Last Half 2022

Good Morning ALL! We had a good sleep last night although we went to bed quite late for us at almost 11:00 p.m. I had texted my daughter earlier in the day to find out that she had packed her bag for a sleepover and was coming over after work. We had discussed her coming to help me set up the Christmas Tree but had not confirmed. I totally forgot and what a great surprise on a Friday. Work is going well, I am caught up in mail and was able to return all the calls before signing off last night which was great. After work I decided to sign into my RBC account and see if the mortgage renewal documents had updated for me to sign. Not there! I was mortified as that meant just one thing. Yes, I would have to call the 1-800 number to seek assistance. ARGH. Dreaded that but I wanted to get it signed, sealed and delivered so that I had the interest rate locked before the next increase. I spoke to a pleasant representative and for some reason the document had not uploaded to my account. He told me my options were to send me an email with the document to sign or to go to the branch and have them print the documents for me to sign and they would upload to my account. I told him that was not an option for me. I told him that I could not get to the branch which was not totally the truth but I so badly wanted to complete this transaction online, without having to walk over to the branch. With the sidewalks freshly snow covered and icy, just not something I wanted to do. Also the person from the night before told me that sending such sensitive documents to your personal email is not a good thing to do. Besides should a multi-billion dollar business have the tech support to ensure that when they told you something that could be completed online, that you should be able to do this? I mean really. So disappointing and made me want to call and lodge a complaint. Even the night before I had to speak to two people in order to renew my mortgage and to be able to access my account. I was dumbfounded to learn that the tech support went from a script and did not even have access to a model of the screens that I was looking at, I mean really, so disappointing. Not the tech’s fault but come on RBC, step up to the plate, it is 2022. Give your staff the tools to do their job. Your process is not working. Back to last night, the rep (he) said that he could upload the document by a secure email and send to me. So that is what we did. He told me that it would take about ten minutes or so to do. I waited “semi patiently” for more than ten minutes on the other end of the phone, on speaker while Mr. Alvin waiting in the hallway for his supper. Finally he came back and said that he had good news. I am not sure how this happened but the interest rate was actually lower that what I had negotiated the night before which in turn brought down my bi-weekly payment amount. SCORE. Immediately I felt better. He sent me an access code via my cell phone to enter into the email that he had sent to me. This rep stayed on the line until I entered the code and went over the document to confirm everything was correct before signing the renewal. So nice. I will say this – RBC has amazing customer support. They just need the “tools” to make their jobs easier. So with that, I was able to put the dreaded “mortgage renewal” to bed and not have to worry about doing it or how much I was going to have to pay. Definitely bi-weekly is the route to go as it saved me a lot of money from the previous monthly payment amount. After we were done, I raced downstairs to feed Mr. Alvin. I had taken a couple of minutes before the phone call and packed up my workstation. My daughter had taken some earned time and left work early to go and run some errands. I ended up with time to get some things done and to order pizza for our supper. Everything worked out perfectly. YAY.

Last night we ate pizza and put up the Christmas Tree. I did not decorate it and will do that today. I did however, set up most of the other decorations and will put the finishing touches on all of that over the course of today.

We woke up at 4:00 a.m., Mr. Alvin and I to blowing snow. I checked the weather forecast and we are to have snow until about 3:00 p.m.

Alvin is downstairs curled up on the sofa with his sister watching YouTube videos while I write this post. I made coffee before coming upstairs to write this post so I am enjoying the odd sip here and there while I write. Also I have decided to order a new computer. I was looking over the new iMac 24 and it seems like the right fit for me. It is time. This girl has been good to me but I need something new. I need a computer that when I type the words it actually keeps up to my fingers, to do all of the updates, so that I can hold my phone up to the computer and it will automatically upload my photos from the phone to the computer. It is time. Next purchase.

Time to get going and get dressed and finish decorating and also do some laundry. I am grateful to have my beautiful daughter with me and Alvin. Looks like perhaps after Alvin’s appointment on the 21st that he may go and stay with them for a bit. Still thinking about it. Amanda thinks he will be okay and her Momma on the other hand thinks it may be too much for them. We all know how the Alvin is, lol.

Have a great day.

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

Always, Carol, Alvin & Amanda.

PS: love having my babies with me. Just need Steven, Aspen and Milo to complete the picture.

Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing well. After an early rise we laid back down and slept for 3.5 hours thus this late start this morning. We want to wish wo of our friends Cindy P. and Steven B. very Happy Birthdays. I forgot just how many birthdays there are in the month of September. When I look at my birthday calendar – I then realize how many people I am blessed to have or have had in my life. Truly grateful for each and every one. There are a few four-leggeds as well that hold a special place on that calendar. Some dates on the calendar are packed with names and the odd one is bare. Not many of the latter. My son-in-law’s birthday is fast approaching.

