2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I/We are doing great. Getting used to the time change and actually getting a bit more sleep than the past few weeks. Happy for that.

Alvin and I enjoyed a wonderful walk yesterday afternoon. All throughout the day we saw many of our friends, neighbours and others out walking with family, with their doggies and some on their own. We all need fresh air, to connect with nature, to have some exercise and to refresh our mind/body/souls. I am so grateful that we are now able to get back to our daily walks. This week is supposed to be quite nice. YAY.

We watched most of the GRAMMYS last night. I noticed that most of the nominees appeared to be young. I won’t even ask the question as I know the answer. Surprisingly, I knew some of the younger artists. I really liked a new group called “BLACK PUMAS” …… they were really good. I would buy their music for sure. Also I really enjoy BILLIE EILISH. Music is always good to listen to and learn about …..

I do not have a lot to say this morning as Mr. Alvin stares at me from the doorway. Likely I should just call it a post and say that I will be back tomorrow. Sometimes the mind is silent. Is that even possible?

Hoping for sunshine today for our walk or at least not rain although moisture would be good to clean the dirt. I also noticed lots of trash laying about which is a reminder for me to go and pick it up.

Wishing you a wonderful Monday.

I can hear some geese honking in the distance. Spring is here!

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Welcome to December 2020.

Good Morning All. How are you this morning? Never guess what happened during the night/earlier this morning? It was raining in December 8, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. I only hope that everyone that has to be out on the roads this morning is careful and gets to and from their destination. YIKES. Yesterday was so beautiful outside. I managed to get most things done yesterday. The big items were delivering the Christmas treat boxes to Alvin’s Doctor & Staff and pick up his food and supplies for the next “month.” I made up lots of Christmas treat boxes and delivered them to my friends and neighbours. Only two left and hopefully after work today. Thank goodness the weather was so mild. Alvin and I went for a walk in the afternoon and guess what again, “no winter boots, ” I wore shoes. The sidewalks had pools of water in spots but otherwise dry. Shaking my head at this weather and oh so grateful. This next weekend I want to bake another batch of sugar cookies and maybe one other cookie. I have three or more including home to “treat.” I guess we don’t count. Just to have some for Christmas and I was going to say for company but that is on the back burner now with the numbers for the virus, COVID going through the roof.

I am excited to go and get some new glasses on Friday after work. Although I won’t be able to get them that day, at least I can get them ordered as I have a feeling they will take more than two weeks now. But that is okay. I just would like some new glasses. I can see perfectly fine with the ones from two years ago but just need a change.

So, the Fifth Avenue Jewelry FB party – went great. So happy to help my friend who is a jeweler with them. It has been tough time for them (my friend and her family) so I was happy to help her with sales. Besides everyone can always use a bit of bling, right? Absolutely. I am grateful to the gals that also made purchases.

Well back to work this morning. Seems like I have been gone for awhile even though only one day passed the weekend.

I hope that you had a great Sunday. Perhaps the sun was shining and there were mild temperatures wherever you are.

Continuing to live with gratitude for all the many blessings in our lives, kindness, respect and compassion.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. only 16 sleeps until Christmas Eve …..

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning All. What a morning already. Earlier was raining on top of freshly fallen snow making it absolutely perfect should I want to be making a snowman or snowballs but very heavy for shovelling. We already have more snow than we have had in other winters. Alvin was hesitant about going down the steps from the deck to the grassy area which I keep partially shovelled for him. He must have made three separate attempts before just taking the plunge. I am worried about him jumping as he is no longer a pup. But he seems to be cautious in his manoeuvring. But I still worry.

Well today is Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Today would have been my middle brother’s birthday. He would have been 57. He passed over ten years ago now. I miss him everyday. Happy Birthday Brother and I hope you are having fun with the angels.

I received a message from Teddy’s Mom asking if the pups could spend Friday with us as they are going to attempt to get out to the farm. Last weekend it was storming when they were supposed to travel. That is one thing about winter ….. you sometimes have to change plans due to weather.

