The NEW Year 2022

Good Morning ALL! Welcome to a Rainy Thursday here in Edmonton,Alberta, Canada. The sky is filled with puffy dark gray rain clouds and it is windy. Wind is beginning to be typical of daily life here in Edmonton. At least it sure seems to be. When it is calm, we surely appreciate it.

How are you this morning? Alvin was up a few times during the night but that is okay, I am okay. He has an appointment with his Doctor this afternoon. Fingers crossed that the sky clears for us to walk over so that I do not have to bother a friend to drive us there. Thankfully Alvin’s Doctor is less than a 10 minute walk. Sometimes if he is sniffing a lot it can take 15 or so minutes, lol. I walked over after work yesterday and picked up some pain pills and his food and toothpaste for him. Now we are stocked and will not run out. We were not close to running out but I like to ensure that he has more than enough food just in case. Looking ahead, I suppose.

One more day and it is the long weekend. Three days off in a row, how lovely. I have decided that I am going to plant my flower pots as I do not wish my plants to become root bound. I heard that the weather is supposed to be better and warming up on the weekend. Most of the trees are at least partially full of buds and leaves. So pretty. So there is lots of green. I could cut the grass in the back but it looks so nice and green. But anyway no cuts for the next couple of days anyway as it has to dry out.

It is one month till the garage sale that I am hosting. Have to start getting the garage in order. I have some large items to post on the social media so that they do not take up room in the garage. Boxes to break down and some items that belong to my neighbour that I have to chat to her about. I am quite certain that this next month will fly by and I want to have the garage almost empty. I also have to secure a way to the ECO Station as I have lots of things or a fair amount to take there. Will be so nice to have the garage where it should be …. stuff wise. Isn’t it funny how we end up collecting stuff even in the garage.

Alvin and I enjoyed a wonderful walk at noon yesterday. It was a bit cool but most enjoyable. Just as we were on the homestretch there were a few drops of rain so we did not get wet. I have yet to see any goslings and have been keeping an eye out for them. The only ones I saw were going down the street with their parents a few days ago. They are so cute.

Well time to head downstairs. I am only working for the morning so have lots of things to get done. I hope that you have an awesome day. Keep warm and dry and stay safe.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I am nervous to listen to the weather channel as they were forecasting snow for most of the country east of us and even including the city of Calgary which is just south of us.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! I hope this finds you doing GREAT on this Thursday, April 28, 2022. Almost the end of April and one more day closer to SUMMERTIME. Yesterday those grey clouds gave us rain which turned into snow. The snow actually stuck to the deck and to the grass until later in the afternoon when the sun came out off and on. Last night it froze but the ground is bare. Lots of moisture. The sky is a brilliant blue this morning with that old SUN shining brightly down upon us. As I glance out of my upstairs office window the trees appear to be still. Lately that it is rare. Weather, gotta love it or put up with it as there is no other choice.

With the snow and rain we did not get out for a walk until after work. We got almost half way round the park/pond by our house and then Mr. Alvin decided enough and headed for home. When he makes up his mind there is little changing it. So back home we went. Still was great to get a walk in no matter the length. All fresh air is good for the mind, body and soul.

After work today the plan is to go for a walk with our friend Pauline. She is recovering from some health issues (NOT COVID) and we look forward to seeing her and catching up.

I was thinking this morning of all the places that I travelled/lived over my almost 65 years on this planet. Perhaps not too many compared to others but enough all the same. So I am going to list a few of them before I sign off:

Corning area (farm), Windthorst, Saskatoon and Regina – Saskatchewan

Lumby, Vancouver, Victoria, – British Columbia

Vilna (farm) and Edmonton – Alberta

Toronto, Niagara Falls – Ontario

Montreal, Quebec City – Quebec

Winnipeg, Brandon – Manitoba

New York City

Las Vegas – Nevada

San Diego and Los Angeles – California

McAllen, Padre Island – Texas

Minot – North Dakota

Black Hills – South Dakota

Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona,

Mexico

There are so many others but here are a few.

