Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing great. Last night we were in bed by 9:00 p.m. as I am working from the office today. About 11:50 p.m., Alvin wanted to go outside so downstairs we went. He had a pee and then we were back in the house where we laid on the sofa. Thank goodness for a comfortable spot. We were just settling in when I heard a noise coming from the front porch, as I was half asleep, I did not think too much of it. Maybe a cat. Then a little while later I heard my phone ping several times, notification of someone texting me. Did not think much of that either. Then off to la la land. Alvin wanted to get up a couple of times before the alarm went off but I managed to coax him to lay back down. We were up to stay up at 5:00 a.m., after I gave Alvin his food, I checked my phone to see a text from the neighbour in the other half of the duplex. She had texted me at 12:33 a.m., she had heard someone on our front porch but did not know if I had company that was just leaving so she did not go outside. Now that is so funny that Mr. Alvin did not bark or make any kind of movement toward the front door. Very strange. Whomever it was did not try the door handle or I would have heard so what were they doing on the porch? I did turn on the porch light once I had read her text to see if someone had walked off with one of my potted plants or the wreath from my door but they were all there. Kind of gave me the creeps. Definitely will ensure every night that I lock the front door. I do but there has been the odd time where I noticed it unlocked in the morning, especially when I had watered the front flowers in the evening. Anyway, that was my excitement. NOT.

I am starting to get a bit anxious about next week as that is the start of three days each week back to the office. I do have someone to watch over Alvin but it is not the same, it is not me. Although I am very grateful that I have such amazing friends and neighbours who are helping me out. Soon, I hope I will be retiring and then it won’t matter. Soon cannot come soon enough, lol.

This weekend we have to go over the schedule with my friend and neighbor who is helping with Alvin.

Well I am going to go downstairs and outside with the boy and ensure that the main floor is as cool as I can make it. I will close all of the blinds so that it keeps the coolness in as it is supposed to be another hot one today.

I hope that you have an amazing day. Sure cannot believe this weather but am grateful for it. Last year when we were out to see the kids for Thanksgiving it was nice out as well.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin.

Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! As the mornings begin to be progressing cooler and the daytime temperatures slowly start to return to normal (not for today, tomorrow, or Sunday) we breathe a collective sigh of relief. I am not saying that folks do not like warm temperatures but there are hot temps and then there are HOT temps. 30+ celsius is way too hot. Thankfully with the cooler mornings and having had the windows opened last night, it is quite cool in the house this morning and hopefully it will remain comfortable as the day progresses. I have noticed over the past few weeks how our daytime highs seem to be hitting so much later in the day. I wonder why that is? Note to self: google it.

This has been a transition year for so many people as some people are making their way back to their “offices” to their jobs at their place of employment. We have been working from home with the minimum attendance at the office. Our productivity has been off the charts and minimum use of sick days but at the end of the day our management team has decided that they “need” us back in the office. The reasons that we were given are “social” – better to have face to face with other teams and your own teams, training is easier and they want to see us. There has been much debate and many tears as we crumble to the decisions made by others. After coming up to three years of mainly working from home, we would we turn back? As one team member said “why fix something that is not broken.” If it is training that is an issue, staff could go to the office to be trained. I am so filled with emotion over this decision. At first we were told that effective immediately we go to the office “three days a week” and now didn’t that put everyone into a tailspin. How can people get child care and other arrangements in place over a long weekend? Not likely very easily. The decision after some discussion was changed a few times and the end result was one day at the office per week for September, two days per week in October and then transitioning to three days per week come November. I am not quite sure how I am going to be able to manage these changes with Mr. Alvin and his health issues. One day per week and possibly two, I may be able to get a friend to come and check on him at lunch time but that is quite a time commitment and I have not got my head wrapped around this. There are other options but I am not ready for them at this point in my life. They would mean major changes. I have had plenty of major changes over my lifetime. So anyway that is the story. We will be back into being crammed into an area that has very little natural light, packed in like sardines as I like to say (well maybe not quite that close but very close) and the noise level when everyone is back makes it difficult to talk on the phone. Anyway the decision was made and that is that as they say. I am grateful for the time that I have been able to work from home and yes, it would have been perfection to continue until I retire. I guess unfortunately for most of us this is not a perfect world. Not where close.

