical and the other were glass and beautiful. I was in love with the copper one and luck would have it my daughter loved the other two, most especially one that was greens and yellows so pretty. Another person pulled up right behind us but she stayed in the vehicle until we were finished. WE got lucky. We also found a bit later a bunch of medium and small Christmas tins which I love to use either to give baked goods to during the holidays or to wrap a small gift. We stopped at a garage sale and my daughter brought a brass bathroom towel holder stand. It was heavy and well made and worth the $10 that the woman asked for when we asked how much it was? We decided to drop off our finds at her home. At my daughter’s I got to meet the infamous pup LUNA who lives next door, formally met Luna’s parents and gave Miss Aspen more belly rubs along with Luna who kept giving me kisses when I rubbed her back. Mi Mi he would come for attention and then leave. The car was unloaded, a snack was had and bathroom breaks and then we were on the road once again. This time with stops to Canadian TIRE and then a greenhouse/nursery. I was able to pick up several items that I had wanted and a few extra things. It started to rain when we got to the greenhouse. We were standing in line. I said we would only wait 5 minutes or so and then leave as I did not have to buy flowers this time around. Before you know it was raining hard and people were starting to move inside. The young male employee was trying valiantly to keep people outside as it was against health regulations. No one listened. One older woman did not want to stand outside and basically just “pushed” her way into a corner and then when her husband came he just said he was with her. Some people. Most people moved into the entrance way which was frustrating the employee who was trying to keep people outside. Another employee came and told everyone that they could be shut down but no one seemed to care, they just did not want to get wet. We stood at the entrance, as we were third to go into the nursery. Anyway, there was chatter while we were there. Some laughs. No one seemed to remember the order except for me. Then we had a cart it had been sanitized and we were in the greenhouse. So many beautiful flowers and plants. While my daughter went to check out the succulents, I went to the other side. First find was some impatiens plants that were 6/$6.95 so I grabbed a couple of them. That was the last time that I looked at the price. The name of the game was to pick up some flowers and get home to Mr. Alvin. We were already later than I had originally planned. Although he had not been alone for very long as my neighbour had gone over around 3:00 p.m., I did not want to stress him more than necessary. I caught up to my daughter and we went around and picked up flowers that appealed to us. I picked up some many and was really excited. We were both excited as we love to plant flowers. I may need more for my front flower bed but it was a good start. Considering I had not been paying attention to the cost, I came in way under budget. So it goes to show you that if you pick out only the items that you love …. that you may just come in under budget/cost. Happy as a lark, I was. By the time that we got out of the greenhouse, the rain had stopped. We loaded up the car and were on our way to my house. Thankfully it is a short drive and we were home just after 5:30 p.m., so not too late. Mr. Alvin did let me know his feelings on the subject though. I let him out right away followed by his supper. We unloaded the plants and my shopping items and then my daughter was on her way. Once she was out of the garage I moved the flowers/plants into the middle of the floor. We are going to be busy this weekend. Pressure washing the deck and the house, planting flowers, the Fifth Avenue Jewelry lives which we had one last night at 7:30 p.m., laundry (that load I put in a while ago will be long since washed, a walk and some cleaning and whatever else I can squeeze into today and then tomorrow. I had better get this show on the road.

Oh, one more thing. After I fed Mr. Alvin last night I decided we should go for a walk before the rain. The sky held some big dark clouds. We did not get the rain shower that Spruce Grove had while we were flower shopping. We got to the park and Alvin decided that was far enough, I tried to convince him to go further but he would not so we headed home. I remembered as we got closer to the mailboxes that I had not picked up the mail recently and I had heard that the census had been mailed so decided to stop and grab the mail. While we were walking I noticed two woman and a medium size dog on the same side of the sidewalk as we were on and we had to cross to pick up the mail which we did. It was then that we were close enough and one woman had her back to us and I thought that she looked familiar. When we grabbed the mail we were crossing the street but there was a car in between us and when we came around the other side I realized that I in fact knew this woman. Surprise of all surprises, this is my new neighbour. The people that were moving out said a “woman” had bought their duplex and who knew that it would be someone that I knew. How cool is that? Very cool. We chatted for a few minutes. WOW.

