Second Half of the NEW YEAR

Good Sunday Morning,

The house is so quiet this morning without Alvin here.

We had a great time yesterday.

The wind was blowing so we decided to take the photos in my backyard.

Starting with my daughter, son-in-law and pups Aspen and Milo.

Just so you can visualize these are their pups.

Aspen is the yellow lab/shepherd cross and Milo is the pomeranian/chihuahua mix.

Not sure when this photo was taken.

I believe it is Alvin’s bum showing near the back door.

Aspen was good for about a hand full of photos before she had had enough.

Milo well he was in and out of the photos like a jumping bean.

But I managed to snap some quite good photos for them.

Aspen was laying on the main floor and the rest of the family sat on the edge of the deck.

The photo had my daughter, son-in-law and Milo in the foreground, close up and Miss Aspen in the background.

It was a cool shot and they were happy.

The whole family was in the photos.

That is all that counts.

She was happy just laying there.

Then came photos with me and Alvin.

My daughter ever the professional was moving flower pots about and positioning us to get some good photos for our annual shot.

I would say that my patience is not as good as it used to be.

She took some this way and that and I checked them as we went.

Found some ones I like and then it was over.

I just wanted to make sure that there was one worthy of placing in with my Christmas cards and there was.

So we had all of the photos done about fifteen minutes before supper arrived.

We had a TACO feast.

I do not remember where they ordered it from.

But it was very good.

After supper was over we had the “birthday cake from scratch.”

I would have to say it was not my best cake but it was edible.

Not the favourite one as the results came in.

It was more like a coffee cake, more dense than fluffy.

My daughter said it would be good with berries.

Ever the diplomat.

We had a great birthday party despite the less than perfect cake.

I guess one out of 20 isn’t bad.

Lots of laughter.

Good food and okay cake.

When the party was over they gathered up their things including Mr. Alvin and were on their way.

 

About mid afternoon they had a grocery order delivered from COSTCO.

This is cool.

COSTCO hires this company and they hire people to in essence be personal shoppers.

I don’t know how the billing works but that does not matter.

The shoppers take the list and pick up the items.

If the items are not in stock – they text the customer and see what can be substituted or not.

When a white SUV pulled up in front of my house about 3:00 p.m. – I did not realize at first that it was the delivery.

I did not realize about the personal shoppers and that they used their own vehicle(s).

The couple brought out the boxes of the order.

We had a short conversation.

They were both out of work so this was helping them pay the bills.

What a great idea.

Who knew?

As I started to pick up a box, the woman said can you please wait as I want to take a photo.

I gather they send the photo to the customer (I explained my daughter had the groceries delivered here as they were coming over later).

They were really nice.

I carried the groceries into the house.

Went through and put the items into the fridge and freezer that needed to be put away.

Texted my daughter and advised that they were here and items put away accordingly.

She already knew.

She gave them a pretty generous tip, $30.00.

What a great girl I have ….. she said it was well worth not having to go to COSTCO.

 

Well time to go and put on the coffee.

Oh, when we were packing up the car to leave.

The items in the fridge I had momentarily taken out and then it seemed like it was going to be a few minutes longer, so I put them back into the fridge.

There was so much to go into the car, groceries, three dogs, two humans and Alvin’s stuff…… some special arranging had to be done.

I forgot the items that I had placed back into the fridge.

My daughter said that she would come back today or tomorrow.

 

One more story from last night.

Earlier I had texted one of my friends to see if she had any of the COSTCO popcorn as I was having a craving for some and thought that later in the evening I might watch a movie.

When the house was quiet.

She texted to say “yes of course.”

So after everyone left, I texted to see if I could go over.

At this time, my friend and her husband had stepped out for a few minutes leaving their 12 year old daughter at home.

She said to call out when I arrived and she would bring my popcorn to the door.

So that is what I did.

Madeline came to the door.

She is getting so grown up.

I cannot believe she is 12 …. seems like yesterday she was 6.

She gave me a bag with popcorn (not one bag, of course).

We spoke for a few minutes and I told her that if she was feeling lonely she was welcome to come and hang out with me as Alvin was gone and I was alone.

She likes Alvin but is a bit nervous around dogs due to an incident with other dogs a few years ago.

Wasn’t even five minutes later and the doorbell rang ….

I asked who it was and I heard a little voice ……

Opening the door there she was ….. invited her into the house.

I let her pick a movie as I was rewatching “It’s Complicated.”

Thinking that might not be appropriate.

She picked MEG (the one about the prehistoric shark).

I had seen it before and she said she has watched it several times.

I got us something to drink and we started to watch the movie.

It was nice having human company to chat with ……

Her Mum texted her just over one hour later and then she was off home.

I watched out the window and saw that her Mum had met her halfway.

I should have walked her home.

Of course, I did not think of that.

My daughter is 40 and not 12.

The thought did not enter my head.

