Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning,

YAY, it is Saturday.

We even slept in quite a lot with the exception of getting up at 4:30 so that Alvin could have breakfast and do his business.

Then up again at 7:30 as Alvin wanted to go outside, again.

Then finally at 8:59 (which sounds better than 9:00).

Okay procrastination for sure but it is Saturday.

After a dilly of a work day.

Okay I shall explain.

All week long it has been a struggle with work as documents/screens took forever to save.

Now I am not very technical so I will just say that every part of my job seem to take forever to do.

Come Friday morning and worse.

So I enlisted the aid of one of our systems guys ….. he worked remotely on my computer.

Doing updates and checking things.

He even reset my Wifi ….. which scared me but alas I did have the password.

Finally later in the morning I was able to actually get some work done.

But a large dent of my morning was lost and I was not a very happy camper to say the least.

So much of my job has deadlines and I lost a lot of time this week.

Even throughout the day there were what we called the “blue bars of death.”

They always pop up at 2:18 in the afternoon everyday.

But I had them a couple of times but gratefully only for a couple of extra seconds.

I ended up working after 4:00 p.m. as I was trying to get some things done.

After work, I gave Alvin his supper and decided to hit my long weekend TO DO LIST right away.

The sun was shining and we had gone for a walk at lunch time so I figured we could do without the second walk.

Perhaps sometimes two walks is one too many for Alvin, I am not sure.

Likely a good question for his Vet, next visit.

So this is what I decided to do.

TRIM THE TREE.

I went to the garage to grab my trusty tree trimmer tool with Al in hot pursuit.

He never leaves my side.

First male in history.

The tree trimmer is a long pole with very sharp cutting blades on the end.

You place the branch in between the blades and pull on the long rope.

Voile, the branch comes falling down.

Now it does not cut huge branches and I would not want it to as I would likely get bonked on the head.

But it does trim small to medium branches and yes, you still must watch carefully not to get bonked on the head.

As the pile of branches was getting growing – my neighbour Eric came outside and I asked if I could borrow his smaller trimmer.

He said yes and grabbed it for me.

You see, after you have all of the branches laying in a pile on the ground …. you have to cut them into pieces and put them into bags for garbage pickup.

I had quite the pile.

There were a couple of extra high branches that I was not able to reach.

I was in no way about to stretch the pole to reach them and lose control of the pole and have it and the branch come tumbling down upon me or a passerby.

Also, I found it helpful to each time a branch came down …. to place the branch onto a pile away from the tree.

Once done I then cut each branch into smaller pieces to start packing into garbage bags.

I was likely about halfway down and my back was killing me.

Lots of bending and stretching.

Finding muscles that I do not often use but a reminder that I need to stretch more.

Anyway, I went into the house and made a quick supper.

I had planned to make one of the GOOD FOOD suppers but that would take time and have more cleanup so decided to just have eggs.

So had some eggs with cheese and salsa and some fresh veg.

Much to Alvin’s disappointment, I was back out to finish the cleanup.

Oh, also my darling gorgeous tree has these little dark blue berries.

Guess what happens when the the branches fall onto the ground …. some of them found their way onto my sandals.

Yes, I was wearing my open toe / foot sandals, I cannot remember if they are CROCS or the other one.

Before I went into the house – I checked my feet and was “happily surprised” to see that the soles of my feet had HUGE berry stains.

The kind that do not come off easily and my hands …. yes, my hands, too.

I moved four bags of branches to the back gate.

Once I was finished I planned to go inside the house and pick up Alvin on the way out to the backyard.

Open the gate and then put the six bags of branches in the garage for garbage pick up on Tuesday.

I placed some larger branches end up in a bag.

Unable to cut them into smaller pieces (or so I thought).

Just as I was about to take that bag to the back gate – a gal that I knew came along with her dog named Bear.

She walked over and we had the best visit.

Alvin was not happy and barked for a couple of minutes but soon stopped.

My kids used to live next door to her and she remains in that house in our neighbourhood.

