Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

The sky is that pale blue with a hint of pink, oh so very pretty.

There is a refreshing coolness to the air but you can tell it is warming up.

The trees are not moving …. no breeze.

Alvin is on his blanket beside me.

My guard friend.

My companion.

He follows me everywhere.

 

We started our Sunday morning by an early morning walk.

Everything worked in tandem to perfection.

We thoroughly enjoyed that walk which made me think we should one again start taking those early morning walks.

Although during the week it would have to be about 2.5 hours earlier than Sunday.

I had time to do a few chores before our friend G joined us for coffee and a visit.

I am so grateful to be surrounded by great people.

Humphrey came for the day as his Mama had plans for the day.

It was one of those hot muggy days.

Nothing to complain about for sure …..

Last night it rained again.

This mornings puddles in the back as per usual.

I have all of the windows open to cool the house down for Alvin.

The bathroom on the main floor is always cooler as it is on the inside wall and has no windows, of course.

So I will leave that door open.

It is his place to go in case of an emergency.

 

Do you spend time during your day thinking about things?

What do you think about?

Your life?

Money?

Your health?

Friends and Family?

Shopping?

Food, cooking?

Computers?

Technology?

Lack of things?

Too much of something?

We all have approximately 60,000 thoughts per day.

So I guess we have to think about something.

Most of our thoughts are just random bits of nothing, I suppose.

A thought as you are walking …. oh the grass is a brilliant shade of green.

Or looking at the sky …. will it rain today?

Not every thought is share worthy.

Can you imagine that for one moment?

If we share every thought that we had with the world?

I suppose it would be an even louder world than it is.

As I get older …. I every much appreciate SILENCE.

The quietness of things.

Just sitting still …..

No television.

No sound or few sounds.

No noise.

I find it comforting and calming.

I guess one could say that is meditation ….

Being still.

Being quiet.

 

Well here it is almost time to go prepare things for the day.

For Alvin, that is.

See if he has to go outside once again.

Close windows.

Open door.

Fresh water … no, I did that already.

Good Mama.

 

Have an awesome Monday.

If you are able try to take a couple of minutes to be still.

Sit on the grass under a tree.

Sit on the sofa with no television on.

Lay on your bed.

Just close your eyes.

Breathe deeply ….

Release ….

Again ….

Relax.

Happy Monday.

 

Remember Kindness and Respect are what you would like to have – so why wouldn’t you think that others would feel the same?

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 22nd day of March, 2019.

YAY, it is the weekend.

 

I am so excited for this weekend.

Alvin is going to his sister’s house tonight after work, and I am spending some time with my cousins.

No matter who you live with – always a good idea to take a break from each other.

I am so excited to see my cousins.

 

We have so been enjoying this weather.

Walking on a regular basis – every night.

Longer than usual – we need to.

Doing the Happy Spring Dance.

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How about an Alvin story from his first year with me.

 

September 27, 2010 – Alvin slept thru the night !!!

Just when I was almost getting used to getting up at 2:30 or 3:30 in the morning, the PUPPY surprised his Momma this morning and awoke at 6:40 a.m.  YAY.

Isn’t life grand.  Guess cause it was a Monday morning?  Not sure his reasons but I am most happy.  Up until last night or early this morning, Alvin has been waking up and wanting to go outside anywhere from 2:30 – 4:00 in the morning.  I have been getting up and taking him outside.  My reason is:  if the puppy wants to go outside, which he does, I am certain he has a good reason, which he did.

I did lay my foot down and did not “cave” and feed him breakfast when it was that early.  Instead we retreated to the sofa which is what we have been doing for months.  Alvin’s usual time of waking up is between 4:30 – 6:00.  But after over thirty years of having to arise early for work, which years ago included getting Amanda ready for the day …… I really like to sleep in a bit.  After all, I thought 8:00 was a good time to get up.  Oh my Alvin, keeps me on my toes.  Lately he is off schedule. Perhaps he is figuring we should mix things up a bit.  I cannot blame him for that….. after all his Momma is a writer and jewelry maker & designer so I am mixing things up all the time.

I love my Alvin.  As soon as I get ready and pop a load of laundry in the washer we are off on a walk.  We try and go every morning and every night.  We miss the odd one but are pretty faithful.  Good for our minds, bodies and souls.  Today we are going to pick up my grand-puppies, Elton and Miss Penny.  They will be spending the day with us.  So it will be fun and busy.

Have a great day !!

Always, Carol

 

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Alvin and Penny ….. back in the day …..

