The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Happy Friday and I hope that you are doing great! The sun is shining here FINALLY and the sky is a beautiful BLUE, not grey. YAY. The long weekend is off to a great start. Oh, I am working but as far as I am concerned we are almost there. It has been one of those weeks, right! But we made it. The weather here in Edmonton is supposed to be quite nice so perhaps I will be able to plant my flowers, oregano and tomatoes that are taking up real estate on my kitchen table, window sills in the kitchen and with nestled in between my other plants.

Okay, so the vet visit yesterday. We were able to walk there are it had stopped raining. We had a nice walk there. While I was waiting in one of the exam rooms for Alvin, I could hear him crying. I wondered what was happening as he was just supposed to be getting his ears rechecked and checking his paws as I thought perhaps something else going on besides the arthritis and sure enough there was. I am not sure why I did not notice it but this is what Dr. Karen told me afterward. He had some matts in his front paws and they were in between his toes so creating some problems walking and otherwise for the poor boy. No wonder. Anyway it was tricky cutting them out and they started to bleed. The bleeding stopped. I have salve to put on every twelve hours for the next 7-10 days. I forgot to ask about walking. Then of course, he has an ear infection. I was truly mortified by how much gunk came out of his ears as I had cleaned them on Sunday. I guess I did not go deep enough. Cleaning his ears is not an easy job for one person. Anyway, he is on medicine for another yeast infection. I swear it must be a all time record for number of yeast infections in one’s life time. Poor guy. Now this sounds like I do not look after Mr. Alvin which could not be further from the truth. I started to cry when the vet was telling me about his paws. I cannot believe I had not noticed. Now his paws are dark and he does not like them being touched. Now he has no choice. I have to call back because I forgot to ask if we can go for walks during this time. The salve won’t likely help if he continually gets his paws dirty. I had to put his paws in a dish of lukewarm water after the vet visit and remove any dirt he got on them after we left the vet and then pat them dry. Well we had more water on the floor than in the bowl. I managed to clean them but wasn’t easy. Then I put on the salve which was hard to see if I was even getting on the right area. Anyway, the ear medicine prevents any cleaning for the next month so I guess that helps. So just have to concentrate on his paws. I will have to watch more carefully when I am giving him a haircut. I know that I usually have pulled hair out of his paws as he would step in some was I was cutting his hair even though I cleaned it up continually. It was raining when we were about to leave the vet so I called my friend and she came to pick us up. So grateful. Then he would not get all the extra grime on his paws from that back walkway. Which I cleaned up a couple of weeks ago and it is filled with garbage again, maybe not as much but still enough.

We did not have a great sleep but I am going to keep the faith. We have medicine.

The coffee is on and I can sort of smell it. I am very congested. The leaves on the trees.

We had a quiet evening after supper and cleanup. I am very grateful to Dr. Karen and staff for helping Alvin. We are adding to the list of his regular 5 week appointments having his paws checked for matts. How lovely!

Sorry.

I am happy that the sun is shining.

Life is good. Better for Alvin now, thank goodness.

My daughter is popping by after work to pick up something that was delivered for her. I cannot wait to see her.

Have an awesome Friday. Be well. Check your dog’s paws for matts.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The NEW Year 2022

Good Morning ALL! Welcome to a Rainy Thursday here in Edmonton,Alberta, Canada. The sky is filled with puffy dark gray rain clouds and it is windy. Wind is beginning to be typical of daily life here in Edmonton. At least it sure seems to be. When it is calm, we surely appreciate it.

How are you this morning? Alvin was up a few times during the night but that is okay, I am okay. He has an appointment with his Doctor this afternoon. Fingers crossed that the sky clears for us to walk over so that I do not have to bother a friend to drive us there. Thankfully Alvin’s Doctor is less than a 10 minute walk. Sometimes if he is sniffing a lot it can take 15 or so minutes, lol. I walked over after work yesterday and picked up some pain pills and his food and toothpaste for him. Now we are stocked and will not run out. We were not close to running out but I like to ensure that he has more than enough food just in case. Looking ahead, I suppose.

One more day and it is the long weekend. Three days off in a row, how lovely. I have decided that I am going to plant my flower pots as I do not wish my plants to become root bound. I heard that the weather is supposed to be better and warming up on the weekend. Most of the trees are at least partially full of buds and leaves. So pretty. So there is lots of green. I could cut the grass in the back but it looks so nice and green. But anyway no cuts for the next couple of days anyway as it has to dry out.

