Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! Well I super slept in this morning. It was 7:28 a.m. and it is now 7:43 so this post will be short. I am going to post some photos. I am sorry. We were up a few times during the night which led to this ….

What a summer we had along with a couple of fav photos from last Christmas.

I am so sorry for the rush.

Have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! I hope this finds you well. What a morning I am having!! We were up at a reasonable time of 4:15 first and then to the sofa until 6:30 (shocking) and then up just after 8:00 a.m. for the day. What a life we lead. I noticed when we were first up that the moon appeared to be in the shape of a crescent. Oh so beautiful. Just like magic, one day it is a full, circle shape and a few days later it is a crescent. When I was up, I immediately went over to look after my charges: Humphrey, Bogart and Miss Cynder. Fed, watered and treated. The cats had their littler cleaned. Their parents had bought a new litter container and it took me a couple of tries but I figured out after you place the “litter” in the top, there is a trap door handle to pull and voila, bye bye “stuff.” The cats were not into company this morning not sure why. Humphrey did give me a bit of love and Bogart just hissed when he walked by and I stroked his tail. Cynder the gecko was sleeping.

Once home, Mr. Alvin was happy to see me and wanted a treat, so gave him a bit of his “dry food” followed by a drink of water and then we were outside for a pee and poo.

Yesterday was a great day, I got so much done in the garden and could feel it in my body this morning when I went to bed over. I guess I am not quite as young as I used to be, lol. Must remember to do some stretches before doing extensive garden work. First of all, I cleaned up the garage, then went to work on the back flower garden. I cut back the plants making ready for winter and then transplanted the plants that my friend gave me. Also, transplanted most of the geraniums into smaller pots to winterize in the basement. It took me several hours but at least most of the gardening is done. I have two pots of lavender, one pot with a huge plant that I bought from Costco (not sure what the plant is exactly), lily, citronella plant and a greek oregano plant to bring in or dispose of. There are also the two pots of impatiens on the front step and three plants to trim back in the front garden. But most is done. I did not get to trimming the tree. After the outdoor work was done, I went to see the charges next door and did some laundry and cleaning in between. Then it was getting on so I made a potato, cauliflower dish (baked in oven) and put it on to slowly cook. Actually originally I was making scalloped potatoes until I realized that some of my potatoes were too soft to peel. ARGH. I do not like to waste. Anyway they are put in the green bin for compost. So not a total waste. Man, do I need some coffee. We had a quite evening with another visit next door for a total of three.

This morning once I am done here, will put on a pot of coffee and then put away the drying dishes and then start preparing to give Mr. Alvin a haircut followed by a bath. I have many items on the list and will try to get to most of them. I need to have a shower but figured it better to wait until after the boy has a haircut as I will be covered in hair.

Tonight I think we will sleep on the sofa or else set the alarm so that we can get up to watch Queen Elizabeth’s funeral live on t.v. I could wait and watch later but I want to be up to see the service as it happens. To pay my regards and to give my respect to a woman who gave her life to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and was a role model for women worldwide.

Well that was a most trying situation. Trying to get photos posted. Technology does not always like me. The first photo was not meant to be posted. This time.

Time to head back downstairs as I desperately need COFFEE.