 

Have an awesome Friday.

I am so excited to spend the weekend visiting with my cousins.

Remember we all have interesting stories to tell.

Your story is just as important as mine.

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello to: my friend W who has encouraged me for years to write.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 17th day of March, 2019.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to Everyone.

I love my “green” roots, er I mean heritage.

Someone might think I dyed my hair, which could have been a possibility.

The sun is slow to rise this morning but gradually the sky is clearing.

Happy Birthday to all of our friends who celebrate a birthday today.

TW, DH, BW and AD.

What a great day to have a birthday …. St. Patrick’s Day.

Today we are celebrating my daughter and Alvin’s sister’s birthday.

We are a few days late but sometimes schedules clash.

Excited to be celebrating her birthday today on St. Patrick’s Day.

I am making a fruit pizza for the party so will be getting that going in a little bit.

 

Have to relay some Alvin and Friends stories from yesterday.

Yesterday was a busy day with Alvin’s regular vet appointment, grocery shopping, laundry and cleaning around the house.

I just happened to be outside trying to chip away at some ice later in the afternoon (as had just spent two hours cleaning out my INBOX on email, argh) when I spotted Alvin’s girl friend Abi.

Abi was with her Aunt “A” and they were coming down the sidewalk out for a walk.

We chatted for a minute and then Alvin saw them from inside the house.

I asked if they would like to come in for a minute to say hi.

After a quick visit, I decided that we should just suck it up and go for a walk.

We found that walking on the other side of the street from our house; well it was not too bad.

A bit wet but very little ice.

We ended up going for a really long walk.

The first one of this length all winter.

It was great.

Alvin was so happy to see his girl friend.

Must be an age thing as he was less “engaging” as he used to be in his young.

At the vet they said he is like a 60 year old based on his years and the chart ???

Anyway they walked side by side.

Comfortable.

Just arrived home and received a call to see if it was okay for Humphrey to come now (5:15 p.m.).

Absolutely.

I took some cute photos of the boys (this time was more prepared to get those shots that don’t always come around).

Who knew ….

 

I was not quite fast enough to get Humphrey drinking out of Alvin’s water bowl.

The boys resting on the sofa.

 

Alvin, thinking well I guess he’s laying on my sofa.

Every visit they become more comfortable with each other.

Yesterday Humphrey walked up to Alvin and just lightly touched his face.

Alvin was a bit nervous but it all worked out.

All under the careful watch of the MOMMA.

Can you believe how close they were laying to each other.

Best Saturday night company ever.

Oh these boys.

Alvin and Friends.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I have toast and coffee to make and drink and a FRUIT PIZZA to make.

Whoops, I had better get out of these pj’s.

 

Have an awesome St. Patrick’s Day.

Special Hello to: anyone celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 11th day of March, 2019.

Yesterday was so WARM with no breeze.

I decided yesterday to take Mr. Alvin to our friend’s birthday celebration.

The cats and Alvin did well.

He kept his distance.

Cricket knows Alvin but Casey has only joined their household last October (2018) and she wasn’t quite sure.

Both are used to dogs but everyone knows that sometimes there can be moments.

Casey did take a swipe at Alvin but he was not close and he retreated to the safety of his Mom’s legs.

Funny how that works.

Poor Alvin had wanted to say hello but Casey was not having any of it.

He pretty much stayed beside me the whole time except when our friend opened the fridge as he knows she keeps the treats in there.

We had a great visit and was interesting watching two cats and a dog navigate their time together.

After the visit we headed home where I quickly changed into boots, coat (had light jacket on) and mitts and of course grabbed some “poop bags.”

Our friend J had left the party when we did and by the time I stopped in and got changed she was outside with Jazmin.

She had not planned to go for a walk but when she got home Jazmin gave her the sign that she wanted to walk.

Miss Jazmin is I believe 14 years old and has a heart condition.

Somedays she just doesn’t want to go.

Yesterday she was excited to go and she tried and mostly kept up with Mr. Alvin.

They get along so well.

I was so happy to see her out and enjoying the warm day.

We had a great walk.

Perfect end to a perfect day.

 

I think that Mr. Alvin is beginning to dream “CATS.”

We were surrounded by CATS this weekend.

AND Miss Jazmin, who is a doggie.

We missed seeing Master Teddy this weekend.

 

Well back to work today.

We had a great day.

Quiet and relaxing and FUN.

 

I hope that you all had a great Sunday.