It is one month till the garage sale that I am hosting. Have to start getting the garage in order. I have some large items to post on the social media so that they do not take up room in the garage. Boxes to break down and some items that belong to my neighbour that I have to chat to her about. I am quite certain that this next month will fly by and I want to have the garage almost empty. I also have to secure a way to the ECO Station as I have lots of things or a fair amount to take there. Will be so nice to have the garage where it should be …. stuff wise. Isn’t it funny how we end up collecting stuff even in the garage.

Alvin and I enjoyed a wonderful walk at noon yesterday. It was a bit cool but most enjoyable. Just as we were on the homestretch there were a few drops of rain so we did not get wet. I have yet to see any goslings and have been keeping an eye out for them. The only ones I saw were going down the street with their parents a few days ago. They are so cute.

Well time to head downstairs. I am only working for the morning so have lots of things to get done. I hope that you have an awesome day. Keep warm and dry and stay safe.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I am nervous to listen to the weather channel as they were forecasting snow for most of the country east of us and even including the city of Calgary which is just south of us.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Tuesday morning? We are well, doing very well. Alvin is sleeping better than he has in awhile. Now that doesn’t mean that one or both of us aren’t up “once during the night” to do something but then we go back to sleep. We had a pretty good sleep. I hear the rumblings of the garbage trucks out and about. I filled my big garbage bin with the trash that I picked up in the neighbourhood two weekends ago. So I will definitely have my own to put out in two weeks.

The sky is overcast this morning and we had a good rain last night about 8:30 p.m. which included THUNDER. First thunder of this season. Nothing like the crack of thunder. There is a breeze this morning and it is cool out. Yesterday was so nice outside. We walked at lunchtime – the whole walk – well done Mr. Alvin. Instead of walking after work, I opted to wait and go after supper and cleanup was done. So after work I decided to flip the patio furniture about. I put the table and four chairs from the upper deck nearest to the garage onto the deck closest to the house just off from the bay window of the kitchen. It looks great there. Perhaps I will use it more. I do need an umbrella or two as they shredded and are waiting to go to the ECO Station. I placed the bistro table by the back door which is great when I have to haul in groceries etc. via the garage or someone comes over, there is a place to set something down instead of on the deck, which would have been okay, too. The wicker loveseat, coffee table and two chairs are back in the centre part of the deck. I can hardly wait to plant my flowers and fill in the gaps. I also took some of the branches that I had pruned from our front tree and placed them into a tall planter that I have on the deck. I have had this planter forever and it has deteriorated over the years making it almost impossible to move (it is heavy as well) without having a mess. I will try at some point, just not ready for it to go. It still looks okay – just looks old. It is made out of a ceramic something or other. Anyway, with a couple of ornaments on the tables it looks good for now.

When we were out for out walk after supper, we saw these two young guys. They both had their shirts off and walking looking at their phones. An accident looking to happen. What struck me the most was this. One of the boys was wearing the pants that hit below the hips while his underwear was almost completely showing above his pants. I watched in wonder and awe, thinking how can you possibly keep those pants from falling down? Maybe they are velcroed together? The boys wearing these pants all seem to have that same gait, that same kind of slow, side shuffle. Hard to explain. I am sure that all of you have seen this before and know exactly what I mean. Oh to be a teenager again with the whacky styles and trends. Whoever had this idea? Why? Really, lol, why?

I was disappointed that we did not see the baby goslings on our walks yesterday. They are out there in all their cuteness. So darling these little birds.

Coffee will taste great this morning. I turned the heat off a few days ago but now thinking I should have it on but I will keep wearing a sweater and put on something heavier if I need to. Might as well save on heating costs if I can. I have socks on as well. LOL.

Mr. Alvin is snuggled on the rug.

It looks like the sky is clearing on the horizon so that is good news. I hope that the sun shines.

To my friend Val who is hosting an “Epicure Tasting Event” today, I hope that you have fun and it is highly successful.

I heard the news that SGI (Saskatchewan Government Insurance) in Regina, Saskatchewan has their first female President. Congratulations!

Have an awesome Tuesday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? The sky is partially overcast but earlier the sun was shining brightly. My how fast things can change. Alvin and I are doing well. Busy day yesterday. As you know we were up and at it earlier than most Sundays. We even went for a walk in the morning. I worked for a few hours in the basement and then realized that this is going to take more than one afternoon. I managed to haul up the Christmas tree and a portable stand as I had planned to give them away on social media. I also decided to give away the Christmas tree that I have for outdoors. Just feeling like changing things up. I am going for a small tree. My 7.5 ft tree was just too much for me to set up and take down and then I do not need to ask for help, I can do a smaller tree on my own. Easy peasy. Anyway, I posted the items later in the afternoon and the metal stand has been picked up. YAY.