Have an awesome day. Try and think of all the places you have visited or lived.

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

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? Alvin and I are fine. A bit tired but okay. Our company, our beautiful pups Aspen and Milo have gone home with their parents. My kids arrived weary but overjoyed to see their babies and to get home to their own bed. It was an up and down night. I thought originally that we would just wait up until they arrived knowing it would be well after midnight. My daughter texted me about 11:00 that they had landed in Edmonton. Knowing it would be at least 1.5 hours before they arrived, I made an executive decision to just go upstairs to bed, the pups were happy. We made one last trip outside before heading upstairs. Upstairs and a few minutes later the lights were out. My daughter texted their progress. She didn’t have my house key with them so I instructed them to ring the doorbell or knock at the door. I keep my bedroom door closed at night so wasn’t sure that I would actually hear them knock but I did. 1:00 a.m. they arrived. I turned on the lamp beside the bed and grabbed my socks and got up. As I opened the door and headed downstairs, Milo and Aspen followed. It was a great reunion. Alvin surprisingly did not come downstairs. I had their belongings ready to go so it was a quick in and out except for one bathroom break. Then we were alone. We had quickly made friendly exchanges and hugs before the departure. When I headed back upstairs I found Mr. Alvin sitting on the bed. I think he was sad and confused. The house was so quiet. I pulled up the blinds and waved at my daughter as they headed for home. This morning I had a text that they were home.

Yesterday was a good last day of vacation. The sun shone and it warmed up enough to melt a lot of the snow. I had shovelled my walk, neighbours in other half and Humphrey & Bogart’s Mom’s, as well. On the deck I moved the snow around. All in all, only snow left is on the front lawn and a little pile on the deck and a small amount in the backyard.

Lots of stories to tell and about a parcel but I hit the snooze button a couple of times this morning. Time to get downstairs and put on the coffee and start work.

I will finish my story tomorrow.

Have a wonderful Thursday.

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! Merry Christmas or at least it feels like it. Thankfully the sun is shining brightly this morning. The snow rain mix began to fall yesterday just after Aspen and I started our walk. It was light at first but throughout the day it became more heavy and eventually the temperature dropped and it did not melt as it made touchdown to the ground. When me and the pups were up at 4:15 this morning there was even more than when we had gone to bed. The places on the deck and in the backyard where I had shovelled before going to bed where once again covered by a pile of the white stuff. We would need double digit plus temps before this will melt quickly but not going to happen. Not likely it will stay long but will require shovelling “one more time.” April 20th, 2022 and we have what feels like a foot of snow and I am so grateful that I had the foresight to take Miss Aspen for a walk yesterday before all of the snow. We will likely go later this afternoon. Once the sidewalks are clear and hopefully dry. I am never totally surprised by the weather in Canada or in Western Canada. It changes quickly. We did need the moisture and I do hope that the areas to the south where it is incredibly dry got some of this moisture. I will say that someone was happy to see the snow and has already gone sniffing about some of the piles on the deck. Actually all three of the pups were happy to see the snow this morning – well actually last night. So someone is happy. Perfect for making snow people.

Today is my last day of vacation before work tomorrow. I am so grateful that I am able to work from home. I am grateful that I don’t have to worry about the commute, about leaving Alvin alone or having to find someone who could come and check on him, that I don’t have to worry about the large cost of public transportation or carpooling, about the extra costs for clothing, shoes and food and the costs of being in an office. There was always something going on that required extra money. This way my money is my own. With the increased pricing of just about everything – working from home has made it so that I can afford to pay my utilities and to eat properly. Life.

Well time to head to the shower, then coffee, some laundry, shovelling, walk the pups at some point, find all of the pup’s things tonight as their parents come home tonight, make supper, cleaning and ……

Milo and Alvin did not have a walk yesterday. I decided it would not be pleasant for them to walk in the ever falling wet snow. Alvin is sensitive to yeast infections in his ears from moisture. I was drying him like mad yesterday after each visit to the backyard.

