Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Welcome to Thursday, July 23, 2020.

Wow, not many days left in July 2020.

The time just seems to zip by.

We had rain earlier and was raining when we were up at 4:30.

I did not hear any thunder but then again, I had the electric fan running most of the night.

Slept in our bed last night and we both were awake at 4:30, thankfully did not stay up.

Makes for an early night if up that early.

Although if it had not been raining the sun would have been coming up.

It is muggy in the office this morning even with the windows open.

Looks like more rain.

 

So how are we all doing at almost the end of 5 months since this COVID19 virus became so much on our radar.

Perhaps on some more so than others.

With every country on the planet affected by COVID19 which I believe is the majority at this point; every different leader and government has taken a different approach.

Some were fast to shut down out of country air travel.

Others were not.

There were countries that took very cautious approaches and with diligence they were able to lower the amount of cases and deaths.

While others just seemed to stand by and hope for the best.

No one knows at this point the real numbers because they are only as good as they are reported.

Also I read some place that countries were initially treating any deaths as COVID19 and not doing any autopsies.

That is scary but sort of understandable in a way.

Anyway, if we all listen to our government health officials we can make a difference.

In public wear a mask.

Wash your hands often.

Social Distancing.

Just be careful.

To be honest since I came home to work on March 19, 2020 – the most people at one time that I have been around other than me is 3.

So any numbers larger than that …. honestly kind of freak me out.

I know that this is because I have not been out to the grocery stores and in public.

So this is something that I will have to get used to and be prepared with.

Food for thought.

If we do not work together …. we fall apart.

 

Well time to head to work.

Alvin is doing much better, thankfully.

I think the second set of medication has made a huge difference.

Time will tell when that medication has all been taken.

 

I hope that you are safe and in good health.

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Sunday Morning.

We are still in the throes of gas and diarrhea in our household.

Mr. Alvin was on the way to recovery or so I thought but that was not quite the case.

I guess I got my hopes up too soon.

Yesterday he did not poop one way or the other all day long.

Humphrey spent the day with us and I took him home last night before bed.

This morning we have been up and down since about 4:10 a.m.

After Alvin had an early morning chicken and rice breakfast – it was back to diarrhea again.

Not a lot but not the other direction.

He has been up and down but no bum action other than gas.

It is always amazes me as to how it startles him.

He can be sitting in his chair or laying down somewhere and all of a sudden I can smell “GAS” and he jumps.

Poor baby.

So not sure what today will bring.

Sounds like he may have to go outside.

I will be back.

 

Okay we are back.

Only had to pee.

That he does on a regular basis.

 

What a weekend this is turning out to be.

Interesting for sure.

Yesterday was quiet, putzed in the garden, did some laundry, did some free hand water colouring painting.

By free hand I mean did not follow any instructions.

I just wanted to see what I could do.

Giving me some ideas for future works.

 

In about one hour I will go and get Humphrey.

Clean out his litter box.

Fill his food dish.

Give him fresh water.

Then look after Cynder.

Giver her some fresh water and spray the leaves.

She is a gekko and has special food times.

 

I guess this weekend is all about poo.

How wonderful.

Will it be or won’t it be.

I guess we all have those times in our lives ….

Where poo is a big deal.

When children are little.

When they are big.

When we are older.

Unfortunately how our poop is whether we are human or a puppy, is huge.

It tells us whether we are in good health or not.

Whether we have a bug or not.

So much information that comes out of our bottom ends.

 

Well on that note, I shall go.

I have a few things to do before going to Humphrey’s house.

Likely in between there will be a few trips outside.

Please keep sending positive thoughts to our Mr. Alvin.

The poor boy.

 

When we were up at 4:10 a.m. the sky was already beginning to lighten.

There were a few stars in the clear early morning sky.

By the next time we were up, the sun was rising.

Followed by bright blue sky and sunshine.

Now there is a breeze and some clouds have rolled in.

This happened yesterday.

It was nice with the clouds from time to time as it gave some relief from the warmth.

No complaints about that …. clouds or warmth.

This is mid May and we are longing for the days of summer.

So close.

