Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

We actually had sunshine, clear blue skies yesterday for the first time in days.

I hope that this means that the forest/wild fires to the north of Edmonton are perhaps lessened.

But more than likely it is because the wind changed.

Yesterday was quite warm.

I brought Humphrey the cat over to spend the day with me and Alvin.

Again they never cease to amaze me.

Sharing the space.

I felt bad taking Alvin for a walk last night as I know how much Humphrey likes to walk sniffing as he goes.

But he was in the backyard for time over the course of the day.

He is quite the cat.

We walked at 7:00 p.m. thinking it was cooler than earlier but only to find out it was still quite warm.

Thankfully I always carry Alvin’s special water bottle/dish with us.

We did not see the geese who were probably near or in the water keeping cool.

In between things yesterday I even left them for a short time while I headed to the grocery store.

Seemed strange but they did great.

 

Today is Sunday.

Love Sundays.

Pancake breakfast.

Oh, I forgot to grab the frozen blueberries out of the freezer.

Will have to do that right away.

Also going over to pick up Humphrey the Cat (have to make sure that he did his morning ritual before he comes over to spend the day).

Cinder the Gekko has to be fed.

I wished that I could bring her over to my house, too.

Also am going to give Alvin a trim and a bath.

That should be fun.

We always enjoy those, not.

 

Well in this very moment; I am gleefully happy.

Feel great.

Sitting at the computer clicking away on the keys while Alvin waits outside the office door.

Not sure why ….

I think he knows that his friend will be here shortly.

Spending the day with animals is wonderful.

They warm your heart.

 

Well time to go and look after my charges: Humphrey the Cat and Cinder the Gekko.

I love my life.

It would be great to be retired with no mortgage and spend my days writing stories and looking after our four-legged creatures.

Alvin, Teddy, Humphrey and Cinder.

Perhaps others from time to time.

 

Okay, Living … One day at a time …. you never know what will happen.

Does not hurt to look forward a bit as long as do not dwell.

 

Happy Sunday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 24th day of January, 2019.

Another BRISK morning ….. er, cold.

Then it is warming up.

This winter we have had quite the assortment of temperatures from one day to the next.

Thankfully it has stopped snowing and the sun shone through yesterday.

My nephew went back up north the oil rig yesterday morning bright and early.

He called last night and said it was BAD on the drive, near white-out conditions most of the way.

Thankfully he has a good vehicle and is a good driver.

 

Last night another package arrived from our friend in Regina.

Alvin was so excited.

I took a video of him but it is too large to post on FB or to email.

I guess I have to play with it a bit.

He skillfully opened the package.

One piece at a time.

Holding the package with one paw and ripping the paper with his mouth.

Spitting out the paper as he went.

He knows not to eat the paper, which is great.

I have to say that watching him open a package warms my heart and brings a huge smile to my face.

 

After we opened the parcel, I got changed and did a couple of small chores – went to pick up Humphrey.

He spent the evening with us.

Lots of company as of late.

At one point, I was outside shovelling and picking up poop and took a peek through the back door to see Alvin and Humphrey nose to nose.

Just smelling each other.

No growling or hissing.

No paws flying.

Just smelling each other.

They do pretty well other than Mr. Alvin is a tad bit jealous of attention that I give to Humphrey.

Mostly when I sit down.

As week when one was on one side of me and one on the other.

I again, wished that I could have snapped a photo.

Just did not work.

Humphrey sure likes the tablet and watched mine intently for several minutes.

He even crawled on me and up to face where he placed his paw.

A couple of times, a claw touched my skin, accidentally of course.

No major injuries.

The boys were both drawn to the living room at the same time and it looked so cute with both of them sitting in front of the window, looking out.

They do quite well together.

Will get better over time.

 

We are having company for the afternoon and for supper on Saturday.

I am trying to come up with an easy, delicious menu.

Not a billion ingredients.

I keep changing my mind.

 

Well I am grateful that today is Thursday …. I know it was an extra short work week for me.

Almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

I am going to work on getting some photos of the boys together.

The cutest thing ever.

 

Happy Thursday.

Special Hello to: my sister …. I have not forgotten …. phone call Friday night.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 8th day of May, 2018.

One of the many times I/We were awake throughout the night and morning; we heard this strange noise.

It started out slowly and then got harder and faster.

In fact, quite loud at times.

Rain.

It was raining.

So nice to hear a spring rain.

The grass desperately needs some moisture.

Especially our grass/lawn.

It stopped for awhile and has now started to rain slowly.

Alvin had one of those nights and it does not appear that anything is wrong but he was up and down ALL night.

I had turned the lights out at 9:30 and shortly thereafter had fallen asleep.

At 10:00 p.m. – he woke me up.

