The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? It is extremely windy here in my neighbourhood and likely in the rest of Edmonton and surrounding areas. Feels like the vents are going to be pulled right out of the house. I was happily surprised when I opened the front door that my shovels and little tree had not blown over. But the force of the gust when I opened the door covered me in snow. Wasn’t that a lovely blast at 4:30 a.m. this morning. Anyway, not very nice outside. I would imagine that outside of the city and on the highways that visibility is not great. Looks like we have fresh snow but I cannot see it snowing. I cleaned the backdoor area at 4:30 for Alvin and then there was even more snow a few minutes ago. The wind actually woke me up I think somewhere around 3:00 or even earlier. Very strong. Be careful out there. My daughter is bringing the grand pups in for a vet appointment at 2:00 p.m. – hopefully things have calmed down by then otherwise they may have to cancel again. They cancelled the other time due to ice and snow. What a winter this has been. I have asked to take the afternoon off if they make it into the city. I sure hope so but only if it is safe. Certainly do not wish my family to be driving in less than safe conditions. I guess time will tell when it becomes light outside. I am so grateful that Alvin and I spent some time outside yesterday. We went for a walk and found our friends out chipping away at the ice and snow. They live on the corner and have the long sidewalk. Bless their hearts in their 70’s they are out clearing the ice away so that people would not fall and the other folks on the corner lots, not out doing anything. Very sad. Anyway, it was so nice that Alvin and I walked the length of their property and then down the street north of them which happened to be pretty clear and dry. So we did that about four times which is about the length of going to the park. So it was some fresh air and safe walk and a visit to boot. We had a great day.

I put away most of the last of my Christmas decorations including the Christmas cards. Now I have to finish packing everything away in the basement. I have a few things waiting to be reorganized. I also went to make a pitcher of fruit tea with ginger ale and I must have hit the sink as the picture shattered with ginger ale and fruit tea flying in every direction. It took me about 30 minutes to wash down the counter, cupboards, the floor and baseboards. There was ginger ale everywhere. Inside the cupboards, too. What a waste of a big bottle of ginger ale. But stuff happens. There was just a big hole in the side of the picture. Luckily the only thing on me that was sticky were my socks.

In between the ginger ale incident and the walk and taking down the remainder of Christmas decorations, I managed to watch three Star Trek movies (give or take a few minutes here and there). I love those movies.

Well that is all that is new from our house. I really had to coax Alvin to go outside. I cannot blame him. It is not fit outside for man or beast. Mom or Alvin.

I hope that you have a good day. Keep safe and warm. If you have to be out driving – make sure that you leave the house early, make sure that you have an emergency kit in the vehicle and drive carefully and do not speed. I want you to be safe.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus and possibilities.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. so grateful to be working from home. I have to thank two of my neighbours for putting the rubber weather stripping back on the bottom of the garage door. So grateful for that family and every family surrounding me. I am surrounded by good people.

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing well. I can just see the sun and blue sky barely peeking out from behind some light cloud cover. I hope that we have some sunshine today as we have had mainly overcast skies the past while. SUNshine always makes us feel better. I feel much better when the SUN shines. I am excited because two of my girlfriends are coming for coffee/visit and what was a surprise early birthday party for one of them. We had to blow the surprise due to some unforeseen things which I cannot share. But I am happy to say that we are having company. Both Alvin and I are excited. I had baked the birthday cake the other night and iced it last night, prepared the fruit, put up some decorations (very simple) and did some cleaning. So this morning I just have to put on the coffee. Earlier I put out fresh towels and the others into the laundry. Changed bedding which is part of my regular Saturday morning routine. We were outside a bit ago cleaning up “poop” from the snow covered deck. Man he poops a lot as I had cleaned it up after work. They eat and then they poop. Anyway off the poop story and “baack” to the company coming for 10:00 a.m. We are ready – just have to make the coffee which I will do in a little while as I am feeling in need of a cup of coffee. I can always make more. The birthday girl is bringing her daughter who is now a teenager, hard to believe. Seems like yesterday that she was a toddler. I have been here for some time, that move from Regina seems like only yesterday.

Also I am excited because the Space Channel is showing all of the STAR TREK movies the older series, which I love and could watch another million times if given the opportunity. I love them. Thank goodness for technology – I can record them and watch at my convenience. Sometimes I leave them on the PVR for awhile and rewatch but then I have too many shows recorded and have to start deleting them.

So time to go and take the laundry downstairs and get a load ready to turn on later. I am going out for groceries with G, either after the party of tomorrow whenever she goes. I have not been out for awhile, since earlier in December, I think. Time to get out. I guess I did go to the office in January. Sorry Mr. Alvin is whining away, so time to fly here.

Have an awesome Saturday. If the sunshines get out and enjoy it. We all need to take a bit of time away from the chores and that to do list.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus and possibilities.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. the girls finally get to open the second part of their Christmas gifts that did not arrive before Christmas. YAY.

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