 

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.

Keeping the social distancing.

Washing your hands often.

Being mindful of others and yourself.

It is only through taking precautions and being careful and listening to the health professionals that we will make it to the other side of this pandemic.

There will always be something that comes along but we have to listen.

I know that sometimes it may seen annoying and unrealistic but in the end it is necessary.

 

Take care, stay healthy.

With kindness and respect for all.

I/We Remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Monday Morning,

Happy Birthday to my friend who has always been like an older sister, L.

We are wishing you a day of full of sweet surprises and perhaps even a delectable birthday cake.

 

Well folks it is raining here in Edmonton.

The rain is washing the earth nicely.

Along with the earth, plants and trees; I noticed that the neighbours across the street are going to be needing to paint their fence, shortly.

Likely the paint was peeling but now it is noticeable.

It will be time to paint my fence but that will be next summer as this summer we are getting it fixed.

The fence that separates me and my neighbour in the duplex is leaning due to one of the posts.

Not the whole fence just a section.

But it gets a bit tricky as I have a deck on my side that is right up to and touching the fence and on the other side they have a raised garden up against the fence with

no retaining wall.

No one thought of it at the time.

The whole backyard is done in stone.

It really is beautiful.

So we have someone coming to check it out and give us an estimate.

It has to be fixed.

This young man is the grandson of my good friends down the street.

I will he will be honest and forthright.

He is popping by this afternoon to take a peek.

Hopefully it has stopped raining by then.

Oh, my backyard is nice and sopping wet.

Perhaps it is more wet under the grass that one may have first thought, meaning me.

 

Well we had a great weekend.

I chalked off everything on my list and it was a long one.

Thankfully everything outside got done and inside as well.

We had a great walk yesterday afternoon just as the rain began.

 

For some reason I could not shut off my thoughts last night so I tried to take as many extra zzz’s this morning as possible.

Running a bit late well not really late.

But I like to sign on to the work computer well before my actual start time.

I like to be early.

Just a thing about me.

 

I hope that you are doing well.

Doing the social distancing.

Not having massive crowds over for a visit.

Just having common sense so we get through this safe and to the other side.

Remember to rest and to hydrate.

Wash your hands often.

 

Have an awesome Monday.

Time for coffee.

Alvin is resting on his little bed.

 

With a deep respect and sending so much kindness your way,

I/We remain,

As always, Carol & Mr. Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning ALL,

Wow, can you believe that it is April 30th, 2020.

Last day of April already.

 

Yesterday was an OVER the TOP FANTASTIC day for me and I will include Mr. Alvin in that declaration.

This is what happened:

  1. One of my girl friends picked up some light bulbs that I had been needing.
  2. My daughter and one of my grand-pups came for a visit, we did not hug and practiced social distancing and she wore a mask inside the house.  She also brought me lunch and a cold treat which I forgot to have for dessert last night.  My favorite “buster bars” from Dairy Queen.  She also gave me some “dilly bars.”  So great to see them and catch up in real time.
  3. EPCOR phoned and arrived just before 2:30 p.m.
  4. My friend the plumber arrived shortly thereafter.
  5. TAP fixed with only a couple of momentarily hiccups just after 4:00 p.m.
  6. Found out that my smoke detectors had expired (did not realize if they were hard-wired that they had to be replaced, but if one thinks about it, makes sense).  Check yours.
  7. Went for a walk with Alvin.
  8. Another friend down the street who is an electrician happened to be out walking with his youngest son  – so I asked him about the smoke detectors and replacing them.
  9. Our friend P and her grand pup Georgie were out working in her backyard and she invited us in for a visit.  Social distancing of course.  We stayed in the backyard.
  10. Happy to hear the sound of silence throughout the evening.
  11. My neighbour mowed the front lawn and I was so caught up with everything that I did not notice when we arrived home from our walk.
  12. Lovely evening …. just hanging out and watching episodes of “Love It or List It, Vancouver.”
  13. Perfection and a full day.
  14. I also worked in the morning.

 

What a incredible day.

I am over the moon happy to have the kitchen tap fixed.

