It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and well here we are today is Thursday.

Almost one week in the newly renovated office building.

I actually kind of like my new workspace.

What is taking a bit of getting used to it is so open.

If we use the stand up desk … you can see your neighbour.

It is loud as there is are upper dividers.

Nothing on the walls to absorb some of the sound and echoes.

But all in all, it is okay.

 

Last night Alvin and I shovelled the driveway and deck.

The stripping on the bottom of the garage door came part way off so I called one of my neighbours to the rescue.

Thankfully their older teenage son was home and came to help.

I am most grateful to have such great neighbours.

After that situation was handled; I went to shovel the front.

As I was shovelling the porch I happen to look down and see that the walk and the front of my house had already been shovelled.

My neighbour shovelled.

So then I went and shovelled Humphrey’s Mom’s front sidewalk and then to the house.

I am so blessed to know and be surrounded by such good people.

Got some exercise and fresh air.

We did not make it out for a walk which was disappointing as the snow was too deep for Alvin.

Not everyone had shovelled when we would have gone for our walk.

 

I have been posting some tips for reduction of Plastics on Facebook.

Especially single use plastics.

Most people are also posting tips.

Which has been nice.

At the end of the day it is not just plastics; it is everything.

We in North America are just crazy over the top consumers.

I look around my house and see all of the “stuff” that I have accumulated over the years.

Most things I never use.

To be honest.

Some things once a year and they remain in storage during the rest of the year.

I just want to be more aware and want others to be the same.

We will not always agree on everything but we need to try to do with less.

 

Well time for me to sign off for today.

Be Kind and Respectful to yourself, to others, to animals, to the environment and to this Planet.

We only have one.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

It is the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to the fourth day of our FREEZING COLD temperatures.

The temperatures started to drop this past Friday and are going to get even colder this week.

Please, please keep your pets indoors.

If you have a pup that needs to walk, make sure that they have boots and a coat on them.

Keep them warm.

The pads on their paws WILL freeze, they are no different than our hands.

If you see a dog out in a backyard for more than a couple of minutes call the authorities.

Make sure that everyone in the household that has to go outside is dressed warmly and in multiple layers.

Layers are what keeps you warm in these temperatures.

 

Yesterday I went for groceries in the afternoon with Teddy’s Mom.

Teddy came for a visit.

I am proud to say that I finally remembered to take all my reusable mesh bags with me to the grocery store.

And used them, too.

Finally ….. I am posting on social media “tips to reduce plastic consumption.”

So I had better walk the talk …..

Teddy ended up staying after I came home until after supper.

It was nice for the boys to have company.

Teddy does have his little sister but there is nothing like your best friend for company.

 

Well I had better get going as on poop patrol again.

If I leave it and it snows, then I will be playing detective trying to locate the brown parcels.

Life in the fast lane.

Better to pick up now when it is frozen than in the spring when it melts.

No one wants that …..

 

Have an awesome day.

Today is an awesome day as it is the 55th birthday of my youngest brother.

Happy Birthday …. have a great day and keep warm and stay safe.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

It is the NEW YEAR.

Happy Sunday Morning.

We have more snow.

As I look out of my office window the sky is filled with horizontal blue clouds and below rooftops are covered in white.

So pretty …. so very pretty.

Our temperatures are to remain at the minus 30’s celsius for this week.

ARGH.

I know that Alvin is already showing signs of cabin fever as am I.

The only difference is that I go to work during the week.

Thankfully at least we can go to the deck for a few minutes at a time so at least there is some fresh air for the little guy.

 

Well yesterday I managed to get down the majority of the Christmas decorations.

The tree took a few hours as each decoration is carefully packed away, followed by the removal of the lights, followed by wrapping the lights so that next year they are easy to put onto the tree and

are not tangled, then packing the stand and last but not least the tree skirt.

I have a great deal of Christmas ornaments spread all over the main floor or had.

There are Hallmark Snow people, Nutcrackers, Santa’s workshop, Santa sitting by the fireplace, Santa in his sleigh going over the rooftops, Santa figures standing (several of them),

other Snowmen/Snowwomen, Christmas Snow globes that play music, and more.

I took down my Christmas cards as I hang them.

I also have various signs and wreaths.

After the tree came down, I vacuumed of course and then washed the floor before moving the chair back into its’ place.