The back to the office also adds with it, additional costs. Parking/transportation/long commute. Poor Alvin, I worry about him. I worry for all those pets now being left alone once again. Did you know that they will not drink or very little if they cannot go outside to pee? Or there will be accidents. I wish in hindsight that I had known to train him to pee on pads, then some of the stress would have been relieved.

Well time to head outside for a walk. I am only working this morning as Mr. Alvin has another vet appointment, this one is to trim his nails etc. His regular appointment. It has been a stressful and financial straining week.

I look forward to a hopefully quiet and uneventful weekend.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! What a wonderful morning! We were up at 4:30 to go outside and then back to the sofa until 6:30, I cannot believe that Mr. Alvin slept until 6:30. Then we were up at he had his breakfast and then outside for a few minutes before returning inside. The sky was slightly overcast at that point and the air was cool and refreshing. I could have laid on the deck and just been so comfortable. Once inside the house we “hit” the sofa for some more zzz’s because it is Saturday and I was still tired. Next thing I know it was 8:30 so up we got. The sky still overcast with rain in the forecast for this afternoon, I thought that I would just get dressed and we would head out for a walk. So upstairs, I went to get dressed and afterward happened to look out the window and the pavement was dark, say “what?” Well shortly after that it really started to rain and now it is pouring as the rain bounces off the roof of the garage. We desperately needed some moisture but I worry and wonder about the farmers and their crops. Now the sky is that foreboding gray which makes it appear that the rain is here to stay. So much for getting out for a walk this morning or perhaps it will just stop as quickly as it started. I am concerned about Mr. Alvin as he did not poop since last night and it is not fun going out in pouring rain. I guess we will figure it out as usual, grab that trusty umbrella and hope for the best. It is windy outside. I certainly do not wish to be Alberta’s version of Mary Poppins, lol. Now that would be a sight. Feels like the time for a cup of hot coffee and relaxing. Will be nice to be able to do some cleaning and things with the temperature decreasing in the house. I think that someone is squeaking so likely has to go downstairs so this will be quick.

Last night only one of my friends was able to attend the potluck as the other had fallen ill. I hope that she is feeling better today. We, two had a good time. Way too much food but lots of leftovers so no cooking this weekend or even Monday so that makes me happy. Next week is forecasted to be hot again. So not really looking forward to that. One more thing about the potluck, I should have been clear that I was bringing supper items and not just dessert and beverage. For next time, lol.

Okay, sorry we have to go.

I wish you sunshine and rainbows. Beautiful walks with a friend or your pup.

Happy Day.

I can hear thunder in the distance.

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

Life is what you make it.

Today is wonderful and I am so happy for the rain. It is still raining.

I guess I should check the main floor windows especially the kitchen one as it opens out.

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: We are what we want to be. If you slip off that place, then pick yourself back up and try again to be where and what you want to be. We are responsible for what we put out into the universe.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Another beautiful bright sunny morning. Welcome to Sunday. We had actually a good sleep. It was about 3:30 and then 5:00 (I managed to coax him to lay back down) and then up at 6:00 for Mr. Alvin to eat and then up to stay up at 7:30. So much better. There is quite the breeze this morning. I noticed when we were outside earlier that I could see my breath, no wonder my plants are having a hard time. My tomato plants do not seem to be doing very well. I guess I should investigate further. They have a white coating on some of the leaves. Hopefully they are okay. I paid $11.99 for one of the three plants. The plants out front and the violas and pansies in the back are doing well. I cut down the geraniums and even though it has only been one day but two nights, they already seem to be doing better. Fingers crossed.

