Living … One day at a time.

Hello, well so happy today is Friday.

Wishing my nephew “J” a very Happy Birthday.

Also belated birthday to my Cousin-in-law “W.”

 

We just found out last night that Teddy is going to have a little sister.

Well actually he has one and her name is KOBI.

Last night we heard the great news.

Teddy’s parents are in VEGAS on vacation and adopted a sweet little girl while there.

She is the cutest pup and I am sure that once the initial surprise has wore off Teddy will be a great big brother.

Alvin will have a best friend that has a little sister.

How about that.

Now it will be Alvin, Teddy and Kobi and Humphrey and perhaps Aspen and Milo.

Grandma will have a full house at that rate.

I look forward to many visits from all of the pups and the week at the end of January when Teddy was to stay with us while his parents are in Mexico.

Guess it will be Alvin, Teddy and Miss Kobi.

WOW, cannot wait.

Another beautiful bundle of joy.

Walks might be exciting for a bit.

But on the up side of that at least two of the three I can easily carry.

 

Well I guess it is almost time to leave once again.

So much excitement.

This weekend friends and neighbours down the street are having a CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE.

They hosted one a couple of years ago and it was great.

Check out the crafts, have some refreshments but most of all enjoy great company, they are a wonderful family.

Then next Tuesday it is the SNOWFLAKE COOKIE EVENT, the annual one hosted by the GIRL GUIDES.

The daughter of my friend is a girl guide and participates in the event.

Great time to shop for some cookies to have for Christmas ….

I think that I may have mentioned that I plan to only bake one kind of cookies this year.

SUGAR COOKIES.

They are the ones that everyone loves and they are the most work so why not.

I only ever make them at Christmas so makes sense.

 

Busy times ahead.

Well I had better hit the trail.

Happy Days.

Oh and last night we safely walked over to Teddy’s house to visit for a bit with Aunt J and Teddy as she goes back home on Sunday.

Teddy’s parents and new little sister arrive home this afternoon.

WOW, still cannot believe they are bringing a little one back from their vacation.

 

With kindness and respect, we will be joyful.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Welcome to the weekend.

So excited.

We had a huge rainstorm with booming thunder and lots of light up the sky lightning.

Woke us up.

Alvin wanted to go outside.

So just as it started to hail …. Ma in her summer nightie and coat ran out in the hail to move her flowers.

I only have four pots this year in the backyard and I did not want them to get flatten.

Ended up that the hail was quite small … about pea sized and appears that did not do much damage.

The puddles are still visible this morning as I look out the window of my office.

One of the neighbours does not have an actual paved driveway so obviously the dirt will puddle.

After work my daughter and I went to COSTCO.

I don’t mind checking things out.

She is happy that now her Ma has a cell …. she cannot lose me.

Sometimes we use to lose each other and then it could take a long time to locate the other.

After arriving at home, we split some items and my daughter left for home.

I put the groceries away and then made a beautiful salad for supper.

One of our friends called to invite us for for a visit in their backyard.

They live down the street and have the nicest backyard.

First photos Alvin was patiently waiting for my friend’s husband to come out to the backyard.

He loves him so much.

I will say that most of the time Alvin was either laying on the swing between us girls or rolling around in the grass.

I tried to play frisbee with him although once or twice he tried to pick it up ….. he did not quite get it.

I guess you cannot always teach old dogs new tricks.

He did run around like a crazy pup when I pretended to be a monster (like we do on the deck at home).

He ran back and forth and had a blast.

The grass is so lush and beautiful.

 

Well I guess we need to end this post as Teddy will be here shortly.

I still have to put in the first load of laundry.

I had planned to do laundry last night but then received the invite.

We were happy to be invited out so we grabbed the opportunity.

Then breakfast and coffee.

Always need that cup of coffee.

 

Have an awesome Saturday.

This afternoon my grand pups arrive.

They will stay with us while their parents attend a wedding in the City.

 

So happy to be spending the day with the pups.

I will take Alvin and Teddy for a walk before the others arrive.

Not able to take all four.

 

Remember Kindness and Respect will bring you the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin & soon Teddy …..

Living …. One day at a time.

Hello,

Bright sunny morning …. no wind as trees are not swaying.

 

If you are in the moment and paying attention you will see things that you have not noticed previously.

Like the baby geese – goslings.

