The Next Chapter

Good Morning. Yesterday was an odd day. We did not receive the forecasted rain until I arrived home from work and then it has been raining off and on since with mini snowballs from time to time. This morning the sky is the most delicate of blues with streaks of orange and of pink on the horizon as the sun rises for the day. Looks like a beautiful day ahead. I should be walking at lunch break and after work. I did not get out yesterday between weather and office.

Last night I came across an old post and comment from over a decade ago. I had mentioned Alvin in the comment and was excited to read the actual post. I looked and looked but was unable to find it. Will have to spend more time investigating over the next few days. Tonight I will reach out to Cookie’s parents and see what the plan is for Thursday as they leave on their trip to the U.S. around noon on that day. Work is insanely busy so not likely that I will be able to take any time off. When you take time off it is thousands of times worse to come back to. Isn’t that sad! I am excited to have Cookie with me, too bad that I will one at work during the day but at least with this short commute I will be here with here most of the time. We will have time for walks and playing.

I have been thinking of Alvin, oh who am I kidding I am always thinking about Alvin. Better him than many other things. Of course, at work, I mainly think of work but he does slip into my mind from time to time and of course, he is always in my heart. When I go for walks I think of time and let him know what is new and where I am. One year ago, I would not have thought I would have been in this place. But some things you cannot change.

Have a great Tuesday. Take some time for yourself, go for that walk. Does not have to be 10,000 steps all at once, just go out and breathe some fresh air. Take in nature. Will do your heart and soul much good.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel)


Good Morning ALL. How are you today? Alvin and I are sleep deprived. Not sure why but he had me up almost every hour since 3:00 a.m., he does not appear to be feeling unwell so will monitor the boy. He had a low key birthday as I was working. He received birthday wishes from his sister and brother-in-law and pups. We ended up short staffed on the after hours phone line so I worked till 7:00 p.m. and as I had started at 8:00 a.m. it was a long day. I was returning phone calls all day long and then on the phones after hours. Tired of speaking on the phone. Unfortunately I have a few calls yet to return and I sure hope that the phones are quiet today. Maybe everyone will be busy watching the United States Presidential Inauguration. I am excited to watch it however the business part of it will happen this morning while I am working but I am recording it to watch later and also the Balls, I enjoying watching them dancing and the entertainment. So a busy day for a lot of people. Sending good wishes for a wonderful celebration for the American people.

I am grateful that we had a nice walk at lunchtime yesterday. It was funny almost as soon as I was finished on the after hours phones last night the rain started, the wind howled and blew so hard I felt that the roof may blow away. As I looked out of the front window which faces north, it was raining and the trees were almost blowing over AND out the back door it was snowing and windy. My shovel blew crossway against the porch out front which has never happened. At the back both garbage cans that are against the fence not too far away from the house were laying on their sides. I left them that way thinking they may blow away next time although as garbage was picked up yesterday and they are near empty. The rain and snow eventually stopped but the wind gusts well into the night and is still blowing this morning. So what a night. Perhaps it was the wind that kept Mr. Alvin up …..

He is whining loud at the doorway so I had better sign off for now.

We are okay despite the lack of sleep or at least I am banking on that.

Please have an awesome day.

We will continue to live our lives with kindness, respect and compassion for all others.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time

Good Morning,

We had a 20 degree dip in temperatures last night.

The daytime temperature was about 16-17 degrees celsius and then minus temperatures overnight.

We had rain that over the course of the evening.

I noticed at one point some of the dreaded white stuff was infiltrating the rain.

The rain won out and other than a few crisp bits of white on the deck that is all for this moment.


It is one thing watching it come down over the course of the day but to wake up to SNOW – well that is just too sad.


We walked as soon as we were able to after work.

During the first few moments of our walk we could feel the dampness on our skin/fur and see the wet on the sidewalk.

Although there were deep dark clouds the rain held off until after we arrived back home.

I even managed to pull my remaining flowers mainly SNAPDRAGONS.

I snipped the flowers and placed them in vases/jars.

There are so many colours …. yellow, coral and pinks.

Into the garage went the remaining four flower pots.

I have three others sitting on the deck and they will have to go into the garage perhaps tonight.

They are heavy and I have to drag them …..

Such pretty flowers, I just had to bring them into the house.

There were lots of dried blooms with seeds …. have them, too.

On this Tuesday, I wish you all good health, love and joy.

I hope that you are as blessed as we.

Alvin is resting on his trusty blue blanket beside me.

Life is good.

Even did some texting with my beautiful sister already this morning.


With kindness and respect we will live great lives.


Always, Carol & Alvin

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