The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this rainy Saturday morning? Perhaps the sun is beaming down upon you? Not at the moment here. It was raining when we were up earlier and we were up early. I decided to go to bed a bit early and read so when the lights went out it was likely about 10:00. Mr. Alvin was up at Midnight and I took him outside. We settled on the sofa and he was up on the hour after that starting about 2:00 a.m., very restless. Last night before bed, he seemed like his old self. Not quite as anxious and not whiny. Perhaps this cooler weather is playing havoc with his paws. I can imagine arthritis is not much fun. He seems to be okay this morning. I was wide awake at 6:00 so stayed up for a bit doing a few things and then decided to come back upstairs and just rest on the bed. We both fell asleep until a little while ago. Okay not such good sleep routine, our patterns are definitely bordering on the “off” side but it is what it is. If we don’t get 8 hours or close to it, we lay back down. Sometimes it is funny how a couple of solid hours of sleep can make or break the day. Anyway, all is well.

The trees are really coming out. Th leaves I mean, so green and beautiful. The grass with this added moisture is starting to turn green. Our poor grass/lawn out front has finally got some patches that are alive and not dead/dormant. Looks like the sun may shine after all. The clouds are breaking up and I see some clear patches.

Well you are likely wondering how we did yesterday with me going to the office. In addition to Gillian coming over at noon, our neighbour Sonja popped by about 3:00 p.m.. He ate, drank water and went outside at noon and did the same at 3:00 p.m. The girls did notice that he was a bit more anxious than usual. I can see that. Going into work is against our routine and as we get older, as dogs get older, routine plays a very important role. So I get that. He was having an off week. Hopefully he will continue to feel his old self. Oh my gosh, I pray for his old self. Anxiety and all. So the office. One of our group had hurt her knee and is unable to do much walking so we were down another body and our Manager was ill and did not attend the office. So no meeting. We did our mailouts as per schedule and then worked on mail etc. Our cubicles and desks are set up in squares with two desks and staff facing each other with dividers in between. The group that are the most vocal are all together, the gal that I came to work with faces one of them and then I am in another group where there is no one at present. My back faces them. So two of us found it very distracting. But I get that they wanted to catch up and some are more chatty than others of us. Not to say that I do not like to talk because that is so far from the truth. But at work, I like to do my job and not “visit.” With these low rise dividers and open air, it can get loud. We are not the only ones on this floor and it can get very loud and distracting at times. So I just tried to tune out the noise and get some work done. I did manage to get a few days worth of mail completed which was great. I still have more to do but getting closer to being current. Although where I am at is acceptable in our job. I am one of those old school bodies that just needs to have everything done and I do not like having things undone. Anyway, it was nice to see the team in person but other than that, I would have liked to have been at home at my kitchen table. I did notice that my chair did not feel comfortable and the lights were annoying. I am very grateful that for the most part I can continue to work from home. I am very grateful for that.

So today, I am thinking of working on the basement. I started going through things during the last two weekends and need to finish before the garage sale in June. It would appear that the forecast is not looking great for planting my flowers, tomatoes and oregano. So will keep inside for another week. My kitchen table looks amazing.

My girl friends are coming for coffee tomorrow morning. So I will pull the leaves out on each end and push the plants to the far end so we have room for our coffee. It will look like we are in a flower garden. How lovely! Today I want to bake something. I am thinking of a banana loaf with pumpkin? Not sure.

So a few things to do. Working on that book in my head. I do have lots of notes and stories already written down so really it would be just a matter of putting them together. So I am getting my mind wrapped about that. I think we need some good stories. We have stories about dogs and people but how many about an older woman and a dog. Not many. I have often joked that there should be a movie about Mr. Alvin as he is just so charming, sociable and magnetic. He has had that effect on people since I brought him home. Just something about him and his name always brings a smile to people’s faces. No one forgets his name. I am and will all remains Alvin’s Mum and I am good with that.

