Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to a bright and SUNNY Monday.

YAY, so happy to see the sunshine.

Even though it was semi difficult to get up and stay up.

But I believe for most folks Mondays are just like that ….

Sometimes we cannot sleep on a Sunday night for one reason or another.

Well we are up and at it.

After this post I will be going to work.

I must say that I am loving working from home.

As mentioned before there were moments in the beginning where I thought this is not going to work.

But as time has passed it has been a godsend.

Able to be at home with Alvin when he needed me most.

To be here everyday with him has been wonderful.

Having that extra 1.5 hours extra time at home instead of driving has been priceless.

I love being at home.

Of course, I do miss the people.

 

Wonder what I was doing on this date last year.

Hello,

 

Sometimes, actually most times a photo is worth a thousand words.

I cannot think of a better way of spending time than walking about a beautiful yard snapping photos.

We visited our friend yesterday morning on our early morning walk.

She has the most glorious flowers.

The first two rows of photos are the flowers that line the entrance to our park and some taken as we passed the water fountain.

 

Da-da ….. so pretty.

These last photos were on our walk home.

Alvin needs to me to take him downstairs.

Have a wonderful Monday.

 

Be kind and respectful to yourself and to others.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Monday Morning.

What an absolutely gorgeous morning it is.

Alvin wanted to just sit on the deck and take in the morning but alas I have to go to work and that just is not possible.

The bright early morning sunshine has disappeared behind a bit of cloud cover but I believe it is temporary.

The forecast is for fairly mild temperatures with some clouds over the week.

We will take that.

 

I was able to upload/download some photos.

My flowers and the boys relaxing.

I just ran downstairs to grab some coffee as the photos was uploading to my photos on this blog.

Alvin was certainly enthralled with something out front as he gazed out the living room window.

I took a peek and it was a bunny.

He just stood there and checked him/her out.

No barking.

No growling.

Just silent gazing.

So proud of my boy.

 

Tomorrow the fence gets repaired, so happy about that.

Well it is almost time to begin work.

How did that happen?

 

We had such a wonderful weekend.

I hope you did as well.

 

Happy Monday.

Enjoy your coffee or morning beverage, whatever it may be.

Living with kindness and respect no matter what.

We just have to.

 

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Monday morning.

Good Day.

How are you doing?

Did you have a good sleep?

The sky is overcast here in Edmonton this morning.

I had a fair good sleep for a Sunday night.

Noticed that most nights have been filled with strange dreams.

The coffee is perking away.

Always a great way to begin the day.

No wind this morning for a change.

But I will say that having some wind has definitely made short work of the snow banks that lined our side of the street.

The houses that face south have had no snow for quite some time now.

I have been gradually shovelling and moving the snow in the backyard and it is almost gone.

Leaving behind a mucky yucky mess.

Yup, yes a mucky yucky mess.

I am hoping that once the bit of snow melted back there and with warmer temperatures this week that it will dry so that I can give it a good raking.

Then Alvin will be able to start using it.

This morning he went to where the last remaining bit of snow was and then could not get turned around so he walked through some of the muck.

Luckily I was keeping an eye on him and grabbed him at the door wiping off his paws.

Usually I wipe them off when he comes in from outside as you never know what he could be tracking into the house.

This is a practice that I have always done.

Not just since COVID-19 made its’ appearance.

I do not see a beautiful sunrise anywhere as I gaze out of my office window.

Oh well, we will have sunshine at some point.

 

I am excited to have the full size computer monitor to work with today and for the remainder of my time working from home.

 

Yesterday was a great day.

I had a luxurious bath with one of our Steeped Tea bath bombs.

Strangely enough I had always bought them and given them away never even trying them.

I tried to keep one in the house so that I would try them out and then a birthday would come around and I would add one to the birthday gift.

Yesterday, I did and it was wonderful.

Unfortunately we no longer see them.

Boo hoo.

Sad about that.

I actually stayed in the tub for just over 30 minutes.

Feeling really relaxed and skin so soft afterwards.

