Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 17th day of March, 2016.

It is going to be a solemn St. Patrick’s Day for me with the recent passing of our sweet Penny.

My four-legged Grand-puppy …..

She has, and will always be in our thoughts.

It is always difficult to proceed after the passing of a loved one.

The first steps are always the hardest.

Seems strange to be going to work but it must be done.

Definitely is not an easy time.

I keep telling myself it is okay to be okay.

It is okay to smile and to be okay.

Your strength is what pushes us on.

Keeps us going.

Penny is not my first loss, and unfortunately will not be the last.

We grieve in our own ways.

It is most difficult for Penny’s Mom and Dad and for Elton.

She was a part of their daily lives ….. everything reminds them of her ….

It will be a long process but they will heal over time.

With the memories of her sweet face and her energy filling their thoughts.

I am grateful to my friends and family at this time for their support and kind words.

 

I hope that today is a good day for you.

May the sun shine down upon you on this St. Patty’s Day of 2016.

May your life bring you smiles and laughter.

May the memories be a reminder of goodness and light.

Happy Thursday …..

 

Special Hello to: all the little angels …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 20th day of January, 2016.

WOW, the 20th day of January, 2016 ….. OMG the light bulb just came on ….. how could I have forgotten …… my baby boy’s Birthday …..

Yesterday my boy turned “7” …..  Happy Belated Birthday my darling Alvin

Here is my very first post from April of 2010 ….. “STARTING NOW”

As we start most days it is in the neighbourhood of 5:00 a.m. (just like the hours that I kept when I was working full-time, LOL). We have a routine.  He gets me up, and we go downstairs. No time to change so outdoors in my pj’s. Yikes.  Shut off the alarm.  I put on my coat.  Turn on outside light (sometimes grab the flashlight), and we go out to the backyard so that Master Alvin can perform his daily bathroom….. okay go to the bathroom.  Then we go back inside the house.  He wants his breakfast so his “Master” me serves it up with a smile or some days a little grunt.  Once he has finished the lights go out, and we hit the sofa for another two hours of sleep.  I am thinking that one of these days I should just stay up and see what he does.  Likely wouldn’t bother him at all.  It wasn’t so long ago that we stayed up.  In those first weeks it was up anywhere from 4:00 – 6:00 a.m. and we were up for the day.  Made for some very long days.  Needless to say, I was pretty cranky and overly emotional to boot.  My kids will attest to that fact.

Now we are both up, I start writing and make my breakfast.  Once done, I head upstairs (we head upstairs) to change and get ready for the day.  Most mornings Alvin helps me by nipping at my socks as I try to put them on,and then pulls on my pants as I try to get them on.  I must say it does end up being a work-out by the time I get them on.  He is so helpful.  When he goes to “bite or nip” …. he gets this look in his eyes …  kind of scares me.  Aren’t puppies fun!

Then it is time for a walk ( I have started to leave my first cup of coffee for after the first walk).  We have yet another routine.  I grab my coat.  He jumps up and grabs the sleeve or whatever part of the jacket he can get at.  I tell him “get down” or something else under my breath.  Then I retrieve my runners from the hall closet and put them on.  He is getting better.  In the early days he would run and grab my laces or the shoes making it almost impossible to actually put them on my feet.  Now he will sit or stand and watch me.  Once I am ready to go …. I grab his harness.  Usually I have to grab him as he hasn’t quite got the command “come” down pat just yet.  Anyway, his harness goes on.  Grab my sunglasses.  Hook on his leash (he used to try and eat it).  Grab the keys.  Oh, make sure have “those glorious black poop bags” in my pocket.  I set the alarm and open the door.  He will wait when I give the command “wait” and let me go out first and then he runs out.  Sometimes it looks like a comedy routine as he zooms past me and I almost go flying.  Locking the door is also a chore.  He wants to GO.  Getting better.  Then it is off to one of the neighbourhood lake / park areas.  It takes us about 35 minutes, sometimes longer.  Depends if there are people especially children out and about.  He loves everyone.  Always has to say HI.  A few days ago while we were out on a walk, we saw a pair of ducks on the lake.  He stopped and sat on his haunches.  We watched them for several minutes before resuming our walk.  I have a nature lover on my hands.  Didn’t bark or pull.  Just sat and watched them.  Very cute.  Other times he would start pulling (biting) on the leash and I would say “No”.  Finally one day, I figured out what he actually wanted.  I swooped down and picked him up and we kept walking.  He was happy.  Laid his head on my arm.  He is getting heavy so I didn’t carry him too far.  But he just wanted a rest.  There are many days when I wished that he could “TALK”.

