Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning. Today is September 11, 2022.

To all those who lost a family member or friend at the World Trade Centre this date in 2001, you have my deepest sympathies. To all the first responders and others involved in the rescue operations, you have my deepest respect. To all those who were lost as a result of this terrible tragedy, I send my deepest sympathies to their family and friends. Time has passed but you have not been forgotten.

On this Sunday morning there is a bit of a breeze as I watch the trees gently swaying back and forth. The sun is shining. Yesterday the sky was filled with smoke from the fires in British Columbia and Jasper, Alberta. So hard to breathe.

Yesterday I did some yard work, laundry, baked some unbaked chocolate macaroons and other odds and ends before heading out for a walk with Mr. Alvin about 2:00 p.m. We had been invited to stop by for a visit and catch up with our friend Pauline. We had a great visit and I filled her in on all of our news including Alvin’s latest health concerns and the return to work order. She had lots of good news which nicely offset my news. Of course, not everything out of my mouth was “not good.” I am over the moon happy about the results from Mr. Alvin’s ultrasound from last Tuesday. We headed home just before 4:00 p.m.

When we arrived home Mr. Alvin was ready for supper so shortly thereafter he ate. I had supper early as last night was paint night. My painting the second from the left first row. The other piece of artwork was a piece of paper towel that I had been wiping my excess paint onto, it turned out to be a work of art. I might even frame it.

This morning Mr. Alvin wanted outside once again. There I saw Bogart straddling the fence. Alvin looking at him and Bogart looking at Alvin. Oh our boys.

I had a great time painting last night. For some reason I was not feeling very artistic but I loved the company. Signe and her Mom sure know how to host a party. It was wonderful to be out and about.

Lots of food and drink and great company.

Well time to head downstairs and have some coffee and get this day going. I have brought up the laundry and put away and made our bed and got dressed, lol, so that is something.

We are having some friends over for a visit and to chat about Alvin.

Happy Sunday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin


Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! Another hot one on the way. The sky has a smoky appearance to it as I key these words. I have not been keeping up with the weather except for the temperature so I would imagine that there are fires burning somewhere. There is enough wind lately that could blow the smoke from a distance into our overhead sky.

Thankfully it is Saturday. Alvin was up last night several times with diarrhea. Two of those times he was in a hurry to get outside. Nothing like stumbling around in the dark with your phone flashlight trying to pick it up before it hit the ground. Cleaning up diarrhea is not much fun. Sorry for the description but this is my life at the moment. “Shitty as it may be” and honestly it is shitty on so many levels. So another issue to add to the mix. Poor little guy. Today is the last day of the bland diet. I took a chance and gave him two tablespoons of pumpkin with hopes that it would help. Time will tell.

The girls were supposed to come for coffee this morning but I felt it better to cancel and keep Mr. Alvin calm as he gets so excited when there is company. I baked a Cinnamon Pumpkin Banana loaf last night in the heat (it wasn’t as bad as it has been). The loaf turned out to be very good as I tried a little piece last night.

So with the changes at work and with Alvin, I have to think about the future. I guess honestly I had the blinders on in several regards but the time has arrived to get my ducks in a row and figure out what to do. I know this sounds cryptic but I cannot be more specific other than I don’t know what is going to happen with Alvin. I hope that the ultrasound can shed some light. I am trying to remain positive. Also the going back to work. If I could remain working from home for now, it would help but it still would not change some things. Sometimes we just want to live so much in the moment that the future creeps up on us and then we have to make some hard choices/decisions. Life is not always a bowl of cherries. More often than not, it is full of incredible ups and downs. At least mine has been. So over the next couple of weeks, I will put on the thinking cap and get things sorted out and then get to work doing whatever it takes to live this life.

I am quite honestly exhausted and could really use a cup of coffee so I am going to sign off. I hope that you have a wonderful Saturday.

Earlier as I was changing the bedding etc. upstairs, I had gone to close the spare room window and blinds and noticed Bogart on top of the fence between his house and ours. His Mom was outside in the yard so I said hi. Alvin heard and so I scooped him up so that he could see what was going on. This is the life. Nothing fancy but it’s mine.

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

Take care.

Always, Carol & Alvin


Good Morning All! How are you doing today? We are doing quite well. Makes such a difference when you receive a good night sleep. We were in bed by 10:30 and first up at 4:30 am and then up to stay at 7:22 am. Quickly got dressed for the day and out for a walk. With this heat we are only doing one walk instead of three but walking in the heat is not an option. Alvin does do a bit of walking in our backyard so that will have to do for now. Fortunately got us all the temperatures are going to dramatically drop after today. Thank goodness.

Last night we were out for a pee before bed and it started to rain. Not more than a very light rain but it felt so refreshing. We stayed out for a few minutes just enjoying. After a day of smoke filled sky and air it was a welcome reprieve.

