The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are all well. What a beautiful morning. There are the most soft pink streaks filling the morning sky as the sunrises. I can see the sun rising and the moon still solid in its’ place. I was just outside in the back with Alvin and it is so nice outside. Truly spring is here. We had plus 9+ celsius degrees yesterday and the snow is melting and there are not puddles but pools and ponds of water everywhere including on our sidewalks and in our yards. There remains ice everywhere. Yesterday at my lunch break when my daughter arrived she was not even able to safely park in the garage due to the deep ruts in the back lane. How bad is that? The ruts have to be at least 8″ deep. This has to be the worse winter/spring that we have had since I moved to Edmonton at the end of March 2009. Hard to believe in about one week it will be 13 years since I moved into my beautiful house. My how time flies.

I must say how much I love the pink streaks in the morning sky. So pretty.

The past few days I seem to be dreaming a lot. I can get up at 4:00 with Alvin, lay on the sofa a few minutes later and seem to pick up where I left off and then again until I get up for the day. This morning I was bad as I hit the snooze button on my phone a whopping three times. I do think that it takes awhile to adjust to the time change. Losing a hour basically. Oh well another week and I should be back to normal. I would like to set the alarm and then we both get up at that time. But too late likely for that to happen. We both find ourselves needing to get up to hit the bathroom. Poor Alvin when he needs to go he has to go outside. I sometimes think it would be good if he was “pad trained” and I suppose it is never too late.

Alvin has been wanting to play with me and his toys as of late. Moreso that usual. He likes to pick up a toy and bring it to me to play tug. So cute. I love playing with him. He does this little growl and I pretend to be pulling hard. But I do not want to pull with all of my weight and hurt him. So we do this little back and forth and in between I manage to gently get the toy and toss it away. He runs for it and brings it back, sometimes. Depends on his mood, I suppose.

Not much new. Oh, almost forgot that I watched most of the Adele special from London. It was glorious. She definitely is my favourite performer. Personally and down to earth and the girl can SING. No one has a voice like she does. No one. Love her tone. I was in heaven just listening to her.

Well time to start turning on the work computer and have a sip of coffee or three before starting work. Hard to believe it is Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

I hope that you have a glorious day and that spring is in full swing wherever you may be!

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Alvin and I are great.

This bright sunny blue sky day is the 42nd Birthday of my daughter Amanda. Sister to Alvin. Spouse to Steven. She also bears the titles of granddaughter, niece, cousin, sister-in-law, friend and artist. It makes sense that Mother Nature would turn on the brightness for this day as our girl brings the light and goodness to us and to the world, everyday. Hard to believe that this time forty-two years ago I was being prepped to have my first and only baby by planned c-section. My how time flies. I remember waking up in the recovery room anxious to meet my baby. Not knowing if boy or a girl. Surprised to hear that the boy was actually a girl but over the moon happy to have this little girl in my life. She brings us continued joy each and every day of our lives. I could not have planned or designed her better.

Amanda has always been the most kind, generous, gentle, patience, loving, understanding, compassionate human being I know. You add intelligent and artistic to the list and you have my daughter.

I have so many great memories of our live together thus far that I could fill a book.

She always made sure to share her toys with her cousins and friends. I remember her standing up to a bully on the school ground when she was a little girl protecting her friend doing what was right. To all the animals that she has helped rescue over the years, the amount is staggering. For her kindness to strangers. For her goodness to us all. This girl, this woman, I am proud to call my daughter. I think of how blessed we are to have her in our lives.

Alvin and I want to wish our favourite girl a very Happy 42nd Birthday. May your day and all the days ahead be filled with great joy, much love and laughter, continued good health and abundance. You are celebrating with the Hobbs family today so we shall catch up later for our celebrations. Amanda’s brother-in-law Dan had a birthday recently so they are celebrating together.

Happy Birthday Amanda

Love Mom & Alvin

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

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Well, I hope. Alvin and I are doing great. We had some dear friends pop by for a lovely visit. Alvin’s best friend Teddy and his little sister Kobi and their Momma. It is always wonderful to catch up with them now that they spend most of their time at the farm. Both the pups were scheduled to be groomed yesterday but the groomer had to reschedule. They were very fluffy puppies. Kobi reminded me of a Wookie from Star Wars. Still cuter than cute. We had tea and visited and then it was time for them to leave. They will be in the City for about a week this time so we are going to schedule a sleepover for the pups. Always good for Mr. Alvin to have his BF sleep over. This morning I have a coffee date with my two younger friends and perhaps in the afternoon if weather permits Mr. Alvin and I may stray over to Teddy’s house. Teddy’s Mom said they had no plans and would love if we dropped by.

