2025

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing today? Well this Sunday morning we were up as per usual at around 4:00 a.m. – Alvin went outside and then we headed to the sofa for some zzz’s. Just as I was settling down he jumped off the sofa and starting pawing at said sofa, which is his way of telling me to get up. So up I got and checked the clock and it was almost 4:30 ….. so out came his food, he happily gobbled it down and then outside to do his business. Back into the house and to the sofa for some zzz’s.

Not long later or so it would seem, he was up and pawing at the sofa (luckily he has not left marks), so up I got and looked at the time it was 7:12 a.m. We went outside. I heard we were supposed to get snow today so wanted to pick up that morning “package” that he left in the yard before I would have to play detective to find it under fresh snow. While outside I noticed that the odd snowflake was falling and glad we went out. I noticed that my neighbour Sonja was already up and Bogart the cat was up on the railing saying good morning. It was at that moment that I decided to go into the garage and grab the box for my old t.v. so that I may store it properly/securely while I decide what to do with it. I have a small television in the basement family room which I watch every once in awhile. Just not sure if I really need a bigger television. Was thinking of asking about to see if a family or someone needs a good television. Following that I grabbed all of the laundry that was drying to bring upstairs and put away. Back upstairs, made our bed and put away the dried clothing. Did some online banking. Writing this blog and then will have a shower. I have now removed several items from my TO DO LIST for today. Doing a happy dance. Thank you Alvin for getting this Momma up and mobile earlier. Usually once I get up and doing something, I am okay to get going.

I was checking out the long range weather forecast and noticed that today is supposed to bring some snow, tomorrow is to be sunny and mild and then after that rain and then snow, argh. By Friday the temperatures are supposed to dip into the minus 20’s celsius. Not really looking forward to that but we have been so lucky, so fortunate that our weather thus far has been very mild. Looks like Alvin’s birthday party is going to be cold so will be nice to have company as we likely won’t be heading out for a walk.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 is Alvin’s 12th birthday. I cannot believe that we have been together “11” years on Tuesday. Time flies. He definitely is a young 12 year old and I hope that we have many more happy healthy years together. I am planning a birthday party for the boy next Sunday. His best friend Teddy and his little sister Kobi and the grandpups Miss Aspen and Milo and of course, my daughter and son-in-law will attend. Tomorrow I am going to see if I can get a cake or something like that for the special day. Also pick up something for a gift for Alvin and some treats for the pup’s goodie bags. After all you cannot have a birthday party any longer without party favours / treats for the guests. Decorations will be simple. A Happy Birthday banner and I have some Happy Birthday table decorations. We do not use balloons as they are bad for the environment and for animals, birds and marine life. Alvin hasn’t mentioned anything but I think he is excited for the party. He loves to have company at home. Not much of a traveller this guy.

Looks like a fine layer of snow on the deck that was once bare to the wood. Oh well. Temperature to be mild. Hopefully we can get a walk in at some point without snow coming down.

Wednesday is the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris. I hope that they have a safe and peaceful transition to their positions.

I hope that you are having a great weekend.

We continue to live with kindness, respect and compassion for all.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. Happy to wake up to no rain or snow but I hear that some snow is on the way. A bit of the white stuff would be lovely as most of our snow has already disappeared. How are you today? It is Wednesday – the mid way point. I love Wednesdays. My daughter was born on a Wednesday back in 1980. That seems a lifetime ago. Time seems to evaporate. That is why it is so important to make the most of each and every day. I would say each and every moment but that places way too much stress and anxiety on us if we do not keep up that pace. Making the most does not necessarily mean that we must fill each day with a lifetime worth of actions. Just do what is right for you. For example: if you are working from home – that could mean that you are working the hours set out by your employer and also ensuring that you take time for yourself. It is all too easy to put in extra time, to work more hours on your “paid job.” when working from home. With no carpool to keep you on schedule or bus to catch it is easy to do. I know because I have done it more than I care to admit. This last summer after two weeks vacation – I felt guilt and put in nights and weekends for weeks to catch up. Then I had the realization along with some good advice from friends and family that I was going to burn myself out if I did not stop. So I did. No more weekends. Sometimes I will put in extra time during the week for say an hour but that is it. My time is precious. Alvin needs me. Your family needs you. Or maybe you have an Alvin that needs your time. Life/Work is all about balance. It is not easy and no one ever said that it was. If they did …. those folks had help. Lots of help. My house still needs to be cleaned, I still have to make meals, Alvin needs love and attention, my friends and family need to connect with me ….. so work hard when you are at your job. If you cannot finish everything that day …. there is tomorrow. I know that now.