Okay, time for coffee and I definitely need that this morning.

Have an awesome day. Hug your family and pets if you have them. If you are on your own, look in the mirror and say “hello you awesome human being.” Be kind to yourself and to all living creatures.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. sometimes a mirror is a good friend …… look at your reflection ….. you are your own best friend. We need to treat ourselves like we are our own best friend. Start with you and see what a difference your other relationships will be. Love thyself and then you will love others.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this raining Wednesday morning? We are doing well. It was raining but now it looks like a rain/snow mix. We can use the moisture so no complaints here. Both Alvin and I survived yesterday. I will say that I really did not enjoy being at the office. The office noises were maddening between people chatting and the machines, the bright lights made it hard to see (if that makes any sense). It was nice to see some people but I am way more productive and happier working from my house. My friend Gillian came over at noon to check in on Mr. Alvin. She made sure that he drank some water, went outside and gave him some love and a bit of food. I thought about him all day long. He sure was happy to see me and yelped and cried for what seemed like forever. It was nice to drive to and from work with my daughter giving us more time to chat. Yup it is wet snow. ARGH. Oh spring. Oh well. I am happy for the moisture to help give the trees, lawns, plants, forests, and lands some well needed hydration. The buds on the trees will grow and soon we shall have some leaves. Which means I had better on this coming weekend go and trim my tree. Last night was quiet. It was late by the time I finished supper and then it started to rain so no walk. Doesn’t look like a walk today either as the sky is grey and that means it has likely settled in for the day. Forecast for tomorrow is to be nice and we have plans to walk with our friend Pauline. One of my daughter’s coworkers gave her some shoes, I scored a funky pair of canvas shoes with a couple pair that I can give to one of my friends, fingers crossed they fit her and that she likes them. I like them but just a bit too small and not sure if I would have worn them. Nice to get hand me downs. Saving the planet one pair of shoes at a time.

Well not too much else to say this morning. I am grateful to be working from home. I am grateful to have such an amazing daughter and friends. I am grateful to have fantastic neighbors. I am grateful for my Alvin. I am grateful that both Alvin and I are in good health. I am grateful that all my family and friends are in good health. I am grateful for this day and each one to follow. Thank you. I am grateful for the rain. I am grateful for the freshly brewed coffee waiting downstairs for me.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. thank you my darling Amanda, you make your Momma proud.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are great. Alvin slept till 4:00 and then again till the alarm went off at 6:00. We are up – the boy has been fed – I have put on the coffee – went outside with Alvin and picked up “poop” – did my EVO thing for the office – made bed – brushed teeth – washed and put on makeup – dressed and woke up the girl. Yes, my daughter slept over. So nice to have another human in the house. I think even Alvin slept better. She picked up some groceries for us and food for Alvin from the vet before coming over yesterday late afternoon. I made chicken stir fry and we had a great supper. Dessert was some of Val’s yummy cinnamon buns and biscotti. We watched some television after a brief cleanup. We walked about the trip and I saw her photos and some videos. I think she would have liked more time there as it went very quickly. But they were happy to get home to see their beloved pups “Aspen and Milo.” I hear that Miss Aspen misses her window seat.

Well today is to the office for the day. I have everything all organized for Mr. Alvin. My friend Gillian is coming over during the lunch hour to give me a treat, make sure that he drinks some water, goes pee and has some company. I will turn the television on although it will go into sleep mode after 4 hours. I wonder if there is a way to turn that “mode off.” Nice for him to have some voices or music in the background.

The sky is kind of grey but there does not appear to be a huge wind. Yesterday at noon when we went for a walk, I was eating my hair the whole way. We only walked about halfway. Just too hard to fight the wind but it was nice out, although I did have a light jacket on.

Well I am off to ensure that the boy has a good drink of water and to make sure that I do not forget anything. Have to take the laptop and stuff to work along with lunch, water and coffee and my purse. Lots of things to haul but at least I am not having to carry it to a bus stop.

