Living … One day at a time

Hello,

Well it is Monday and it is a day off for me and many other Canadians.

So grateful to have an extra long weekend going into my last week before vacation.

Although I must admit I am only working Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

 

The house is quiet this morning with only me and the Alvin.

We are looking after a neighbours cat Moo Moo and Humphrey will be joining us shortly.

Lots to do today.

Some laundry, vacuuming, cleaning and stuff.

Also some card writing as there are many August birthdays.

The air remains cool thus far, which is a blessing.

Although so nice to have sunshine.

 

I signed up for INSTAGRAM last night or actually my daughter started me off.

I am excited for this new social format.

Have to think exactly how I would like to present myself.

Positive is a given.

 

I have more photos and then I have to run.

Two cats and a dog for today.

One cat with us and the other will go and visit again.

 

Yesterday Aspen and I were out for a walk before 7:00 a.m.

After Teddy went home; I took Alvin and Milo for their walk and after dropping them at home followed up with second walk for Miss Aspen.

We were all pooped after that and just relaxed.

 

 

Love the lilies as the buds open wide.

 

Time for breakfast and coffee and WORK.

Oh, gotta go and pick up Humphrey.

 

The babies were all good and we enjoyed our time together.

 

Happy Monday.

 

Always filled with kindness and respect.

I have the best life.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 11th day of March, 2019.

Yesterday was so WARM with no breeze.

I decided yesterday to take Mr. Alvin to our friend’s birthday celebration.

The cats and Alvin did well.

He kept his distance.

Cricket knows Alvin but Casey has only joined their household last October (2018) and she wasn’t quite sure.

Both are used to dogs but everyone knows that sometimes there can be moments.

Casey did take a swipe at Alvin but he was not close and he retreated to the safety of his Mom’s legs.

Funny how that works.

Poor Alvin had wanted to say hello but Casey was not having any of it.

He pretty much stayed beside me the whole time except when our friend opened the fridge as he knows she keeps the treats in there.

We had a great visit and was interesting watching two cats and a dog navigate their time together.

After the visit we headed home where I quickly changed into boots, coat (had light jacket on) and mitts and of course grabbed some “poop bags.”

Our friend J had left the party when we did and by the time I stopped in and got changed she was outside with Jazmin.

She had not planned to go for a walk but when she got home Jazmin gave her the sign that she wanted to walk.

Miss Jazmin is I believe 14 years old and has a heart condition.

Somedays she just doesn’t want to go.

Yesterday she was excited to go and she tried and mostly kept up with Mr. Alvin.

They get along so well.

I was so happy to see her out and enjoying the warm day.

We had a great walk.

Perfect end to a perfect day.

 

I think that Mr. Alvin is beginning to dream “CATS.”

We were surrounded by CATS this weekend.

AND Miss Jazmin, who is a doggie.

We missed seeing Master Teddy this weekend.

 

Well back to work today.

We had a great day.

Quiet and relaxing and FUN.

 

I hope that you all had a great Sunday.

I hope that if you are in the “time changing zones” that getting up this morning did not hurt too much!!

Wishing you a wonderful Monday.

 

Listening to dogs barking in the distance.

One sounded big.

 

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to:  everyone who READS, whether it be this blog or another, a book or a magazine or a newspaper.  JUST READ.  Read to your children and grandchildren, too.

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 7th day of September, 2018.

Still wanting to type August instead of September.

WOW, a week into September.

Dark outside is the new norm for this time of year.

So grateful that today is Friday.

Even though it has been an extra short work week it feels as though it has been longer than the norm.

The forecast for today is 26 degrees celsius.

The past couple of days have been very nice.

So grateful to have this nice weather.

 

This morning Mr. Alvin asked me to massage his neck and shoulders and then when I stopped, he asked again and again.

I guess his muscles and joints must be sore.

You can tell he loves it and I must have it a habit to do every night and morning for a few minutes.

Perhaps I can show him how to paw-massage my neck and shoulders.

A girl can dream.

 

We have been going for one hour walks with our friend this week.

Sure have noticed in the sleeping …. both of us sleep quite soundly.

We changed up our route last night and went into a different neighbourhood.

They have some wooded trails and some have quite narrow barely kept paths.

It felt like we were in the countryside.

Alvin was walking a bit ahead (on his leash, of course), then me and then our friend as she has her cane.

I kept looking down and just as I was about to take a step, I saw a dead mouse and screamed.

My friend stopped and Alvin turned around …..

It just startled me.

Thankfully I did not step on the poor little one and we carried on but it take give me a start.

The walk was refreshing and I love chatting with my friend.

Feels like meditation.

So soothing and relaxing.

She is good company.

Alvin loves her …..

