The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Another Sunday morning. It is snowing. We sure have a lot of snow. I was out shovelling on the deck and I am running out of places to put the snow. It felt heavy but it is likely because it was morning and I had just got up and gone out with Mr. Alvin. On the plus side, it feels warmer. When I look outside the sky is white, the ground is white, the rooftops are white and snow is falling. We are literally covered in snow.

Yesterday I finally cleaned the area rug in my bedroom. I love my Bissell Crosswave, it works like a charm. Man was the water ever dirty. So happy to have that job done. I also cleaned the hallway rug as well. Lots of laundry was done yesterday as well. Looks like I have shovelling in my near future and I will round up the garbage and put in garage so that it is ready for Tuesday. With all of the pee pads from Cookie’s stay I may have to wait to put all of the garbage out. Oh well, not the end of the world.

Alvin is waiting patiently in the hallway, I believe as I cannot see him from my home computer as I moved it to the desk closest to the window and have my work computer near the door to the office. Today will be a quiet day for us. I am so excited for this week as with warmer temperatures we can go for walks. Our neighbours adopted an 8 month old female pup named Addy and she will be younger sister to Humphrey and Bogart. Her new very excited parents brought her over to meet us yesterday. She was very well behaved. Alvin barked once at her but I think it was a bark to say “okay young one, this is my house and I am the senior here.” Both did well together considering she is a puppy. I cannot wait to see her again. She was outside in the backyard with her Dad a few minutes ago. He went into the garage and she waited patiently outside the door.

Well I suppose I should get going and make some coffee before heading out to shovel, doing one last laundry as I forgot to wash Alvin’s sweater and he will need it this week when we walk. He has a jacket but it will be too small and the sweater covers all of him and keeps him warm. He does have a big warm jacket but he doesn’t like to wear it much. Actually it is almost too big for him. Perhaps I should see if it would fit Addy. I will see.

Have a great day. Be kind and respectful to yourself and to ours. We have to do better this year, we must. There is something about 2022 that tells me that. Something about the number.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this morning? We are in the homestretch of the two week stay of Miss Cookie. Her family arrives back in Edmonton this evening at 7:30 p.m. As much as it has been lovely having her with us, we are looking forward to the quiet of just me and Alvin. No more “pee pads” strewn all all over the house and no little dribbles to clean up along the way. She is a sweet little one.

We were not up to stay as early as I had originally planned but definitely earlier than the past week. At this moment there is snow coming down. A few minutes ago I was out shovelling a bit on the deck and it was not snowing but had been snowing during the night and early morning hours. Looks like we are going to get a bunch more snow. I hope that this does not delay Cookie’s family from arriving tonight as we are getting low on pee pads even with a friend dropping off a bunch this past Friday night. Time will tell.

The pups are chasing each other in the hallway as I write this post. She is growling as Alvin chases her around. She hides under the desk and he of course cannot fit under the desk with the chair rolled under. Then she comes out and they quietly walk to the hallway where Alvin lays on his belly and she goes beside him and does the same. I think that they like each other. They do get along quite well.

Well I see lots of shovelling in my future. I will need to shovel the driveway. Tomorrow is garbage pick up so will need to do the driveway later on and by then hopefully the snow has stopped. There is so much more snow than last year. The rooftops are showing quite the heavy blanket and that always worries me. There is no way that I can remove snow from my roof.

Tomorrow is back to work. Cannot believe that ten days or so has passed already. Time flies. Back to the routine, back to normal. Our new normal.

Well I should get these yahoos downstairs and get this day going. A cup of coffee always tastes great first thing in the morning. Oh, they are wrestling / running again. Alvin does not want to but she does.

I wish you a great Monday. Be safe and keep warm.

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

Always, Carol, Alvin and Cookie.

P.S. Well Miss Cookie it has been fun!

2021

Good Morning ALL! Well only TWO more sleeps until Christmas EVE Day. Wow, I am excited to see everyone. We are not having a big crowd that is for sure – especially with the latest variance of COVID. I wonder just how many more of these we will have OR if this will be our new norm? Time will tell. All we can do is to be safe and take care of ourselves and each other. If that means being vaccinated, do it. If that means wearing a mask, do it. If that means staying at home, do it. If that means, not travelling, do it.

