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


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


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


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


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


Good Morning All! How are you today? We are okay and had a decent sleep so that is good. Today is my last day of work before Alvin’s surgery and vacation. Tomorrow is a personal day and after that the next two weeks are vacation time. Next day back to work is August 10,2021. Will be nice for the time off and hopefully Alvin’s recovery goes smoothly and quickly. I certainly won’t rush anything.

Last night as we were outside for one last “pee” before bed the sky had grown dark with rain clouds and there was thunder followed by lightning. We went to sleep by the sounds of the thunder roaring and the lightning flashing.

Earlier in the evening near the start of a Mary Kay Live summer event that I was attending on Facebook- Alvin wanted to go outside. I knew he wanted to sit on the love seat and just enjoy the warm air. The cushion for the sofa was in the garage so I retrieved it quickly before he could hop up the steps into the garage. We sat on the sofa him laying down sniffing the summer air and me watching some Mary Kay Directors explaining about some products they had bundled for different things one if you were camping sand so on. Two of them told about their starts in Mary Kay snd some of their best memories. I even won the first prize given for the night, a surprise – some product. Cannot wait. We just enjoyed the time outside. It was perfect outside on the deck last night.

Well I should go here as almost time for work. The time goes quickly. It was nice to see the sun shine last night and that happened in late afternoon. I forgot to say we sat on the deck in the first sunshine of almost a week.

Gratitude for the sun and the rain overnight.Have a great.

Tomorrow is the boy’s surgery.
I am excited to have it done and anxious.

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

Always Carol&Alvin



Good Morning All! How are you today? I cannot believe that I almost forgot to write this daily post. My brain, wow. We are awaiting a friend who is coming for a visit. I guess so focused on getting ready for her that I forgot. We were up to stay at 730, which is decent time on a Sunday but I hah a shower with Alvin barking the whole time that I was upstairs so kind of a distraction. Anyway, I remembered.

It is smoky once again but we did receive a good rain shower during the night or earlier than 500 am (that is the time we were first up). Hoping further west of us received some well needed moisture. The rain was good for our plants, flowers, trees, grass, gardens, for the bees and so much more.

We spent some time outside at 730 as Alvin was checking out Humphrey and Bogart who were roaming around in their backyard. At one point Bogart jumped the fence in between our yards and was looking down at us, Alvin barked acknowledging his friend.

I should also give you an update about the air conditioning. The tech came out although he was about 40 minutes later than was advised. Chris was really nice, friendly, knowledgeable and ready to answer every question that I had. At the end of it all, the compressor on the a/c unit is nearing its life cycle and next year I will need to replace. As the unit is 15 years old it now is not up to today’s environmental standards. So if I want a cool house in the summer without using fans, I will need to purchase a new unit. He said it will be okay for this year. After it had been running for several hours there was no change in the inside temperature which is not exactly true as it actually increased by one degree. Truth is the bit of cool air that the compressor is pushing up through the registers will not keep the house cool if the temperature gets hot. I was lucky that the new extra coverage I purchased covered the costs of checking the a/c and the furnace. At least furnace remains in good shape. Chris was able to wriggle into the sump pit area under the stairs, so that was a relief. He really was so nice. You could tell that he loved what he does. So I will turn on the ventilation system more often snd most especially overnight and early morning do it brings in cool outside air. All depends on the smoke outside. I have the fan on now while the smoke isn’t too bad.

Life continues to throw curveballs so what else is new. Al least there was no charge for the HVAC visit. I cannot wait till Alvin’s surgery is over and he has recovered so that we can once again sleep in our bed. So that he can be upstairs and that I can have a shower without him barking.

I hope that your Sunday is wonderful. We are just waiting for our friend to arrive.

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

Love, Carol&Alvin


Good Morning All! I hope this Saturday morning finds you well. We had one of the best sleeps in a long time. The temperatures have cooled down and with the windows open, despite the smoke (it even rained overnight) and the fans blowing, I actually needed a light blanket. Can you believe Alvin slept straight through until 640 am? We did lay back down for a bit longer hence the lateness of this post. How really isn’t that what weekends are all about? If I have to rush about, I am certainly able to do so but when I can slowly make my way, I do so.

Very smoky outside again this morning. My thoughts keep going to the areas affected by the fires to the residents, all of them whether two or four-legged or winged or no legs. Please bring them rain today.

This is my favourite time of the day on the weekends, the morning. Drinking coffee and then some toast for breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, has anyone noticed that bananas are not ripening? I have had two or three bunches lately snd whether they were green or actually yellow they did not ripen. So disappointing as they are a favourite breakfast treat for both Alvin and I.

This morning the a/c technician arrives to service the air conditioner and to check out the positioning of the hot water tank.

