Last Half 2022

Good Morning All! How are you this morning? Third day in a row we have been up extra early. Tuesday we were up early to go for a walk before the heat set in, yesterday I went to the office and today we are going to walk as it will be another warm one here in Edmonton.

The sky is extra pretty this morning. There are wisps of dark clouds hovering below the lighter blue sky. The sun is up and slightly covered by the cloud cast. I can hear a dog barking behind us somewhere, that dog is always outside and always barking. I feel for the poor guy or girl. In the background there is the hum of vehicles on the Anthony Henday highway that circles the City of Edmonton.

When I compare work at home to work at the office there is no difference. Perhaps I have become too comfortable getting up a bit later or earlier to go for walks, having a view of my backyard, being here for Alvin, not having the noise of the office. Working from home is so much easier and way less expensive. With the ever increasing costs and no increase to our pay – having to go to the office more often means changing what I buy for food and not buying anything extra. Someone thinks it is a good idea for people to return to the office but really is it? Most offices have staff in open workspaces with perhaps lower dividers to separate them. Noise carries. When you are on the phone it is hard to just speak in a whisper as not to disturb those around you. The commute time is horrible. Then less time at home. We were finally having a great work – life balance. Back to people being sick all of the time. Meetings for the sake of having meetings. It is always easy to say “go back” when you have a door on your office to close when needed. I am sure it will all work out but in the meantime, there are millions of people worldwide that are suffering from the anxiety of returning to work at the office. I know that millions of people have no choice. But if we can help some of those millions to be less stressed, why wouldn’t we?

Well time to go as I want to take Mr. Alvin for a walk. The cool air wafting in through the open office window is divine. I need to clear the above chatter from my mind.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: only 26 days till 65! I was carrying the decorator pillows from the spare bed back to ours and I usually look to see where Alvin is located, this time I was preoccupied and tripped. Luckily I didn’t put my full weight on his paws or anything but I did come very close to hitting the corner of the hallway wall. That would not have been pretty. Oh, my life with Alvin

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2021

Good Morning ALL. Happy to wake up to no rain or snow but I hear that some snow is on the way. A bit of the white stuff would be lovely as most of our snow has already disappeared. How are you today? It is Wednesday – the mid way point. I love Wednesdays. My daughter was born on a Wednesday back in 1980. That seems a lifetime ago. Time seems to evaporate. That is why it is so important to make the most of each and every day. I would say each and every moment but that places way too much stress and anxiety on us if we do not keep up that pace. Making the most does not necessarily mean that we must fill each day with a lifetime worth of actions. Just do what is right for you. For example: if you are working from home – that could mean that you are working the hours set out by your employer and also ensuring that you take time for yourself. It is all too easy to put in extra time, to work more hours on your “paid job.” when working from home. With no carpool to keep you on schedule or bus to catch it is easy to do. I know because I have done it more than I care to admit. This last summer after two weeks vacation – I felt guilt and put in nights and weekends for weeks to catch up. Then I had the realization along with some good advice from friends and family that I was going to burn myself out if I did not stop. So I did. No more weekends. Sometimes I will put in extra time during the week for say an hour but that is it. My time is precious. Alvin needs me. Your family needs you. Or maybe you have an Alvin that needs your time. Life/Work is all about balance. It is not easy and no one ever said that it was. If they did …. those folks had help. Lots of help. My house still needs to be cleaned, I still have to make meals, Alvin needs love and attention, my friends and family need to connect with me ….. so work hard when you are at your job. If you cannot finish everything that day …. there is tomorrow. I know that now.

Last night while watching a show that I had recorded – the Host had a Guest on and they were talking about her book (Carrie Underwood) and Drew asked her about how she kept organized. Carried told her that if for example walking into the kitchen you could see an overwhelming mess but if you narrow it down to the pantry and organize that space first – it is much easier. Now this is not word for word. But the point is and I do this as well. I do one thing at a time. If the pantry needs cleaning, the pantry gets cleaned. Don’t start cleaning the fridge and then start working on the pantry and then start cleaning the kitchen draws. Do one thing at a time. I have always done this. Also a huge thing …… PUT THINGS AWAY IN THEIR PROPER PLACE AFTER YOU HAVE USED THEM. I also make a point of removing an item for every item that I bring into my house. So three things to help you keep organized.

Well I should go and get to work. Plug in that coffee that I prepared at 5:00 a.m. while Alvin was eating.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Living with kindness, respect and compassion.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thank you to the 900+ folks who have follow this post, both Alvin and I are grateful.

P.S. Alvin had a good report from the vet. His ears are good – no infection.

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