The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Despite the rocky start to the New Year, things are starting to get better. Yesterday over my lunch break, I asked a neighbour to come over and check behind the stove to see if you know what was in the you know what! I won’t say because I am not one that takes taking a life no matter what lightly. All life is important for this Earth unfortunately there are some that are short lived. Anyway, K checked behind the stove and it was there, so it was disposed of properly. I felt bad but I also felt a massive sigh of relief and the anxiety that I had been feeling for two days was substantially lifted. I will not say that I was immediately anxiety free, as I was not. Continuing to work upstairs likely helped. After work I took a deep breath and started to empty the dishwasher, put away the clean dishes that filled the kitchen table and wiped the counter completely with disinfectant wipes once again before return any items. The only items on the counter are the electric kettle, food processor, stand mixer and the glass cake container which houses the bananas but I am using it as though they were a cake. They are covered. There are two containers with utensils. That is it. I also folded up some tin foil and placed it at either end of the top of the stove resting against the countertop. I pushed in more foil beside the bottom of the stove as well. It just gives me a bit more peace of mind. After that I started to gather some of the remaining Christmas decorations to put away. I even got brave on my own and went into the basement, not the furnace room but the “family room” and got some empty rubbermaid containers for the ornaments/decorations. In between I gave Mr. Alvin his supper. Every time I have food out I scrub and wipe to ensure there are no crumbs anywhere to be found. The lid from a new tin of Alvin’s dog food well I took it off the can, washed it and the can once emptied into a covered container and place clean items in a bag and put in recycling. NO CRUMBS. It took awhile but I managed to put away most of the Christmas stuff from the main floor. There are still a few things up and out but I think I will leave them until the weekend. I have to decide what things I will bring back up from the basement from my regular ornaments and things. I am again grateful to my neighbour for bringing me coffee yesterday late morning per my request and for her bringing me some today. Tomorrow the new coffee perk arrives and I hope it is early in the day. I will have to keep an eye/ear out for the delivery. My office is at the back of the office so not easy to see the street without getting up and physically going into my bedroom and looking out the window and I am unable to see the porch from there. Oh well.

All things considered it was a good day. Work is a bit on the scary side at the moment being short two people and issues with our computer system. I am happy that once again most of the anxiety has been lifted, erased. Although I am not able to sleep on the sofa in the mornings when we are up at 3 or 4 and 5 but I will in time. Poor Alvin has to make those steps a bit more often than he normally would. I do like having my workspace upstairs for a change but will have to decide if I leave it up here for awhile. Might be a nice change!

Well time to sign off. I hope that you are doing well. Hopefully things in your home are good. I am trying to remain positive and hopeful that this does not happen again. I fully realize that had I had the virus or everyone around me had it – I would have been in a much worse place. I did try and contact a professional but for a time yesterday I was unable to make outgoing calls or take incoming ones. That has now been rectified.

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

Today is a much better day and I am so grateful for my awesome neighbours. I could not have got to this place and I am happy to be here both mentally and physically. Thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning. Well my anxiety level has decreased somewhat but still no capture. I have moved my workstation upstairs to my personal office and confused Mr. Alvin. He wants to be downstairs and just does not understand.

Thanks to my next door neighbour for bringing me coffee as I will have to wait to make my own until the weekend. Thanks to my daughter for ordering me a new coffee perk. I am not sure that I will be able to actually make coffee – if I can stay in the kitchen that long. Longest time I spend in there now is to get Alvin’s breakfast and supper. Yesterday my neighbour also helped me take down the Christmas tree. Which has opened up the living room space and gives me breathing room. All the other decorations remain up at this point.

Also thanks to my daughter for stopping by on her way home from work and for bringing me supper.

I am running late as I could not close my eyes without seeing you know what. Sometimes even just the mere thought drives me to the edge. I know that I have to be strong and I can get through this.

We have make contact with professionals via email and I will call them today to see what can be done. I cannot live like this for long and neither can Mr. Alvin. I realize that all these extra trips upstairs is not great for his poor legs but if need be I will carry him up and down.

I must go and get to work. Truly short commute. One chair over.