I think he secretly like having all the snow as he could pee on the deck. Who would know and really who cares at this point. Much easier to clean the poop up for sure.

I hope that you are well and having a great day. Hard to believe it is this late, after 10:00 on a Wednesday. Tomorrow at this time I will be just about to take my first coffee break.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin, Aspen and Mi-Mi

P.S. I shall miss my grand pups when they go home. We have had a good week.

The New YEAR 2022

Happy Easter Everyone!

We woke up to a few inches of the white stuff covering everything including the Easter Bunny’s steps. I guess he missed our house. Me and the pups were very disappointed. We had been good and were thinking there were be treats waiting for us when we woke up. Maybe he got lost. I don’t know but very disappointing all the same. Perhaps he figured chocolate not being good for pups and that I didn’t need it – was not worth the stop. Oh well, maybe next year. I feel badly now that I did not pick up a little toy for each of the pups yesterday. I will give them some treats and we will be all good.

Yesterday I had a pleasant surprise. There was a knock on the door in the afternoon. I opened it to find a friend that we had met on our walks. She handed me some chocolate chip cookies (made with coloured Easter smarties). So sweet and thoughtful. She has a little boy but he was with his Dad and she was on the way to the gym.

Late morning I went to the store with another friend but we took a side trip to the Italian Store which I may have been to only once. So either it was the first or second time that I had been there. So many people and I did wear a mask. I picked up a few items including some orange and chocolate biscotti (not as good as my friend Val’s but tasty). I love biscotti. We were only gone about 1.5 hours and after returning home, my friend came in for a few minutes as she wanted some puppy time (her beloved Jazmin passed away just over a week ago). After she left, I took Miss Aspen for a walk followed by Alvin and Milo. It was snowing and a bit cool but we got the walks done. I wore the wrong shoes with Aspen and my toes were hurting most of the time. They are old shoes and are okay if you are not walking. Whatever possessed me to wear them, I will never know. But that is okay. I put on better ones and my toes felt find for the next walk. Alvin decided our walk would be shorter than usual so that helped me although I would have taken them gladly for the full walk.

Guess what we woke up to this morning at 4:00 a.m., S-N-O-W, when will this end. It isn’t going to melt as fast as the white stuff from yesterday. Oh well.

Time to go and have some coffee and take the pups downstairs. Aspen stayed downstairs in the big brown hair enjoying the view out of the window. Her happy place. The other two follow me everywhere.

I hope that you had a laugh from part of this post.

I hope that you are in good health.

I hope that you are surrounded by love and laughter on this day and always.

I hope that you have some chocolate in the house.

I hope that your hands are not chapped (mine are and I don’t know why)

Happy Easter.

Have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin, Aspen and Mi-Mi

P.S. I bought a lotto ticket and a scratch ticket. Won $5 on the scratch ticket and look forward to winning on the lotto max ticket. Happy 2022.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Yes, we are up and it is not even 9:00 a.m. How are you on this Saturday at Easter time? We are doing well. The pups are great. Everyone is getting along and we are enjoying our daily walks. Yesterday I was invited to a friend’s house who happens to live a few doors away for supper. She had another friend from the neighbourhood and also a friend that I had not met as yet. We, ladies had a great time. Lots of laughter and even some tears as on the of the girls recently lost her beloved pup. I told you all about Jazmin. I think it was April 6th when she passed so not very long ago. We started with a glass of champagne before supper followed by dessert followed by a fruity alcoholic drink, Easter Chocolate and coffee. It was so great not having to cook for myself. One of the few hiccups of living on your own. We had a skift of snow sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. Aspen has one more pill to go and then she is done. What a good girl she is – just happily chewing on that big tablet. Milo has to be wherever I am and so does Mr. Alvin so they are upstairs with me as I type this post. Aspen, well she is in her new favourite spot which is the green armchair by the living room window. It really isn’t big enough for her but she manages to curl up. My brown armchair opposite the green chair is considerably but she has made the green one hers despite my attempts at coaxing her. Well later this morning I am going with one of the neighbours from last night to the grocery store to pick up a few items. Then home to take the pups for a walk and finish laundry. After this post down to the basement and get the laundry started.