Now I have a few more things to get repaired/replaced.

YAY.

It is the small things (and not to say that these are small things).

Does not have to be a luxury trip around the world.

Does not have to be a lotto win.

Having a tap fixed.

Lunch with your daughter and grandpup.

Chatting with a friend in her yard enjoying the early blooming spring flowers.

Having someone mow the lawn unexpectedly.

I am so blessed and so grateful.

 

Okay time to grab that coffee and do the poo pick up.

I wish you a world of small things.

Enjoy your Thursday.

With kindness and respect.

 

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Second last day of April.

Can you believe it?

Today is a great day for many reasons.

My kitchen tap is getting fixed today.

Hip Hip Hooray.

So excited.

My daughter is popping by for a visit and lunch.

No hugging, I know.

Keeping the proper distance, we shall.

One of my friends is picking me up some light bulbs.

Then there shall be light.

So a great day.

I was lazy as we were first up just before 4 p.m.

Then up a couple of times afterward until up at 6:30 a.m.

Which is super late for us.

So running a bit late.

In this case, I am going to share some cheery photos.

Who does not like green, flowers and pets? and perhaps some geese?

I apologize.

Sometimes you just need that extra bit of zzz’s.

 

Greens, anyone?

Two friends just looking out of the window

Mr. Dave, gone but not forgotten.

A true gent.

Penny, Alvin and Elton.

Always looking for a bit to eat, a treat.

Miss Penny and Sir Elton gone to heaven.

Our little angels.

Two of my favourites: Mr. Alvin and Flowers.

Who does not like pretty colours dancing on the wall.

Ah, Mama’s boy…….isn’t he cute!!!

 

Well time to fly downstairs and grab my coffee.

Then to work.

I have a meeting this morning and lots of work to do.

This afternoon I am off as my kitchen tap is getting fixed.

So happy about that.

A visitor, too.

Great day.

Bit of work and a bit of play.

 

Wishing you days filled with kindness and respect,

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & MR. Alvin

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Yes, it has been quite the NEW YEAR thus far.

Good Monday Morning Everyone!

How was your Sunday?

Mine was great.

There were changes to our coffee plans right up until a few minutes before show time.

Originally one of the girls was going to have on her driveway (she has no garage).

Would have been fine but was chilly with HUGE wind blowing.

So then we changed to the other friend who happens to live across the back lane from her.

Then decided it was too windy and cold there.

I have a garage with no cars.

So the coffee party changed to my garage.

We practiced social distancing.

We opened the big door on my garage and closed the regular door to the garage from the house (garage detached).

This shut the wind out as it was coming from the north and west.

It was not too bad ( I was dressed for cool ).

We enjoyed a couple of hours of coffee, muffins and good company.

We laughed and chatted and chatted and laughed.

Alvin was on his leash and spent the time with us.

He would never have stayed in the house by himself.

Also to note the winds were so strong that they were blowing bags of garbage all around.

So many neighbours have recently been raking their yards.

Well you can see where I am going with this story.

Luckily I have an assortment of garden gloves in the garage.

So when a bag would blow down the back lane I picked it up and threw it back to the place of origin.

I cannot believe that people are not more careful.

But I guess why would you if other neighbours watch out for your “trash.”

Anyway, we had a great time.

Our first get together in over 1.5 months.

I missed my girls.

I have seen them individually as they often drop off groceries for me.

But to have so much time together was amazing.

 

I booked this afternoon off as originally EPCOR and my plumber were to come and fix my tap.

Okay, why would I require EPCOR you might ask.

Well the builder of my home put in a very cheap water shut off valve in the basement.

My plumber had to remove the handle as it would have broken off it was so tight.

I have never had to turn it off.

In fact, I wasn’t even sure where it was (my first house).

I should have asked about it and maybe I had in the early years and forgotten.

Anyway, with no shut off under the kitchen sink as that is the leaking tap, it had to be shut off from the main one in the basement.

Had it been working.

He got it half way and decided not a good idea to continue.

My only other alternative was to call EPCOR, the utility company and have them come out and turn off the main water shut off out front.

So I called them.

