Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 8th day of February, 2019.

The sun is rising and is bright in the late early morning sky.

The sky is clear and blue.

We are in for another cold day.

 

Well Mr. Alvin had his surgery yesterday.

The growth on his eye was benign, which was such a massive relief.

His teeth were cleaned and polished needing NO extractions.

We were happy about that.

This is the second year in a row.

He had his vaccinations, nails trimmed and the anal gland checked (we call it the bum squeeze).

I received a call from the Vet Clinic about 12:45 p.m. that his surgery was over, gave me the above details and that he was just starting to come out of the sedative.

We negotiated the time he was to come home.

Said okay for 2:30 p.m.

I called my ride right away and then waited for the time to arrive.

It seemed like forever.

I just wanted my boy back home.

When 2:30 p.m. did roll around and my ride picked me up, I was ready.

Upon arriving at the clinic, first off, I gave them a “thank you” card from us.

Then one of the staff went over the post surgery care, the bill (which was $200 under the low side of the estimate).

I was also given some pain meds for him, one per day for the next seven.

I was very happy.

Finally one of the staff went to get Alvin …. it was like seeming someone after being apart for many years.

We ran to each other.

I will admit that he was perhaps a bit wobbly.

He had one of those dreaded CONES around his neck.

My heart fell on the floor for him.

We were both relieved to see each other.

Finally as it had seemed forever.

I had brought his winter coat and harness so we had to remove the cone before putting his things on.

Just in case he needed to pee when we got outside.

Didn’t have to go so into the car with my friend.

It was awkward with the cone but we managed.

When we got home I realized that the cone would have to come off in order to get his coat and harness off of him.

First things first, some water.  He had a good drink or two.

Cone on and cone off as we figured things out.

He had some food and gobbled it down with no ill effects.

He definitely was hungry.

He laid down beside me on the sofa.

I figured if I would keep an eagle eye on him …. the cone would stay off.

Even the post-surgery care stated it only had to be on when unsupervised and at bedtime.

I was not looking forward to that….

My daughter and son-in-law had stopped at COSTCO and picked us up a few things.

Stopping in for a few minutes before heading home to their babies.

For the evening as we shared the sofa …. the cone stayed off.

When we went to bed …. I placed it on.

He made some heavy sighs that meant he was not comfortable.

Finally he seemed to settle in only that did not last.

I ended up removing the cone and placing my hand on his paw to keep him from placing his paw on or near his eye.

Even in sleep.

Now that worked for awhile before I had to move.

I placed the cone back on in the middle of the night.

He moved about and finally did lay down on sheet that I had folded up for him and his cone.

Unfortunately it did not last.

So off came the CONE so we could sleep.

We came downstairs at 2:30 and he went outside to relieve himself.

Then we went back upstairs until about 6:00 a.m. and back downstairs.

He had breakfast and his pain med.

Then to the sofa where we both crashed until just after 8:00 a.m.

What a night we had.

He is once again resting on his blanket near me.

Time to get dressed and get on with this day.

Breakfast and COFFEE.

Thank you to all our friends for the “best wishes” and concerns of Alvin.

He is doing well and we are safe and sound in our warm home.

Just happy to be spending the day together.

 

I did manage to get some housework done yesterday after Alvin went for his surgery.

Cleaned the main floor …. vacuumed and washed the floor …. dusted and stuff.

Which will give me a quiet day …. perhaps do some laundry.

 

Time to go.

Have awesome Friday.

Sun higher in the sky …..

Coffee time…. 9:10 a.m.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

My boy yesterday afternoon just a short time after arriving home.

Oh, that dreaded cone.

 

 

 

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Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 27th day of June, 2018.

Another beautiful morning with partial cloudy skies.

Today marks the Birthdays of my oldest and dearest friends, the twins.

We grew up together, went to school together, lived together, worked together, and even though we are hundreds of miles apart have always remained dear friends.

Happy Birthday Ladies …. have an awesome day.

My eldest first cousin celebrates a birthday today.  Happy Happy Birthday dear cousin.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

 

This morning as I was getting ready I had taken a few moments to massage Alvin’s back and neck.

I was shocked to see that he was really enjoying it.

You could tell from his body language, the way he raised his head.

When I stopped he placed his paw up which is our sign for “ask nice.”

I kept massaging him and he just sat there.

Usually after I massage his back or neck – he shakes it off as dogs do.

Not this time.

So perhaps he needed a massage and it felt good.

It is a reminder that as we age it is good to have a massage whether you have two or four legs.

Note to self to do this on a daily basis for him.

Clearly he enjoyed and needed it.

Such a good guy.

 

Running a bit late as just had to hit the sofa twice for extra zzz’s.

No, we didn’t make it out for a walk this morning.

Enjoyed a wonderful one last night.

 

Gotta go.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: the birthday girls….Happy Birthday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 14th day of March, 2018.

Still dark out and it is after 7:00 a.m.

We have an off site staff meeting today and our office is closed.

One of my co-workers is picking me up so we are leaving later than my usual 6:25 a.m.

 

Update on my Alvin.

He has a “yeast” ear infection, and I guess it is pretty bad.

