Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Wow, Saturday morning and almost time for me to pop over and pick up Mr. Humphrey who will be spending the weekend except for sleeping at our house.

There has been peeps of sunlight coming through the smoke filled sky this morning.

The wind is blowing so what that will mean, only time will tell.

Last night my daughter gave me a ride home from work as a couple of food items of mine had been left mixed with hers.

She helped me or rather set up a couple of things on the new phone for me.

After she left which was about 5:15 or so, Alvin and I left the house for a walk.

We were only a few doors down when I noticed a man trying to corral his dogs one being a large dog and the other a small one.

He yelled to a neighbour (our friend) who was out in her front yard to pick up the small dog while he called after the large dog who just kept running.

This is the breed that killed another friend’s dog and I will say I am just a bit, okay a lot scared of that dog.

So we ran onto a porch of another friend and hid at the front door.

She has a large full tree in the front so we were not in sight.

Thankfully.

I figured that she would be at work and she has a small older dog who had seen us go by …

Jazmin did not start barking and I was hoping that the owner of the large dog would hurry and get him.

He kept calling to the dog “come get into the truck” as he walked to his truck.

Meanwhile cars are zooming by ….. the dog stayed on the other side of the street but at one point was right directly across from us.

Alvin barked once and I covered him with my body and sort of pinned him against the door for protection.

I was not taking any chances.

Hoping that he would not start barking grabbing he attention of the loose large dog.

Not with my Alvin.

Just as Jazmin started to bark again …. the door opened and we almost fell into the house.

My friend was at home (happened to have the day off) and had been upstairs when we first arrived on her porch.

I noticed that the dog ran by towards his owner.

My heart was racing.

It was finally over.

Only was a handful of minutes but seemed forever.

So we ended up staying for a visit.

Alvin had some treats.

Life is good.

After that we continued on our walk.

We saw that the Geese including the goslings were on the grass by the water in the park.

So great so see those darling babies.

As we rounded the ponds we, I spotted a friend out watering her garden.

I said hello and that started a long chat.

Alvin was pretty patient.

After that, we turned around to go home and met a woman with her two small dogs.

We stopped and had a meet.

One of her dogs was a senior at 15 and then had a 7 year old small dog.

The senior about Alvin’s age but not his weight.

After that we headed home.

Saw other neighbours out walking with their doggie but we only said a quick hello.

Just about home when I saw other friend and her son.

She spotted Alvin whom she loves …. another beautiful conversation.

Guess what time we got home?

7:30 p.m.

So then we were famished or at least I kind of was …..

What a walk we had!

Other than the large dog experience … it was great to see so many friends.

Well I better get this day going.

I was going to mention that I started watching a mini series called “THE HOT ZONE.”

Based on true events in the United States (assuming).

I had watched the first of three two hour episodes Thursday night and watched all but about one hour last night.

I was so tired and poor Mr. Alvin …. kept trying to get me to go upstairs.

 

Well in the moment …. Living … One day a time.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Time to go and pick up Humphrey.

His Momma left about 8:00 a.m.

So he is okay …

Alvin will be happy to have company.

 

Laundry and grass mowing await me but not before picking up Humphrey and oh, yes COFFEE.

I also have to have breakfast.

Somewhere between changing bedding and gathering laundry and a handful of chores, I forgot.

 

Be kind …. and always aware of what is going on around you.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 9th day of December, 2018.

The sun is now shining and the sky is clear.

What a Saturday I had …..

Master Teddy slept over on Friday night so I had both of the pups here yesterday.

We were up a few times during the night as I mentioned yesterday.

So the baking and laundry got off to a late start but a good start.

I somewhere along the line decided to change up the cookie menu and make the following:

Raisin Nut cookies, Oatmeal Chocolate Coconut cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

After the first two cookies were baked I took a break and we went for a walk.

It was so nice out.

Me and the pups went for the full 1/2 walk and it was great.

Once back to the house after checking and doing more laundry, it was back to the cookie baking.

The time past and then it was time for the boys to eat.

I opened the pantry door which is on the interior wall in the kitchen to fetch the food.

Note: that I had been in and out of the pantry all day long.

The pups did not act any differently than usual BUT when I moved the plastic container which housed Al’s food I saw something move and I freaked screaming so loud that I

almost gave myself an anxiety attack.

The pups stopped in their tracks.

I grabbed the rubbermaid container that is currently housed the excess baking supplies and placed it in front of the pantry door.

Knowing full well that it did not completely block the opening at the bottom of the door.

I need weather stripping.

I grabbed the phone and started calling neighbours and by the fifth one I finally reached someone at home.

It was my friends that helped with the dryer, installing the trap door by the dryer vent on the deck and so on.

My friend “N” came over shortly thereafter.

I wasn’t even sure it was still in the pantry but when he opened the door …. yes it was still there.

It moved.

I screamed.

He tried in vain to catch it with his gloves ( it was very small ) but it ran under the basement door and the chase was on.

I kept the dogs away.

My friend followed it down the stairs and watched it run to the bottom and into the family room.

He asked where the light was and I yelled down where it was …

I got up the courage to go down the stairs not quite to the bottom but I could see over the stairway partial wall what was going on.

I said to close the door to the furnace room as the carpet is so thick he would not be able to run under the door.

There were a few boxes stacked in the corner by the trunk and he gingerly removed each one looking for the little creature.

ARGH.

He said we should try and catch it in the vacuum.

I took the vacuum down and plugged it in removing all of the extensions so it was down to the handle portion.

We did not see it for awhile and then it came out and ran along the wall.

I screamed.

The chase continued.