The sky was a brilliant blue as the son shone brightly in the morning sky. This short time later the sky is beginning to darken so that means one thing – that I have to hurry up and get some gardening done before it rains. I want to get a good part of it completed this weekend along with trimming the front tree, giving Mr. Alvin a haircut and bath. The list is so long but I will complete the tasks. I also took a vacation day for Monday as I want to get up at 3:00 a.m. and watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth (live). Should not be an issue for me as I, we are usually up at that time anyway. I was thinking that perhaps we will just sleep on the sofa and that way – I do not have to go up and down the stairs with Alvin.

My friend from down the street Ali dropped off some tomatoes from her garden and from her Mum’s. I had some for supper last night and they were so yummy. She had one’s that were “chocolate tomatoes” and they were so nice and sweet. She was out for a walk with Bailey and her Dad was over and joining her. They had ordered pizza for supper (I was having leftover pizza) and were going to have a walk with Bailey before the pizza was delivered. A little while later my friend Pauline dropped off three plants for me to put in my back garden. Those are the ones that I want to get planted now. Looks like the sky is brightening up a bit but I do not want to take any chances. Just have coffee quick and then go out. I will have breakfast a bit later.

The trees are sparkling as the sun’s rays fall upon them and as they sway in the morning breeze. So beautiful. The grass was quite wet this morning. We are so close to the official day of fall. Just a few days away now. I wish for a long wonderful fall, warm and with beautiful coloured leaves on the trees.

Well all for now. I hope that you are doing great. You never know where life will take you. Keep on dreaming. Keep those thoughts filled with love and positive feelings. We will make our dreams come true.

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules and days to read my posts on this blog. I am so grateful for each of you. Between Alvin and work and the house, I seldom have much time left over to reach out to each of you but please know that I do appreciate you all. Very much. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: my favourite pizza place in Edmonton is “Royal Pizza” which is just a few minutes south of where I live. Such great pizza and the delivery people are so nice.

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? The sun is shining bright here in Edmonton. Alvin and I are finding our way through all of this. He is doing very well. Even climbed upstairs with the cone on a couple of times. He does not like the cone on so whenever I have 100% time to devote to him which has been pretty much always, he can go without the cone on. Today I have to do laundry so he will have to wear the cone for a bit. I just wanted to check with a progress report. I likely won’t be writing my post everyday it will depend. I do plan to go back to work on Monday which I am so grateful is from my kitchen. At least I can stop when he needs me but he will have to wear the cone as I won’t have my eyes on him all of the time. His incision is so long, I had no idea just how long it would be and in a couple of weeks when everything has returned to normal, I will post some photos and more details. Just wanted to check in and make sure that you all are okay and to give an update on Mr. Alvin. He has definitely been a trooper. He was a bit disappointed when I had some raw carrots with my pizza last night. I made sure that there are no bananas around as those were his favourite and if it means giving them up I will do so. Time to head on downstairs.

Oh, he is healing well. Eating and drinking and all of that.

We are both doing well. Thank you to all of our family and friends for their love and support. Special thank you to Amanda and Steven.

The boy is beginning to get frustrated so better get going as the cone has to stay on and I have to start laundry. He might have to go outside as well.

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing today, this morning? It is still morning. The sunrise is beautiful and the sky is clear. We should have a sunny day ahead. We were up and down this morning so I am off to a little late of a start. I think that perhaps Mr. Alvin has another ear infection or at the very least his paws are bothering him. He has been thrashing his head about and usually that means his ears are bothering him. I am congested so cannot smell anything out of the ordinary. Poor boy. I have to get the flashlight out and look inside his ears as I cannot see properly without that extra beam of light. I hope that it is not an infection. He seems to be prone to them. Fingers crossed. My head is a bit achy and I am pretty sure that is due to dehydration as I have not drank much water since last night so I am working on a large glass as I write these words. We do not always realize how important keeping hydrated is until things go wrong. Like headaches, dizziness, etc.

So it is once again the weekend. Again, laundry and cleaning the house. We will get out for a walk in the afternoon. I have changed the bedding on our bed already so at least I feel like I have done something. OMG, why do I always feel guilty about not getting up at the crack of dawn? Not like there is anyone else in the household to complain or place guilt upon me. Human nature, in part, I suppose. Most of that guilt is always self imposed as I put so much pressure on myself to be almost “super human, a superwoman.” One would think at 63 that I would be over that but I guess not. Oh well, every day is a new day and I always try better and part of that is doing better for myself. So to myself – it is okay. Okay to sleep a bit later on the weekends, especially in the winter time when it remains dark later. It is okay not to be “perfect.” Sometimes I think that we should remove that words from our language and from the dictionary.