I do miss/did miss Alvin ….

 

Time to get going here.

The sun is starting to shine, no longer overcast.

 

Take care today and be safe.

I hope that you are having a great day.

Living our lives with kindness and respect.

Living … One day at a time.

Hello, Good Morning Everyone!

Well we went to bed a bit later than usual and I read my book.

I am reading the book “BIG LITTLE LIES.”

The one that has been made into a television series.

At first I wasn’t really getting into it but now I am hooked.

We are having a great weekend.

The weather has been crazy beautiful.

Perhaps FALL will be warm and sunny.

That would be wonderful.

Today just have to finish a few things around the house and get groceries.

Teddy spent the day with us yesterday.

The boys had fun.

We enjoyed a nice walk together.

I am going grocery shopping with Teddy’s Mom later this afternoon – which is perfect timing so that we can walk and I can get things done.

Unfortunately I seemed to have slept in a bit – okay a lot.

Oh well, we are up.

We were up at 4:00 a.m. – for a outdoor bathroom break (Alvin not me, lol).

Then again at 5:19 a.m. – Alvin had his breakfast (and his Mama refused, that’s me to stay up).

We were awake and awake – until final at …. we were up.

Cannot disclose that time …. as it was LATE.

I can smell the coffee perking.

YAY …. love the smell of coffee perking

 

While I was on the sofa early this morning and in between “snoring” –

I was thinking if you were either lying down or sitting comfortably on the sofa and closed your eyes.

Then just listened to the sounds around you.

Just listen to the sounds only.

Once you have identified them, do you quickly revert to the MILLION THOUGHTS TAKING OVER YOUR MIND?

I did.

I then instructed myself to listen to the sounds only.

After a bit there was only quiet.

 

Now this would not likely work if you, your spouse and children and the dog were up and about the house.

But before your world begins to take over …. just sit back and close your eyes and listen.

Just listen to the sounds …..

So relaxing.

What a great way to start the day.

 

 

Well that coffee is calling my name.

I hope that you enjoy the day and that wherever you are …. may the sun be shining and the air be fresh and clean.

Happy Sunday.

 

With a life filled with kindness and respect – there is joy.

 

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 30th day of June, 2018.

The very last day of June, 2018.

It is a very gorgeous morning with the sun shining on full tilt and there is a slight breeze.

This will make our walk in a few minutes absolute perfection.

 

Master Teddy slept over last night.

I wished that I had a camera with me at this moment as both Alvin and Teddy are laying on the little blue blanket beside me on the floor.

So very cute.

Last night it was a long night between the boys trying to find their most comfortable spot on the bed and the FIREWORKS.

I think they got the night wrong.

It was almost laughable as Teddy would lay on the “other pillow” beside me and then Alvin had to be next to me on the other side.

Only thing – there was no room as generally I lay almost near the edge – only leaving enough room to roll to the other side at some point.

They were back and forth.

One would move by my legs on one side and the other would go to the opposite side same spot.

This carried on virtually all night.

Until Alvin decided it was time to get out of bed at 4:09 a.m.

I know that time exactly as I looked at the alarm clock.

Teddy was still sleeping beside me on the pillow.

Funny to watch them – not funny getting not much sleep.

 

They are funny to watch at breakfast at well.

Alvin wants to eat Teddy’s food and Teddy eats Alvin’s.

Teddy is not much of a breakfast eater so just made sure that he ate something.

After breakfast and going outside which Teddy did not “want” to pee.

That always scares me.

We headed back to the sofa for some zzz’s.

Let’s face it … I needed some more of those little guys.

Alvin laid in his usual spot and Teddy jumped up on the sofa and laid on me.

I was laying on my side up against the back of the sofa and that is where is got all comfy cosy.

There was no movement for me for the next few hours.

Up about 7:30 ….. I moved without thinking and Teddy slid to the sofa without even waking up.

Once again we went outside.

Nothing from Teddy, still scaring me.

Upstairs so that I could take a shower.

I wanted both of them with me.

Alvin gets separation anxiety when he is not in the same room as me when I am at home.

I had placed a “puppy pee pad” in the room last night – just in case.

While I was drying off – Teddy used the pee pad – thankfully it was there.

I figured it would be a good idea to have them both in the office while I was writing my post.

I brought in a clean pee pad – just in case.

Better to be prepared than the opposite.

I have been on the opposite side and it is not pretty.

These boys are so cute.

They both want to be right next to me.

Nice to be wanted.

Well time for us to go for a walk.

It will be perfect with the breeze.

Before it gets busy outside.

 

Something else to note.

Teddy has a bit of an ear infection and is taking some ear drops.

He was quite the trooper, no flinching, no fussing.

I wished that Alvin would take a page from him.

 

Have a wonderful Saturday.

I am going to enjoy my day with the boys.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks watching some puppy friends …. enjoy the time.  Watch them and learn.

