Living … One day at a time.

Hello,  good morning to you.

The sky is beginning to lighten as hopefully the sun will rise shortly.

YAY, today is Saturday.

Master Teddy slept over last night as his parents went out to the farm for today.

The boys well Alvin is curled up on the blue blanket beside me and Teddy is just sniffing about at the moment.

After work on our walk we walked or actually Alvin pulled me over to Teddy’s house.

By the time we arrived my shins were aching.

Oh, yes.

We had a little visit and then were on our way.

Me and the boys walked around by the lake in our park to home.

The grass is still very much green amidst the partially turned leaves on the trees.

Some trees are still very green.

The water is flowing.

Oh, how I love this time of year.

We enjoyed our walk home.

The boys spent a bit of time in the backyard but mostly they were right beside me as I cooked my supper.

Alvin is motivated by food …. I think you know.

So even this morning at 5:00 a.m., Alvin, after he ate his food wanted to eat Teddy’s.

Yup, we were up eating well they were eating.

Deep sigh.

What can you do?

Teddy is wanting to get up onto my lap but it is not easy to type/key with a puppy on your lap.

He always slides down.

 

I was just thinking last night and earlier this morning …… about being more proactive when it comes to my job.

Instead of being reactive …..

Hard to explain without getting into details which I cannot.

But I am excited to try these ideas in my work life to see the results.

Perhaps giving folks ideas how to make processes easier instead of reacting to them.

I will get back to you about this.

Life is way too complicated and I want to make it easier.

Life is short so why not make it as easy as possible.

If you have to work why not enjoy it.

Even the most demanding, frustrating of jobs could be made easier and less complex.

Simplify.

We all need to simplify our lives.

Our work  ….. our home.

Life balance.

We have over the years made things way too complicated.

Complicated = Stress

Or at least that is my opinion/my view after being on this earth for 62 years.

I have seen this first hand.

 

If we look to the Animal Kingdom we could learn so much.

Instead of destroying them …. learn from them.

 

Well I have two puppies that are ready to get downstairs.

I need some COFFEE.

Time to get going on the laundry.

I have changed my bedding and gathered the laundry.

And the COFFEE.

Yup, simply a cup of coffee and I am in heaven.

Nothing better than to be sipping on a mug of hot perked coffee surrounded by pups.

Life is good.

My life is great.

 

Happy Saturday.

If we continue to learn and live our lives in kindness and respect, we will live great lives.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 7th day of May, 2019.

May is just zipping along.

Raining this morning giving the air a freshness and bringing about greenness – life.

Yesterday morning in England ….. Prince Harry and wife Meghan gave birth to a baby boy.

The wait is over.

Congratulations to the Royal Family on their new arrival.

Now for the name.

 

 

We continued with our watering duty last night although the plants do not need water every night – I want to check.

Our walk was delightful ….. taking in the ducks and geese along the way.

Fountain on at our pond …..

Love the sound of water….

 

Well last night Mr. Humphrey spent a few hours with us.

Humphrey is so photogenic.

He knows when you are taking pictures.

I did miss some cute shots but what can you do.

They move.

 

Now you know that the last three photos ….. someone is getting a bit too close for comfort.

You can almost guess what is going to happen next?

Yup. Humphrey gave Alvin a “love tap” and Alvin cried out and jumped off the sofa.

I spent some time trying to convince Alvin that the green blanket on the other side of me was just as good.

But he is set in his ways.

That is his side of the sofa.

Just when I thought that he was getting better at sharing.

 

Well the sky remains overcast as it continues to rain lightly.

I guess an umbrella is in my future.

My ride is picking me up EARLY this morning as she has to make a stop after she drops me off.

So I will get a head start to my work day ….

Actually every day is a head start to my work day ….

Usually I am there before the folks that start at 7:30 a.m.

When you carpool …. it happens.

I like early.

 

Have an awesome day.

Shout out to the in-laws who adopted a puppy.

Puppy is so cute.

 

Special Hello to: YOU on this rainy day …. have a great one.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 17th day of October, 2018.

It has been an odd morning here in our house.

Nothing bad for sure, just odd.