I hope that if you are in the “time changing zones” that getting up this morning did not hurt too much!!

Wishing you a wonderful Monday.

 

Listening to dogs barking in the distance.

One sounded big.

 

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to:  everyone who READS, whether it be this blog or another, a book or a magazine or a newspaper.  JUST READ.  Read to your children and grandchildren, too.

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 8th day of March, 2019.

Woke up extra early ….. Alvin needed to go outside.

Then we hit the sofa for more sleep.

As our sofa is so comfy, I always make sure to set the timer on the microwave so that we do not sleep in…..

Only thing with that is ….. have to do it in chunks of 99.99 minutes.

When you are up at 2:30 a.m.  …… you get the picture.

Oh well, it is Friday.

So tomorrow morning it doesn’t matter.

I only thought of this now but I guess I could set the timer on the stove instead of the microwave…..

Holy catfish ….. what a great idea!!

 

We also woke up to SNOW.

Yup, it has been snowing since 2:30 a.m.

Or at least at our house.

Perhaps Mother Nature did this as we were up …..

Creating a bit of magic as with the lights on ….. appeared to be a large blanket of diamonds.

Can you imagine?

A blanket of diamonds the size of my deck.

That would be worth a couple of $2.00.

WOW.

 

Alvin and I went for a walk last night but only went part way before he headed back home.

For the second night in a row there has been a cold breeze.

I hope that tonight it is warm and no wind so that we can go the whole way round.

 

I am grateful that today is Friday.

Three things on my TO DO LIST.

The most important things to get done.

  1.  finish my Income Tax (doing all the extra stuff when you have Commission based business). I will be more prepared next year.  Lesson learned.
  2. wash floors up and down
  3. laundry, always laundry.

I hope that we have good days for walking this weekend.

Two of my friends are back from their month long holidays.

One from Mexico and the other from Hawaii.

Wow, I can only imagine.

Being in a tropical spot ….. laying on a lounge chair on a beach ….. palm trees swaying …. sipping on a fruity drink ….. taking in the sunshine.

Mmmmmmm.

Yup, that would be great.

 

Well I wish you all the very best Friday.

If it is snowing where you are ….. turn on a outside light or look where the street lamps are shining and you will discover a blanket of diamonds.

Truly makes one day.

I can close my eyes and see the snow sparkling.

So beautiful.

 

BE kind to yourself and to others.

BE kind to all the creatures living on this earth.

Remember we share this place.

We DO NOT own this place.

 

Special Hello to: my dear sister ….. close your eyes …. aren’t they pretty?

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 6th day of March, 2019.

March is just rolling along.

Last night after work my daughter picked me up to give me a ride home.

We made a stop at COSTCO.

Was busy but we found our items and got out in good time.

Alvin was patiently waiting for us at home.

He was as always happy to see his sister.

Sometimes he is a bit cautious as he thinks he may have to leave the house and go in the car.

Poor guy.

But nonetheless always happy to see his big sister.

My daughter stayed for a bit and then was on her way as she had errands to run before going home.

As always I am always grateful to see my girl, for the ride but more than anything grateful to be in her presence and for the great conversation.

Afterwards I got changed and grabbed Mr. Alvin so that we could go for a walk.

He does not really like having his coat and harness put on but once on he is ready to go immediately.

Hardly giving me time to get my coat and boots on.

Even though the temperature was considerably less than the past few weeks, the wind/breeze was cold.

So our walk was short but we got out and that was important.

Some fresh air and we also bumped into our neighbours and friends, also out for a walk.

My friend J’s doggie Jazmine is getting on in years and has some health issues, one being heart.

She was so happy to see Mr. Alvin.

She moved to the side so that he could take the lead.

It was so cute.

There walk was short as Miss J got cold and my friend ended up picking her up and carrying her back home.

Poor girl.

We then carried on but our walk was not long.

Fresh air, check.

Once home, I put Alvin into the house and went to pick up Mr. Humphrey.

He was spending the evening with us while his Momma was curling.

As always those two, Alvin and Humphrey always make me smile.

Alvin is a bit cautious around Humphrey.

He loves him – you can tell but …..

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Funny story before I leave for work.

Alvin had been outside and when we came around the corner – guess what we found?

Mr. Humphrey curled up in Alvin’s spot on the sofa.

I could almost hear Alvin’s sudden anguish.

But he jumped up and sat near the end of the sofa.

This is when I managed to snap a photo of them sharing some space.

Afterward when I was drinking my tea …..