Firstly, they now charge for the service.

Secondly, they had to send someone out to check things out first before setting up an appointment to actually turn it off.

So they came out on Thursday and then I set up the appointment for this afternoon.

Late after work on Friday, my plumber got in touch to say that he was unable to make it today but could on Wednesday.

I called the utility back and luckily I was able to change to Wednesday afternoon.

Now I have to change the time off.

But then I was thinking that I need to pick up the trash in the hood so I am going to keep this afternoon off and then book Wednesday afternoon off for the plumbing job.

There is possibility of rain this afternoon but because we have been having so much wind as of late and the forecast is slight wind, I am going to keep this time off.

It will be nice to have a couple of afternoons off.

 

Well Alvin is squeaking so perhaps he has to go outside.

Time to grab some coffee.

Oh, Alvin’s BF Teddy came over in the afternoon yesterday for a visit.

So it was a great day.

We had a nice walk after Teddy went home.

Good day for both of us to spend with our friends.

 

I wish you a great Monday.

With kindness and respect we shall make it through another day.

 

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning Everyone,

Welcome to a sunshiny Sunday Morning.

I am invited to one of my friend’s house well actually to her driveway for us to have coffee and a visit.

It might be a tad on the cool side to be sitting outside drinking coffee but we shall see.

Depends on the breeze and it appears to be windy.

Actually at one point last night during the night it was gusting so much it woke me up.

Crazy.

I will just dress warmly.

Warm sweats, sock and shoes with sweater and jacket with hood.

Perhaps take my mini gloves as well.

Curious as to what the temperature is to be at 10:00 a.m. – I checked and without the wind +9 celsius and with the windchill +6.

Not too bad but not great to be sitting outside.

I miss my girls.

We have not had a proper visit since I do not know when.

Well for sure since we were told to practice the social distancing.

So it has been awhile.

I have seen the girls as they pick up and drop off groceries.

But together not.

 

I gave Mr. Alvin a haircut and bath yesterday morning/afternoon.

Finally was able to trim his front paws somewhat.

He fusses so much making it almost impossible and tries my patience to the 9th degree.

I managed to maintain patience and he looks good.

I think this is the first time in a long time that I can actually see his nails on his front paws.

Likely needing a trim.

I would have thought two walks each day except for yesterday would be helping.

Definitely have to take a closer look and determine just how long they actually are getting to be.

I just was so happy to get the fur/hair trimmed that I did not really measure or study the length to any detail.

Oh my boy.

I think that this is the first time since March 19th that I have been out without Alvin.

For us that is a long time.

No complaints though either way.

I am enjoying this time at home with my boy.

Our date to return to work is scheduled for June 30th, 2020 and with Alvin in mind, I hope that it stays that way.

 

Well I managed to get the front lawn raked (not a big time consumer), did all of the laundry and gave Alvin a haircut and bath.

In between did some tidying up and vacuuming.

I will have to quickly clean the bathrooms today as somehow they got forgotten.

With only me and Alvin …. and yes, only me using them, they do not get really dirty.

I have three bathrooms.

Oh, I did clean the tub after Alvin’s bath, does that count?

Okay, sure why not.

Why does it seem that I should have done more?

Why?

 

I am so grateful for this to be Sunday.

I do love the weekends.

 

Oh, yesterday afternoon I video chatted with my daughter.

We had many a giggle.

I miss seeing her on a regular basis so video chatting is the next best thing.

After seeing some of the recent artwork that she has displayed in her office and around their home, it gave me ideas for hanging some in my house.

I also still would like to paint the largest wall in the living room, the same green as the office.

It may be bright but I think it would go with everything and give us some extra cheer.

Food for thought.

I have lots of that colour so might as well use it.

Perhaps even in the basement.

I think it would be nice to have one or two walls on every floor in that colour.

Is that called colour blocking.

Laughing aloud.

My wind is wondering to silly places.

We have to go there sometimes.

I can hear the wind howling which is definitely not a great sign for visiting on a driveway.

Winter coat?

 

We are managing to survive with the heat turned off.

Some mornings it has been as low as 64 degrees fahrenheit.