It was great.

 

Then it was Alvin’s turn.

He did not quite have the same experience as I did but I think it was okay for him.

I made sure the temperature of the water was just perfect.

Not too hot and not too cold.

Just a nice temperature for the boy.

I massaged for quite some time the shampoo into his body and I could tell that he was loving it.

He does like to have his neck and back massaged most days.

So he did enjoy it.

Not so much the drying off.

But anyway we were both feeling pretty pampered.

 

After our baths we made some phone calls.

I called my youngest brother and my sister.

I had made arrangements to speak to my older of the two brothers after supper.

So nice to speak to my family.

Everyone is doing well.

Two of them are working from home and the other is not.

Yesterday was self care day.

Relaxing baths, chatted with siblings and followed by a walk.

I will say that our walk …. well Mr. Alvin is not quite as white as he was.

He is black and white …. the white fur is not as brilliant as it was after his bath.

Oh well.

 

Well I hope that you all have an awesome day.

It is almost time to get the other computer turned on and start this new work week.

My tea order arrives today.

Tomorrow the HELLO FRESH food order arrives.

I am excited for all of the packages to arrive.

Try some new teas and check out some new food dishes.

 

Have a glorious day.

Take some time to be in nature.

Even sit in your backyard and see if you can hear the birds.

Perhaps a Robin.

On the deck or on your living room floor (place something soft under your bum).

Close your eyes and just relax.

Self-care.

Remember to hydrate.

Very important.

Nap if you can.

Enjoy.

 

Time to go and get some COFFEE.

 

In life, with kindness and respect,

I/We remain,

As always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 23rd of March, 2020.

We had a great weekend.

No cell, no FACEBOOK, no other social media, no internet except for writing this post.

It definitely took my anxiety down several notches to almost nil, I would say.

I started to put together a little mantra to repeat throughout the day.

Hopefully it will help keep me settled down.

It all comes back to bringing work home.

I like my job but home is home.

I understand these times and I am grateful that I have a job and am able to work from home.

But it does not change the facts that I am invading my home with work.

Something that I will have to work on …. through this time.

 

I love being home with Alvin.

Yesterday I gave him his regular haircut followed by a bath.

As always, he cringed and balked at having his paws trimmed.

I somehow managed to get them trimmed.

Back ones always look better than the front.

I have started to keep the scissors close by at bedtime.

When he has settled down and just before I brush his teeth, I give a couple quick snips.

It helps.

The sun is beginning to rise as I can see the beginnings of beautiful colours to the east.

Those colours make me happy …..

We had a nice walk yesterday.

Changed up our route once again.

Mainly due to the ice on the sidewalks.

 

I love the morning sky.

Back to the sunrise.

It is 7:09 a.m. and the sky is beginning to grow light as the darkness dissipates into the day.

I love the whispers of pink, oranges and blues as they fill the morning sky.

The colour pallette brings joy to my heart and a calmness to my mind.

Both great things for sure.

 

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.

I wish you a day filled with kindness and respect.

If you are feeling anxious …. try to step away from that which is making you feel that way.

I hope that you are able to do so.

If not, write down a simple mantra.

Words that bring you to a state of gratitude and joy.

Words that will reduce your anxiety.

This is one of my mantras.

 

I am grateful to have more time with my Alvin.”

I am grateful to have a beautiful home.”

“I am grateful to be surrounded by considerate and supportive people.”

“I am grateful to have freshly perked coffee each morning made in my kitchen.”

 

Take care out of your day for yourself.

It is the little things that will get us all through these days.

Go for a walk.

Get away from where you are whether you are at home or at work.

Being outside makes a huge difference.

Try to go near some water and trees, nature is a wonderful healing force.

 

With heartfelt feelings of kindness and respect to everyone including myself,

and to Alvin,

 

We remain, Always,

Carol & Alvin

My geranium is blooming, I cannot wait to transplant it outside.

 

 

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Good Morning ….

What a glorious Monday morning it is.