I wish you a wonderful day. With no anxieties.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? 10 sleeps till Christmas Eve Day. Yesterday it started to snow late afternoon and did not stop overnight. We woke up to I would say a couple feet of snow to shovel. I had to shovel some of the deck at 5:00 a.m. so that Alvin could go outside to do his business otherwise I would have lost him in the snow. Plus he likely would not have gone out. We were in bed just before 10:00 last night and not up until almost 5:00 this morning. YAY, Mr. Alvin. Before getting ready for work after getting up at 6:40, I went to shovel the front thinking that I would beat my friend’s boyfriend out to shovel the front but we were out at the same time. He was just on his way to work and only had time to do theirs, I said that I wanted to do theirs as well but just did not get out early enough. I am grateful that he did shovel their half as there is a lot of snow. Certainly do not want to overdo things. Anyway, I want to go out and shovel the driveway and ensure that my recycling isn’t covered in the snow otherwise the garbage person will not see it. They are usually out and about before now but imagine they are running late. For all those people in our area, please be careful if you have to drive anywhere today. There is one heck of a lot of snow. Thankfully it is not wet but dry snow and not cold out.

Yesterday I took the afternoon off from work to go with one of my friend’s to Costco to get groceries. I am so glad that I did. I was able to finish my shopping for the humans and get some food items for Christmas. YAY, me. It was busy but didn’t take us long to get in and get out.

Last night I delivered more Christmas baking packages to friends and neighbours. I had a few visits along the way. I was out for 1.5 hours and everyone is less than 5 minutes away. Nice to chat with my friends. Catch up.

Well I had better get out there if I am going to do some more shovelling. Be careful out there and have a great day. Feels like Christmas now.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. never a dull moment with the weather.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? First work day with the clocks set back one hour, I would say that it was a bit easier getting up this morning. Alvin slept till 3:00 a.m. without waking up which was great. I was stumbling around in the backyard trying to find where he pooped last night (that was early evening). When we went back into the house, I texted one of my close neighbours to ask if she had two “D” batteries for a flashlight, she said “Dang it, we don’t have any D batteries, sorry.” The next words changed my life. “But your phone should have a flashlight.” A flashlight on my phone, wow, never thought of that. I texted her thank you and went to “settings” to find the flashlight. A few moments later, I found the “flashlight” and texted back to thank her profusely and then went outside to try it out. OMG, it lights the darkness so well. I had no problem seeing what I needed to see and could even shine the line for Alvin to see where he was going but I think they have better night vision than we do. That being said …. he could still step on missed poop. We wouldn’t want that. Okay I guess enough of the pooping stories. Anyway I used the flashlight at 3:00 a.m. and then again at 4:30 a.m. and I am so happy. It will make a huge difference and guess what I “did not have to spend any money, no extra money, not one cent.” I can tell you that I was doing a happy dance last night. I cannot believe that I did not know or realize that our smartphones have flashlights. Better late than never to the table, I say.

I managed to give Mr. Alvin a decent haircut and followed up with a bath yesterday. He was a bit better than normal. I also forgot to give him some anxiety medicine. Next time. I also baked some cinnamon scones and two rhubarb/apple crisps and we went for a nice walk. A good day all the way round. Ended with learning something new – the flashlight on my phone. I guess it truly is a “smart” phone. I can still remember the phones that we had one farm ….. that had a different amount of rings for each family on the line…… then the rotary phone, cordless phone, mobile phone and now “smartphones.” WOW. All this happened in my “64” years on this planet.

Well I see by the clock on the wall that it is time to head on downstairs, put on some coffee and shortly start work. I hope that you have an awesome day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! Happy Friday and Happy dress up for HAlloween day at work. I am dressing up as a witch or have dressed up as a witch. I took a few selfies but difficult to get a full body shot but that is okay. I will have to share them later as I do not have time to download them to the computer. For some most of the last ten years or so, I leave it until the last minute and then raid my closets and jewelry and I always have my trusty witch hat which I love so much. I bought it many many years ago from Shoppers (drugstore), I believe and it was well worth it. It looks as good as the day that I bought it. It is purple and black with a mesh covered in spiders that you can pull over your face. Like a veil, I suppose. Then I have a long black dress and I have many black sweaters so I picked the most flowy one and black socks although no one can see my feet, lol. Voile, I am a witch. Also a bit of dark makeup around my eyes and a bit of white powder on my face and I attempted to make a mole on my cheek but it looks more like a black mark but whatever, it is Halloween and really anything goes. I have a couple of very old rings that look like something a “witch” may wear and a bracelet as well, a couple of necklaces that are made from crystals and they are dark in colour so perfection. Alvin is upstairs with me and when I put on the hat, he really took a stare and then walked away. Now he is sitting in the hallway with his back to me. Happy to be upstairs with me but does not wish to gaze at the witch who is sitting at the computer. Not so much. What a guy! I was wondering how exactly I am going to go outside in a little bit and pick up the poop from earlier in a long dress? Guess I will be hiking it up and also wishing that I had just gone out. 99% of the time I go outside with Alvin since his first surgery back in February but this was the third or fourth time I let him go out other than in the afternoon or something to sit on the deck by himself. Should have gone out, should have, really should have. Oh well, no turning back. I need something on my lips. I don’t have a really dark lipstick but will have to just make something work.

