2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this beautiful bright and sunny Wednesday morning? Alvin and I are okay. For some unknown reason he was up starting from midnight and every couple of hours until I am up for the day. I am feeling a bit on the tired side but hopefully it does not affect the day too much. Perhaps some caffeine soon will perk me up and I hope that night we sleep through the night.

I was looked through my posts back to near the beginning of this blog and found one that I thought was pertinent today and always and will share it now:

April 2010

I have been thinking lately of family and friends.  About how easy it is to lose track of people.  Recently I have connected with old friends on Facebook, and am thrilled to hear about their lives.  I find people fascinating, and it pleases me a great deal to hear from them.  To hear their stories.

My thought for this day is:  send an email or SKYPE someone you care about, do it right now.  Time is of the essence.  It can get away on you.  Take advantage of this new technology.

Make someone’s day……. you just made mine.

I am not sure how many people still use SKYPE now, likely more TEAMS or ZOOM but the idea remains the same. There is also INSTAGRAM in addition to Facebook and other Social Media platforms.

The point being reach out to family and friends. They might love to hear your voice over the telephone.

Whether you phone, use messenger, FB, Instagram, SKYPE, Teams or ZOOM or something else, the point is our family and friends need us more than ever.

Time can pass so quickly and it is very easy to say “I will call her or him tomorrow.”

Reach out today.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Tuesday morning (almost keyed Monday)? Alvin and I are doing great. We had a good sleep. Bed around 10, up at 3:30 and then again 5:43 and then 6:45 which does not look wonderful but it was ….. all depends on the time you get up and the in between time. Anyway, we are good this morning. Hard to believe that four days has passed since I was thinking that I had a four day weekend to enjoy. All in all, we had a great weekend. I managed to get most of my TO DO LIST accomplished, we walked, visited with my daughter, went shopping to COSTCO with my daughter, finally found and purchased a BISSELL CROSSWAVE dry vac/wet cleaner and I am excited to use it next weekend, cleaned out closets and cupboards and cleaned up the neighbourhood. Of course, there is always the usual bathrooms and laundry to keep things interesting. I have raked my little piece of grass area in the backyard a couple of times while 98% of the ice has melted. Most of the ice and snow has melted from the front so once the ground has thawed completely, it will be time to take the lawn. Almost forgot I gave myself a haircut as well. Guess we had a busy weekend.

Today is the birthday of a friend and fellow co-worker from back home in Regina. Happy Birthday Lisa. Wishing you a wonderful day.

I love having all these beautiful photos at my fingertips. How is it that I missed seeing them all this time? I do not know. The sun is up and the sky is I would say a grey blue almost looking like rain clouds in the distance. Just heard the garbage truck and saw them picking up the trash. What a job, thank goodness for these guys. I say guys because I have not seen any women. I am sure there are women out there doing this job. I am grateful to all of them men and women for doing this job. Not a fun one and sometimes smelly, okay, likely always smelly.

How wonderful to start back to work on a Tuesday – a short week. The weather is to be double digits for the next few days and then cooler on the weekend. Spring has definitely sprung. Looking forward to it. I will be happy to have the furnace vents, a/c and dryer vents cleaned. There will be fence painting this summer. Lots to do. One of the most exciting things for me is planting some flowers. I have several geraniums that I can transplant outside once the temperatures are consistently warm. So exciting. I cannot wait.

Other than a warm feeling of gratitude this Tuesday morning – I do not have much else to say. I am grateful to my daughter for our time together. I am grateful that I was able to have four days off with my Alvin. I am grateful that we are all in good health. I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful for the garbage guys for picking up my trash. I am grateful for spring. I am grateful for every blessing in my life.

Continuing to live this life, my life with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? Sun is starting to rise in the morning sky. Just out of a most refreshing morning shower. Al is waiting patiently in the hallway for me to finish this post. Yesterday was another gorgeous day and the forecast for today is even better. I hope that we can safely say this is SPRING. The ice is starting to clear in front of our house. I go out everyday after work and chip away at the ice on the sidewalk to ensure that the water finds it way down the drain as it melts. It feels like I am making tiny river beds for the water to follow as it melts. It is all good until someone drives over them and then I start again. But it is clearing and hopefully this will be the last of the thick ice that needs to be cleared.