I had better get going. Get dressed and get that load of laundry hung up and the next one into the washer. Lots to do this day.

I am excited to try out my new garden hose.

We wish you a wonderful day.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! Today is Friday May 14th, 2021. Yay, it is the weekend for me. My daughter is picking me up this morning and we are going to spend part of the day together. In the town/city where she lives they have this freecycle program every year. Residents place unwanted items on their driveway and if you see something you would like or need you can take it for FREE. A good way to find a new home for items that are gently used that you are no longer using in your home. Let’s face it we all have a great many things that we do not need or use. Sometimes we use a specific item once a year and sometimes it is hard to part with items that may have sentimental value to us. But really we should all try to live a simpler life with less material things. I do make a point of not bringing things into the house unless I know that I am going to use them and love them and that goes for kitchen and house cleaning tools as well. Recently I bought a Bissell Crosswave wet vac and I love it. It does require some work as after every use it needs to be taken apart and cleaned but it is pretty easy so I don’t mind. My family gave me a hand held cleaning steamer for Mother’s Day, as I admired theirs. I am going to watch a YouTube video about all of the uses. I can see it being great for the bathrooms, windows, oven, stove and more. So it will be used starting this weekend. I am also going to go through my belongings room by room and recycle items that I no longer use or need. What a great way to help someone out that might need that item and does not have the money to buy it new. I am looking forward to the time spent with my girl today. I spoke to my neighbour and she will come and check on Mr. Alvin. He is doing so much better between his ears and his bottom end. The probiotics help. Perhaps it is something that he should be on and maybe just maybe it would keep him from having issues again? I am not sure but cannot hurt. I know that humans take probiotics daily so why can’t dogs. Will have to ask the Vet and do some research as well. It was so great to just slowly start the day today. I love vacation days. Right now the sun is shining so brightly and the trees are so green. Even my tree has gone from budding to leaves. I love the colour green. It is my fav colour for sure. Every shade of green.

The weather looks like it will be nice and I hope to get out and pressure wash the decks and the house this weekend. It is a big job. We use the power washer between my house and my daughter’s. This “tool” was given to me and it does come in handy. I have to revisit my garden hose. The hose that I have is extra long and it is made from something other than rubber and is not very flexible. I was watching a show that I tape and they recommend rubber garden hoses. I just would like something light, flexible and that has an end that will easily connect to the house and to the pressure washer. Not asking for much, I think.

So great to see bright blue skies. Nothing better than to start your day with a beautiful sunrise and watching our now full of baby leaves, trees sway gently in a breeze. Life is good. I hear dogs barking in the not too distant distance.

Some of our neighbours are moving away this weekend and others moving in. I cannot believe all of the FOR SALE signs in a small area. Seems like almost everyone is leaving. Do they know something that I do not? I guess the real estate market is crazy right now and interest rates are low. Translating to a good time to buy a bigger home if you require one. I am staying put. I love my house/my home. It is way more than I need but I love that I have this space for us. Sometimes dreams do come true. I had always wanted my very own home with a yard and space for flowers and I have that.

Well it is time to hop into the shower and get freshened up for the day. What to wear? Comfy, I suppose. Maybe a summer dress? or capris? jeans? No idea. I guess whatever is clean and is comfy. The criteria for clothing.

Tonight/this weekend, I am hosting another Fifth Avenue Jewelry party. The last one for awhile. I have so much jewelry and honestly as much as I love wearing jewelry, there is no way on this planet that I can wear/use it all. Fifth Avenue Jewelry is affordable and well made here in Canada, so I have loved supporting my friend and the company. My friend Amber who sells Fifth Avenue Jewelry (FAC) who do online one hour lives starting tonight at 7:30, and then one tomorrow afternoon, one Saturday night and the last one Sunday afternoon. She does Facebook lives showcasing about 40 different pieces each time. So much fun and right from the comfort of one’s home.