We went downstairs as I thought he may need to go outside.

He went outside and walked around the deck and on the grass.

Sniffing and looking.

Finally after a few minutes – I coaxed him to come back inside.

This kept up all night although I did not get up every time.

I can honestly say that I am TIRED.

Perhaps the cup of coffee at work will help me spring back to life.

Oh, my poor Alvin.

He seems to be fine although he did give me that look …. you know the one.

I hope that all is well.

Perhaps it is only my imagination.

He will sleep today and get lots of rest while I on the other hand will try to get my work done.

Oh, well that happens when you are a parent whether to a child or to a puppy.

You are responsible for their well being.

I take this role very seriously.

My daughter turned out pretty terrific and I hope that I am doing a good job with Alvin.

He is resting on his blue blanket beside me.

He is never too far away when we are at the same location.

Well almost time to hit the road for work.

I am so happy to be carpooling these days.

Such a nice change.

 

Well on this Tuesday.

I hope that you are treating yourself with love, kindness and, respect and, that you are doing the same toward others.

If we are loving and kind and respectful the world is always a better place.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks out there who are trying their very best each day ….

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 9th day of October, 2016.

Most Canadians celebrate our Thanksgiving on Sunday and then have Monday to relax.

We were up extra early once again at 4:35 a.m. (Alvin’s clock is starting to change).

Then back to bed bed until just after 7:30 a.m.

At 4:35 it was not snowing and the second time up it has been clearly snowing since we were first up and about.

Crazy weather.

I guess winter is here.

They are forecasting a long, cold, snowy one for us and it appears to be on the way to fruition.

We are invited to my daughter and son-in-law’s for Thanksgiving Dinner tonight but it might be put on hold due to weather.

We shall see as the day progresses.

On Thursday night after work I raked the leaves out front and Friday night there were more but I did not have another chance to rake them again.

This is what it looks like this morning after two days of snow.

Looks like WINTER.

Alvin has been enjoying running around on the deck and sniffing about in the snow.

I do love the first couple of snowfalls.

Yesterday when I shovelled there was bright green grass under the snow.

Very sad.

Well there is definitely more shovelling in my future.

 

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On this snowy Sunday …. Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians.

Have a great weekend.

Stay safe and drive carefully if you must be out on the roads.

This is a great weekend to try some more Steeped Tea blends.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello to: my family and friends all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 26th day of August, 2016.

Yes, Alvin it really is Friday.

I am sure by now most people are wondering if it really is true.

I was so certain that Wednesday was Thursday so added an extra day to my week.

Maybe not physically but mentally.

After all it is the mental condition that drives everything.

How you feel, if you can feel, what to do or not to do, to be or not to be.

Yes, of course physicality plays a role but the old adage “mind over matter,” holds true forever.

Until we evolve into something totally different it will always be mental over physical.

It is the way that people get through horrible physical tragedy.

Okay perhaps this is getting just a tad serious and it started out just talking about it being Friday.

Man, can I ever stray from the path.

I am always happy for the weekends but not because I do not like my job but because I get to spend more time with Alvin.

He is my sunshine for sure.

Not to leave out my amazing daughter or my great son-in-law or my grand-puppy Elton they are my never ending rainbow.

Speaking of rainbows last night when we were out for a walk we bumped into a lady walking with her dog.

We found out in about ten seconds his name was Noah and he was cute.

An older boy ….. the boys got along ….. Alvin and Noah…..there were a few barks ….. lots of sniffing.

The lady was smitten with Alvin.

She thought he was the cutest …… so I made sure that I gave Noah lots of compliments, fair is fair.

Well we continued to chat and walk.

We ended up walking in the rain …. just a nice rain not downpour.

A rainbow came out.

We both remarked.

After we parted ways and on our direct path to our house we saw the beginning and ending of the rainbow it was crystal clear.

The first one that I have seen all summer that I saw the start and end.

So beautiful..

Oh, I hear the geese honking away.

Well Mr. Alvin needs to go outside and I need to grab my Quinoa salad that I made for our office potluck.

I hope that you have an amazing day.

Happy Friday.

Special Hello to: all my family and friends, you rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 29th day of June, 2016.

Only one more day left in June, 2016.

This morning I am leaving the house 15 minutes earlier than usual due to the interruption in bus service.

Meaning that they removed my bus from the regular schedule.

Hopefully it is only for the summer months.

If I leave at my normal time I wait for 20 minutes at the bus stop and then arrive at work just in time, not late but not early.

I am old school and need to arrive early ….

So with extra time this morning I will stop at the Save-On by work and pick up bananas which we are out of ……

 

I was thinking while in the shower about what I would write on my blog this morning.

My mind went to Alvin.

