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Good Morning. How are you this morning? I am hoping you are very well. I am doing very well and very happy that today is Friday. The sky appears to be a little smoky but the sun is rising and shining bright and hopefully the skies will clear soon. To have the third day in a row where the sky is blue with the sun shining would be awesome.

Last night I looked after my neighbours Humphrey & Bogart and walked with my friend Jeanette and pups Eddie & Bruno. I made sure to take my phone with me to all places so that I could snap some photos and videos which I will share with you shortly. We did not walk the usual distance as Bruno is beginning to noticeably slow down, I guess he has been but more last night. Cute story. I was just chilling waiting till 5:55 p.m. to put on my running shoes and grab the water, my phone and lock up when I heard a sound. It took me a second to realize that someone was at the door and opened to see Bruno and Eddie on the step with Jeanette. Eddie, smarty pants that he is, was actually knocking! He put his paw up on the door to let me know that they had arrived. Bruno was patiently waiting. We had a good giggle over that and I so wished that I had been phone in hand and snapped a photo. It was priceless. No photo. So sorry. We had a good walk and stopped at our friends Jamie, John and Sadie. Again we were at their fence, John opened the gate with Sadie right there and before I could let Eddie off the leash he was pulling so hard, I almost lost my hand. I will learn (obviously the hard way). They had a good visit. Walking and running and playing frisbee, Eddie and Sadie that is. Bruno looked for bones. Looks like I need my eye drops as my eye is burning making it hard to see. I also had picked up a bag of freeze dried liver yesterday at my lunch bag. Quick story, last time I bought the bag it is was $32.99, this time it was $45.99. Talk about your price increase. But I would give the world to have something for Bruno to enjoy during his last days on this earth. I gladly paid the price. Oh, the boys inhaled some of those treats while they were on my porch. Sorry for flipping back and forth. Eye burning and I have to go and look after Humphrey & Bogart. So much for eye makeup. YIKES. Cannot see to type. Anyway, I have some photos to post. Wished that you could see the video of Sadie and Eddie at the garden hose lapping up the water. Sadie loves the water coming out of the end of the hose. It was like a game to her. Photos next.

I forgot to tell you all about the Dragonfly. Quickly. I found a package on the neighbours step and wasn’t sure if they were home so brought it inside but I left a message on their doorbell message thing. Jessica came over a few minutes later and she spotted a dragonfly on my porch. I picked it up as was not sure if it was alive. It was so I gently placed it on the wreath on my door while we chatted for a few minutes. Then when were were finished I went inside the house and then had a thought that maybe it was thirsty so I gently brought it into the house and on a dessert plate poured a bit of water and placed the dragonfly close to the water. Well it actually walked over to the water and was drinking or at least I can imagine it appeared to be doing so. It was alive for quite some time but after that I had to go to see Humphrey & Bogart and have supper. After some time, I placed it on one of my houseplants with flowers. But it passed. Poor thing. But it did have some water. I wished I knew what could have been done. I love dragonflies. Time to go here. Running late.

Have an awesome day. Be well and safe and have some fun. Be a good friend and neighbour.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin, My Forever Angel

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Good Morning. There is such refreshing cool air pouring in through the office window as I key these words on my computer. The sun is shining brightly and the sky is the perfection of blue. There is a breeze which is helping to bring in the cool air. I opened all of the windows earlier. I woke up a bit later than I usually do during the week. There is a dog barking in the distance. Hopefully its’ owners have not left him/her outside. Now that the temperatures are getting warmer and very hot on some days, it is so important to carry water with you when you are walking with your dog(s). They are wearing a fur coat and you have on shorts, a teeshirt and flip flops. Think about it. Also skin is not fur. They need to be hydrated. Also please do not take them when it is hot. Not only is the temperature hard on them but the pavement and sidewalks can burn the bottom of their paws, their pads. I have seen this close up on a poor doggie that we found wondering on our back lane. Please people be responsible. The night before last when I was walking with my friends Alejandro, Eddie & Bruno (they are those handsome yellow labs), we saw this man on a skateboard of sorts, more current and I do not know what it is called. Shorter than the old ones and he had a baby strapped on the front of his baby, a cell phone in one hand and holding the leash for a medium-large dog in the other. I almost lost my breath. How irresponsible. What is wrong with people. Every day we see people out riding bicycles with a poor dog on a leash trying to keep up. Sometimes I have seen this person on a bike with two dogs. You have no control and should not be riding a bike and walking your dogs. Get off the damn bike and do a walk/run with your pet if they like to run a bit. Dogs do not love to run full out with you on your bike. THEY DO NOT! Can you imagine being on a leash trying to keep up with someone on a bike. Also they do not have water with them.