We have SEVEN goslings – yes, we counted.

Last night when my friend P joined Alvin and I for our nightly walk – we saw them.

Just little …. so not too old.

Carefully out of sight unless you are paying attention.

Mom and Dad proudly and efficiently taking care of their brood.

So cute those babies were/are.

Fluffy.

They are by our ponds at the park near our house.

My friend P is very good at being in the moment.

Nature has so many amazing, wonderful, beautiful creatures for us to behold.

Moments in time for us to just enjoy.

 

Day 4034.

That is today.

Equates to 11.06 years.

Not taking into account leap years.

Which would mean more calculations.

That is the number of days and years that I have been consistently writing in my journal/gratitude journal.

Every morning before breakfast, I write.

I started keeping a journal when I was 13 and even before but consistently since that age.

I have a large container full of notebooks filled with the words that I have written over the years.

One day, I shall start reading them.

 

Well looks like almost time to leave for work.

That time certainly comes quickly.

 

Have a wonderful day.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 27th day of March, 2019.

Well we had a rainy day on Tuesday …..  we missed our walk last night.

Sometimes I wished that Alvin had a raincoat with a hood.

I have to be careful that he doesn’t get an yeast infection.

It can happen from excess moisture in the ears.

Who knew?

We opted out last night but he spent time on the deck and every time he came into the house – out came the towel.

Tonight I have a meeting and our friend is watching over him.

Perhaps it will be nice and she will take him for a walk.

Otherwise we will have to play catchup tomorrow and over the weekend.

Not so bad.

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I read the following just before signing on to do this post.

It was surrounded by math problems.

Love is many things none of which is logical.

I would tend to agree with this statement.

Love is anything but logical.

We all know and remember poems and song lyrics about love.

Nothing logical about any of them.

Perhaps love is an opinion.

After all we all love differently.

Some we understand and some we do not.

But we cherish LOVE above all else.

There is the love of another human being.

There is the love of one’s children.

Different love between you and your parents, for example.

There is the love of money.

There is the love of material items.

After all that priceless family heirloom was purchased with love and handed down over the generations with love.

There is the love of animals.

I love my Alvin.

There is the love of nature.

I love walking by a lake with tall grasses waving in a breeze.

I love watching animals in nature.

There is the love of food.

Who does not love chocolate.

There is the love of oneself.

Many levels of self love.

There is the love of a rain storm.

Yes, love the excitement of thunder and lightning.

There is the love of sports.

There is the love of exercise.

There is the love of music.

That song that you simply cannot live without.

There is the love of love.

Anyway you look at it LOVE covers a great deal of ground.

 

Funny how one statement can spark conversation or in this case a great many statements.

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing that you love yourself, you are safe, you are in good health and are surrounded with love and support.

Happy Wednesday.

Have a wonderful day.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family all over this world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 16th day of January, 2019.

We are now half way past the middle of the first month of the New Year.

So far, it has been a pretty good month.

The temperatures are cooling off as of today for a few days.

Another busy night.

Some nights when you think it is going to be a quiet one, turns out not to be.

All of a sudden it was after 7:00 and I was not finished eating.

I submitted a NORWEX order last night and we went for a walk before supper.

So I was late starting but then just a few bites into supper a friend called.

I was not about to say “Hey, I am eating, can I call you back.”

TACO SALAD is okay warmish ….. cool.

So we chatted for over 1/2 hour.

Nice to catch up.

Then it was almost 8:00 and the dishes were not done, lunch was not made and so on.

I do like to go upstairs and start the “good night” routine at 8:30 p.m.

Oh well.

Just another one of those nights that so many people do on a regular basis.

Mine are usually quiet and I plan them that way although sometimes plans change.

I applaud all those people who are work all day and then have children and “stuff” throughout the evenings.

I used to be one of them …. a single Mom ….. working all day ….. did some direct sales on evenings and weekends, did volunteer work, managed our home

but my most important job, if you will was being with my daughter.

Now she is all grown up and no longer needs me to look after her.

Now I have Mr. Alvin.

Oh, Mr. Alvin.

He will be “10” on Saturday.

That is the date that I adopted him 9 years ago and they estimated his age to be one at that time or so.

So I am electing Saturday to be his tenth year celebration.

Looks like his BFF, his coming (not planned) to spend the day with us as his parents are going to the farm.