Usually when I see her out walking with Bear …. I am in the house and not able to get out to say hi.

This time was perfect.

We had a great visit.

Jody said that she had a good ladder that was perfect to get at those higher up branches.

It was substantial and solid enough to do the job.

I am not sure how long we stood there visiting but as patient as Bear was at one point me walked over to his Mom, jumped up and gave her a kiss.

He is a mix breed ….. perhaps Lab and German Shepherd, not a little boy for sure.

Jody said that was a sign that he was wanting to keep walking.

 

By the time everything was all done and I was back into the house it was after 7:30.

I was so happy that I had checked the “tree trimming” from my list.

Oh and I decided to cut back the plants in my front flower bed as I had the tools.

Ready for winter.

Check that off the list.

I do want to till the soil.

 

Well now it is getting super late and I have to have a shower.

Feeling kind of scrungy … is that a word?

Spell check does not think so.

But I am going to leave it.

I think you will understand its’ meaning.

 

Time to get this day going.

I need coffee.

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning it is officially the second half of this NEW YEAR.

July 1st, 2020.

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends and family.

Happy Canada Day to all Canadians.

Here is Edmonton it is raining and overcast and cool.

Not a great day for outdoor Canada Day celebrations.

As the pools of water are growing as is the mud where there is no pavement.

The grass cannot get any more green.

The trees have had as much water as they need.

The vegetable gardens and flower gardens are more than well watered.

We are reaching the point of too much.

Or at least it would seem that way.

Perhaps not quite that as yet but with the rain continuing to come down it certainly does feel that way.

 

My get and go got up and left.

Alvin is not having much fun in this cool damp weather.

I picked him up his pain meds on Monday and he is on his third one.

He can have one once every 24 hours.

I can tell he is not a happy boy.

We did not get out for a walk yesterday at all.

I think we both are missing our walks.

Also does not look like a walk is in the cards for today.

We have seen our friends and others out for walks but Mr. Alvin is prone to ear infections – yeast.

His ears cannot get wet.

So inside we shall stay until the sun shines.

We are hoping it is sooner than the weather forecast indicates.

 

I am also thinking of turning on the furnace as perhaps some warm air might help Mr.Alvin.

Somehow having the furnace running on July 1st – seems very wrong.

But I guess for a couple of days would be okay.

Perhaps it will give us both that bit of get up and go although Alvin doesn’t seem to have a problem with that.

His is physical whereas mine is mental.

So I will quickly hop in the shower and get clean, not really dirty.

From what?

Just freshen up and my hair …. it would love a shampoo for sure.

Then I will turn on the heat and we will get this day going.

Definitely off to a slow start.

But that is okay.

Nowhere to go and sometimes it is okay to just go slow.

Although last night I was thinking about all of the things I used to do and should be doing.

Making jewelry.

Working with my new watercolours.

Writing that book.

Going through my craft room and getting things in more order.

Figuring out what I really want to do with that space.

There are a million things that I should/would/could be doing.

But at this moment just hoping into the shower is enough.

One foot in front of the other and soon I will crossing the floor.

That is what I always tell Mr. Alvin when he hesitates at a doorway.

 

So Happy Canada Day.

I am grateful that we are in good health for the most part.

I am grateful that we have a home and are safe.

I am grateful that I have choices.

I am grateful for wonderful family and friends.

I am grateful to be employed.

I am grateful for this wonderful country I/We call home.

I am grateful for the trees and the mostly clean air.

I am grateful for bears and seals.

I am grateful for each coast and everything in between.

I am grateful for my fellow Canadians.

Thank you for this great life.

 

Heading for the shower.

Better get this day going.

 

Some flowers to celebrate Canada Day.

 

Living our lives daily and forever with kindness and respect.

I/We, shall remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Did anyone notice that I forgot to add my sign off yesterday?

Yikes, not good.

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Monday Morning.

The sky is filled with deep blue rain clouds and there is quite the breeze.

Every so often the clouds part and the sun shines.