Last night Alejandro had two pet water bottles with him and I took Alvin’s bottle with me. Well it was funny as Eddie saw the reflection from the bottle and starting trying to paw at the light. Finally I figured that my pocked on my pants (cargo pants) would hold the water bottle so that he would not be trying to get at the reflection. Smart guy that Eddie. Poor Bruno. He is doing better than last night but still having a hard time. He has/had cancer. He is on prednisone to stop and hopefully kill the cancerous tumour. Last night his poop was starting to firm up. No where near what regular poop should be but definitely better than the previous night. He has put on weight from the steroid for sure. You know that a pup is in pain or not himself when their tail hangs low. Another reason is when they are hot and thirsty. We walked for one and half hours last night. I love being with Eddie and Bruno and their humans of course. The boys make me happy and I remember when I used to be walking Alvin and would see them.

Today is going to be a busy day so I have to get my poop in a group and get going. I want to go and wash the deck (have to hook up the garden hose first), do some cleaning and have a shower before noon. I am expecting a grocery delivery sometime between noon and 2:00 p.m. (hopefully closer to noon). The kids are dropping off Aspen and Milo and heading over to Costco. One of their friends is dropping off their dog Breeze here as they are watching him/her for a few days. We are ordering in supper for Mother’s Day. Lots going on.

Be safe, make good choices and remember to laugh.

I found out that the $60 million lotto jackpot was won by someone in Alberta. A man from Red Deer. So there is definitely hope for our group or me to win. I know there is a lot of money coming my way.

Happy Mother’s Day early to all you Moms out there. Oh, I better put together a little something for my daughter, she is a Mom. All Moms count. Whether to children, to pups or cats or fish. Oh, I am on pet sitting duties this weekend as well for Humphrey & Bogart. Time is flying by, I have to go.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel)

P.S. I am able to work from home this next week for Monday through Thursday as our office is undergoing the finishing touches on some earlier renovations. We will be going onto two sites for Wednesday morning but otherwise I am at home. So grateful.

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Good Morning! How are you this morning? Can you believe that it is Thursday? Time is certainly flying. The sky is blue and the sun is shining brightly in the morning sky. Sunrise and sunset are happening earlier and later with each passing day. There does not appear to be wind this morning so that is good. There are still signs of the hail from Tuesday night.

Yesterday morning at work the six of us from our site office went out and inspected two more of our sites. Some picked up trash and others did a visual inspection of yards and other things. It sure got hot early and I had worn warm pants and layers so I was able to take off my jacket but still was very warm. We were back to the office by noon.

I almost missed having a walk with Jeanette, Eddie and Bruno as I was eating and they needed to go earlier. They went ahead and Alejandro (her husband) was with them when I met up with them in the park. There was a love fest happening with three pups when I arrived. Eddie, Bruno and another yellow lab. I found out shortly after arriving that it was Miss Sadie (whom I know) but she was with her Dad and I am used to seeing her with her Mom or the kids. Anyway it was great to see her. After a bit more playing we carried on with our walk. Jeanette was leaving at midnight for Miami, Florida to see her parents who were visiting her brothers. Her parents were coming from South America. I am happy that she was able to go and spend some time with them. She will be home in a week. Meanwhile Alejandro will be walking with Eddie & Bruno. I am going to tag along whenever I am able. I love those dogs, they bring me joy. They are a good reminder of walks with Mr. Alvin.

The first two photos are from our walk last night and the third is a photo that Jeanette sent to me. They are so handsome, these boys.

Looks like we are fast approaching Mother’s Day weekend. Do you have plans with your Mother? Are you a Mother? My daughter and son-in-law and grand-pups Miss Aspen and Mi-Mi will be coming over on Saturday. We will order in supper as a treat. I cannot wait to see them.

Well after having a shower and putting on some makeup, it would seem that I am running a bit late. Not really late that I have to rush but I am so used to take a slow approach to my mornings at home, that it feels like I am rushing. Not really. Okay, now I am rambling. LOL.