The sunrise is more subtle this morning and there remain clouds in the sky. Hopefully it is nice out and the sidewalks remain in good shape for us to walk, meaning the snow doesn’t melt so the ice stays covered.

I sure have been dreaming lots as of late. I guess I usually dream a lot. Wonder if that means anything in particular? Usually I do not remember many details but most times I wake up wondering? Perhaps one of these days I will keep a journal of what I remember when I wake up and see what happens from there.

Looks like Friday and Saturday of this weekend will be socializing and then tomorrow will be tax time. I just want to get them done and hopefully a refund. That is a good thing for sure. Last night I washed clothes so just have to wash towels and bedding but then again, I have enough of both – I could wash them next weekend. I also noticed that my laundry supplies are getting low.

Well, it is time to head off to the shower. Want to make sure that I am refreshed for the day.

Looking forward to coffee and visit with the girls and later with Teddy and family.

Maybe this is the day that you take some time to visit with friends or nearby family. Always good to connect and socialize. Especially in these times of such reduced time with other humans – when possible go out and see someone. Be safe as always.

I hope that you have a wonderful Saturday.

I cannot wait for SPRING. Some of my plants are flowering and that brings a special kind of beauty to our surroundings. Love it. I can close my eyes and dream of many flowers on the deck and in my flower beds front and back.

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! Well it is Saturday morning. YAY. Light outside but the sky is not blue and the sun is not shining at the moment. I hope that all is well with you. We are doing well. Same old story with us. Up early early and then slept in. Oh, I have quite the life, I do.

I am so happy to have a long weekend ahead of us. I was thinking that perhaps we may get outside for a walk with all of the recent snow that is covering parts of the sidewalks and helping to make it more safe to walk.

I was also uploading photos from my phone to the computer and ran into a snag. Appears that they did not save. Man, technology sometimes can be a “pain in the butt.” It really can. Maybe it is me but maybe not. I know that my both my phone and especially my computer are getting older and technology is not something that gets better with age. Definitely not like us humans! I hope that both my phone and computer hang in there for a bit longer. Fingers crossed.

I was thinking of more television sitcoms that I watch and perhaps that I missed saying in yesterday’s post. Did I mention GHOSTS? I watched it last night. It is so funny. This is perhaps one of the best seasons for SITCOMS. There are so many and they are so good. There are so many that I do not watch. I watch enough television as it is and cannot fit more in, lol. Watching t.v. shows and movies is my source of entertainment. I do not travel or often even leave my neighbourhood so this is how I enjoy my spare time. I do write in my spare time but not enough. That book or books will never get written if I do not spend more time writing. I always come out of the gate hot and then after a short time, give up. Not sure why – there are likely a million reasons. But I will continue sharing with all of you, my life stories, some photos, perhaps some of wisdom that comes from age and whatever else I can think of. Isn’t that really what life is all about – sharing? I think so.

Wishing you a wonderful Saturday. I really need to have a shower and COFFEE.

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? It is FRIDAY, yay. Well I am okay and so is Alvin. Another choppy sleep night but that is okay. I am up and ready and also ready to start drinking my coffee. The sky is lightening out my office window but I do not see the colourful rays of a sunrise. We had more snow overnight as we found out the first time that Alvin went outside around 3:00 a.m. But at least it is getting lighter even without the sunrise. I just found out yesterday that Monday is a holiday for us. No work. I am over the moon excited to have a day off. Just a nice break.

Did you all know that yesterday was “Random Act of Kindness Day?” Well I knew a few days before hand and then I totally forgot yesterday. I will say that I do try to “kind” everyday. Somedays I am better than others. How about you?

We had a great evening. Just quiet and watched some television. There are some good half hour comedies on. A couple that I am just starting to watch: “Children Ruin Everything” – a Canadian Comedy, “B Positive” which is chalked full of great actors and I love this one, Call Me Kat is so funny and a couple of others whose titles elude me at this moment. Always good to laugh before you go to bed. Call Me Kat, I have been watching for awhile along with Bob Hearts Abishola and Young Sheldon. Those are the ones that I was missing. Great shows one and all. Check them out.

When there is no colour in the morning sky you just need some photos of pretty colourful flowers. I hope that you enjoy them. I do love flowers.

On that note, time to take a swig of the caffeine. Coffee, yum.

Happy Friday. I hope that you have a beautiful sunrise wherever you may be.

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

Aways, Carol & Alvin

P.S. dreaming of brightly coloured flowers, green grass and dry sidewalks.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! I hope this finds you feeling wonderful. Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Mid February already. Did you have a good Valentine’s Day? Alvin and I had a good day. There were no roses or pretty smelly flowers or boxes of chocolates or a new sweater or a pair of diamond earrings but there was a homemade chocolate pudding from scratch and a big pot of chili made by yours truly. With any lucky I will be able to share some photos. With any luck.