Humphrey stayed where he was but Alvin wanted to be beside me and that would be where Humphrey was …..

We managed to get things worked out.

At one point, it was Humphrey by the pillow, then Alvin right beside him laying down and then me.

I so wished that I could have snapped a photo.

It would have brought a SMILE to your face as it did to mine.

 

Wishing you all an awesome Wednesday.

Whoops gotta run.

ARGH, time always goes so fast when I am writing.

 

Special Hello to: smile, it is catching.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 28th day of February, 2019.

WOW, the second month into 2019 almost into history.

Tomorrow will be March.

March is already looking to be a busy month.

My daughter’s birthday is in March.

 

Last night the carpool dropped me off a few minutes earlier than usual.

So as soon as Alvin went outside, I got changed we donned our winter walking apparel and were on our way.

We walked over to Teddy’s house where they were expecting us.

Teddy was watching from the upstairs window and greeted us with a series of small barks.

We were happy that they joined us for our walk.

Alvin and I have been able to walk almost every night for the past few days.

But a treat.

We are feeling more energetic and sleeping better.

Well I am sleeping better.

We were up again at 2:30 a.m. …. downstairs..

I gave him one of his glucosamine chews and let him outside.

Now I am afraid that I have started a routine.

Oh well, when we hit the sofa after that ….. we get some quality sleep.

This is my life.

The life of a Momma and her Alvin.

It was so refreshing to walk last night.

I did not even have my hood up …. bareheaded …. living dangerously….

It was a great walk with our friends.

 

My carpool is writing an exam today so I am catching a ride with my neighbour.

So leaving in a few minutes.

So have to fly.

Wishing you all a very Happy last day of February 2019.

Enjoy, as well all know it will not repeat itself.

 

Happy Thursday.

Special Hello to: all those folks out there who are thinking of spring ….. I am with you.  Flowers …… green grass ….. mmmmm….mmm

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 8th day of February, 2019.

The sun is rising and is bright in the late early morning sky.

The sky is clear and blue.

We are in for another cold day.

 

Well Mr. Alvin had his surgery yesterday.

The growth on his eye was benign, which was such a massive relief.

His teeth were cleaned and polished needing NO extractions.

We were happy about that.

This is the second year in a row.

He had his vaccinations, nails trimmed and the anal gland checked (we call it the bum squeeze).

I received a call from the Vet Clinic about 12:45 p.m. that his surgery was over, gave me the above details and that he was just starting to come out of the sedative.

We negotiated the time he was to come home.

Said okay for 2:30 p.m.

I called my ride right away and then waited for the time to arrive.

It seemed like forever.

I just wanted my boy back home.

When 2:30 p.m. did roll around and my ride picked me up, I was ready.

Upon arriving at the clinic, first off, I gave them a “thank you” card from us.

Then one of the staff went over the post surgery care, the bill (which was $200 under the low side of the estimate).

I was also given some pain meds for him, one per day for the next seven.

I was very happy.

Finally one of the staff went to get Alvin …. it was like seeming someone after being apart for many years.

We ran to each other.

I will admit that he was perhaps a bit wobbly.

He had one of those dreaded CONES around his neck.

My heart fell on the floor for him.

We were both relieved to see each other.

Finally as it had seemed forever.

I had brought his winter coat and harness so we had to remove the cone before putting his things on.

Just in case he needed to pee when we got outside.

Didn’t have to go so into the car with my friend.

It was awkward with the cone but we managed.

When we got home I realized that the cone would have to come off in order to get his coat and harness off of him.

First things first, some water.  He had a good drink or two.

Cone on and cone off as we figured things out.

He had some food and gobbled it down with no ill effects.

He definitely was hungry.

He laid down beside me on the sofa.

I figured if I would keep an eagle eye on him …. the cone would stay off.

Even the post-surgery care stated it only had to be on when unsupervised and at bedtime.

I was not looking forward to that….

My daughter and son-in-law had stopped at COSTCO and picked us up a few things.

Stopping in for a few minutes before heading home to their babies.

For the evening as we shared the sofa …. the cone stayed off.

When we went to bed …. I placed it on.

He made some heavy sighs that meant he was not comfortable.

Finally he seemed to settle in only that did not last.

I ended up removing the cone and placing my hand on his paw to keep him from placing his paw on or near his eye.

Even in sleep.

Now that worked for awhile before I had to move.

I placed the cone back on in the middle of the night.

He moved about and finally did lay down on sheet that I had folded up for him and his cone.

