Living … One day at a time.

Hello, good morning.

It is a rainy overcast gloomy morning.

Well at least after we, I settled down last night we had a good sleep.

I wasn’t feeling well last night …..

We were up at 5:00 a.m. or actually a few moments before the alarm went off.

I gave Alvin 1/4 of his chicken and rice as I have been doing since last Sunday.

He has now finished one of his three pills and is taking two medications plus the imodium.

So update.

Last time he had action was on the way to the Vet mid Friday afternoon.

This morning he has had gas and clearly is uncomfortable.

We have been in and out since 5:00 a.m.

I am at a loss.

First diarrhea for days on end and now appears that he is constipated.

My poor boy.

I think that he is finally at the end of his rope.

I am not sure how much more of this that either of us can take.

In and out, up and down.

We are still waiting for the last test results to come in early this week.

I am hoping that he poops today ….. cannot imagine my work will be impressed if I take yet another day.

But on the other hand how can I leave him alone in this condition.

Thankfully I have vacation days.

 

Last night after dark we were on the deck …. on of our five million times.

I snapped a couple of photos of Mr. Alvin …

 

In the first photo he was just staring about ….

Second photo he just jumped up onto the deck sofa ….

Well all I can do is try to keep positive thoughts that today will be the day.

He will have his last chicken later this morning so I will have to go to the store.

ARGH, not looking forward to that but I must.

 

I just keeping thinking “please poop.”

I do know that it is not within his control.

He would like to go as much as I want him to, actually I am quite certain he would like to go more.

Poor guy.

 

 

Living in kindness and respect in every moment is all that we can do.

 

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 10th day of June, 2017.

The sky is overcast and it is windy.

Inside the house is cool ….. no it is cold.

But no furnace is being turned on at this time.

I decided to make a choice to be more upbeat and positive at work.

Making it deliberate.

Sometimes in my job it is not the easiest thing to do but even my co-workers noticed a difference.

We can always make that choice – does not matter what is going on in your life.

Make the choice to be kind, love, receptive and abundant and then all things are possible.

If you send out this most perfect blend of energy it will come back to you.

After all you receive what you give.

Needless to say I had the best day at work.

I did not take things personally.

I realize that not everyone sees things with principles.

It is a gentle reminder that no matter how badly people act you must find a way to treat them in the manner to which you would like to be treated.

I have found that when you have that good energy it is most difficult for people to keep up the negative and poor behaviour.

Win – win for everyone.

 

Alvin and I are super excited as my daughter, his sister and our beloved Miss Aspen are coming for a visit.

Aspen has a Doctor Appointment.

My daughter is taking me to COSTCO.

I cannot believe that I am actually excited about going to COSTCO on a Saturday and a rainy one at that.

The fridge is pretty bare and the pantry.

We have made due and used mostly everything up and it is time to refill the fridge and pantry.

I made up a recipe to use a can of pumpkin that I had in the pantry making the most delectable “Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins.”

They were perfect for lunch with some vegetables.

It will be nice to be restocked, for sure.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE:

A few days ago I had an idea to write my thoughts about turning “60.”

It came to me a little while later to do a Countdown: 60 Days to 60.

It doesn’t really seem real to me to be turning sixty.

Kind of crazy actually.

I will add a Category to this blog: Countdown: 60 Days to 60.

So starting tomorrow Sunday, June 11, 2017 being the 60th day and ending on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 being my Birthday; I will write.

There will be daily remarks, observations, feelings, thoughts, and perhaps pearls of wisdoms.

This will be fun.

 

Well gotta run and get ready for our company.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: my family and friends who without I would be just a female human being.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 27th day of October, 2015.

We had rain yesterday and through the evening …..

Seems to have stopped now but sure is windy out there.

I think I will have to put up my hood when I go outside ….. ears exposed because today is put back hair day ……

 

On Saturday while at the Vet’s, I purchased a bag of chew treats for Mr. Alvin.

When we got home I gave him one.

He has taken that “chewie” all over the house and outside since Saturday.

Hiding it and then bringing it with him.

Growling at me when I moved it …………. so cute.

I was beginning to think that he was not going to actually eat it.

Well guess what?

Last night when we went to bed …. 9:00 p.m.

CHEW CHEW CHEW CHEW ……

two hours later ……

ZZZZZZ ZZZZZZ ZZZZZZ ZZZZZZ

Oh my boy …. full of surprises.

Likely not good to have a snack right as you are about to go to sleep but just this once …… I guess is okay.