We are a bit late with things this morning as Mr. Alvin had me up throughout the night.

He still is having issues in the bottom end but I am happy to report that a few hours ago, the poop actually was starting to firm.

Always a good sight even early in the morning.

I can tell he is not quite his old self but then he is going in the right direction.

So hopefully today will be just that, a continuance.

What a weekend, what a long weekend.

I happy that it has been raining off and on since earlier this morning.

We were up before it actually started to rain.

The time, well I don’t exactly remember.

Rain is good for our plants, grass and trees.

Anyone that planted their gardens will be happy to have a nice shower from Mother Nature.

I was going to take Alvin for a walk in between showers as it has been a couple of days since we last went for a walk.

Perhaps more fresh air and exercise would be good for Alvin, as well.

We have spent time outside in the backyard but when the sun shines it is pretty warm back there as we have southern exposure.

 

I wanted to mention that I have been trying the food boxes that one can have delivered to your door.

The first one was a gift from my kids ….. Hello Fresh …… the food was good.

I am going to make the third dish from Good Food tonight for supper.

They all are really good.

Dishes that I would not have made mainly because I tend to cook simply with not a ton of ingredients.

I do use spices and lots of veggies.

These recipes, these dishes gave me ideas on future dishes.

Things that I can do to the meals that I make to “spice” them up so to speak.

Perhaps starting to use some different ingredients or same ingredients in different manner.

 

Well appear that Mr. Alvin needs to go downstairs.

I don’t like to keep him waiting.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

 

WIth kindness and respect,

I/We remain,

AS Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 23rd of March, 2020.

We had a great weekend.

No cell, no FACEBOOK, no other social media, no internet except for writing this post.

It definitely took my anxiety down several notches to almost nil, I would say.

I started to put together a little mantra to repeat throughout the day.

Hopefully it will help keep me settled down.

It all comes back to bringing work home.

I like my job but home is home.

I understand these times and I am grateful that I have a job and am able to work from home.

But it does not change the facts that I am invading my home with work.

Something that I will have to work on …. through this time.

 

I love being home with Alvin.

Yesterday I gave him his regular haircut followed by a bath.

As always, he cringed and balked at having his paws trimmed.

I somehow managed to get them trimmed.

Back ones always look better than the front.

I have started to keep the scissors close by at bedtime.

When he has settled down and just before I brush his teeth, I give a couple quick snips.

It helps.

The sun is beginning to rise as I can see the beginnings of beautiful colours to the east.

Those colours make me happy …..

We had a nice walk yesterday.

Changed up our route once again.

Mainly due to the ice on the sidewalks.

 

I love the morning sky.

Back to the sunrise.

It is 7:09 a.m. and the sky is beginning to grow light as the darkness dissipates into the day.

I love the whispers of pink, oranges and blues as they fill the morning sky.

The colour pallette brings joy to my heart and a calmness to my mind.

Both great things for sure.

 

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.

I wish you a day filled with kindness and respect.

If you are feeling anxious …. try to step away from that which is making you feel that way.

I hope that you are able to do so.

If not, write down a simple mantra.

Words that bring you to a state of gratitude and joy.

Words that will reduce your anxiety.

This is one of my mantras.

 

I am grateful to have more time with my Alvin.”

I am grateful to have a beautiful home.”

“I am grateful to be surrounded by considerate and supportive people.”

“I am grateful to have freshly perked coffee each morning made in my kitchen.”

 

Take care out of your day for yourself.

It is the little things that will get us all through these days.

Go for a walk.

Get away from where you are whether you are at home or at work.

Being outside makes a huge difference.

Try to go near some water and trees, nature is a wonderful healing force.

 

With heartfelt feelings of kindness and respect to everyone including myself,

and to Alvin,

 

We remain, Always,

Carol & Alvin

My geranium is blooming, I cannot wait to transplant it outside.

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All.

Well today is my first day of working from home.

We left work yesterday during early afternoon hours with laptops in tow.