Sunday, will be his celebration with family and hopefully Teddy, as well.

I cannot believe that next year we will be together for ten years.

We should be celebrating.

That is the longest period of time that I have lived with a “guy.”

 

Well looks like time is evaporating as almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you have an awesome Wednesday.

I know that I will.

Surrounded by blessings.

 

Happy Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my, Mr. Alvin …. oh, Alvin where are you?

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 26th day of October 2018.

The house is extra quiet this morning without our little friend Teddy.

He brings joy to our house.

Alvin misses him, I know as he is following me extra close this morning.

Guess it is just you and me for now.

Me and You, You and Me, Mr. Alvin.

Oh my boy.

 

Last night after arriving home to two excited pups.

I tried to let them go outside but both them ran to find a chew treat to take with them.

Teddy grabbed a toy first and shook it about and then finally after a few minutes grabbed a chew treat and out he went.

I cannot imagine how it must feel to not pee for that many hours.

In my defence, if there is such a thing, I had left pee pads out.

One in the kitchen and one in the front entranceway.

After eating and changing and some time to say hello, we went for a walk.

We walked Teddy home.

It was light jacket weather and oh, so beautiful.

So enjoyed the past few walks as the weather has been perfect.

The boys walked along side by side like two brothers OR father and son.

They have the same colouring so often times before close inspection folks believe they are related.

They bring a joy to my heart and settle me right down after my day.

Thank you my furry bundles of joy.

Thank you.

 

When we arrived at Teddy’s home, his Momma and Papa invited us in for tea.

Well me for tea and well Alvin straight to Teddy’s food dish.

Made short work of that….. what a guy.

Followed by treats.

Not quite sure where he puts all that food.

We had tea and a wonderful visit.

 

Well thankfully it is Friday.

I love Fridays and the weekends.

Time to do things around the house and spend time with Alvin and sometimes family and friends.

I love putzing about the house and yard.

I am ever so grateful that I am able to live here in this home and have a yard.

My heart is full with family, friends, Alvin, this house, this life.

I have enough YING and YANG to keep me going for several decades.

The perfect balance between home and work life.

Although I would love to find a way to make a living by writing.

Just have to do it.

Sometimes we are our own worst roadblocks.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you have an awesome Friday.

Take some time for you – always take some time for you.

If you are not in a good place you are not able to be in good places with others.

 

Special Hello to: my youngest brother who is starting to awaken a new dream, you can do it.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 1st day of October, 2018.

Dark outside as the season settles in with no chance of sunrise at this time of day until late spring – early summer.

Woke to a tiny bit of wet on the deck and on the sidewalk this morning.

We enjoyed our walk yesterday afternoon after the coffee party.

The leaves were various shades of green, yellow, orange and red.

Our tree in the front is all yellow and has started to drop leaves.

If a wind comes up I am quite certain they will be all on the ground.

I have held off raking as there are currently more on the tree than on the ground.

I do love to rake the leaves and jump through them.

Just a note my snapdragons have survived another weekend.

They are the colours of fall: yellows, corals, peaches and pinks.

 

We had a great weekend.

Walked and had company.

I think that Alvin misses Teddy.

 

Yesterday one of the girls hosted the coffee party.

Her parents are visiting from Newfoundland.

So nice to see them once again.

My friend, her daughter and parents attended the Paul McCartney Concert last night in Edmonton.

I was just a slight green with envy.

Lucky guys.

 

We started to plan our Christmas party.

Christmas ….. it seems so far away but yet it is not.

 

Well today begins a new month.

My daughter and son-in-law’s ten year wedding anniversary this month.

Grand-pups birthday this month.

Thanksgiving and Halloween.

Lots of birthdays.

 

I hope that you all have a great Monday.

May your day be filled with wonder and fulfillment of dreams.

May your day be filled with love and kindness.

May you lead the way with love and kindness.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister, how are you?  SKYPE?

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Saturday, July 15, 2017 and it is the 26th day until my 60th Birthday.

I will say that it is a bit difficult putting a year to certain events.

Now were are at:

1988:  Just a good year with my girl.

1989: Beginning of year a long term relationship ended which brought on a year of getting my life back in order.

1990: We both went to Calgary with friends and had a great visit with my brother and his family.  Went to Banff and Heritage Park … so beautiful.