I hope that you have a great day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! What a wonderfully cool Monday morning this is. The sun is starting to rise, the sky is a pale blue as the night leaves for morning with pale orange hue on the horizon away from the sun. Beautiful. The house is cool this morning and I even forgot to open our bedroom window last night. How did that happen? I even got up just before I turned the lights out to turn off the fan which I had briefly turned on at the lowest setting. I have closed the bedroom windows and blinds except for the office one for now. I will close them once I am done writing this post. Monday morning here we come. I am so happy that Mr. Alvin slept until almost 4:30 and then he woke up at 5:57 (still beat the alarm). So we have been up for a few extra minutes. Today is shower so I need a bit more time and we are still walking in the mornings due to the heat at lunch time and after work. Yesterday when we went for a walk in the mid morning, it was so beautiful out that we just kept walking and before I knew it we had walked our whole “old” route. This time it took us 45 minutes. Alvin is slowing down. We used to do it in 25-30 minutes. But I figure 45 minutes of fresh air, sniffing in that beautiful air, checking out the grass, the trees, the flowers and just being together is great. I am happy that he is still able to walk. I am so proud of Mr. Alvin. We bumped into an older gentleman with his dog, a girl, I do not remember her name now but Alvin liked her. She was 9 years old, I think the man said. Anyway, Alvin took a shine to her and she was timid but did not seem to mind the attention. The love fest carried on for a few minutes before we both went on our way. So nice. Whoa, the sun is coming up and reflecting off of the neighbours garage, looking oh so pretty. I am glad that we are up and getting things done.

A good weekend and I am so grateful that the temperatures were less hot. Way less hot. Yesterday I spent some time cleaning out some of the flower pots where most of the flowers had already passed on. I also did some rearranging and cleaning of the garage preparing for putting the patio/deck furniture away. Won’t be for a bit but not too far off, I would think. I have already prepared the front flower bed except to trim back the perennials that remain. There are three of them. I was going to clean the blinds on the main floor and that did not happen. Just putzed. It was a wonderful day.

Off the subject, I have had this computer (new) in 2009. It is a 2009 model. So it has served me well. The computer can no longer accept updates so it remains behind. I have an Apple iMac. I have been researching to find out which would be the best one to get and am shocked by the results of my searches. I found that the Shopping Channel had some on sale and you can pay for them by interest free monthly payment which would be ideal for me. Upon some research between myself and my daughter (whom I could not do anything technical without), found that the newer Catalina operating system will not be supported after this year. So I do not know if this means that there would be no more updates. Who wants to buy a computer that is basically obsolete before you even pay for it? The new ones that were made in 2022 are thousands of dollars. I love Apple products but seriously do we need to charge so much. Aren’t the Apple people rich enough. How about making things a bit more affordable. You have the “customer base.” Anyway, I have some serious thinking to do before I spend any money. More research and time. I hope this old gal can work for some more time. She has done pretty darn good. Fingers crossed.

Well time to head back downstairs and go for a walk with the boy. Alvin is resting on his bed in the office here beside me.

I hope that you have an awesome day. Cannot believe that the long weekend in September is only a few days away. September, FALL ……. I love fall.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: I am so grateful to be working from home ….. I love that we can go for a walk and come home and then I can plug in the coffee pot and then start work. I love that I can drink home brewed coffee all morning long if I chose.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? We are up and at it extra early as I am only working two days this week. I tossed and turned last night so not a great sleep but I did catch some zzz’s along the way. Last night I set up my workstation downstairs which I think had Mr. Alvin wondering what the hey was going on! it will be a nice change to be working downstairs one again. As the temperatures start to increase over the upcoming months, it will be much more comfortable working on the main floor where I can have fans blowing on us. We will be closer to outside for Mr. Alvin. If he chooses to lay on the deck for a little while, he can do so. There is a pretty sunrise this morning and the night sky is slowly clearing to make way for clear blue sky for the day. I love this time of day in the spring. After a long winter of darkness and so much of the you know what, I said that I am not going to say that word and I have not and will not, anyway we are grateful that winter has passed once again. I do wonder what this summer will look like. Oh and the wind. It seems like we have much more wind as of late. The howling of the wind last night did not help me to shut down although it was more my thoughts would not subside so that I could sleep. It will be nice to have a few days off but with my job coming back is not pretty. Oh well, I am looking forward to having the grandpups, Miss Aspen and Master Milo here for just over a week. Alvin will enjoy it as well. I am hoping that he will sleep in a bit and not get up so early. Back to the sunrise, I can see slightly mauve hues on the southern rise. Oh, I love the morning sky. I just heard what sounds like a huge dog barking somewhere in the near distance from us. I wonder what is going on at his house. I hope that he is okay. We have had a lot of coyotes in the neighbourhood over the past several months.