Oh, I forgot to share my egg story quickly before I run out to shovel before starting work. On Sunday I made pancakes for breakfast and was down to only a handful of eggs. I have not had eggs for a bit. I cracked one for the eggs and it did not look great so I tried another and found a good one. So I had pancakes. Later in the day I decided to make scones. The recipe called for two eggs. I had three in the fridge. I cracked one and it had some dark stuff in the yolk, so I threw it away. I cracked a second one and it did not look good so I threw it away. Then I cracked the third one and OH MY GOD, the smell. It was a wicked horrible colour of black and grey and something else. But the worse of all was the smell. I quickly placed it all in the garbage and then threw out the garbage. I believe this may have been the first time in all my years of cooking that I have cracked open a rotten egg. It was not pleasant to say the least. Absolutely disgusting. Poor Alvin just looked like “what is going on?” So by that time I already had the butter in the scone mix so I googled recipes without eggs and found that they were not necessary. So I made them without. I added the pomegranate that Iris, Teddy’s Mom had brought with her for a treat for me when they (Iris and Kobie) visited earlier Sunday afternoon. By the way, the scones are delicious. Perfect consistency.

Okay, I have to fly.

Wishing you all a great Tuesday. Please laugh with someone. If you are by yourself watch a funny show. Laughter, we all need it right now.

Continuing to live with kindness and respect for all life.

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR

Good Morning All,

Another gorgeous fall day on the way.

The mornings are usually on the cool side but by noon the temperature is warm.

I went for a walk yesterday at noon.

Figuring it was the first walk by myself in close to a decade.

Usually I walk with Alvin or I am walking with someone or to somewhere.

This time totally on my own ….. just enjoying the beautiful fall day.

I saw a few folks that we know and first thing everyone said was “Where’s Alvin?”

He is definitely known and loved.

The leaves on the trees are the most colourful hues of yellow and reds.

Not too many green leaves left at this point.

Despite the many attempts at the wind to blow off the leaves they are hanging on.

There is something about the smell of the air in the fall.

Perhaps my imagination ….. goodness though …..

Even the wild roses at the entrance to our park are still blooming.

I love their fragrance.

 

Last night I had a good sleep …… even though we both get up during the night and Alvin gets up early …. I sleep better with him than without.

My boy, my boy.

I know that he is well cared for and hopefully enjoying his time at his sister’s house.

He is such a homebody …… always takes him a few days to acclimatize to new surroundings.

But on the other hand he does seldom leaves home so it is a big deal when he does.

 

I will say that it takes me a while to get used to the dark mornings.

In the summer it is light at this time …. bright sunshine…..now not.

Although it does look like rain ….

I will start to clean up some of the garden that is starting to go.

Always amazing how long some of the flowers and plants last as the temperatures fall.

 

Oh, last night I was watching “THE MASKED SINGER.”

WOW, I love that show.

Not sure why I haven’t been watching it but it is great.

Okay sometimes I am slow to the table ….. they are starting their 4th Season.

Incredible costumes and talent.

The only downside is all the costumes ….. what happens to all of them.

More items for the landfill.

Okay, perhaps should not go there.

Sometimes hard to think any differently.

 

Well I guess it is starting to get closer to work time.

It always seems to creep up faster every morning.

Likely in my head ….. I know.

 

I hope that wherever you are …. that you are safe and in good health.

Wishing you much kindness and respect.

From here in Alberta, Canada.

Living with kindness and respect,

I/We shall remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Well today is Friday, July 31, 2020 and my last day of work before I begin vacation for two weeks.

I worked last night until 9:00 p.m. and yes, it was a long day but I feel that I will be leaving “my desk” in a better place for my coworkers and for my return.

The air outside is a bit cooler and there is a slight breeze.

I will tell you that Alvin wondered what the “hay” I was doing last night.

My Supervisor at work was took a couple of days off and my teammates dubbed Mr. Alvin “the Supervisor.”

He always seems to instinctively know when I should be taking a break and always gives me “that look.”

One of the team wanted to see and meet Alvin so I turned the camera on and we all had a little visit which lightened our “work time.”

Sometimes we need that connection.

One of the girls has a three year old boy named Tyler and he was anxious to meet Alvin, so we hooked him up.

I couldn’t see their faces and I did not have time to think about how I looked which was not “pretty.”

But really I didn’t care and no one seemed to either.

Alvin was the star of the show and that was the main thing.

I was able to show off my cuteness of a partner, companion.

Oh, just felt some cool air touch the back of my arm, felt so good.

 

I have photos to share and then this will be short as I want to get work done and this day done.

Now for a magic trick.

