2021

Good Morning ALL! We made it to another Friday and another weekend. How wonderful is that? Pretty great, I think. My trusty sidekick is resting on his tummy just outside the office door. He likes laying on the carpet although he has a nice soft bed in my office, he seems to prefer to be there. Yesterday afternoon was great. I was able to drive and pick up Alvin’s food both hard and soft which means a bag and cans and also another container of his glucosamine chews followed by a trip to the post office at the local Shoppers Drug Mart where I mailed my Christmas cards and letters. I will say that I was a little shocked that several cards needed more postage but oh well. Glad to have that done and hope that they arrive on time to their destinations. While in the drugstore I picked up a few things that I needed before leaving for Save-On Foods. The store was not too busy and everything that I needed was there. There were not multiple bare shelves but the prices definitely have increased since the last time that I was shopping which was a bit ago. Some products on sale were sold out so I had to chose something else but that happens all of the time. It was so great to have some time to myself even though I was busy and like Cinderella I had a deadline, she had midnight and I had 3:00 p.m. but I made it back with plenty of time to spare. The residential streets or at least the ones in my neighbourhood were very icy. On my way to the Vet which was my first stop, some human being in their infinite wisdom was tailgating me, I thought to myself, sorry but I am not speeding down these icy streets. Perhaps I was driving a bit more slowly than required but not only was I being cautious, I was not driving my own vehicle and I was not about to get into an accident because was not patient. The roads were glare ice so I think I was doing the right thing. I was driving a reasonable speed for the conditions of the road. I was happy when they did not follow me into the Vet parking lot. I also dropped off the Christmas card for Dr. Karen and her staff along with photos of me and Alvin. They love receiving photos of their clients at Christmas time. I also mentioned that some Christmas Cookies would arrive sometime over the next couple of weeks and that I was baking this weekend. They were excited and said that they loved my baking. How kind. I decided to drive back the way that I came and go through my neighbourhood instead of taking the busier street which at that main intersection seems to have a great many accidents. Not taking unnecessary chances when there are icy roads. So obviously I made it home safe and sound and grateful for it. I had time to unload the car and put most things away before Alvin and I set out for his appointment. The sidewalks were okay as there was still crunchy snow covering them and only the driveways were icy.

Well time to head downstairs. Tonight is the first LIVE of my Fifth Avenue Collection Jewelry party. It is a mega party meaning there are multiple hostesses which is great. Good for the Jeweler.

I wish you a great Friday.

Tomorrow starts Christmas baking weekend.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are well. Alvin was up in middle of night but then slept until 6:00. YAY, Mr. Alvin. Only handful of times where he has eaten breakfast that late. Yesterday was a good day. Good for work. Good because we had Teddy sleepover Sunday night and good because Teddy’s Mom dropped off Kobi and good because of the beautiful weather. Filled with gratitude. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I think that these photos say it all: FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, and CUTENESS IN ABUNDANCE.

What I could not capture in the photos of on my lunch break we were all sitting on the sofa. Everyone where they are in the above photo except Teddy was sitting on my lap. At one point I had my left hand being held by Kobi’s front paws and my right hand resting in between Alvin’s front paws. They bring me joy.

Well time to head on downstairs and get ready for work including putting on coffee.

Wishing you all a great day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Alvin and I had a great sleep. As usual up at 3:00 a.m., he had his glucosamine chew, outside to pee and then back to sleep on the sofa. Up at 4:30 to have his breakfast and then back to the sofa until the alarm went off at 6:45. So all in all a good sleep. I am so grateful that most of the time I can fall back to sleep after our 3:00 a.m. wake up. You know if you had asked me this years ago, I could not have foreseen this. I will say that Alvin has always had a thing about getting up early. He did sleep longer in between the puppy and senior stages. But you know what, even though we have had our ups and downs, I would not change a thing. He has taught, is teaching me so much. I would say that I am more easy with change now than I ever was, I have more patience most days and I enjoy the moment. Dogs do that. They live in the moment. Back when I was working away from home – he was always super excited to see me. I know that part of that was that he had to pee really bad but he was happy to see me, I know it, just like every other dog owner on the planet. I do have one regret and that is not pee pad training him. If I had he could have drank more water during the day and peed on the pads. All those years, my poor pup. I feel badly for not doing this. Luckily for me he does not appear to have held a grudge although may in his own way he is doing so with the early morning starts. Live and learn. I know that I am not the most perfect pet owner but I am trying. I do ensure that he has good food to eat, lots of water, love and attention, regular 6 week visits to the vet for nail trim etc. and in between if he is under the weather and walks. We try to walk most days although as we age getting out in the winter can sometimes be a challenge but we do the best that we are able to. Mr. Alvin is the best cuddler when he is in the mood,lol. He is quite photogenic. When he wants some of my food he can turn those eyes into “soft puppy dogs pools of love” and it makes it hard to resist although most of the times I can because he cannot have what I am eating. He loves bananas and cauliflower and green peas. He likes a lot of other things but since his February surgery he is not allowed to have them. So just once in awhile I might give him a piece of carrot. I want to keep him healthy for as long as possible. Hopefully just the regular vet visits. I hope that his ears stay healthy for a long time. I think he needs a bath but with his ears being infected and being on medication likely better for a sponge bath. He might like that a lot better anyway. Maybe.