We were up at 4:00 originally which is not out of the ordinary for us.

Alvin had his breakfast, some water and outside for a bathroom break.

At 4:02 a.m. I set the microwave timer for 75 minutes which would have brought us to 5:17 a.m.

Then we hit the sofa for that extra sleep.

Next thing I know I checked my watch and to my horror it read 5:40 a.m.

I had to rub my eyes and recheck the time.

I must have slept through the timer.

Up fast and into the kitchen.

I wrote in my gratitude journal ….. slept in no time to write……thinking I am grateful that I still had time to do most everything else if I got to it.

So I ate breakfast,

Showered.

Got dressed.

Now writing this post.

 

At the rear of my house (which is where my office is located) I can hear a small dog barking in the near distance.

I think it is the same dog that barks most of the time.

This leads me to believe that the dog is outside all of the time.

I believe that I am going to investigate in the daytime (after work).

Poor little thing.

Why have dogs if they cannot stay in the house, especially if they are small.

There are no lights out back and when I opened the window it was pitch black (at this time).

Poor little thing.

 

I look at my little Alvin and think to myself that both him and I are so lucky.

So blessed to have found each other.

There are days perhaps when one or the other of us might be less than patient with the other but we would never hurt the other one.

I would NEVER leave him outside all of the time.

At the end of the day, I know he is snuggled next to me and is safe.

 

I am surprised that no one has called in a complaint to the city for the barking?

Why the once for Alvin and none for this little guy?

Perhaps if the city came out …. they could help him out.

Well in the meantime I will look into this matter.

Discreetly, of course.

 

Well almost time to leave as I am catching the bus today as my carpool is sick.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

If you are going to have a pet …. be respectful of them.

They are living breathing creatures just like us.

 

Special Hello to:  my daughter and son-in-law who are the best parents to my grand-puppies.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 30th day of July, 2018.

Another HOT one on the way.

So glad that we got up extra early yesterday and had a walk and got our chores done before it started to get too hot to work.

Windows open to cool house off for Alvin for the day.

Glad we went for a walk earlier this morning – it was so nice and cool.

Too bad one could not bottle that cool air and release it into the house.

 

Somedays a poem is just right.

 

IN YOUR HEART

 

In your heart lies the secret to your life.

In your heart lies the beat to every song and every dance.

In your heart lies the dreams for the future, and the ones forgotten.

In your heart lies every moment, every tear, every bout of laughter, every everything.

In your heart lies the gold that shines in the sunlight.

In your heart are the stars that shine like diamonds, blinding in the night.

In your heart is the strength to go where your body must follow.

In your heart is the soul that reminds you to live, love and laugh.

In your heart is mine beating like a reminder to all that we shared.

In your heart ……

In your heart I long to be…

In your heart I wonder…

In your heart I hear…

In your heart I feel….

In your heart I live, I love and I remember.

In your heart, for my heart.

My soul I do surrender.

 

CLewis, April 4th ,2011  (dedicated to the loves of my life)

 

Have an awesome Monday.

One more sleep until our company arrives, we are ready and so EXCITED.

Prayers go out to our little four-pawed friend Jazmine, get better soon.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …. we are ready.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Thursday, July 20, 2017 and it is the 21st day until my 60th Birthday.

Time is a skipping along.

When I think back over my life thus far I am both happy and sad but mainly overjoyed.

I have really nothing to complain about for my life.

Of course, there have been some incredible lows but without them how would you ever appreciate the highs.

We all deal with losing loved ones well before their time, and I have had more than my share.

But it makes you realize that time is precious and you must live your life; whatever that means for you.

I am quite content with spending quiet time in my home with Alvin – in my house.

Putzing in my yard ….. growing flowers ……

Yes, really, I own my own house.

“I am a homeowner.”

Those are words I only dreamed of saying and to be honest a part of me never really believed would happen.

It was only when I made the decision to retire from a career of 30 years that I realized that it was even a possibility.

I knew it meant if things worked out that I would only semi-retire or take time off and then would go back to work.

I only wish that I was independently wealthy and that would solve so much but at this point in time, I am not quite there.

Have to leave that door open for possibilities.

Because after all anything is possible.