I managed with a tinge of assistance from a co-worker on line to get set up.

I moved my office around and set up the laptop (which I have not really worked on before).

Set up the  mouse and I am so glad that I brought home my keyboard, that was a good move.

Thank you to a fellow coworker who had decided to take hers home.

It was so much easier setting things up.

My office looks strange with my APPLE on one end and the laptop on the other.

Shortly I will turn on the laptop and start the day ….. my work hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Still almost one hour but I want to do my timesheet and have everything open before 8:00 AM.

Poor Mr. Alvin is definitely wondering what is going on.

I think he noticed that I did not put on much makeup other than some eyebrow gel stuff and some lip care.

I think he definitely noticed that I did not put on my dress clothes and I know he noticed that I put on my work socks.

I did that just to throw him off.

He is just so smart.

I am kind of anxious to see what happens when I am on the phone (work) …. we have been hooked up through an APP for our phone.

This should be interesting.

Alvin does not like it when I am on the phone.

Hopefully after the day he settles into me working from home.

Much different than a weekend.

 

Yesterday my daughter picked me up some fruit, vegetables and bread.

She also picked me up a bag of CHICAGO popcorn (one with the cheese and caramel popcorn).

This was a treat for me, how sweet of a girl do I have.

 

The streets are still busy here or at least they were yesterday.

Our street has had cars zipping by all morning.

I wonder if this will change.

 

Well I am anxious to go and get my coffee and get started.

It will be much different working on a laptop small screen compared to our big computer screen at work.

Likely a bit slower going back and forth between windows but at least we are working.

Our clients will be happy about that.

I think some of them figure that with the doors closed to the public that we are not working.

But we are ….. we certainly are ….

We are all in this together.

 

Well time to go and get things going.

Starting to get light out there.

 

Be kind and respectful to all you encounter.

Remember to check on your elderly neighbours and those that are not able to get out and about.

If someone has a pet and they are sick, help out.

Make sure they have food for their pets.

If they have a dog …. take the dog for a walk.

Help where you can.

Be grateful you are well and are able to do so.

 

From an eternally grateful human being,

I remain as Always, Carol with her trusty friend Alvin

 

My geranium is blooming like crazy.

Outside the bunnies are beginning to turn brown.

Spring is official tomorrow.

Forgot to mention that I saw a coyote downtown on my my to work yesterday morning.

My daughter says there are many of them downtown due to the River Valley being close by.

It is a NEW YEAR.

Hello and Welcome to Monday, Family Day here in Alberta, Canada.

Unfortunately not a great day to be out and about.

It has been snowing steadily since we were first up about 3:30 this morning.

It is still snowing.

I have shovelled the deck already and looks like it will need another time shortly.

The front is buried in about six inches or so of snow.

I see more shovelling in the near future.

Teddy and Alvin are in the office with me.

Teddy on the blanket and Alvin at the door.

I am so grateful that we were able to take in a nice long walk yesterday.

We saw Aunt J and Kobi out for a walk.

She likes to get her out after she eats so that it gets her going.

 

Almost all of this weekend I have had an annoying headache.

Go to bed with it and waking up the same way.

Normally I do not like to take any kind of medication when I am under the weather.

Sleeping did not seem to help much so I took some medication.

Actually a few times.

Perhaps I have not been drinking enough water.

I will make a point of watching how much I drink.

It is easy to drink lots of coffee and tea and forget to drink just plain water.

I do know that headaches are a sign of dehydration.

So will watch today.

I have been drinking water since the first time I was up with Alvin.

 

Also I have been trying to upload/download photos from my phone to the computer.

Some of the photos will load and others will not.

I am trying to figure out why not?

It is odd.

 

Some photos from yesterday.

The boys being good while I am on the computer.

The germanium my friend gave me has grown and is blooming once again.

The crystal shining in the window.

My glass flower stem in the Spider plant.

Poinsettia plant still blooming.

The boys hanging out.

 

Last two photos are from this morning, actually only a few minutes ago.