This morning as I was laying on the sofa and looking out through the open blind, I thought if I were a painter I could paint each little area separately that was showing in each section of the blind OR what if the blind were a puzzle depicting life. Each section is a day or year. My mind was turning up all sorts of wild ideas. I love my sofa, it is so comfortable and cuddled up under the blanket just being, was amazing. Alvin by that moment had jumped down and was laying on the yoga mat beside the sofa, patiently waiting for me to get my Fanny Farkle/Farkus up and get going. So I stretched and got up. I went into the basement and fetched the rest of my clothing and unmentionables that had been drying and some NORWEX cloths and Alvin’s special towels that were air drying and brought it all upstairs. The load that I left drying last night is having an extra tumble this morning to completely dry. Then the laundry is complete. After that, I opened the door and let Mr. Alvin outside while I made a pot of coffee. I can smell it already perked just waiting for me. After that, Alvin was ready to come in so I grabbed the clothing etc. and came upstairs to put it all away. Made the bed. Now writing this post. Sounds like I lead a pretty ordinary life. But isn’t that great!

At 12:30, our friend Signe is hosting Gillian’s birthday party. So I will have a couple of hours out of the house on my own. Just enough for me to have some time out on my own but not enough that I will be worried/concerned about Mr. Alvin.

Once home from the party, I will take him for a walk. After that, will see what time it is and then perhaps do a bit of gardening, take some things out to the garage. I have to sort out the garbage and see what I can fit in the big bin for Tuesday. With only having it picked up every two weeks and having filled it the one week with the garbage from the neighbourhood pickup, I don’t think that I can get it all in. I might have to ask one of my neighbours if I can put some in their bin(s).

The leaves on the trees are beginning to fill out, and it will not be too long before you cannot see through to the other side. I love leaves. Some of the trees are in flower at the moment and the scent is fantastic, so pretty. The flowering cherry trees that line one of the neighbouring streets are out in bloom. Such a short time but oh so beautiful.

Well time to head on downstairs and have that first cup of coffee. I am debating if I should get out of my pj’s first and get ready for the party but that would delay the coffee by 15 minutes. PJ’s it is. Nothing like having a cup of coffee in your pj’s. I don’t very often so this will be a treat. I want to have breakfast early as we will be having cake at noon. Usually I don’t eat lunch but this will be dessert! Cannot wait to see the girls.

Have a great Sunday. If you ever think that you are just ordinary – then think about how wonderful that is! I do. I am.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Alvin decided to come into the office and lay down on his bed. How sweet!

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Looks like another beautiful day on the way. It was actually not bad out earlier this morning when we were out in the backyard. Warmer than Saturday morning as there was frost then. No frost this morning. Alvin is hanging in there and me, too. Couple more days wearing socks when he goes outside and we should be okay. I have tried to examine the bottom of his pads but it is difficult by myself. Anyway, we are doing well. I am so grateful for the second day in a row for the sun to be shining so brightly. Thank you for the blue skies. There is a breeze but I think that is going to be part of the norm now.

Yesterday I cleaned out the office closet, went through all of my jewelry (which was huge), went through the spare bedroom, laundry and mowed the backyard. Not a huge amount of things but things done. Today I want to wash down the deck, sort through some of the things in the garage. Then basement left to do. I want to have everything ready for the garage sale. I have a pile of things in the spare bedroom to go downstairs and to the garage for the sale. But will leave them for now. Also do some vacuuming as well. I also moved the desk (table) that was storing my jewelry from the spare room to my room. My room is a bit more full than I normally would like but it is a nice change. I can put it back at some point.

It will be done in chunks as Alvin has to stay in the house unless I can keep an eye on him. Those dratted socks will not stay up all of the time. They slip from time to time. I am proud of them for at least allowing me to put them on his feet each and every time we go outside.