1991:  Went to Montana with friends and had one of the best vacations ever …. this was an adult only trip.  The weather was great.

1992: In the summer of this year we had a great visit with my Mom and all siblings and children in Alberta.

1993:  This year was filled with incredible highs and lows; births and the passing of family members.

1994:  Visited New York City while in area on business.  What an incredible city.  One of my fondest memories was to the World Trade Centre.  So grateful for that memory.

1995: Joined the computer project which would take me away from my regular job until 1998.

1996: Lots of overtime during this time not much time for anything extra.

1997: Continuing with the overtime but the extra money allowed some flexibility and we even bought a new television set, a bigger one.

 

Oh, how I wished that I had all of my journals summarized and in front of me at this time.  My life has been filled with so many amazing people, places and things.  Often times things run all together and the years seem like yesterday.  So much I have missed.  During this decade I travelled through work to Calgary, Vancouver (visited Victoria while in Vancouver), Toronto (visited Niagara Falls while in Toronto), Winston Salem, North Carolina and of course New York City.  Each of these trips held a special memory.

My daughter attended the Bon Jovi Concert in Saskatoon in 1993.  We increased our family by two nephews and a niece.  I

I was thinking the other day that wouldn’t it be great to keep a journal from say your earlier adult years, and just summarize each year on December 31st, 2017.  It would be something that you could hand down to each generation.  What a treasure.  I am hoping that my blog will also give my daughter some extra information and an on-line journal as such about her Momma and her life.

 

Always, Carol

COUNTDOWN: 60 days to 60

Today is Saturday June 17, 2017 and it is the 54 day until my 60th Birthday.

Crazy that the days are passing so quickly.

This writing has helped to gain perspective on a few things, and to give me extra purpose in the days and years ahead.

My family and I have had I would say an odd relationship.

Not bad but odd.

I am the eldest child of five.

We lost one brother several years ago.

We, remaining four are two girls and two boys.

I am closer to my sister because I have been around her more than my brothers, know her better, and because we are girls.

Part of the reason for this was I left home when I was sixteen years old.

This was not my choice.

I was always their guide and protector and it hurt me a lot to leave them.

My paternal grandfather had died in a farming accident back “home” and my Dad decided it would be a good idea for me to go and live with my Grandmother.

I was sixteen and she was 72.

I had always loved my Gran and was close to her but the idea of leaving my siblings behind scared me a great deal.

My youngest brother was 8, the other boys were 10 and 11; my sister was 14 when I left home.

I would say that this was the hardest thing that I have ever had to do.

Leaving my babies behind – being the eldest I was always responsible for them and they really did feel like my children.

So as I said, we have an odd relationship.

My sister and I are super close.

The boys feel like my children – most especially the youngest one.

I think it was hard for them, too.

We love each other very much.

I always felt bad that I missed out knowing them better in those years, and then as teenagers.

It also has had an effect on every conversation and get together over the years.

Whenever they spoke of many things – I was not there, and could not be connected to that memory, and that always hurt.

I did not feel included in a way.  Not that it was their fault as it certainly was not the case.

Now that is not to say that we did not see each other during those years we certainly did but not on a day to day basis.

My very core hurt when my middle brother passed away …..

Everyone has something in their life that throws their life into the fire pit.

So family is important to me.

I may not see my “babies” on a regular basis but they are engrained in my very being and with me everyday.

My Mom always treated me as a younger sister and even referred to me, as such.

My Dad well, despite his shortcomings, I loved him.

Families are not all the same.

You do the best that you can.

I am excited for my birthday as my sister and younger brother are coming to stay with me.

So excited to spend time with them.

Your family is your family.

All you can do is the best you can do …..

I am blessed to be a part of this family.

 

Always, Carol

 

Thought for the day …..

Today is Sunday, December 4th, 2016 and it has been thirteen days since our beloved Elton went to rest with our Penny.

It has been quite the year for our family, and I cannot even imagine how my kids feel suffering the loss of their two babies in such a short period of time.

Our Penny left us on March 15th, 2016 and then Elton followed her on November 22, 2016.

This year family and several of our friends are suffering the loss of their dear fur babies.

When these wonderful creatures enter our lives we do not think of when they will leave us as it is often times too painful.

They are members of our families, and their loss is felt in every aspect of our lives.