Last night while watching a show that I had recorded – the Host had a Guest on and they were talking about her book (Carrie Underwood) and Drew asked her about how she kept organized. Carried told her that if for example walking into the kitchen you could see an overwhelming mess but if you narrow it down to the pantry and organize that space first – it is much easier. Now this is not word for word. But the point is and I do this as well. I do one thing at a time. If the pantry needs cleaning, the pantry gets cleaned. Don’t start cleaning the fridge and then start working on the pantry and then start cleaning the kitchen draws. Do one thing at a time. I have always done this. Also a huge thing …… PUT THINGS AWAY IN THEIR PROPER PLACE AFTER YOU HAVE USED THEM. I also make a point of removing an item for every item that I bring into my house. So three things to help you keep organized.

Well I should go and get to work. Plug in that coffee that I prepared at 5:00 a.m. while Alvin was eating.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Living with kindness, respect and compassion.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thank you to the 900+ folks who have follow this post, both Alvin and I are grateful.

P.S. Alvin had a good report from the vet. His ears are good – no infection.

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter.

Good Morning ALL. How are you all this morning? Alvin and I are well. I want to send out Happy Wishes to my niece on her 36th birthday. Hopefully I got the year right. I cannot believe she is all grown up. Time flies and our babies are no longer are babies but yet they are! Have a wonderful day “D” on your special day. Woke up this morning to more snow. Looks like this is going to be the year of the SNOWBANKS. Alvin just sneezed. Lots of shovelling. Yesterday I shovelled the driveway after our walk at noon. When your garage is detached from your house …. it is the old adage you always see what is in front of your nose but forget to look behind. Definitely is in this case. I will have to shovel at noon or after work today. Always good to keep everything shovelled. SNOW and more SNOW. Alvin is enjoying all of the snow on the deck. I left some for him to sniff around in as he likes to bury his head in the snow so to speak. He does actually bury some of his chew treats in the snow. Then spends the winter looking for them. In and out. He loves it and that is all that matters. Just like a little one with a wooden spoon and pot. Simple is always better.

Well I guess today is Wednesday already. Midweek. I am slowly putting together my craft project and hopefully it will be near completion this weekend as after that there will be baking happening in the kitchen and I don’t want to haul everything back and forth to the basement, Christmas project that is. I must make some decisions soon. I have one last obstacle, if you will before I can make it to the finish line. But I will figure it out. Just waiting for that inspiration to hit and it will. Hopefully not in the middle of the night, lol.

Not much else new in our lives at the moment. I must say thank you to my friends and my daughter who have collectively picked up my Christmas baking ingredients so that I did not have to go to the stores. I only have a few items left and then I am ready next weekend, not this weekend but next to start the CHRISTMAS BAKING. Just what we all need after this year is more treats but maybe we do. Anyway I am baking and that is all there is to it. Everyone needs a treat, right!

Time to get on downstairs and make that coffee. I kind of slept in this morning. One of my ears is plugged (happens more often in the wintertime and it is a thing for me) so I was sleeping on my side and didn’t hear the alarm at first. Anyway, all is good.

I hope you are having a good day and have a great Wednesday. We will continue living our lives with kindness and respect for all.

Thank you so much for reading my daily post. I do so appreciate your time. When I first starting writing many years ago now, I had dreamed of having 1 million people reading my blog posts. Now I may not have a million reading but those of you that do, thank you from the bottom of my heart. If we do not have dreams and stay positive – then not likely things will happen close to the way you would like. Anyway, I am grateful to you. Thank you.

With kindness and respect and gratitude,

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning All. What a morning already. Earlier was raining on top of freshly fallen snow making it absolutely perfect should I want to be making a snowman or snowballs but very heavy for shovelling. We already have more snow than we have had in other winters. Alvin was hesitant about going down the steps from the deck to the grassy area which I keep partially shovelled for him. He must have made three separate attempts before just taking the plunge. I am worried about him jumping as he is no longer a pup. But he seems to be cautious in his manoeuvring. But I still worry.

Well today is Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Today would have been my middle brother’s birthday. He would have been 57. He passed over ten years ago now. I miss him everyday. Happy Birthday Brother and I hope you are having fun with the angels.

I received a message from Teddy’s Mom asking if the pups could spend Friday with us as they are going to attempt to get out to the farm. Last weekend it was storming when they were supposed to travel. That is one thing about winter ….. you sometimes have to change plans due to weather.