I tried to post photos yesterday but they are “exceed size” whatever that means, I know what it means, but to fix them so I can post them, I have not figured that out yet. I also realized that I have too many photos in my “library” so I had to delete some of them which will free up space. I will keep trying to post some photos.

Meanwhile, life goes on. Me, Alvin, Aspen and Mi-Mi are doing great. The pups although I know they miss their Mom & Dad seem to be doing great. Not a lot of barking happening which is nice. Every once in awhile “the dog” goes by that sets Miss Aspen to let out a loud bark which startles me. She has a very deep voice. But oh how she listens. I appreciate that she listens and even Mi-Mi listens but as I joked last night not so much Mr. Alvin. I guess he is truly spoiled and at over 13 years old he is not going to change. He is not so bad. I am blessed to have the three of them here this week. Together.

I received word (text) from the kids and they are enjoying their trip. Get this Vegas is a balmy “+21” degrees celsius and her it is below 0 celsius. Jealous, not me, lol. It is supposed to be +12 here tomorrow or Monday. It is warming up.

Well time to head downstairs and get the laundry going. The coffee is perked.

Have a wonderful Saturday. It is Saturday right! Oh my goodness, yes, yesterday was Good Friday. Wow, the days seem to all be the same. Hopefully I remember which day it is so I start to work on time. Oh well, I’m sure I will figure it out.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin & Aspen and Milo (Mi-Mi)

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! I hope that this finds you all well. Happy Good Friday! We four are doing well. Mr. Alvin was shaking his head a lot in the wee hours of the morning but has not done as of late. He has also been licking his paws so I am thinking he has pain in his paws and that would explain the shaking and scratching. I gave him a pain pill earlier and will keep an eye on him. I will check his ears shortly and see if they appear to be inflamed. Guess what we got last night. Three guesses and the first four do not count, lol.

I am invited to a friend’s for an early dinner at 3:00 p.m. Not sure why but I have been fussing and stewing about going. I am so grateful for the invite but am having a hard time not trying to come up with an excuse not to go. Perhaps because I am comfortable at home and with the pups. I do not like leaving them alone but I do need to have some human contact. Funny how life goes. Perhaps a bit of depression? Also I think because I have been so busy and rundown from work, I am exhausted. All my energy is going to walking with the pups and looking after them. I am not complaining, just stating what seem to be the facts. Another morning up early and then back to lay down and then up rather late. I guess I need to STOP beating myself up. So what if we slept in. I am not hurting anyone. The pups are well looked after. I will take them for a walk before I leave for dinner. I will come home to feed them supper. I don’t need to stay late. Gray skies do not help. It seems still outside and is not cold. I was out with the pups earlier.

I was trying to upload some photos for you to see and it is not happening. I will have to delete some photos.

When you are unable to post your own photos!

Time to head downstairs and have coffee.

We are okay here at my house.

Wishing you a great “Good Friday.”