Yesterday there were two little blue/black/white birds flying about the birdhouse that I have in the backyard. It sits up on a pole that sits on the upper deck. The only thing is one of the birds kept flying too close to one of the glass windows on the garage. I was worried that it was going to knock itself out but gratefully it did not.

The neighbours are outside raking their lawn and doing outdoors things.

This is the time of year that most people if not camping for the first time this season that are out raking, going through their garages, getting things ready to haul to the Eco Station (not sure if it is open on the long weekend or not), and all things outdoors.

Tomorrow I am planting my flowers. I checked the weather station and looks like we should be okay for overnight temperatures. YAY. Cannot wait.

Have an awesome Sunday.

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? It is still dark looking more like night than morning. But that is what it is at this time of year. I think that is why we have some issues with our sleeping patterns at this time of year. At least I know that I do. It just seems weird to be getting up in the darkness for work and it was even more strange when I physically had to leave the house in the dark. At least my commute is short and I can have the lights on so it does not totally feel like night unless I look out the window, lol. Anyway soon the sun will rise. When we were out earlier the moon appeared to covered partially by clouds. Maybe it will be an overcast kind of day, time will tell. GUESS WHAT? We have a visitor. Alvin’s BFF Teddy spent the night with us. He arrived around 6 p.m. last night and will be here for this morning and part of the afternoon, I think. The boys are so cute. Alvin seems like the “in your face, wants everything now (food)” and Teddy is this “little, quiet, chill little one.” I get such a kick out of watching them interact. You should have caught the arrival. Teddy’s Mom pulled the car up to the sidewalk out front and got out, opened the back passenger door and all I could see was this bolt of black&white and then I realized he wasn’t coming up the steps, he accidentally went up the neighbour’s sidewalks as it was dark and his Mom had pulled up closer to their walk than ours. It was cute. Alvin was waiting on the porch. I called, his Mom called as she approached the steps and he caming running like a lightning bolt, if it could run. Oh what a sight. He ran into the house with his Mom coming in and closing the door. Yes, Alvin and I were already in the house. He made a beeline from the front to the back door and then stopped to jump up and say hi to me and then to Alvin. The boys ran about for a few minutes before settling in. Teddy’s Mom stayed for a quick visit. Afterwards I finished my supper that had been warmed in the oven and was too hot to eat before they arrived. After I got the dishes done and cleaned up and set up my workspace we settled down to watch some television with Alvin snuggling on my right side and Teddy on my lap. I think that Alvin sometimes wishes that he was more of a lap dog. He just is too big. But he does like to snuggle right up against me. At bedtime, well that is another story. Alvin of course lays close to me and then Teddy likes to snuggle by my legs. Sometimes it can get a bit awkward as he snuggles in when I lay down between my legs as I sleep on my back initially as I am reading. So I have to pick him up and move him over a bit and then get comfortable before he does. Usually it takes a little bit to get everyone settled. But they are so cute. At this moment, Mr. Alvin is sleeping outside the office door in the hallway and Teddy is downstairs on the sofa. When we got up earlier and ended up on the sofa, the same thing happens as does on the bed. Teddy wasn’t wanting anything to eat so he will eat later. He did not want supper at home last night and his Mom was a bit worried but when Alvin had his bedtime snack, Teddy had some food as well. So it worked out. Teddy remains snuggled up on the sofa on the red cozy blanket. Well it is time to head on downstairs. Another mild day on the way. It was warm outside earlier when we were out. I can smell the delectable aroma of coffee perking (in my mind) so I better go.

Have an awesome Monday. Be safe and well.