Then the same for the other corner of the room so that I could move the chair that was moved to the kitchen back to the living room.

It is always quite the process.

As I filled rubbermaid containers they all had to be carried down to the basement and put away.

So there is always much rearranging.

The house looks bare now but I am happy that it is done for another year.

In between all of that coming down of the Christmas decorations and cleaning there was laundry.

There was also some playing happening with Mr. Alvin as well.

He has started to enjoy playing tug of war with his new Darth Vader toy.

His Sister and Brother-in-law and Niece and Nephew pups gave it to him.

He loves it and plays with it often.

 

Now that is done I have Alvin’s birthday next Sunday and the next weekend Teddy and Kobi will come and be with us for a week.

I threw Alvin his first birthday party last year as it was his tenth and have decided that I will do it every year.

It will be a bit more low key this year.

Invitations have already gone out to his best friend Teddy, his little sister Kobi and parents.

Of course to our family Miss Aspen and Milo and their parents, Alvin’s sister and brother-in-law.

I will pick up a little cake again for the pups and a treat for the humans.

A few little treats for the pups.

More of a play date for everyone.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

 

Well today I have two more loads of laundry to do.

Bathrooms to clean and of course, prepare for the work week.

I also put out my clothes and make my lunch for the next day.

 

Yesterday was the first tip of my reduction in household and personal plastic challenge.

So I want to take some time and write some idea down so that I can readily post them each day.

 

Well I guess back to it, get dressed and I need some coffee.

Alvin is laying on his blue blanket.

 

An update on my daughter’s brother-in-law …. he is doing well after the heart transplant.

He is on track to return home to his family soon.

 

Tomorrow is my youngest brother’s 55th Birthday.

Wow, I cannot believe the baby is going to be 55.

 

Okay, time to fly here.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

If you have any idea, hints or tips for the reductions of household/personal use plastics; please send them my way.

A comment on my post would be most helpful.

 

Thank you

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to the DEEP FREEZE.

According to the weather reports we are in for bitterly cold temperatures for the next week.

Minus 30 degrees celsius.

So no walks for me and Alvin.

Or if we do venture out it would only be for a very short walk.

The pads of a dog’s paws can freeze just as easily as our exposed fingers and faces.

Guess this is a good time to do some projects around the house after work and on the weekend.

Although most of the weekend will be kept busy taking down all our Christmas decorations and the tree.

We will play and run up and down the stairs so that will help.

But it is the fresh air that we need daily.

 

Last night my daughter picked me up after work and we went to COSTCO.

Well the traffic was so slow that it took us until 5:30 p.m. to arrive at COSTCO.

We were very quick in the store which was not busy at all.

So that was great.

Then headed home to Mr. Alvin.

After looking after him, I shovelled the deck and the front sidewalks and then picked up Mr. Humphrey.

I had shovelled in the morning but there was a lot of snow from over the course of the day.

Certainly getting my exercise.

Not a bad thing for sure.

We had a quiet evening.

I ate at nearly 7:30 p.m. but it could not be helped.

A bit of television and then took Humphrey back home at 9:30 p.m. and then we headed to bed.

 

I am grateful to have each and every living creature that comes into my life.

Some arrive only for a short time and others remain for a lifetime.

I am truly blessed.

 

Well I guess it must be the colder temperatures that have lessened my imagination and thoughts this morning.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Please stay warm and safe wherever you are …. if you are in a hot climate, I wish you to be a bit cool.

Prayers and thoughts continue for the continent of Australia.

I pray for PEACE for this planet of ours.

Drop the egos and the need for power and money and just ensure that we all have what we need and the opportunity to find more if desired.

Happy Thursday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Wow, we were off to a great start to 2020.

Yesterday friends called to see if we wanted to go with them for a walk in the River Valley.

We would drive there and then walk around for about one hour.

It was so absolutely beautiful outside.

We were in the area not far from the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

Even though it was an on leash park several folks did not have their dogs on leashes.

I was so proud of Alvin …. we said hello to everyone and wished them all a Happy New Year.

There was not one bark out of the boy no matter the size of the dogs.

Perhaps because I was so taken aback by the beauty – I was relaxed and not concerned about the dogs.

Although I did pay attention to our surroundings as any good pack leader would do.

 

My friend’s husband remarked of the circle in the snow.  Looks like something you might find in a field.