One more week with the temporary crowns and then next Thursday, I will be getting the new crowns. Looking forward to having them but not really to the extractions and fillings. More freezing. Oh well, soon will be caught up in all of the dental stuff.

Have a great Thursday. Sending positive energy and rain to extinguish the flames of the wildfires.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel)

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Good Morning. A beautiful Thursday, May 4th, 2023. May the 4th be with you! There is my STAR WARS reference. Another hot day for most of Alberta. So hot and dry. I am praying for rain, just rain no fanfare from Mother Nature, like lightning. Just enough rain to extinguish the wildfires and to give the desperately dry ground some moisture. Fingers crossed.

Today is my third dental appointment. I will go to work and then catch the bus to the appointment and then back to the office when I am finished. Hopefully all goes well today. Should be easy peasy as they are just making the mould/the form/the impression whatever it is called for the crowns.

I have been so enjoying having the grand pups here when I arrive home from work. They are coming today and I believe tomorrow as well. Earlier I went downstairs to open the windows and turn on the fan so that the main floor is as cool as I can make it. I will be closing the blinds as well. They will only be alone for about 4.5 hours so not too bad. They will be okay. I am so happy that I am able to help them out.

The sun is shining now. A few minutes ago it must have been behind a cloud. The sky looks so pretty. I was looking at it through my bedroom window just before I got up and the colours were picture perfect. Mother Nature sure can put on a show. Utter perfection.

I hope that the wildfires can be contained/extinguished and the loss of all life is minimal. I wished that it would be none but how can a fire not take away life of some kind. Insects, birds, small animals and domestic animals.

I just received a text from my daughter, the strike is over. They settled. My son-in-law will not have to walk the picket line. So happy for him and for his coworkers. I won’t be seeing my pups today. I am happy that they are home and won’t have to travel back and forth, especially in this heat.

Well it is almost time to head back downstairs and put on the coffee and have a bite to eat. Great news to start the day with and I am over the moon for them.

Happy Thursday. Have a wonderful day everyone!

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

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel)

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Good Morning! Wow, sure has been windy the past couple of days. Waking up to another windy day. My daughter let me know that they are not being evacuated due to the wildfires. The fires turned direction so they are safe at home. You know I never thought of them being affected by wildfires until they moved to the country. I guess we all have a false sense of security living in the big city. Now when the wind blows, I feel panicked. They only have one car. The person that is working or is at home does not have a vehicle to get them and the pups to safety. An EXIT plan is a necessity. One never knows what could happen. Even sometimes it could be the smoke, too. Anyway, I let her know if there is every a time where they need to get out – come here. I suppose she already knew this! Also if one has an item or three that are irreplaceable, they should be ready to go at a moment’s notice. I believe in being preparing. Never hurts to have a plan or two in place.

Well, I decided to go to work and see what time that I can get into the dentist as it may not even be until tomorrow. Who knows? Hopefully this afternoon or tomorrow morning. If I can get in after lunch, I can leave work at noon and make my way there. I may even be able to catch a ride with my carpool as she goes home at noon to drive her son to school. He turned six last week and will be in grade one in September. I am grateful that I am pain free with the broken tooth, so I will just go to the office.

Yesterday, I vacuumed and wash all of the floors on the main and upstairs. I cleaned the top of the landing rug as well with my bissell cleaner. Looks good. I had the windows open as well to air the house out. Sure was quiet with Cookie gone home.

Time to go downstairs and put the coffee on. According to the weather channel there are some warm warm days on the way for this week. Pups come tomorrow. I guess time to break out the fans. I will open the windows on those days early to cool off the house for them.

Wishing you a great day!

Fingers crossed that everything goes well at the dentist. I am certain that the tooth will need to be pulled and then what? I think bridge but not sure about the surrounding teeth.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel)

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Good Morning! How are you this Friday morning? The trees are swaying in the wind against the morning sunrise sky. So pretty. YAY, we made it to Friday. I hope that today is quiet at the office. My daughter will be bringing Aspen & Milo here to spend the day with Cookie. My son-in-law will come here once he is done walking the “line.”

