Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! Well I, we are back from our holiday at my daughter and son-in-law’s beach home. We had a great time. I am still thinking about all the fun that we had, especially me. I am not sure if Alvin enjoyed the trip as much as me. Certainly he did not enjoy the car ride to the lake or home. We are in for another hot one today. Very uncharacteristic for August or at least the last few years. I do not know where to start about relaying this vacation. I guess we are caught up to everything that happened at home. My daughter picked up us in the afternoon on Wednesday. I sat in the backseat of their SUV with him hoping that he would settle down but he was panting the whole way. He settled down quite soon after we arrived at their home which was good news. So nice to be in the country. There were fires, smokies and marshmallows, meeting their neighbours, gifts, boat ride, good visits, cake and so much more. I have photos which only some of them downloaded so I will see if I can upload/download them.

Wednesday – when we arrived at the lake it was hot and humid. No surprise there. My son-in-law had to take Aspen to the vet in town about her rash. Poor girl. Seems like she has an allergy to something. So they are trying different foods and the vet is trying to figure out where the problem lies. I think it may be a different kind of grass. She loves to roll in the grass. While Steven and Aspen were gone, we settled in. Had coffee and chatted. My son-in-law fixed a fire once the sun had started to go down as their fire pit area faces west. I was happy to have a smokie followed by marshmallows. My daughter and I had some leftover Mexican fixings from my birthday supper the night before – I had prepared a cooler and packed up the leftovers. We did go for a walk in between. My kids gave me a beautiful card, a plant with white, purple and blue flowers (don’t remember the name off hand but they are individually flowers of each colour) and the most gorgeous king size coral bedspread and a black below the knees nightshirt. Love all of my gifts. I am so blessed to have such thoughtful family and friends.

Later that evening one of their neighbours was out and before you know we were invited over along with others. Nice to have met some of their neighbours. They have a big yard so the pups were allowed to investigate and Alvin was sure loving that. The neighbor’s yard that we were in – gave me a couple of jars of his pickles following a tour of his garden and greenhouse. Impressive. I cannot wait to try them.

We didn’t stay too late but the sun was starting to go down. I had wanted to do some star gazing but the sky was partially cloudy so that was out. It was not super late when we (me and Alvin) turned in. There is something about the fresh country air that just makes you sleepy and refreshed.

Thursday – we were up early as per usual and then went back to bed for a bit until the rest of the household got up. Another hot day. We had coffee and visited. Amanda and I went for a drive in town to get the mail and check out a new shop. I picked up a couple little things including some salt water taffy. There is no salt water out there but I guess it must be a “water” thing. I forgot earlier in the day we had gone for a walk before it got to hot. Thursday was a kick back quiet day which I love. The kids had to give Aspen a bath so that was done outside. She did well. Poor girl. We had another fire followed by cheesecake for dessert. No stars again. Oh, I know that they were out there but hiding behind the clouds. An early night for us.

Friday – We were up earlier than Thursday and went for a walk before the heat set in. My friends Pauline and Al were coming out to the lake with their boat to take me for a “birthday ride.” We try and do things as opposed to buying things that we really do not need. Looks like Mr. Alvin is getting hot upstairs here and as he won’t stay downstairs without me, I am going to continue this post tomorrow and hopefully with photos.

I hope that you are doing great. This has been the best birthday ever. Certainly need coffee. I am grateful to all the people who made me feel like the QUEEN OF THE WORLD. Thank you.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: just has been the birthday that keeps on giving.

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this bright sunny Wednesday morning? Both Alvin and I are well and excited to be spending a few days with Amanda, Steven and the pups at their lake side home. I am so excited to just be away for a few days in the countryside. Breathing in that wonderful lake air. The stars at night are incredible and I cannot wait to see them. I have looked after Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder and will give one last check before I leave. Their Grandpa will be taking over from me. There is a bit of a breeze and that was nice when we went for a short walk this morning. We were a bit late getting out this morning. I have watered all my plants inside and out including Humphrey’s shrubs. I still have to pack and put together things in a cooler so that part has to be last minute but will have to make sure that I do not forget anything.

