It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All,

Sorry for the late and short post but Alvin had a rough night.

His poor little paws/legs are arthritic and with the cool air and rain, he has pain.

I think his human counterparts can well identify.

So with us not sleeping well last night and over the weekend, I am on my way to the Vet to pick up some pain meds for the boy.

Just something to help him over the worse.

 

Hoping for sunshine and warmer temperatures soon.

 

Take Care.

Be well.

 

Living with kindness and respect for all.

 

I/We, shall remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning,

Funny how some mornings you wake up and are full of energy and ready to go and others not so much.

The sky is overcast this morning and this is a “not so much” kind of morning.

We were up earlier at 3:45 a.m. – well actually Alvin had me up at 3:45.

I gave him his glucosamine chew and then we hit the sofa for what seemed like 5 minutes before he was up and wanting to eat.

Guess what time that was?

It was 4:15 a.m.

So I fed the boy, then outside, and we hit the sofa again.

Then it was 7:19 a.m

Thoughts of “Oh do we have to get up crossed my mind.”

I decided might be nice to return upstairs and lay on our bed.

We were there for a few minutes when we hear a loud bang.

Alvin’s head bolted up.

Then shortly after the sounds of a hammer.

Then a electric saw.

ARGH.

So then at 8:15 a.m. which is not early and not late – we are up.

I checked out of the window to see where the noise was coming from and noticed that the neighbours across the street (not directly) were/are working on their fence.

Oh well, I have things to do.

Shower, breakfast, gather up all the laundry that is air drying in the basement, wash the floors, move my flower pots back to their original spots (looked like a big storm with possible hail and more

wind) and at some point walk and move some of the flowers in the front flower bed.

Oh, I have two tomato plants to transplant.

But they are not growing very quickly so I am hesitant to move them outside.

I would like to do some work-work (office).

Today is Sunday so not sure if I want to spend any more time “working” as I already did 3.45 hours yesterday.

We are just so busy that I find putting in extra time here and there helps my peace of mind.

Actually truth be told more than here and there.

I generally put in extra time everyday.

That varies from one hour to multiple hours.

I am quite certain that I am not alone.

Now that we are working from home it is not easy to ignore “work” during off hours.

As it is starring one right in the face.

I see my work computer as I write this post and think I should be working.

Also not just for me but for my clients.

Everyone is nervous, worried and also most people think everything nowadays should be completed in the blink of an eye.

Which is not so.

So many folks now working from home have found their work loads have increased many fold due to the COVID19 pandemic.

So what do we do?

Oh well, I will do as I always do.

Work extra when I can.

Try to relax when I can.

Life goes on.

I do not wish to complain as I know that I am blessed in so many ways.

I have a beautiful home, great family and friends, Alvin and we are in good health.

You know what – no noise now.

I guess that was my wake up call.

Time to get this day going.

The sky looks dark as though it could start to rain anytime.

The bind is blowing.

I hope that neighbour is able to complete everything he needs to do today before the rain.

 

Yesterday was my friend’s birthday.

I did not have an opportunity to see her but we did chat on the phone.

She had just spoke with two of her sister who live in England.

How lovely.

Her gift & card are ready for the next time we see each other.

 

Another friend down the street asked if she could take Alvin for some time on Friday as she has the day off.

She is the Mom to Alvin’s girlfriend Abi, who passed away in February.

I hope that Alvin will go with her as she really needs some company and is missing Abi terribly.

You know Mr. Alvin is such a Momma’s boy and does not like to leave my sight.

 

Well I guess time to hit the shower and get this day going.

A cup of coffee and GO.

Thank you for reading and listening.

I hope that you are doing well in the midst of this pandemic.

So much is happening in the world.

If we can just listen to each other, love and respect each other and treat each other with kindness – the world stands a chance.

Reach out with a phone call, video chat, email or text to a friend or loved one.

Help an elderly neighbour.

Visit with a neighbour over the fence or in the backyard.

Do some volunteer work (yes, there are things we can do even during this pandemic).

We are all HUMAN BEINGS.

 

Enjoy your Sunday.

Living with love, kindness and respect for all.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Remembering these cupcakes that I commissioned a coworker to bake for my birthday last year.

Looking forward to more this coming one.

They were so o pretty and oh so o yummy.

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Saturday Morning,

It is our long weekend ….

We were up about 4:35 earlier this morning.

After Alvin had finished his glucosamine chew, his chicken and rice breakfast, outside we went.

The air was so fresh, no sounds except for the early songs of some unfamiliar birds.

So sweet and delicate.