I am happy that yesterday I cleaned the upstairs and downstairs including the floors, moved my work computer and monitor and items down stairs, reorganized my desk upstairs, watered plants, raked the backyard, started to clean out the main floor coat closet and went for a walk. Felt good to get things done.

Well the coffee is ready and I want to get an early start on work. I want to have everything done before I leave tomorrow.

I hope that you have a great day and that we all have good weather to go for a walk either once or today on this Monday. Getting outside with Alvin always makes me feel good.

Happy Monday.

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 Monday morning? Alvin and I are doing great. I changed his bed in the office and I think that he likes this one better. He is one lucky little guy as he has three beds. Now one in the family room in the basement, one in the living room and one upstairs in the office. I do not have to haul them around so that is great. Alvin is one wonderful little guy. Yesterday was so nice that despite the messy icy sidewalks we ventured out for a walk. I had cleaned our walks pretty good with only one chunk of ice that is in the dip nearly impossible to remove at this point. We still have the five feet of snow and ice chunks lining the streets and our sidewalks. Keeping most people from parking on the street including company and delivery trucks. One of the neighbours from a few doors down is parking in front of Sonja’s house and I believe the reason is because they have an opening in the snow to the street or at least it is lower. Not really the way it should work. They should be parking in their garage or garage pad. The street is for company and delivery trucks not to park one of your five vehicles. I am kidding about five but some people have at least three vehicles which makes it difficult. Most times this street is down to one lane and people drive way too fast. Our street is really busy. Anyway, we went for a walk. We got down the sidewalk very carefully to the corner where our friends live across and made sure we checked both directions and in a low spot we crossed to their side of the street. The sidewalks were not too bad. We walked up the street and then I realized that I found the perfect walking place, the crescent. There is a pile of snow from the graders and we walked around the crescent and the pile of snow ten times and then went home. It took us 20-25 minutes so I figured that was perfect. Mr. Alvin was slightly confused as he kept trying to break free of the circle walking and go down the back walkway toward the other park. I was happy and felt like we actually had some exercise and we so enjoyed the warmth of the fresh sunny warm air. One of my friends posted that it was +10 degrees celsius. So today we will do that same walk. We were walking on the street in the crescent but I was able to watch for cars and not as busy as being on our main street. YAY, a safe place to walk. I hit the motherlode.

The forecast is for continued nice warm temperatures and hopefully SUNNY blue skies. I am a bit tired of the grey ones. My body craves the sunshine. My mind needs the sunshine. My soul would very much like the sunshine a bit more often. I can see the sun starting to rise with partially clear skies so we are definitely off to a great start. Happy Monday that be!

I wish you a great day. If it is nice where you are – go outside and take that walk. Whether it is 5, 10 or 30 minutes, fresh air and exercise is magic. Good for your heart, mind and body.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

I am so grateful to have a cup of homemade perked coffee. Oh, I forgot to mention that one of my dear friends called yesterday morning to see if I was up for a cup of coffee? I had just made 10 cups and was going to have one, what great timing and usually I do not make that many cups so it worked out perfectly. We had a great visit and even had some good laughs. I am so lucky to have such great friends and happy for such a wonderful surprise on a Sunday morning.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Monday Morning ALL! How are you this morning? It is still dark outside so I don’t know if we will see the sunrise or if it will be overcast. I think that it might have been raining overnight. It would appear to be so with the icy covering on parked vehicles that I could see out the front window earlier. The streets will be super icy so if you are driving and in our area, please be careful. Always better to err on the side of caution especially in the winter time. Perhaps you are reading this post from a sunny warmer climate and that is wonderful. Winter in Canada is serious business. Our weather can change in a heartbeat from sunny skies and warm temperatures to blowing snow or freezing rain. We had warm temperatures yesterday although it was overcast a good portion of the day. Unfortunately we were not able to walk. Looking at the ice out there made me cringe and after our short walk to the park on Saturday, I was not really looking forward to doing that again. We did see some friends and neighbours which was good but slipping and having to walk so carefully is not really much fun. So we stayed put.