When I was outside with Alvin about one hour ago it felt warm considering I had a nightgown and sweater on exposing my lower legs.

So off to a great start.

Each weekend or the time off that you have from work is precious.

Most of us have a billion things to do on the weekends or on our time off away from the job.

There is always laundry, cleaning, yardwork, shopping for groceries at the minimum.

If we are able to take time to relax …. that would be in front of the television watching a movie or the like with a glass of wine or your favourite beverage.

But is that really relaxing?

Not really.

But we ALL do the very best that we can.

I am more fortunate than most as I do not have children at home although some would say that Alvin might rank a close second.

He is my partner in crime that requires help being fed and bathed and groomed.

But other than that …. I have more flexible time.

I can/could sit on my bed, in the middle of the floor or sit on a comfy chair and just meditate for some time.

But do I do this on a regular basis …. not really.

I did for a time but find it difficult to sit “quiet” without doing something.

This week I am going to make a point of sitting “quiet.”

Quiet means with NO outside distractions.

Now Alvin I have no control over but I will say if he has been fed and gone outside, he general would lay down beside me if I am on the sofa or bed.

So this is the week that things change.

I have also done quite a lot of reading and everyone says that it is important to do some weight bearing exercises as you get older.

So this week I am going to start doing some of those.

Off to an easy start, nothing to crazy.

I have some hand weights which will be perfect.

Now just for some proper instructions and I will be off to the races ….

We all try to do the best that we can.

But I think even though we think that we do – there is always room to pump it up a bit.

So that is my personal challenge for this week.

To start ….

More quiet time … no outside distractions like the television or phone (yes, I can see where these can get you into trouble).

Trying some weight bearing exercises.

I want to be in the best health that I can be in as I get older.

Never too late to start.

 

Okay the clock on the wall says that it is time to get this show on the road.

Well I hope that you have an awesome day.

Turn the lights out and lock the door when you leave for the day.

Remember a walk on your break is always better than a cookie and coffee.

Happy Monday.

 

 

Kindness and Respect always place the perfect reflection on you.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 3rd day of December, 2018.

For a split second I started to type January, erased and then started to type November.

WOW, in a hurry to see the New Year.

Skirting the last month of the year?

 

Well folks we definitely have WINTER in a big way.

More snow now that we have had so far this fall/winter.

Considering officially WINTER has not started.

We are currently in the throes of winter.

Thankfully the snow that has been falling is the fluffy kind.

So shovelling is easy, peasy.

My neighbour and I have collectively shovelled the front since the snowfall on Saturday about ten times.

I shovelled the deck in the later part of the afternoon yesterday and this morning you could not tell.

Also shovelled the driveway for the first time since the snow began to fall and surprisingly enough there was only about 5 inches.

I was pleasantly shocked/surprised.

Poor little Alvin …. almost getting lost in the snow.

So at 5:30 a.m. – I was out shovelling.

At least there may only be one foot by tonight instead of two.

The deck is beginning to look like one giant snowbank.

I love this fluffy snow though.

When the light shines it appears to be a billion trillion diamonds.

So beautiful.

 

Well Mr. Alvin is laying on his little blue blanket beside me.

Just resting away.

 

Well I should go and shovel the front before leaving for work.

The street is one big snowbank with a couple of tire tracks down the middle.

When vehicles one has to pull over and then watch them spin trying to get back on track.

 

Have a Happy Monday.

I hope that you are safe on your travels.

 

Special Hello to:  all those people who take the time to help ….. thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 22nd day of January, 2018.

Weather wise another good weekend except for the ice on the sidewalks.

This week to be pleasant as well.

Here is hoping that the ice goes away before spring.

We had a great weekend, me and Alvin.

Yesterday we hosted coffee with the girls.

One of our friends was sick was coffee with the “girl.”

We had a great visit.

 

Shocker this morning.

We went to bed just after 9:00 p.m. last night …. by the time actually crawled into bed closer to 9:30 p.m.

I set the alarm clock for 5:10 a.m.