The sky was beginning to lighten.

There was a peace about it all.

I could have closed my eyes and stood there until the end of time.

After Alvin had finished inside we went.

Hitting the sofa for some further zzz’s.

Because there is no where on this planet that I would be up to stay up at 4:30 on a Saturday.

Okay, perhaps one or two.

But not today.

We enjoyed that quiet time on the sofa as my mind raced to the finish line.

Finally dozing off.

 

Alvin always is the one that motivates me to get going.

This morning was no different.

So up we were to stay.

The once super bright sun filled skies are now filled with some clouds.

There is a bit of a breeze but still beautiful.

While we just stepped away outside as Alvin gave me the word and downstairs we went.

He is still having gas.

His vet appointment was mainly his usual nail trim, anal gland and ear check.

All good.

His bum was tender due to his recent bouts of diarrhea.

Now isn’t that the way to turn the beautiful description of a morning out the window.

Anyway on our way to the vet he stopped and of course, as always had to POO.

Good news it was no longer “D” and starting to be normal.

Funny how sometimes normal poop can be so exciting and such a relief.

Perhaps overly describing the bottom end happenings, may be too much.

Alvin’s Vet gave him (we purchased) some probiotics.

I am glad that she did as he continues to have gas and no bowel movement since we went to the vet yesterday afternoon.

I am going to continue to think good thoughts.

 

My plants in the back garden just got a nice watering while we were outside.

Also Humphrey will be spending the weekend with us.

So I shall go and pick him up soon.

Check on Cynder as well.

First couple of things around the house.

Start laundry and such.

 

Outside the day is beginning for most people as I hear trucks running and dogs barking and law mowers buzzing.

I will say one thing.

Looking out my bedroom and living room windows this morning to see a bare street was so uplifting.

No snow, no ice …. just bare, glorious grey pavement.

The trees are beginning to bud and some are even in leaf already.

YES, it is May 16, 2020.

Life is good.

Sometimes we all need to be reminded of that ….

 

Well time to get things done.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Enjoy some time outside.

We all need to feel the sun on our bodies and the breeze on our cheeks.

Happy Saturday.

 

With kindness and respect,

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Tuesday morning,

Sky is overcast

No sign of a beautiful sunrise.

Unsure of what the temperature is this morning.

Alvin is resting on his little bed beside in between my home and work stations.

I propped up my laptop more than previously with hopes that I will be closer to being ergonomic.

I am also going to use a foot stool to prop up my legs.

I have been suffering with lower back pain as a result of not having a very proper set up.

There is a nice desk and chair but with the laptop sitting on the desk I am looking down up not at eye level.

So hopefully this will help.

By the end of four days at home, my back feels better.

I tried to ensure that I was sitting properly and getting exercise.

 

One of my friends dropped me by another Easter dinner this one has ham and scalloped potatoes (tonight’s supper).

We chatted ensuring that we were keeping the proper social distance.

She had found this exercise for lower back pain from sitting improperly at desk.

My friend also mentioned that she has been doing this for a few days and thought it was helping.

So you lay flat on your back on a yoga mat or on the carpet.

Place a rolled up towel in the small of your back (not a big towel).

Then raise your arms on the floor but above your head with your palms down so that your pink fingers could touch (if you can).

Then your legs out front on the floor stretching your big toes toward each foot.

Do this stretching for five minutes whenever possible.

Maybe at a coffee break if you are working from home.

 

Well I slept in this morning …… so time to run and grab the coffee before starting the work laptop.

I hope that you were able to get some rest whether you are working or not.

Take care.

Be safe.

 

Walking today ….. yes we are.

 

Be kind and respectful.

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Monday morning.

The sun is shining brightly here in Edmonton.

Alvin and I were up early and then back to the sofa for extra zzz’s.

Back to work tomorrow.

Well moving one desk over tomorrow morning.

 

We had a great Easter weekend.

Yesterday one of my girl friends brought me a turkey dinner plate with apple pie for dessert.

I am blessed.

She also dropped off some homemade turkey soup.

How lucky am I?

 

I pretty much completed everything on my TO DO LIST.

Today I want to trim the fur on Alvin’s paws a little.

His ears need to be cleaned.

I will give him a bath at some point soon.

Submitting a Steeped Tea order later this afternoon.

Garbage goes out tonight.

 

I rented the latest JUMANJI movie last night.

It was funny and made me jump a couple of times.

I do like Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black.

Also good to laugh these days.

 

I should be calling family and friends but honestly phoning is not one of my favourite things to do.

Most especially since part of my work is being on the phone.