Oh, I forgot to share my egg story quickly before I run out to shovel before starting work. On Sunday I made pancakes for breakfast and was down to only a handful of eggs. I have not had eggs for a bit. I cracked one for the eggs and it did not look great so I tried another and found a good one. So I had pancakes. Later in the day I decided to make scones. The recipe called for two eggs. I had three in the fridge. I cracked one and it had some dark stuff in the yolk, so I threw it away. I cracked a second one and it did not look good so I threw it away. Then I cracked the third one and OH MY GOD, the smell. It was a wicked horrible colour of black and grey and something else. But the worse of all was the smell. I quickly placed it all in the garbage and then threw out the garbage. I believe this may have been the first time in all my years of cooking that I have cracked open a rotten egg. It was not pleasant to say the least. Absolutely disgusting. Poor Alvin just looked like “what is going on?” So by that time I already had the butter in the scone mix so I googled recipes without eggs and found that they were not necessary. So I made them without. I added the pomegranate that Iris, Teddy’s Mom had brought with her for a treat for me when they (Iris and Kobie) visited earlier Sunday afternoon. By the way, the scones are delicious. Perfect consistency.

Okay, I have to fly.

Wishing you all a great Tuesday. Please laugh with someone. If you are by yourself watch a funny show. Laughter, we all need it right now.

Continuing to live with kindness and respect for all life.

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter.

Good Morning All. Thankfully the snow has stopped. We did have a little bit yesterday. This morning it is cold. Temperature is minus 14 degrees celsius not including the windchill. As I gaze out of the office window the air almost has the appearance of FOG as the sun begins to rise in the east. Looks like a painting but it is Mother Nature doing her thing. She has a great imagination. I like to think so.

So Monday morning, here we go. It is almost 7:30 as I type this post. Alvin just stretched and sighed / groaned by the office entranceway. He has absolutely no patience these days. I guess I can relate. As I get older my patience level is not great. Although it depends on the situation for sure.

I worked on my Christmas cards on Saturday and yesterday and they are almost finished. I want to get them in the mail as soon as possible. This year the mail may be more unpredictable than past years. No idea. I have the parcel and one card for overseas all ready to be mailed. They will go shortly.

The big storm that we had on Saturday has now gone to our neighbours to the east and my sister reports that not a lot of snow but lots of freezing rain and snow pellets. I think that is worse than lots of snow. Icy sidewalks, streets and roads are dangerous. Keep safe out there everyone. If you can stay home – it is a good idea to do so.

Alvin definitely has to go downstairs so I had better cut this short.

Food for thought. Our thoughts do become things. What have you brought to fruition as of late? Sounds like a lot of food is on my mind but not really.

Happy Monday.

Stay safe and keep in good health.

We will continue to show the world love, respect and kindness.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter.

Good Morning All. Finally the snow has stopped here in Edmonton or at least in my neighbourhood. So much snow has fallen. The sticky heavy stuff making shovelling difficult and time consuming. My neighbours and I shovelled the front sidewalks several times yesterday and there was still about a foot to shovel this morning. Thanks to my neighbour Sonja for shovelling the front. When we got up about 1.5 hours ago I went outside with Alvin so that I could pick up his poop from earlier in the morning (it had stopped snowing by that time) and that’s when I decided in my pj’s to start once again shovelling the deck and Alvin’s grass area. There is so much snow that it is hard – where do you put that snow? As I was shovelling I realized that Sonja was in her backyard, yes that is Humphrey and Bogart’s Mom. She was shovelling away singing to some tunes on her earphones. I got her attention and we both thought this is just the beginning. So much snow. She was further ahead of me and after a few minutes went into her garage so that she could shovel her driveway. Our garages are detached from our homes. After a few minutes I decided that I would go and join her and shovel the driveway. It is the place that is not visually noticeable from the house and better to do it now than later. Of course, she’s younger and in better shape and had a head start, not that it was a race but she finished ahead of me and said that she would go and start the front and see how far she got as she was also getting tired. I said “thank you,” of course and carried on shovelling the driveway. Oh, Alvin had been cold several minutes before so I put him into the house. It was shortly after I started shovelling the driveway, I found my mini gloves were not keeping my fingers warm so back into the house and into my big girl MITTS and also put on my high warmer boots. Back out and finished the driveway and then the deck. By the time I got back into the house, removed my boots and walked to the front door, my neighbour was heading up my front steps as she had almost finished the shovelling. What a workout we girls had this morning. She is almost on her way to look after some horses of a friend. The horse shelters have to be cleaned so she will be getting lots of exercise and really building up those arm muscles. To all my friends in Alberta and elsewhere – be careful shovelling. The snow is heavy. Take your time. Be safe.

