2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I/We are well.

TODAY

Lookin’ out the window this morn

The trees are swaying in the wind

The snow has stopped falling

Leaving a bright white blanket covering the ground

Alvin sits back to me in the doorway

With the odd moan wanting my attention

Another day of work ahead

A bit more sleep than the night before

Cannot seem to figure out how to save change to line height

Technology numbs me some days

What does the day hold?

Perhaps whatever I think it to be.

Placing my thoughts on positive situations

What can I do?

Thoughts become things?

That I know.

Keeping it together

Living one day at a time.

Remembering kindness and respect,

Compassion and patience.

Always working on the latter (patience).

Time stands still for a second and then races on

It is time

Time to plug in the coffee

Time to turn on some music

Time to place Alvin’s bed in the kitchen

Time to prepare for work.

Coffee will taste good as it always does.

This is my life.

Our life, mine and Alvin’s.

Keeping it simple.

Keeping it honest.

Always with Gratitude.

Living it how I can.

How I must.

Take Care.

Be Well.

Living with Kindness, Respect, Compassion and Patience

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? Yay, it is Friday. Why do we always want it to be Friday? Yes, I know because it is the start of the weekend. But doesn’t it feel like we just had the weekend? Feels like we just had Monday. The weeks seem to go by so quickly. I think that we feel that more when we are older. I am going to be 64 years old this summer. I don’t feel like 64 OR rather my mind feels younger but sometimes my body “is saying I cannot keep up.” Likely due to less walks. I love walking outside but with the temperatures being in the minus 30’s with the windchill OR even colder, I am not taking a chance. People don’t realize that it is not just frostbite of your face and fingers and toes but you can do real damage to your lungs and even your heart breathing in that extreme cold air. So we have stayed in the house except for Alvin’s trips to the backyard and mine to shovel until today. Now today is supposed to be somewhat warmer so hopefully okay as I have to run well actually walk over to the Vet and pick up supplies including food for Mr. Alvin. He has to eat. Luckily next Tuesday when he has his regular appointment and also his vaccinations the cold weather is to have passed and we shall be back to single digit temperatures. Thank goodness. I want to go for walks again. It was so great going for a nice walk at lunchtime. What a great way to break up the day. Good for both of us. We also got a bit more snow as I swept the snow off the back door frame twice this morning. I can see some more shovelling in my future. I cannot see the sun beginning to rise so that leads me to believe that the sky is overcast. If that sounds odd. We do have snow falling when it is sunny. Yes, we do. I just took a quick peek out of the office window and yes the sky is definitely that tinge of grey with no sunrise in sight. ARGH. Oh well. Hopefully by lunchtime when leave for the Vet – it has stopped snowing.

What are your plans for the weekend? Well remember a couple of weeks ago or was it this last one? They all run together. Anyway I had mentioned about gathering paperwork for my taxes. We had Teddy come for a sleepover instead. I felt that was more important for Alvin to see his friend than for me to spend time gathering papers. It really should not take me long as everything is in one place or two within my office. I really am looking to put things in order to do my taxes when it is time. I will wait until my employer issues my T4 which is at the end of February, I believe.

Well it is time to head on downstairs and get this day going. Coffee is in my immediate future for sure.

Oh update on the Chef’s Plate …. I had a Spicy Curry Turkey Burger and fries. The burger was good and yes it was spicy unlike one of last week’s dishes that said spicy and was not. This was totally spicy. Note to self: if I order from them again …. stay away from the spicy dishes or else put in less of the spice.

I hope that you are safe and warm and enjoying life. Be in good health.

Continuing to live my live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience. Remembering sometimes it is better to take the high road and not let folks get under your skin. There are those folks that just do and that will not change.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you this morning? Another cold cold morning here in Edmonton. I noticed a light blanket of snow gracing the deck. Surprise, surprise there is not extra snow out front. How can it snow at the back of the house and not at the front? Mother Nature definitely has a sense of humour. Another morning where Alvin got up about 4:00 ….. had his breakfast ….. did his outside business and then we were to the sofa until my alarm went off at 6:45 ….. so much better.

This morning I was thinking ….. I am going to do a top 10 or 12 list of my favourite things around the house. Not living creatures or Alvin would top the list. These are in no certain order ….. just as I think of something.