Cute story. Miss Cookie was whining like she wanting up on my lap. She usually does not sit still for too long but I bent over and picked her up which was a process as she runs away and then comes back. Finally I had her on my lap. She wanted to get up on the desk. At one point she had her paws on the desk looking at the screen. I would say “we have a new blogger” coming along. I wonder what kind of stories she would write. Would be pretty interesting I would think. What a character she is! Her Dad texted me yesterday and they will be home tomorrow night at 11:00 p.m. (time they touch down so it will be closer to 12:30 or so when they physically get home. I am usually not up at that time so will see if they want to wait and pick her up in the morning although they will likely sleep late. Oh well, whatever happens she will be happy to be home. I know she missed her pod, her pack.

Oh, I did grab some photos with one hand of Cookie up on the computer desk looking like she was ready to key something. She actually stood on the keyboard and when I said something, do not remember exactly what it was, SIRI came on and said “I found this on the web.” Okay, lol.

I hope that life is treating you kindly. Wishing you and me patience with everything that comes our way on this day.

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

These babies will be hanging out together today ………

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel) & Miss Cookie

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Good Morning! Well today is Thursday, April 27, 2023. April is zipping by. The sky is a clear blue this morning and I can see pinks on the horizon (my horizon faces south) so I guess that means the sun is rising in the east. Oh, it certainly does. Miss Cookie is running about. She always wants to get downstairs as fast as possible. The three pups had another day together. My son-in-law put in his time and then came home here to be with them. Cookie was not quite as played out last night as the previous evening.

When I got home from work, Steven was thinking of taking Aspen for a walk. I asked if I could take her and a few minutes later with my running shoes and jacket on and Miss Aspen with her harness and leash on and ready, we left the house. She was like a woman on a mission. No dilly dallying a long. We were walking at a good clip. Forty minutes later we were back home. During our walk it was lightly raining and was a bit cool but it felt great. I had spent my day, the whole day, sitting at my desk working as I wanted to get mail done so it was good to get up and stretch my legs. We walked around the park closest to home and then over to the big “park” and around it. I was in heaven.

My daughter arrived a few minutes after Aspen & I returned home from our walk. A few minutes later it was just me and Cookie in the house. Shortly after that it started to rain hard. A good solid spring rain. Glad I had a nice walk.

I had leftover pizza for supper which was great with some raw veggies. No cookie. Now tonight, not sure but I have things to cook. But will be a cooking night.

I had better get downstairs and see what Miss Cookie is up to.

Have a great day. This morning we go out on site. Not my favourite thing to do but I guess it is outside and looks like a nice morning. A bit cool but that is okay.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel) & Miss Cookie.

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Good Morning. Yesterday was an odd day. We did not receive the forecasted rain until I arrived home from work and then it has been raining off and on since with mini snowballs from time to time. This morning the sky is the most delicate of blues with streaks of orange and of pink on the horizon as the sun rises for the day. Looks like a beautiful day ahead. I should be walking at lunch break and after work. I did not get out yesterday between weather and office.

Last night I came across an old post and comment from over a decade ago. I had mentioned Alvin in the comment and was excited to read the actual post. I looked and looked but was unable to find it. Will have to spend more time investigating over the next few days. Tonight I will reach out to Cookie’s parents and see what the plan is for Thursday as they leave on their trip to the U.S. around noon on that day. Work is insanely busy so not likely that I will be able to take any time off. When you take time off it is thousands of times worse to come back to. Isn’t that sad! I am excited to have Cookie with me, too bad that I will one at work during the day but at least with this short commute I will be here with here most of the time. We will have time for walks and playing.

I have been thinking of Alvin, oh who am I kidding I am always thinking about Alvin. Better him than many other things. Of course, at work, I mainly think of work but he does slip into my mind from time to time and of course, he is always in my heart. When I go for walks I think of time and let him know what is new and where I am. One year ago, I would not have thought I would have been in this place. But some things you cannot change.