Our cable/internet provider is installing some updated “equipment “ if you will. I don’t remember what the name is but supposed to be lightning fast and that remains to be seen.

we are having a quiet weekend mainly due to the heat. Just doing the essentials like tidying up and laundry. Bit of dusting and vacuuming, nothing too much as too hot.

I am quite certain that I won’t have television or phone or internet while this is going on so want to get things done quickly. I like how they give you a two hour window for the first appointment of the day. I hope that the appointment does not take the four hours they advised in an email. Every bit of communication has been slightly different with this morning saying need access to phone room and that you need to stay with the person and wear a mask. I have no problem the mask. I’m not sure if they mean the electrical panel, if so I’ll be carrying Alvin downstairs. Time will tell.

I had better go and have some toast before the person arrives.

Sky was clearing earlier but back to overcast. Smoke back again.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

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

Always Carol&Alvin


Good Morning All! What an night/morning it has been. Oh the adventures of me and the Alvin. Last night was hot in the house as we had another 30+ day. In the afternoon my daughter came to pick us up for Alvin’s appointment to have the staples and stitches removed. I will admit I was feeling a bit anxious to the point my stomach was upset and on the verge of throwing up. We were at the appointment on time. I had forgotten my mask at home in the midst of it all. But the staff gave me one. Into an exam room we were placed to wait until they were ready for us. Felt like forever to be honest. After a couple of questions with one of the assistants, they were ready for him. I sat there waiting to hear his cries as I knew he would fuss. I was pleasantly surprised that he was not to upset. Once done the Doctor came to chat. She said that the incisions had both healed well. There are the holes from the staples that need to close so in answer to my question no haircut or bath. Nothing to upset him. So next weekend not this one. She was pleased at his recovery thus far and when I mentioned our walking- well we were going a bit too far so we are cutting them down and will do more often. Good news. He will have his first one of six laser therapy sessions on Monday. Then we were home again. Amanda had picked up some groceries for us after she dropped off a dresser that she is redoing for me. That project has been put on hold since the kids brought the place at Alberta Beach. We shared a bite to eat and had a cup of coffee before she was on her way. Earlier in the day I received an order from Good Food but it was way too hot in the house to cook so I had raw vegetables and popcorn for supper. A friend from a few doors down stopped by to see how we were doing so we had a nice visit. Not much later and we were getting ready for bed. Alvin seemed to settle down while I watched a bit of television. Things appeared to be going well until out of the blue, I was startled. I looked over and did not see him. It was pretty dark so I felt the space beside me and nothing. I tried frantically tried to see him in the dark and nothing. Where was he? I was sick snd mad and mad and sick. I moved the ottoman which blocked most of the sofa, the pillow was still standing, the metal gate that surrounds the side of the sofa still standing so where was he? I made my way to the kitchen and turned on the light to see him standing there staring at me. I checked him and he seemed to be okay. I have no idea how he got to the floor other than he jumped over the metal gate barrier. I was sick. So now he had jumped down a few times. It was about 230 which seems to be the witching hour for us. The only thing I could think of to secure him was to put on his harness and a shorter leash OR maybe the plastic cone. But to me the cone is a punishment and I just couldn’t do that. So the body harness and leash. This is not our regular retractable leash it is one that has a circle at the end to place your hand and I knew I could wrap it around my hand to shorten it to a length that would keep him on the sofa. It did take awhile and I don’t think he really got used to it but it gave me peace of mind. So on that note tonight we will be sleeping in our bed. I will have to carefully carry him up and down but I can do it. I will just go up first and get ready before bringing him up. We will have more room. I cannot wait.

Up about 8, upstairs to get ready and then went for a short walk. Once home I put on a pot of coffee and then we headed out to sit in the cool air on the deck. I had taken my phone and started to write this post when out of the blue, someone jumped off the love seat onto the deck. So much for not jumping. He clearly is bored and perhaps in some pain. He is on pain meds and anti-anxiety meds. So that has been my night/morning.

Also I realized that the huge spider plant in my bedroom was stinking badly as water not draining as I overwatered in my bid to keep the plants upstairs alive. So into the garbage it went. How I missed it, I don’t know.

I have some photos to share of Alvin’s incision from start to removal and the sun this morning. Thankfully it is cooler and for the first time in weeks I turned off the fans. Looking forward to cooking tonight.

Well I should go and get some things done snd have breakfast as we try to figure out what to do. I am hoping that the return to bed upstairs tonight will help.

Fingers crossed. Oh, how I wish for the time before…….

Have a great day. I will try not to beat myself up about Alvin’s jumping off things. He is finally laying on his bed on the floor.

Trying very hard to live each day with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Be well and stay safe.

Always, Carol&Alvin

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