How many folks out there are ordering from places like Good Food, Hello Fresh and Chef’s Plate? I have tried all three. Last weekend I went and SKIPPED weeks so that they would not automatically send me an order that I did not want. Guess what? Somehow or other, I missed this week? Not sure how I did that but I guess I did. My word against theirs. They have already billed the credit card so no going back now. The three meals were not even what I would have chosen. One is red meat which I do not eat. How is that for wonderful? Makes me mad but I guess it was my fault. I was so certain that I had skipped the dates for way into the future. I think that it should be the other way around ….. if you want to order you make the selections and if you do not make selections then an order does not arrive. But I guess they likely get more business with this automatic ordering process. I am not a fan will just say that. Luckily for me, my kids ordered this week and we can switch a meal and I will give them the “red meat” meal that I will not eat. I sent an email to the company and they sent me a response in French stating that the English email would arrive shortly. Well that is great customer service, why would you send a French email first to a English speaking client. Why bother sending the French one? Perhaps this automatic food delivery is not for me. I do love eating things that I would normally not cook but the ordering process, I could live without. Okay, I usually do not rant but it is good to get it out of one’s system and besides perhaps you were pondering the thought about trying one of these companies. Buyer beware. If you forget to skip you are on the hook. That is why they get your credit card. Easy for them. Anyway, that is done.

Mr. Alvin is still waiting patiently for me.

I am grateful that he has recovered from his surgery in fine fashion. He seems to be having no issues with the new food as I am gradually introducing it to him. So that is a relief.

I am grateful that my daughter will be popping by after work to drop off the food order and I will give her the one that comes today in return.

I am grateful to see my daughter not just about the food order. Any chance that I have to see her is the best.

I am grateful to be employed and earn a decent living.

I am grateful that the weather is good for walking.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? We are doing well and still adjusting to the time change. Spring forward takes a bit more getting used to, for sure. But we will adjust in time (before the next change in late fall, lol). Last night it was after 7:30 p.m. and still light outside which was great. I cannot wait until the sun is already up at this time of morning. It is always easier for me to get up when it is light outside. How about you?

Yesterday at lunch we met up with friends Ali and Bailey from down the street and adorned with sweaters on the pups as it was cool at noon, masks on we girls and our lighter winter apparel we headed out for a 40 minute or so walk. We would come across folks with dogs or the pups especially Bailey were sniffing lots so did take all of 40 minutes. It was so nice to have a walking companion and we chatted the whole walk. I will say that walking and talking with a mask on is not the most comfortable thing in the world but I certainly am not going to complain as some folks have had to wear masks and work 12 hour shifts for days on end. I am grateful my mask wearing is not often as I do not go anywhere or see anyone. I have several masks on hand for those times when I must wear a mask and I will always wear one as instructed by our Health Care Professionals. Back to Bailey I cannot believe how long and gangly she is ….. he has such long legs even though she will not get much bigger and eventually will fill in, I would think. Again, nice to have a friend to walk with …. another human being. It was great.

Teddy and Kobi will be coming over at noon for the rest of the day while their parents go out to the farm to tend to some business.

I was wondering about some things. I will be 64 this summer and how I view the world is likely much different than an 18 year old or even a 30 year old. Do you ask yourself questions all day long? What kind of questions? Maybe we all ask this question “When is this going to end?” OR “Is this virus going to ever go away?” I often ask myself or tell myself “Why did you say that?” I have lots of questions swirling through my mind at any given time. Sometimes it is quiet but not often. Most times I cannot even stop the noise when I go to bed. I used to meditate and perhaps that is something that I should get into once again. I wouldn’t say that I am particularly worried or concerned most days ….. just have a busy mind. They say we have 60,000 thoughts each day. That is a lot. I was wondering how everyone feels about all of the social media platforms? How many YouTube Videos are there? How many singers have become world famous during the pandemic bia YouTube? How many organizers and designers? How many cooks? How many makeup artists? The list goes on and on. Now there is Tic Tok (not sure of the spelling as I have not been on there). Instagram and FaceBook and so many more. Food for thought. Maybe it is time to do a video? What do you think? I wonder if the Internet will ever crash? Sometimes it goes down but they always get it going again.