Last night after work when Alvin and were on our way to the park, we bumped into one of our friends who was just arriving home with her pup. We stood on the driveway and chatted for a few minutes before heading onward to the park. On our way home who should be coming into the park but our friends. So we chatted for a few minutes. Alvin was in a hurry (hungry for supper) and I mentioned that I was feeling hungry as well as will be making supper from scratch as no leftovers. My friend said that she had taken the afternoon off from work and had made a big pot of rice, chicken and potatoes and I was welcome to a plate if I wanted. I said thank you but I did not want to both her as they would need to go back to the house but she did not take no for an answer. She is one of the most kind and generous people I know. She always is kind and always thinks of others. M, is a truly good person. I wished that I could be more like her … she is always happy and positive. I try but no where close to her. So back to her house we went (luckily not too far) and we all went inside. Mr. Alvin decided to go up the three stairs in the entrance way and then when it was time to go – could not get down or did not want to come down on his own. So I went up and carried him down. We chatted for a minute and I thanked her profusely for the lovely meal and we were on our way with takeaway supper in tow. When I got home I fed Alvin right away and started to make the supper that I was going to cook and then warmed my dinner from my friend in the microwave. Oh my goodness, it was delicious. Always nice to eat someone else’s cooking. I thoroughly enjoyed it and of course, Mr. Alvin thought he should have some but his Momma said “sorry buddy, no.” How lucky am I? Go for a walk and come home with supper. I am surrounded by the most generous, kind and wonderful neighbours on the planet. Best Neighbourhood Award for sure.

Have an awesome day and I will post photos later.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. the pasta with baked chicken and brussel sprouts and other items that I made was yummy. I had to give it as taste after it was cooked. Looking forward to it tonight for supper and tomorrow and Sunday and likely Monday as well …………………..

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Wednesday morning? Cool, I hope. Alvin and I were up at 3:30 as both had to “pee.” It was so refreshing outside and even though it was in the 20’s celsius even at that time with a breeze it felt cool and as I was wearing my summer pj’s, I put on a sweater, imagine that! We lingered on the deck for a time enjoying the coolness and for a moment I thought of grabbing Alvin’s beds and bringing them outside and laying down on the deck. For a moment. Then back into the house and laid down until he was up at 4:30 to eat. After Alvin ate, I changed my alarm from 5:00 to 5:30. I checked the weather and before the official sunrise it was 24 degrees celsius with a breeze and only climbing after the sun begins to rise higher in the sky. The sun rose at I think 5:07 so we could see to walk of course and at 5:40 a.m. this morning Alvin and I headed out for a walk. We came across three runners and one couple with a dog walking. I think that the dog was walking the Mrs. They were fully dressed with long pants, tops and jackets. I felt warm looking at them. Anyway we enjoyed the coolness in the air, the smell of the roses, the smell of the morning. It was enchanting. Really it was. I felt like we were in a different place and shortly we will be. I am grateful that we have fans and can keep relatively okay. Last night before bed I gave Alvin a bath of sorts, no shampoo, just got him wet and then partially dried him. I had a shower. Then we went to bed. I also put a wet towel on him. When the towel dried out during the night, he woke up. I realized what the problem was grabbing the towel went into the bathroom and ran some coolish water soaking the towel. Covering him with it once again, he went back to sleep. I think that he knows what the towel represents now. I am grateful to have towels and water. There is still a breeze coming in through the office window and it is actually cool in here. Unlike yesterday morning when it was warm but we are earlier I think. A few minutes ago after returning from our walk, Alvin wanted to go outside. So we went into the backyard and found Bogart atop the fence between his yard and ours. He was meowing at Alvin and Alvin was barking at him. His Mom came out, picked up Bogart from the top of the fence, he was not impressed, we had a short visit as she was vacuuming while it was still cool before realizing that she promised a coworker that she would go to the office and help with a task. So then she was hustling Humphrey and Bogart into the house. That has been our morning thus far. Honestly feels like we have been up for hours and I guess actually we have.

At least the weekend will be 10 or more degrees cooler and 25/26 degrees celsius looks pretty cool to me.

