The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 – the official first day of SUMMER! Yes, it is finally here. The sun is shining brightly in a blue sky with a slight breeze. The sky just got a bit dark but it will pass. Do you have any plans for the summertime? Are you doing things around the house and yard or are you going camping or away on vacation? I am going to take a few days and go visit my daughter and her family in August but otherwise I will be at home taking care of my house and yard. The flowers need tending as to other plants and the grass. I love being able to go for walks when we chose. If it is going to be an extra warm day we will go early in the morning and then again before bed. There may be those days when we only get one walk in and that is okay. Some days Mr. Alvin gets just inside the park and then wants to go home and that was noon yesterday. It was beautiful and we were not too far into the park and someone stopped and turned around. That is a strong hint that the decision has been made. I have to follow suit. Although there are times when I do try and coax him to keep going. I will tell you that I am not successful much of the time so I simply let him lead the way. After work we did the whole walk going past his BF’s house, Teddy. This time I could not stop him without strong restraint so I just let him go up the driveway and up the front steps to the porch, where he wagged his tail, waiting for his friend to come to the door. Unfortunately, Teddy was not home (he is at the farm with his family, where they spend most of their time these days). They have a doorbell with a camera so I decided to wave and say “that someone wanted to stop and say hello” and then I heard a voice. It was Teddy’s Mum Iris. I explained to her although she knows that some days or most days when we do walk past their house, he has the need to go in or at least try. If you think that it is only people that have feelings and miss their friends, guess again. Alvin truly misses his buddy and his family. It took a lot of coaxing and finally I had to lift him down from the steps to the sidewalk. They are coming home for a few days this week so we shall have a visit and that makes me happy for Mr. Alvin. I guess he had an inkling. ESP! That’s my boy. Very intuitive.

My neighbour gave me some things for the garage sale on this coming up weekend. I am actually excited to see my friends and hoping that we can all sell or give away our items.

Last night I made a “meatless” spaghetti sauce using the Mexican blend of YVES which I love with onions, tomatoes, spices and black beans. I used my hand blender and chopped/blended the tomatoes and beans into a thick sauce. It was delicious.

Well time to head downstairs and have some coffee and start work. Tuesday it is.

Wishing you a great first day of summer. Summer 2022, it has a ring to it! Yes it does.

Happy Day!!

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: only 49 days until my 65th Birthday. YIKES.

2021

Good Morning All! Well my boy sure has had some challenges in the last six months or the first half of 2021. Let’s hope that the second half of 2021 is more kind to my little guy.

it has been interesting adjusting to this new norm. I feel like we are living in a two room apartment with access to another floor to get dressed and do my blog. I am grateful that we have a main floor bathroom. Alvin does not like staying in his little gated area by the front door while I go into hyperdrive doing whatever I need to do upstairs.

He is semi adjusting to my lifting him up from the sofa to the floor and visa versa and up and down the steps to the grass area. The grass was beginning to be green again after the rain but after one hot day it is looking a bit brown.

We definitely have to work on his staying on the main floor while I slip upstairs as he is in his gated area while I am getting ready and typing this post and he is BARKING. OMG, I pray that he calms down over the next few months.

My flowers appear to be peaking and are so pretty. I hope they last till September.

I guess lifting him up snd down will build up my arm strength and maybe more muscle, lol.

I feel so bad for Alvin. Cannot imagine the pain ge is experiencing. Thank goodness for pain meds. Poor guy has bouts of gas and poor Momma when downwind to that smell. I shall miss the fragrance of the roses near the park as it Will beautiful long time before we are walking again.

For the next two and a half months we are housebound. I’m going to have to incorporate some exercise into my days as I find myself sitting more than usual. Mainly to keep the boy still and to make sure he doesn’t jump up or off the sofa. He did get away once this morning and I grabbed him at the third stair as he realized that it wasn’t as easy as usual. So carried him up and back down. Very carefully.