Unfortunately it did not last.

So off came the CONE so we could sleep.

We came downstairs at 2:30 and he went outside to relieve himself.

Then we went back upstairs until about 6:00 a.m. and back downstairs.

He had breakfast and his pain med.

Then to the sofa where we both crashed until just after 8:00 a.m.

What a night we had.

He is once again resting on his blanket near me.

Time to get dressed and get on with this day.

Breakfast and COFFEE.

Thank you to all our friends for the “best wishes” and concerns of Alvin.

He is doing well and we are safe and sound in our warm home.

Just happy to be spending the day together.

 

I did manage to get some housework done yesterday after Alvin went for his surgery.

Cleaned the main floor …. vacuumed and washed the floor …. dusted and stuff.

Which will give me a quiet day …. perhaps do some laundry.

 

Time to go.

Have awesome Friday.

Sun higher in the sky …..

Coffee time…. 9:10 a.m.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

My boy yesterday afternoon just a short time after arriving home.

Oh, that dreaded cone.

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 1st day of FEBRUARY, 2019.

Well winter is now upon us.

Snow, snow and more snow.

Temperatures taking a dip.

Was out shovelling the back deck for the pups about an hour ago.

Should have time to do some of the front before my ride arrives.

So what does one do when the snow is blowing and the temperatures are a dipping?

Answer: You surround yourself with puppy love.

This was my Thursday night.

Now poor Mr. Alvin even though he loves his best bud Teddy very much, he cannot seem to get past Teddy having a chew treat.

Even though he has one of his own.

Teddy just laid there all calm and Alvin was not calm.

Despite my valiant efforts to calm him, he just had to wait until Teddy decided to let him have it.

What a friend.

Alvin, what a spoiled guy.

 

Alvin finally ended up with both …. Teddy is way too easy going.

Out of site out of mind??

Teddy on the bed with a chew treat AND

Mr. Alvin in the hallway by the bedroom.

Oh, isn’t life grand.

Thankfully the boys slept well last night.

 

I had a great afternoon ….. teeth cleaning …… received my permanent crown, now I feel like ROYALTY.

Then had supper once the freezing came out.

Had a lovely evening with the boys.

My furry four-legged boys.

 

Well time to leave for work.

So grateful to one of my co-workers for coming to pick me up.

Taking the bus home tonight will be pleasant, I am sure.

Glad we have food and a warm place to be this weekend.

Hunker down and keep warm.

 

Special Hello to: all my friends in the west …. hope you are safe and warm.

Always, Carol & Alvin & Teddy

 

Thoughts for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 5th day of January, 2019.

Still dark out as we are up earlier than usual for a Saturday.

We were awake at 4:30 a.m. – Alvin outside.

Bathroom breaks for everyone and Alvin had his glucosamine chew.

 

Followed by a couple of hours or so on the sofa.

Our sofa is so comfortable and quite often my sleep even though the time is shorter on the sofa – is a better one.

I think that I sleep well but it is BETTER on the sofa.

I need a mattress that replicates my sofa.

Isn’t that funny how most of us can sleep better and fall asleep more quickly on the sofa.

Why is that?

Because it is not in the bedroom, where you are typically supposed to sleep?

Because you know it is for a shorter time?

Because maybe it is more comfortable than your bed?

Because you are more relaxed on the sofa?

There is no television on when I sleep on the sofa in the morning.

There is no music playing.

I do not have a special pillow.

Why? WHY? Why?

All I know is that when I sleep on the sofa – I fall asleep right away – I dream lots – am super comfortable.

Alvin loves the sofa, too.

Although he can sleep pretty much anywhere (like right now on his blanket on the floor).

So this is the thought for the day.

 

Well this is going to be a busy weekend.

This morning: after finishing my post – need a shower – eat breakfast (both of us) – go to the Vet for Al’s regular nail trim and extras, he needs food, toothpaste and some treats – laundry – groceries –

house cleaning – put away the Christmas decorations that were banished to the basement and whatever else I can get done.  There is also more snow shovelling to do as well.  Tomorrow I was invited to

a baby shower for the daughter of one of my friends.  Have not been to a baby shower for years.

 

Time to fly here.

While the momentum is there.

Sometimes all we want to do is veg.

Alvin has moved from the office to the hall (there is carpet there and definitely more comfortable than the floor with his blanket).

I hope that you have an awesome Saturday.

The debate will continue between sofa and bed – bed and sofa.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. SKYPE time, let me know?

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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