Birthday. Well it was fantastic. Aunt J brought Teddy and Kobi and a Mexican feast for we, humans. It was so yummy Unfortunately in all of the excitement, I forgot to take photos as I had planned. We had a chicken mixture in crispy tortillas done in a semi dry skillet. OMG, so good. Quesadillas. We had a wide variety of condiments and dishes: quinoa salad, refried beans, avocado, hot sauce, a creamy sauce for which I do not remember the name, fresh limes, my friend Val’s Jalapeno Raspberry jelly which was so delicious, pico de gallo, corn chips and more. Supper was off the charts great. We ended it off with a small piece of my Birthday Cake from Sunday. Perfection. WE have leftovers and I am packing them in the cooler with the “6-5” cake that Val made for me and Alvin’s wet food and pumpkin. So lots to take.

Oh, I need a hat for my boat ride. Better not forget the hat!

Turning back the clock a bit before the food …… Aunt J, our friend Iris and Walter and the pups Teddy and Kobi gave me the biggest bouquet of flowers, so beautiful and a very thoughtful card. My fireplace mantel is covered in birthday cards. I love cards.

This year’s birthday seems to be continuing as there will be more celebrations with my daughter and her family. Also we saw a friend this morning and she has something for me but will see us when we get back. Also another friend popped by last night after Aunt J and the pups left with a gift and card. I am truly spoiled.

So this leaves me to mention that I will be taking a break for a couple of days from posting/writing. I will have photos and stories, I am sure to write upon my return.

Thankfully I took next Monday off so that I have an extra day.

There is a list about 1/2 mile long of things for me to do before my daughter picks us up. I guess next thing to do is to hop into the shower and get ready followed by packing. I want to ensure that I do not overpack. Always fun.

Question: makeup or no makeup for the trip. I have asked my daughter to take photos of me and Alvin, just in case we do not get back out there before winter. I guess we could have them taken at home but why not in the country. Okay, makeup then.

Have a wonderful next couple of days and I will see you on the other side. We will be home on Friday not sure what time so next post will be Saturday.

I am so grateful for the 153 messages via Facebook, two birthday parties, parcel from my dear friend Val, friends dropping by, two bouquets of flowers, thoughtful gifts, a bunch of cards, phone calls, emails, phone texts and more. I am over the moon grateful. Now I get to go and spend some time with my daughter and son-in-law and grandpups at the lake followed by a boat ride and picnic on Friday with Pauline and her husband Al. I am over the moon grateful.

Time to fly.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: 65 is the bomb, does that still mean good? I hope so. Anyway, 65 is great!

I tried to download last night’s photos to show you but did not work, other photos loaded but not from last night. Not sure why. I will send them on Saturday.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this fine FOGGY here in Edmonton morning? Alvin and I are doing well although he may say something different as he is squeaking by the office door. He is getting pretty used to me jumping every time he makes a sound. My fault not his. There has been some thick fog out there this morning although it has dissipated somewhat already. I am feeling more back to my old self this morning. It is not the end of the world if we do not go with this roofing company. Sometimes if we get a “bad feeling” or experience doubt it is better to just walk away. Both myself and my neighbour had those feelings. It was not just the feelings it was the information as well. Anyway, we are on the search for another roofing company and we will find the one that is right for us. Right credentials, right products, right price. We will secure the best company for the job and for us.

Yesterday we had quite a lot of rain in the afternoon. Alvin and I managed to get a beautiful walk in over my lunch break. We even saw some of our friends over the course of our walk and stopped for a little chat. We made it back home with minutes to spare so not late for work. My flowers are doing great with all of this moisture, I think that they grew overnight. The front flower bed is coming to life and the colours are beautiful. Even my snapdragons are all starting to come up or at least I believe it is them. I love flowers, the colours and the scents.