How our beloved dogs and cats make us feel like a million dollars.

They warm our hearts.

They are food for our soul.

Comforting and loving.

My most favourite times with Alvin are sitting on the patio sofa and he jumps up and lays down beside me and we just sit there.

No expectations.  Nothing to do.  Just be.  Just starring into the air.  Sometimes he is sniffing …. catching the scent of whatever passes his nose.

The other is at bedtime …. he takes a few minutes to get settled.

Always at the end of it all …. he lays down at my side and nestles close.

He always makes me feel loved, wanted and needed.

He brings me joy and contentment.

So much for a little guy.

Well time to fly ….. gotta leave extra early.

I did not quite articulate what I was thinking earlier but I think you get the idea.

Always …. he is at the door to greet me after a long day.

Thank you me Alvin.

 

Special Hello to: all the pups and kitties out there, thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 11th day of November, 2015.

Today should be all about remembering and it would have been that way …. until about 23 minutes ago.

There is a dark shadow lingering in my house.

Alvin and I got up about 4:30 a.m. …. per usual and then once he had eaten and gone outside we hit the sofa for some extra ZZZ’s.

It was about 6:15 when Alvin jumped up off the sofa and tore off into the kitchen.

My heart skipped a beat.

I jumped up onto the arm of the sofa and turned on the kitchen light and found Mr. Alvin in hunting stance by the stove.

He was sniffing and barking and barking and sniffing.

So I know that this is some creature that does not belong in our house behind the stove.

He stood there what seemed like forever ….. then walked back and forth to the fridge sniffing as he went…

He walked over across the room and just starred at the stove.

I quickly moved his water dish into the living room and ran upstairs as somehow I feel safe up here.

We are in my office with the door semi closed so he has to stay with me.

He is whining at the door so I know my day will not be as planned and my near future is scary.

It is too early to be calling my neighbour but we shall hang out here as long as I can keep him here.

My daughter and son-in-law live too far away.

I feel so alone.

Thank goodness for Mr. Alvin otherwise I would not have known.

It is funny one should be here as I just moved some boxes of food from the upper cupboards back into the pantry.

They are up on the higher shelves in the pantry but it was likely not a smart move.

When I can I will be placing all boxes into a rubbermaid container for safe keeping.

Why is it they have to come into my house?

I keep a clean house.

There are not bits of food laying about.

My heart is racing and I just want it gone.

I want my house back again.

I could just cry …. my eyes are tearing up and my throat rasping …

What do I do?

I am afraid that Mr. Alvin will catch it and OMG I do not want it in his mouth.

He is standing at the door to the office … now pacing.

I know that he wants to go back downstairs and but I cannot.

I feel almost glued to the chair.

I wished that I had a solid row of cats that were hunters standing all around my house protecting us ….

It could be an invisible row ….

Please bring magic to me now.

I am afraid.

I have to make a decision shortly before Alvin goes crazy.

Time to call my neighbour …. my saviour.

I just want to be snoozing on the sofa. ….. why today?

I guess better today than tomorrow.

 

Special Hello: to all those folks in my position…. I understand

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 9th day of March, 2014.
Yesterday afternoon just before my daughter went back home we checked all of the traps.
The last trap we checked the “red door” was closed – finally caught it.
I screamed with joyous delight.
So happy.
Time to celebrate …… breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Well my “happiness” was temporary as guess what Alvin “found” this morning?
Alvin has his timetable to eat, and so usually as it is a bit too early to get up we usually hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s before
getting up …. anyway he wouldn’t go back to sleep and kept looking around from the sofa ….. finally he jumped off and ran into the kitchen.
I stood up on the sofa (yup, up on the arm of my leather sofa), and turned on the lights …. and sure enough I saw something scurry across the floor with Alvin in hot pursuit.
Here we go again.  Hopefully it is the last one.
Thank goodness we left the traps out but I might have to try something else.
This is crazy ……
On the other hand we are doing great ….. time changed here so body adjusting to that this morning as well.
I just had a feeling this wasn’t over …..
Special Hello to: having my house back to normal…..soon.
Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 20th day of November, 2013.

Well for most of the people living in Canada – winter is now a reality.

The snow is mounting up and shovelling has become a daily event.

Alvin sure loves the snow.

Any chance he gets he is out there sniffing about.

Not sure what he is after but it sure is cute.

He will be out there until he is virtually lifting multiple paws in the air as they are cold.

But he doesn’t give in easily.

So lesson to be learned.

Always enjoy what you love to do.

So on this magical Wednesday.

I say that because I can feel great things in the air.

Wishing cap on.

Wish away.

Have a great Wednesday.

My boy needs to go outside……

Special Hello to: YOU

Always, Carol and an impatient Mr. Alvin

 

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