Alvin did not get up until 4:50 a.m.

Just 20 minutes before the alarm was to go off.

This is amazing for him as he usually gets up about 4:00 a.m.

Is this a new chapter in our never ending saga of up during the wee wee hours of the morning.

It would be so nice if he would sleep longer.

I do understand that he sleeps all day (or at least that is what I think as I have never set up a camera to check).

Anyway on this Monday morning, I am one happy Momma.

He seems to be feeling good as that is the first thing that I thought about.

This is a great way to begin the week.

 

We are doing well and hard to believe that once again it is time to go to work.

Where does that time go?

Wouldn’t it be nice for the five day work week to seem like two days and the two day weekends seem like five days?

Now that would be GREAT.

 

Well almost time to go downstairs and finish getting ready for work.

I guess I will leave my ice pick things on my boots.

It is still icy out there as far as I know.

I know our front walk and due in part from keeping all of the snow shovelled.

Sometimes a bit of snow is a good thing.

 

Have a wonderful Monday.

Special Hello to:  my friends and family all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 16th day of October, 2017.

What a glorious Sunday we had …. beautiful warm day.

Alvin and I loved our walk.

He sniffed and I took in the sights.

Back to work.

Why is it that Monday morning always seems to show up so quickly?

Time is supposed to pass at the same rate but really does not appear to.

Oh well.

Back to work.

We had a busy weekend but relaxing and productive.

Yesterday got groceries, finished the laundry, walked with Alvin, started some Christmas projects and assisted my neighbour in fixing my entrance light.

YAY …..

 

So today is our civic election here in Edmonton.

If you live in Edmonton, please go and vote.

 

Have an awesome Monday everyone.

Special Hello to: all my fellow Earthlings ….. remember we share this planet with all creature and we owe them kindness, compassion and respect.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 5th day of June, 2017.

Well this morning is unlike the past couple of mornings as it is overcast, windy and was raining.

The winds last night seemed close to gale force as they rocked the neighbourhood accompanied by lightning and thunder.

What a show it was.

Unfortunately with all the excitement it did not make for a very good night sleep.

Oh well ….. that is what happens sometimes.

 

We had a good weekend and enjoyed our little adventure to the “Northern Park.”

I call it that as it is two parks north of our house.

The baby geese always hang out there or at least most of them.

So each year me and Alvin make sure we take a walk up there.

It is not really that far but it is so much different than our “parks” and is most enjoyable.

The path through the area has not been touched for the most part it is wild as far as the trees and plants go.

The wild roses were blooming unlike ours in our nearby parks.

The fragrance filled the air.

I could sniff that scent all day long.

Close your eyes and imagine the most wonderful scent known to man.

We had a great two hours.

We did not walk steady as we would stop and take it all in and I snapped as many photos along the way as I could with a leash in one hand and a water bottle for Alvin in the other.

The rest of our Sunday was quiet and relaxing.

 

I have come to realize and have for some time that “one must always keep an open mind.”

It is something that is not always one hundred percent easy to do but we need to try.

There will always be changes.

Changes in life happen every second.

We just have to keep an open mind.

 

Well here it is time to leave for the walk to the bus once again.

Seems like it was yesterday but that was two days ago.

Time flies.

 

Have an awesome Monday.

Happy Monday All.

 

Special Hello to: those adventurers who enjoy life one second at a time.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 27th day of June, 2016.

This morning the sun is shining brightly in the morning sky.

Today marks the 65th Birthday of my eldest first cousin on my mother’s side of the family.

Happy Birthday Cousin, we wish you the most wonderful day.

Today is the birthday of my life long friend “D” ….. she is one of two.

Happy Birthday to the twins.

Why is it that Monday mornings seem to arrive so quickly.

Not as usual but some Mondays I play beat the clock and this is one of them.

So unfortunately this will be very short.

I hope that your Monday morning did not arrive too quickly.

Wishing you all the best Monday on record.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Special Hello to: all my cousin and friends who celebrate birthdays today.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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