The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Sunday morning? Guess what here in Edmonton, well in my neighbourhood last night it did not freeze. Our temperatures remained over 0 therefore no frost on the windshields and most of all the water that is ice in front of my house, is still water. So all of my hard word yesterday remains. Yesterday afternoon after laundry was almost done, Alvin and I headed out for a walk. So many neighbours were out chipping away at the ice. It was like being on the red carpet and stopping to say hello to people on your way inside the theatre. The walk that in good times would take us about 6 minutes ended up being just over one hour. We had so many good conversations but sadly not from the sidewalks as we had to walk on the edge of the street where cars would park. Even that was icy so we were very careful. All the neighbours kept saying “be careful, it is icy” Isn’t that nice that everyone cares about us. I thought so. Quite often times, people do not know many if any people in their neighbourhoods, I can honestly say I know more people than I do not know. Thanks largely in part to Alvin and I walking for all these years. When I was “single” before Alvin joined my family I used to walk every day for a minimum of 2-5 miles and would meet people but then when I adopted Mr. Alvin in 2020, that changed. Our walks became much shorter and were concentrated in our neighbourhood and as we were slower and Mr. Alvin was/is so darn cute, we chatted more along the way. I met some of the most incredible people. People from all walks of life. We have the best neighbors and have made good friends with so many of them. Even though we did not get very far, we exercised our bodies a bit but most of all we exercised our hearts, minds and souls. That is just as important as exercising your body. So it was a great day. Later in the afternoon, I had an actual telephone conversation with one of my girl friends who lives a couple of minutes away. It was great. I have found sadly that I tend to “text” people more than call on the phone. Not something that I ever intended to do but just found that it happened. Likely because I like to keep in touch but I am not much for talking on the phone or at least not on a regular basis. That being said, I just had a 3.5 hour conversation with a dear friend on her birthday. She lives in Regina. Last night after fresh air and accomplishing the items on my to do list, we just watched movies. It was quiet and lovely.

This morning the sky is blue but not the sunny light blue and it is not filled with clouds either. Just that blue waiting for the sun to start shining kind of blue. I hope you understand my mish mash of an explanation. Thankfully it is warm outside. The temperatures are to remain warm for this week and we will definitely be happy about that.

Well time to get dressed (still in my pj’s) and head downstairs. I did bring up the towels that were in the dryer and clothing that was drying in the basement and put it all away before sitting down to do this post. I so enjoy on the weekends, just slowly starting. I guess at this point in my life, I have earned that right. Is that a right? Whatever it may be, I am enjoying it. I am so grateful to be here and now. I am grateful that both Alvin and I can run up and down the stairs (okay, maybe not run, as such). I am grateful for each and every day we have together.

I wish you an awesome Sunday. Today, I have to finish gathering up items to do my taxes. Sounds like fun, not really but needs to be done. We will try and get another walk in ……

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Both Alvin and I are well, very well. We are happy to be in good health. Alvin had a good 13th birthday yesterday. It was quiet but he had fun. I did not have an actual gift for him and I know how much he enjoys opening them so I wrapped up some of his food in a little tupperware container and with a card set it in front of him. I took a video of him opening his gift from beginning to end it was just short of two minutes which is pretty quick. When you consider that he uses his mouth to open it and goes back and forth between his two front paws to hold the package and to stabilize himself. He is so darn cute. Always brings a smile to my face when opening a gift. I can thank my friend Val who for many years has sent us gifts a few times each year with always a special parcel for Alvin. That is where he learned to do this. Yes, I have a pup who can open presents. He is certainly talented.

I am so happy to report that our temperatures are warming up and perhaps over the next couple of days we may even get outside for a walk. Sure would be great. We both miss those daily walks. Our bodies miss them, as well.

This morning I was wrote in my journal and realized that I have been doing for 4692 days. If memory serves me correctly, that is the day that I am on. I write down Day ….., then the date, record what is happening in my life and list what I am grateful for …. I believe it is so important to verbalize and write these down. If you are in a constant state of gratitude then you are living a good life. I am so grateful that both Alvin and I are in good health, for our beautiful home, for family and friends, for me working from home, for good food, for clean drinking water, for each day that we can get out of bed and have our toes/paws reach the floor. The list is endless. Try it!

To my cousin J, I have been trying to reply to your comment from the other day about the hair cut and cannot find it to reply to. I remember that you did a great job cutting my hair when we were kids (teenagers). We had some pretty great adventures you and me. Pretty great. Definitely ones for the journal.

Well time to start signing off as almost time to start work, a few minutes away.