My Alvin over the last year or so.

Well the times is slipping away and closer to starting work for this Friday.

Happy Birthday to our angel “J.”

Have an awesome day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you on this bright and sunny Saturday morning? I am doing well, we are doing well. Alvin is waiting patiently downstairs as I got washed, dressed, stripped and changed bedding, gathered towels and replaced with clean ones, renewed a subscription, and now writing this post. I am grateful to have two days off each week and sometimes the weekends are longer with statutory holidays.

I have to apologize to my grandpup Miss Aspen who turned “6” yesterday on Friday, October 15, 2021. I am not sure how Alvin and I both forgot ….. but we did.

This morning we would like to dedicate this post to our beautiful Miss Aspen. She is strong, smart, patient, loving and kind. The only time you have to look out is if there are bunnies or birds out and then all bets are off. She did not have a good start to life and had to fend for herself even having to find her own food. Aspen loves her home and her family. Her little brother Milo “MiMi” loves to play rough even though he is a fraction of her size. She just lays there and lets MiMi play away. She is a good pup and we love her so much. Aspen love, love, loves her walks and would be outside all the time if she could. But on the other side of it she loves to lay on her bed curled up, warm and safe. Aspen also loves to look out the window and check out what is going on in the neighbourhood. The pups are enjoying their new home and their huge yard. So much to investigate.

Happy 6th Birthday to the best “Grand Girl Pup” every.

We love you Miss Aspen and wish you many more Happy Years on this Earth with our Family.

This next bunch of photos are from Miss Aspen’s very first Christmas with our family. Milo was just a baby then. My daughter the photographer took these beautiful photos of the new additions to our family. I cannot believe how small they look – most especially MiMi. Christmas 2016.

Have a great day everyone. Happy Saturday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. forgot to mention how much Miss Aspen loves when Grandma gives her belly rubs. Love you!

2021

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are all well. It is a beautiful bright sunny blue sky morning here in Edmonton. It is the beginning of the long weekend for me. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to all my Canadian Friends and Family and to all Canadians.

We have so much to be thankful for this year and every year.

I am grateful to be alive, to be employed and working from home, to be in good health, to have my own home, to have great family and friends and for everything in my life including a barking Alvin who is not happy that I am upstairs and he is not.

Please enjoy some photos taken just a couple of minutes ago from the front of my house looking out from the porch as the final leaves dropped from our tree and then some from the backyard. A few decorations for fall.

Enjoy your day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! This morning is crisp but bright and sunny for Wednesday, September 29, 2021. I can hardly believe that October is only a couple of days away. Where has the time gone? Mr. Alvin is impatiently waiting for me downstairs. We had a great sleep, one of few, but oh so, appreciated. I am trying to download photos from my phone to the computer but seems to be taking a long time.

A little while ago just after we got up, Alvin wanted to go outside, so out we went to the backyard. He hesitated by the steps but walked over to the lower end and jumped off. I was going to help him down but he really wants to do things on his own. I can tell. When he wants help he will just bark or wait until I come and help him up or down. Anyway, he was trying to look through the fence and I could see the neighbour’s patio door open so I figured either one of both of Humphrey and Bogart were in the backyard. It was a few minutes later that I realized that Bogart was in fact, in our backyard. He was snuggled beside by pot with the grasses and the upper deck railing …. just staring at us. Alvin had not noticed him. Because Bogart is not as comfortable with Alvin as Humphrey is, I scooped up Alvin in my arms before he noticed him. I even walked toward Bogart so that Alvin could see him but it took a few minutes before he could see him. Alvin desperately wanted to visit but I took him into the house. He definitely misses his friends. Humphrey used to spend a lot of time with us before Bogart came to live with him. Anyway, I grabbed my phone and texted Sonja to let her know that Bogart was in our yard (he has GPS tracking) and snapped a few photos of him. The perfect photo would have been of him snuggled in between the plant pot and the deck railing but of course, he moved by the time I got back out with the camera. I did snap a few photos before Sonja came to take him home.

Well it would appear that the “downloading” may take awhile and I have to run soon before someone wakes up the neighbourhood. We will go for a walk, then coffee and breakfast for me. We are having the furnace and vents cleaned today. So grateful for that.