The majestic North Saskatchewan River flows through Edmonton and you can see how beautiful it is even

in the winter months.  Frozen but still a most glorious body of water.

My friend was attempting to get a shot of us behind the tree but we just could not get it right.

I had to watch that the branches did not poke Alvin or I, in the eye.

It always amazes me how beautiful winter can be without the pops of colour from trees, flowers and foliage in the summer and fall months.

 

 

There were so many people and pups out walking yesterday.

I could see why as the day was amazing.

I believe it was above 0 celsius with no wind.

George (my friend’s grand pup) was searching for squirrels

We did see a couple of squirrels along the way.

 

This was the most perfect outdoor afternoon that I have spent in a very long time.

The air was so warm that I did not require mitts so I was able to take photos easily.

Alvin was calm and happy.

 

My friend P made sure that we had photos of me and Alvin on our first adventure of 2020.

It was a great couple of hours.

Relaxing and wonderful.

Great company.

Great weather.

Could not ask for more.

A perfect way to spend the first day of 2020.

I look forward to more new things in 2020.

This was Mr. Alvin’s first walk in the River Valley and my second one.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Living … One day at a time.

Well the sun is up and it is mid morning.

We have been up for a bit.

I went to Humphrey’s house and looked after Cynder, watered the huge Poinsettia plant and odds and ends.

We are all back at the house.

I am always surprised at how much this amazing creatures understand.

I was in the basement at Humphrey’s house cleaning out his litter box when I heard him come bounding down the stairs.

Said hello to him.

On my way upstairs I said to Humphrey, “Would you like to see Alvin at my house?”

He immediately ran to the front door and anxiously waited for me to don my coat and shoes.

He assumes the position and holds on.

The house is quiet once again with only me, Alvin and Humphrey.

Today will be rearranging things.

Placing my things back into my ensuite bathroom.

Cleaning out the fridge and repacking things so that I can see exactly what there is to eat and what needs to be eaten over the next few days.

But all in all today will be my quiet day.

Maybe watch a movie and call my sister in the early afternoon.

 

Yesterday afternoon my daughter, Milo and Alvin went over to see Humphrey and to give him his Christmas present.

Perhaps initially it might have been better to leave the pups at home but it worked out.

Humphrey really wasn’t interested in opening his present so Mr. Alvin helped him out.

OMG, Alvin and opening presents is a thing.

He had the gifts out of the bag and the paper and tissue opened lickty split.

He is so funny.

I wonder what will happen next Christmas.

Will he try to open all of the presents under the tree.

He did not this year except for the one from my friend in Regina but I get it ….. the smell was enticing.

Time will tell.

 

Yesterday while I was preparing the dinner – the kids took all three pups for a walk.

Alvin stayed on the steps, he kept turning around.

Yup, that’s my boy.

He reluctantly went for the walk.

My daughter said it took him awhile before he actually set into the walk.

I don’t have to worry about him running away.

 

Well I guess that I should get changed from my pj’s and get some things done.

Also have some breakfast.

Thinking some Raisin Bran cereal might be the answer this morning.

Also am going to freeze the baking that is in the fridge.

Good for another day.

Time to find a good stretching exercise program and then work it into my daytime hours … especially once back to work.

I am up at 5:00 a.m. and not really wanting to get up any early but then again, Mr. Alvin usually has me up at 4:30 so maybe I should just DO IT.

Cutting back on the amount that one eats is important.

Especially once you get older.

I am getting older.

Or at least my body thinks so.

 

Well another wonderful Christmas under my belt so to speak.

Everyone got some surprises and were pleased with them.

From the time the season to the end it was great, is great, is wonderful.

 

My cousins are coming for dinner this next Sunday.

I want to have some friends over during the break so will have to get on that as time passes quickly.

 

Wishing you a great Thursday.

Boxing Day in Canada and in other parts of the world.

 

Time to also wash the dishes that I set aside so that we could play SEQUENCE before the kids headed home.

I figured that have some play time with them was more important than waking up to no dirty dishes.

Besides in all my glory, I forgot to turn on the dishwasher.

I was beat …. it was a great day.

 

Thank you to my daughter and son-in-law, my grand pups Aspen and Milo for making this time so wonderful.

I spoke to / texted to all my siblings and will chat longer with my sister today.

So better get this show on the road.

Stuff to do.

