Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning All. As we quickly seem to be moving toward the final countdown for 2020, we will remember what a YEAR! There are so many adjectives and likely a few verbs and adverbs to describe this year but in this moment, that is all I have “what a YEAR!” As numbers of COVID 19 seem to be on the rise in many countries all over the planet, I wonder as do likely millions of its’ citizens what will happen in 2021? Will it be better or will it be worse? I tend to lie on the positive side of the fence and I think although it may take some time initially but 2021 will be the breakthrough year. We will finally come together, yes even the U.S. and we will figure this COVID 19 out. It will slowly disappear from our rearview mirrors and we will be on our way. I do hope however that we may have learned as a planet just what can happen and if we join together sharing information that quite possibly maybe even in my lifetime, we will become a peaceful planet working together for every cause and situation.

Well outside Mother Nature once again has decided to let it snow. Yesterday while I was working away in the kitchen I heard something loud banging against the windows and looked up and out to see almost hail like not quite coming down in the bucketfuls. Tiny little snowballs? Lasting quite a while and finally turning into regular snowflakes. Overnight and now it is snowing big fluffy flakes. Beautiful but just means more shovelling. I shovelled the front for both sides of our house after work and the deck. I did not make it out to the driveway. I also took my first and hopefully last slip as I was shovelling my neighbour’s front walk. I was thrown “kind of off balance” as her Mom arrived with coffee and I had only started shovelling and went ahead of her to shovel and then wasn’t paying attention and went down. Nothing hurt not even my pride. Cause it happens. I do find that it takes a bit of effort to get back up. That could have to do with the extra weight and being 63. So that means I should be lifting some weights. Building my arm muscles up, perhaps. Food for thought. Two days in a row no walks for Alvin. Supposed to be colder today. Time will tell. If it stops snowing and is milder, we will go at noon.

Well I truly hit the snooze until 7:00 a.m. and it is now 7:42 a.m. and I start work at 8:00 a.m. – have to go. I have poop to pick up before I have to play “search and rescue” to find it and plug in my coffee.

I hope that you are doing great. Having some laughs and relaxing. A bit of exercise. Chatting with friends and loved ones. Remembering all the while to be kind and respectful. I reminded myself of the same as I was perhaps a bit harsh with a couple of clients yesterday on the phone. Not bad but just not as I should have been.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR

Good Morning All,

We are back to our normal household. Mr. Alvin is back home. His sister brought him home early yesterday afternoon. He was happy and mad at me at the same time. I could tell that he was glad to be back home but at the same time he let me know in no uncertain terms that he was harbouring some unhappiness toward me. Body language in dogs is very transparent. This is one of the longest periods of time that we have been apart over our ten years together. After he was home for a bit he started to warm up to me, thank goodness. I teased my daughter in a text that “she might be having company once again.” It is wonderful to have him back home and it was nice to have a break, I think that we both needed that time apart. I will say that I slept better with him home and in bed with me. However, it was a typical Sunday night where it takes me forever to get settled down. We were up at 4:00 a.m. …… outside for a bathroom break and then back to the sofa until 6:30 a.m. when we were up and I fed him breakfast,which is late for him to eat at home but it was fine. Another outside break followed by preparing my coffee so it was ready to plug in and then we hit the sofa for 30 more minutes.

The grass was wet earlier with dew but the air was warm with the moon shining brightly in the sky dotted with stars or perhaps satellites and perhaps the space station. It was pretty nonetheless.

Well it is time to get this day going. The sun is now rising and the sky is that delicate balance of pinks and oranges with the night sky slowly disappearing.

I am looking forward to our walks together.

Welcome Home Mr. Alvin.

I hope that you all had a great Sunday.

Living our lives with kindness and respect.

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and I believe today is Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Wow, sometimes now that I am working from home the days seem to blend together.

There is a loud hum of vehicles coming from the Anthony Henday which is the highway that goes around the City of Edmonton.

I hadn’t realized that it was that loud until this morning or perhaps it is because more people are heading back to work.

What a thought.

The sky is a mix of sun and clouds.

