It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Saturday Morning,

It is our long weekend ….

We were up about 4:35 earlier this morning.

After Alvin had finished his glucosamine chew, his chicken and rice breakfast, outside we went.

The air was so fresh, no sounds except for the early songs of some unfamiliar birds.

So sweet and delicate.

The sky was beginning to lighten.

There was a peace about it all.

I could have closed my eyes and stood there until the end of time.

After Alvin had finished inside we went.

Hitting the sofa for some further zzz’s.

Because there is no where on this planet that I would be up to stay up at 4:30 on a Saturday.

Okay, perhaps one or two.

But not today.

We enjoyed that quiet time on the sofa as my mind raced to the finish line.

Finally dozing off.

 

Alvin always is the one that motivates me to get going.

This morning was no different.

So up we were to stay.

The once super bright sun filled skies are now filled with some clouds.

There is a bit of a breeze but still beautiful.

While we just stepped away outside as Alvin gave me the word and downstairs we went.

He is still having gas.

His vet appointment was mainly his usual nail trim, anal gland and ear check.

All good.

His bum was tender due to his recent bouts of diarrhea.

Now isn’t that the way to turn the beautiful description of a morning out the window.

Anyway on our way to the vet he stopped and of course, as always had to POO.

Good news it was no longer “D” and starting to be normal.

Funny how sometimes normal poop can be so exciting and such a relief.

Perhaps overly describing the bottom end happenings, may be too much.

Alvin’s Vet gave him (we purchased) some probiotics.

I am glad that she did as he continues to have gas and no bowel movement since we went to the vet yesterday afternoon.

I am going to continue to think good thoughts.

 

My plants in the back garden just got a nice watering while we were outside.

Also Humphrey will be spending the weekend with us.

So I shall go and pick him up soon.

Check on Cynder as well.

First couple of things around the house.

Start laundry and such.

 

Outside the day is beginning for most people as I hear trucks running and dogs barking and law mowers buzzing.

I will say one thing.

Looking out my bedroom and living room windows this morning to see a bare street was so uplifting.

No snow, no ice …. just bare, glorious grey pavement.

The trees are beginning to bud and some are even in leaf already.

YES, it is May 16, 2020.

Life is good.

Sometimes we all need to be reminded of that ….

 

Well time to get things done.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Enjoy some time outside.

We all need to feel the sun on our bodies and the breeze on our cheeks.

Happy Saturday.

 

With kindness and respect,

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning, Saturday ….. so  happy about it being the weekend.

Both Alvin and I are super excited.

His best buddy Teddy is coming over about 9:00 a.m. to spend the whole day with us.

At 10:00 a.m. two of my best girl friends, the young ones are coming for coffee on the deck.

One of them is bringing Tim’s coffee and donuts.

She even asked our favourites.

I had planned to have coffee and muffins but there is no changing her mind.

I have offered to pay and that went over like a lead balloon.

Now, don’t I have such great friends ….. coming for a visit.

We are moving out of the garage – thankfully there is not gale force winds like last time.

The sun is shining brightly so it should not be too cold sitting on the deck.

We have lots of room to move around out there.

If it does get cold, we will just move to the shelter of the garage each with a chair.

 

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day.

I cannot believe it, already.

I wish that I had a special treat for every “Mother” on the planet.

Whether you crawl, fly, are two or four-legged, Mothers rock this world.

Have an awesome Saturday.

 

Gotta fly, here …. lots to do before the company starts to arrive.

 

Take care.

Be smart when you are out and about.

Social Distancing will keep us safe and alive.

Have an awesome Saturday, did I say that already.

 

Gotta go.

 

With so much kindness and respect, to ALL.

I/We, remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Holy Smoke, it is Saturday, May 2nd, 2020.

The sun is shining and the geese were flying over honking away.

We were up at 5:30 a.m.

Alvin had his breakfast and backyard break.

Then as I just could not stay up at 5:30 we hit the sofa for some extra zzzz’s.

Next thing I know the I look out the window (view from the sofa) to see BRIGHT sunlight coming back at me.

Both Alvin and I got up right away.

I checked out the clock on the microwave and it was 8:09 a.m.

ARGH,  the plan was to get up at 7:00 a.m.

Oh well, I guess that is how much sleep I required.

It seems like around 8:00 is when my body naturally wants to get up these days.

If given the opportunity.

So I have an extra long list today.

How is your Saturday/Sunday list?

Do you like to keep Sundays quiet?

I sure do, if possible.

 

List for Saturday:

Laundry

Hook up the garden hose and wash down the deck.