I am so grateful for this beautiful weather. Bright sunshine and blue skies. The leaves on the trees continue to turn into such a glorious palette of amazing fall colours. I just love fall. Makes me smile and want to dance. I am so happy when I can walk through fallen leaves some crunching beneath my feet and the others flying up into the air as I go. It is the simple things in life that makes us the happiest. Just being in good health. Being able to enjoy a fall day. Listening to the sounds of nature. Walking in nature with your pup. A great cup of coffee. Smiles. Being surrounded by good people. Time. Flowers.

Looks like I am going to have to try later to download/upload those photos. But I will post them. Bogart is so cute. What a big guy.

I hope that on this Wednesday you are enjoying life’s simple pleasures like good health, nature and laughter. Have a great day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! Well we had a pretty fair sleep. Went to bed about 9:20 upstairs, up at 2:00 and outside and then to the sofa and then up at 5:45. I could not believe my eyes and was blinking as though it were wrong. Despite the longer sleep, I did find it difficult to get up and get going. So I kept clicking on “SNOOZE” until finally it was after 7:00 and I knew that I had to get the old fanny farkle up off the sofa. Funny thing is I was not really tired, not sick, not achy, just simply wanted to remain on the sofa snuggled next to Alvin. Perhaps it was being toasty warm and comfy, I do not know but anyway here I am and it is after 7:30. I am washed and dressed and writing this post.

The sun is coming up and the southern sky boasts a lower white with hint of orange on the horizon while as you raise your eyes upward it becomes the most glorious blue with wisps of white clouds. So pretty. I am so grateful that we have such beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I do love seeing photos of them from all over the world because they are all amazing and unique. Considering it is the same sky! The trees are more colorful with each passing day.

Yesterday was a good productive day. In fact, the whole weekend was productive. I did not get anything done outside but inside, I rocked. The outside will be there next weekend.

We did not walk yesterday. We should have, I guess, I know. I finally took the hand held steamer that my kids gave me for Mother’s Day and was cleaning sinks and toilets with ease. I was upstairs cleaning when I heard a noise and turned around to see Alvin standing there and then realized when I carried the vacuum upstairs I had not completely blocked to upstairs. ARGH. He had climbed all the way up. I did not see him so have no idea if he struggled or not. He did not appear to be any worse for it but stairs and that many are not on his list. He can do a few and I let him do the ones outside but not in the house. I carried him upstairs to bed last night. I was so happy that he used the padded bench at the foot of our bed to get up and down plus I lifted him down once. Anyway, cannot beat myself up about it. He seemed to be happy as I think he is getting tired of being carried and lifted up and down from things. We both are actually “tired” of the whole thing and I am so grateful that he is doing so well. But in order to keep things going in that direction, I must be 100% diligent. The gate is up and he is downstairs. Not a peep. Sleeping?

This is going to be a strange week. Tomorrow I work the 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. shift (the last one before it is being cut from our schedule, thank goodness), Wednesday I took off as a vacation day as I am having the furnace and vents cleaned, Thursday we are off as it is the National Reconciliation Day and then I work on Friday. Kind of a nice work schedule this week.

I hope that you enjoyed the photos yesterday. Every time I look at my truck painting, I am feeling better about my artistic attempt. I suppose if I painted more often, I would get better. Likely, I suppose.

Well time to head back downstairs. Definitely need coffee this morning. I hope that you are doing great and that you had a productive, fun and relaxing weekend. Ours was wonderful. Even watched a couple of movies along the way. We walked as well.

Have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! First thing, this morning. BIRTHDAY WISHES going out to my son, my son-in-law Steven. Happy Birthday. Wishing you a great day and may the days and years ahead be filled with great joy, good health, much love and laughter and abundance. Alvin and I won’t be able to spend time with him on his birthday for the first time in many years so we shall miss seeing him but we are so looking forward to spending a few days with the family at Thanksgiving at their new home. It will be great.

We had a pretty good sleep last night on the sofa. Only up at 2:00 a.m. (although I am pretty sure Alvin wanted up at other times but either I coaxed him to lay down or I did not hear him) and then up at 6:00 a.m., which was spectacular. So happy. Much better way to start the day.

As I looked out the living room window earlier I realized that most of the trees had virtually gone from green to gold and reds overnight or at least it sure seemed that way. So pretty but most of the green has slipped away for another year. The vibrant golds and reds are a good way to bring in the following season which hopefully is several weeks or even a couple of months away. December would be good. In Canada, you never know when that “season” will arrive …. never according to the official date that is for sure.

Thursday night we visited our friend Pauline. Her beautiful yard. Doesn’t even matter that it is almost the end of September. The flowers are still absolutely beautiful. Colours so vibrant. My happy place. Both Alvin and I could just lay on the grass forever and be perfectly happy and content.

Friday night “Paint Night” with the girls. We had so much fun. I even had a drink and I don’t mean coffee. We laughed and painted and painted and laughed. Here are some of our paintings over the course of the evening.