Fingers crossed it is a nice sunny day.

Maybe not too hot so that Alvin and I can go for a walk at lunchtime.

Not a full one of course.

 

Well to Mr. Alvin.

We spent another night sleeping on the sofa.

I could not coax him to go outside before bed and I knew that at some point we would be up.

He fussed for a long time and I think that I fell asleep before him.

I can definitely tell the difference between with pain med and when it wears off.

In an hour or so, he can have another one.

Actually he usually wakes up at 3:30 or 4:00 and wants to go outside.

He has not done that the past few night that we have been sleeping downstairs.

Whether he is in pain and just does not want to get up …. not sure there.

So I was the one walking up ….

4:45 a.m. and to the bathroom …. he did not want to go outside.

He actually waited until we were up at 6:15 to have breakfast.

I had to lift him down the stairs to the grass to do his business which he finally did not long ago.

I feel so badly for him …. he has had a long haul the past few months….from one thing to another.

He did slowly climb up the stairs this morning and surprisingly enough he walked around the bed as if he wanted up but just did not want to jump.

I have a long chaise stool (not sure what to call it) and it is a little step and then he hops onto the bed.

I think those days may be over.

So I said “no worries, buddy, I got you” picking him up and gently placing him onto the bed.

I could tell he missed the bed as it has been several days since he has been sleeping and sitting on the bed.

Fingers crossed that over the course of the day he will continue to get better.

Please do not get me wrong ….. I will take him to the Vet ….. if he does not get better.

Unfortunately I think it is his joints and they will not get better so all I can do is help him be comfortable in whatever he does.

 

Did I tell you that I decided to take the two weeks vacation after all?

After conversations with my daughter she felt that I needed to take two full weeks and relax.

Life has been stressful with work and then with Alvin.

So I changed it back to two weeks.

I am now looking forward to having the time off.

Recharge, relax, clean the oven and defrost the fridge are high on my list.

Walks with Alvin is number ONE on the list.

 

Well time to head over to the next desk and start work.

Oh, have to run down and grab my coffee.

I hope that life is treating you with kindness and respect as you are treating life.

With kindness and respect, I live my life.

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to a now rainy Thursday, July 2nd, 2020.

I booked today and tomorrow off as vacation so that I would have an extra long long weekend.

Last night we went to bed at our regular time or close.

I read my book, I am really enjoying this book.

“The DEATH of Mrs. WESTAWAY” by Ruth Ware.

This book is difficult to put down and last night knowing that I did not have to get up early – well I read late.

As I read the Canada Day fireworks were going off in the near distance.

They seem to go off for hours and I felt like I read for hours.

After I turned off the lights to go to sleep, I could not settle down.

When Alvin woke up at 4:30 – it felt so early.

Up we got and he had his glucosamine chew followed by breakfast.

Outside.

Then back to the sofa.

I/We were up about 6:30 a.m. and back outside.

No rain at that time.

Back in the house the sofa was calling my name and I just could not resist.

So back to the sofa.

I woke up at 7:30 and should have stayed up and was thinking “it is not raining – we should walk.”

But the sofa kept calling my name.

So I played this back and forth game until 8:35 a.m. – how horrible.

Now it is raining and we missed our opportunity to go for a walk.

The forecast is for some sunshine this afternoon so we will make sure that we go then.

I can only blame that sofa for calling out my name, NOT.

Oh well, I guess it is a day off and all is well.

Not worth whining about it as it is what it is.

Somedays you just have to have some extra sleep, right!

 

Perhaps some sunshine will perk me up and fill me with some energy.

Hopefully the sun will shine this afternoon.

 

Yesterday the sun did come out from behind those rain clouds.

The sky was amazing.

Huge dark blue rain clouds in parts of the sky and closer to us there were these white clouds that seemed to part to display pure blue bright sky.

Like a gate opening.

I could literally watch the sky for hours.

The way the clouds move and stay still.

Movement and stillness.

The colours.

So beautiful.

 

I found the start of a story that I had written almost ten years ago on my 53rd birthday.