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

Always, Carol, Alvin, Aspen and Milo

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing well. The sunrise seems to be faint in the distance but I can see very light colours of orange and pink. That is a good sign. The night sky has diminished and the lighter blue of the morning has taken over. It is windy this morning. As I look out of my office window, I see mostly dirty snow banks what is left of them and bare ground. The windrows of snow that line the front public sidewalk have decreased in size by more than three-quarters. Those that remain are dirty as they are filled with sand and gravel that once covered the ice on the streets. It does not look pretty but yet there is some likeable about the scene. Perhaps it is because we know that the renewal of spring lies just ahead with the buds on the trees and the green blades of grass that peer out from the snow on the lawns, the first perennials start to bloom (tulips). It is perfection. So I shall be patient with the somewhat drab appearance of nature at this moment. Drab but still beautiful. We will be happy that to have no snow and ice. It will be great to be able to go for a walk and not have to worry about ice and snow and outerwear. Yesterday we walked twice once again for a total of 50 minutes. I am starting to feel less of the winter me and more of the spring me. Does that make sense? I think we are somewhat different over the different seasons. Makes sense, somehow. Just like a child at Christmas waiting for Santa to make an appearance. I am grateful to live in Canada where we have four distinct seasons. One of them is much longer than the rest but we have different ones all the same.

Can you believe that it is Thursday, March 31, 2022 already? April tomorrow.

Speaking of March 31st, today is the birthday of an longtime friend of mine, I have known her since the early 1980’s. Happy Birthday Polly. Alvin and I wish you a great day and may your days ahead be filled with much love, laughter, good health and abundance.

I don’t have much to say this morning. Sometimes when the sun is not shining I feel quiet with not many words to share. Not that I am not thinking but my mind is more quiet than usual. Perhaps the clouds or less than bright sky is Mother Nature’s way of having us slow down, be quiet onto ourselves. Just a thought.

Time for coffee and then to work.

Have a wonderful Thursday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. I am grateful for you, me and the world.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing great. As it turns out Mr. Alvin did not shake his head or rub his ears all day after the morning so I am just keeping an eye on him. If this changes, of course, I will get the boy in right away.

This is an odd morning. It froze overnight (that is not odd). There is fog in the air. Fog does not happen a lot here in Edmonton and when it does, it feels odd to me. I cannot see the sunrise and not sure if the sky is blue or grey beyond the fog. I hope it lifts soon. I hope that everyone that drives has a safe drive to work. I am thinking of my daughter driving in from the countryside. Also my neighbour just left for the office as well. So grateful to be working from home and not having to worry about walking to the bus on the icy sidewalks.

We went to bed a bit later last night as I try to figure out the best time for that to happen. I know how important sleep is to us all. I turned the lights out after reading for a few minutes after going to bed at 10:00 pm. It was 4:00 am, when Alvin got up to go outside and then almost 6:00 am, when he got up for breakfast and then we laid on the sofa till 6:45 am. What is wrong with this picture? I would like to have a routine where we get up and stay up at like 6:00 am, I just find it difficult as the years go by to get up early and stay up. Have to break that habit. I am proud of Mr. Alvin he did good.

Yesterday it was a snow/rain mix for most of the day with heavy and light periods. Most of the snow that fell on the sidewalks and streets melted but the snow on the lawns stuck. Yes, stuck. I am feeling like I will never see the grassy area in our backyard. All of the snow that I shovelled and moved about back there is back. More exercise I see. But I most certainly am not going to complain about a bit of snow and ice as it is almost April and it will be gone for another season in a few weeks. Patience is a virtue so that say and I work on that virtue daily.

I am so grateful to my friend Signe who picked up some canned pumpkin for Mr. Alvin. For some reason I had forgot when she picked me up some groceries on the weekend. She found a sale so we are good for awhile. YAY.

I am so blessed and feel so grateful to have such thoughtful and considerate friends. Saves me from slipping about on the sidewalks going to and from the stores OR catching a taxi.

When we were outside walking on Sunday, I heard some geese honking and some other birds that I did not recognize their song. Just heard a goose honking as I typed the words. Fantastic.

Well time to go and have some coffee. Time to get things set up – turned on for work. I hope that you have a wonderful Tuesday.

Happy Spring!

