The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? The sky is partially overcast but earlier the sun was shining brightly. My how fast things can change. Alvin and I are doing well. Busy day yesterday. As you know we were up and at it earlier than most Sundays. We even went for a walk in the morning. I worked for a few hours in the basement and then realized that this is going to take more than one afternoon. I managed to haul up the Christmas tree and a portable stand as I had planned to give them away on social media. I also decided to give away the Christmas tree that I have for outdoors. Just feeling like changing things up. I am going for a small tree. My 7.5 ft tree was just too much for me to set up and take down and then I do not need to ask for help, I can do a smaller tree on my own. Easy peasy. Anyway, I posted the items later in the afternoon and the metal stand has been picked up. YAY.

I separated all of the rubbermaid containers between Christmas decorations and my daughter’s childhood things and my things consisting mostly of papers, like cards etc. I am going to be very strict with myself and only keep a small amount of things. I found my journals so perhaps scanning them might be an option in the future. A lot of work but I will see. I have a lot of them but I do know that my daughter would be interested in them. Whether she wants to keep them all, that is for her to decide.

The second pantry (cabinet) did not get done but I figured that I could do it after work as it does not take much time. I think my “tupperware” drawers and cupboards need to be gone through again. I am not keeping what I do not use on a regular basis.

The office closet up here desperately needs to be gone through and that will take a few hours.

I have one month to get this done as we are having a garage sale in June. Although everything won’t go in the sale as I will post some things on social media, still want to get it done.

We collect so many little non-essential items – I see everywhere I look. I get the minimalist look, I get it. Just have what you use. Although I won’t likely take it that far, I am going to keep reducing my “material things.” No point in keeping so much especially if people will use them.

We did not get a second walk in because it rained. Moisture is good, cleans up the dirt and dust and helps our trees and perennials start to grow again.

Well time to head downstairs. Happy Monday ALL!

Just getting rid of that wood – still makes me feel lighter! Big weight off my shoulders as I had been concerned as to where I could take it and who could take it away.

Thank goodness for friends.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New Year 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing very well. I did hit the snooze button a couple of times this morning but otherwise doing great. My body seems to be almost back to normal from my spill on Sunday early evening. I have figured out different ways to get up from a seated position so that is good. Learning new things does not hurt one. We went for a walk yesterday at lunch and it was a bit slow going for me which Alvin loved because he got to sniff more. The sky is overcast this morning and from my office window the ground is almost bare. No more you know what! I don’t even want to utter that word. There is a breeze you could say this morning. So that will help dry things out. The deck is almost completely bare. Thank goodness the grass area is starting to dry out. There is forecast for rain today so that will help to clean up the yuck that I fell into on Sunday.

We had a quiet evening as I elected not to do the second walk right after work and instead gathered up the trash and put it all out. Today we can put out the garbage, food scraps and recycling as we start the summer schedule. YAY.

I am going to make this short this morning as I honestly cannot think of much more to say and why babble but perhaps I babble most of the time, lol. Life.

Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday.

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

Thank you for reading.

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Saturday morning? Alvin and I are fine. He was up early and a few times so we slept in. But today is laundry and cleaning and more shovelling so the time I start is not as important as if you have to be somewhere for a specific time. I am grateful for that. The sky is white matching the ground once again.

I am happy to say that we were able to get a treatment for Mr. Alvin and my friend, his BF’s Mom picked it up from the Vet yesterday and even helped apply it. We ran a fine comb over him and did not find anything. Breathing a sigh of relief. There were two treatments in the box so there is one to apply in one month’s time.

Today is the birthday of my Aunt Lorraine, my Dad’s only sister. There was only the two of them. I mailed her a birthday card and letter a while ago to ensure that it arrived on time. I am like her or perhaps she is like me but we are the same in that we love to receive cards and letters. I think that mailing cards and letters is beginning to make a come back. I have not stopped. With the price of postage I have cut back but I still try and send as many as I can. Who does not like to open the mailbox and find an envelope addressed to them that is not a bill or spam mail or flyers. ME, I do! Happy Birthday Aunt.

Does not look like we got much more snow overnight which is great so I will only have the driveway to shovel. It is good exercise so I don’t mind.

What are your plans for today? Are you leaving the house? Or hanging out like I am and doing laundry and cleaning? I love being at home. We had another survey from work about “how we feel about going back to the office even if it is only for meetings such as the all staff one coming up on the 15th of March?” Well I can tell you this it freaks me out big time. I love being at home and have no desire to go to the office. I like my coworkers but I prefer to be at home. Anyway I explained why I would like to continue working from home with only the odd time going to the office. If there are people that want to work from the office – go ahead but if you are like me and you have been able to do your job effectively from home – then you/me should be able to continue to do so. Working from home has been great my health and sick time (when I was at the office I was always catching something from people who didn’t think to stay home when they were sick or clients coming in when they were sick). I am so happy without a 2-3 hour commute everyday. I love being able to walk at noon when the weather allows and after work. Being home with Alvin especially since his two surgeries last year and his age has been a godsend. Back to our all staff meeting coming up – gives me anxiety but I am trying to just breathe and not think about it as I do not have a choice in the matter. I understand why they want to have meetings but that does not mean that I have to “love” it.