I wish you a wonderful day. Hopefully nice weather so that we all can go for a walk.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. two of my LOVES: Alvin and flowers.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Thursday morning? The sky is partially overcast and the trees line my horizon in all glorious colours of the fall palette. I have to announce in my most loudest happiest voices ever. We went to bed last night at 10:00 p.m. and the next time Mr. Alvin woke up was 5:00 a.m. (I woke up to go to the bathroom at 3:00 a.m. but that does not count). The boy slept through seven hours. We got up at 5:00, he had breakfast and we went out to the backyard to do you know what. The boy did you know what!! Then back to the sofa and the next thing I know it is after 8:30 a.m.. I guess all of this fresh air we have been getting lately is catching up with us! I am so happy that he finally had a good sleep and me, as well. The technicians from Modern PURAIR came out yesterday to clean the furnace and vents. They were awesome. Of course, they fell in love with Alvin. I have photos to share but will have to post them later. We are running late and I need to take Alvin for a walk before I leave the house at 10:00 a.m. My friend Gillian invited me over for a morning coffee. Yes, not working today. I feel relieved to have the vents and furnace cleaned. The filter in their “giant vacuum” was not as dirty as I thought it would have been after not having the process done in over five years. The price was under my budget amount which made me even happier. Now I can go to the Vet and pick up both Alvin’s wet and dry food before payday which is great and some money leftover. There appears to be a bit of a breeze so I will check the temperature before we go – just in case Alvin needs to wear his sweater.

On this day and every day, I wish a wonderful, respectful, kind and loving time for everyone and every creature. If we could only learn to treat all life with the deep respect, kindness and compassion that “they” deserve then our todays and tomorrows would be glorious. There is work to be done of course. We all live on planet Earth together and together it is our responsibility to make it the best place to live and to be that we can. This is all we have. I look to today as I learned from yesterday to make tomorrow the best it can be for myself and for all others.

Lovingly and with hope for better tomorrows, I remain …

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

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Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! Well I did not think that while Alvin was recovering from torn ligament knee surgery would he pull muscles in neck and have yeast infection in his ears. Of course, this never ending saga does not end here. Yesterday we were almost home from our walk when we saw friends coming toward us. Alvin was happy to see Jack and I was happy to see his Mom. Jack is a little guy. The boys said a brief hello followed by Alvin rolling in a neighbour’s grass. We ended up coming to my house as Jack had to poop. To my house and out to the backyard. Jack didn’t poop. We chatted for a minute and his Mom said they should go as Jack had gas. Never know where that may go. Alvin had jumped onto the grass and I helped him onto the deck. In the house, I offered my friend one of the cookies I had baked the night before, she loved it so I asked if she would like to take some home and she said yes. While I was packing up some cookies she said Alvin is limping asking which leg was his surgery? Well, of course it was on the opposite one. Not his leg but his paw. He cried when I touched it. Very gingerly, I felt to see if any thorns or anything sharp wedged in his paw, nothing. Our friends had to go but my daughter was coming. She stopped in briefly on way to Dentist before our walk and would be coming shortly

We just waited for her to arrive and I massaged his paw. When Amanda arrived he was clearly still in pain. After a visit with our girl and some TLC for Alvin she had to go home as she now has about 45 minute drive to her new home. We had a quiet evening. He managed to rest for awhile giving me an opportunity to do dishes and some small chores.

Our sleep was the most broken since his surgery. He is not limping this morning. I did find a small black piece of something hard on the floor after stepping on it. Was that the culprit? No idea.

Well time to go to work.

I hope life is treating you well and that you are getting some sleep. My poor boy – never would have thought he would be jn this situation.

Have a great day.

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

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! Another beautiful morning and warmer than previous mornings. A couple of days ago I could see my breath in the earlier hours. We had a great sleep and today is my late work start with beginning at 11 am and working till 7 pm. Usually I am not scheduled two weeks in a row but this week I am.

I am closely watching the overnight temperatures and thinking I will bring in my geraniums tonight. I will winter them in my southern exposure kitchen window as last year. They thrive there with the warmth of the sun. Will be more moving things around as I seem to have plants everywhere. They make me happy and are good for our air quality. Plus having some actual flowers in various shades of pink throughout the winter months certainly does not hurt.

I stopped writing to go upstairs and get dressed and then we went for our ten minute round trip walk. I’m back. It is gorgeous outside. I wish this weather to stay till November. The trees are pretty green with our recent rain. The grass well that depends on what side of the street you live on but of course the rain didn’t hurt.