I am grateful that I booked an appointment to have a/c serviced on the 14th as temperatures are warming up but thankfully not the high 30’s.

Well time to go.

I hope you have a great Thursday.

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

Always, we are Carol&Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 23rd day of December, 2014.

Only one more sleep till Christmas Eve.

We open our gifts on the Eve rather than the Morning.

If we had small children it would be Christmas Morning.

Well I bought all of the food for Christmas and the next week.

Seems like I bought out the store.

I love shopping for the Christmas Dinner meal.

Last day of work at the office.

Well I have to run as I want to grab a gift bag as I have someone at work that I would like to give a small token of my gratitude.

She has helped me throughout the year and I value her as a person and co-worker.

So on this last day before all of the excitement reaches the peak ….

Have a great day.

Pull out your TO DO LIST.

You do not wish to be halfway through your prep to find you are missing the “sage.”

Happy Tuesday.

Special Hello to: YOU my FRIEND.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

The past few days have been filled with incredible highs and lows.

Yesterday morning at 9:00 a.m. my friends, the Enchill family departed from their home on my street.

At this time they are on their way to Quebec.

It is such a long drive but I am happy that Peter, their Dad could take the time away from work to drive with Anick and the kids.

My friends called me this morning on the telephone.

They had gone as far as Regina yesterday and spent the night with friends.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Anick, Lea, Mahee-Lee and David.

I had told the girls before they left to watch for the big black and glass office building in downtown Regina, because I used to work there.

Lea was excited to tell me that she saw the building where I used to work.  Hurray.

Mahee-Lee told me that her Dad was driving the van (which is good) and that they were watching a movie.

Then when the phone was being passed back to Anick – I could hear someone cry.

Then a small voice was on the phone, and I did not realize right away that it was little David.

Here this little three year old boy wanted to talk to me …… I was struck by his action.

I am so grateful for technologies so that I can speak with them no matter where they may be.

Yesterday after they left my daughter came over for coffee (thank goodness).

I am grateful that she lives close by.   She is my rock.

Later I saw some of Anick’s friends as they came to pick up some things from the house.

It wasn’t until today that I truly feel the emptiness.

I miss them so much.

I think that Alvin misses them, too.

Even throughout the heartbreak of friends that are more like family moving away,

I know …..

Life is full of changes, and I know this because every year of my life thus far has been filled with major change.

Of course, some years more than others.

Change can be positive and not so …. but that is life.

Since my retirement from SGI in the fall of 2008, my life has been crazy.

Some days I think of how nice it would be if things just stayed the same.

Of course, it would mean that things would be GREAT, and  stay GREAT.

No complaints, though.

I have been so blessed.

I know that my friends will be welcomed home to family and friends.

I know that my friends will do amazing with wherever life takes them.

I know that I am perhaps the luckiest person on the planet because I have so much love in my life.

Even on these days when I am feeling a bit low, okay a lot low, I feel so much love.

There are so many people on this planet …. that do not have this blessing in their lives.

Because without love in your life – life is just life.

I am truly blessed, we are truly blessed.

I am including Alvin my dog in this blessing – because we are a package deal.

So thank you Anick, Lea, Mahee-Lee and David for welcoming me into this neighbourhood.

For taking time to have tea, to play in the back yard, to go shopping, and for walks on summer nights, and  for being my/our friend(s).

I am so grateful that I was here to wish you well as you start off on this new adventure.

For my wish is that someday when you finish what you need to do ….. that you come back HOME.

Always remember you always have my heart.

So the thought for the day is ……  ALWAYS TAKE TIME TO LOVE…..

FOR ALL THAT YOU GIVE IN AND FOR LOVE

YOU WILL RECEIVE BACK MORE ….

Have a great day.

Always, Carol

Lea and Mahee-Lee

Girls saying good-bye to Alvin

David

Peter, Anick, Mahee-Lee, David & Lea

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