Well back to the weekend. I am grateful for weekends and having time to do my thing. I hope that you have time to do your thing as well whatever that may be.

Happy Saturday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I had the first of the two cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing from my friend last night and it wa so delicious. Time for coffee.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are doing well this Wednesday morning. Alvin and I are better now. Shortly after I went to bed, I felt extremely nauseous and I could smell the aroma remaining in the air from supper. I had made up a box of falafels along with caramelized onions, quinoa and fresh broccoli. Mixed all together. I should have realized that it was far too much “fried” if you will but I thought that the quinoa and broccoli would be a good mix. I know now that I cannot eat “fried foods.” Onions done in a dish but with the falafels was too much. Anyway, I did get up and was very sick and afterward felt 100% but got a great way to go to sleep. Not that I want to throw away food but I cannot even stand the remaining smell that remains so I will have to toss the remainder. Lesson learned. The next few meals will be bland for sure. Toast, perhaps and raw vegetables. Anyway. I am sad as I was thinking that the falafels would have been so yummy which they were in the beginning.

We woke up around 4:00 a.m. to another layer of fresh snow. It was lightly snowing when we went to bed and must have carried on throughout the night. The sky is that soft gray blue colour and there is a breeze. I swept off the deck when we were outside a few minutes ago. I am so thankful that we managed to score two walks yesterday. One at lunch break and the other after work.

Not much new and I cannot think of some extra pearls of wisdom this morning. I am longing for a swig of coffee as the aroma of the coffee slowly overtakes last night’s supper.

I cannot believe it is Wednesday already.

I wish you an awesome day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. one thought, age and fried are two words that definitely do not go well together.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Both Alvin and I are well. We had a grand day yesterday. I got the laundry done, vacuumed upstairs and the main floor and washed all of the floors, cleaned the bathrooms which would be three, shovelled and chipped away at the ice, visited Humphrey and Bogart three times, walked with Alvin, watered all of my household plants which are upstairs and down, put away the remaining Christmas stuff that was just patiently waiting for me in the family room in the basement, dusted, worked on my budget for February and did cleaning out of my emails. I also made a big pot of quinoa with sauteed carrots, onions, celery, garlic and spices with some roasted spiced chickpeas. It was so yummy. I felt very productive which is great. My TO DO list got a quite a bit smaller. So today can be mainly a fun day. I want to give Mr. Alvin a sponge bath to freshen him up and mainly trim his paws and a couple of spots that grew in “strange,” go for a walk, make pancakes for breakfast with almond butter because I am out of eggs, do some more picking at the ice (have to check the driveway to see if there is snow on it because I think I forgot to do it yesterday), put the towels away that are finishing to dry at this moment, I need to have a shower and whatever other little thing I may have forgotten. Definitely will have time to relax and ponder life and some things.

I forgot to mention that during our walk yesterday we saw Cookie’s Dad, our little friends Zane and Mateo and their sitter Lindsey and our friends with the beautiful yard on the corner. We stopped at the mailbox and heard someone calling our names and it was Cookie and her Dad. Cookie had been barking while we were visiting out front of their house and so her Dad brought her outside to see us.

Feels like a photo morning!

Another gloomy overcast start to the day. Hopefully the sun will shine and the temperatures be warm and melt some of this snow and ice.

I wish you a wonderful Sunday. Looking forward to having a shower, coffee, and pancakes.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing well. I can just see the sun and blue sky barely peeking out from behind some light cloud cover. I hope that we have some sunshine today as we have had mainly overcast skies the past while. SUNshine always makes us feel better. I feel much better when the SUN shines. I am excited because two of my girlfriends are coming for coffee/visit and what was a surprise early birthday party for one of them. We had to blow the surprise due to some unforeseen things which I cannot share. But I am happy to say that we are having company. Both Alvin and I are excited. I had baked the birthday cake the other night and iced it last night, prepared the fruit, put up some decorations (very simple) and did some cleaning. So this morning I just have to put on the coffee. Earlier I put out fresh towels and the others into the laundry. Changed bedding which is part of my regular Saturday morning routine. We were outside a bit ago cleaning up “poop” from the snow covered deck. Man he poops a lot as I had cleaned it up after work. They eat and then they poop. Anyway off the poop story and “baack” to the company coming for 10:00 a.m. We are ready – just have to make the coffee which I will do in a little while as I am feeling in need of a cup of coffee. I can always make more. The birthday girl is bringing her daughter who is now a teenager, hard to believe. Seems like yesterday that she was a toddler. I have been here for some time, that move from Regina seems like only yesterday.