Life is continuing along. Not much new. Just chugging along. Experiencing life as I should. Trying to keep the positive thoughts flowing and remembering that “thoughts do in fact become things.” I know this to be true.

I have recently changed my thoughts to ones of retirement, being mortgage free and new shingles on my roof. Likely would be a great idea to make a vision board to help me in my new vision.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Almost time to head downstairs, get on that pot of coffee and put on some music. I love to start my day with music now that I can.

Continuing to live each day with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love and gratitude.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

P.S. one of my neighbours spotted a pelican in one of our park “ponds” / “lakes.” I did not think we had them here in Alberta but apparently we do. I cannot wait until I see one.

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning!

What a gorgeous AM it is out there.

The sun is shining, just a snippet of a breeze, blue sky, birds singing and the hum of traffic from the highway not too far away.

We are grateful that a neighbour and friend is coming for a little visit this morning.

She is bringing coffee from Starbucks.

Lucky me.

She wanted to take Alvin for a visit but not sure that this Momma’s boy will go.

If he does great, if not we will just have a visit and coffee break here.

Later we have been invited to our friends for a backyard visit.

They have the most beautiful backyard with a nice swing to relax on and the most lush grass.

We are going there after supper.

Working in between.

Alvin is barking at me for no reason.

I guess he has one but I do not understand it.

So this will be ultra short.

How about some photos to start the weekend.

We plan to relax and perhaps call some family and friends.

Sunny weekend and warm temperatures on the way.

Mr. whiny pants is looking at me and wagging his tail.

Something tells me he wants a TREAT.

Now he is sitting with his back to me.

Now that tells me “he is not happy with me at this moment.”

What a guy?

Yes, what a guy!

 

Happy Friday to you ALL.

May you  share laughter with friends and family.

Perhaps you will go and help an elderly neighbour with some outdoor chores.

Or maybe you will grab a bag and pick up the trash from your park and neighbourhood.

Some urban centres have had to lay off the summer crew and are short staffed so no lawn mowing.

That is the case for our nearby park.

It is classes as a water runoff-drain something or other.

Our bodies of water are man-made.

No mowing for us.

The dandelions and grass are already almost one foot high.

Looks like we are in the countryside.

Oh well.

 

Gotta fly.

Have an awesome day.

 

Living our lives with kindness and respect.

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

My grandpup Milo and in the background baby Kobi, Alvin’s BF’s little sister.

Milo and my other grandpup Miss Aspen

Mr. Alvin before a haircut.

Decorations in background would direct us to “Christmas”

I loved this haircut and wished that I had it again.

This was last summer.

 

 

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning,

Well we are closing the gap on the middle of November, 2019.

In less than 2 weeks it will be one month until Christmas Day.

 

Another year to reflect upon.

I am so excited for 2020.

Not that I am wishing the days away or anything like that but I am looking forward to the New Year.

In this moment, Alvin is resting on his blue blanket as I click away on the keyboard.

In this moment, I am awake perhaps not 100% rested but I am awake.

In this moment, I am dressed and ready to set upon this day.

In this moment, I am happy to be writing these words.

In this moment, I am happy to be me.

 

We were so blessed to have a nice walk, our regular walk, last night.

The sidewalks were wet mostly but not icy.

Such a relief.

Yesterday we had plus temperatures here in Edmonton and that is the forecast for today.

We were mostly alone as we walked.

It was dark by the time that I caught the bus home from work, looked after Alvin, changed my clothes and then headed out for our walk.

The sun sets mighty early these days.

Thankfully it was not pitch black out and of course living in the city there are lights.

In places around the lake the street lamps are a bit too far apart for my liking.

I understand why but still ….

Alvin wanted to turn around and go home a few times as we walked in the park in the darkness.

I told him “not to worry and that I would keep him safe.”

Poor boy.

In his older age he is not as brave and fearless as he once was.

Although most days when he hops across the threshold to go in or out; you would never know that he is coming eleven years old in January 2020.