I just googled to see what the conversion is and it is 17.8 degrees celsius.

Which is what our outside temperatures have been the past week or so give or take.

Why does it feel so cool in the house then?

Anyway, the heat is staying off.

I even covered Alvin with a blanket last night in bed as with his new haircut I thought he may be cold.

 

Well I guess time to hit the shower.

Perhaps will be a bit on the warm side …..

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend thus far.

Remembering to get some exercise while practising social distancing.

Remembering to get lots of rest and to hydrate.

Remembering to eat lots of fruit and veggies.

But most of all and this is not usually on any of the lists that go around.

LAUGH.

Laugh until you think you will pee your pants.

Laughter is what gets us all through any tough and trying times.

We will prevail.

 

Happy Sunday.

I am going for a nice warm shower.

 

With kindness and respect,

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Saturday morning – April 11, 2020.

The sky is a bright beautiful blue filled with amazing sunlight.

YAY.

The snow is slowly melting.

Across the street from our house most of the snow has already melted uncovering brown grass waiting to turn to green.

On our side of the street facing NORTH we still have a couple of feet of snow.

But it is melting.

 

Yesterday we enjoyed 1.5 hour walk visiting with friends as we went.

I was amazed at how many people that we knew as we walked about.

The air was a bit cool but sunny and wonderful.

Alvin’s best friend came for a visit.

He was so happy to see Teddy and Teddy, Alvin.

I wouldn’t say that they really played but they did enjoy each other’s company.

In the afternoon we three went for a walk and met up with Teddy’s Mom and little sister Kobi.

There were a pair of Canada Geese out by the big pond.

We kept the “social distance” as we walked along.

There are so many more people out and about these days.

Perhaps we will all be in better physical condition after all this is over.

At least the folks in my neighbourhood as they are walking in huge numbers.

I think that is good.

Fresh air and sunlight are good for us all.

I understand if you are sick staying at home but otherwise outside following the “rules” is good for us all.

 

Last night I just finished a book that my daughter had loaned me.

Something like Happy by EVA WOODS.

I really enjoyed this book and her style of writing.

If you have an opportunity to read this book, please do so.

High recommendation.

This is the perfect read for this point in time.

 

Well today, time to get some work done around the house.

Changed bedding and once finished here I will be popping into the shower.

I have a 11:00 a.m. ZOOM meeting with two of my friends.

This should be interesting.

Our CEO had a ZOOM meeting with staff but several of us were “locked out” so to speak.

Someone said that ZOOM had a 100 capacity and well we are over 100 staff.

That makes sense.

Anyway I understand that we can see each other so I better get prettied up.

Or at least look descent.

After that my daughter might pop by …..

It is hard not to see our families if they do not live with us.

But we have a visit following the rules.

There is laundry to do and taxes.

Walking to do.

Cleaning bathrooms again.

Seems like I just did them.

 

Well I should get this show on the road.

I hope that you are all doing well.

Perhaps that Easter Bunny will hop over to your house over the weekend filling it with lovely chocolate treats.

Maybe there will be a floral delivery?

Maybe a video chat with family and friends.

I hope this finds you and your family well.

 

With kindness and respect

I/We remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Lilies Just for YOU.

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning ALL,

Friday April 10, 2020.

So quiet in the house.

But then again it is always quiet in our house as it is only me and Alvin.

I was thinking this morning of all those single folks such as me, sitting alone in their homes.

I have a brother and sister who are among us single folks.

My heart goes out to all those folks who are alone.

The quiet can be almost crippling sometimes for some people.

Even for me.

I am blessed to have Alvin who gives me the push to go for walks.

I do like walking and I have him to keep me company.

More and more people in my neighbourhood are out walking.

Whether they are alone or pairs or in family groups.

People are out and about ….

It is too hard to stay in the house all of the time.

As long as we practice “social distancing” when outside being outside is SO good for us.

The fresh air and the exercise and the socialization.

If it you are by yourself out walking like I am with Alvin.

Even folks we do not know we always say “hello.”

That is socializing.

We all need that now more than ever.