I did go out and chip away more of the ice and we have an area carved out that the water can run to the drain. That took some doing but certainly has helped with the water/ice problem.

One of my girlfriends was going to Costco yesterday morning so she picked up a couple of things for us. I was so happy that she had time to stop in for a coffee and visit. She only had 1/2 hour as she had to pick up one of her sons from his Rock Climbing Class. I think RC would be so much fun. Can you imagine scaling a small mountain / hill? It was funny that I made extra coffee with the thought that perhaps she may be able to stay for a bit. YAY.

I got through my utilities and sorted that out for tax time. One of the things about having a small business. Keeping records and then finding where you put them, is another. Anyway all ready to go or at least pretty close.

Well almost time to start work, a few minutes away. I always like to get my computer turned on and be settled before the actual start time. Being prepared. I am not a fan of rushing at the last moment.

Mr. Alvin did get some fresh air outside with me on the deck when I was removing some ice from parts of the deck.

I wish you a wonderful Monday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! Well here we are at Monday morning once again. I seem to find it difficult to get my butt up off the sofa “or out of bed” on these days more so than others. I read quite late last night and then could not turn off my brain. Also the few times that I got up and also turning off and on the snooze button, I had awoke from an ongoing dreams. Not 100% sure if same one or not but I just kept dreaming or thinking about things. Felt like a dream. Something I could not escape. Kind of scary. So that was my Sunday night and early Monday morning. Needless to say it is fast approaching work time so I will have to make this post short. I apologize for that.

Today is our Civic Election. We elect a Mayor, 12 Councillors and some School Trustees. We also have a question about Daylight Savings Time and whether or not to continue with Equalization payments from the Federal Government. Lots to ponder. The ballot will be a long one for sure and I am hoping that I can walk to the school and get back in a reasonable amount of time. With mask in hand, my drivers license and proof of vaccination (just in case) and my phone (cause who knows what will happen) and me, myself and I.

I hope that you have a great day. If it is your time to VOTE ….. go out and do it. You may not like the way that the majority votes but at least you had your say. Always important.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this morning? I am well but a bit on the sleep deprived side. Alvin woke up about midnight, jumped off the bed and stopped on the “white” area rug that I have surrounding the end of the bed to help soften his landing and started to wretch. I immediately without hesitation jumped up and quickly moved him to the floor without the rug. He threw up something. He was in the in between place where there is nothing more to come up but still feeling like something needs to come up. In the midst of it all I ran into my bathroom and grabbed some kleenex to clean up. Once he was done, I quickly gave a good clean of the area before grabbing my phone, and water to go downstairs. Alvin stood at the top of the stairs and I knew that he was too weak to climb down on his own. I deposited my items downstairs and ran back up to carry him down. Downstairs I grabbed a light jacket from the hall closet and while putting it on, gently guided Mr. Alvin to the back door. At the back door, I put on my outside shoes and we went out into the night. It was just after midnight by this time and he just walked over onto the deck and stood there sniffing the night air. I walked over to see if he would go down onto the grass area and all he did was run away from me. Not really thinking that he wanted to play but I think that he wasn’t quite himself. Anyway several minutes later back into the house, no pee. It was so quiet outside at that time of night, no noise from the highway a few miles away, just us out on the deck. Back in the house, I decided that we would lay down on the sofa instead of going back upstairs. Both of us did not settle down easily and before you knew it …. we were up at 4:15 ….. gave him his glucosamine chew and then outside where he did pee. I reset the alarm, then up, I do not remember exactly and gave the boy his breakfast which he gobbled down as per usual. He went outside and then we were back to the sofa for a few minutes more sleep. We did not get out for a walk. At 7:00 a.m., we were up to stay up. At least I was for the moment. Alvin stayed on the sofa while I ran upstairs to hop into the shower. When I was finished in the shower – I peeked around the corner to see him lying on the bed. He seems to be fine. His eyes appear to be clear. At this moment he got up from his position on the carpet outside the office and just stared at me and now he is laying on his tummy licking his paws. Well almost time to go to work. The clock is ticking away closer to start time. I really am going to need to cup or three of coffee this morning.