Anyway, that has to be set aside and I need to reach out and contact family and friends.

We have been texting and sending emails but that is not quite the same.

So if you are like me, reach out today or tomorrow and call someone.

 

I hope that you all are having a great Easter weekend.

I am blessed that we have an extra long weekend.

Sending good thoughts your way.

 

With kindness and respect,

I/We, remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Happy Monday Morning Everyone.

No colourful sunrise as yet but am hopeful that we shall see some sunshine today.

More snow yesterday and overnight.

 

Yesterday I snapped a couple of closeups of Mr. Alvin.

Is he not the cutest boy?

He has such a cute innocent face.

His eyes …. I guess only one is visible…

When I am eating something and he comes up close with his face and turns on the cuteness …. those brown eyes can melt you into a puddle.

 

A Story of Six Bunnies

Over the past few days I have become enthralled with the bunnies that gather in the nighttime on our front lawn.

Okay, on the front snow covered lawn area.

Last night as I started to turn off the lights in the house before we went upstairs to bed, I noticed five rabbits out front of our house.

One came bounding over to join them.

We watched the bunnies as they munched away on the food that my neighbour so graciously has left for them.

It has been a hard winter for these little ones with all this snow.

At one point in the second photo, I saw two of the rabbits leaving the group to the other side of the street.

They stopped along the side where there was an abundance of soft fresh snow (not packed down by traffic).

One of the bunnies laid down and rolled around in the snow.

Well yes he/she certainly did roll.

Then jumped up while the other bunny watched.

I giggled as I watched the playfulness of the bunny.

The little one did this a few times before continuing to the other side of the road.

I figured perhaps I could grab some better photos so we raced upstairs and I took the photo on the left.

The one on the right captures the two bunnies, the one on the left was the one playing in the snow.

 

This morning from our bedroom window.

Appears to have been a party happening in our front yard (my neighbour and ours together).

The tracks filled the front yard or at least most of it.

There are tracks from every direction.

There was lots of good food and good company.

I should have put out some liquid refreshment.

 

Well that is what was happening in our neck of the woods as Al Roker would say.

I am an Al Roker fan (Today Show).

 

Well the time is passing and is almost time to start working.

 

In addition to watching the bunnies yesterday I made another banana cranberry orange with coffee spice load and a massive pot of the best chili ever.

I am so proud of both.

Good eatings ahead.

 

Time for caffeine …..

Have an awesome day.

 

It is the small things in life that mean the most.

A snuggle with Alvin.

Video chat with my daughter.

Text from my sister.

Fresh made banana loaf.

Smell of chili bubbling away on the stove.

A bunny rolling in the fresh snow.

Fresh perked cup of coffee.

 

Time to go.

 

As Always, I/We

Carol & Alvin

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All,

Feeling refreshed as just had a nice shower.

Alvin was enjoying a massage a bit earlier.

I am worried that he is starting to feel the effects of arthritis more and more.

I even massaged his little legs and when I stopped he asked for more.

We have this little gesture when he wants/needs something.

I ensure even Al has to have manners.

He reaches out to me or to whomever with one of his front paws.

That is how he asks nicely.

So he kept doing this every time that I stopped massaging.

Unfortunately I cannot do it all day but I am going to make a point of on my breaks massaging his paws/legs.

He is laying on his extra soft bed that I made for him in the office.

I have a blanket of mine that is over 40 years old folded down and then his blue blanket on top.

Making a nice little bed for the boy.

 

In a few minutes it will be time to go and turn on the coffee pot or I may sneak away in a few minutes.

Am feeling like a cup of coffee sooner than later.

It is strange/odd that every day since I have been home, I have not had the same routine.

We do the same things but at somewhat different times.

Perhaps changing things up a bit does not hurt.

Our routine has likely been changed for some time to come.

 

I feel for Alvin though in all of this.

I know that he is enjoying me being at home.

Once I go back to work it will be tough on him.

He is not a young dog anymore.

One day at a time.

Making each day count is the way that we have to look at all of this.

 

Oh, just when we thought SPRING had truly arrived …..

IT snowed and snowed.

We now have a nice thick white blanket covering all of the bare ground and concrete.

There remain huge banks of snow in the front yards that face north and ours is one of them.

Okay, perhaps huge might be a bit of an exaggeration but still we have quite a lot of snow.

If we do not have an imagination or sense of humour, what do we have?

The sky is overcast so I am not seeing the beauty of a sunrise.

Although far on the horizon in between all of the houses that I see out of my office window there is some lightness.