On the lighter side of things. Last night one of our friends and neighbours popped in to give us a Christmas present. She always thinks of Alvin and brings him some freeze dried liver, which he loves. Arlene did not know that we had a guest and who knew that Cookie liked the FDL, but she did. She tore around the main floor like she had ants in her pants. So excited for company other than me and Alvin? LOL. We had a little visit in the foyer before she left for home. We had a pretty good sleep last night. She is beginning to get used to our home. I am happy to report that she did her business (both) on pee pads this morning. She did not eat much other than one bite this morning. I keep trying and she nibbles. I am not used to a pup that does not eat much. Alvin loves his food and he inhales it.

I noticed that it has been snowing a bit so looks like more shovelling in my future as I want to keep the snow shovelled for our company on Christmas Eve. Now that the days are getting closer to the BIG DAY, I can start to do some things – well not until tomorrow. Like taking some things out of the freezer to thaw, do another load or two of laundry, quick dust and the like.

Yesterday, I wanted to get the mail at my lunch break. I did not know what to do with Cookie knowing if I opened the door she would be out before I could stop her. Only thing I could think of was to put in her the main floor bathroom while I stepped out. It took a few tries because she always got out before I could close the door. Finally success! I already had my coat on and my keys in my pocket, putting on my boots as I got to the door. I was happy to see a mailbox full of more than just flyers and junkmail. I had TEN, yes, TEN, Christmas cards and letters. My heart was full. I love, love, love receiving Christmas cards and letters and even the odd photo. It was so much fun reading each card. Last night I hung them up on the string that I leave up all year long. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Oh and Miss Cookie survived being in the bathroom for like 5 minutes. She was not happy with me but she was okay.

Well on this Wednesday, December 22, 2021, I say to you – have a wonderful day. May you be surrounded by love and good health. Happy Wednesday.

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

Always, Carol, Alvin and Cookie.

P.S. you never know what life is going to give or bring you!

Things have changed a bit since then!

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? 10 sleeps till Christmas Eve Day. Yesterday it started to snow late afternoon and did not stop overnight. We woke up to I would say a couple feet of snow to shovel. I had to shovel some of the deck at 5:00 a.m. so that Alvin could go outside to do his business otherwise I would have lost him in the snow. Plus he likely would not have gone out. We were in bed just before 10:00 last night and not up until almost 5:00 this morning. YAY, Mr. Alvin. Before getting ready for work after getting up at 6:40, I went to shovel the front thinking that I would beat my friend’s boyfriend out to shovel the front but we were out at the same time. He was just on his way to work and only had time to do theirs, I said that I wanted to do theirs as well but just did not get out early enough. I am grateful that he did shovel their half as there is a lot of snow. Certainly do not want to overdo things. Anyway, I want to go out and shovel the driveway and ensure that my recycling isn’t covered in the snow otherwise the garbage person will not see it. They are usually out and about before now but imagine they are running late. For all those people in our area, please be careful if you have to drive anywhere today. There is one heck of a lot of snow. Thankfully it is not wet but dry snow and not cold out.

Yesterday I took the afternoon off from work to go with one of my friend’s to Costco to get groceries. I am so glad that I did. I was able to finish my shopping for the humans and get some food items for Christmas. YAY, me. It was busy but didn’t take us long to get in and get out.

Last night I delivered more Christmas baking packages to friends and neighbours. I had a few visits along the way. I was out for 1.5 hours and everyone is less than 5 minutes away. Nice to chat with my friends. Catch up.