So on this Wednesday the last day of June 2021 and the day before we celebrate Canada Day, I am grateful to live in a country that is not perfect but we are trying to do better for all our citizens. We are hopeful that for the children of the next generations we will always remember what is not acceptable and that we will all live together with respect, compassion and kindness for everyone, for each citizen of this great land. Everyone is important. Everyone!

Happy Wednesday to you. I am off to put on some coffee and perhaps sit outside on the deck for a little while while the deck remains shaded before the sun rises higher in the sky. Enjoy that refreshing cool air a bit longer.

Take care and stay cool and hydrated.

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

Love, Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this fine Saturday morning. Alvin and I are doing well and have been up for hours. We have already been for a walk, watered all of the flower beds and flower pots and did some yard work. I wanted to get in all of the outdoor work before the heat sets in for the day. I really am enjoying our early morning walks. Other than two people out for a walk we were the only ones. Surprised that folks with pups were not out for a walk but perhaps they were out even earlier. Alvin really loves his new travel water dish and usually drinks the whole bottle on each of our walks. I put the coffee on to perk while I am writing this post. Lots to do this Saturday. After this post, coffee and breakfast followed by changing and preparing to give Mr. Alvin a haircut and bath. His hair is not really long but in this next week heat wave a shorter cut will be better for him. Then of course, there is laundry and I think in the heat of the day we will be in the basement. My daughter and son-in-law gave us a leather love seat which fits perfects in the family room in the basement so we have a place to sit for my, lay for Alvin and watch a movie and just hang out and be cool. I have some rearranging to do in the basement so perfect time when it is hot outside. The fans on the main floor keep the temperature at about 80 which seems hot but isn’t too bad. I am not a heat person by any stretch of the imagination. Not at all.

Last night we went to one of our neighbors and hung out in their beautiful backyard. It really is gorgeous. First thing that Alvin does is to roll around on the grass as it is cool and thick unlike ours. He really loves this couple as do I and we always have such a great visit. Laughing and sharing news and information. Alvin made sure that he sniffed every part of the yard. He was fixated on something in one of her flower beds and surprisingly enough lifted his paws as not to squash any of the flowers. We were shocked. It was an deliberate action. What a guy!

Well this is going to be short as I have to get going and get Alvin’s haircut done. At least the fans will help. I need that cup of coffee and perhaps some toast before starting.

I am grateful to have fans for us to be cool. Not much housework this weekend. Thankfully I usually keep things tidy and clean so really not much to do. I am grateful that we were able to go for a nice walk earlier. The roses smelled amazing and the birds singing their morning songs. So beautiful out.

I hope that you have an awesome Saturday. Keep cool and safe. Enjoy the weekend.

Living this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, understanding and gratitude.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this morning? We are doing well. Up in good time for my late shift start for work today. There is a bit of a breeze coming in through the windows but not much. The plan is to have a quick shower after I write this post and go for a nice morning walk before the heat of the day sets in. My “lunch break” due to the late start is not until 3:00 p.m. which will be near the high for today. I love morning walks. There is something about the air, fresh and calm. Perhaps the goslings will be out in sight with their parents. They grow so quickly.

Happy Happy Birthday to my friend Gillian ….. wishing you the most wonderful day. May you be surrounded with love, laughter, great joy, good health and abundance. Happy Birthday my friend.

I cannot remember if I mentioned this to you or not but I noticed on the weekend that NETFLIX has in its’ new releases “SAHARA.” One of my most favourite movies of all time. It stars, Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn (love him), Penelope Cruz, Rainn Wilson, William H Macy, Delroy Lindo, Lennie James and Lambert Wilson. The story follows a treasure hunter who partners with a WHO doctor to find a lost Civil War Ironclad Warship in the Sahara Desert with lots of turns and twists. Great Movie. Little bit of everything. I watched it twice over the weekend.

Today Canada Roofers come out to give us our quote. I cannot wait until the shingles are replaced and will be relieved. Especially with summer coming and the possibility of rain storms. We will remain safe and dry with our rubber shingles.

We had a somewhat quite day yesterday. I looked after Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder, went to COSTCO in the morning with one of my girl friends, gave Mr. Alvin a haircut and bath not long after I returned home from COSTCO, did a load of laundry, had supper and we went for a nice walk after supper. My neighbour came home from her weekend getaway to Jasper with her boyfriend. They mowed the grass out front and it looks great. Best it has looked in many years. I guess the fertilizer helped/worked. They sprayed for weeds as well. Trying to get the unruly weeds begone. Watered the flowers as well last night and they continue to look beautiful and my pepper plant is growing.