I was thinking last night while watching a series on Prime called Solos, I believe. The first one was with Anne Hathaway which was cool as it was about a woman who had a Mother with ALS, I believe and her desire to time travel. I don’t remember the name of the actor in the second one but it was interesting as well. I think he paid to have a clone of him to live with his wife and two children as he had only so much time left. Maybe his duplicate wasn’t a clone. Now his daughter Peg was in the next episode which was cool. Peg was 71 and travelling on a one way mission in space. She was speaking about not being noticed partially because she was scared. By the time she was ready to, it was too late. I guess the whole point is to leave it up to your imagination. Well done. I do enjoy some of the different programs on Prime. Anyway I was thinking of some of the things that Peg said and how those thoughts applied to my life and others. I often wonder why some people end up alone and others do not. Of course, I am intelligent enough to know that you have to want to be with someone and actively be in pursuit. But what about the ones that have desperately wanted someone but they were never good enough. Maybe due to religion or being divorced, maybe they had children or maybe because their Mother would not approve or maybe that right person never came along? I know people that have had these situations occur during their lifetime. Very sad. I guess you have to be specific on what you want and not go back and forth. Life is interesting and I will say that I have had one thus far. When I think back to my youth it seems like a lifetime ago. I guess it was. Well with Mr. Alvin in my life, I certainly am not alone. I am blessed to have a daughter snd son-in-law and grand pups. I have a sister and brothers. I have a great many friends and some I have known for almost my whole life. Very lucky. You can feel alone even when you are not. Sometimes I feel alone!

Well it is time to enjoy my cup of coffee before it gets cold. Maybe spend some time on the deck before work.

I hope that you are well and maybe asking those life questions? Always good to ask questions.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

Thought this was interesting and a good thing to do, cannot hurt.

2021

Good Morning ALL! Just back a few minutes ago from a nice early morning walk before the heat of the day. There is a bit of a breeze so it is perfect for a walk. While out on the walk I picked up a few pieces of trash so I figured not only did we get some exercise, we also did some community service. Right! The wild roses are blooming by the entrance to the park so we, rather I stopped to give them a sniff. My favourite fragrance next to summer rain and freshly cut grass. So gorgeous. So pretty. Today is my late shift that is why I left the post for a bit later than usual and decided to walk first. We went to bed later than usual last night and two hours later at midnight, guess who woke up and it wasn’t me? So off downstairs we went and outside. He had to pee so then back upstairs to bed. Next time we were up was 4:30 (man, did I feel that). So I gave him his glucosamine chew and his breakfast and then outside and then back to sleep for a bit on the sofa. To be honest, I had set the alarm on my phone for 6:15 but somehow I just could not do it so I set it for 6:30 and we were up at 6:45. Oh well, I am not perfect. When I am tired, I find it hard to get up unless I have no choice. Given the choice, well you know what I did. Oh well, no matter. We got our walk in and the coffee is perking and I am writing this post. Yesterday when I finished writing my post, I noticed that it was at 999, wondering if it is at the 1000 mark now. How exciting! I cannot believe that number. Guess I need to step up this post. I used to write more about different things but somehow fell of that wagon. Perhaps it is time to get going and start writing more poetry. Some crafting ideas. How about organizational ideas? I love to organize and people tell me that I am quite good at it.

Oh, I just got a waft of that freshly brewed coffee. I think that I will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck this morning as I do not start work until 11:00 a.m.

Yesterday my daughter stopped by after an appointment, she stopped and picked us up a few items from the grocery store. She is so kind and generous to her Momma. I love spending time with my girl.

I am grateful for the morning walk.

I am grateful for all my dear friends and family.

I am grateful for our good health.

I am grateful for all the people that we will meet.

I am grateful for our beautiful home.

I am grateful that the roses are blooming and smelling so fragrant.

I am grateful for my/our life.

Well somebody is acting up so better sign off for now.

I wish you a great Tuesday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

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 doing this bright and sunny Tuesday morning? I, we are doing well. Alvin is patiently waiting for me outside the office door. The garbage truck is making the regular rounds. Just a soft breeze this morning. I can hear the hum of the traffic on the highway in the distance as people are out and about.

I was wondering who do you admire? Who were your childhood heroes? Did you have any? What did you learn from them? Are you continuing to learn from those people? Perhaps they have passed. Did you learn life lessons? Did they make an impression on your life? on your future? on your personality? on what you chose as a career? So many questions.

I would say that I admire those folks who do what they say and say what they mean.

I admire people who stand up for what they believe in.

I always admired my teachers growing up as I learned about the world from them.