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

Always, Carol, Alvin and Teddy

P.S. I am grateful that Alvin has a good friend who can come by for a sleepover from time to time.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I thought that I may have a hangover this morning? Yes, I know. Last night was a paint night at one of my friend’s homes. Her parents are visiting from Newfoundland. I had one drink and it was likely a bit strong than I would have made had I been pouring but anyway ….. we had a great time. I am downloading/uploading photos from my phone and I guess I have not done this in awhile as there are just shy of 900 photos in the process of downloading/uploading (I always get that mixed up) to my computer. Unfortunately I cannot share at this point. Also again I am writing this post from my computer. YAY, it is Saturday. So happy to have another weekend.

Alvin was a trooper staying at home by himself for 2.5 hours last night. First time for that length of time since before June. I do not get out much. Obviously between COVID 19 and Alvin’s two surgeries and other health issues, home is where I am 99.9% of the time. I am okay with that honestly but it is so wonderful to actually be able to get out without him. I compare it to be a parent and going out without the children. We all need some ME time without having to watch/look after someone. Anyway, I had a great time. We painted a truck in the woods with a pumpkin in the box. I am not artist by any means but it was so much fun. Perhaps if I did it more often I would get better. Also, I find I am better when it is more on the abstract side of things.

Well this is going to be ultra short as I really need some coffee this morning. It was funny we slept on the sofa again last night as I did not want to carry Alvin upstairs. He is still getting up every two hours or so no matter where we sleep. ARGH. He has to pee so what can you do. I get up to pee but not that often. Cannot blame him at all but it is hard on this poor getting older gal. We had been up several times when it was 4:54 a.m. when he wanted to have breakfast. So up we went and I gave him his breakfast. He has been going out on his own a few times although most times I tag along. Funny thing, I was so wide awake that I watered my plants/flowers in the kitchen and cleaned them out (removing any dead leaves etc) and a couple of little things before laying back down on the sofa. Likely it was a sign to just stay up but something inside just does not like to be up that early for the day. Then I want to sleep at suppertime. Anyway it was cool getting a few things done that I will not have to do later.

Time to hit the trail. Have an awesome day. Almost looks like it is raining and if that is the case, I won’t be doing any outside work right now. It is overcast. I see laundry in my future.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All!

I thought a great way to start this Thursday morning would be with photos. I have taken these over the past couple of days. My tree as it turns to gold. The morning sky two mornings ago rich in a lavender pink hue. Last night I picked some of my flowers from the pots that are still doing okay and thought that I would have some mini bouquets in the house. The greenery in with the pink geraniums has lasted since I received my birthday bouquets. So beautiful. I am surrounded by greenery with pops of colour on the main floor of my house and I also have some plants in my office (water me please).

Well I am not sure that Alvin is cut out for moving back upstairs just yet especially when I have to carry him up and down. He seems to wake up every couple of hours and is finding it hard to settle down. I am thinking that the dog bed and cushions that surround part of the bed should he have decided to jump are freaking him out. I guess that makes sense. I have noticed that when we sleep on the sofa, he sleeps a bit longer. Maybe it is age and all of that. I don’t know for sure. Just going to take things one day at a time. Tonight we will sleep on the sofa to see if I can get a bit more zzzz’s. The sun is up and it looks like a beautiful day ahead. We are going to visit our friend Pauline after work, cannot wait. We should be able to walk at noon, as well. Great. We can always use the exercise.

I am excited as the new fall season has started and I have already started to see some of my shows returning. I always love the first episode ….. they always leave us on the edge of our seats.

Well, this will be short and I apologize but I think that Alvin has to go outside. He is downstairs as I came up to make the bed, shower and do this post.

Wishing you an awesome Thursday. If you have an opportunity to go outside and if you are fortunate to have a green space nearby, go there. Walk about. Stop and close your eyes for a few moments and breathe in that outside air. Soon enough winter shall be upon us and the air is definitely different, lol.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you today? We are great . Bed about 10 pm last night and up at 430 this morning and then another hour and a bit before getting up. So grateful for a good night sleep. I believe that draping him with a wet towel did the trick. He slept well.