Anyway that is it for this morning. I need some coffee.

Wishing you a wonderful day. In Edmonton for the rest of the week supposed to have temperatures of +9-13 degrees celsius which is a far cry from yesterday’s +2. YAY, perhaps spring is really here. Hope so. Not a long winter but I really want spring and then summer.

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and patience (always working on patience and yesterday was one of those days for sure).

Always, Carol & Al

P.S. last night gave Mr. Alvin some of his new food. We have to, I have to introduce it gradually over two weeks. Now there is measuring 1/2 wet and 1/2 dry but ratio of 3/4 old to 1/4 new for first few days, then half and half and then 3/4 new to 1/4 new. Sure wished that I was better at math, lol.

Sun coming up. Hip Hip Hooray.

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I/We are doing great. Getting used to the time change and actually getting a bit more sleep than the past few weeks. Happy for that.

Alvin and I enjoyed a wonderful walk yesterday afternoon. All throughout the day we saw many of our friends, neighbours and others out walking with family, with their doggies and some on their own. We all need fresh air, to connect with nature, to have some exercise and to refresh our mind/body/souls. I am so grateful that we are now able to get back to our daily walks. This week is supposed to be quite nice. YAY.

We watched most of the GRAMMYS last night. I noticed that most of the nominees appeared to be young. I won’t even ask the question as I know the answer. Surprisingly, I knew some of the younger artists. I really liked a new group called “BLACK PUMAS” …… they were really good. I would buy their music for sure. Also I really enjoy BILLIE EILISH. Music is always good to listen to and learn about …..

I do not have a lot to say this morning as Mr. Alvin stares at me from the doorway. Likely I should just call it a post and say that I will be back tomorrow. Sometimes the mind is silent. Is that even possible?

Hoping for sunshine today for our walk or at least not rain although moisture would be good to clean the dirt. I also noticed lots of trash laying about which is a reminder for me to go and pick it up.

Wishing you a wonderful Monday.

I can hear some geese honking in the distance. Spring is here!

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you this morning? I guess this is a bit later writing than have been for awhile. Well we went to bed at 10:00 p.m. and I changed the clocks ahead at that time. We got up at 5:18 p.m. which was good. Alvin had his breakfast and did his thing and then we hit the sofa and next thing I knew it – the time was 9:30 a.m. Of course, it does not help that it is overcast and there is no bright sunshine pouring in through the windows lighting the main floor and giving us a hint that it was time to get up and at it. Oh well, lol. I am, we are up now. Alvin wanted to go outside so while he was outside I emptied the dishwasher and put on the coffee (which smells divine or at least I think so as I am stuffy). Once he was in, I ran downstairs to grab the laundry that had been drying on drying racks and then up upstairs we came. First put away the laundry (which was my clothing), then washed up and put on my eyebrows (at the very least a lady must have on her eyebrows before beginning the day) and got dressed. I had turned on the computer when first coming upstairs as it takes a few moments to get started, much like me, lol. I am trying to have a sense of humour about it all as you can hopefully tell. So washed, dressed and writing now. There is a bit of a breeze as I can see the bare trees swaying back and forth. I believe that I have mentioned this before but spring is on the side of the street that is north of us but faces south and on our side we still have winter but the snow is melting. I was out trying to break up the ice and have it move on down the storm drain. I noticed when I looked out the living room window earlier than the water has not frozen over during the night. WOW. That is amazing for March 13/14. I guess that perhaps spring is on the way or has arrived. Apparently our groundhog was not located as he/she moved residences. Now that is funny. So we went with another locale’s which was spring will be early. I am going with early.