 

Well as the seconds pass here it is becoming closer to our time to go downstairs.

Finish the last minute items.

Grabbing my lunch.

Going outside with Alvin and picking up any little bundles he left out there for me.

Then donning the boots, the coat, scarf and mitts.

So grateful that the weather is staying warm.

Grateful for the little layer of crusty snow covering the ice.

 

Be careful out there.

Happy Wednesday.

 

If we spread kindness with respect all day long ….. the world will be a better place.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Somedays you just have to reshare “cuteness.”

Guaranteed to bring a Smile to your face 

  and Joy to your heart.

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

What a beautiful Friday morning.

The sun is shining and there is a cool breeze.

Catching the bus to work today so the walk to the bus will be glorious.

 

Quick story.

Last night after work Alvin and I joined our friend for a walk.

We chatted as we walked along.

When we reached the larger pond/lake to the north of us; we spotted on the path, the flock of geese from our ponds.

Yes, they are our geese.

They were just hanging out on the sidewalk and grassy area.

We walked the other direction so as not to disturb them.

They did not move as single persons walked by them.

No hissing or any movement, really.

Surprised that they are so “tame” but not really.

Not really a good thing for a wild creature.

 

We chatted as we walked.

Alvin did the sniffing.

As we walked along and looked back over the pond/lake we saw that they had gone to the water.

The large gaggle of geese were swimming at the far end.

 

On our way home on the pathway just down from where we originally saw the flock … we spotted one lone young one.

Definitely got separated from his family.

We carefully and quietly walked closer.

We watched and kind of herded him to safety.

Which meant down the sidewalk and across a busy street to OUR pond/park.

We did not wish that he would get scared and accidently walk onto the busy street.

My friend was on one side and we on the other.

Alvin was so good.

No barking or anything.

We stopped traffic to cross the street.

Me, Alvin, my friend and a young goose.

What a cute sight.

Only wished that I had my phone with me to take photos.

When we were across the street and we were parting ways.

I heard a noise and looked back to see the flock coming down the busy street.

They had cars stopped all over the place.

I could tell people were anxious.

Also by that time a woman and two small dogs came along going to cross there and we asked that she wait.

So patiently everyone waited …

When the geese got to the next street to cross …. Alvin and I blocked off the street on one side so that they would cross.

That way if anyone came … they would STOP.

I am happy to say that ALL the geese got home safely.

Did you know that they lose their flight feather in the spring/summer and that is why they do not fly.

I guess it is so that they will not fly away on their offspring OR perhaps because they have to eat lots for the journey in the fall.

Anyway it was quite the adventure.

Most fun walk ever.

The young goose …. well he was reunited with his family.

HAPPY ENDING.

Love those stories.

 

Well time to get Mr. Alvin outside …. for one last bathroom trip.

Then will have to take off for the bus.

 

SEE what kindness and respect do ….

Applies to geese as well.

We treated them with kindness and respect.

Happy ending….

 

Happy Friday.

Weekend here we come.

My daughter is giving me a ride home from work.

YAY.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Another smoky day here in Edmonton.

I can only imagine what the air is like closer to the fires.

Yesterday the upper atmosphere was filled with smoke covering the SUN with a veil turning it a red colour.

Throughout the day the smoke slowly fell closer to the ground.

Many folks were saying “it looked like the zombie apocalypse.”

The smell of smoke covering everything it touched.

The smoke making it hard to breathe for those with respiratory issues.

Our thoughts are daily with all of the folks, animals, first responders and firefighters that are right in the middle of it all.

I cannot imagine.

I am grateful that the temperature has come down ….

 

Alvin and I did manage to go for a short walk.

We walked to our friend’s house by the lake.

Stopped in for a short visit.

We missed the previous two nights due to the high temperatures.

 

I guess with all that is going on in the world and at home.

Always gives pause for thought.

But I always remind myself to be present, listen to myself and to others.

 

 

Well we were dilly dallying a bit too long this morning.