Clean the bathroom fans (yup, I was going to do that already and did not)

Change the lightbulb in the upstairs hallway (need ladder to do that, that is why I left until the weekend)

Walking of course

Cleaning the bathrooms

Some budget work (check out the TELUS bill as it seemed a bit high even with the movie or two that I rented)

Steam clean the floors

Change bedding

Bring out the deck furniture

Dusting of course

Make energy bites (might need them).

 

I think that may be all.

Some can wait until tomorrow but I think that Teddy may be over for a visit tomorrow.

The outdoor stuff will be done today as it is supposed to be 20 degrees celsius, the warmest day thus far.

Of course, something else may pop up.

I was thinking if I have the time to do some work, work.

I know that I should not but sometimes that extra time can save you from added work week stress/anxiety.

 

Anyway, we had a couple of wonderful walks yesterday.

We saw our friend P on our noon walk.

 

Have you checked our Pluto Living?

Our new Canadian treasure.

Pluto and her Mom are great.

Pluto gives out the perspectives from the four-legged to we, two-leggeds during this time of crisis, this pandemic.

I could listen to Pluto talk all day long.

She has good advice and makes us smile and laugh.

You can find her on Facebook, YouTube and  Instagram.

 

I know during this time when we many of us are away from our regular routines that it has been stressful.

But at the same time it has been amazing.

For me, I no longer have a commute to work.

I am home with Alvin and this extra time with him has been a godsend.

I can “leave work” at my regular time off and we on our way walking within a few minutes.

Depends if Alvin gets under the kitchen table before I can get his harness on.

That is a whole other story.

Work has been up and down for me.

I feel that I really should not complain.

I have my job, I am safe at home with Alvin.

I have friends and family who bring me food and necessities.

 

For singles working from home with no smaller humans to distract them, it is quiet.

Those single moms and dads with small children who can no longer go to daycare.

Those single moms and dads with school age children, now having to teach them and work from the same space.

To those moms and dads who are both working from home and teaching their children.

Or those where one spouse is working from home and the other is not, financial stress is a real big deal.

Add to that possibly teaching children.

Even going to the grocery store is not a pleasant experience.

 

For all those folks who remain working whether you are “frontline” or deemed to be an essential services who now have children at home.

How do you look after them, teach them?

Coming home after an extra long shift?

So tired.

Dealing with the fear of the virus.

Dealing with being away from their families in some cases.

 

On the other side.

For those families at home together.

More breakfasts, lunches and dinners together.

There have been more board games together.

More movies watched.

More popcorn popped.

That time together is precious.

 

There are so many variations of circumstances to who/what is affected by this pandemic.

I hope that you and your family are safe.

I am grateful to those who must work outside their home.

Be safe and we appreciate what you do.

 

We will get through this someday and get to the other side.

What that other side may look like, who knows.

Life may change somewhat but that is not a bad thing.

Embrace change that is what I am always told.

Change = Growth?

 

Wishing you all a great Saturday.

I guess my list is not going away anytime soon.

Get out of these p.j.’s and finish changing our bedding.

Sign off from this post.

Get the first load of laundry on.

I will say that having the choice completely as to what to wear when working has been wonderful.

Unfortunately wearing anything that buttons up, well I will need to start trying on some things.

To see how much damage has been done.

We are walking twice a day but ….

Okay am I stalling?

Nope.

 

With kindness and a deep respect for all …

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Mr. Alvin (who is napping on his little bed beside me, cute).

 

P.S. need to get that coffee perking, SOON.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to the weekend.

Well this Saturday morning is not quite as beautiful weather wise as Friday.

The sky is overcast and it is lightly snowing.

When we were first up at 4:00 a.m., the snow had already started.

 

How are you doing today?

Me, to be honest going into yesterday I was actually feeling pretty great.

I had a productive day.

We received notice about government decisions that will add a new layer of work with deadlines.

So life goes on.

I am not complaining but this VIRUS affects everyone to some degree.

You may have been laid off from your job.

You may qualify for Employment Insurance Benefits.

You may qualify for other Federal Government Benefits.

You may be on a fixed income.

You may be working from work.

You may have the virus.

Family member might have the virus and you are worried.

You may be self-isolating after an out of country trip.

You may have money invested and see the market downturn.

You might be older or have a comprised immune system and be worried about your health.

You may not be able to get out for groceries and when you do the shelves are empty.

You may just be worried.

You may be what is deemed to be an essential service such as Health Care Workers, Utilities and such.

You may be in Health Care and working alongside people with the virus and worried for you and your family.