Elton joined our family in quite the most unusual way.

On July 11, 2004, on the advice of a visiting friend, Amanda and Steven went to the Humane Society to see about possibly adopting a dog.

In the parking lot of the Edmonton Human Society a young man approached them.

He asked them if they wanted a dog.

The man told them that their dog was scared of kennels and that they could not longer have him in their place.

Amanda and Steven went to his truck only to find the wife holding a dog and crying aloud.

My daughter started to cry as she took the dog from the young woman’s arms.

Both the man and the woman clearly upset about having to give up their beloved dog.

The kids ascertained quickly that this doggie required medical attention as he looked pretty rough.

He had a bad ear infection for starters.

I was living in Regina at the time when I received the phone call from them telling me all about the new addition to their family.

They were so excited.

I knew that this pup would never want for anything and that they would be great parents to him.

Right from the start Elton was pretty laid back but when he wanted something, he wanted it now.

That did not change over the next 12 years.

One year after they adopted Elton – Penny joined the family.

 

I clearly remember the first visit Elton had at my apartment in Regina.

The kids had come back for a friend’s wedding and left their beloved boy in Grandma’s “capable” care.

I figured no problem …. I raised my daughter so how hard could it be.

Perhaps a bit on the arrogant side.

While they were gone ….

I, me and Elton were on the patio ( I lived on the main floor), and I was having a smoke (back when I smoked).

Carelessly I just let him be on the patio with no leash as he had been so good.

I could not have for-seen what happened next.

We were chilling on the patio keeping dry as it was raining.

All of a sudden out of nowhere a rabbit dashed by the patio and Elton was gone like a flash.

For a split second I stood daft …..

Not even thinking of anything but “Oh my gosh the kids will kill me if anything happened to him as I lived close to a busy street.”

I tore off like a bullet or the next closest thing not considering that I had flip flops on, and the grass was wet.

So I pretty much slid in chase.

I could see him as he turned the corner of our apartment building and  continued to run until he came across the big tree in the green space of our complex.

Thankfully he stopped to “mark his territory” and I literally fell almost on top of him.

There was no way that I was going to let go.

Breathing a sigh of relief, so happy that he was safe.

I feared having to share our story with his parents.

But I caved, as I cannot be dishonest.

I learned a valuable lesson that day.

Never again …..

Although years down the road after I moved to Edmonton when I was walking with Elton, Penny and Alvin – well I will just say that we almost had a similar experience but no rain.

Not easy holding onto three …..

Over the years Elton played a major role in our family.

He was the guy.

Big brother to Penny and later brother figure to Alvin …..

Elton had his health issues over the years.

He had many allergies and once they were determined he could no longer eat some of his favourite treats …. like bananas and peas.

Elton and Penny both accompanied the kids on pretty much every holiday they went on and the other times when they could not go – they were with Grandma.

I remember the kids relating a story from one of their summer trips.

They had gone to Waterton National Park the summer before Penny joined their family.

The kids were hiking up to a lake when they saw bear poop on the trail and instantly went on guard.

As they got to the lake they spotted the bear only a few meters from them eating berries, he did not seem to care.

Of course, Elton was his calm self.

Steve decided they should stay and fish but Amanda wanted to get the “heck” out of there.

They stayed.

The bear ended up passing a moose across the lake doing nothing.

Now this story might have had a different ending if Miss Penny had been there.

She would have spoke up.

 

This is Elton, our dear little guy who was a large part of our family for over 12 years.

We were blessed to have him with us.

I can speak for all of us when I say he will be dearly missed.

Here are some photos of his life in our family.

Baby Elton

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Elton got a little brother to enjoy in his time left with us.  Baby Milo.

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Elton, ssh he's sleeping

Elton, ssh he’s sleeping

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

Casey, Elton and Alvin .... just missing Miss Penny.

Casey, Elton and Alvin …. just missing Miss Penny.

Ah, my puppies ..... Elton and Penny

Ah, my puppies ….. Elton and Penny

Sir Elton

Sir Elton

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Christmas chewing on their new bones.

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Elton & Penny at their new house trying out the new sink.

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Looking out the window watching for Mom and Dad.

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A life well lived.

A life filled with love.

There was love …. there is always love.

Rest in Peace our darling Elton.

Love Grandma and Alvin

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