A few weeks ago this massive machine and another one came down our street. This is what they left. Blocking the storm drain which my neighbours and I so valiantly tried to keep clear.

Also some beautiful sunrises.

Well it would appear that I am unable to download the most recent photos from my phone. Not sure why. But I will get them posted over the next day or so. The chocolate pudding was divine. The chili well I just threw it together with the items that I had in my pantry and fridge. So will find out tonight.

Time to get to work. I can see a crack in the morning clouds where there is light. YAY. So pretty. I love the morning sky. Every morning it is different.

Have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Alvin and I had some snuggles for Valentine’s.

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! Well this certainly has been the week of important BIRTHDAYS. Angel Betty White’s 100th Birthday on Monday and today Earth Angel Alvin Charlie Lewis celebrates his 13th Birthday. Thirteen years since our family adopted this beautiful boy with all the quirks and “social-bility.”

It was not so much that first night or even that first month but he did not have a very good first few months/year so he deserved much love and attention and that is what he received. I have apologized to him countless times as that first month was just as much filled with anxiety for him as it was for me. But we got through it and we are best buds. No one in my entire life has ever been this attached to me. He always wants to be wherever I am. He is my friend, companion and partner in “crime.” We both love to walk and cannot wait for this weather to change so that we can get back out there. I love to look at nature and he likes to sniff at nature. Perfect partner!

I am so grateful that you recovered stronger than ever from both the surgeries within six months last year. It was a scary time but you did it, we did it with the love of family and friends. Good energy prevailed.

So to my boy, my guy, I raise my coffee mug and WISH you, Alvin Charlie Lewis the most Happy Birthday and I hope that we have many more happy healthy years together.

We are having the best life. Instead of a birthday party this year, if you would like to make a donation to your local Humane Society or Shelter or Society in Alvin’s name, we would appreciate it so much. Thirteen years ago today I adopted you from the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society.

Happy Birthday Alvin.

Much Love Your Mom!

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Welcome to Monday, January 17, 2022. Today is a special day and a very special post.

Today marks the 100th Birthday of comedic television and movie legend “Miss Betty White.” Her career spanned eight decades. I loved her for many reasons. She made me laugh, she made us all laugh. She was kind to animals and helped them in any way that she could. She was Betty, just herself. Betty White was a great human being. The world mourns Betty today.

I loved watching Betty in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland, The Proposal, hearing her voice in The Lorax and Toy Story 4 and so many more. Her credits would fill many pages.

I am so grateful that she shared herself with us all by making us laugh and for showing everyone that animals matter. The television and big screen will not be the same without her.

She showed us all that age is just a number and it is the mindset that really counts. Betty showed us all that no matter your age – if you love doing something – you could do it forever.

Oh, how I loved that sharp wit, her impeccable timing. She truly was a force.

I had so wished that she would have reached 100 years and beyond.

I wished that she would have lived forever.

Happy Birthday Betty.

We miss you, I miss you.

Every time I use my special Betty White coffee mug – I shall think of you, Betty.

I hope that she touched you with her love of animals and that perhaps you will take the time to donate some money or volunteer in a shelter or adopt an animal that needs a good home.HAPPY HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY TO OUR ANGEL BETTY WHITE!

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Well it is raining here in Edmonton, I could see my breath when I opened the back door. The sidewalks are sheer ice. Even Alvin does not want to go outside, I will have to go out with him. He went out at 4:00 a.m. but not since. Take care out there.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? The sun is up but partially hidden behind some clouds. Looks beautiful as you can see the clear sky between the layers of clouds. I love how that looks. There is one place that I just noticed where it appears like beams of light coming out over the clouds, I guess from the sun itself. So pretty. It is mild outside and forecast is for plus 5 degrees celsius. YAY. One of my neighbours and friends brought over some gravel mix and put down on the sidewalk as it was so icy. I have not been anywhere to pick any up and of course, forgot to mention it to my daughter. I am so grateful to have such great friends and neighbours. Safe to walk on our sidewalk. I have put a call out to my daughter if she is by any place that sells it – to please pick some up for us. We did not get out for a walk yesterday but hopefully this afternoon.

In a few minutes, I am going to put on coffee, first load of laundry and have a quick bite to eat so that at 10:00 a.m. – I can give Mr. Alvin a haircut followed by a bath. Then he will be dry so that we can go for a walk mid afternoon. He will have to wear his sweater of course.

So happy for the weekend.

How about some photos?

I wish you a great Saturday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

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