The story is about Alvin and how my road led to him.

I cannot believe that I am going to be 63 next month.

Ten years has passed in the blink of an eye.

Life always seems to get in the way.

Seriously, I need to finish this ……

So I am going to transfer what I have written into the computer as it is way easier to type than to write for hours.

After a few minutes my writing / printing is not legible so typing is the best way to go.

 

Well I guess it is almost 9:30 a.m. and I don’t wish to be drinking coffee too far into the afternoon.

Time to get this day going.

Coffee and some breakfast.

Some writing (typing) today and walking and exercise.

I need to listen to Alvin more ……

I was thinking we could have had an nice early morning walk in ….. argh, okay, enough.

Okay this might be an interesting day.

 

Living with kindness and respect starts with oneself.

I/We, shall remain

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Thursday Morning!

Another beautiful bright sunshiny day.

I am becoming more infatuated with clouds.

Noticing them more and more.

On our way home from our walk after work the clouds were so beautiful.

There was a shelf of them hanging down and above only blue sky.

I am not sure what the technical term is but they just sat there.

Just like a floating shelf.

Almost like they could hold an object or hide an object.

Beautiful and perfect.

This morning they are wispy and appear to be touching the blueness of the sky.

Clouds ….. mmmm

 

We had a great day with the pups.

Kobi did amazing.

She pretty much stayed upstairs with me and Alvin while I was working.

Teddy laid downstairs on Alvin’s bed in the living room.

She is so full of energy.

Kobi did her best to be close to Alvin.

He was not thrilled when she nudged him to play.

Sounded like a grumpy old man.

Reminded me of someone I know.

Not really grumpy but does not like to let on that he is not.

I did snap some photos and will post them another time.

Later on in the early evening – Humphrey from next door, joined us.

Truly was a day filled with friends.

 

This is an odd morning for our household.

Mr. Alvin has his annual teeth cleaning.

No food after 10:00 p.m.

No water after Midnight.

So I made sure to give him a little biscuit at 9:00 p.m.

I tried valiantly to coax him to drink some water at bedtime but to no avail.

He has been good this morning.

When we first got up and went downstairs, I asked him if he wanted to go outside and no.

He stopped by the pantry where his food is kept.

I explained that “this morning you go to see Jenn and Dr. K to get your teeth cleaned”

I only wished that he understood.

But when I said “still night time” and laid down on the sofa, he jumped up and laid down right beside me.

I tried to lay down as long as possible so that it would be easier for him.

We “slept” until almost 7:30 p.m.

Now I have things to do.

Part of which is this post and then a shower before we leave for his appointment.

His appointment is at 9:30 a.m. which is when they open.

Dr. K will arrive between 10:00-10:15 and then between 10:30-11:00 they will give him the anesthetic which takes about 20-30 minutes to take.

Then comes the teeth cleaning.

Jenn said he would be ready to come home about 2:30 p.m.

Knowing Mr. Alvin it will be much earlier.

But time will tell.

I will pick him up whenever he is ready to come home.

He also needs more food, his glucosamine chews, perhaps some wet food as a treat, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and a new toothbrush.

It is a big day.

 

Well time to go and hit the shower.

I hope that you have a wonderful Thursday.

 

Living with kindness and respect for all.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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, 2020 has certainly turned into a year that no one unexpected.

Alvin had me up every couple of hours last night so I am feeling tired and grumpy.

Trying to turn those feelings into energy and positivity.

We were at the VET yesterday for his regular nail trim and anal gland expressing (gross, I know).

Our Vet is closing on Saturdays now as she is down from a handful of staff to two.

They hope to remain open Monday through Friday but if they get run down or become sick that all changes.

Or even a member of their household.

That scares me more than anything not having Alvin’s Doctor available.

 

Thursday was my first full day of working from home and it was productive and good.

Friday was not.

Too much information.

Too many emails with updates from government.

A video from our CEO.

Information for our clients.

Emails regarding our workspace from home.

What to do with this and what to do with that.

So much too read and then work on top of it all.