Now almost time to leave for work.

Looking forward to the week.

Humphrey is coming for a visit over the weekend.

That will be lovely.

 

If we are all kind to ourselves and to others.

What a wonderful world this would be …..

Keep on Living … One day at a time.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 9th day of April, 2019.

Here we go zipping along in the month of April.

Our weather is very much spring-like.

The birds are beginning to return.

I can imagine it will not be too long before baby birds are chirping in their nests.

The bunnies are still partially white.

Alvin and I had a great long walk last night with our friend P who just returned from Victoria.

They were in Victoria to look after their son’s property.

Bad tenants and all.

The sidewalks by our lakes are almost dry.

So Alvin did not get too wet.

To breathe in that spring air is the best.

We absolutely enjoyed the sunshine as the rays touched our faces.

There was a breeze so it helped with drying out the excess water.

The ice on the lakes has almost melted.

By the end of this week with double digit temperatures the excess and ice should be all but a memory.

Now the ice and snow on our front lawn might take a bit longer.

There is a bit remaining.

 

Well we elected to hit the sofa for some extra time this morning.

Not sure why.

Oh, yes we were up a bit later and then I read for a few minutes.

So hard to go to bed as it stays lighter longer.

 

My friend P was telling me about the voles who are small rodents who have made several tunnels just under the surface of their lawn.

Did you know that they continue to have young ones all year long?

Poor Mommas.

Anyway they have taken over their lawn and one of their neighbours.

They will be difficult to evict.

 

Well it is almost time for me to sign off here.

I hope that you are enjoying spring.

Perhaps just returning from a trip ….

Or a snowbird?

Happy Spring …..

Welcome Home.

Have an awesome Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. we have to chat…..miss you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 4th day of December, 2018.

Yesterday morning before leaving for work I shovelled the deck and the front walks.

Shortly thereafter it stopped.

YAY.

Doing the happy happy dance.

The drive to work was slow yesterday, very very slow.

We had one (I would imagine first snowfall driver) going less than 30 kms per hour.

Being careful is one thing but keeping traffic backed up is another.

The roads were not bad.

Just snow in the hood and any residential streets.

But main streets were pretty good.

Thank you to all the graders who were up and out early in the morning.

 

So great to come home from work and not have to shovel.

That was a blessing in disguise.

We went for a small walk last night as the walks by the lake are not plowed.

We struggled to get through the snow on Sunday on our way to and from Teddy’s house.

I don’t think either of us wanted to do that again.

ARGH….does that mean we are old?

No, just smart.

Exercise is one thing but ploughing through snow is another.

I received my very first Christmas Card yesterday.

I guess I am late.

Mine will be in the mail on Thursday and then hand deliver the others after that……

 

I think that I am beginning after all my years to actually “love” the mornings.

The quiet, stillness of the air.

Just getting ready for work with Alvin by my side.

Stopping to give him a massage a couple of times before I leave.

Picking up the poop.

Isn’t that what life is all about.

We “pick up the poop.”

 

Well words of wisdom and funny stories evade me.

I do hope that everyone is having a great start to their day or perhaps you are ending your day and in that case, I wish you a great sleep.

Happy Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister C and my friend V who are two of my favourite people on the planet.  They make me laugh, make me sing, can make me cry (in a good way) and are full of love and support.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 6th day of November, 2018.

It would seem that winter is now upon us although I did see “0” temperatures in our no too distant future.

So whether or not the snow is permanent for the next few months – time will tell.

Today is a big day ….

Alvin’s BFF Teddy is coming to stay with us until the 18th of November.

The U.S. mid-term elections are today.  That should be interesting.

 

How about favourite things Tuesday?

Food, Nature, Food, Coffee, Flowers, Sweets, Wrapping Gifts, Christmas?

 

 

What are you favourite things?

I hope that you all have an awesome Tuesday.

I am grateful for everything in my life.

Happy Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to:  the best sister on the planet.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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