Well it is definitely time for some COFFEE and I actually have earned the appetite that I now have ….. for a change.

Happy to see that the United States will have their first female Vice-President. It is about time. Congratulations to the new leadership team.

Well time to get this day going although I am feeling a bit tired after all that shovelling. I have vacuuming to do up and downstairs. Bring up the laundry that was drying in the basement. I want to bake some scones using the Steeped Tea mix. I think that I am going to make pancakes for breakfast as I have milk to use and do not wish to waste it. Also have to work on a project for Christmas but cannot reveal at this time. I am going to place a Pampered Chef order from a friend’s online party which will bring my Christmas shopping close to being done. I have Alvin, Aspen and Milo left and some stocking stuffers for the kids. I will do some baking in the early part of December and hand it out to friends and family. I did write up most of my Christmas Cards yesterday but still more to do. A few letters to do as well.

Have an awesome Sunday. I am so happy to see somewhat clear blue skies this morning and the sun was shining earlier, wasn’t it? I thought so??? Well at least it is not snowing. I am so relieved that it stopped.

Take care everyone. Be safe and I hope that you are in good health.

I/We shall continue to live our lives with kindness and respect for all living creatures and the environment. I guess after all it holds life including ours.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – Last Quarter

Good Morning All. We had some snow for awhile yesterday that reminded me of being in the centre of a snow globe. Those big delicious snowflakes. I did not make it out time to shovel the whole front before one of my neighbours shovelled for me. We have unexpected company. Teddy and Kobie came later last night as their parents had to go to the farm for today and wanted to get an early start. Everyone is fine except for Alvin who is barking as I am upstairs and he is not. So this will be short. Just wanted to let you know that we are doing well and just have company.

I will be back tomorrow with some stories for sure.

Until then, please spend your day with kindness and respect for yourself and others. This is the time that we all need to come together and be good to one another and all creatures inhabiting this planet of ours.

Take Care.

I/We shall remain, as always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter.

Good Morning All. How are you on this beautiful Thursday? I can only imagine the day as we are still in darkness as the sun does not rise until later and if there are clouds it may be dark longer. Oh well, that is winter in the province of Alberta, Canada. What can you do? Alvin is chatting about something so it would look like my story shall be cut short.

Yesterday I was on the phone with one of my clients. We were disconnected and then another call came in and I happened to notice that the ringtone was different and looked to see that it was my friend Iris, Alvin’s best friend Teddy’s Mom. So I picked up and she was wondering if she could stop by in about 1/2 hour, I said sure as I could take my lunch break then. She had called earlier on the house phone but I was working and did not answer. So I worked away until the doorbell rang. There was my friend with her hands full of something. She had been out shopping for something unrelated and happened across a great sale on sweaters and winter coats for dogs. I had mentioned to her at one point that Alvin much needed a new winter coat as his really did not fit him and that I would love to have a sweater for him for those less than frigid days. So she was out and found some. She bought matching winter coats for her pups and tried to get same for Alvin but could only get a warm cream tone with brown latches up the back. Anyway they are the cadillac of winter coats for dogs. So beautiful. Alvin’s completely covers him and even has a nice warm hood lined with fake fur of course. We tried on both the sweater which is a mix of red, black, grey and white and the winter coat but Alvin was not really keen on either of them. They fit and I was/am one happy Momma. Alvin is not so good with new things unless it is FOOD and then he is all over it. We visited for a few minutes. I could not believe the deal that she got, more than 50% off. Basically two coats for the price of one. How wonderful. The Universe was truly listening when I made that remark. Thank you Universe and Iris. I will pay her of course for the sweater and jacket and am happy to do so.

We were supposed to have Teddy and Kobie for today, tomorrow and Saturday but something came up so they will not be coming over. That makes us sad even though I did not tell Alvin or he would be looking out the window for them.

One more quick story to finish off the new sweater and coat story. As we did not get out for a walk at noon as we had company, I thought that we would go for a walk after work and try out Alvin’s new sweater. Not cold enough for the cadillac of winter coats just yet. So with due care and attention I slipped the sweater onto Alvin. He was not really happy about the whole process. In fact, he stood in the middle of the kitchen floor not moving at all except for the quivering/shivering that he was doing. I tried to coax him to come but to no avail. So I picked him up and carried him to the door and set him down so that I could finish getting dressed for our walk. He just stood there. When I opened the door, I had to gingerly move him out the door. I locked the house and he stood on the top part of the porch. Just stood there. Not moving at all. I tried my best to convince him to come down but he would not. So after a few minutes I decided to go into the house and perhaps try to get him to walk around the deck before trying to go on our walk. Into the house. He did not walk very fast and in fact, I had to guide him and pull slightly on the leash (he wears a body harness) to get him to move toward the back door. After we got outside, I slowly walked about and finally he walked in his new sweater. I could tell that he was not very happy about the whole experience. After a few minutes we headed back outside. I managed to get him down the steps and outside. He walked very slowly. The wind was howling and it was cold so after a miserable few minutes for the boy we turned and headed home. My poor Alvin not so good with change or something new.