 

My day went well at the office ….. round two today and round three tomorrow.

I had nothing to be nervous about …..

Just be prepared and things usually work out.

Well time to get bundled up and head for the bus.

 

Have a great Tuesday.

Live your life ……

Try something new.

 

Special Hello to:  Hello baby sister …. miss you ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 16th day of September, 2015.

Well another rainy night in “Georgia” … er I mean Edmonton.

It has stopped for now ….. we would like to see the sunshine.

The rain has been wonderful but time for some rays.

To add to my mornings I have found that taking the usual bus now is not working.

Most mornings I get there on time and then a couple of days I have been a couple of minutes late.

So time to start leaving even earlier …. 6:20 a.m. this morning.

I will be earlier to work but there is no happy medium.

That is okay.

Better to be earlier than late.

I do not like showing up just as the clock strikes the start hour.

Well this is going to be ultra short as a result.

Have to get the time down again …

Rework the morning routine …

You know how that works when you change the departure time.

I hope that you have an awesome Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my friends and family all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 15th day of September, 2015.

We are at the halfway point for the month.

It has been kind of a rainy month ….

In fact, it is raining outside as we speak.

It feels like a “Rainy Night in Georgia” …..

Definitely going to be an umbrella day.

I made my lunch so that it will fit in my purse ….. cross body one.

So makes it easier to carry the umbrella ….

Try to think ahead ….

Somedays it works …. ha ha ha ….. that is supposed to be laughing.

The LOL …. seems strange ….

Okay maybe on this Tuesday morning I am feeling a bit tired ….. I guess that rain likely kept me up.

Doesn’t usually but this time it did.

I know I was dreaming but do not remember anything.

Mr. Alvin and RAIN …. not a good mix.

The poor little guy really needed some encouragement to go outside this morning.

I have to try again (for the fourth time) as he was not outside long enough to poop.

Is that too much information?

Oh well, just the truth of the matter.

I do feel bad.

When I first adopted him and for a long time after ….. snowing, blowing, raining or dry I always went out with him.

Carrying an umbrella for us both if necessary ( I have a really big one ).

Now these years later …. his Momma stands in the doorway … sometimes the door is closed .. sometimes not.

This morning perhaps I should grab the umbrella and go out with him.

That being the case … better get going so that I have time to grab my things before leaving to catch the bus.

Thank goodness it is not windy …. so I can carry an umbrella for my walk to the bus.

Long enough to get wet ….

I hope that you have a happy Tuesday.

Surround yourself with love, respect and kindness.

The REST will follow.

Always DREAM …. might as well dream BIG.

Walk toward it …. try something new….. you have to work at it ….

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: my sister “C” ….. hi darling ….. how about SKYPE this weekend?

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 17th day of June, 2015

This morning I awake to rain…

Today as always, begins in a state of gratitude.

I begin each day writing as a physical reminder.

This morning part of my bus route is being detoured so I am catching the earlier bus.

This morning there is a Memorial March for a fallen Police Officer here in Edmonton.

Police Men and Women will come for all over to participate to show their appreciation and support.

I am grateful to the men and women who work to protect us all from harms way.

It does always make me think “but why?”

We should not have to place other human beings in harms way from each other.

You would think after how many thousands of years that we would have evolved to be more peaceful.

I am disappointed, but yet hopeful, that someday, perhaps not in my lifetime,it will happen.

So on this day I would like to say thank you to all those people out there who work to keep us safe.

I do appreciate your time away from your family, and to those who were taken from their families much too early you have my eternal gratitude.

Please take a few minutes today to show your support.

Our neighbourhood,and many others in our City have wrapped blue ribbons around trees and posts to show their support.

Special Hello today:  to all of our women and men in blue ….. you are the best.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to a Lovely Rainy Thursday Morning the 19th day of June, 2014.

The grass almost immediately begins to turn that glorious green once it has been touched by Mother Nature’s Nectar.

I do love the rain ……

Yesterday I uploaded (if that is the correct term) some photos and in my computer wisdom somehow I deleted them before I was able to publish.

Anyway …. here are some of the things that I love ….. my favourites ….. I would love to share photos of family and friends but decided puppies and scenery …… and stuff.

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Ah, my puppies ..... Elton and Penny

Ah, my puppies ….. Elton and Penny

Alvin's first stocking .... from his family.

Alvin’s first stocking …. from his family.

"Head in the clouds"

“Head in the clouds”

Shades of purple.....

Shades of purple…..