Bad Momma.

Not sure how I missed that …. that would be why he did not want me to clean his ear.

Usually he does not like his ears cleaned so I did not think further.

His other ear was okay.

My sense of smell must be way off.

Anyway he had his first treatment yesterday which lasts for one week.

Then his second treatment is next Tuesday and the follow-up the next Tuesday.

He is doing well and SLEPT last night.

That was great for both of us.

Reminder to everyone to clean your doggie’s ears.

Make sure that you use the VET recommended ear cleaner.

The VET said yesterday that someone was using vinegar ….. can you imagine?

Why would you use vinegar.

Oh my goodness.

When in doubt, ask someone.

Phone a VET.

 

Well almost time to go.

See if the boy has to go outside one last time.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …. thank you for your thoughts for Alvin.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 9th day of March, 2018.

Lately the mornings start out on the cool side but warm up throughout the day.

I heard a rumour that we were supposed to have double digit plus temperatures next week.

But last night when I checked out the long range forecast on the weather channel, that was not the case.

Time will tell.

We are getting close to spring.

I believe that might have something to do with Mr. Alvin’s sleep habits.

He was up several times last night.

We even went to bed early which clearly has helped me feel even remotely “alert” this morning.

I will say that the first time he did go to the bathroom and then later, too.

Maybe just an off week.

Oh well, I am glad that today is Friday.

We enjoyed a nice walk last night.

On our walk we bumped into one of our friends just arriving home.

I asked about the family and said that they were good except for some bad news.

His mother-in-law had passed away.

He was glad that she had gone and spent some time with her mother before she passed.

I also found out that their doggie had passed away last summer.

I know that it has been awhile since we spoke …. time flies.

This was a huge reminder that I need to go and visit people, my friends in the neighbourhood.

 

Well time to go and catch the bus.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Good reminder to us all, check in with your friends and family a bit more often.

Time has a way of getting away on us.

 

Happy Friday.

Special Hello to: my friends who lost their Mother and doggie.  In my thoughts.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 2nd day of December, 2017.

The sun is trying to shine but it is quite mild and we are loving it.

Today is the birthday of one of my friends “J” …… Wishing you a Happy Happy Birthday.

Well most folks know that we had a Christmas party at my house last night.

Starting point was three of us going for supper to a nearby restaurant.

We had an excellent supper and drinks.

Then back here.

Alvin had gone to his sister’s for a sleepover on Thursday night so no worries about my boy.

He would not be alone.

Back here we had OREO Cheesecakes and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies, coffee with white chocolate Bailey’s, WINE and a coconut rum drink.

We ate and drank and drank some more but MoStLy we laughed.

It was after 2:00 a.m. when I went to bed and considering that on Friday morning I was up at 5:30, I felt amazing.

When my daughter called about 10:00 a.m. this morning; I was still in bed but awake.

Considering I drank (which I normally do not), I have never felt more clear headed and awake so I guess I had a great sleep.

When my daughter called this morning I was still in bed but awake.

Just feeling so grateful to have such a thoughtful daughter to have her little brother for a sleepover so her Momma would not have to worry about him AnD to my GIRLS ….. thank you so much.

We laughed so hard and had SUCH an amazing time, thank you so so much.

My WISH for the rest of the planet is to have even one night where you are surrounded by wonderful people, sharing good food and maybe some drinks but above all LAUGHING.

I believe that it was the laughter that housed my good sleep. Thank you to my girls ….. Thank you to you, too. Merry Christmas.

Now back to laundry and baking SUGAR COOKIES, cause there would not be a Christmas without Carol’s Sugar Cookies or so I am told.

Even rest now time to get this show really on the road.

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: my friend “J” who is celebrating her birthday today.  Happy Birthday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 14th day of October, 2017.

It is dark out as it is still early – about 7:15 a.m.

We are preparing for our little visitor coming at 8:30 a.m. this morning.

It will be great for Alvin to have company for the day.

Two boys ….. Teddy and Alvin ……

Teddy is a young un and Alvin, well he has a few seasons under his “belt.”

They will do just fine.

 

So on this Saturday with it looking like deepest of night outside, I write this blog.

I do love having the sun rising when I get up in the morning but will have to wait for next year now.

Yikes I have the sneezes, bit of a sore throat and running nose (people are sick at work).

I have been drinking lots of hot tea (last night).

Will keep the liquids flowing today.

Perhaps throw in some honey.

 

Well better get this show on the road.

Happy Saturday.

Have some fun, do some work and then relax.

The perfect day.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks that I have never met.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 23rd day of May, 2017.

The sky is overcast …… where is the sunshine this morning?

Another glorious weekend……

So great having a three day weekend.

Back to work.

 

Last night while looking out of my south exposing office window ….

Using my imagination …..

Taking in the tall lean trees which remind me of an Italian landscape …

Nestled in between red and brown rooftops…..

I was taken away …..

Slightly closing my eyes …..

I was taking in a view of a place far away from my neighbourhood….

Thank you imagination ……

 

In reality I am not far away.

But if you consider this ….

Someone out there is likely imagining a neighbourhood such as mine or yours.