One thing to note ….. last night as I was eating supper (late afternoon) …. there was a knock at the door and a neighbour from two doors down was there to ask if I would like some more plants. She had bought some and then a friend of hers gave her more. So she had more than she had room for and so I graciously accepted. I thought of the neighbour in between us which is the one in the other half of my duplex. Last night quite unexpectedly I was sharing plants and planting more flowers in my front flower bed and in the back one and in one pot to boot. I also gave my neighbour a hand pulling weeds and preparing her flower bed to plant the flowers. There was plenty to fill her flower bed and to add more to mine. So grateful. Very kind. I thought it would be nice to give thanks by giving her a hand written “thank you” note and also a bag of my favourite fruit tea. So that is exactly what I did. Also good to give thanks.

Okay definitely have to go here. Have a wonderful Monday.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter.

Good Morning ALL. What a beautiful morning it is outside. A great day is its’ way to us all. Are you ready? Close your eyes and imagine you being over the moon happy. Maybe it is talking with a family member that you have not been able to see during this pandemic. Maybe you are finally able to do something that you never have done before! OR maybe you found the most perfect gift for your sister and you have mailed it to her for Christmas. Perhaps you sent Christmas cards to a bunch of family and friends and you received your first card in the mail and it is from a friend not on your current mailing list but someone who missed you and wanted to reconnect. There are so many things that can make us happy. I am happy when I am living in a state of gratitude. I would say that I am happy more than not. Perhaps possibly yourself, a family member or friend was recently in contact with that dreadful virus and was tested and are waiting for the results – the text arrives – negative. Happiness ensues. Maybe a friend brought some unexpected treats to your door. Maybe you just woke up today. I hope that you are happy without having to actually imagine it. But if you are living in fear, doubt, sadness or the like …. then close your eyes, imagine it. Imagine that feeling of joy. Maybe it is time to grab a piece of cardboard and make a vision board. Glue or tape on some pictures of things that you would like, something that would help you in the happiness field. I want you to be happy. I would like us all to be happy, to be joyful. That does not mean that life is going to be a constant bowl filled with cherries but it does mean that if you are living your life in a state of joy and gratitude that when something to the contrary occurs, you are much better equipped to handle it. Now I am not a doctor of anything but I am 63 years old and have learned a few things over the years. What can it hurt? Try making a list of what you are grateful for? A good place to start.

Yesterday afternoon Mr. Alvin and I went for a visit to his best friend’s house. Yes, we took precautions. Teddy’s Mom does “Energy Healing” and last time she worked on Alvin but this time out of the blue she asked if she could massage my feet. An odd request. She mentioned that she missed giving her sister a foot massage. I cannot remember the last time I had my feet massaged so after some tea and treats, I had what started out to be foot massage. She told me that I am not drinking enough water and could tell by pressing on my legs that I was not. I learned a few things. About how important keeping your lymphatic system moving is. She told me that my core needed some work. Both things that I knew but when coming from someone else gave me a kickstart. I started drinking water as soon as I got back home. I am going to start ensuring that I drink 8 glasses of water each day. She showed me some exercises to get things moving. The results of not keeping the lymphatic system unblocked are not good. So let us remember to drink lots of water and not coffee like I have. Working from home …. we are sitting more than ever now. Get up and move about. Shake your legs and arms. Move it!

Well I have to go as it is almost time to start work. I have been moving about this morning and drank 2 glasses of water already. I am going to get my system going so it does not clog up.

Living my life with kindness and respect for all.

Have an awesome Monday.

Always,Carol & Alvin

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

 

 

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