We had a great Saturday. I did laundry, we went for an amazing walk and bumped into our friend Ali (Bailey’s Mom) on her way home from work (she stopped her car and chatted for a moment). Alvin had a muddy belly but he enjoyed every drop of that mud. I am so grateful that we have these opportunities and I will always be grateful for all these moments. Later in the after I finished my income tax, whew. Over and done. Always glad to have them done for another year. OH big part of our Saturday was the morning, the best start to anyone’s day, really ….my girl pals Gillian and Signe came over for coffee on the deck. Remember I had hauled out the chairs and had Amanda help move the table down from the top landing by the garage. We have not had a visit since the end of January when I hosted Signe’s birthday celebration in the garage and it was cold. We had heaters. Well not yesterday. The rays of the sun beamed down upon us and we sat out with no coats just sweaters and Signe even took off her boots and was barefoot. We laughed and laughed. Shared stories of our lives. Just caught up on everything. I love my friends, they are the best. Oh and Gillian brought muffins and Signe brought cinnamon buns (all homemade). Poor Alvin really wanted some. No human food not that I ever gave him those types of things anyway, but no human food. I feel bad about the fruit and veg but until I get word back from the vet. None for the boy. So as you can see this has been the best weekend ever. Started out with a vacation day on Friday, Alvin getting his stitches out and my daughter coming over and her birthday and celebration, visit with friends, two walks thus far, income tax done, laundry (good to have clean clothes) and odds and ends. Thank you to everyone for a great last couple of days. Later today we may get together on the front sidewalk / porch with Alison and Bailey. Depends on how she feels after work. Also we watched some great, funny movies in the late afternoon and until bed: Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in “Our Souls at Night,” Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange and Demi Moore in “Wild Oats” and then a new one “Yes Day” with Jennifer Garner. All three funny and most enjoyable. Sometimes you don’t need an action film!

Well time to go and have that coffee that I am smelling. I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend. Perhaps you had a birthday celebration in your home or were able to have an outdoor visit with your friends or a walk with your dog or a walk period.

Continuing to live our lives with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Al.

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? We are doing okay. I cannot say great as Mr. Alvin was up at 4:15 a.m., he woke up shaking his head madly so I am hoping he does not have an ear infection. I fed him early and back to bed until his LAST MED at 6:00 a.m. ….. we are done. I just had a shower and changed the bedding and he is whining so imagine he has to go outside. Just back from outside. When you have to go you have to go. I tried to upload some photos to show you this morning but something did not work. I will admit that I am still not functioning at 100% due to the late night / middle of night / early morning business. So happy that the pills are done. I was just speaking to Humphrey and Bogart’s Mom who came out as we were chatting with Humphrey who was sitting atop of their deck railing. She said that when they finished medicines for surgery they were a bit off for a time. So I will keep an eye on him. The sun is shining and it is warm outside. Almost feel like setting up the patio furniture but alas there is still snow on parts of the deck. Not quite time for patio furniture. There is space for us to sit on the upper deck landing and gaze out at our “vast estate.” I love my/our home. Next weekend we turn those clocks ahead one hour. The daylight will seem longer and longer as the days pass. I have a feeling that spring is close by. Most of our snow has melted. The bunnies are still white …. I did not notice any brown.

Happy Birthday to my friend Gillian’s son Connor who turns 12 today. Hard to believe, he was a little guy when I moved to Edmonton. Happy Birthday.

Coffee will have an extra special warmness to it this morning. I love my morning coffee. Did you know that it is better to brush your teeth before you have your first cup of coffee in the morning – that first morning coffee. Apparently the coffee sticks to your teeth and turns them yellow. If you brush them …. it does not stick so much.

Today, I am planning to work on my taxes. ARGH. Somedays I think it would be better to get a professional to do them but I have always done them for 45 years give or take so why start now. I use SimpleTax which has changed hands and is now WealthSimple Tax, It is actually quite an easy process. Now I just have to find my tax information from last year. Somehow or other it seems to have disappeared. I could write a story about the disappearing tax papers. Oh well, I have the current year information all gathered. So at least a step in the right direction. I just would like to get them done. Hoping for a tax refund.

Well the boy wants to go downstairs. So off we go. I wish you a wonderful Sunday.