I separated all of the rubbermaid containers between Christmas decorations and my daughter’s childhood things and my things consisting mostly of papers, like cards etc. I am going to be very strict with myself and only keep a small amount of things. I found my journals so perhaps scanning them might be an option in the future. A lot of work but I will see. I have a lot of them but I do know that my daughter would be interested in them. Whether she wants to keep them all, that is for her to decide.

The second pantry (cabinet) did not get done but I figured that I could do it after work as it does not take much time. I think my “tupperware” drawers and cupboards need to be gone through again. I am not keeping what I do not use on a regular basis.

The office closet up here desperately needs to be gone through and that will take a few hours.

I have one month to get this done as we are having a garage sale in June. Although everything won’t go in the sale as I will post some things on social media, still want to get it done.

We collect so many little non-essential items – I see everywhere I look. I get the minimalist look, I get it. Just have what you use. Although I won’t likely take it that far, I am going to keep reducing my “material things.” No point in keeping so much especially if people will use them.

We did not get a second walk in because it rained. Moisture is good, cleans up the dirt and dust and helps our trees and perennials start to grow again.

Well time to head downstairs. Happy Monday ALL!

Just getting rid of that wood – still makes me feel lighter! Big weight off my shoulders as I had been concerned as to where I could take it and who could take it away.

Thank goodness for friends.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New Year 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing very well. I did hit the snooze button a couple of times this morning but otherwise doing great. My body seems to be almost back to normal from my spill on Sunday early evening. I have figured out different ways to get up from a seated position so that is good. Learning new things does not hurt one. We went for a walk yesterday at lunch and it was a bit slow going for me which Alvin loved because he got to sniff more. The sky is overcast this morning and from my office window the ground is almost bare. No more you know what! I don’t even want to utter that word. There is a breeze you could say this morning. So that will help dry things out. The deck is almost completely bare. Thank goodness the grass area is starting to dry out. There is forecast for rain today so that will help to clean up the yuck that I fell into on Sunday.

We had a quiet evening as I elected not to do the second walk right after work and instead gathered up the trash and put it all out. Today we can put out the garbage, food scraps and recycling as we start the summer schedule. YAY.

I am going to make this short this morning as I honestly cannot think of much more to say and why babble but perhaps I babble most of the time, lol. Life.

Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday.

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

Thank you for reading.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! I am very grateful that today is Friday. We had a sleepless night as Alvin was clearly in pain. At midnight I gave him one of his pain meds and thankfully there are some left. It took awhile and a trip outside in the rain before we got a bit of sleep. Then it was breakfast or close enough and back up. Thankfully not much disturbs his appetite and he gobbled it down. We have been in and out and he is not limping. Thank goodness. I gave him a bit of his wet food and a second pain pill. Fingers crossed. i think i was too liberal in letting him go up and down and once when distracted go up the three steps to the garage. No longer. i have been carrying him since last night.

I think that i have to shut the phone off so it can reset as it seems to hesitate using the keyboard.

I can smell the coffee and i will need it this morning.

I find it funny that after I watered the remaining flowers snd shrubs that it would rain so much.

I think that Alvin had a good visit with Teddy.

I hope you have a good Friday.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this Tuesday morning? Alvin snd I just came home from our morning walk. It is cool and windy outside but refreshing. No one was out walking. Folks had out their new trash rolling carts for our neighbourhood’s first pickup with the new garbage containers. Today is supposed to be the green bins which contain food scraps and the like and blue bags for recycling. Most people definitely read the instructions but there were a few others who clearly did not. I didn’t look out back to see what my neighbours that have trash pickup in the back lane. I didn’t have enough to go out so next time. Our bills go by by about $50 for this revised service. Hopefully it works.

We are running a bit later this morning as Alvin woke up a few times more than usual. I can also feel the weather beginning to change. As of my natural instincts want to stay curled up under the blanket. Oh well.

My daughter is coming by after work. We are so excited to see her. Seems like it has been forever. They are settling into their new home while finishing up with things in their other house before the renters move in mid September. This is all so exciting and I can’t wait to see their new house. In the meantime, photos and videos will have to do.

Alvin had his fourth laser therapy session yesterday after work. Everything went well. I have some photos of the boy in the goggles again, can’t help but to share them.

He was still panting from the car ride- poor boy. Had I been thinking I should have given him some of his anti anxiety medicine. Next time.