See the first two photos in the top row.

I had gone to water and check on my flowers and found this Snapdragon flower floating in mid air.

I had been at a distance and thought that I was seeing things.

As I approached I could see a spider web hoisting the flower off the step.

Very cool.

How strong are spider webs, very.

Some of my other flowers …. cannot remember the name of the orange flowers but very pretty.

The Snapdragons – yellow.

Couple of quick shots and the first one looks out of focus.

You can see the Hens & Chicks in the second photo.

 

Well as it is almost time to start work, I had better head back downstairs to grab my coffee and get Mr. Alvin’s bed set up.

Working in the kitchen at the table was a great idea.

This is the boy’s set up …. comfy and beside Mom.

Well the boss just told me that I have to get downstairs.

He is the designated Supervisor for these two weeks.

So the boss cannot be late for work.

 

Clearly the boy is feeling much better.

 

Happy Friday All,

Living with kindness and respect and love,

I/We shall remain,

As Always, me and the boy

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

OH, WOW, we are in a heat wave.

It is so hot in my office as I type this post that my wrists are sticking to the desk.

Beads of perspiration are mounting on my forehead.

Poor Alvin …. I cannot imagine being in a fur coat during this heat.

He is laying on our bed with the fan on the top setting to cool the bedroom down.

Now I am wishing that I had contacted someone to service the A/C.

Why, oh why?

I know why but doesn’t help matters now.

Thankfully one day left and then it will be under thirty.

Hot but bearable.

 

I just want to say thank you to some very special folks for their invaluable help during Alvin’s latest health issues.

When they say it takes a village – it does, whether it is your child or a pet.

Family is family.

The pharmacist at the nearby Pharmasave came through as promised with some Robaxin and I called a friend and she was here to pick me up in like 5 minutes.

He was so nice when I picked up Alvin’s medicine.

Timing is everything.

I have timing.

Thank goodness.

 

 

I see Alvin just popped into the office to see where I am.

He cannot stay in here or he will expire.

I can barely take this heat.

 

The sky is overcast and there is the possibility of some rain in the later evening hours.

That should help cool things down.

I am going to have a shower but feeling a bit guilty and want to put Alvin into the shower.

I have been wiping him with a cool wet cloths to help.

Making sure we both drink lots of water.

 

Time to go.

I hope that all is well with you.

I need a shower badly.

So hot.

So very hot.

 

Keep cool.

Stay safe.

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We, shall remain

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Welcome to Thursday, July 23, 2020.

Wow, not many days left in July 2020.

The time just seems to zip by.

We had rain earlier and was raining when we were up at 4:30.

I did not hear any thunder but then again, I had the electric fan running most of the night.

Slept in our bed last night and we both were awake at 4:30, thankfully did not stay up.

Makes for an early night if up that early.

Although if it had not been raining the sun would have been coming up.

It is muggy in the office this morning even with the windows open.

Looks like more rain.

 

So how are we all doing at almost the end of 5 months since this COVID19 virus became so much on our radar.

Perhaps on some more so than others.

With every country on the planet affected by COVID19 which I believe is the majority at this point; every different leader and government has taken a different approach.

Some were fast to shut down out of country air travel.

Others were not.

There were countries that took very cautious approaches and with diligence they were able to lower the amount of cases and deaths.

While others just seemed to stand by and hope for the best.

No one knows at this point the real numbers because they are only as good as they are reported.

Also I read some place that countries were initially treating any deaths as COVID19 and not doing any autopsies.

That is scary but sort of understandable in a way.

Anyway, if we all listen to our government health officials we can make a difference.

In public wear a mask.

Wash your hands often.

Social Distancing.

Just be careful.

To be honest since I came home to work on March 19, 2020 – the most people at one time that I have been around other than me is 3.

So any numbers larger than that …. honestly kind of freak me out.

I know that this is because I have not been out to the grocery stores and in public.

So this is something that I will have to get used to and be prepared with.

Food for thought.

If we do not work together …. we fall apart.

 

Well time to head to work.

Alvin is doing much better, thankfully.

I think the second set of medication has made a huge difference.

Time will tell when that medication has all been taken.

 

I hope that you are safe and in good health.

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Well here we are at Sunday morning.

What an odd weekend for us.

The last 24 hours seem like a blur to me.