  1. My sparkle ball earrings from Hillberg and Berk which were a 60th birthday gift from my sister.
  2. Photo books of Alvin, Elton & Penny and my Daughter & Son-in-law’s wedding which were gifts at different times from my daughter.
  3. Geranium plants a gift from a friend (they bloom all year round).
  4. Christmas Star with removable red charm from a friend.
  5. Hand towels made by a friend to hang on the oven door.
  6. Book, Becoming Michelle Obama given to me by a friend.
  7. Purple crossbody ROOTS purse given to me by me.
  8. Hand made, hand painted dough Lady given to me from my Mom and made by Mom.
  9. Lavender Rose Bone China Dish Set that was my Grandmother’s.
  10. Little wooden car painted by great nephew (given to me when I moved to Edmonton).
  11. Royal Doulton figurine of a lady in white holding a flower, a Christmas present long ago from my sister.
  12. A wok type pot/pan that my kids gave me for Christmas a few years ago, it is the perfect pot.
  13. A bookmark made my longtime childhood friend when I moved to Edmonton and it was signed by friends of a ladies group that I belonged to ….

Well that is a quick list. Take a few minutes and look around your house and jot down your favourite things.

Makes you think.

Well time to head on downstairs. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

I think today is going to be “bra free” day ….. okay perhaps a bit more information that you need or wanted. Other women I know have spoke of this and I have not done this in the past. Today is the Day. “Bra Free Wednesday, February 10, 2021.” This is the day.

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and patience. Always working on patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing this morning? We are well. Another night where Mr. Alvin was up and down. I think it may be his arthritis. Poor guy. He has pain meds when he needs them and of course takes glucosamine daily. Which I need to go and pick up more this week. Starting to snow about 4:30 this morning, just lightly.

Last night I was thinking:

“What have we learned in 2020”

Patience

To be more patient

Not to take family and friends for granted

To be grateful at all times

That grocery shopping is a good outing

That we gave Nature a deep breath and that they would like more

To be good to nature in 2021

All creatures are important to our planet

To be responsible

To be compassionate

It is okay for women to go without makeup (who makes these rules anyway)

We no longer need heels

To Live simply

We do not need so much “stuff”

Have an organized house and workspace is important

Yes, you can do anything you put your mind to

Technology

Learning things

To laugh more

Taking care of our Mental Health

Going for a walk

Being in Nature

Exercise is important for body, mind and soul

Getting up from your desk (home) or at the office and moving about

To dance even if someone is looking

Smile even if you are alone

Call, text or email those you love or even those you do not

Keep in contact

Snuggle with your dog, cat and children more

Play board games

Appreciate just being quiet

Masks are mandatory to wear in a bank now

How to bake break and a good banana loaf

That stretchy pants and sweats are okay for everyday wear

On that note, I have to go and get to work in a few minutes.

I guess I/We have learned a lot in 2020.

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and learning to be more patient everyday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Almost Christmas 2020

Good Morning ALL. Only two more sleeps until Christmas Eve and the fun begins. WE are all going to have some fun. Play some games, sing some songs, watch our favourite Christmas movies, eat delicious food and snacks and enjoy our time together. Whether we are alone or together with family and friends we can enjoy this time. I am blessed as I have Mr. Alvin to keep me company and he certainly enjoys some good food. The playing games might be a bit difficult but we could always play with his toys. He loves his new toy from his friend and pal down the street Miss Bailey. The point is, we all know that this Christmas is not going to be the same for a multitude of different reasons. Christmas will come and go much the same as most years. It is up to us how we handle each moment of this time.

This morning the white stuff is falling from the sky. The sky was overcast last night so we missed seeing the Conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn. I was so looking forward to the possibility of seeing that rare point in time. In fact this has been the first time in 400 years that it has been close enough to see with the naked eye. How cool is that? Luckily it was not cloudy everywhere and others have shared those rare photos. Very exciting. “THE GREAT CONJUNCTION” it has been dubbed. Next time it will be 2080 before the planets align so closely again.

Yesterday my last tea order arrived at noon out of the blue. No email advising that it was even shipped but I will not complain as I am happy that my customers/friends will have their orders for Christmas as some were gifts.

Looks like shovelling will be in my future. Time to go and pick up those “packages” that Mr. Alvin so kindly leaves behind for me in the backyard. I am grateful that we had a nice walk yesterday. Hopefully the snow is at a minimum so we can walk at lunchtime today.

I hope that you are having the best Tuesday (ooops, I almost said Wednesday). It is a good day. We definitely will have a White Christmas. Take care and be in good health. If we only can live our lives with kindness, respect and compassion – what a wonderful world this would be.