After several minutes of chasing the mouse from one side of the room to the other.

Under the television stand and around and back, my friend caught the mouse in his big thick gloves.

I ran FAST up the stairs to unlock the back door and back to the living room to keep the dogs away and to be at a safe distant.

My friend, the male friend who is older than me – did not quite get how absolutely terrifying this was for me.

So he went to show me what he had in his gloves – I screamed and he went to the back door and threw it onto the snow bank.

Which in hind sight was likely not the best plan as I watched from the bay window in the kitchen, at a safe distance …. it running down the snowbank toward the house.

I felt coldness fall over my whole body.

My friend had shut the door and was checking the weather stripping to ensure it could not get in that way and determined it likely came in when I had the door open for the dogs.

He determined that it ran under the deck at the house by the garbage can and just told me to leave the door closed and perhaps take the pups out the front if they had to go.

Not really that easy.

Anyway for a moment I calmed down.

By this time, I lost my desire to continue with the baking and felt sick and drained.

I cleaned up the kitchen.

Made sure that the boys had supper.

Made a bit of supper for myself when Teddy’s Mom and Dad arrived to pick him up.

I told her quickly and she said that she could stay with me if I wanted and I gratefully said no, that is okay.

After Teddy left …. I ate supper….. we just left all of the lights on as I heard they do not like bright lights.

I settled down later to watch a movie when the phone rang and it was my friend who was on her way home from Calgary.

He had arrived home and saw that I had called … I had not left a message.

I retold the story and she had some ideas.

After a lengthy conversation I told her that I had been watching a movie (rented one) and it was getting late by then so had to go.

Thanking her for her call.

What a night.

WHEW.

I must get this show on the road as I am once again baking and have a long list of things to do.

 

I know what it is like to be so terrified of something that it stops you literally in your tracks.

So scared that it is hard to think straight.

 

I know in my brain that it is silly to be scared of something so small when I am so big.

Perhaps it is because they are so fast.

Perhaps it is because they can carry disease.

Perhaps it is just because I had two, no actually three bad experiences when I was a child.

Scarred for life.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who have fear for something …. I know your pain.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 12th day of November, 2015.

Happy Belated Birthday to my nephew “T” ….. hope you had a great day.

Part II

Well yesterday did not have a happy ending.

I wished that those small creatures would just stay outdoors.

Anyway ….. I washed my winter boots and wore them on the main floor (no carpet) as they were my strength.

Alvin stayed close thank goodness.

We managed to get through most of the day …..

I cut up and cleaned the huge Halloween pumpkin.

Half of it I gave to one of my neighbours and the other half I cooked.

It was so yummy warm with some butter, salt and pepper.

Alvin had some plain ……

It was after that which was about 5:00 p.m. that I realized Alvin had not had his supper yet.

So I opened the pantry door …. grabbed his bowl and his food container and about that time … the MOUSE ran out of the pantry …. SCREAMING, I managed to place Alvin’s glass bowl on the counter and yell instructions to Alvin who by this time was in hot pursuit of this not welcome guest.

Screaming I watched it run under my fridge and I managed to get Alvin to come to me.

It did not come out.

I scooped up Alvin and ran over to the neighbours.

Gasping and sobbing I told them the story ….

“S” came back to the house with me.

Decided to put down the sticky traps not that I particular like the thought of them but I cannot live in fear.

One in the bottom of the pantry …. (removed Alvin’s food container and the two boxes with garage bags).

After that was done …..

While she was here I put back into the fridge my salad ingredients because I did not want to stand in the kitchen.

Grabbed the last muffin and two oranges and we stayed in the living room.

Twice I quickly walked Alvin to the door and outside.  I went with him.

This morning no sitting at the kitchen table to write in my gratitude journal.

No lemon water.

No oatmeal.

No banana at the table.

Instead I grabbed Alvin food container out of the bathroom (next to the pantry) and fed him.

We both went outside.

I grabbed a banana from the table and we stood near the edge of the cupboards at the living room entrance and shared the banana.

Then I took my journal, pen and our water and came upstairs.

In just a few minutes my neighbour is coming over to check the traps before I leave for work.

One is in the pantry and the other in the oven drawer (which is empty).

I feel so helpless even though I am much better than the first go around with those little beasts.

I just wished they would go elsewhere …..

Thank goodness for great friends and neighbours and Alvin who truly is my hero.

I think he knows …..

Well I better start getting prepared … downstairs …. Alvin will need to go out again.

Funny how something so small can make you so scared.

I know how people feel that have these phobias ….. not fun.

I hope that you have a great Thursday.

Hopefully the deed is done and that is that.

I will be wearing my boots regardless for a few days ….. will have to buy some indoor foot wear that has solid soles and goes up the calf.

I feel somewhat guarded … protected.

 

Special Hello: to my nephew “T” … I called you but your phone was not in use …. perhaps you stopped with the land line…..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 15th day of January, 2014.

Half way through the week and half way through the first month of the new year.

So how are you with CHANGE?

Do you embrace it?

Does it scare you?

Do you just go along with change?

How do you feel with change?

As always my life seems to be all about change and I am certain that is the case with most people.

At first when I heard about all the changes I was scared, then upset that things were changing, and now I feel like whatever happens will be great.

So I guess we go through a myriad of emotions.

On this mid day I am excited for the upcoming changes.

Something new is always good.

Well time to leave for work.

I hope that whatever changes come your way you find a way to make them work.

If you have to go through the “list” of emotions then do so but find a way to make things work.

I have made so many major life changes over the past five years and found that I have grown with them.

Special Hello to: all those folks who are making changes ….. you can do it.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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