 

Happy Thursday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin & Humphrey

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and it is Monday, the 23rd day of December 2019.

Can you believe it?

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve.

The house is quiet this morning with only Mr. Alvin sighing and Humphrey resting downstairs.

Quite the change from yesterday about this time.

We had a great day yesterday and both Alvin and I were ready for bed last night early.

Humphrey went home earlier last night than I had planned as he was at the front door, clearly wanting to go home.

I went over and picked him up already, looked after Cynder, shovelled the front walks including some of the neighbours.

I threw my coat over top of my pj’s went I went to pick up Humphrey and feed Cynder.

It was kind of freeing to be outside in my pj’s covered by my coat.

Anyway.

I hear Mr. Humphrey came upstairs to join us.

I wanted to share some photos ….. let us try this once again.

Then I need some breakfast and COFFEE.

Then charging ahead with this day.

PHOTOS:

First ones were of the puppies and Humphrey taken yesterday.

Thankfully it was mild out so we went into the backyard often.

Teddy found himself a getaway spot on top of the sofa.

GIFTS all wrapped for all of our fur babies:  Alvin, Aspen, Milo, Humphrey, Teddy and Kobi.

The office shots were from our tour of our newly renovated office.

That will be my workspace.

Yup, just a table.

Desks are a thing of the past.

Where do I put my coat?

I did not see anywhere for our coats.

Next was the highly anticipated parcel from our friend in Regina.

Alvin “did not keep his paws off till Christmas”

He even tried to open my gift and since then it is on the table until time for opening.

The baking was also in the parcel and the bag of pretzels, nuts and other goodies was made by one of my coworkers and since I loved it so much, she brought me my

very own bag.

Well the guys are getting restless and I am hungry after my workout shovelling.

Time for breakfast and start some more laundry.

Perhaps I should think about getting dressed soon.

but then not I think not.

Well another casualty …. Humphrey was playing with a hanging that I had on the closet door.

He pulled so hard it came off the door and broke.

ARGH.

Time to go now.

I hope that you all have an awesome Monday.

Almost Christmas now.

 

Happy Monday.

Always, Carol, Alvin and Humphrey

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and today is Saturday the 14th day of December 2019.

We are coming closer to Christmas with each passing day.

Some folks are stressed as they have not started shopping, baking or decorating or wrapping.

Some folks have stressed as they have finished shopping, baking, decorating and wrapping but feel as though they are missing something.

See how it does not matter at which point you are at someone is always going to be stressed.

As I age, keeping it simple is the most important.

Now sometimes I may do/change my plan as I did with the cookies/baking.

Just to be a “cookie hero.”

New phrase but same meaning as “people pleaser” or “cannot say NO when someone gives a compliment.”

That is what happened with me and the baking.

I had decided that I was only going to bake sugar cookies this Christmas and a small batch of fudge for one little boy.

I had decided that I was not going to participate in the “cookie exchange” at work.

It is not really an exchange but there ended up being 15 people participating.

We were supposed to bring enough for everyone in the group to have some.

Now people pass by where the cookies are that are not participating and of course, have one.

But at the same time we always have treats out and about so doesn’t really matter.

I am doing as I have done other years, wrapping them individually for each person.

So they will be just for that person.

I ended up baking fudge, sugar cookies and couple of kinds of chocolate chip cookies.

I would say that I have more than enough for every person/group/event.

 

Story from Friday December 13, 2019.

As I mentioned yesterday my daughter was going to pick me up from work and we were going to go to PETSMART and pick up the clipper head so that I could give Mr. Alvin a haircut.

She would then drop me off continue to COSTCO (pick up my few items, as well) and then come back to my house for supper.

So ended up she did not get away from work on time – much later as they were short staffed and she is in Management, so she could not leave the new staff person alone.

By the time she left her office, got to her car and over to me it was 4:45 p.m.

She was tired and frustrated.

No blame there.

The car needed gas so we stopped at a nearby SAFEWAY GAS BAR and I ran to the SAFEWAY store and grabbed a couple of items.

One of our long time staff members had retired and we had a big party for her at the office.

There was so much food that they were asking folks if they wanted to take some.

I took a few things for us for dinner and grabbed some salad as well.

After we were done (which was quick) we found that there was a PET store nearby so decided to stop there and grab the clipper head and some Christmas gifts for our fur babies and their friends.