Have an awesome Tuesday.

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

Always, Carol, Alvin & Amanda

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Well second last day of my vacation. How are you? We all are fine. The sky is overcast and we had some moisture last night. Rain, not the other. Thankfully. Windy out there this morning. We thoroughly enjoyed our walks yesterday. I had a one hour walk with Miss Aspen and 30 minute walk with the boys: Alvin and Mi-Mi. The sun shone for the most part and it was warm. I believe it got to about 12 yesterday. Not to be the case today, Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

My mind has been wondering to the upcoming times that I have to go to the office. My immediate neighbours that were once able to come and check on Mr. Alvin multiple times during the day are now having to go back to their respective places of employment. Thankfully I have others that hopefully will be available on those days that I have to go back to the office. I cannot imagine him home alone for 11-12 hours again. He will not drink. I just do not want to do that to him again. For all those people with pets that have to leave them at home for extended periods of time, I say this. Train them to pee on pads so at least that way they will be comfortable drinking water. Going to the office gives me anxiety partially because of Alvin and partly because I do not wish to be around people in that close proximity. No wonder people were always sick in the past, it is because like those above are always looking at the money aspect. How much can we make? Easy for them to want us to go back to the office sitting in their offices with a door. Just saying. I am grateful to be working for home, I am just going to repeat this often and feel it to my core. There are many employers who are leaving their employees work from home. I believe after this length of time, it should be our choice. I know that some people do not have a choice due to their type of employment but for those of us who work in this environment, why not, work from home. This is 2022. Times they are changing.

Today is the second last day before my grandpups go home. I shall miss them. I shall always miss being on vacation. This was a good relaxing, happy time. Me and the pups.

I cannot believe that we are over halfway through the month of April. One quarter of 2022 almost on the books. 2022 has been a year already.

Well I think it is time to go back downstairs and make some coffee. I did not make it when I came back upstairs to brush my teeth and get dressed and do this post. I am enjoying my coffee these days as I do most days. Again, so nice to be on vacation. I look forward to warmer sunny days ahead.

I wish you a great Tuesday. Be safe and well.

I do want to make one note, during this whole two years of the Pandemic – COVID, this moment is the time where I have known the most people, family and friends that just got over the virus or have the virus. Seems strange, that when it is “winding” down – it would be the highest numbers.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin, Aspen and Mi-Mi

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Trust you are all well. Alvin and I are doing well. The sun is rising and the skyline is absolutely gorgeous. Pinks and oranges. It sure seems like spring is in the air.

Today is the 65th Birthday of my friend Terry from back home. Happy Birthday my friend. Wishing you a great day and many more happy, wonderful healthy days ahead.

Also today is a special day to all those people with Irish Heritage. I am one of them. This goes out to my sister do you remember the Irish Concerts at Corning Hall when we were little girls. I love our blouses and skirts and dancing. A great memory. I have always loved a good jig. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Well my second day at the office yesterday went okay. It was good to see some of my coworkers but I will say that I got stuffed up/congested being in the office. Dry air and paper. Of course, I was working with a lot of paper so that did not help. Otherwise it was okay but not as good as working from home.

I had a hard time stop hitting the snooze button so definitely need that good cup of coffee this morning.

This is going to be really short, I am sorry.

Celebrate with your Irish Family and Friends!

Remember when Irish Eyes are Smiling – Sure, they steal your heart away!

Have an awesome day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Are you wearing something green today?

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Alvin and I are well. He missed me yesterday and I missed him. I am so grateful to my neighbour for taking such great care of him and she will pop in and check on him again today. I am off to the office for the second time this week. I am so grateful that this is only once in awhile. It is great working from home. No commute, not having to spend money on transportation especially when the costs of utilities and food and almost everything else has skyrocketed. I love being home for my Alvin as well, he needs someone here to ensure he is well hydrated and then can get outside to go pee. Yesterday at the office was okay. There were parts that were enjoyable and others that were not. The first session was not. That is all that I am going to say.