Lightness coming from the horizon.

Sunrise?

I think so.

Hopefully the sun will shine through any clouds that remain in the sky today.

 

I cannot believe it is already DAY FOUR of working from home.

Yesterday so proud of us.

We went for a 30 minute walk at lunchtime and then again after work.

We will have to be careful walking today as the snow is covering the ice and water.

Will have to go from memory of yesterday’s walk.

 

Well, it is almost time to sign off for another day.

I can smell the coffee perking.

Yup, I ran downstairs (okay, walked) and turned on the coffee pot a couple of minutes ago.

 

I wish you a day filled with something new.

A good new.

If you are not working from home and have time to spare.

Go onto the computer and take an online course.

Most city/town libraries have free courses.

Just google free courses.

You never know what you may find.

Learning something new will ease the boredom and give you confidence and help keep your mind off things.

 

Maybe read a new book, a title that you have lying around the house OR I imagine there are free books online to read.

 

Start spring cleaning.

Start room by room.

Go slowly as I think we have time.

Be meticulous about what you are keeping, discarding and recycling and giving to charity.

 

Make a list from every room of all of the items that you have that you are not using.

Once complete then think of who you could give those items to.

 

If you sew, make a blanket for an elderly neighbour.

If you knit, make a blanket for your Mother/Father.

 

There are so many things we can do.

Write a book.

GO FOR A WALK.

I highly recommend the WALK.

There is nothing like fresh air to still the demons and quiet the thoughts.

 

So my coffee is perked and I am ready for it.

 

Wishing you kindness and respect.

Be safe and in good health.

This is one of those rare times in human history that we are all in this together.

Everyone on the planet has been affected by this in some way, shape or form.

I do believe that some countries are handling things better than others but that is unfortunately how things go.

Do the right thing where you are.

 

 

Have an awesome Tuesday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning World.

Welcome to Sunday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The SUN is SHINING brightly.

I can imagine the birds singing as I sit here clacking away on the keyboard.

My trusty companion Alvin is laying on his blue blanket on the floor beside my chair.

The sky is the purest of the palest of blues that I have seen in a while.

YAY, I love Sundays.

The coffee is perking away and I am energized by the aroma as it wafts throughout the house.

Life is good.

 

Last night I was invited to attend a “paint night” with my young friends.

We had a hoot.

The painting is not actually painting in what we traditionally know it to be ….

but rather with this little plastic stick of sorts you pick up a bead that has a round head and flat bottom and lay it onto the picture.

It reminds me of paint by numbers but the picture is sticky and you attach beads.

The pictures are pre numbered of course and they are small beads.

All of our paintings were different views of the sunrise and sunset.

Morning, daytime and evening.

I cannot wait to finish mine.

Definitely longer than a one evening project.

I only did about a 1/4 and then stopped to just concentrate on visiting with my friends.

But so much fun.

We chattered away catching up on our our news and the world’s.

All three of us brought some goodies to share.

There was the taco dip and chips, veggie and fruit tray and dip, “energy bites,” goldfish and breton crackers, and this crazy yummy chocolate pudding with whipped cream and graham cracker

crumb dessert.

We had coffee and wine.

I am so grateful to have these gals as my friends.

We support and love each other.

They have young families so I am kind of like the Grandma or an older Aunt.

I have seen their children grow over the last almost ten years.

They were really just babies when I moved here and met them.

The laughter that emanates from the room when we are together is crazy.

I love these ladies.

 

Well time to head back downstairs and have some of that glorious coffee.

Just relax for a bit before changing and getting on with the day.

I have towels in the dryer to bring up and put away.

I would like to go through and put in order my papers for taxes (yup, I did not put things in good order like I was going to at the start of the year).

Go for a walk later if the temperature is okay.

 

Yesterday morning we hopped quickly over to the vet to pick up some food for Mr. Alvin.

He has enough for maybe a week but sometimes hard to gage and I did not want to run out part way through the week.

Mmm, what else.

Get ready for work.

I know that I had a couple of other things on my list ….. wipe out the oven.

 

I hope that you had an awesome Saturday night with family and or friends.

Perhaps you spent the evening watching your favourite movies cuddling with your puppy dog.

Maybe you played cards or a board game with your kids.

Whatever it was …..

 

Have an awesome Sunday.

Life is good.

Be kind and respectful to one another.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Hello My Beautiful Sister ……

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Wednesday Morning,

Alvin and I enjoyed another wonderful walk last night in the warm air.

So happy to see the sidewalks becoming more and more clear of ice and snow.

The moon has been glorious for the past few days.