Have an awesome Tuesday Everyone.

Time to get that coffee ready and get this day going. We are down to two out of seven from our immediate team. Lots of mail came in yesterday for myself and another team member who is on Christmas vacation. I am doing my best to ensure most or all of the mail is done before Christmas. Maybe today the phones will be quiet. Fingers crossed.

Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Happy Easter Sunday.

The sky is overcast and it is snowing.

We enjoyed a later walk yesterday after my daughter popped in with groceries and for a short visit.

I miss seeing her on a regular basis.

I guess I am not alone in that regard.

Also enjoyed video chat online with three girl friends yesterday morning.

Next best thing to physically seeing everyone.

Most of laundry was completed.

Floors washed and some cleaning accomplished.

Today will be tax day and finish the laundry and some odds and ends.

Thank you to one of my friends and her daughter who stopped by with an Easter gift and card.

A lovely chocolate bar and the winning lotto max ticket for next Tuesday.

I already  know what I am going to be doing with the $70 million dollars.

I do.

 

Early evening I set up a little Easter arrangement.

Snapped some photos.

 

Happy Easter to you all.

May you and your family be safe and healthy.

This is a different time for most of the world.

We will endure.

Happy Easter.

 

Played around a bit …. sorry for the almost duplicates.

Learning about my phone/camera even now.

 

WIth kindness and respect

I/We Remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Sunday morning.

Well shortly after I wrote my post yesterday the sun shone brightly.

It was a lovely day.

Lucky me, I went to shovel the driveway and there was no snow.

It had melted.

That was a first.

YAY.

Alvin and I enjoyed a beautiful walk in the afternoon after several loads of laundry.

Ended the day watching the newest STAR WARS movie “The Rise of Skywalker.”

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

This morning it has been lightly snowing since we were first up at 5:00 a.m.

No worries we did not stay up but I can tell by the amount of snow that it did not stop.

Actually it appears to be coming down with more intensity at this time.

Oh, last night we had a good show with the rabbits.

Alvin watched them intently gathering and having a snack out front.

At one point there were four of them.

Happy to report they are getting pretty brown.

We have so much snow which is not great for the wildlife.

 

I was thinking as I walked to the computer this morning.

List of things that change when staying at home / working from work during a PANDEMIC

  1. Transportation to work, no bus tickets or payment for carpool.
  2. No need to carry a purse, cause I do not use anything in my purse
  3. More snacks
  4. Changing up exercise routine
  5. More television
  6. Baking more
  7. More snacks, did I say that already (very important)
  8. More time spending with loved ones and in my case, my dog Alvin
  9. No commute time to work (ten steps from bed to laptop in office in my case)
  10. More time to clean the house
  11. Less time actually spending cleaning the house
  12. Less energy the longer at home
  13. Overthinking everything
  14. Trying new recipes
  15. Waistline expanding
  16. Need to start wearing button up pants instead of the stretchy ones
  17. No gatherings
  18. Quietness
  19. Having television on during work hours for background noise
  20. Routine, trying to keep work and home separate
  21. Time spent looking out of the window
  22. Did I say changing up exercise routine, gotta start that ….
  23. Walking more (when weather allows)
  24. Hoping for sunshine
  25. Happy when receive texts from family and friends
  26. Learning new things
  27. No coworkers
  28. If you have school age children at home, then you have now become a teacher
  29. Trying to remember what day of the week it is
  30. Resting, maybe too much (depends on who is in the house with you)
  31. Excited to see the rabbits gathering out front to have a snack (no social distancing for them)
  32. Happy to be alive and well
  33. Wondering how long this will last
  34. Nervous about going back to work
  35. Staying away from news and social media for a time to be less stressed
  36. SNACKS, so important for one or more in a household
  37. Food has become so important
  38. Realizing that one’s leaking tap is going to be this way for some time before can get fixed
  39. Supposed to be spring now, why more snow?
  40. Anyone at home that has folks bringing by groceries and supplies, we are grateful, realizing this will end someday and I will be shopping again
  41. No going to the mall (I did not go much, anyway)
  42. Thinking of how much the world has changed over the past month or so
  43. Thinking of how much things will change going forward
  44. Realizing that this would be retirement minus the working Monday to Friday
  45. Getting stairs in several times per day (if you live in a multiple storey home)
  46. Getting close to 50 (points to make)
  47. Making a list that never gets completed
  48. Day 3 cleaned the junk drawers
  49. Day 6 cleaned the front closet
  50. Day 18 cleaning the junk drawers again, and the rotation begins.