Also I am excited because the Space Channel is showing all of the STAR TREK movies the older series, which I love and could watch another million times if given the opportunity. I love them. Thank goodness for technology – I can record them and watch at my convenience. Sometimes I leave them on the PVR for awhile and rewatch but then I have too many shows recorded and have to start deleting them.

So time to go and take the laundry downstairs and get a load ready to turn on later. I am going out for groceries with G, either after the party of tomorrow whenever she goes. I have not been out for awhile, since earlier in December, I think. Time to get out. I guess I did go to the office in January. Sorry Mr. Alvin is whining away, so time to fly here.

Have an awesome Saturday. If the sunshines get out and enjoy it. We all need to take a bit of time away from the chores and that to do list.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. the girls finally get to open the second part of their Christmas gifts that did not arrive before Christmas. YAY.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Thursday morning? The sky is partially overcast and the trees line my horizon in all glorious colours of the fall palette. I have to announce in my most loudest happiest voices ever. We went to bed last night at 10:00 p.m. and the next time Mr. Alvin woke up was 5:00 a.m. (I woke up to go to the bathroom at 3:00 a.m. but that does not count). The boy slept through seven hours. We got up at 5:00, he had breakfast and we went out to the backyard to do you know what. The boy did you know what!! Then back to the sofa and the next thing I know it is after 8:30 a.m.. I guess all of this fresh air we have been getting lately is catching up with us! I am so happy that he finally had a good sleep and me, as well. The technicians from Modern PURAIR came out yesterday to clean the furnace and vents. They were awesome. Of course, they fell in love with Alvin. I have photos to share but will have to post them later. We are running late and I need to take Alvin for a walk before I leave the house at 10:00 a.m. My friend Gillian invited me over for a morning coffee. Yes, not working today. I feel relieved to have the vents and furnace cleaned. The filter in their “giant vacuum” was not as dirty as I thought it would have been after not having the process done in over five years. The price was under my budget amount which made me even happier. Now I can go to the Vet and pick up both Alvin’s wet and dry food before payday which is great and some money leftover. There appears to be a bit of a breeze so I will check the temperature before we go – just in case Alvin needs to wear his sweater.

On this day and every day, I wish a wonderful, respectful, kind and loving time for everyone and every creature. If we could only learn to treat all life with the deep respect, kindness and compassion that “they” deserve then our todays and tomorrows would be glorious. There is work to be done of course. We all live on planet Earth together and together it is our responsibility to make it the best place to live and to be that we can. This is all we have. I look to today as I learned from yesterday to make tomorrow the best it can be for myself and for all others.

Lovingly and with hope for better tomorrows, I remain …

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

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Always, Carol & Alvin

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! How are you doing today? Are you busy and doing well? Are you working, going to school or retired? What fills your days and nights? I know some people’s days are reversed. We are just back from a walk. The sky is grey with dome dark blue rain clouds. There is rain in the forecast. Time will tell. The air is cool and for a moment when Al was stopped to sniff some grass, I was certain that I saw my breath. It did not freeze last night. Late yesterday afternoon I brought my three pots of geraniums into the house. They are temporarily taking real estate on my kitchen counter.

Last night after work my daughter stopped by on her way home after work. I should clarify that first stop here and then to their rental house and then to their new home in the country. She was picking up some things for the estate sale that they are having and dropping them off snd picking up a load to take to the new house. She had a quick supper with us before heading out. I helped load the stuff from here. She is pooped snd will be glad to have this done. They have done the whole move themselves with no help.

We or rather again I am running late as the boy had a restless night. He may have another ear infection do will have to take him to the vet today if I can get him today. Rather if they can see him today. Coffee is ready and I am less than ten min yo start work time.

I hope you have a great day.

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

Love Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you doing this Friday morning? We are good and just back home from one of our three daily 10 minute walks. I must say that I enjoy this first one the most. We had a bit of rain earlier when we were outside and now just cool and chilly.

Last night after working the late shift till 7 pm and having a quick bite to eat, one of my friends G came over for a visit about 8 pm and we chatted till 1015 pm. The night just flew as we chatted catching up in our news. To be honest there wasn’t to much new with me. We had the odd laugh about something or other but mainly serious talk which sometimes is necessary and we all need to “vent” and get things off our chests. We did just that. Alvin was so happy to see her that he spent most of the evening sitting beside us on the sofa.

I think it is supposed to be nice over the weekend so will get more yard work done and obviously house stuff as well. I am going through things in the basement to downsize the things that have accumulated down there. Sell a few things, give away and recycle. Always a big job. If I am going to be downstairs for any length of time I will have to carry Alvin down there so he doesn’t bark. Life.

well it is almost that time once again. It seems lately I am always running a bit late. Sure will enjoy coffee this morning.

I hope that you have a great Friday. Someone just grabbed his Teddy to play and looks like he wants me to play. Better ho.

Hard to believe that I started this blog when I was 51 and newly retired and now I am 64 and working full time for ten years. Life is interesting I will say that.

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

Love Carol&Alvin

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