Well I had better get out there if I am going to do some more shovelling. Be careful out there and have a great day. Feels like Christmas now.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. never a dull moment with the weather.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I am well, we are well, except for being a bit on the sleep deprived side. Definitely sleep deprived. It is awesome having my daughter in the house this morning. Seems like old times. I had a rather typical untypical Sunday night. We chose to sleep on the sofa as I thought we would be more comfortable there than the spare bedroom. I also decided to watch the ADELE special on television from the start at 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. It was so good. I absolutely love her voice. The new songs were wonderful and listening to the old ones was amazing. The people attending the concert which was held in Los Angeles on top of the world at The Griffith Observatory with a star studded audience including Melissa McCarthy, Oprah who did an interview and introduced her for the concert, Ellen DeGeneres, Drake, Seth Rogen and Jessie Ferguson. Part way through the concert she brought out a fan who proposed to his long-time girlfriend. It was a great night and worth staying up. Most times I don’t fall asleep until after 10:30 anyway. But this Sunday my brain would not shut down. It went into hyperdrive thinking about the concert, about work, about this one file that I have to finish tomorrow when I am back working from home, going to the office today and on and on. Then just before 1:00 a.m., I hear these two teenage girls laughing wildly and I at first think that I am losing my mind and then I jump up and go over to the window. What I saw disturbed and scared me on every level. Outside my window, on the street, two young girls were running down the street which was icy, slipping and sliding. Just behind them stopped on the street was a black sedan. Then the girls ran back to the car to the rear of the car. My heart stopped as they held onto the back of the car. The driver accelerated the gas taking the car forward with the girls holding on behind. He kept going a bit faster and finally they slipped and fell. I almost ran outside but I was scared. The car stopped. Then I could hear the girls as they jumped up from the pavement and slipping and sliding they crawled into the car and a few seconds later the car took off. What in the world is wrong with kids? They think that they are invisible. So after that, I definitely was not sleeping. Then it was two and Alvin woke up and I managed to coax him to sleep and then it was 3:00 and we were up and outside. I have my trusty flashlight app on my phone, best thing ever. I did sleep about the time I had to get up but oh well. Should sleep good tonight. Mr. Alvin was happy to come upstairs with me and quickly put his nose to the bedroom door where our girl was sleeping opening the door and jumped up onto the bed where he curled up next to her. Looks like the time is evaporating here.

We had some snow yesterday and I did my first round or two of shovelling. Hopefully the streets and roads are not icy.

Wishing you a great day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this bright and sunny Monday morning? I hope that it is bright and sunny where you are. Alvin and I are doing well. We had a fantastic weekend despite Mother Nature’s spring snowstorm. As I mentioned before I got to use my brand new Bissell Crosswave. Yesterday I submitted a tea order and baked a banana loaf / bread. Did some cleaning and put away the laundry that was air drying from Saturday. I even did some shovelling and I enjoyed the day. Here we are again at Monday morning. Most of the snow has now melted. The sidewalks are clear. Front lawn still sporting a white blanket.

I wanted to share a daily affirmation that I came across on Facebook. It has become my new mantra.

Daily Affirmation – stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself and repeat daily

I am healthy. I am strong. I am powerful. I am happy.

I am grateful. I am wealthy. I am loved.

I am appreciated. I am lucky. I am prosperous.

I am divine. I am confident. I am proud. I am blessed.

I am beautiful. I love the person that I am.

Stating a daily affirmation is good for us to do.

It is surprising how quickly you begin to see a difference in your being.

Have a wonderful day.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? Yay, it is Friday. Why do we always want it to be Friday? Yes, I know because it is the start of the weekend. But doesn’t it feel like we just had the weekend? Feels like we just had Monday. The weeks seem to go by so quickly. I think that we feel that more when we are older. I am going to be 64 years old this summer. I don’t feel like 64 OR rather my mind feels younger but sometimes my body “is saying I cannot keep up.” Likely due to less walks. I love walking outside but with the temperatures being in the minus 30’s with the windchill OR even colder, I am not taking a chance. People don’t realize that it is not just frostbite of your face and fingers and toes but you can do real damage to your lungs and even your heart breathing in that extreme cold air. So we have stayed in the house except for Alvin’s trips to the backyard and mine to shovel until today. Now today is supposed to be somewhat warmer so hopefully okay as I have to run well actually walk over to the Vet and pick up supplies including food for Mr. Alvin. He has to eat. Luckily next Tuesday when he has his regular appointment and also his vaccinations the cold weather is to have passed and we shall be back to single digit temperatures. Thank goodness. I want to go for walks again. It was so great going for a nice walk at lunchtime. What a great way to break up the day. Good for both of us. We also got a bit more snow as I swept the snow off the back door frame twice this morning. I can see some more shovelling in my future. I cannot see the sun beginning to rise so that leads me to believe that the sky is overcast. If that sounds odd. We do have snow falling when it is sunny. Yes, we do. I just took a quick peek out of the office window and yes the sky is definitely that tinge of grey with no sunrise in sight. ARGH. Oh well. Hopefully by lunchtime when leave for the Vet – it has stopped snowing.