My paternal grandmother played a huge role in my life. She gave us time, love, taught me to dance and was always there for me and my siblings. I could say so much more about my Gran Stella but it is almost time to head downstairs for work. These are big questions and I could write likely forever on them.

I want to continue this post perhaps on the weekend when there is time to delve into details.

Food for thought, though.

Wishing you a great Tuesday.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning ALL. Wishing all of our neighbours to the south, yes you United States of America – a very Happy Thanksgiving. Now I know that sounds a bit frivolous but no matter what is going on in our lives, we always have so much to be thankful, to be grateful for.

This is my list for 2020:

  1. Firstly, I am grateful to be in good health, that Alvin is in good health and my family and friends.
  2. I am grateful that every morning I can swing my legs over the side of the bed and feel my feet touch the floor.
  3. I am grateful that I can walk into the bathroom off my bedroom use the sink with running hot and cold water to wash my face and brush my teeth.
  4. I am grateful that I have indoor plumbing with no carrying any kind of pail outside to dispose of or have to go outside to an shack to “go.”
  5. I am grateful that I have eyes to see the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and to see the stars on a clear night and the glorious moon high in the sky. That I can see the faces of my dear family and friends.
  6. I am grateful that I can hear Alvin when he barks or cries, that I can hear my the birds chirping in the early morning, and that I can hear my daughter’s soft lovely voice. That I can hear.
  7. I am grateful that I have the means to have my own home, my own home for the first time in my live. Something that is mine.
  8. I am grateful that I can afford to eat good food.
  9. I am grateful that during this pandemic my daughter and my friends have graciously and without a second thought, added my shopping needs to their own.
  10. I am grateful that I live in Canada.
  11. I am grateful to be employed and that my employers have been so considerate of their staff during this pandemic.
  12. I am grateful that I am still employed and that I am able to work from home. This is the best thing to come out of 2020 and that is being at home with Alvin everyday.
  13. I am grateful that I have the technology to keep in touch with family and friends and to write this post everyday.
  14. I am grateful that my son-in-law’s brother “D” who had the heart transplant one year ago, is doing so well and able to continue to live a great life and to celebrate another Christmas with family and friends.
  15. I am grateful for each breath I take and that they are easy.
  16. I am grateful to have books to read.
  17. I am grateful that I can help animals and humans when needed.
  18. I am grateful that I have the strength to shovel the winter snow.
  19. I am grateful to be surrounded by kind, loving, supportive and compassionate family, friends and neighbours.
  20. I am grateful for my life.

Well time to go to work. I am grateful for my job. I will continue to live my life in gratitude, with kindness and respect for all others.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning All. Wow, can you believe it is Friday already? Time flies whether you are having fun or not. I always like to say “time flies when you are having fun.” I would like to think that for the most part I am a positive person trying to exude positive energy. Of course, there are times when I am positively not positive. We all have our little moments and we hope they are just little moments. Life zooms from beginning until end and if we don’t stop and enjoy it ….. well it is gone and there are no do overs. My life is pretty sweet. I own my home (well the bank does but I will ), I am surrounded by great neighbours, I have wonderful friends and family, I am in good health, I have my trusty companion Mr. Alvin always at my side, I have a job and I can work from home, I live in the best country on the planet, we have 20% of the world’s fresh water in Canada (just thought I would mention that fact), I am able to write everyday (love to write), I can see and hear, touch and feel and smell, I well, the list could go on forever. Needless to say I am very happy and happy within myself. That is important. Absolutely. Joy within before you can spread that joy.

Alvin and I went for a lovely walk yesterday at lunchtime. The air was warm on our faces as we walked along. Alvin only needed to wear his sweater yesterday and I could tell he was very happy about that.

This morning Alvin’s best friend Teddy and his little sister Kobie are coming to spend the day with us as their parents are going to their farm. Alvin is excited and wants to go downstairs already ….. Mr. patience, remember?

Gotta love this guy ….. he is truly spoiled ….. he wants what he wants when he wants it….. oh well …… what can a Momma do.

The sun is beginning to rise and clear away the night sky. I can see light ribbons of orange and light colours starting to fill the horizon. Love sunrises.

Well I guess time to go and put on that pot of coffee to perk. Go outside and pick up the earlier little parcel of poop. I haven’t mentioned that in a bit. LOL. I wish you a wonderful day …… don’t worry about the date ….. I believe it to be lucky as my youngest brother was born on Friday, the 13th of January, 1965. Happy Friday. Be safe and healthy and spread that kindness and respect wherever you go …..

Living my life with kindness, respect and love. Goodness shall prevail.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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