I will leave you with that for today …..

 

P.S.

One thing I wished that I had the house when my daughter was young instead of her growing up in an apartment.

She spent the first 22 years minus 18 months in an apartment.

Perhaps then she could have had a puppy – something she always wanted so badly.

But in adulthood has adopted four …. she made up for lost time.

I guess things always have a way of turning out ….. if you want them to ….

 

Always, Carol

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 9th day of June, 2017.

YAY, it is almost the weekend.

Looking forward to seeing my girls (my daughter & Miss Aspen) tomorrow.

The sky is blanketed in dark blue clouds to the south as I look out of my office window.

A few moments ago in my bedroom which faces north the sun was shining and the sky was clear blue.

Funny how that works.

Seems like for some reason I am running late once again.

No particular reason but alas I am.

Do you sometimes have this problem or situation?

Not really a problem, I guess.

Just timing.

Last night after a long day between work and the bus ride home, we just had a quiet night at home.

Alvin and I enjoyed some quiet time in the back yard.

I mowed the grass and dug out some dandelions from Alvin’s little area.

The dandelions seem to come out of nowhere.

It was nice to sip on a cup of tea on the deck.

I must do that more …..

I hope that you have a glorious weekend.

I have been thinking about the things we say, I say and have come up with the following mantra:

I will think for a longer time before I speak.

 

There is more but I see by my watch that I have to go.

Have a great day.

 

Special Hello to: you and you and you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 7th day of April, 2017.

Yesterday was beautiful weather wise in our city.

After home from work we went into our regular routine.

Alvin goes into the back yard, Alvin eats, Momma gets changed and Alvin hides under the table when I mention “going for a walk.”

Once I coaxed him out and we headed outside as usual he is okay.

Enjoyed our walk.

When home, I heated up some leftovers and made my lunch for today.

Just in a few minutes into supper – Alvin jumped off the sofa and started his growly barking.

I knew that something was wrong.

I ran to the window and saw some children on their bikes across the street and with them a puppy – young black dog.

He did not appear to really be with them so I put down my supper and went onto the porch and called out to them.

“Does he belong to you.”

Answer “No.”

Without waiting I closed the d0or behind me and in my sock feet ran down the steps and out onto the street to the black dog.

I could not see a collar or any means of identification.

I was afraid that with all of the traffic on our street that he would get hit so I tried to keep him on the sidewalk at least.

Just as I was doing that one of the neighbours across and two doors down came outside.

I told him what was wrong and together we tried to catch the black dog.

Only he did not want any of that …..

He ran down the street and up the back lane and onto a driveway.

We have a bunch of duplexes and we have back lanes so driveways/garages back onto the lane.

I was able to get him to stay there and he even came and let me stroke him.

Beautiful young guy.

“S” the neighbour that was helping, his garage backed onto the back lane and was only a couple of doors away from where the pup was held out.

Figuring that was his home – “S” went to see if they were at home.

No luck.

We tried to coax him into S’s backyard where he would be safe until we could find his parents.

Tried and failed several times.

Sorry but I have to shorten the story or at least no more details as I have to leave for work, ARGH.

I said if we had some treats maybe we coax him into the back yard.

S brought out some beef jerky and we managed to get him safe.

Once done, I went home to get some shoes and lock the house.

Just as I was coming out ….. looked liked some action at the house.

The parents came home.

Guess what.

Mrs. had gone into labour and they had to leave the house quickly and pup got out.

Happy ending.

Must have been false labour …. anyway I did not ask for details.

Gotta go.

 

Special Hello to:  you, today.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 8th day of January, 2017.

Just saw a magpie (bird) fly by my office window.

The sky remains overcast with the morning cloud cover but in gapes I can see pure blue sunny sky.

It is quiet in the house.

Alvin is laying in the hallway waiting for me to come downstairs and start our day.

We were up several hours earlier so that he could go outside and have his breakfast, of course.

But then I felt it was too early to rise so back to bed (not the sofa this time).

Last night my sleep was filled with many dreams.

Unfortunately I do not remember them.

We have had a good weekend.

Yesterday my daughter and our newest addition came to visit before and after Aspen’s Doctor visit.