I just had to show you my pepper plant, there be wee peppers there. With any luck we or rather I will be able to enjoy a green pepper or two in a few weeks. I definitely will get some pepper plants next year. They are a pretty plant and a nice addition to the flowers on the deck.

Noticing that Mr. Alvin is beginning to develop a belly from lack of exercise so this morning I cut back his good amount by just a little bit. Not enough to deprive him but hopefully enough to help him to decrease the extra weight.

Time to finish my coffee and have that toast before the a/c person arrives. I almost said a guy but women are getting more and more into the trades which is great so I want to be correct in my words.

I wish you a great day.

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

Always Carol&Alvin


Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Monday morning? Well my four days off is over and back to work. We were in bed a bit later than normal but not by much. Mr. Alvin slept until 5:22 a.m. – so happy. Then we retreated to the sofa until 6:45 a.m. (cause the Momma just had to reset the alarm twice, lol). I know, I know, we should have got up and gone for a walk. The sun was shining and it was so nice out. Only 17 degrees at this time, 17 degrees celsius that is. A few clouds have rolled in at this time and there is a forecast for rain, we badly need some moisture so it sure would be most welcome. We can now get back to our regular schedule …. walk at noon and after work although I must admit that I did love walking early in the morning and perhaps as this is summer and you never know where the day will take us that we should just get up that bit earlier and head out. We will aim for that tomorrow. Fingers crossed for a good rain shower this morning. Crops and gardens and trees sure need a drink. I have been watering my flowers so they are doing well. Our front lawn remains green due to not been cut (does help by not keeping it too short).

Well we are now almost one week into July already. I always think how funny it is that it was June 30th last Wednesday which now seems like an eternity ago and now it is July 5th. WOW. Time. It is always the same but somehow seems to be passing at lightning speed. But it goes at the same pace as it always has – no different than from I was at age 5. Well I guess that is not quite true as there is that world clock or something that we can a second every once in awhile. I cannot remember how that works. I guess it is called “Universal Time” ( I googled it). I quickly read about the Atomic Clock. Interesting. Time is and has always been an interesting subject for each and every one of us living on the planet Earth. There is not one person on this Earth, I believe, that has not thought about time at some point in their lives. Likely for various reasons but still pondered. I think it is one subject that is common to us all. I think about time. So does my friend living in Sweden as does Queen Elizabeth as does someone living on the plains of Africa. We all do. That is being human. It draws us together and keeps us apart. Okay, how in the world did I get thinking about time. Anyway, see what I mean? Time, time, time.

Well it is time, lol. Time for me to sign off and head on downstairs and put on that coffee to perk. Place Alvin’s doggie bed in the kitchen so he is next to me and turn on some music. Then turn on the computer and prepare for the day.

I hope that you have an awesome Monday. Go for a walk when you have “time.” Be kind to yourself and to all others. Happy Monday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin


Good Morning ALL! Welcome to the 2nd day of July 2021. We were up at 4:30, Alvin had his breakfast and then we headed back to the sofa. Next thing I know it is 6:30, so I jumped up off the sofa and upstairs to get dressed so that we could go for a walk. No one wants to see an almost 64 year old woman in her summer nightgown, lol. Off we went. Perhaps there was a reason that we went one hour later than the rest of the week. A strong gust of cool wind hit us as we descended from the front porch steps and onto the sidewalk. It was glorious. Honestly, I could have stood for for all of time or at least until I had to pee. The sun was shining but from time to time cloud cover took hold and it was just devine. There is a 50 percent chance of rain in the forecast but I am hoping for rain. The grass and trees and everything and everyone needs some moisture. I think after this post that I am going to take the hose and give my flowers in the flower beds some water. I only gave the front bed a bit of water last night. Of course, I thought that I would have been up at 5:30 not 6:30. OH WELL. Alvin is panting as it is hot upstairs. Even with a fan. So this will be short. We are grateful that the temperatures here are decreasing. Thank goodness. I sure hope that this is the case everywhere else as well. Low to mid 20 celsius temperatures is warm enough. High 30’s is too much. We spent most of yesterday in the basement. I was arranging and rearranging and purging and stuff. Six garbage bags later and a huge box of stuff that I do not need or want and it is looking better. At least it looks like a family room. We had fans going down there as well and actually at times had to put on a light sweater. Alvin enjoyed it. When we had to come back upstairs for water and bathroom breaks it was difficult. For supper I had apple pie and chocolate ice cream. I figure that I had fruit and some calcium. We watched movies all night long.

Time to head downstairs. Alvin is warm. Fur coat and all. He drinks nearly a whole bottle of water when we walk and I am grateful that I have that travel water dish for him.

Keep safe and cool.

Have a wonderful Friday. I am off work today. So a four day weekend for me counting yesterday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

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