 

Mr. Alvin did not have a great day yesterday.

In the morning he did not want to jump down onto the grass or go down the steps to the grass.

We were on the deck when my neighbour came home from grabbing a coffee.

I told her about Alvin and that I thought maybe he had injured his leg/paw.

Before I could ask.

My neighbour and our friend happens to be a Reiki Master.

She said that he was very anxious due in part to me feeling some anxiety and something that happened to him.

That makes sense as the past few days especially Thursday had me feeling pretty anxious and I am quite certain that upset him.

I do believe that his paw was hurt at the vet, not intentionally

 

He started to shake and pant at one point, so I called my neighbour.

Thankfully she was at home.

She said he definitely was feeling a lot of anxiety.

All you can do is let him get it out.

My friend also felt his paw had been hurt, his front one.

 

We all went back to her house as she thought the kitten might have got out in the backyard.

All of us went into the backyard where Alvin went down her steps onto the grass but did let out a yelp when he got down the last step.

He did his business which I was glad about and I cleaned up, of course.

We visited for a bit.

I helped her with a little job.

 

My neighbour thought that perhaps going on a walk would help calm him down.

I put his harness on him and we got as far as the lawn.

He walked around a bit and then just stood there.

So we sat on my neighbours retaining wall for her front garden and chatted through the window before heading back into our house.

 

We just had a quiet day with me doing some laundry and rearranging in the kitchen while he laid on the sofa.

Sometimes whining when I disappeared for too long.

I baked a coffee cake for this morning.

Been a long time since I baked a coffee cake and I had to try a piece for dessert (turned out pretty good).

Fed him supper.

I ate supper and then we had a quiet evening watching a movie.

He eventually was visibly calm, no longer panting or shaking.

 

We slept on the sofa last night as I thought it would be easier for him.

We went to bed just after 9:00 p.m. and I woke up first at 5:45 a.m….

I went to the bathroom and laid back down.

He showed no interest in getting up but was awake.

I set the timer on the microwave for just after 7:00 but I was so awake I was up just before 7:00 a.m.

I gave my boy his glucosamine chew while he was on the sofa.

When he first got up he stood on the arm of the sofa and then onto the sofa.

No attempt to jump off.

I gingerly picked him up and he made a slight sound of discomfort.

Already I had got his food out of the pantry and put in his bowl.

He made no attempt so I gave him a piece and he dropped it on the floor.

So I put the bowl on the counter and coaxed him to go outside.

Outside he sniffed the flowers and eventually I was able to get him down to the grass.

I did lift him down the steps.

He did his business and I lifted him back onto the deck after picking up the bundle he left behind.

Alvin walked on his own to the house, not limping or showing any signs of pain or discomfort.

In the house, I ended up hand feeding him and he easily ate all of his food.

Then I gathered things up to go back upstairs.

Took me a couple of minutes to convince him to go upstairs but he slowly went up the steps.

Even took a jump on the last two, which surprised me.

Now he is laying on his bed in my office while I type/key this post.

 

I am so grateful that today is a better day than yesterday.

He was panting and shaking for awhile …. that was anxiety.

I guess we all have some of that these days.

Animals are so intuitive and he feels whatever I feel and sometimes we forget.

So I am going to make a point of trying to remain zen especially now that I am working from home.

I can no longer leave my anxieties and issues at the office, home is the new office.

So I have some things to work out.

I know that.

Dealing with people is not always easy but I am going to work on being more “zen” and that is the best word to describe the end result.

I am a pretty positive person by nature but I also wear my feelings on my sleeve so to speak.

I do take things personally ….. with my work and I have to learn that it is not personal.

It is the job.

Sometimes it is not always easy to separate.

Lessons to learn for sure.

I have also decided that while my extra time spend doing work might help me out in some respects it is not helping Alvin out.

At the end of the day it is not helping me out and I understand that now.

My job is not to work 7 days each week.

My job is Monday through Friday.

I have defined work hours and if I work a few minutes after 4:00 to finish something that is okay but to spend hours on Saturday and Sunday or Friday night working.

Nope can do.

I need my down time, I get that now.

I work hard and I don’t think anyone can ever dispute that so I am going to work when I am supposed to work.

Alvin needs me to be present and with him.

Not having him laying in the hallway or on his bed in the office while I work on the weekends.