Have a great Tuesday. Take some time for yourself, go for that walk. Does not have to be 10,000 steps all at once, just go out and breathe some fresh air. Take in nature. Will do your heart and soul much good.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel)

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Good Morning! Well it is Wednesday and one more day after today until a four day weekend for me. I am excited to have four days off in a row. Time for a break. Easter sure came quickly this year. How are you this morning? Are you having a good week? Are you working or going to school or perhaps you are retired or in between dreams? After work yesterday, I quickly got changed and grabbed the necessities, my jacket and put on my runners. Yes, the ones that my daughter picked up for me at the thrift store are really comfortable and perfect for my walks. I was heading not just for a walk but to the grocery store. Two reasons. Save-On had 15% off and because my oven is not working – I had to go with plan B for the office “Easter” treats. So I found some little Easter bags and picked up several sweet chocolate treats to fill them. The bags were made of a light canvas like material and had a draw string closure with ribbons and they had sewn fake Bunny ears in the inside of the front so that they would stand up. Very cute. They actually had a couple of different ones. Af first I found blue and pink ones and then I found the ones that I just described. They are better for adults. I also made out of various colours of construction paper egg shaped cards and decorated them with stickers. Oh, yes, I bought a package of Easter stickers and am going to put a sheet of them inside each bag. Happy Easter to my FIVE co-workers. Our Manager is going to “hide” some treats tomorrow morning to celebrate Easter for us. After the last near month of acclamating to the new way of doing our jobs, we need some fun and some chocolate. You are never too old for an Easter Egg hunt. Our office is small so I am thinking it will be an easy one. I like easy (sometimes). So tonight after I go for a walk, I will finish putting together the treat bags for the office. One of these days, I will get the photo thing worked out so that I can share with you all of the photos that I have been snapping. The photos that I have been sharing are ones that I already have in my photo library in word press. I know. Sometimes this technology thing is just too much. Maybe in between spring cleaning I will figure out the photos and why I am not able to upload them from photos on this computer to word press. Likely something very easy but then again my daughter could not figure it out and she is very tech savvy.

Oh, the store was busy last night. I even saw my neighbour Savannah and her little boy Grayson (oh my goodness, cuteness). He would not say hello Carol but he did say bye Carol (he is not quite two). I think he did well. My name is not easy to say.

After I returned home and was putting things away, I happen to see my friend Alyaa and her daughter Donia coming up the walk. I opened the door and she was holding a tray of food. As it turns out she had made too much of this dish and wanted to share with me. I would akin it to “pizza” but a Middle Eastern twist on the Western version. A thin crust with light topping of spiced ground beef with onions and peppers. (Was really good). We had a lovely visit and so many laughs. She is such a wonderful person. Guess what? Miss Cookie will be staying with me later on in April for just over a week while they travel to the United States to see Alyaa’s sister. I am excited to have Cookie with me.

Well bedtime came quickly last night.

Whoops I better get “hopping” here as I want to get my coffee perking and have breakfast. The sky is lightening and the morning is definitely here. I hope that you all have a wonderful day. Be safe, be well and have fun. Laugh with a friend, your spouse, with anyone. Laughter, we did more of …..

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

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel).

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Good Morning! How are you this morning? I am okay. Had a much better sleep last night. I have been going for walks after work and I am finding that this enables me to clear the “crap” from my brain and then settle down for the evening. Did you ever see that when you slow down and concentrate on one task or one thought at a time, that you feel more positive and just feel more relaxed? I have noticed that with me. Yesterday when I was feeling better and then last night after work. Just refocused to one thing at a time.

Starting to feel like spring during the day as the sun rises higher in the daytime sky. Yesterday there was a lot of water that had melted so it begins to get sloppy. I noticed when I was outside that the storm drain is plugged again. People driving over it pushing the snow onto the grates and eventually plugging it. So tonight if it is melting and the ice has softened I will chip away and try to open it up so that the water does not pool on the street. Our streets are always a pain. Either icy or full of massive ruts. Most of the time in the winter it is massive ruts. When the street was “plowed” a few weeks ago, they basically went down the middle of the street so the middle is clear but they pushed the snow up. Anyway, it is always fun when you are driving. Of course, cars line both sides of the street so down to one lane driving. I am grateful that spring is close.

I am going to try something different today and have breakfast before I leave home. Finding eating at the new office is a pain. Everyone is so busy – no one takes a coffee break. Lunch, I usually don’t eat anyway so unless I go for a walk, it is hard to actually take a break. So have to work out some things. Anyway, I will see what my body likes. I used to always eat in the morning and then eat at supper and sometimes have a snack at noon. I like breakfast and supper, not so much lunch. But have to have something during the day (including morning) otherwise I get a headache. Experiment, I guess.

I hope that life is treating you kindly. May your day be filled with possibilities of all good things and that your dreams are coming true.

Have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin (my forever Angel)

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