What are your plans for the weekend? Well remember a couple of weeks ago or was it this last one? They all run together. Anyway I had mentioned about gathering paperwork for my taxes. We had Teddy come for a sleepover instead. I felt that was more important for Alvin to see his friend than for me to spend time gathering papers. It really should not take me long as everything is in one place or two within my office. I really am looking to put things in order to do my taxes when it is time. I will wait until my employer issues my T4 which is at the end of February, I believe.

Well it is time to head on downstairs and get this day going. Coffee is in my immediate future for sure.

Oh update on the Chef’s Plate …. I had a Spicy Curry Turkey Burger and fries. The burger was good and yes it was spicy unlike one of last week’s dishes that said spicy and was not. This was totally spicy. Note to self: if I order from them again …. stay away from the spicy dishes or else put in less of the spice.

I hope that you are safe and warm and enjoying life. Be in good health.

Continuing to live my live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience. Remembering sometimes it is better to take the high road and not let folks get under your skin. There are those folks that just do and that will not change.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? Alvin and I are doing well. I am in the mood for composing a poem just for you. Here goes.

WINTER

The sky blending into the white topped garage roofs fills my sight.

On this weekend morning as I write.

There is no denying it.

Winter is upon us.

From morning until night.

The lawns are covered with snow, the streets and the decks.

No pavement or wood is showing.

Frigid temperatures take away our daily walks.

Stories of cold in years gone by, fill our talks.

When we do creep out of our home to shovel the snow from the sidewalks.

The warmest of coats, boots, mitts and scarves cover our bodies.

Our natural inclination, our feeling is the longing to snuggle on the sofa.

With the heat turned up.

With a toasty warm blanket and sip on a warm beverage, perhaps hot chocolate.

And mindlessly watch a favourite movie.

We don our warmest sweaters, sometimes even “long underwear” beneath our pants.

Thick, warm socks cover our feet.

Our energy level is low.

To get our chores done is slow.

This I know.

Our life is simple during this time.

We do what we need to do.

Usually nothing more.

Except for those who do not seem to be affected.

By these more than deep freezer temperatures.

We call winter in Canada.

Written by CY Lewis, February 6, 2021

Wishing you a great day. No matter the temperature, be safe, take care.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you this morning? We are good. Thank goodness it is Friday. Snowing again. Lots of shovelling happening in our neighbourhood. Temperatures still on the cold side but then again it is the first week of February and we should not expect anything different. Although slightly warmer would be nice so that we could go for walks. I feel that our bodies are starting to go downhill. So that means we have to get with it and do more exercises in the house. I do shovel but only when it snows. Lately it has been snowing almost everyday so that is good. I started walking on the spot with hand held weights. That lasted three days. It was good I think but I need to keep it up. Lots that I could be doing but somehow when it is cold and dark …. all we/I want to do is eat and sleep and sleep and eat. Oh well. Thankfully I am not a night snacker. I seldom eat after supper/dinner. Just always been that way.