You may persons in charge of watching over the populations trying your best to make things right.

Whether a scientist, world leader, doctor, nurse or parent.

We are all in this together.

 

It is snowing a bit harder now.

I wish that I could wave a magic wand and make it better for all my fellow human beings.

For now Alvin and I are doing okay.

He definitely has set into the routine as at the times that I should be leaving the “office” for breaks and after work, he jumped up and stared at me.

I ended up working later as I wanted to finish returning phone calls.

He was not happy.

Even Alvin knows to self care.

I can learn from him.

Anyway, we had two wonderful walks last night.

My neighbours worked on draining more of the water and chipped more ice from our side of the street.

So grateful for them.

We had supper.

I worked for a bit in the evening.

Watched PICARD.

I was not surprised by the turn of events as when the show started I noticed something I had noticed but not paid close attention.

Well it came to fruition during the episode.

I do not wish to release that bit of information for those who may not have seen the show yet.

 

Well I shall be going.

There be laundry to do.

I was thinking that I should be cleaning the light fixtures.

Bedding to change.

After the bedding is changed and the first load of laundry has been started, it will be time for COFFEE and TOAST.

 

We will be okay.

There will be moments.

For sure.

Did you watch PLUTO Living yet?

Oh you must.

The cutest little four-legged (don’t tell Alvin I said that).

Remember to laugh.

Try not to be worried.

We will prevail.

We will get through this.

Things will be different, I would imagine.

But different is not always bad.

So I have found out.

Change seems to be happening on a regular basis.

As this world of ours evolves.

 

Have a great Saturday.

Take some time to relax.

Have a cup of coffee or tea or your favourite beverage.

Hugs from a distance.

Go for a walk.

Do something unexpected for someone.

Do something expected for you.

Be kind and respectful.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Well the sky is overcast this morning in Edmonton.

Alvin and I have been up for a bit now.

Just pondering the situation of the world.

This CORONAVIRUS has made some people into selfish bastards.

Or perhaps just shown their true selves.

I am going to use that word because that is what it seems.

Why else would anyone need to scour their towns and cities and buy up carts full of bathroom tissue.

It started there.

Now people are buying up meat in large quantities, cleaning supplies and all sorts of food items.

Lineups are out the door at grocery stores.

As the shelves become more bare and the stores are not able to keep up with the demand, as more and more people are infected.

Over time of course, this will affect the truck drivers bringing the food items to us.

What about the farmers, the factory workers and so on.

What will happen?

Greed through the ages and in 2020 it is running as rampant as ever.

If you think that it is funny or that you are out to make a profit ….. guess again.

At some point it will come back and bite you in the ass.

This whole thing has made me just plain mad and oh, so disappointed in the human race.

I know that it is not everyone but come on people.

If we stay calm and follow the “rules” set out by our Health Care Providers we will be okay.

Yes, I know that there will be deaths and that is of course very tragic and I could be one.

NO one knows.

But please this is 2020 and we should have learned a lesson or two by now.

 

I will, me, myself and I remain calm in this STORM.

Panic, I will not.

I promise to do the best to help others who cannot help themselves.

Please remember those who live from cheque to cheque.

There are many of us on the planet.

Ranging from young to old.

Buy what you need as you normally would.

 

As the snow gently hits the ground, I am in the realization that I am okay.

Alvin and I have food in the fridge and the pantry.

We have a warm home to live in.

I am grateful to all those who make this all possible for us every day.

Those folks who work in jobs where there is no “staying home” to weather this storm.

The Nurses, the Doctors, the City Employees and the list is long.

We are grateful to you.

Keep safe and in good health.

 

I hope that you have a good Saturday.

Be in good health.

Be KIND AND RESPECTFUL in all that you do most especially at this time.

 

Always, Carol &  Alvin

 

Remember the government, politicians and other leaders cannot do this by themselves, it is up to each one of us to do our part.

We are all human beings and must work together.

 

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All,

Welcome to a dreary looking snowy March day.

We received some snow last evening but thankfully it did not amount to much.

Alvin and I enjoyed a wonderful walk.

Pays to walk on the other side of the street.

Guess that could be said for life as well.

Busy day ahead.

Go and pick up Mr. Humphrey, laundry, coffee break and cleaning.

My daughter and family will be stopping by after their vet appointment at noon today.

Tomorrow I am also looking forward to Teddy and his Mom stopping by for tea and we are going to do a bit of shopping.

So work and company.

Perfect mix.

 

On this Saturday morning with Alvin at my side.

We are grateful to be here.