We are never alone in imagination.

 

Have a wonderful day and imagine away to your heart’s content.

It is imagining your life that brings you your life.

 

Happy Tuesday.

Hey, I even remembered to put out the trash last night.

 

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all those DREAMERS out there ….. keep on dreaming.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 6th day of October, 2015.

What a gorgeous evening last night …. slight chill to the air but beautiful nonetheless.

Alvin and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk.

 

I had quite the surprise as I approached our house last night after work.

Remember how I did all of the yard work yesterday …..

Well pretty much all of the leaves that were not on the ground on Sunday, were on the ground yesterday …..

Covering the grass in a warm yellow blanket.

Very pretty.

I will admit that I did figure that there would be one or two more raking sessions left to do before the end of fall.

 

I am so grateful to live in this great country.

I am so grateful to live in this great city.

I am so grateful to live in this great neighbourhood.

Where we from all NATIONS live in peace and harmony.

No matter what stories circulate about …… we live in the best country on the planet.

My only hope is that we always remember this, and that it continues forever.

 

Last night while out walking (was with one of my neighbours and her Jasmine) and almost home we saw this beautiful animal and his young “guide.”

A couple of nights before I thought that I remembered seeing this beautiful dog out with an older man (was the young man’s Father, we found out).

I say guide because owner makes me cringe.

Anyway the dog is special.

At 12 weeks he is more than twice as tall as Alvin and still growing.

He is a Romanian Shepherd and brought here by his now Romanian Family.

We all need each other whether two or four-legged.

We learned more about another family.

Thank you.

 

Well looking like once again it is time to leave to catch that old bus to work.

Actually the bus is not old.  Smiling as I think that ……

 

Have a glorious day.

Remember that we are all in this together.

If we treat each other with kindness and respect it is only an even better place to live.

Special Hello to: all those people that I have met and who have taught me so much.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 12th day of June, 2015.

It is a glorious morning here in Edmonton.

The sky is slightly overcast from our rain last night.

The sun is beginning to rise in the sky.

I am so grateful for the rain last night ….. actually gave the flowers and grass a nice boost.

They look so happy this morning.

Perfect timing last night the rain came down as I was eating supper and then while I was drinking my tea.

When we were ready to go for a walk …. the sun came out and the sky pretty much cleared.

How lucky were we ……

I am so grateful for vacation time.

Figuring after a long week it might be nice to have a Friday afternoon off …..

So excited …..

After work hit the grocery store, then throw on the laundry, sand down the front porch and then paint.

Followed by a nice long walk with me Alvin.

This morning for no reason at all he walked over to me, and put his paws on my lap, and gave me a big kiss.

Now what a great way to start the day.

RAIN AND KISSES.

I am one happy girl.

I hope that you all have an awesome Friday …..

This morning I am ready to go early …..

Now how is that for great.

Take care and enjoy a walk in a nearby park or even just down your street.

When the sun goes down and the night sky appears do some star gazing.

Kick off your shoes and walk on the grass.

Sip on a cup of tea on your deck or patio.

I was reminded by a story I read on FB that we should always be overjoyed when a loved one comes through the door.

How about we try that …..

The reminder was from a man and his dog.

Unfortunately his dog …. his friend, passed away.

But no matter how many times he came through the door … his friend was always overjoyed to see him.

I can tell you that is the case.

So often we forget how important being super excited over seeing a loved one is ….

Just think how happy you will make that person and how great you will feel.

Practice.

We can learn so much from our four-legged friends.

Alvin teaches me everyday …..

Happy Friday ….

Time to go to work.

Special Hello to: my sister and brothers ….. oh so far and yet so near.  I love you with all of my heart.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 11th day of June, 2015.

It is warm out but overcast here this morning in Edmonton.

We had a great evening last night me and Mr. Alvin.

Our friends “I” and “N” were riding their bikes by as I went by the window last night.

I quickly opened the door to say hi and to show them which house was ours.

They live a few houses away but we always see them when we are out for a walk.

So we visited for a few minutes and I could hear Mr. Alvin in the house.

He did not wish to put on his harness so at first I just carried him out and set him on the ground between

us so that he would stay.

Alvin squeaked and squealed with excitement over our friends.

Unfortunately that did not really go well … so I picked him up ….

I guess I need to lift more weights …..

I held him for all of our visit until near the end when my arms would hold him no more and we went back to the steps where I set him down.

It was great.

He loves them so much.

Safe to say that Mr. Alvin has a lot of friends here in the “hood.”

A bit later we got ready and went for our walk and saw our neighbour out watering her flowers, so we stopped.

This time Alvin kind of held a back seat to the visiting …. he patiently stood waiting for us to go.

What a guy.

Well I am running late ….. just a tad.

You see I was having this dream …. it was very odd.

Up at 4:30 with Alvin and then back to the sofa till 5:30 and had to have 15 more …..

I hope that you have an amazing day.

It is always the little things that are the best.

Oh and the “wild” roses that line our walkways by the parks are oh so fragrant.

I wished that I had one of those bushes in my back yard.

Special Hello to: all of our family …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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