This morning I was busy sending out e-mails to all my friends and family directing them to this blog.  Alvin is sleeping by my feet. Thank goodness for small miracles.   I do not know how many of you have had the “pleasurable” experience of owning a dog but I must say it has presented me with some interesting moments.  It is lots of work but at the end of the day, very rewarding.

Well, it is now afternoon.  Alvin is now awake and chewing on his bone.  I guess time to sign off for now.

Until later ………………….

 

 

Baby Alvin

Baby Alvin

 

Fast forward to January 20, 2016 and we are bonded and bound by time and love ….. he is a good friend and companion.  He makes me laugh and sometimes a bit frustrated so not much has really changed.  Reading over my blog from back then most of our morning routine has remained the same with the exceptions of me going to work and no work in the mornings.  I do miss that.  Well Mr. Alvin you have grown and are such a pleasure to be around and you are truly loved by all that know and meet you.  Happy Birthday Alvin.  Looking forward to many great years ahead.

Alvin at Christmas 2015

Alvin at Christmas 2015

Special Hello to: me Alvin ….. Happy Belated Birthday Buddy

Always, Carol ….

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 29th day of December, 2015.

The air seems to be foggy but not at ground level.

It looks like a Thomas Kincaid painting as I look out of the office window.

Well here we are at the halfway point of my ten days off …. where has the time gone?

It would seem that I ask that question a fair amount.

Or maybe it is because I have truly just been “relaxing” for most of these five days.

Guess it is time to figure out what I would like to do and get it done.

I thought last night if we went to bed closer to our regular time that I would want to get up and at it earlier but to no avail.

Just finding it tough to get my wheels turning …..

Oh well ….

Later this morning a friend who lives by the lakes/park down the street is coming for tea and bringing her grandchildren’s puppy “George.”

She is looking after him for a week while her daughter and family are away skiing.

Alvin will have a playmate for a bit so that will be nice.

 

I guess we are into countdown mode …. three days including today until 2016.

2016 will be a great year for us all, I can just feel it.

2015 was good but 2016 will be great.

 

Well I guess on that note I should hop into the shower and get this day going.

Alvin even slept in this morning ….. not his usual 4:45 ( it was 6:15 ) ….. surprised me.

We are both being lazy…..

 

I hope that you have a Happy Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers as we wind down another year.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the Day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 17th day of November, 2015.

It is beautiful out this morning with a high of plus 5 degrees celsius which is great for past mid November.

How blessed are we?

So much.

Well update on the little creature …. so sight since Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Almost one week.

Alvin has given no indication that it is here.

He has not left my side since this happened.

How lucky am I?

Very.

Traps set …. empty.

Perhaps now with the plug ins properly set up, nothing blocking the sound waves, they are working correctly.

Whatever it is I am happy.

Still wearing my indoor running shoes.

I have come so far just not quite there.

Not sure if I will ever be there but no matter close enough.

 

Tonight I am going with my neighbour and friend and her daughter to the Brownie’s “Cookie Sale.”

Works very well …. $1.00 admission ….. $4.00 for one dozen cookies (of your choice, I believe you can do them individually) and bring your own container.

They will have containers for $1.00 if you need one.

So excited to go out …

Normally I do not go far on a week night but this is a special occasion.

For a great cause.

It is a fundraiser for the Brownie’s.

 

Last night when I was getting ready for bed.

I noticed a notebook tucked in the bottom of my nightstand.

It has a cool cover covered in a border of pretty flowers it states in bold letters:  THINK HAPPY BE HAPPY

How great is that.

In order to be Happy first we have to think Happy.

So that is my task if you will for today ….. think Happy thoughts.

Usually I do but it does not hurt to specifically think on Happy thoughts …. think happy be happy ….