Time to fly and grate the coffee is perked. Cloudy outside and rain in the forecast.

Have a great day.

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

Love Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! Well a mixed sleep night but mainly due to my not falling sleep right away. Why is it on some Sunday nights that a person cannot settle down? Oh well, there is also tonight.

Today is the birthday of a dear friend of ours, Val. Wishing her the most wonderful day.

Guess what it is raining or has rained? The sidewalk is still wet.

Guess who just woke up and found me not there? Alvin. I tiptoed upstairs while he was sleeping hoping he would remain asleep. I thought I would take a few minutes before getting ready and write this post. I’ll be back!!

Dressed and ready got the day. Unable to go for a walk but on the other side do grateful for the moisture. We can walk at noon. I’m proud of Alvin – once I turned on the upstairs hall lights he laid back down on his bed and that is where I found him when I came downstairs. My good boy.

Listening to the weather channel and there are all sorts of alerts for boil water, ban on watering outside, air quality, weather in all parts of our province. I send rain to the sites of fires so they may be extinguished.

Well today is a work day for me. I am grateful to be able to work from home.

I would also like to wish a speedy recovery to my cousin Janice. Take care and be well. I wish that I was there to help you.

How about some flower photos. I had to go through my two bouquets and freshen them up. I also made a bowl of roses to dry.

Alvin has is second laser therapy appointment today after work. I’m glad there is a treatment to help with his recovery. I look forward to the day when we can walk upstairs together. Jumping off the bed will have to stop or be reduced.

Well time to go and pour my coffee and get things set up for the day. I forgot just once yesterday to move the pillow to block Alvin from jumping onto the sofa and I turned around and he was on the sofa laying down.

I hope that you have a great Monday. Enjoy your coffee or tea or favourite morning beverage.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! Oh my goodness, I was just sitting sipping on my second mug of coffee and realized that I had not written my post for the day.

Things are beginning to look up. We had a good sleep in our bed. It was an early rise at 3 am but then me on the sofa and Alvin on his bed near me. He seems much more comfortable now on his bed than sleeping on the sofa. I guess after this last round of being down, 5 weeks of sleeping on the sofa has been too much. Also having the gate around the sofa seems to be freaking him out at times.

We had a walk earlier. Now just having a bit of downtime before my kids come for my birthday supper. My actual birthday is tomorrow. Today is my niece-in-law Sara’s birthday. Happy Birthday Sara.

Yesterday two of my friends held my birthday party here so that I could be here for Alvin. It was a cool raining day outside but warm and joyful inside. I am so grateful to have such great friends.

Here are some party photos.

The sun is shining this morning and there are some rain clouds as well. We are so grateful to have the moisture. A few raindrops just now.

Just spoke to a friend who was checking to see how we are doing.

Time to go. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Remembering to live each day with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All. How are you this morning? Mr. Alvin slept till 5 am with a few tries at getting me up but the Momma won. His next round of meds is for 6 am, so thought I might as well write this post while we are waiting.

Last night it rained as the deck is still wet. So happy for my flowers, crops, gardens, grass snd trees. It has been dry here. I hope the areas affected by the fires get some much needed rain.

I am wondering why when I type a word correctly that spellcheck changes it to some random letters? Like snn. Just now I typed snn and it changed to SNL. Argh, kind of frustrating. Gotta love technology.

I feel so much better with having “slept “ from 10 to 5. We will go back to sleep for a bit once I am doing writing this post and the boy has had his meds. It is my vacation time after all.

Yesterday we had two walks to the park and back. I have been massaging his leg and doing physio. He has six laser therapy sessions to help him things faster so will book them when he goes on Thursday to have the staples and stitches removed.

I have been working on an idea do that we can go back upstairs bed. Will try it out once the staples come out. I have been dreaming of my bed, of spreading out but then I remember that someone who shall remain nameless but has four legs usually hogs the bed. At this point, I would gladly sleep in my 1/4 of the bed. I am grateful that the sofa is comfortable and that Alvin is healing and no longer sleeps in positions that take up most of the chaise portion of the sofa. I will have to ask how long I will need to carry him out to pee. I guess the three steps down will remain too much for a bit. Also if I let him walk to the deck he will run and I won’t be able to catch him before he jumps down to the grass. Oh, life with Alvin.

I often wonder how others handle this situation? Maybe I treat him too much like a human. I guess that would be the case.

Well getting closer to the meds time. I will see if he wants more water.

Gratitude for two walks yesterday and today we will go three.

I hope you have a good day.

Remembering to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Love Carol&Alvin

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