Continuing to live my life with kindness, respect, compassion and patience. Always working on patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. Welcome to Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Last week I was writing the month of May in my phone log and this morning I almost wrote January. Oh well. Could be worse, I could be actually thinking it is January or May. Would that really be worse. Guess it is not doing any harm. Funny, actually. Sometimes our brains go in strange directions. Or at least mine seems to from time to time. Did you have a good weekend? I thoroughly enjoyed my long weekend. Teddy, Kobi and their Mom dropped a piece of “key lime pie” off just before my supper last night. Always nice to see the pups. They bring instant joy to the house. Supper was the last of the Chef’s Plate meals for this go around. Not sure that I will be ordering from them again or not. I think that I will just cook on my own for awhile. Last night’s meal was a roasted chickpea and red pepper dish with a tabbouleh salad and baked feta. It was quite good. I most especially loved the warm soft feta. Never have had that before and I really enjoyed the feta baked. I eat a lot of chickpeas and peppers roasted/baked in the oven so that part was not new to me. The tabbouleh salad I have made over the years a handful of times but I will be making the feta with a similar dish again. After supper, I had part of the key lime pie for dessert. It was different than I have had before …. but good. I watched a couple of my recorded shows and then it was off to bed. We had a good night sleep and of course, we were up a couple of times before the final get up and go for the day but that is okay. Life is what you make it. If I choose to be cranky and miserable and think that I am tired because of our odd sleep schedule then I have no one to blame but me. As we age and the same applies to animals ….. they have aches and pains and need to go to the bathroom at all times of the day and night. Alvin and I are on the same schedule in life so it makes it so much easier. I wouldn’t change a thing. I am grateful that I am working for home as I end up with a couple of extra hours of sleep. So grateful. I really hope that our employer decides to let us continue to work from home. We go to the office once every month of two and that suits me fine. It is great for Alvin ….. most especially as he is getting older. It would be an incredibly long day for him by himself and not being able to get outside when he needs to as he does now. Well looks like the sun is beginning to rise as it gets closer and closer to springtime in Western Canada.

Well it is time to head on downstairs. I put on the coffee when I had to take a quick break from this a few minutes ago to let Mr. Alvin outside. This afternoon at 3:00 p.m. – Alvin has his regular appointment and his two/three year vaccinations. His nails are getting a bit long as this appointment is a week longer I think than his last one and then two weeks earlier to have his shots. Kind of in between. Today is to be much warmer so we will be able to walk to Alvin’s appointment.

Take care on this Tuesday. Remember to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience for all other living creatures.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Sunday Morning.

It is windy with the sun desperately trying to break through the cloud cover.

I was out a bit earlier with the boy and it is not cold so that it is a good thing.

Our late spring/early summer weather has been a mix of sun and rain with mostly being rain.

We have no choice in what the day brings and just have to roll with it.

When the sun shines we walk and work outside or simply sit on the deck and enjoy the sun’s rays.

With the rain, we stay inside.

I am not opposed to walking in the rain protected by an umbrella but doesn’t work so much for Mr. Alvin.

I would feel so guilty walking without him.

He does have a rain jacket but is not fond of it.

Perhaps if he wore it more than once he may grow to tolerate the covering.

But I doubt it.

He is a stubborn creature and when his mind is made up there is no changing it.

I know that first hand.

But that is okay.

 

I will say that I can be stubborn although I have learned to roll with change in my later years.

You do not always have control – okay we seldom have real control.

What is control anyway?

Does it really matter in the grand scheme of things?

We do not have control over the weather.

We have little control over anything in our lives, really.

Perhaps on what we have for dinner or when we take a shower.

Those things are dependent on how much money, time and what is in the pantry and fridge.

The shower well that depends on time and perhaps hot water supply.

But most things are set by a collective for which we are a part however; if that collective decides on something different from yourself, well you see what I mean.

Control is not what it is cracked up to be anyway.

If you lose what control you think that you had ….. you could spiral down.

The bottom is not a pretty place for sure.

So really …. control …… mmm.