Just heard Mr. Alvin groaning which is his way of saying “hurry up.” Better stop writing for now and head to the shower. I wish you all a wonderful Friday. May your day be filled with great joy and laughter. We all need more laughter. I tried that yesterday in a zoom meeting ….. not sure that it went over well but I tried. Everyone just seemed to be so serious and “down.”

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

ALLways, Love Carol & Alvin

Soon these beautiful flowers shall be outside in the sunshine.

2021

Good Morning All! How are you doing this Friday morning? We are well. Third day in a row that we were up and stayed up at 6:30 a.m. – no turning on the snooze button.

FRIDAY THOUGHTS

Up we are,

Listening to the hum,

of cars in the distance.

As I write these words.

Looking around,

this room,

I see hints of my life,

Photos, cards, books, plants, art and stuff.

All things that one would collect over time.

Alvin moans, then whines,

afraid to cross the floor.

Words of encouragement to help him,

cross to the hallway.

Silly boy …. but that’s okay.

Life has always been interesting,

full of surprises and not,

Mostly just the regular everyday.

Living each day as best that I can,

What else is my lot?

I fill my days with work,

happy to be employed,

working from home these days,

So happy about that.

Writing each day makes me happy.

Perhaps one day I will get my ducks,

in a row,

maybe they will fly and soar,

I will get to those heights.

As I put together my words, the writings into a book.

That is my dream.

What is yours?

Does everyone dream of something better?

Of a passion?

Of a different life?

I guess so, we are human,

of that I am certain.

Well as the minutes pass away,

it comes closer to the time,

to start work for the last day this week.

Then my work at home begins,

you know laundry and cleaning.

In between we shall enjoy our walks,

me and Alvin,

our time together.

We do not know how long it will be,

so enjoying each moment, each minute,

each day is important.

Have a wonderful Friday.

Do something that you love?

Something that you love with your whole heart?

Take that chance,

take it now.

We will continue to live each day,

with kindness, respect, compassion

and of course patience,

always working on patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Written this day Friday, March 19, 2021

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? Alvin and I are doing well. I am in the mood for composing a poem just for you. Here goes.

WINTER

The sky blending into the white topped garage roofs fills my sight.

On this weekend morning as I write.

There is no denying it.

Winter is upon us.

From morning until night.

The lawns are covered with snow, the streets and the decks.

No pavement or wood is showing.

Frigid temperatures take away our daily walks.

Stories of cold in years gone by, fill our talks.

When we do creep out of our home to shovel the snow from the sidewalks.

The warmest of coats, boots, mitts and scarves cover our bodies.

Our natural inclination, our feeling is the longing to snuggle on the sofa.

With the heat turned up.

With a toasty warm blanket and sip on a warm beverage, perhaps hot chocolate.

And mindlessly watch a favourite movie.

We don our warmest sweaters, sometimes even “long underwear” beneath our pants.

Thick, warm socks cover our feet.

Our energy level is low.

To get our chores done is slow.

This I know.

Our life is simple during this time.

We do what we need to do.

Usually nothing more.

Except for those who do not seem to be affected.

By these more than deep freezer temperatures.

We call winter in Canada.

Written by CY Lewis, February 6, 2021

Wishing you a great day. No matter the temperature, be safe, take care.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I am sorry I missed writing this blog yesterday but I was “home” sick with a headache. All better today and back to it. I had a pretty decent sleep last night which I think was the problem in the first place. The weather forecast for today is +5-6 degrees celsius for Edmonton and area. So happy for that. We will enjoy our lunchtime walk.

I wrote this the other day and had meant to share and then forgot.

Every day you wake up is an opportunity for change, to be better, to learn more, to take chances, to dream, to fulfill dreams, to LIVE.”

On this Wednesday January 6, 2021 – I am most grateful to be in good health, grateful that Mr. Alvin is in good health, grateful to be employed, grateful to be working for home, grateful to have this beautiful home, grateful to have good food in my belly, grateful for my family and friends and most of all, grateful to be alive.