We were “let” go early as they felt our day had been long enough and that was unexpected and wonderful. I think more people even though most enjoyed seeing their coworkers – they were not comfortable to be in large groups at the office in confined spaces. There are some people that have had to work throughout these past two years at our office but they were in groups of 3-4 people. Easier to ensure safety during he pandemic.

Today we do our large mailout. Folding papers and stuffing envelopes.

Yesterday when I got home, Mr. Alvin was so happy to see me that he even jumped up when I bent down to give him a little pat that he kissed him. So sweet. Once I had my computer (laptop) hooked up once again and did a couple of things in the house, we got ready and went for a walk. I wore my Sketchers and all went well until our return home when we went down the wrong side of the sidewalk. We had walked down to the next corner and crossed the street where the sidewalk is more dry. Coming home we had made the loop in the crescent and should have crossed back but we did not and it looked like snow but was really partially melted and more wet than dry, more thawed than frozen and my feet got soaked. I laughed it off because what else can you do. We just carried on. Luckily for Alvin he can just get dried off with a towel and me, sock change. It was so warm outside. So beautiful and sunny. This whole week is supposed to be nice and I believe it is supposed to carry on next week as well. Time is chugging on here and it is now about twenty minutes until Amanda is coming to pick me up. My daughter is dropping me off at the office this morning. It will be nice to visit with her on the way to work. I enjoyed my chat with my coworker Michelle who picked me up yesterday morning. I am blessed. So glad that spring is close at hand.

Well other than that, life is rolling along and life is good. I hope that you are well and Happy Wednesday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I managed to score some Girl Guide cookies from a coworker yesterday. She is doing a fundraiser for her children. I also bought some coffee beans which are on order. Nice to be able to help out some children with their fundraisers and for their extra-curricular activities. I guess I spelled that correctly as spellcheck did not tell me anything different. Bye for now.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are up and knocking off my to do list before I leave for work. I cannot remember the password for the APP that we are supposed to complete before going into the office. If I “change password” they will send it to my work email and that would mean that I would have to sign onto the laptop. Not going to happen. ARGH. Not happy but what can you do. We do have another option and that is to use the tablet at the front door to complete the “wellness” survey before we get into the common areas of the building. Oh well, at least I have another option if I cannot figure out the password.

It remains dark outside so I am not sure if we will have a beautiful sunrise or not? Perhaps we will. Because there is always a chance that we will. Right! Absolutely.

Today one of my best friends is having a second interview for a job. I am sending her good thoughts and positive energy. She would be perfect for the job. Intelligent and personable.

I think that Alvin knows I am leaving for the day. He was up at 12:30 but he did have to go outside. Then again at 4:30 so I just decided to give him his breakfast. I was up about 6:15 and he was barking the whole time that I was in the shower. To his credit he was wanting a drink of water and as you know he cannot seem to do that on that his own these days. He likes to have me beside him. What a guy! My next door neighbour is coming over later this morning and then again mid afternoon to check on him. Let him outside to pee, give him a little treat, make sure that he drinks some water and to provide some company. I am so grateful that she can do this for me. I am anxious about leaving him at home all day, not one day but two in a row. So having someone coming in makes me less so.

I have about 45 minutes until my ride arrives so I will make this post short this morning.

I was thinking about posting some helpful hints daily or every so often. Here is one. When you are shopping and have the option of purchasing something like peanut butter in a glass jar. Do so. Once you are finished the peanut butter you can wash it out and reuse the jar. You can use it for loose leaf teas, spices, pasta, even buttons or change. Multiple uses for this. I keep all of my glass jars and reuse them or give them to others that need them.