I love having them over.

Aspen tried her best to induce Alvin to play but he just could not find his way yet.

He will.

We feel as we watch interact that they will one day soon.

One of those things ….. they just need to spend more time together.

Alvin is not a puppy any longer so things sometimes take longer.

One of those “age” things ….. which I can attest to.

Baby Milo has already figured things out but then they are with each hour 24 hours each day.

Aspen is such a sweet creature, and I am so happy that she has joined our family.

We love her and I am grateful that she found her way to us at the most perfect of times.

She brings a loving, calm, peaceful presence with her.

She is a YING to Milo’s YANG.

They balance each other.

She will continue to teach him good things.

He is definitely still a puppy and she has taken the mother role.

We do miss our Elton and Miss Penny, and they will forever be in our hearts and minds.

 

As time passes on the younger ones will take over most of our everyday thoughts.

But always our beloved Elton and Penny will be in our hearts.

There is room for each one in our hearts for all time.

To all those who have lost a loved one recently whether two-legged or four the grieving process is different.

Take your time, remember them, and always keep them in your hearts as a memory for all-time.

To Sundays a day to reflect and perhaps relax before heading to the week ahead.

Special Hello to: my sister, thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 10th day of August, 2016.

Today was the birthday of a very special life force in our lives, our beloved Penny.

AKA: Penny Lane Hobbs.

She came into our lives with all the zest and zeal of a puppy, and that she was.

She chewed things, was adventurous, had a mind of her own and had the best voice and knew how to use it.

Penny loved walks, FOOD but most of all loved her Mom, Dad and big brother Elton.

She accompanied them on camping trips and loved to be outside exploring.

Alvin and Penny were a force to be reckoned with whenever they were together.

They played and they bugged each other and they played some more.

She left us in March and we were profoundly sadden by her departing but the memories of her will stay with us for an eternity.

Miss Penny

Miss Penny

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

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Alvin and Penny .....

Alvin and Penny …..

Just TOO Cute......

Just TOO Cute……

Alvlin getting to know his "new" family....

Alvin getting to know his “new” family….

Miss Penny

Miss Penny

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Our Penny

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Elton and Miss Penny Christmas 2015

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Wait for it ….. wait for it….

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A rose for our girl …….

Amanda's 33rd Birthday cake

The cake was for Amanda a few years back but it is appropriate that I post a photo of a cake in honour of Penny’s love for food and for her birthday.

 

Happy Birthday Penny.

We loved your energy and were so grateful that you were such a big part of our lives for over ten years.

We miss you and think of you every single day.

I was happy to be called your Grandma.

Rest in Peace our baby girl.

Love Your Family…..

 

Special Hello to: all those who share a birthday with Penny ….. have a wonderful day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 2nd day of May, 2016.

Day #2 of May ….. it is a beautiful morning.

The sun is rising and the sky is clear.

Temperature forecasted to be 26 degrees celsius.

Crazy for the first week in May.

Tomorrow they are saying 28 and Wednesday 27.

Sounds like it will be time to turn on the AC for Mr. Alvin.

Today I will just close the blinds to the south and turn off the furnace.

I think it is safe to say that it won’t be “cold” until fall.

 

Question:  When someone asks you questions about someone else – do you answer those questions?

If you know the answer – do you always share?

I was just thinking that even though I may know the answer, if I believe the person being asked about would not give that information, then I will not share.

Common Sense or Common Courtesy or perhaps a bit of both.

I just think sometimes people get too nosy.

Sometimes it is just conversation.

BUT.

There are some things that people like to keep to themselves.

Some folks are just more private than others.

If someone tells me something not to share, I do not know.

Anyway food for thought.

 

I hope that you have an awesome day.

My daughter says Sir Elton continues to heal each day and is doing very well.

They had company on the weekend (friend with a doggie) and he was played out.

But then again he is almost “13” or almost “91” in human years.

Can you believe it?

Alvin is over 49 ….. that is crazy as he still acts like a young dog not a pup but a young one.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you all have an awesome Monday.

Stay cool …..

Special Hello to: my sister ….. HELLO

Always, Carol and Alvin

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