We are outside. I put the gate up and watered my flowers and then brought out my coffee, his water and my phone. Then I grabbed the boy and brought him out and placed him on the love seat.
We had just got settled and I decided to start my writing this post when the little bugger jumped with the grace of a gazelle onto the wooden deck with me in hot pursuit and yelling at same time. Happy he was to have made a great escape. He made it to the edge of the deck and was preparing to jump onto the grass when I said stop, he turned and looked at me which was all the time I needed to latch onto him preventing a second jump. I almost had a heart attack. He made no sound of distress. Clearly he was trying to see his friends Humphrey and Bogart who were out in their backyard. Having a bad momma moment. Guess he has been watching too much of the Olympics.

This morning

Well the photo clearly shows that the boy desperately needs a haircut and bath. Photo taken after the jump. It only takes a second. I guess this means he is feeling better as he wants to do things. No longer satisfied to sit and watch or nap. I will have to ensure there is no way for him to jump off of or onto anything.

Only a few more sleeps until the wretched staples come out of his leg. It will mean a bit more freedom for us. We will then begin to take the required walks on the front sidewalk instead of in the backyard. I can hardly wait although part of me does not want to wish my remaining vacation days away. Not much of a vacation as I see friends posting photos from their vacations. I am okay vacationing at home but definitely would have been better had we been able to walk and get out and do things.

Right now the sky is partially filled with smoke keeping the heat from coming through with the bright results of the sun. But eventually it will come through and the temperatures will soar but for now I was happy to have a light jacket on while outside. The fans are working overtime keeping the main floor cool along with the ventilation system.

Last night I had a great chat with my sister. Life can get in the way and sometimes we don’t make the time and we should. I haven’t laughed that hard for a long time. My sister knows how to reach my funny bone.

I was happy that Andre De Grasse got the bronze medal in the Men’s 100 metre. He is quite the young man and made his country proud. Well done. I enjoyed watching him race and listening to him speak, he is a wonderful young person.

Well time to get this day going. I will be happy when it is not necessary to have fans running all the time. The noise is sometimes annoying and yet so necessary. I wonder how many fans are out there that are more quiet?

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

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this gorgeous bright sunny Thursday morning ( lol, I almost typed Wednesday)? Both Alvin and I are well. We got a good night sleep. Very grateful for the sleep. Always a great way to begin one’s day with a good night sleep. Alvin and I had a good walk yesterday and even though the temperature was in the single plus digits celsius it felt warm. By mid afternoon it was about 17+ celsius. Everyone was out walking. I had ordered my supper through SKIP THE DISHES. First time. I found out that between the delivery charge, the tip and taxes there was way less left on the gift card that I had received from my employer and I did not know how it all worked so I had to keep changing my order to have it fall within the “budget.” I thought by the charge of the food that some of the charges were included in the total but guess not. I am not sure that I would use this service again. Besides I am not one to order out for food. I do like ordering a pizza from Royal Pizza (best pizza place) once in awhile but other than that, I prefer to eat at home, something that I made even it was toast and eggs. Anyway, it was a nice change. At the end of it ….. I guess I helped give someone some earnings so it was worth it.

There is not much on our plate today other than regular old work. I am in the sixth week of training someone at work. Tomorrow I actually go into the office. My neighbour is going to check in on Alvin. He will definitely need to go outside to pee and need a treat during the time that I am away.

Saturday is supposed to be +18 or so and I have invited my two friends over for an outside coffee/tea visit in the morning on the deck. I have more than enough room to ensure that everyone is comfortable and is physically distanced from each other to keep within the restrictions set out by our health care professionals and government officials. I cannot wait. To share some stories and laugh, to laugh. Alvin is a pretty good story teller but laughing not so much.

Well I guess that is about it for today.

Keeping on smiling and laughing and staying well. Take some time out of your busy day just for you. If you have to lock yourself in the bathroom to do so ….. do it. Just relax.

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

Always, Love & Carol

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