Full, round and present.

I have seen some of the photos taken in New York City and the moon appeared to be sitting beside the city skyline of skyscrapers.

So beautiful.

The colour appeared different than it has here in Edmonton, a few thousand miles away.

2427 miles to be precise ( that is what google is for when we are not quite sure ).

My moon shots were not that great.

Perhaps if I played with the settings on my iPhone, I could have taken better shots but that is okay.

Not everyone is gifted with the eye for taking great, spectacular photos.

I am good at other things.

Like we all are ….

We all have our special gifts.

When you are having a moment and believe that you are not special, that just is not so.

Every single being on this planet, every spark of life, is special and holds a place within the biosphere we call Earth.

I know that it may be difficult some days to think in this way but we must.

No one person is any better than the next.

We all have our quirks, our desires, our ambitions, our creative energies, the way we comb our hair to the way we handle our days.

If we learn to stop, smell the roses, take the time to relax and just be.

Be well, be good within ourselves.

Perhaps maybe we may realize how special each creature is to our very existence.

I hope so anyway.

That is not to say that we all do not have those moments, oh believe, you me …. I have them.

We all do and that is part of what it is to be human.

We run the gamut of emotions.

 

Well it is almost time to head back downstairs to finish the “getting ready” process.

There be poop to pick up (as always), some last minute snuggles with my boy, lunch to grab out of the fridge.

The coat, the mitts, the scarf and the boots and remember to take my purse and phone.

 

I wish you the best of Wednesdays.

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating today.

May you be covered in eternal joy, good health and enjoy much laughter and abundance.

 

Days to be filled with kindness and respect.

Today will be …..

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Monday Morning,

No additional moisture overnight, thankfully.

We had a great Sunday.

Humphrey spent the day with us and went home just before our bedtime.

Even had a nice walk in the mid afternoon.

Teddy and his Mom came for a visit.

The boys (Alvin, Teddy and Humphrey) hung out after our tea and visit while we went to the grocery store.

First off, we went to the Co-op.

They had some bathroom tissue on the shelves but it was not on sale or at least not for a good price.

After we were finished at Co-op, we went to Save-on Foods, the grocery store closest to my house.

Teddy’s Mom prefers Co-op and me, I guess Save-on.

I quickly gathered the items that I wanted leaving the bathroom tissue until almost last.

There was not one package on this huge row of shelving …. not one ….

A clerk was there folding up a box so I asked him and he said “Sorry, we have sold.”

I said “Are you kidding?”

He said “No.”

I could not believe it.

In the 11 years that I have lived in Edmonton, in this neighbourhood, not one time have they completely SOLD OUT of bathroom tissue.

I think that people are just going a tad off the deep end.

Why just bathroom tissue?

That seems to be the question of the day.

ARGH, was all that I could think of, ARGH, I thought.

Thankfully I have enough for this week and maybe a bit longer if I treat it as if it were GOLD.

I heard in the store or somewhere that the trains are not getting through.

Trains….

Most of our groceries come by truck, do they not?

I always thought so.

I know grain travels by railcar and vehicles are brought from coast to coast via train, but bathroom tissue.

Maybe.

Anyway, it is crazy.

 

One more quick story.

At Save-on Foods yesterday while at the check-out.

I was going to use my free 200 points from last weekend when I pulled out the FREE apple juice.

I believe it was for FIVE free cartons of juice.

I said to the Cashier that I would not be using this free juice and wondered if he could give it to a Mom coming through or Family.

He looked at me strange but agreed.

The man behind me to whom I had been speaking about the bathroom tissue shortage …. said “Hey, I never thought of that” and started rummaging through his wallet.

Perhaps I started something.

Pay it forward.

FREE stuff at the grocery store, don’t throw away those little coupons, pass them on.

There is always a family out there that could use them.

 

 

Well this morning I am catching the bus.

Going to catch the earlier one as the one that I used to catch only gets to me to work right at the stroke of start time.

Heaven above that I show up that close to start time.

Oh well, I guess I am held to higher standards.

 

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Oh, last night was a full full moon.

Which will make for an interesting day, I am sure.

If this was Saturday, it would only be 4:57 not 5:57.

No wonder I feel tired.

Somewhat.

Considering that I don’t feel as though I slept at all.

Alvin actually did not wake up until I got up minutes before the alarm went off.

YAY, Mr. Alvin.

Okay, I am going now.

 

Off to get this one going.

Poop pick up (coat on first of course) and grab lunch etc.

 

Remembering to be kind and respectful.

Yes, we must.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

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