Have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Sending out love and good energy and wishing that the Russian troops would lay down their weapons and walk away. Peace for Ukraine.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday, March 13, 2022! How are you this morning? Alvin and I are well. Adapting to this recent time change. Spring FALL and all of that! My clocks in the house all show the previous time and my phone tells me that it is 9:30 a.m. We were up according to my phone at 5:30 which was 4:30 (until we get used to the difference, I am always converting). So Alvin had his glucosamine chew, his breakfast and went outside. Then we were snuggling on the sofa for a couple of hours. It was 7:30 when we next awoke and it just did not feel like time to get up so we came upstairs, I made the bed and then we laid down and covered up with the blanket from the foot of the bed. For the longest time I just laid there and looked out the window at the sky and the street lamp. Alvin snuggled in and fell asleep. It was so nice. Relaxing. I know yes we should have got up and stayed up. But we do not have anywhere to go and although there is always something to do around the house, I just felt like staying in bed snuggling with my favourite guy “Alvin.” So that is how we started our first day of the spring forward, clock changing time.

The sky is slightly overcast and I think that Mother Nature still thinks that it is 8:30 not 9:30. I do. Alvin does. I wished that our clocks would stay the same all of the time. Changing them is a pain and takes our minds and bodies at least 2-3 weeks to adjust. Now we are losing an hour. But perhaps that means that we are one hour closer to spring. This next day and week to follow are supposed to be all plus temperatures so I hope that is the case. Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, I have to go to the office, which honestly I am not looking forward to, in the least. Not in the least. I would be okay with going to do our mail outs as we have had to do them for the past two years but for an all staff meeting, team building and such, not really! Any person (not just from my work) that I have communicated in the last while whether in person or by text or on the phone, they all say the same thing – “they love working from home and have no desire to go back to the office.” The world has been talking about working from home since the 1970/1980’s and it took a pandemic to lead us to this place. Perhaps it is time to rethink the whole work environment. If people can successfully do their jobs from home and want to work from home, let them work from home. I get the social aspect but seriously work is work. I do not go to work for the social part of it, I go to work to do a job and get paid for said job so that I can pay for the bills. I have friends and family for my social needs. Somewhere along the way – people got thinking that because we spend so much of our waking hours at work that we needed to make time to be social. Perhaps I am sounding like an old shoe but really I like my coworkers but I do not need to see them. Just me. Well how did I just go from time change to going to the office for two days this week. I do know that it makes me anxious just thinking about it. I am concerned for Alvin, too. He will have someone checking on him but it is not the same.

Off the above topic and onto something else. With spring right around the corner, I was thinking of the traditional “spring cleaning.” Have you started cleaning closets, basements, pantries, kitchen cupboards and drawers? I have done a bit but the one thing that I was thinking of is the “spice pantry.” I have a built in pantry that houses spices, Alvin’s food and dishes and odds and ends. I also have a cabinet that I got when we renovated the old work office and they were selling off office furniture. The cabinet is great, heavy duty and well made. It houses dry goods, small appliances etc. I clean it on a regular basis. The other pantry I need to reorganize and go through the SPICES. I think most of us hang onto spices for way too long – definitely long after we should. A lot of time we purchase spices for one dish and then never use them again or we but too much or we just forget to use them. I am going to go through mine and only keep the ones that I know that I should. It is likely a good idea to only keep what you are going to use. I don’t think it is necessary for one person to have 50-70 different spices. I am guessing on the amount that I have but I do have a great many. Perhaps this spring clean up should involved only keeping things that you at least use once a year or more often. How many of you have things that you are keeping for sentimental reasons? Raise your hands! Mine is up? I know that I have so much “stuff” and I know for a fact that my one and only daughter has no desire to keep my stuff. Oh, there might be the odd little item that she may be interested but they downsized and bought a smaller house so why would she take my stuff. So this spring I am going to get a lot more strict in my what to keep policy. If someone likes an item and I do not use it, it is going to have a new home. I no longer find the need to bring much other than food into the house. One thought for so many people, stop online shopping! I think it is addictive. Everyday I see delivery trucks on my street, yes every single day of the every week. Think of all of the packing that ends up in the landfills. Think of all the crap cause really no one really needs all of that stuff. We don’t. I don’t and you don’t. Tough love. Yup. We have to face facts that we are consuming ourselves to the end, yes I mean “consuming.” Not to rain on your parade and certainly I am not trying to tell you how to live your life but we need to seriously think about our buying practices. Especially with the costs of everything on the rise daily. So many people can barely afford to buy good food and pay for the utilities much less ordering daily from Amazon. Okay, I am done. That totally went from spring cleaning off the rails to buying practices. But it all ties in together. Just think about how much you consume. Do you really need 20 pairs of jeans? Do you need three different coffee pots? Do you need another throw pillow? Did you need to replace your living room furniture? Just because you can do something does not mean that you should. I hope that this has given food for thought, I know it has for me. Although I do not currently buy a lot of things other than food and that is the honest truth, at one time, I was one of those over the top consumers. We did not have online shopping at the time but I went to the stores and the shopping channel and bought more than I really needed and then ended up in financial distress. So there are multiple reasons for my “rant” this morning.