Grateful to have electricity, heat and water.

Grateful to have family and friends near.

Grateful to have each other.

Grateful to be in good health (that is so important).

Grateful to have tea to sip upon in the evenings and coffee in the mornings.

Grateful for weekends and weekdays.

Grateful for work and for play.

Grateful to Mother Nature for a mix of weather.

Grateful for life.

 

Well I see that it has begun to snow again.

So I had better get this show on the road.

Crazy we have already been up for more than one hour and I feel as though nothing done.

Do you stress or worry about not getting everything done?

Well you are not alone.

Today on this Saturday, we will do what we can and enjoy it all.

Relax, work, play, work, play and relax.

Mix it up.

You will never have those moments back again.

If you have an opportunity to play, then play.

If you have an opportunity to see someone, then see someone.

If you have an opportunity to try something new, then try that something new.

If you have an opportunity to help a friend, neighbour or stranger, then do so.

Every moment brings possibilities and in that moment it is ours to grasp.

 

Happy Saturday.

Happy Saturday.

Play in the snow.

Snuggle with your favourite neighbour’s cat.

Walk your doggies.

Talk to your family, friends and even your pets.

Be Happy.

Be Yourself.

Treating the world including yourself with kindness and respect.

 

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday.

Just received a text from my daughter who has asked for a pancake breakfast tomorrow.

And of course, I said “YES.”

We love having pancake breakfasts together.

YAY.

 

It was snowing earlier but appears to have stopped now.

We have enough snow, thank you Mother Nature.

Alvin has his regular vet appointment along with a vaccine and exam this morning.

 

Weekends are usually busy for us.

Between laundry and cleaning and projects.

Things have to get done.

Sometimes I procrastinate which is not a good thing.

It is odd but it is a fact and I own up to that fact.

Anyway, lots to do.

 

Perhaps a take away today is “not to procrastinate” as it always comes back to bite you in the butt at the end.

So not today.

I am getting in there and getting things done.

I can smell the coffee brewed and time to get this day going.

Even though we have been up for awhile now.

Feeling refreshed as I had a shower earlier.

 

I wish you all a great Saturday.

In between all of the “madness” – I mean work, take some time for you.

No one else will ……

Look after yourself and you can look after the world.

 

With Kindness and Respect and Love,

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and Welcome to Crazy Day #2 of Baking.

OMG, what a day I had yesterday.

Got up but perhaps not quite as early as I had wished.

Anyway popped in a load of laundry.

Made coffee and had breakfast.

Then prepared for Alvin’s hair cut.

I placed the cover on the counter and pulled out the clipper set.

I sipped on my coffee and pulled out the clipper but did not see the blade?

What?

I picked up the attachments and looked under everything to no avail.

I looked under the sink, three times no actually four.

I looked in every kitchen drawer a handful of times or more.

In the pantries.

Under the sink again.

Then I had the gut wrenching thought that I had thrown it out when I had recently cleaned under the sink.

I think that I had cleaned it and placed it on a lid so it would dry.

When I cleaned under the sink – just thought it was the old one.

Not sure why that was but anyway – it was gone.

So there went my plan to give Mr. Alvin a haircut and bath.

Next step bake cookies.

So I started with the fudge as that is the way that I roll.

Figured something easy and less stressful.

As clearly my morning was not going to plan.

ARGH, I said, ARGH.

Well not really and surprisingly enough I did not have a meltdown.

I was proud of how I just moved on.

I think that Alvin was SHOCKED as well.

I made a double batch of fudge.

Checked on the laundry.

Then started on the SUGAR COOKIES.

I had to bake a batch of them for my girl friends.

The love them and besides they gave me the ingredients.

Cannot say NO to that.

I was late starting the cookies, I would say about 1:00 p.m. so about 3:30-4:00 the baking was done.

The cookies were cooling on the table.

We had to get out for a walk.

So we did.

On our way I heard this alarm going off in a house across the street from where we were walking.

Not too far from us.

I immediately thought smoke detector.

It was hard to tell.

I was just going to ask someone to help when the garage door beside me opened up.

I yelled in …. Can you help me?

A young man came out and I explained.

We crossed the street as we were right across from his house.

He rang the doorbell with no response.

He did not think it was the smoke alarm but thought it was perhaps the house alarm.

It stopped at one point.

He said that it sounded exactly like the garage alarm at his work.

I was still concerned but went on our way.

On the way home I stopped and at first did not heard it but then it started again.

There was no signs of anything wrong.

I was so relieved.

But also happy that I did not hear a fire truck later on ….

Then home to feed Alvin and make my supper.