Earlier in the day when she was out walking she was this close to a baby woodpecker on a tree.

Can you imagine?

I would love to see a woodpecker and most especially a baby one.

She said it was so cute with its’ little red feathers on top.

 

Well here we go almost time to leave for the bus.

Thankfully the carpool is back on Monday.

I hope that you all have an awesome Friday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 18th day of September, 2017.

Another dark, crisp morning here in Edmonton.

As the days grow shorter and cooler – me Alvin is less inclined to hurry out of the house in the wee hours of the morning.

He hesitates just a bit longer before finally leaving the warmth of the house.

Although the past few mornings have not been warm in our house (still have not turned on the furnace) but more warm than the great outdoors nonetheless.

Back to work after the most lovely weekend.

Just putzed around the house and yard doing what needed to be done and going for walks with Alvin.

We had a great time and snuggling, well that is my very favourite part.

 

Looks like it is almost time to leave for the trek to the bus.

Takes a bit longer now that I have to don a coat, scarf, shoes not sandals and mini gloves.

Likely will grab my umbrella as well as you never know.

 

So excited in less than one week the new Star Trek weekly television series begins “Star Trek Discovery.”

Cannot wait.

 

Have a wonderful Monday.

Let us be kind and generous to all the souls we encounter on this day and each day that follows.

Thank you.

 

Special Hello to: my kids of whom as the best souls on the planet ….. warm and kind and generous …. good to animals and to humans.  So proud of them.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 5th day of March, 2017.

Today is the birthday of my Aunt “L.”

Wishing you a wonderful day ……

 

The sun is shining most brightly and through the window it is almost blinding.

It is cold outside and the once almost bare ground is completely covered in snow.

Winter has returned.

Oh winter in Western Canada.

Shovelled yesterday but thankfully the sun was the most fluffiest I have seen.

I am happy to see the sunshine as it elevates my energy levels.

Still feeling the effects of the cold but definitely feeling much better.

 

So today will be somewhat quiet.

Just preparing for work tomorrow.

 

So grateful to my friends for taking me to the grocery store and for food for Alvin, yesterday.

Saves me a trip or two this week.

I am truly blessed as I have the best family and FRIENDS on the planet.

 

Have a Happy Happy Sunday.

ENJOY the day.

Special Hello to: my friends ….. thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 1st day of January, 2017.

Yes, 2017.

Happy New Year.

I hope that you all had a wonderful time last night.

My evening was awesome.

One of my neighbours invited me over along with two other friends of hers.

We had good food, mainly non-alcoholic drinks (which is fine by me), chatted and played cards.

We laughed and shared stories.

It was so much fun.

It was a nice change from sitting at home although I missed snuggling with Alvin.

So here we are ….. Alvin will be home in a little bit which is great.

He is slowly getting used to Aspen our newest addition.

Her size kind of intimidates him.

Both the sky and the ground match in their white grey hues this morning.

Sure would be nice to see the sunshine.

Seems like we have not seen much of old Mr. Sun as of late.

Temperatures are to be cooling down just in time to go back to work but that is okay.

One more day before heading back to the office.

It was a great week or so off ….. relaxed ….. ate way too much …… spent time with family and friends both in person and via SKYPE.

Time to go and have a “late breakfast” …….  I got to bed late and in turn eight hours later I am up at 10:30, argh.

Happy New Year to You All.

Special Hello to: All my Family and Friends …… thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 10th day of June, 2016.

It is a gorgeous bright and sunny morning here in Edmonton.

Elton arrived about 45 minutes ago to spend day two with his Grandma and Alvin.

We enjoyed a REALLY quiet relaxing day at our house.

 

Today is the day to get some work done.

Laundry and Alvin’s hair cut are the two big jobs of the day.

Always love the hair cut days ( just a little ).

 

I have been reading and re-reading about the power of INTENTION.

So I am going to make a habit of practicing being intentional.

My intentions for this day is to feel great and to know that great things are about to happen to us.

I have a great life and it is going to get even better.

Sunnier days ahead.

 

Well time to get that laundry going.

Time to grab a cup of coffee that is ready and waiting.

Time to cuddle with my boys, Elton and Alvin for a bit.

 

It feels like an amazing day already.

I hope you have a really great day.

Fill it with intentions.

Intend for your day to be great and it will.

 

Special Hello to: to all my friends who take the time to ready my blog ….. thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 20th day of February, 2016.

There are tiny snowballs lining the sidewalks, streets and my deck.

Guess Mother Nature and her crew were having some fun in the wee hours of the morning.

The sun is beginning to shine threw the curtain of clouds once covering the sky.

It is going to be a beautiful day.