Today is the 60th Birthday of one of my long time friends in Saskatchewan. Happy Birthday Linda. Alvin and I want to wish you all the best of health, love, laughter, joy and abundance.

This is a big month for Birthdays. I have several friends and family members and Mr. Alvin’s birthday is this month.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

Continue to live your life with kindness, respect and compassion as shall I.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter.

Good Morning All. Last night on November 5th, 2020 we had rain and once the sun went down and the temperature dipped the rain froze making decks, sidewalks and streets icy. I found this out when I went outside to the deck with Alvin before bed. Thankfully I did not fall but it sure was slippery.

I am nervous to check the news to see if there was any change overnight. Likely not as most of the media outlets said it would be later Friday. I can only imagine what the Americans are thinking and feeling at this moment.

Well so happy that today is Friday. I slept in and am rushing about to be ready to start work on time. I had the most unusual dream last night. For some reason I was still living in my apartment back in Regina. A family member had been sick so I had gone to stay with them and while I was gone some other “family” and friends moved into my apartment. I am not sure how long I was away but I remember coming home to my apartment with everything changed. Nothing was the same. In fact, after a short time I realized that they had thrown out all of my personal effects, every photo, every letter, every book, every piece of everything that was once mine. With not thought to ask me. I was livid to say the least. It did not end well for the squatters. Funny because I do remember that two people had permission to stay there while I was gone but there were more than two people upon my return. Food for thought.

I have to run as I need to plug in my coffee as I desperately need it this morning. I will be thinking about this dream for awhile and the possible meaning behind it. Hoping for some more details.

Wishing you the best Friday. Remember, we must continue to live our life with kindness and respect and love. We will have those moments that are less than perfect but we have the power to change those moment, to react in a positive manner. To always do better.

I/We shall remain, As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR

Good Morning All,

Another gorgeous fall day on the way.

The mornings are usually on the cool side but by noon the temperature is warm.

I went for a walk yesterday at noon.

Figuring it was the first walk by myself in close to a decade.

Usually I walk with Alvin or I am walking with someone or to somewhere.

This time totally on my own ….. just enjoying the beautiful fall day.

I saw a few folks that we know and first thing everyone said was “Where’s Alvin?”

He is definitely known and loved.

The leaves on the trees are the most colourful hues of yellow and reds.

Not too many green leaves left at this point.

Despite the many attempts at the wind to blow off the leaves they are hanging on.

There is something about the smell of the air in the fall.

Perhaps my imagination ….. goodness though …..

Even the wild roses at the entrance to our park are still blooming.

I love their fragrance.

 

Last night I had a good sleep …… even though we both get up during the night and Alvin gets up early …. I sleep better with him than without.

My boy, my boy.

I know that he is well cared for and hopefully enjoying his time at his sister’s house.

He is such a homebody …… always takes him a few days to acclimatize to new surroundings.

But on the other hand he does seldom leaves home so it is a big deal when he does.

 

I will say that it takes me a while to get used to the dark mornings.

In the summer it is light at this time …. bright sunshine…..now not.

Although it does look like rain ….

I will start to clean up some of the garden that is starting to go.

Always amazing how long some of the flowers and plants last as the temperatures fall.

 

Oh, last night I was watching “THE MASKED SINGER.”

WOW, I love that show.

Not sure why I haven’t been watching it but it is great.

Okay sometimes I am slow to the table ….. they are starting their 4th Season.

Incredible costumes and talent.

The only downside is all the costumes ….. what happens to all of them.

More items for the landfill.

Okay, perhaps should not go there.

Sometimes hard to think any differently.

 

Well I guess it is starting to get closer to work time.

It always seems to creep up faster every morning.

Likely in my head ….. I know.

 

I hope that wherever you are …. that you are safe and in good health.

Wishing you much kindness and respect.

From here in Alberta, Canada.

Living with kindness and respect,

I/We shall remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

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