I guess this was another learning weekend.

 

We were supposed to meet Bailey, the new pup a few doors down yesterday afternoon.

Alvin was in no shape to be meeting with a puppy so we cancelled for now.

Today the girls are coming for coffee this morning and then my daughter might pop in for a visit around noon.

Teddy, Alvin’s BF is supposed to come for a sleepover but I might cancel that as well.

Likely better if he gets rest.

I will assess the situation tomorrow and see if we need another trip to the vet.

Also will have my neighbour check him out as well.

Does not hurt to do so.

 

Well time to head to the shower.

I need that water pounding down on me – well it does not really pound but you know what I mean.

We did get some rain overnight and there are still many clouds in the sky.

Might have to move my flower pots again.

 

I hope that you are having an awesome Sunday thus far.

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning,

Well this morning there was a bit of sunshine a few minutes ago but now the sky is filled with deep blue clouds.

The wind is quite strong and it is actually cold outside.

I have the windows open in the house and I have a sleeveless top on and I am cool.

But hoping it will warm up soon.

Birds are chirping in the background and likely they are as unhappy about this cool damp windy weather as we.

Although they likely have been enjoying the feasts of worms that come to the surface after those heavy rain showers.

 

Yesterday morning when I was doing my post, I was in a bit of a hurry, just a bit.

I was relating my story from the night before and had finished the post.

Just as I had clicked on the publish button – I noticed some dreadful – wording that made not much sense.

The words were not even what I had typed or perhaps what I was thinking and my fingers typed something else.

Who knows.

If you received an email with the post – please go onto my blog via WordPress and see if you can figure out the error.

I quickly changed the error but it was too late.

Drove me a little mad, I will say.

If you wish …. please do so.

 

Yesterday was a good day.

I enjoyed coffee and a visit on the deck of one of my friends in the morning.

Clouds did roll in so we went into the house – social distancing of course.

In the afternoon, I facetime with one of our friends who works at a nearby hospital who is basically closed due to major outbreak of the COVID19.

She recently got a new puppy so we met Miss Bailey.

So cute.

She is a Beaglier.

I believe.

She looks like coffee and baileys.

We all need a little “coffee and baileys.”

 

Well it is Monday morning and my brain power is low.

I cannot think of much more to say.

I hope that you are living your best life despite the pandemic/virus and all the changes that have come with.

Living each day with as much kindness and respect for yourself and for others as is possible.

Wishing you the best day.

 

Stay safe.

With kindness and respect,

I/We shall remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  one of the flowers in the pot that my friend Pauline gave me has the most aromatic beautiful fragrance.

I was wondering where the scent was coming from ….. so pretty.

 

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and that it is ….

The sun is shining and there is a nice cool breeze.

We survived a HUGE storm last night …

It has been awhile since I have heard thunder booming like a massive drum held up to your ear.

The light show was nothing to sneeze at either.

Lighting up the entire room when it flashed.

I looked out of the bedroom window at one point when the lightning flashed and it lit up the whole street in my view.

I must have fallen asleep shortly after I put my book down because the storm woke me up before 10:30 p.m.

Poor Alvin was a little stressed by it all but likely didn’t help when I was startled by the start of it all.

I heard that extra cracking and thud of hail as it hit the house and ground.

So happy that I had moved my precious flower pots out of harm’s way.

We were lucky as I surveyed the damage this morning.

Oh and the wind …. it was scary.

There were moments when I thought the roof was going to blow off.

My mind wandered briefly to the thought of a “tornado” but again we were lucky.

Just a huge wind.

It was the whole package …. one of those out of this world summer storms.

The rain was coming down so hard at one point that I could not see the other side of the street.

I have not got to the basement to check things but our drain system seems to function well.

I can hear the slight mews or it sounds like a cat but then as it got closer it was a crow.

Well as you can imagine after last night it was most difficult getting out of bed this morning.

Alvin did not want to lay down.

We were up and down a few times before finally settling on the sofa.

That seems to be his safe place.

 

Well as I am running extra late this morning …..

Will have to cut this short, I am sorry.

We are doing well.

Had two awesome walks in yesterday.

Which we so badly needed.

 

Supposed to be hot tomorrow so likely another storm tomorrow night.

Take care.

Be safe.

Live your life with kindness and respect.

Time for that first cup of coffee.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

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