I think all of that was too much for me yesterday.

 

Yes, I am feeling that I am not a computer person so that does not help.

I have a MAC and we are working on a WINDOWS based laptop.

 

We did go for a walk yesterday at lunchtime so that was nice.

Also walked to the vet after work.

Alvin’s friend Teddy came for a unplanned visit.

 

Now Alvin is resting on his blanket beside me, argh.

What a guy.

 

Well enough of blah, blah, blah.

We are all in this together.

I am just going to do what I can do.

 

I hope that you are well.

That you are not having too many overwhelming feelings.

Please reach out to others when you are able to.

I am so grateful to my family and friends for taking such great care of me and Alvin.

Walking is a good thing.

If you are able ….. get out out of the house.

Go for a walk.

Do the “social distancing.”

A new phrase for me and for most, I suspect.

Remember Kindness and Respect.

If you are overwhelmed at time, like me.

Sit down, close your eyes and visualize your happy place or someone that brings joy to your heart.

Stay away from SOCIAL MEDIA for a day.

Watch a movie no NEWS for a day.

We will get through this in time.

I know we will.

Be safe and in good health.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to a sunny bright Friday the 13th of March, 2020.

Last night we celebrated my daughter’s 40th birthday.

She wrote a beautiful thank you to my post from yesterday and this was my response.

“You are so welcome my darling. I am quite certain that I could literally write a book on our first forty years together and I look forward to the next forty. I can imagine me at 103 baking your 80th birthday cake ensuring the icing is perfect but the cake a little crumbly but tasting yummy. Thank you for bringing your family to our house (me and your brother’s) and for the wonderful meal and for our time together. I treasure every second with you all and always look forward to your next visit. Thank you.”

 

I wonder where this year is going to take us.

The panic around the world including here at home with respect to the CORONAVIRUS is at moments overwhelming.

I would say that I am not worried about the virus as much as I am concerned about food for me and Alvin, most especially Alvin.

I have lots of cans of black beans etc. that would keep me going for some time should the shelves become bare.

But Alvin is another story.

I wished that people would calm down as being in a panic mode and crazily purchasing things that you do not require is not helping anyone.

There are folks house bound or do not have a car to scour the city looking for bathroom tissue for example.

I am still in disbelief that people have bought out bathroom tissue.

One friend had to go to 8 places before she was able to purchase bathroom tissue.

I am blessed as a friend of mine picked me up some bathroom tissue yesterday from COSTCO (that should keep us going for awhile).

I am grateful that Alvin does not require to wipe his little bum.

 

Well, I am determined to remain calm and remain in a positive frame of mine.

Last day was a celebration of a life of 40 years thus far, my daughter’s as you know.

I look forward to each and every birthday of hers and ours.

Life is precious.

Remember that each and every day.

Life is precious.

All life is precious.

 

Well we, okay me, slept in, this morning.

I took today off as a vacation day to just have an extra long weekend.

It is almost 10:30 a.m.

I have looked after Alvin’s breakfast much earlier, changed bedding and readied the laundry (next stop), paid some bills and am just finishing this post.

So I guess my last few hours have not all been sleeping.

Anyway, that is okay.

Sometimes we need to sleep in and just be.

Not worrying about what could have been ….

Just be in the moment.

 

I am most grateful to live in a country, in a city that has good overall health practices.

I am grateful to an employer who is concerned for our well being.

I am grateful to have soap and water so that I can wash my hands whenever I wish.

I am grateful to be in good health.

I am grateful that my family and friends are as well.

If you are not feeling well – stay home if you are able.

A self imposed quarantine is a good move.

Better safe.

I understand the momentary crisis that is evolving for cancelled concerts, sporting events, meetings, etc.

But at the end of the day that us get this virus under control sooner rather than later.

I heard that Saskatchewan (our neighbour to the east) is working on a vaccine.

YAY and thanks to our neighbours.

Be safe.

But most of all BE SMART.

Do not just think of yourself ….

Think of EVERYONE ….. this affects possibly EVERYONE on the PLANET to some degree.