Teddy was on the bed and had the chew treat that Alvin now has in this mouth.

Teddy dropped the chew treat and Alvin grabbed it and ran to the hallway.

Poor Teddy.

 

Well it is time to go and eat some breakfast and have some coffee.

Then time to shovel.

I have laundry to bring up from the basement.

Couple loads of towels and bedding to do.

Yes, change the bedding on our bed.

 

Family Day spending with the pups.

Aunt J is coming for tea later.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Headache is gone.

YAY, yes I know drink more water.

 

Happy Monday.

Short work week ahead.

That is always nice.

 

Always, Carol, Alvin and Teddy,.

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Thankfully a bright sunny Sunday morning sky after much of Saturday was overcast and raining.

Bit of a breeze so comfortable outside.

We had Alvin’s regular 5 week appointment yesterday.

He had his pedicure, nail trim, which is not one of his most favourite things to do.

That is a definite NOT.

Hear a crow “caw” “caw” “cawing” outside my office window.

Alvin is resting on his blue blanket as I type/key these words.

My office is as bright as the morning sky.

I love the new paint colour in my office.

Just makes me happy as soon as I come into this room.

Back to yesterday …. when we arrived home yesterday morning …. it was about 11 a.m.

I set to work turning on the laundry, sipped on a cup of coffee before heading outside to do some garden work.

I knew that the window of sunshine would be limited.

Grabbed my garden tools, some dirt that I had in the garage, a plant and went into the back raised garden.

My friend had given me a plant during the week that had to be transplanted.

First pulled the weeds as finally it was mostly dry in that garden.

Transplanted the plant.

Also moved some of another plant that has been spreading like mad to a new location with the garden.

Unfortunately I do not remember the names of these plants.

ARGH.

My “Hens & Chicks” plants which are succulents are now able to see out from under the one plant that I moved as it spreads like wildfire.

Now I only moved a portion of said plant.

Spreading the dirt.

Weeds pulled.

Looks great ….. did some watering…..

Perfection.

Had to run back into the house and grab my phone so that I could take some photos which I will share with you all shortly.

Very proud of my little flower/shrub garden.

Starting to look most lovely.

The other chore that I did was change the garden hose that was attached to the house.

Remember the hose that my friend gave me some weeks ago, finally had the time and good weather to get that changed over.

I could not get the hose round onto the hose station that is attached to the house.

So I gathered the hose and placed it into a rubbermaid garbage can (which was clean and used for recycling bottles etc).

This morning I will have to remove the hose and fix it as the can filled partially with water yesterday after all the rain.

I now have captured some rain water.

In addition to these chores, I weeded and watered the flower flower bed.

My lilies are beginning to bloom.

The ferns are doing well as are the other plants that fill the front bed.

Photos:  in the first photos … the new plant is in the back of the garden … best seen in the last photo … the short light green plant between the two tall green ones.

Which now I cannot remember the name.

This is their second year and they have not bloomed.

Might be due to not so much direct sunlight.

But pretty all the same.

I just could not help but to share my flower pots.

Some close up shots … colours so rich and vibrant.

I love this colour combo.

So pretty.

The rain started just as I had completed my gardening and continued for most of the day.

There was a short break in the rain and we took that opportunity to head out for a walk.

Even had to wear a jacket.

ARGH, July.

 

Well the coffee is brewed and there are chores to do.

Unfortunately Alvin cannot help with them.

I knew that he would if she could.

Happy Sunday.

 

Great to see the sunshine.

 

Kind actions with Respectful thoughts …. awesome.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Oh, now clouds beginning to roll in …..

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Beautiful bright sunny blue sky kind of morning.

Hallelujah, it is Friday.

How about some photos kind of Friday post?

I snapped these photos just before my carpool arrived yesterday morning.

The brilliant GREEN brings joy to my heart and soul.

In the 4th photo you can just see Alvin watching me out of the window as he always does.

I wave as I get into the car.

To say good-bye – see you later.

 

Last night was a busy night.