NOTE:  two things enjoying being with Alvin all day everyday and having my own perked coffee in the mornings.

 

Well time to hit the shower before having breakfast and enjoying some perked coffee.

 

Happy Sunday everyone.

I hope that you are smiling …..

 

Remembering we are living in kindness and with respect.

 

I/We, remain

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  trying to decide if I should just cut my own hair.

That could have been point 51.

My hair is much longer than this photo.

Am thinking I could put the long clipper attachment on Alvin’s hair cutting machine and cut my hair.

What do you think?

If in household with children ….. cut their hair.

If in household with a dog that needs a haircut ….. already done.

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All,

Welcome to a snowy Saturday morning.

What happened to the beautiful sunrise?

What happened to the clear blue sky?

What happened to the feeling of spring?

Feels like winter will never end.

That feeling of dread.

Is that because we are all feeling that things will never end?

That our way of life has somewhat changed forever.

It is a possibility.

Some things will never be the same, that is likely.

Perhaps it is ?

You know how your thoughts become things?

Right.

Perhaps we all collectively need to change our “thoughts.”

We can do this.

 

Everyone close your eyes.

Visualize a bright sunny day.

The air is warm.

You are out walking in your sandals or running shoes.

You are wearing a light sweater and comfortable pants maybe even shorts.

The slightest whisper of a breeze lands on your cheeks providing a cooling effect.

You have your sunglasses on because it is nice and bright.

As you become closer to the entrance to the park, the fragrance of wild roses overtakes your senses.

You just have to stop and take in that wonderful aroma as it tingles every part of your nose.

The shade of green that colours the grass makes you feel happy.

As you walk you have this feeling that life is great.

You just want to dance.

You are feeling joyful and safe and filled with gratitude.

Your little dog walks ahead of you at the full length of the leash.

He is loving life as he sniffs about.

Life is perfect.

You are feeling glorious.

This is the perfect day.

 

This is the perfect day.

 

Wishing you the most perfect day.

We can do this.

We have got this.

We can change this ……

We are the world…..

 

Happy Saturday.

 

Time to get dressed, changed bedding, gather the laundry, have breakfast, perhaps do some shovelling (forgot about the driveway during the last snowfall, argh).

There are things to do.

One of the television stations (old school) is playing some of the JAMES BOND movies today.

The ones with Daniel Craig.

At least two of them for sure.

Wishing you a grand day.

Be safe and in good health.

Remember to eat some oranges and broccoli.

Go for a walk if you are able OR do some stretches.

 

I/We are with you,

In kindness and with respect,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  answering the after hour calls last night from 4-7 p.m. went went.  I was answering with a couple of lads from the office and we made a great team.

A friend brought me groceries yesterday.

Life is good.

Forgot story from last night.

Two lads walking down the sidewalk across the street from my house.

Dressed in onesies ….. full length ….. like baby sleepers.

One was leopard print and the other a bright green.

Not sure where they were going or what they were thinking.

It definitely make me smile.

AND

There was a bunny in the yard across the street from us.

Alvin was situated in his chair looking out the window at the bunny.

A German Shepherd and his female pack leader came walking around the corner.

The dog got wind of the bunny.

Hilarity ensued.

The gal was pulled by this huge dog over a snowbank and onto the street.

She was holding on for dear life.

The bunny of course, gone.

Once they were out of site.

The bunny was back.

Bunny came across the street and was eating when my neighbour who feeds the bunnies.

Came out and started to put out some food for them.

The bunny left to the safety of across the street.

As soon as she was gone into her house.

Bunny was back.

Alvin enjoyed the show.

The photos were all taken from behind the blinds.

 

 

Happy Days.

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to the weekend.

Well this Saturday morning is not quite as beautiful weather wise as Friday.

The sky is overcast and it is lightly snowing.

When we were first up at 4:00 a.m., the snow had already started.

 

How are you doing today?

Me, to be honest going into yesterday I was actually feeling pretty great.

I had a productive day.

We received notice about government decisions that will add a new layer of work with deadlines.

So life goes on.

I am not complaining but this VIRUS affects everyone to some degree.

You may have been laid off from your job.

You may qualify for Employment Insurance Benefits.

You may qualify for other Federal Government Benefits.