As I glance around the room and notice the rack displaying most of my purses; I feel slightly sad. Seldom do I use them these days. I have three downstairs that I switch about on the rare occasion that I leave the house to go somewhere that requires me to take “money” and stuff. Most of them are collecting dust hanging on the door rack. Thankfully I do not have a crazy amount of purses or I would really be sad. I guess the same goes for shoes. I do put on my boots everyday whether walking or picking up Alvin’s deposits in the backyard or when I am shovelling. But shoes only when I go to the office. I know that they say we should wear a pair of comfy shoes in the house so it helps protects our feet and although I have had no issue with my feet; perhaps it is something that I should look into. I do wear socks. Maybe barefoot would be better – your feet can breathe. What about makeup, jewellery and office clothes? Lots of things are sitting not in use. Although I have started to wear makeup more (not that I wore a lot anyway) and my jewellery and the top part of my office clothes, I have been wearing. I have some pants have I have not wore in almost one year; perhaps they will not even fit me at this point. I have no idea. Anyway food for thought. Us folks that are working from home – will have to start to use our items that are feeling neglected. Fill up that purse and carry it to your workstation and then tuck it out of the way. Wear those earrings and that bracelet. Add some lipstick. If you were going out in public – the mask would cover it and feel yucky – so take advantage of being at home, if you are at home. Maybe start wearing a pair of shoes. It has been an interesting almost one year since we starting working from home. I must say other than a couple of minor details; I love being at home. When the wind is howling and the snow is blowing …. I am safe and warm in my cardigan, tank top, relaxed pants and socks wearing lipstick and a bracelet and socks on my feet. LOL.

Well time to get this day going. Busy time of the month for me at work – who am I kidding most days of the month are busy for me. That is a good thing – I suppose. Although personally the odd slower day would be lovely.

I hope that you are safe, in good health and enjoying life.

Living each day with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. the first meal from Chef’s Plate was yummy – Cajun-Spiced Turkey – not too spicy.

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you this morning? Thursday January 28, 2021. You likely are wondering why I am writing so late when I should be at work. Well today is my late start. So as per usual the boy had me up much earlier at 3:00 a.m., I think and then again at 4:30 and after that we slept till 7:54 a.m. Nice to sleep in a little bit. I start work today at 11:00 a.m. and work until 7:00 p.m. I even after getting up shovelled the deck and picked up poop in my pj’s. Of course, I had on winter boots and my winter coat with a hood and mitts. I would be so silly to go outside in these frigid double digit minus temperatures. It has averaged with a windchill in the high twenties or so this week. Thankfully the long range forecast is for warmer temperatures. I cannot wait for us to get out and walk again. We are getting that cooped up feeling. Both of us. Anyway, it felt good to get one thing off my list before even dressed for the day.

I was reading a few minutes ago that Cloris Leachman had passed. So many well know folks have passed this past while and of course a great many folks only know to their family and friends. My heart and thoughts go out to all of them. Thank you for all your contributions and for being you.

The sky is clear this morning which is great meaning no more snow at least in the next bit. I shovelled the front yesterday after work. Of course it kept snowing so there is more snow to shovel. But shovelling is exercise and I really need more of that.

The house is quiet except for the tick tock of the clock in the main upstairs bathroom which is located next to this room, the clicking of the keys as I type and nothing else. Sometimes it is good to just close your eyes and take some deep breaths and relax. Actually we should be doing some concentrated breathing every day. So much that we should be doing. I think perhaps it is time to change up our routine. We have been getting up later in the morning now that I am working from home. In the beginning, I was up earlier but over time it has got to be later. If I got up earlier there would be time for exercise and perhaps some other writing. Baby steps so I am going to figure out some things to do and start to get up 30 minutes earlier and then build from there. No point in going all out as we all know that, that gets you nowhere. I do not wish to set myself up for failure, I wish to be successful. Working from home is great however in some respects it has made me lazy, most especially in the morning. Do not get me wrong, I do my job and I have put in many extra hours over the last months at home. I also keep my house clean and do everything else that needs to be done. I guess what I really mean is when I was working outside my house, I used to get up at 5:00 a.m. and stay up. I basically did the same things as I do now getting up at 6:45 a.m. Mm, thinking about it I also had travel time in there and I ate breakfast before I left the house. Anyway, I just need to start getting up 30 minutes earlier and doing some physical activity. It is most important especially in the winter time.

I guess that I have babbled long enough. Time to get dressed. Do more shovelling. Pick up the mail. Have breakfast.

Wishing you a great Thursday. I am so grateful for clear skies this morning and for the fresh snow. Finally the leaves are well covered. I can now distinguish between leaves and poop in the backyard. Excited to host a birthday party and get together for me and my girl friends and then pick up my new eyeglasses.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and ever working on patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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