I wish this for the world.

How wonderful would it be if we thought 98% of the time Happy thoughts …..

We would then be Happy.

Whenever you find yourself going down that Unhappy road …. think of something or someone that truly makes you happy …. makes you smile.

It could be anything ….. some place that you visited …… a new baby …… your puppy ….. whatever makes you grin from ear to ear.

I have an easy one ….. me Alvin.

Just thinking of him as I rub his belly makes me grin from ear to ear.

Thinking of time spent with my daughter makes me grin from ear to ear.

Thinking of SKYPING with my sister and my great niece makes me grin from ear to ear.

It is easy.

There is always someone or something to make you smile and feel happy.

Let us make happiness reign supreme.

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Are you smiling yet?

I am…..

Keep on practising…

We will get it right.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “M” back in Saskatchewan who reads my blog and is so supportive.  She is kind and a wonderful person.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 18th day of August, 2015.

Wow, it was raining overnight ….. deck still wet.

I thought that I heard the pitter patter of raindrops through the night.

Now the sky is beginning to clear and soon the sun shall be shining.

YAY …. beautiful day here in Edmonton.

Last night Alvin and I went for our walk earlier than our usual after supper/between bedtime.

It was so nice …. not hot and it was quiet.

I would suspect that most people were either on their way home from work or eating supper.

He sniffed along the way as he does.

He is so cute …. my puppy dog.

Tonight my group leader is coming over to assist me with my submitting my first order.

How exciting …. Steeped Tea here I come.

It seems like every few months I decide to change things up or sometimes life just changes things.

I guess change is good ….. sometimes perhaps a bit tiring ….. we find that as we get older.

Somedays you just want to roll out of bed as you naturally wake up ….

Maybe take a stroll in the morning about 7:00 a.m. …..

Maybe after lunch … say mid afternoon ….. curl up on the sofa for a nap.

Well I keep telling myself change is good ….. it keeps me learning …. keeps me going.

Going where …. sometimes not so sure …. but that is okay.

Well almost time to hit the trail to the bus ….. the trail is lined with sidewalk and roses …. how blessed am I.

I hope that you have an amazing Tuesday and wherever life finds and take you that you enjoy it.

Our lives are usually much too short so hop on the change bus and go.

We can do it together.

We gather strength and energy from each other.

Today I give you mine ….. just in case you are feeling a bit low on strength and energy.

Take care.

Special Hello to: all those folks who find something new each day to learn and gather strength and energy from …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 28th day of May, 2015.

Overcast this morning.

Guess what?

We finally got a bit of rain last night.

Very much needed.

I hope that this dark blue sky filled with rain clouds brings us some more throughout the day.

It is windy outside.

Makes me want to go back to bed and curl up with Mr. Alvin.

I am working on showing my happiness this week.

So much of the time we walk around looking “mad.”

For some reason smiling does not seem to be a natural facial expression.

Or at least with me.

People often ask, “Are you okay?”

I reply “I am great.”

So now I have to make my outside match my inside.

It is a process……

I AM HAPPY ….. SMILING.

Thinking of something that makes me smile.

A puppy ….. Mr. Alvin.

A little baby ……

CHOCOLATE …..

FLOWERS …..

That is my project ……

I hope that you have an awesome Thursday.

Time to go to work.

Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers …. you rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 4th day of March, 2015.

It is a great morning here in Edmonton.

I imagine the birds are singing.

The snow is melting.

The temperatures are warming up.

Time change on Sunday.

SPRING IS ON IT’S WAY.

HURRAY ….. HURRAY …..

SPRING IS ON IT’S WAY.

ROUND THE CORNER IS SUMMER.

THANK YOU FOR THE WINTER.

 

Yesterday was a great use of a vacation day as I was able to go and see my nephew as he got settled into his new home for the next while.

The staff and Doctor are amazing.

So friendly and nice.

Sometimes you just get a sense of a place and it’s inhabitants when you walk through the door.

We did.

I know that he is in great hands and that he will recover from his brain injury.

We are so appreciative and ever so grateful for his progress thus far.

 

Back home here on “the ranch” so to speak.

I feel like Mr. Alvin has been neglected a bit with regards to our walks.