Always, Carol, Alvin and Teddy.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 12th day of July, 2016.

Another mixed weather morning although the sun is shining and reflecting off of my neighbour’s garage making it seem quite bright out of the office window.

Now it is time for some sunshine so that things can grow and develop.

Yesterday my grand-puppy Elton celebrated his “13th” Birthday ….. he is doing so well.

I am so grateful for every extra day we have with this awesome guy.

Thank you to my daughter and son-in-law for taking a chance and literally adopting him in the parking lot of the Human Society.

You never know where you will find love.

Last night on our walk we heard “Oh Carol” in a British accent coming from somewhere and then I realized it was my friend “P” who was standing behind her flowers in the back yard as we were walking by.

She has the most glorious garden.

They just returned from a wonderful vacation in Alaska.

She said it was her favourite trip and the landscape was incredible, different at every angle.

They met some interesting people along the way as well.

I am happy to have her back home.

Both Alvin and I missed her.

Alvin and I love stopping by to admire her garden and to visit.

How are you doing today?

I was just wondering.

Please take a few minutes for yourself.

Go for a walk and enjoy the green space in your neighbourhood.

If you do not have any green space then maybe walk to your nearest flower shop …. some place where you can connect with nature.

Take off your shoes and wiggle your toes in the grass.

Smell a flower.

If you have no green space then go to a quiet place and put down a blanket and look up and admire the sky.

I think you could find a spot.

Take some time – just for you.

You deserve it.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: my sister … who makes me laugh.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 26th day of July, 2015.

It is a glorious perfect morning …. sun shining check ….. blue sky check ….. cool breeze check …..

Absolutely perfect.

My neighbour is taking me to Costco to pick up a few things, okay more than a few things.

So as on Sundays I am usually making pancakes at this time or some Sundays.

I wanted to share my “Chocolate Pancake Recipe” – what could be better than chocolate for breakfast.

“Carol’s Chocolate Pancake Recipe”

2 cups flour

6 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

2 cups milk ( I use coconut milk beverage – the one in a box)

2 tbsp white sugar

1 tbsp cocoa  ( make it a heaping tablespoon)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Simply mix ingredients together.  Pour pancakes onto a hot skillet.

Makes enough for two people and enough for leftovers for one for a week …

Best with butter and good old maple syrup.

***  Try taking two cold pancakes and spreading peanut butter on them.  Makes a good “sandwich” for lunch.

ENJOY.

Well time to go to Costco.  No pancakes today.

Let me know what you think.

Happy Sunday Everyone.

Special Hello to: my sister ….. soon …. Pooh, soon.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 15th day of April, 2014.

Halfway point ….. still halfway full of April.

I hope this finds you feeling great this morning.

Is the sun shining where you are?

Are you going to work?

Are you staying home, perhaps retired?

Are you waking the children to start getting them ready for the day?

Maybe you need a kick start to the day and I do not mean coffee (although I do love my first cup of coffee).

I mean repeating an affirmation ….. your mantra if you will.

There are so many ….. simply put it is affirming positive beliefs about yourself and about life.

I have one that I actually wrote down from Jack Canfield’s “KEY to living the Law of Attraction.”

It is a great book …..

So whether you are home full-time or whether you leave home for the day to go to work or perhaps to school.

Repeating positive affirmations just helps you to keep the positivity flowing.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing ….. I hope that everything in your world is going wonderfully well.

I wrote down my affirmations on a card and carry it with me so that I can read it throughout the day.

Somedays I remember and somedays I do not but it is there when I need it.

I read it in the morning at home and before going to bed ….. so that is the last thing that I hear before going to sleep.

Keep positive ….

Happy Tuesday to You.

Special Hello to: my siblings …. I miss you …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Wow, here were are on the last day of April 2012 …… the 30th and it is a beautiful Monday morning.

It rained overnight as the deck was wet and earlier there were clouds in the sky but now THE SUN IS COMING UP AND IT IS GLORIOUS.

Yes, the sun is shining ….. I love the mornings when you are getting up and ready to the sun shining.

Soon we shall not require the lights to be on and that is a real treat.

I love saving on electricity ….

Happy Monday everyone.

I hope that wherever you are ….. THE SUN IS SHINING.

The sky here in Edmonton is the most palest of blues with a hint of pink off the horizon and if I could see the sun coming up from my office window (it faces south), it would be oranges, yellows and pinks…

I truly love this time of day when the sun is coming up full of promises for a wonderful day.

I hope that you have a glorious day.

Special Hello to: the WORLD….to every man, woman and child and creatures: four-legged and other…. Happy Monday.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

OMG, the sun is shining again this morning.

Always it is the simple things in life ….. the things that just happen…

Like the sun rise in the morning.

Like the stars and moon in the evening sky.

We are such lucky and blessed beings.

 

Have a great day my friends.

 

Always, Carol

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