For You

For You

This is what happens when you make things!!

This is what happens when you make things!!

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Beautiful roses, Not long away, My gift to you, Happy Easter .....

Beautiful roses,
Not long away,
My gift to you,
Happy Easter …..

Christmas Tree 2012

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 29th day of May, 2014.

It is raining here in Edmonton and the grass is beginning to turn that most beautiful green.

The type of green that yells …… I have been moisturized …… I feel great.

I can only imagine what the grass would be saying after a long winter.

The snow melts and the ground is brutally dry.

With spring there is little rain.

How cruel ……

NOW …. it has been raining for a couple of days …..

HAPPY GRASS …..

If I were the grass, I would be doing the “I am green, I am beautiful, I am feeling WONDERFUL dance.

Anyway those are my thoughts for this rainy day.

Just happy that my grass is green, Alvin and I are breathing and it is promising to be a great Thursday.

Happy Thursday.

It is always good to be grateful for the little things ….. after all it is the little things that make the world go round.

Special Hello to: all the folks who have volunteered to help with the neighbourhood cleanup on Saturday.  Now the forecast is for rain showers ….. it is going to be fun.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday, the 22nd day of July 2013.

What a fantastic morning it has been thus far.

When Alvin and I got up this morning it was walk time …. no more putting it off.

We were going to go.

When we got outside there was a breeze, a good mix of cool and warm; huge dark blue rain clouds hung off not to far away and there was lightning.

I hesitated and then thought “we have time” and we put on a good pace and did our complete walk.

Once we got back home, I decided to pull the flower pots close to the house for protection and to put the patio cushions in the garage.

Just back in the house and I heard a noise and looked out to see huge raindrops hitting the deck.

We were so lucky.

It has been pouring almost since that time which was about 5:30 so almost one hour.

I think we have enough moisture now.

Anyway, I am so grateful that we were able to get out and walk this morning.

 

I have one more “thought for the day” ….. bit more on the serious side.

Have you noticed these days with all of the social media how easy it is to “by a key stroke end a friendship.”

Perhaps it is not actually ending the friendship but certainly it is ignoring it.

Years ago …. people would physically ignore you or call on the telephone to “say it was over.”

Perhaps that was more if you were dating.

But how sad is it?

We are becoming a society of individuals that do not communicate.

No responsibility …. no face to face.

I am always surprised by the amount of “rudeness” there is in the world.

Anyway, I just wanted to mention that if you are less than happy with someone or have a gripe with them ….. call them or go see them.

Do not just “un friend” them.

Take responsibility for your actions and thoughts.

How would we ever know what the issue was ….. if no one says anything.

Speculate … that’s not good.

Sometimes there might be things we do not wish to hear but they need to be said.

That is how we grow and develop as humans.

So on this rainy Monday ….. “remember to talk” …. really talk ….. not just keying some abbreviations and signs.

Take Care.

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

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to a Rainy Monday, the 15th day of July 2013.

Well here we are once again …. the beginning of the work week.

I think that for most of us ….. it is a continuous loop …. no beginning or ending.

It seems to work out better ….. Sunday nights no longer keep me up thinking about the week ahead.

Sometimes I don’t sleep but for different reasons.

Part of it comes from my age.  Okay, we will not go there ….. because everyone knows “M” for us older women.

 

I am so lucky, blessed and grateful to be working at Bath & Body Works at West Edmonton Mall.

So many people from all over the world visit us there.

Yesterday we had a family visiting from South America.

They were visiting their other grown daughter who just had a baby …. the first grand-baby on both sides of the family.

Such a wonderful family….. I had so much fun helping them and visiting with them.

I have met people from every corner of the planet and perhaps someday I will have the opportunity to visit their countries.

 

If you could go anywhere on the planet where would you go?

Have you travelled away from your home country?

Or at you like me …. do most of your travelling via others and over the internet.

Thank goodness for technology …..

 

On Saturday I got my very first “smaller” version of a personal computer – “a tablet” …. very cool and a brand new digital camera.

The camera fits in the palm of my hand and now when Alvin and I go for walks I can easily put it in my pocket so that I can take photos and videos.

I know …. I am very lucky …..

 

So on this overcast rainy Monday morning I hope that you enjoy your cup of coffee – or glass of juice or maybe tea …..

Put a smile on your face …..

Close your eyes and travel the globe.

I am going to do that on my break…… yay.

 

Special Hello to:  everyone who enjoys a challenge …… “new technology” ……

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

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