I do think of folks who live on farms, in small towns, in rural settings.

People who going to visit friends and neighbours was the world to them.

For the past three days we have been outside for TWO walks.

Yesterday we bumped into Alvin’s best friend Teddy, his sister Kobi and Mom.

So we set up a playdate for Alvin and Teddy.

Teddy will be coming over this morning and stay until sometime this afternoon.

I am happy that Alvin is still able to spend time with his friend.

Oh and while out on our walk after work.

I noticed the garage door was up from across the street as we neared our friends house.

So we crossed and while practising social distancing we had the best visit in their garage.

Alvin of course, got some pats and attention.

We talked about weather, the world economy and at home, getting groceries, working from home and so much more.

I told them about my geranium as we talked about our flower gardens and that they may not be.

But I said that I would gladly share some of my geranium so that she could have some pretty pinkness in her garden.

I was so happy to have a visit with them even if it was from a distance.

They are older than me and I worry about them.

Even though they are in good health.

I think that people are beginning to come with creative ways to met with friends and family during this time.

When the snows melts we could gather in garages and on front lawns.

Probably not able to have too many people but in small groups of three or four and practice the social distancing.

We can visit.

So important not only to wash your hands, eat properly, gets lots of sleep, stay hydrated but to have social contact is important to our sanity.

We don’t have to be touching to have social contact.

Just be close enough to chat which is okay ….. six feet or two metres apart.

This summer may be different for a great many of us.

Unlikely that we can run out and pick up flowers from the local nursery or maybe we will.

I hope so.

 

I was going to share some photos of my geraniums but alas I am suffering from technical difficulties.

So will do that later.

Teddy will be here soon and I still have to have breakfast.

We slept in ….. yup …. we did.

Bed later as I read until quite late.

Poop to pick up.

Toast to make.

Coffee to perk.

Quiet day ahead …. Alvin with his friend, walking and just vegging.

We have three days ahead to do laundry and do my taxes and whatever else I decide to add to the list.

Oh, the sun is coming out.

More snow will melt.

YAY.

 

Happy Friday.

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR

Good Morning Thursday.

Yesterday Alvin and I enjoyed two walks.

One at lunchtime and the other after work.

Alvin certainly slept better.

I think the extra exercise is playing him out.

But happy that he is sleeping more through the night.

The sky is overcast at this point but I have high hopes that it will be another bright and sunny day.

How are things in your neck of the woods?

Sunshine, Rain or Snow?

I hope that you are having a great morning no matter what the weather.

Alvin is resting on the little bed that I have made for him in the office.

Pretty comfy I think.

 

So excited for the long weekend.

Happy Easter to ALL.

A time to reflection.

A time for thanks for all that we hold in gratitude.

 

I am planning to work on and finish my income taxes.

Having an extra day will give me the time so that I don’t have to spend a whole day or so on them.

I don’t remember how long it took last year.

I have already begun so it should not be too bad.

 

I can smell the coffee as it has finish perking and is ready for me to go and grab a mug.

Nothing better than freshly ground coffee perking in the morning.

Almost anyway….

 

How about some pretty flowers for this last day before Easter.

Photos of flowers anyway.

Will take our minds off of the snowbanks in the front of my house and yours.

Well maybe you have a snowbank out front, just guessing.

I threw in a photo of a fruit pizza that I made at some point in the past.

This weekend was supposed to be supper here with my kids and we were going to have fruit pizza for dessert.

It has been put off until a later date.

I wish you all a great weekend.

Time with those members of your household.

Perhaps a creative way to visit with family and friends and keeping the “social distancing” in mind.

 

Well it is getting close to the time that I have to start work.

I have so far to travel …. lol.

Please be safe.

I hope that the Easter Bunny drops by ….

He made a stop here yesterday and I am so grateful as I was completely out of CHOCOLATE.

How could one go into the Easter Weekend with no CHOCOLATE?

Not easily.

Thank you to the Easter Bunny who is so kind and generous.

 

Have a wonderful Thursday.

 

Keeping in Kindness and Respect

I/We are Always,

Carol & Alvin

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