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: I have an African Violet in my office with the most vibrant deep purple flowers and I love it.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are okay. Sure did not want to get my butt out of bed this morning. We were up at 4:30 the first time and went downstairs. I held off feeding Alvin his breakfast until he woke up again at 5:30. The second time we were up it was snowing. Large wet flakes. Alvin looked like a snow globe when he came back inside the house where his Momma was waiting with a towel to dry him off. After that, we hit the sofa for a bit until he woke up and then I decided to go back upstairs to bed. Each time we have got up it was storming more. Now the wind is howling and the large wet flakes have turned to smaller ones. Nothing like a spring storm on the first day of SPRING. Happy Spring Everyone. It would likely not be too bad out without the wind. All of the bare spots are now white once again. Are we ever going to have spring this year, I wonder? What a winter!

In contrast yesterday was absolutely beautiful more like the first day of spring should be. The sun was shining melting the ice and snow everywhere. The sky was the most brilliant beautiful blue. I am so over the moon pleased that we went for a nice long walk. We were out for over 50 minutes. I tried to find the most dry path to take and it worked out for me not so much for Alvin but he was easy to clean up once we returned home. We were on our way home in fact, when we came upon a man. We both exchanged greetings and I think it was me who mentioned about all the garbage that was laying on the bare ground (today it will be covered). I guess he really wanted to talk. Because we had a conversation after that. He was from the Philippines but pointed out that he was a Canadian Citizen during the chat. Got a little serious! Note to self, do not engage! Oh, silly girl, I cannot do that. I only said hi and remarked about the garbage. It was okay. Clearly he just needed to get some things off his chest. I am so happy that Alvin and I had a good walk. We took a different route. I know where we can go next time we go for a walk. Alvin was pretty wet and a bit muddy by the time we got home. Was glad to have a towel by the front door. After I wiped him off and took his harness off, I grabbed a wet Norwex Enviro Cloth and cleaned any remaining “dirt.”

After our walk I just continued with the laundry. Earlier in the day I had gone through the bathroom drawers and cupboards throwing out old products and items that we do not use or need. Nice to get that done. I am glad that I did not put away my winter coats and boots just yet because looks like we will need for a bit longer. I will say that usually we still have winter until at least the end of March.

I brought up all of my jewelry / beading supplies and arranged them on the IKEA shelf in the kitchen. Prior to I had cleared a few shelves. There was no jewelry making happening yesterday but I did roll some beads in between my fingers and arranged some different colours together to get some ideas. You cannot make anything if you do not have the ingredients in clear sight. Also you have to play first to get ideas. Making jewelry is my happy place and I am looking forward to whipping up a necklace or perhaps another bracelet. Although I am not sure what I am going to do with more jewelry. I already have more than any one person needs or will wear. But I can give some away! Birthdays coming up?

Looking out the office window is kind of depressing I will say with the white gray sky looking back at me. The wind is blowing the snow around on top the garage. The bare trees are swaying back and forth to the tune of “Still Winter, fooled ya.”

Well it is now way passed mid morning, in fact it is after 10:00 a.m., I have lots to do. The big job for today is giving the boy a haircut and bath. I did plan to do it today. Actually they did forecast snow for today so I was not totally surprised. But still, it would have been nice for them to be incorrect. I have laundry that will be dried in the basement to be brought up and put away. Oh, I need coffee. Have to put it on and better do that quickly as I do not want to be drinking coffee in the afternoon.

Happy First Day of Spring Everyone !!

I am so grateful that we had such a good walk yesterday and spent time outside “frolicking” in the sunshine.

I hope that you have a great day. Do some relaxing and perhaps watch a movie. I remembered to give Mr. Alvin some medication earlier to help with his anxiety so hopefully his haircut will go faster and easier. Anyway.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Oh, I actually ordered a pair of shoes from The Bay online yesterday using a gift card that I received with the points that I collected from my internet/cable provider. I am so excited for them to arrive. How lovely is it to buy something without having to actually spend money. Now that being said, I know I spend money to get the points. I have not heard of point collection with internet/cable provider before and am wishing that utility provider would give points. That would be nice after we spend literally hundreds of dollars per month lining their pockets. Gotta love point redeeming.

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