Work is back to be busy, busy once again and no longer am I caught up on mail. That always adds a bit of stress. But I remain within the acceptable outstanding mail amount so really I should be easier on myself.

Last night my daughter stopped by after work, where she is busy accepting applications for the municipal election to be held in the fall. She brought the package with my new bras and socks. So happy to see her and to have new bras. Mine were beginning to look like they had been dragged around in the mud, lol. Why is it that underwear are the last items of clothing or articles to be replaced? Out of sight out of mind? Anyway I am glad to have some new ones. Last night I was doing a little happy dance. As she said her goodbyes to Alvin, he had that look of panic in his eyes. He always thinks that he has to go with her in the car. What a guy.

Also last night I decided to order pizza for supper. Not sure if that was a great idea or not but I am helping to support a local business and in these times that is important. They always make great pizza.

Well from lack of sleep to lots of work to pizza to new bras, it has been quite the week. But I am always grateful to be working from home, to have the money to order pizza once in awhile, to purchase new bras and for any sleep that I am able to get.

Happy Saturday Everyone. I hope that you have an awesome day. Whoa, the sun just started to SHINE. It is going to be a great day. Time for a quick shower. Also I am chatting with a good friend from Regina as it was her birthday this week and we have to catch up.

Living our lives with kindness, respect and compassion.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 18th day of March, 2019.

The sun is rising bright in the morning sky.

Today I am taking a vacation day.

So nice to be at home for another day.

We were up at bit later and then slept in a bit.

Whenever cars drive by in the back lane you can hear the crunch of snow and ice.

It is a massive rut back there.

We need some warm, warm days to melt this mess.

Would have been nice if the back lanes and the streets in our neighbourhood would have been plowed/scraped during the winter.

Likely not many were …. now we depend on the warmth of the sun to take away the mess.

Our sidewalk out front went from bare to a massive chunk of ice.

When it melts from the back yard it drains to the front.

Frustrating.

We valiantly scoop the water to the drain but then over night it return and freezes.

Not pretty out there and we try to keep it clean to no avail.

Walks are on the opposite side of the street, thankfully it melts faster and is easier for those neighbours to keep clean.

 

I have to share some photos from the birthday party yesterday of my grand-pups and the fruit pizza.

Apparently I must have taken the photos of the birthday girl with my tablet as there are none on this camera.

I was certain that I took them with the camera.

 

Miss Aspen and Milo with Alvin in the background of the above photo to the left.

We had a great visit.

Alvin was so excited when he saw them drive by.

We ran to the back door to watch for them to come in from the garage.

I had to let Alvin outside as he could not contain his excitement.

He waited patiently for the door to open and them to start coming out of the garage.

My son-in-law also commented on the back lane.

We ordered pizza from my new favourite pizza place “Royal Pizza” in the Hamptons.

Best pizza ever.

For dessert “fruit pizza.”

The fruit pizza was heavy ….. lots of fruit on that cookie sheet.

I had a vegetable platter as I figured might be a good idea.

We enjoyed the food and the visit.

 

Well I have a list of things to do today.

Finish laundry, make a big pot of chilli, make pot of oatmeal for this week and go for a walk.

Will work on putting together some orders for Steeped Tea and NORWEX.

I have one of each.

 

Just a lovely day to be at home with me Alvin.

I am so grateful to have such great company.

I am grateful to have a wonderful family.

 

Happy Monday.

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 17th day of February, 2019.

This month seems to be passing by in light speed.

Already we are half way through and was it not the 1st day just last week.

WOW, crazy.

 

As I look out of my office window the sky is a grey-white colour just a tone darker than the snow that is covering the ground and rooftops.

No snow overnight so that is good.

When I shovelled yesterday it was difficult to find a place, a spot to put the snow.

The deck and grassy area in my back yard have SNOWBANKS.

At the front, I am shovelling above my shoulders, which is not easy.

 

Last night Teddy and his Aunt J arrived about 3:30 p.m. for a visit before having supper with us.

Aunt J brought all of the fixings for a pretty much traditional Mexican taco meal right down to the limes.

It was fantastic.

I realized how much I love refried beans, so good.

Mexicans eat a lot of beans and they are so healthy for us.

We had a great visit and during our conversation I suddenly realized about the wildlife and their struggle for food this winter.

How can they find food when there is so much food.

Some folks are leaving out food for the wildlife.

Thankfully there are some berries on the trees for the birds.

But the pickings are slim.

We do not often think of the wildlife and their struggles between nature and man.

Without wildlife – I doubt we would continue to exist.

We would forever damage the balance, the natural order.