 

Last night or rather much earlier this morning ….. about 4:00 ….. is that not when stuff happens ….. well Mr. Alvin was acting as if he wanted to get up and eat.

For a short time I was able to convince him to stay in bed until 4:22 …… I saw the numbers on the digital alarm clock on my dresser….. so I threw on my socks and grabbed his water dish from beside the wall in

our room opening the door Alvin made a mad dash downstairs …… when we arrived downstairs ….. he looked slightly confused and when I headed for the pantry to secure his breakfast he stood on the liner

rug beside the sofa……which I thought was very strange …… I took the cup and filled his dish ….. he jumped up onto the sofa and was visibly shaking …… looking distraught….. I walked over to the sofa and

picked him up and placed my arms around him ….. he was kind of standing on my lap with his front paws over my arm …… staring off into space ….. I could not get his attention ….. just blank stares for what

seemed like forever ….. finally after several minutes I put him down and he walked over to this food dish ….. he sniffed around ….. then picked up a piece of food with his mouth and it accidentally

fell into the water dish which was close by ….. he just looked at it ….. definitely not right ….. I gave it to him and he ate it followed by the rest of the food in the dish …… he only had a sip of water before wanting

to go outside……then out and back into the house right quick like and ran upstairs and was standing at the foot of the bed when I arrived …… he still seemed out of sorts, my poor boy ….. so I turned off the lamp

and we laid down ….. he had his head up starring once again into space ….. I kept an eye on him until I fell asleep only to wake up several hours later to find that he had in fact been sick …..

So now we are out of bed ….. he has had some water and seems okay …… but when he has an upset tummy it always scares me…. I think it may have been something he ate out on our walk…. I was not fast

enough and he grabbed something small …..

 

Well time to get my show on the road …. breakfast late and I need some COFFEE …… and do some laundry and perhaps have a lazy Saturday except for a bit of housework.

We deserve it and besides today will be all about me Alvin …..if he feels better I will give him a bath …. spruce him up.

 

Have a wonderful Saturday.

Keep an eye on your babies whether two-legged or four.

I wished that I had not been asleep when he was sick …… that is a first …..

 

Special Hello to: my sister …… next year VEGAS for your birthday …….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 29th day of December, 2015.

The air seems to be foggy but not at ground level.

It looks like a Thomas Kincaid painting as I look out of the office window.

Well here we are at the halfway point of my ten days off …. where has the time gone?

It would seem that I ask that question a fair amount.

Or maybe it is because I have truly just been “relaxing” for most of these five days.

Guess it is time to figure out what I would like to do and get it done.

I thought last night if we went to bed closer to our regular time that I would want to get up and at it earlier but to no avail.

Just finding it tough to get my wheels turning …..

Oh well ….

Later this morning a friend who lives by the lakes/park down the street is coming for tea and bringing her grandchildren’s puppy “George.”

She is looking after him for a week while her daughter and family are away skiing.

Alvin will have a playmate for a bit so that will be nice.

 

I guess we are into countdown mode …. three days including today until 2016.

2016 will be a great year for us all, I can just feel it.

2015 was good but 2016 will be great.

 

Well I guess on that note I should hop into the shower and get this day going.

Alvin even slept in this morning ….. not his usual 4:45 ( it was 6:15 ) ….. surprised me.

We are both being lazy…..

 

I hope that you have a Happy Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers as we wind down another year.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 12th day of May, 2015.

Sun coming up …..

Great start to this wonderful Tuesday morning.

Last night I raked the front lawn and gathered up the hundreds of cork size bits of soil from the aeration.

I thought it would never end.

There literally were hundreds of them.

Also just saying ….. THEY WERE HEAVY when placed in the recycling bag.

Followed by a good watering.

The ground is so dry that watering is likely in the future if we want green grass unless Mother Nature decides to help us out.

Mr. Alvin was out with me for a bit until he was so excited by something that I could not see that I let him back into the house.

It was so relaxing and so much fun being outside doing this small amount of yard work.

No matter what our days are filled with …. work …. school whatever …. we have our homes.

Most of us are so blessed to have our own homes.

I know that I cannot speak for everyone.

If you are blessed enough to have your own yard or even a balcony or patio space ….. go OUTSIDE.

Use it.

Plant some flowers ….. maybe some herbs or veggies …. put a chair out there.

It is so great to be outside ….. most of us do not fully utilize our green space.

Even if you do not have your own ….. there are parks usually not far away …..

Have fun, enjoy.

We also enjoyed a beautiful walk last night.

Well time to finish getting ready to go to the office.

Have a great Tuesday ……

Deep breath … you can do it.

Special Hello to: my cousin “J” in Saskatoon ….. miss you cousin.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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