I hope that we all think carefully about our choices. What do we “need” versus what we “want.”

Please have an awesome Sunday. Thinking about our fellow human beings in Ukraine and Russia. Just trying to stay alive in a war that they did not choose. I hope that it the war is over today. Peace to all.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Time for a refreshing shower. Get rid of the cobwebs and off the rant track. Honestly I am a happy person. One would not think that from the above post. Sometimes we just have to say what is on our minds. I apologize if I have offended anyone, that was not my intent. Just to bring my thoughts to light.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? How was your Wednesday? I hope that you had an awesome day and that wherever you are, the weather is mild and you are safe and in good health. I had a great day at the office and did not have to worry about my boy as he was left in good hands. I know that he was “upset” with me as he reminded me all evening and woke up extra early at midnight. Not so much that he was upset as out of his routine and when you get older “routine” is a big deal – much the same as when you are very young. I don’t think that he drank enough water as he was super thirsty in the evening and at midnight. So I cannot blame him or even be the slightest bit upset with him, which I was/am not.

We did not have our walks yesterday either but will get out there today. I am only working in the morning as Alvin has his regular vet appointment in the afternoon and while he is there, I have an appointment to get the booster vaccine at the nearby Pharmasave so multitasking which is great. I hope that we have clear skies and the same warm temperatures today. It did freeze overnight so at least by afternoon the ice will have melted so it should be safe to walk for our appointment.

It was so wonderful to spend time with my daughter as she drove me to and from work. On the way home from work we made a “quick stop” at Costco. Is a stop there ever quick? But it wasn’t too long as I wanted to get home to Alvin.

This Thursday January 13, 2022 is a very special day as it is the birthday of my youngest brother, Tyler. Happy Birthday Buddy and I will speak to you later (should you be reading this post). He is one of the sweetest human beings that I know. We wish him a great day.

I also wish you a wonderful day.

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! Another beautiful morning. I am going to work at the office today. My neighbour will check in on Mr. Alvin a few times over the course of the day so that he can have a snack and also go outside to pee. I shall miss the boy.

I am so grateful for this nice weather. When we were out walking at my lunch break and after work, I saw some neighbours and it reminded me of summertime. It was so wonderful.

I am running a bit late this morning so I have to keep this short.

All I really wanted to say was that beautiful weather can make all the difference in the world to one’s state of mind. Temperatures rose and almost immediately “smiles” were everywhere. All of a sudden it is not dangerous to be outside and we can once again enjoy our walks or for some of us going outside period. Alvin cannot take the cold. Even with a warm jacket on, it is too much. He does not like anything touching his paws so cannot wear booties. But we definitely are taking advantage of these days. I shall miss our lunchtime walk.

I hope that you have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I can smell the aroma of the coffee that has perked and is awaiting me. My daughter is picking me up on her way to work (thank goodness no public transportation).

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