I asked one of the staff at the pet store and no they did not carry that particular clipper head.

There was no way that I was going to spend more than $100 to buy a new one so we picked up a few gifts and left.

The traffic was so bad and backed up and SLOW that we just continued home.

COSTCO would wait until next week (better for me, anyway).

Poor Alvin was waiting patiently.

We arrived home at 6:30 p.m.

CRAZY.

Snowing …..

Anyway, Alvin got to go outside and have dinner and all was forgiven.

We had a bite to eat and visited before I filled a tin of Christmas goodies and she was on her way.

It was almost 9:00 before I actually sat down for a break.

Dishes and tidying up and stuff.

 

So my plans changed for today.

I was going to be giving Mr. Alvin a haircut right about now.

Needless to say we were not up when we should have been.

But that is okay.

We are having company at 1:00 p.m. so time to eat breakfast and put on some laundry.

Tidy up the house (which to be fair looks good) but I want to vacuum and wash the main floor and do the bathrooms before she arrives.

So there is time.

It is almost 9:00 a.m. – the coffee is brewed.

Time to throw on some clothes and get going.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful Saturday, December 14, 2019.

Remember that no matter what is thrown your way …. you just take a deep breath and if you need to scream going into the bathroom and SCREAM.

Not an actual SCREAM that would wake the neighbours but a silent scream at the top of your lungs.

It is amazing how wonderful you feel after releasing all that anxiety and frustration.

It works.

 

Have a great day.

Remember there are not many things that happen in life that cannot be changed, fixed or put off.

Of course, there are some things not the majority of things that we deem to be so important are not really in the grand scheme of life.

 

Happy Saturday.

Coffee is ready.

Yes, I am going.

 

Always, Carol & a patient Mr. Alvin.

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and today is Wednesday.

How many sleeps till Christmas Eve?

Did you check the calendar?

One day less than yesterday.

Right answer.

Last night after our walk which was another short one.

I cannot blame Mr. Alvin as it was kind of ugly outside.

Blowing snow and all that.

Once home I got him out of his jacket and harness and all warm inside the house before going to shovel.

I shovelled both neighbours on either side of us.

A short time later it looked like I had not shovelled.

It just kept snowing.

Thankfully not so much.

 

One of my friends from the down the street stopped by and had tea and a visit with us.

So a nice quiet evening.

 

This post is going to be a short / a small one due to me having some toilet issues.

The on-suite toilet needed some help.

So in with a plunger.

ARGH.

Hopefully that fixed things.

Always have to watch just how much paper one uses.

I am guilty of using too much, I think.

Perhaps this is just a tad personal but sometimes it is worth sharing so that others may learn from your experience.

Well from one poop story to the next.

Time to go downstairs and pick up the poop from earlier this morning.

Sorry ….

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Filled with kindness and respect.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Living … One day at a time.

Hello ALL and welcome to a Wonderful THURSDAY morning.

I just saw a tiny bug fly by me …. the joy of having houseplants.

Alvin and I went for a short walk last night but it was heavenly.

The air was soft and warm.

Short but sweet.

I shovelled our front walks before going to pick up Humphrey.

I love how he holds on for dear life.

Perhaps the shovel scared him a bit as I was holding it on our walk to my house.

Alvin joined me on the deck as I shovelled but not that Humphrey boy.

He preferred to wait until the deck was shovelled before coming outside.

I cannot say that I blame him one bit.

So grateful for this warm weather.

The weather forecast originally called for COLD and lots of SNOW and now they are saying it might be warmer than normal.

Someone mentioned that they have hit all the bases and that they have.

No matter what they say now … they have made it official.

They would be correct either way.

 

Last night I happened to be standing by Humphrey who was sitting in Alvin’s chair when I caught the sight of a rabbit hopping by the window.

He / She was pretty much all white now.

 

Well I am happy today is Thursday.

I love Thursdays.

Two of the four monthly are pay days and that is a good thing.

The day following is Friday.

Starts with the letter T.

Mm, not sure about that one.

But anyway I am happy it is Thursday.

 

Tonight we are walking to the Vet after I get home from work.

Alvin needs food, some treats and toothpaste.

Cannot do without food.

 

Well time to go and pick up the poop.

That is a good way to start and end one’s day.

 

Happy Day.

I hope that you are doing well.

Enjoying each moment.

Spending it with kindness and respect.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

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