Last night I thought that it was cute that he walked up to where I had laid his new winter outerwear on top of a square container and started to sniff it. Perhaps I should have thought of that.

Well time to head downstairs. I think you get the drift of what happened. Oh me Alvin.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day. Take care and Be safe. Walk through your days spreading love, kindness and respect for all.

I/We shall remain, As Always, Carol & Alvin

Soon I hope to share some photos. Technical difficulties.

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter.

Good Morning All. I can tell the season has unofficially changed. More difficult to wake up in the morning as I want to stay sleeping just like a bear – hibernating. But then there is Mr. Alvin who woke up about 1:40 a.m., argh. He was flapping his ears but not really rubbing them so not sure if he has another ear infection, which he has not had one from awhile now OR if it is arthritis in his paws. He has been taking glucosamine and then a better replacement for several years even before there was any noticeable pain. I noticed that yesterday at noon when we went for a walk a few times he stopped and just did not want to walk. He had his jacket on but nothing on his paws. It was not bitterly cold but cold enough nonetheless. With my mittens I wiped his paws and I managed to coax him along so we could get home. I am not sure if that was the problem or not. He did not lift his paws as he usually does if they are cold. So will have to keep an eagle eye on him for sure. When we got up earlier he did go “pee” and then I gave him one of his pain meds which the Vet said are similar to taking an advil. He seemed to settle down so we managed to get some sleep but I am a bit tired this morning. Twenty minutes and time to work so this will be another shorter post and for that I am sorry. I do hope that you enjoy reading my posts.

On another front, I am feeling my old self again as I had woke up with the sniffles etc. on Sunday morning.

Tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. – Teddy and Kobie arrive and will stay with us until Saturday night so I hope that Alvin is okay. As I said, will keep an eye on the boy.

I would also like to extend our deepest sympathies to friends on the loss of their beloved furbaby “Cotton.” The girls loved their baby so much and I know life will not be the same without him. So many of my family and friends have lost a beloved pet this year and I cannot imagine the pain they are suffering. They are truly like family and their loss is felt deep. But they do bring great joy to our lives and those memories will be with us forever. If you have lost a furbaby this year or ever – it is the memories that we keep with us for a lifetime that will get get us through.

Time to go as is almost time for work. Still have to perk the coffee. I need coffee this morning.

Be well. Take Care. Live with love, kindness and respect for ALL.

I/We shall remain, As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning All. Another Monday here we go. Today is the 12th Wedding Anniversary of a very special couple to me. Happy Anniversary to my daughter and son-in-law. I cannot believe that it has been twelve years already. Their October 19th, 2008 wedding day was sunny and nice for most of the day. Once the sun went down it cooled off dramatically and later it rained. But we were lucky to have photos done outside during the day and at sunset with no moisture. I am so proud of these two for all that they have accomplished and all that they do in their lives. They are good human beings that are kind and respectful and compassionate. Happy Anniversary to you both.

I woke up yesterday with the sniffles, bit of sore throat and sneezing and the odd cough. Just running nose and sneezing now. We postponed our gals coffee get together yesterday until next weekend. I plan other than walks with Alvin to stay away from people for the week. Better to be safe than sorry. We had a quiet day at home just putzing about. I did prepare and wrap a parcel to mail for my sister and my friend back in Regina for Christmas. So will mail that in a few weeks ….. but ready to go. Another item checked off the list.

Happy that the snow that has been falling is melting as it hits the ground. Our temperatures have been below zero but not terribly cold unless you are walking into the wind.

It is dark out now so I cannot see what is going on in the sky. It is also getting onto time that I need to head downstairs and put on the coffee and start work shortly.

12 sleeps until Halloween and 13 until the Tree goes up !!!

I hope that you are well and safe. Perhaps you had a giggle already this morning. May you have the best Monday ever.

Mr. Alvin is whining so perhaps he has to go outside. So better sign off for now.

Living our lives with love, kindness and respect is the only way.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

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