We have had a glorious last few days. I know that Alvin was not out with me for the paint night but we did enjoy another walk with Pauline and Georgie. Yesterday about 4:45 p.m., the phone rang and it was Pauline. They were going to be busy for the next few days so she wondered if me and Alvin would like to go for a longer walk with her and Georgie. I thought that Alvin was up for a longer walk. It was glorious we even saw folks we had not seen in months and had a quick catch up. Met a new pup Daisy and her Mom Ashley. I was so happy to see Miss Sadie and her Mom and Sister. It was great. Alvin had no problems and was happy to be out sniffing in new places. Places that we had not been to in a long time.

Well time to get going and plug in that coffee pot. Time for coffee and then breakfast. I am going to work a bit on the yard but I was thinking that maybe I would leave the plants for a bit longer. I just cannot pull them when they are blooming. Just not right.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! Thank goodness it is the weekend. The sunrise is beautiful as I see pale oranges and pinks lining the southern skyline as I type these post. Alvin is impatiently waiting for me downstairs. We slept on the sofa last night as a trial run to see if he would sleep any differently and a resounding NO. So much for that idea. I guess we will sleep upstairs tonight. I will let him do a few steps which will mean less carrying for me. Last night after work we went over and visited with our friend Pauline. Again the walk there was perfection. Alvin sniffing at each and every blade of grass along the way with hopes of finding “something to eat likely.” I just wanted to get to my friend’s house to once again sit and enjoy her company and her beautiful yard. This time I took my phone with me so that I could take photos of her yard and flowers which are still even though it is almost the end of September are looking gorgeous. Everything takes on a different look in the fall and still with beauty. The colours may have dulled a bit and there may be dead leaves and such but they are still so amazing. Looks like it remains windy. Last night the wind was cold, I was going to say cool but it was cold. We sat on her patio after work and had to make sure that we were sitting in the sunshine otherwise it was downright cold. I am not complaining as the long range forecast shows some pretty good temperatures for the next couple weeks or so. Sure hope that it is around the 15+ temperature at Thanksgiving. Alvin and I are going to spend a few days with the kids. I cannot wait.

Oh, almost forgot, I borrowed my neighbour’s car and went to SAVE-ON-FOODS for groceries. An outing on my own. How glorious! The store was not too busy but enough people. I left home at 6:15 and was home by 6:53 and it was the best 45 minutes. I have been aching to have time on my own and not because I do not treasure my time with Alvin. I would not trade his time with me for anything but we all need time to be on our own where we are not responsible for anyone or anything. That is what it felt like to be in the grocery store. It was funny while I was away, Pauline dropped off some apples from her daughter’s apple tree. I called her when I got home and found a big bag of apples on my front porch to thank her of course. She said it was the strangest thing. She rang the doorbell twice and then knocked and Alvin not a peep. Now she had forgotten that I might be going to the grocery store and did not know that he was alone in the house. But he did not bark which is odd because he would have seen her truck and caught her scent. He remained quiet. Perhaps he was in a deep sleep. I am looking forward to make a couple of apple crisps with those yummy apples.

Well this is a weekend to get the flower pots and the flower beds cleaned up. The longer it is left and with always the chance of a frost, the more difficult it is to pull out the plants. The annuals that is. So I will do as much as possible this weekend. Who wants to pull out flowers and put away the patio/deck furniture when the weather is so beautiful? For sure, not me but to wait ……

I am having the furnace and vents cleaned next Wednesday so I need to make sure that everything is ready for them. Lots to do this weekend. My son-in-law’s birthday is on Sunday. I have an invitation for a paint night with my two younger girlfriends who live nearby and I am going to take them up on the invitation. I need to get out and Alvin is now healed enough that he will be okay for a couple of hours.

I hope that you have a wonderful Friday. The boy is barking.

Time to plug in the coffee and get ready to start work.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! Well it is Friday and the long weekend. Excited or what! When the sky cleared last night and the sun came out – it was amazing. The trees basking in the sunlight all nice and green. People out walking and some with their dogs. Even though we walked before I started work and at my lunch break, as the evening progressed I was thinking we should have gone again. Oh well. It was a quiet Thursday. Good to have before a busy long weekend.

I noticed that the geraniums that I plunked in with the remaining greenery from my birthday bouquets were a mix of pretty live blossoms and some that were wilted. Now normally we would pluck off the dead blooms and toss them but there was something beautiful and unique about the mix of living and dead. Perhaps this sounds a bit off the deep end and I don’t blame you one bit if you are giggling or even laughing aloud. You will see in the photos what I mean.

The delicate balance between life and death is there in all things. The different shades of pink gorgeous. I definitely am infatuated with flowers snd plants. They bring me joy so why not?

Well time to go. Remember not to give up on something that has seen better days. Applies to all things!!

Have an awesome Friday.

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

Love

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