 

The evening was great.

The boys, Alvin and Teddy had fun.

Mostly just collapsing in each other’s company.

Isn’t that what friends do?

They are good just to be around each other, no fancy conversation or entertainment.

They did have chew treats and there are toys.

 

About 8:00 p.m. or so they left for home.

We had such a great afternoon/evening.

Great conversation and food.

I showed off some of the Steeped Tea as she loves tea and had heard all about it from her sister, Teddy’s Mom.

I was happy to give her some different teas to try.

 

The rest of the evening was quiet.

I finished off the few dishes that did not fit or belong in the dishwasher.

We just watched a bit of television before retiring to bed about 10:00 p.m.

 

Saturday was a great day.

I almost forgot that while I was out shovelling,  one of my neighbours happened to be on her way to her car when she saw me.

She came over and we had a brief chat before coming into the house so she could say hi to Alvin.

Which by the way is doing incredibly well.

 

My sister called but I will share this story next Saturday as it pertains to her birthday.

 

Today will be quiet.

Perhaps a bit of laundry and if warm enough we will end out this afternoon for a walk.

Maybe should check the temp this morning before it snows.

Hoping it does not snow.

 

What a weekend.

Fantastic pizza on Friday night.

Great Mexican food and company on Saturday.

We are only at the half way point.

What will Sunday have in store for us.

No plans but you never know.

 

Special Hello to: all our friends and family.  We love and appreciate you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 8th day of August, 2014.

Happy Birthday to my niece-in-law “S” …. wishing you a great Birthday.

It is overcast and cool here in Edmonton on the day before my 57th Birthday.

I had the most wonderful time last night with my friends “K” and “K” from Bath & Body Works.

One of the K’s and I went shopping first ….. my first time in a long while.

I was so fortunate to purchase a beautiful scarf and then found a nice summer dress and they match.

We met the other K at the restaurant FAMOSO ( definitely spelled it incorrectly yesterday ).

OMG, so great … we had pizza and it was amazing.

The service was great ….. staff wonderful.

Even took a photo of us for my memory book ( in case my on-site one fails ).

Then we went and saw the movie “LUCY” and it was great.

My friend “G” had given me a gift card to the theatre with instructions to pay for everyone …… the girls were tickled pink.

How wonderful are the friends that I have ……. they are amazing and thoughtful.

Well we have an additional puppy here ….. looking after Mr. Casey …. a cute little guy.

Elton was just growling – not sure why but has stopped.

So lucky that the four of them get along ……

So on the day before my actual 57th Birthday …. I will say that I am so blessed to be surrounded by the best people on the planet.

I have amazing family and great friends.

The puppies are not so bad either.

Love “me Alvin” …… of course.

I am on cloud 9 ……. better yet cloud 7-7-7- ……..

Well time to go and grab some toast and then take the puppies for a walk.

Oh, this afternoon I was invited to my friend “G’s” house for coffee and another friend “S” will hopefully be there, too.

YAY.

I hope that you are surrounded by amazing people.

Have a wonderful Friday.

Also found out that my dear friend, her daughter (my niece) and grand-daughter (my great niece) are coming to Edmonton on the long weekend.

Special Hello to: Miss Hoda Kotb, Happy 50th Birthday; we share the same birthdate.  How cool is that!

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 7th day of August, 2014.

Only two sleeps now until my “57th” Birthday.

I am very excited as today I am meeting two of my co-workers from the store, and we are going for pizza at Famosa’s (hopefully I spelled that correctly) and then to a MOVIE.

The mall being West Edmonton.

I am going early so that I  can look around at the sales.

Usually when I got to the mall it is to go to work.

Last night I had lemonade and a visit with one of my friends and neighbours.

It was so wonderful.

We started out sitting in their backyard on their new swing ….. really nice.

Then when the storm hit we decided to go into the house (good idea).

This has been a great birthday week.

Got some work done around the house, walks with the puppy dogs and spent time with some of my friends.

It is time to go and take Mr Alvin for a walk as it was storming when we were to go last night.

He is patiently looking out the window.

Keeping an eye on the neighbourhood.

He hears some children ……

I hope that you all are having a grand week.

It has been so wonderful being at home.

Being able to set my own schedule.

Cooking for the kids.

Sleeping in.

Writing.

Only one thing missing “SKYING” my family and friends back in Regina.

So will be doing that on the weekend.

I have been enjoying watching the celebratory week on the Today Show for Miss Hoda Kotb.

Do you just love her name?

Very cool.

Okay, time to go.

Have a wonderful day.

Remember …… spend time with friends and family.

These moments shall not pass again.

Special Hello to: my sister C ….. let us SKYPE this weekend.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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