 

Have an awesome Friday.

I guess that I had better get out of my pj’s and have some COFFEE.

I can smell that brewing in my mind.

Toast with cheez whiz ….. I think so.

 

Respect and Kindness, always.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning,

How are you?

We are well.

Alvin slept from 9-3 and then we slept until 5 a.m.

So that is a good stretch for us.

How do you sleep?

Sleep is so important.

I totally understand why Alvin sleeps the way he does.

He sleeps (not proven) all day and then we go to bed early.

So that first chunk of 6 hours is a lot.

I am grateful that he does go back to sleep otherwise it would be a mighty long day for me.

I suppose after a time I would adjust as most creatures do.

Just heard a loud noise from the back of my house.

There are no lights or movements.

Guess one of the neighbours was outside.

Will check things further when we go back downstairs.

Anyway what was I saying?

Oh yes, sleep.

Without sleep we do not rejuvenate our bodies and minds.

So it is very important for us to keep enough sleep.

I love to get 8 hours sleep although it does not seem to happen all at one time.

Generally I get pretty close but it is broke up.

Oh well.

 

So Tuesday.

What is on with Tuesday?

Work for me.

What for you?

Are you perhaps soaking up the sun on a beach somewhere?

Going to work like me.

Are you retired? and enjoying life at home with vacations from time to time.

Do you go to school?

Are you without work?

Are you independently wealthy and do not have to work?

So many questions?

 

You know me, I work in an office.

I also sell Steeped Tea, NORWEX, pet sit and from time to time house sit and look after yards (water flowers).

So I keep pretty busy most of the time.

Although the sales part of things are mainly repeat business.

For all of this I am eternally grateful.

With all of this I am able to look after Alvin in the manner to which he has become accustomed.

Oh my Alvin.

 

Last night we went for a walk.

The air felt so nice and warm.

There was not even a hint of a breeze.

We were doing pretty good as we turned the first bend going around the ponds/lakes at our nearby park.

There was a big ice/water patch, Alvin hit it first and one or two paws were immersed in the water.

He quickly moved to the side and I look anxiously for a place to walk to get around this patch and could not find one.

I accidentally turned and Alvin figured it was time to go home.

So home we went.

We enjoyed the warmth of the sun and the walk even though it was not very long.

I cannot wait for the time when the sidewalks are clear of ice and snow and water.

The snow we can deal with but eventually it becomes ice or water.

Oh well.

Funny how as warm as it was yesterday during the day ….. it is double digit cold this morning.

 

Well almost time to head downstairs to put the finishing touches on getting ready for work.

I will investigate things when I go outside to pick up the poop that Alvin left behind for me, earlier.

 

Wishing you a grand day.

Grand, yes, I said “grand.”

Not a commonly used word any longer.

May your day be filled with love, laughter and abundance.

Take care.

Thank you for reading my posts, this blog and staying with me on this wild, wacky journey.

Okay, perhaps not so wild but definitely has been wacky from time to time.

Can you hear the laughter?

Have a great day.

 

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning,

Well we had a pretty good night, Kobi was only up when Alvin woke up at almost 3:40 a.m.

Kobi and Alvin went outside for a pee and then back to bad until almost 5:00 a.m.

So that was good.

She did have one accident but it was an easy cleanup.

Must have happened in between first and second getting up.

Kobi does not like me being out of her sight so going to work today will be interesting.

Thankfully Alvin is here and hopefully he will be the calm in the storm, if there is one.

I was going to post some photos from yesterday but unfortunately there were some previous videos so is taking a bit.

Have to get back downstairs to ensure that everyone goes outside before I leave for work.

Yesterday we had a good day.

I took the boys for a nice walk followed by one with the baby.

She walked the full walk.

I thought she would have napped afterward, no she did not.

Full of energy.

She plays me out.

 

Okay I guess no photos today.

I will post some later.

She is the cutest little thing, Miss Kobi.

She was standing on her hind legs yesterday looking out of the window.

So cute.

 

Sure will miss them today.

 

With kindness and respect.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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