You may be on a fixed income.

You may be working from work.

You may have the virus.

Family member might have the virus and you are worried.

You may be self-isolating after an out of country trip.

You may have money invested and see the market downturn.

You might be older or have a comprised immune system and be worried about your health.

You may not be able to get out for groceries and when you do the shelves are empty.

You may just be worried.

You may be what is deemed to be an essential service such as Health Care Workers, Utilities and such.

You may be in Health Care and working alongside people with the virus and worried for you and your family.

You may persons in charge of watching over the populations trying your best to make things right.

Whether a scientist, world leader, doctor, nurse or parent.

We are all in this together.

 

It is snowing a bit harder now.

I wish that I could wave a magic wand and make it better for all my fellow human beings.

For now Alvin and I are doing okay.

He definitely has set into the routine as at the times that I should be leaving the “office” for breaks and after work, he jumped up and stared at me.

I ended up working later as I wanted to finish returning phone calls.

He was not happy.

Even Alvin knows to self care.

I can learn from him.

Anyway, we had two wonderful walks last night.

My neighbours worked on draining more of the water and chipped more ice from our side of the street.

So grateful for them.

We had supper.

I worked for a bit in the evening.

Watched PICARD.

I was not surprised by the turn of events as when the show started I noticed something I had noticed but not paid close attention.

Well it came to fruition during the episode.

I do not wish to release that bit of information for those who may not have seen the show yet.

 

Well I shall be going.

There be laundry to do.

I was thinking that I should be cleaning the light fixtures.

Bedding to change.

After the bedding is changed and the first load of laundry has been started, it will be time for COFFEE and TOAST.

 

We will be okay.

There will be moments.

For sure.

Did you watch PLUTO Living yet?

Oh you must.

The cutest little four-legged (don’t tell Alvin I said that).

Remember to laugh.

Try not to be worried.

We will prevail.

We will get through this.

Things will be different, I would imagine.

But different is not always bad.

So I have found out.

Change seems to be happening on a regular basis.

As this world of ours evolves.

 

Have a great Saturday.

Take some time to relax.

Have a cup of coffee or tea or your favourite beverage.

Hugs from a distance.

Go for a walk.

Do something unexpected for someone.

Do something expected for you.

Be kind and respectful.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Hello and Welcome to Monday, Family Day here in Alberta, Canada.

Unfortunately not a great day to be out and about.

It has been snowing steadily since we were first up about 3:30 this morning.

It is still snowing.

I have shovelled the deck already and looks like it will need another time shortly.

The front is buried in about six inches or so of snow.

I see more shovelling in the near future.

Teddy and Alvin are in the office with me.

Teddy on the blanket and Alvin at the door.

I am so grateful that we were able to take in a nice long walk yesterday.

We saw Aunt J and Kobi out for a walk.

She likes to get her out after she eats so that it gets her going.

 

Almost all of this weekend I have had an annoying headache.

Go to bed with it and waking up the same way.

Normally I do not like to take any kind of medication when I am under the weather.

Sleeping did not seem to help much so I took some medication.

Actually a few times.

Perhaps I have not been drinking enough water.

I will make a point of watching how much I drink.

It is easy to drink lots of coffee and tea and forget to drink just plain water.

I do know that headaches are a sign of dehydration.

So will watch today.

I have been drinking water since the first time I was up with Alvin.

 

Also I have been trying to upload/download photos from my phone to the computer.

Some of the photos will load and others will not.

I am trying to figure out why not?

It is odd.

 

Some photos from yesterday.

The boys being good while I am on the computer.

The germanium my friend gave me has grown and is blooming once again.

The crystal shining in the window.

My glass flower stem in the Spider plant.

Poinsettia plant still blooming.

The boys hanging out.

 

Last two photos are from this morning, actually only a few minutes ago.

Teddy was on the bed and had the chew treat that Alvin now has in this mouth.

Teddy dropped the chew treat and Alvin grabbed it and ran to the hallway.

Poor Teddy.

 

Well it is time to go and eat some breakfast and have some coffee.

Then time to shovel.

I have laundry to bring up from the basement.

Couple loads of towels and bedding to do.

Yes, change the bedding on our bed.

 

Family Day spending with the pups.

Aunt J is coming for tea later.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Headache is gone.

YAY, yes I know drink more water.

 

Happy Monday.

Short work week ahead.

That is always nice.

 

Always, Carol, Alvin and Teddy,.

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