This has been not a great winter ….. lots of ice.

Coupled with me working more and more …… less and less walks.

Tonight we are going out …….

WE ARE GOING FOR A BEAUTIFUL WALK AROUND OUR LAKE ……

I miss our regular walks.

We will get them back, I promise my darling puppy.

He has retained his sense of humour.

I just wiped his eyes with his special wipes and as usual he jumps off the bed and then goes and lays on the floor in the hallway on his back and does his little “ruff” very lightly ….. his come and play with me.  So cute my boy.

Well almost time to leave for work …..

I promise Mr. Alvin someday again I will be home with you ….. more walks ….. more play-dates.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 29th day of October, 2014.

Wow another glorious fall / autumn day.

Only two more sleeps until Halloween.

Still haven’t decided what to wear ….. I will dress up for the office and then change before heading to the store.

Always fun …..  any ideas???

Last night I had an update on my nephew, and he seems to be making some progress although still not out of coma.

My daughter and I are going up to the hospital this evening after work.

When I write on my blog in the mornings it is with careful eyes watching me, “ALVIN’S, of course.”

He always makes certain that he can see me …. when I am at home seldom am I out of his sight.

Even as human beings we like to have our space from our loved ones.

It appears not to be the case with this puppy “dog.”

He is definitely a “Momma’s Boy” and at home he goes from room to room with me.

There is a bond between me and Alvin that is strong as iron ….. I do not remember nor do I wish to remember what life was like before he entered my life.

I am so grateful for being in great health, for having employment, to have my bills paid every month, to have lots of food in the house, to be surrounded by loving family and friends, for telephones ( the ones that are portable but do not fit into your pocket), for time and energy.

So on this day I wish you grace and purpose, joy,abundance and love.

Keep dreaming and bring your dreams one step closer to fruition.

Special Hello to: family and friends

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 19th day of January, 2014.

Today is a celebration for me and Alvin …. it marks our fourth year together and his fifth birthday.

I cannot believe it.

I also cannot believe my life without him.

I miss him when we are apart for longer than a day (which has not been often).

When I adopted him, no one had any idea of his exact age – his birthdate.

So I think it is only appropriate to celebrate his birth and our time together all on the same day

He is my companion, my friend, and “my son.”

We have come so far….. our first month or so together was rocky.

But we adjusted.

They are just like having a child with the difference being they can stay alone for a time.

He makes me laugh.

He stands guard when I am in the bathroom (not sure why).

He loves to climb on the snowbanks.

He loves to bury his nose in the snow.

He loves to dig a maze through the snow drifts.

He loves his sister, his brother-in-law and of course, Elton and Penny.

He loves everyone …..

He loves to walk.

He loves to eat …..

His favourite treats are: carrots, broccoli and cauliflower and pea pods.

He is smart and fun.

He is so cute (I think so).

So Alvin, on your special day … on our special day ….. Thank you for being here every night when I get home from work.

Thank you for always being happy to see me.  Thank you for being the best puppy “dog” a person could wish for and more.

Special Hello to:  all those beings with birthdays today…. Happy Birthday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Me and Alvin

Me and Alvin a few years ago

Alvin ......

Alvin ……

Baby Alvin

Baby Alvin 2010

Me and Alvin Oct 2013

Me and Alvin Oct 2013

The KISS

The KISS – Fall  2010

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 13th day of November, 2013

Yesterday was so beautiful and this morning is so warm, feels like spring.

Alvin and I had a great walk after work and his supper.

The air felt warm upon my face.

We are having a great November here in Edmonton.

I wanted to share something with you.

Last night I saw a photo on FB of a 7 week old puppy that someone had dosed with flammable liquid, and lit him on fire.

His ears were burned and his eyes are severely damaged.

Infections are still a concern.

They do not know if the little guy will make it.

His name was Nero.

I will see his little red face in my sleep.

I do not understand how someone could do this.

I do not understand.

I do not understand.

I do not understand.

Why so cruel?

Why.

All I can hope is that he survives and has a loving home.

Little guy you are in my thoughts.

It made me snuggle my Alvin even more this evening.

Please be kind to every living being.

Please, I beg this of each of you.

Thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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