Somewhere in there my friends dropped off their cookie tins.

One of the girls stayed and we chatted for a bit.

Nice break.

Followed by icing the several dozen SUGAR COOKIES and still working on laundry.

Did massive amounts of dishes throughout the day.

My hands are so dry this morning.

Packed up the cookies about 8:00 PM or so and delivered one parcel of them to one of the girls.

The other said she will pick them up today along with fudge for her boys.

They love my fudge so I always make sure they get some ….

After I returned home I spent the next few hours baking CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.

I made SEVEN batches which is about 10 dozen give or take.

So time to get this show on the road.

Time to have breakfast and COFFEE, OMG, I need that brown/black liquid.

Energy do not fail me now.

Two batches of Sugar Cookies and ice them.

One double batch of Fudge.

Retrieve the dried laundry from the basement.

Go for a walk.

Prepare for work.

Write out a couple of cards for people in the neighbourhood.

Not sure what else at this point.

Will be happy to be done baking.

The mince tarts will wait until closer to Christmas.

I took the lazy way out.

Bought tart shells and a jar of mincemeat.

Done.

 

Okay, I have to run.

I hope that you have an awesome Sunday.

I think we will have a great one.

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and welcome to a clear sky Saturday morning.

Yay it is the weekend.

My friend dropped by last night with the new Christmas Wreath that I purchased from her craft sale.

It is absolutely beautiful.

I am so in love with this little owl.

My Mom passed many years ago and she had a passion for Owls.

She collected all sorts of ornamental owls.

 

Well we just had a phone call from Humphrey’s Mom.

Humphrey is here and will be spending the day with us.

It is almost 9:00 a.m. – how did that happen.

Time to get going.

Coffee.

Laundry.

Cleaning.

All the fun stuff.

 

Fun stuff for later …. Christmas cards.

Does anyone still write letters and send Christmas cards?

 

Alvin is on his blanket watching the office door which makes me think that Humphrey is in the hallway.

I just saw a shadow so he is now upstairs.

They will have company for the day which is nice.

I will be bathing Alvin later and taking him for a walk.

Walk first and bath second, of course.

I think he is okay in the hair cut department.

That will wait and perhaps just before Christmas – give him a trim.

 

No grand pearls of wisdom at this moment.

Just grateful to have the weekends off and to be at home.

I am grateful to be surrounded by great friends and family.

So happy to see the sun shining which will hopefully dry things up.

Not much snow left now.

 

Well I hope that you all have an awesome Saturday.

 

Happy Day.

Always, Carol, Alvin and Humphrey

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning.

Saturday ….. it is.

Humphrey just joined us for the day.

Teddy arrives around 9:30 a.m.

In between my daughter is coming to drop off and pick up some things.

We are also going to hit the grocery store as we both need some items there.

Around the company and shopping, I am cleaning for the jewelry party tonight.

Lots to do.

Last night I baked several dozen of my “Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

I have not baked cookies for a long time.

Was nice to have the smell of cookies baking wafting throughout the house.

We woke to crusty frozen grass (as both Alvin and I found out when we were in the backyard).

There is a skiff of snow near the gutters on the street and in the grass.

The deck is icy so I was careful.

I have changed my bedding and cleaned the main bathroom; changed towels both upstairs bathrooms.

Just have to dust upstairs, just touch up my bathroom as it is cleaned daily and vacuum up here.

The stairs and then only have downstairs to do.

I definitely will be enjoying some coffee in the near future.

I called Humphrey to come upstairs but not sure where he disappeared to at this moment as my sight line is only the office.

Alvin is here, of course.

Oh well will see him shortly.

 

Edmonton had some wicked strong winds in the afternoon yesterday.

Two maintenance workers on a swing-stage platform on the Stantec Tower were left dangling.

I watched part of a video that clearly showed the platform being whipped about and one worker was dangling on the end.

Holding on for dear life.

The Edmonton Fire Rescue Crews responded to perform a high angle rescue.

The video was so scary and I cannot imagine how they were feeling.

The news reported that the platform was lowered to the ground.

Fire crews in addition to rescuing the two workers were cleaning up glass.

The building has all glass windows.

Several windows were broken.

Luckily no one was injured by the falling glass.

Good thing they had on safety harnesses.

Mother Nature is more powerful than man.

Someone should have been paying attention to the wind velocity.

Most especially on a skyscraper.

They were several floors up …. fire thought about 6-7 floors.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you have an awesome Saturday.

 

 

Always, Carol & Alvin & Humphrey ……

 

 

 

 

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