I can hear the birds singing in the distance. Quiet except for the birds.

The sky appears to be overcast a bit to the south.

Time to hit the shower and get out for our walk. If it is hot at my lunch break at 3 p.m. we cannot walk. Better to get out now.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Continuing to live this life with as much kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love and gratitude as is possible.

I am blessed and I know that ….. with good health, amazing family and friends, a beautiful home, to be employed, and for a great companion Alvin. Each day I am filled with gratitude for my life, it is a good one.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

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2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this morning? We are great. Alvin slept through till 5:30 (yup, that is when we first came downstairs), cannot believe it. He stirred a couple of times to move from one side of the bed to the other but otherwise slept through the night at 12 years old, what a guy! I am very grateful.

Well what a difference a day came make. I just downloaded some photos from my phone to my computer and was attempting to post them on this post but alas “the files are too large.” So I am unable to show you what happened although some of you may have guessed. We went from rain all day long to snow at 6:50 p.m. last night. I had earlier in the evening put all of my flower pots into the garage but had three heavy pots of pansies and petunias that I could not lift into the garage which is up three steps. The plan was to cover with sheets as I had no idea what would happen. At one point I had a grand idea to phone and ask for help. We had a plan in place but before that plan would take hold it started to snow. I had left the door to the garage from the deck open and my wonderful next door neighbour phoned to let me know. I texted her back and next thing I know her husband was over to carry my beloved flowers to the safety of the garage. I had in the few minutes interim covered them with sheets but they did get a bit of snow on them. Poor things. I was feeling mighty guilty about the plants in the front flower bed and had attempted to locate a tarp but could not so I made my own out of garbage bags and a sheet. In the midst of heavy winds and rain I covered the flowers the best that I could and then placed some stones on the ends and in the middle to keep the covering in place. That was before the snow. Then there was rain and snow weighing it down. I hope that the poor little plants survive all of this. I cannot imagine the weight of it all. The darkness. But the temperatures are still cold and snow in the forecast so I dare not take the homemade tarp off.

It is getting late. I have to go.

I wish you a great day.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing today? Tuesday again. My how the weeks fly by. Interesting how much can happen in the span of one week’s time. Alvin and I had a pretty good sleep last night. As we laid on the sofa as the sun was coming up the beautiful colours seemed to fill the sky or at least most of my window. Absolutely breathtaking. I love those moments. No place to go …. just cuddling with my best companion watching the sun come up. I don’t think Mr. Alvin has as much appreciation for the sunrises but then again I could not say for sure. Perhaps as I was enjoying the moment – he was as well.

Yesterday we had a lovely walk at lunchtime and then again after work. After arriving back home from the later walk, I gave Mr. Alvin his supper and made mine. Once suppers were out of the way, cleaned up the dishes and the kitchen and headed out to the garage. I put out the trash for this morning which consisted of the plants that I had dug up on Sunday. Grabbing my heavy duty gloves and back into the house through the back door, I was out the front door picking up my shovel from the front porch and at the flower bed. I quickly surveyed the situation. After a few shovels full of dirt and rearranging things, I decided it was time to put back the rock/stones. After placing a few I soon realized that I was not getting them placed correctly so I ran into the house to retrieve my phone and check out the photos. That did not really help me, much. I even walked over to the neighbors who have the same stone wall surrounding their front flower bed as they were built by the same person. After a bit of time rearranging and arranging these heavy stones, I decided it was time to go and ask for help. I ran over to ask Humphrey’s Mom if she had a few minutes to help assess things. I just needed her eyes to figure out how the rock needed to be placed as I was getting nowhere fast. She grabbed her shoes and came over. I am only a few steps away, lol. This just seemed like a puzzle that I could not solve as I had stone/rocks laying everywhere.

We went back and forth and I moved the stones for a few minutes before we stopped and brainstormed about how they needed to be before we finally together moved the stones and before you know it had them back in a perfect wall. YAY, girl power. I am so grateful to have the best neighbour and for her to drop what she was doing to help me out was awesome. After she went back into the house, I quickly shovelled the dirt back into the hole that I had dug. Smoothed it over and now already to plant some new flowers/plants. Time to do some plant researching.

Well it is time to head downstairs and put on the coffee. Almost time to start another work day. I am grateful to be working from home and to be with Alvin each and every day. I am grateful to be right where I am.

Continuing to live this day with kindness, respect, compassion and patience for all.

Always, love Carol & Alvin

CANADA – love our beautiful country.

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