I consulted my pocket Thesaurus to see what words are listed under control: if a verb here are some of the words: direct, lead, head, preside over, govern, rule, manage, supervise, oversee, 

if a noun, direction, leadership, command, rule, authority, charge, power, influence, mastery and so on.

 

By looking at the words that fall under the word “control” – perhaps control is more a wide brush stroke.

We can provide influence and direction over how we make meals, dress ourselves and maybe our family to some degree and so much more.

We can manage how we accomplish things in our daily lives.

 

But if you wake up in the morning and simply live your life.

Everyone has a schedule and some choices within.

If we work whether at home or away from home.

You have to get up, eat breakfast, have a shower, get dressed, look after your pets and your family and your transportation to the job.

There are things that we just have to do.

Control is just a word.

Some people spend way too much time worrying about things that are going to happen whether you are in control or not.

So I say …. live your life.

Do the best that you an within the framework of your life.

Words are words.

We spend far too much time worrying about words.

Actions speak louder than words.

If we live our best lives with kindness and respect, really most things will work out just the way that they should.

 

Are you confused?

Well perhaps it is too early in the day to provide an intelligent or wise view.

Food for thought, definitely.

Perhaps we all need to consult the Thesaurus once in awhile.

After all, they are only words.

Different meanings.

 

Well whether the sun shines today or not.

I am making pancakes for breakfast.

I am finishing the laundry.

I am making some notes on a story idea that came to me last night.

I will go for a walk with Mr. Alvin in between the showers.

I will do what I need to do.

 

Yesterday I/We had company.

My friend G in the morning and then my daughter stopped by for lunch.

We enjoyed our company so much.

There was laughter and almost a little smoke when we were making our grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.

In our defensive, we thought that Mr. Alvin was choking on a carrot.

The sandwiches were delicious.

He is okay.

But that is life.

So much love, kindness and respect I have for these two wonderful women.

I am so blessed.

The sun shone and the day was great.

We walked.

Humphrey visited.

We visited Bogart the kitten.

My daughter met the new neighbour.

Life is good.

 

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning ALL,

A bright sunny morning.

As you may have noticed I am posting this a bit later than my usual.

That is because today is my shift to work from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Our team shares the after hours phone line from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

But today I have been requested to attend a meeting that starts at 10:30 a.m. so I will sign on about 10:15 or perhaps a few minutes sooner.

Just to ensure that I get everything ready.

So this will be a mixed up day.

My first break won’t be until 1:00 and then “lunch” will be at 3:00 p.m. and final break about 5:00 p.m. so that I can feed Alvin.

The Hello Fresh food order is supposed to arrive today but I won’t be making that tonight or else I will be eating way too late.

Also UPS did not deliver my Steeped Tea order yesterday so I will have to look into that and see what happened.

My coffee is perking away and should be ready momentarily for me to enjoy.

Even this one day with different hours reminds me of my time in retail.

Working all sorts of shifts.

It does take some getting used to that is for certain.

I have the office window open a crack and can hear a goose honking.

Perhaps he or she got separated from the flock.

It sounded like a cry of desperation.

I hope the poor goose finds her/his flock.

Not great to be separated from the group for sure.

 

Yesterday was gorgeous.

We enjoyed another two walks.

One at lunch break and the other after work.

Although I did finish work a bit later than usual.

 

Last night I snapped some photos of my plants.

I am smitten with my pink geranium.

Actually all of my plants are doing quite well at this time.

The time is getting closer to transplanting the geranium outside.

I will likely place it in the biggest pot that I have …..

 

One lone goose just flew by …. honking away.

Perhaps the other may have been more than one as the honking was quite substantial.

 

Well friends time to get this day going.

We were able to sleep in, had breakfast, I had a shower, my post is almost complete -COFFEE TIME.

Hopefully my tea order will arrive today.

The Hello Fresh food order arrives today.

YAY.

 

In life, if we all practice daily, living with kindness and respect.

We shall manage to live our lives just fine.

There will always be ups and downs.

That is for sure.

 

Take care.

 

With kindness and respect to and for all,

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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