After arriving home from work – Alvin and I went to the Vet to pick up his food, toothpaste and some treats, of course.

Then supper.

Then Teddy and his Momma came …. his Momma had tea ….. his Momma left and Teddy is with us until Saturday evening.

First night last night of the sleepover.

Final big thing ….. I got my hair cut.

Wanting some radical ….. something different in recent years for me.

A version of Anne Hathaway’s short hair cut.

Look how much hair was chopped.

I am not great with selfies.

This morning it looks totally different.

Before I had a shower …. well let’s just say that both Alvin and Teddy were a little scared to look directly at me.

Last night the first two photos and then the remaining ones this morning.

Teddy loves to throw the pillows around.

I love where he ended up …. at the head of the bed.

Well that is it for me for Friday.

Almost time to leave for work.

 

One more time to take pups outside.

Have an awesome Friday.

I will get better taking photos of myself.

Maybe ….. giggling aloud.

 

This weekend is me and the boys.

Tomorrow Humphrey joins us ….

So excited to spend some time with Alvin and his friends – our friends.

 

Happy Friday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin & Teddy

Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Another rainy day in Edmonton.

With no appearance of stopping today.

We enjoyed a lovely walk last night around the park by our home.

Went to bed on time.

Alvin woke me up about 11:00 a.m. and I managed to get him to go back to sleep.

By 1:00 a.m. he was up.

Shaking his head as if to shake something loose.

Quivering a bit.

He had been sneezing a bit over the passed few days.

Can dogs get a cold?

He has also made me wonder if he has been “peeing” properly as his posture seems to be different the past few days.

Thoughts racing through my head.

So after being awake for hours and so tired.

I made the executive decision to stay home with him and take him to the vet.

This morning he seems to be okay.

Only some of the symptoms from late last night or early this morning.

So I will make him an appointment for later and hopefully the rain will let up.

I am so tired at this point.

Perhaps we will lay down.

Note: he did eat his breakfast but later.

I wished that he could tell me when he is not feeling well.

Always good to check things out.

Which I will.

So I will have some breakfast and then perhaps a nice cup of hot coffee as it is cold in the house.

The temperature is low this morning but no frost …. it is raining.

The plants, trees and grass are all so nice and green.

 

Sorry for the shortness of this post.

So tired.

Keep good thoughts for me Alvin.

As I shall keep good ones for you.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Living … One day at a time!

Hello,

Another gorgeous day on the way.

A little bit too warm for me but I will accept it as those days are not in the majority here in Western Canada.

I have closed all of the blinds except for Alvin’s vantage points with hopes that the house will stay at a comfortable level for the boy.

I will also leave the main floor bathroom door open as it is cooler in there.

 

Last night my daughter gave me a ride home via COSTCO.

GUESS WHAT?

I got some florals …. some flowers.

So Happy.

I was truly doing a little happy dance while planting them last night.

Both Alvin and Humphrey were watching with “raised eyebrows.”

Oh, Humphrey joined us for the evening as his Momma was golfing.

The flowers in the pots are the ones that I picked up at COSTCO last night.

Could not believe that I filled 7 pots for $24.00.

I planted Marigolds, Snapdragons, Impatiens and Trailing Lobelia.

I still have some pots to be filled when my daughter and I go to our local nursery “CREEKSIDE.”

We have been going there for years.

Even though it is great to get plants at the big box stores for very reasonable prices; I do believe in supporting local businesses.

I look forward to our date in the near future.

The plants / flowers in the front flower bed are growing like crazy.

Every morning I wake up to the ferns being inches taller.

Is that even possible?

The lilies and other plants are growing quickly.

The back flower bed is doing fair well, too.

GREEN plants and pretty coloured flowers always make me happy.

Whoops where did the time go.

Gotta go.

P.S. decided to use my camera as I still have to get the photo storage figured out with the cell phone.

I will one day soon.

As soon as I get my voice mail activated.

ARGH.

So many things….

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Do what makes you happy.

Please.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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