Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday.

So happy that it is payday.

Pay those the bills and wait for the next ones.

What a circle!

I am grateful that I am able to pay my bills in full and on time.

I am grateful to have a roof over my head.

I am grateful that I am able to look after me and Alvin in good order.

I am grateful that I am employed.

I am grateful for each and every day that I am able to get out of bed in the morning.

I am grateful for all of my dear family members and all of my friends.

I am grateful to be surrounded by goodness and light.

I am grateful to have Alvin as my housemate.

I am grateful to have this beautiful weather as we fast approach the first day of fall.

I am grateful to be alive.

 

Last night and early this morning – I had the strangest of dreams.

Unfortunately I remember nothing of them other than they were odd.

How often does this happen to you?

Me, lots.

Sometimes I remember little things and sometimes I remember the dream in some detail.

But not often.

 

I prefer to daydream.

Where I can somewhat control and remember what I am thinking.

What do you daydream about?

I think daydreaming is good for us.

I daydream about things and people.

 

Another beautiful day on the way.

Yesterday was gorgeous.

We went for a walk in the morning as I worked the late shift yesterday.

Our walk was lovely.

Quiet …. not too many people out before 8:30 a.m.

Today at lunchtime I am going to the Vet to pick up food for Alvin, some pain meds and toothpaste for him.

We will walk after work when it cools down.

I guess we could / should have gone this morning but alas I did not get my butt going soon enough.

If I got dressed now and we went …. we could be home in time for me to start work.

But I think we will wait.

Although …… it looks tempting but it would be cutting it close.

We shall wait.

Can always go after supper if it is too warm at 4:00 p.m.

 

Tomorrow I got to the office for the first time since I left on March 19, 2020.

I am a little nervous – I will confess.

Must remember to take a mask or two and some other supplies.

Lunch, I guess.

Sounds like the coffee machine is in use so that is good.

Only for one day.

I shall miss and feel guilty leaving Alvin for a whole day.

He is not used to it.

Perhaps he will be happy to have the day to himself.

Who knows?

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I have to get ready.

Turn on the coffee.

Actually turn on the coffee first and then come back upstairs and get ready.

I have all of the windows open so that cool air can come into the house.

Smells good.

Not really any breeze this morning.

Happy Thursday.

 

Have an awesome Thursday.

Be safe.

Be kind and respectful.

I shall/we shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

I am so excited to see the Snapdragons coming up in the pot with the Geraniums.

Orange and pink so pretty.

There are more Snapdragons since this photo was taken.

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR

Good Morning and Day 2 of my Vacation Days (Day 5 since my last day of work).

A very warm one is one the way.

The sky is a delicate blue, there is virtually no breeze at all and the sun is glowing like the powerful ball in the sky that it is.

Yesterday I defrosted and cleaned the fridge, cleaned the oven, and finished my craft project.

So it was a busy day.

As we have been doing since Sunday morning we were out walking bright and early.

Well 7:30 a.m.

We were already into the park when Alvin spotted a “shopping cart.”

It had been on the other side near the entrance yesterday morning and he did not acknowledge the beast.

But this morning …. it got his gaw.

He gave the big green monster a wide girth as we walked by, growling and barking until we were clear.

So funny.

Oh me Alvin.

We encountered not a soul … not cats out in the yard enjoying the sunshine …. no humans out walking their Alvins.

Just me and Alvin.

I will say it was kind of nice.

As we walked into the park – I had to stop and move my glasses (with sunglass clips) to fully appreciate the rich green of the trees and grass.

Absolutely breathtaking.

The green is my favourite shade of green ….. grass green ….kelly green would best describe that shade.

Picture perfect with the blue sky and the green grass and trees.

As we came near our friend’s house …. we briefly stopped to admire her flowers.

She has one of the most gorgeous flower gardens that I have ever seen.

 

Well before it gets too hot, I want to give Mr. Alvin a hair trim and bath.

So have to get going as want to begin before 9:00 and be done no later than 11:00 a.m.

Otherwise it will be too warm.

I think Alvin will be pleased to have a bath on a hot day.

I will follow with a shower.

 

My TO DO LIST is starting to get shorter with each passing day.

The only item that I may not get done this week is washing all of the window blinds in the house.

There are blinds on each window so there are a great many.

Might leave them for next Monday, we shall see.

This is vacation after all.

But also time to get those extra time consuming jobs completed.

 

I hope that you are safe and in good health, keeping cool.

For all those birthdays in August …. WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

I think that I know at least one person with a birthday every day in August.

 

We stopped and picked up the mail on the way home.

I had two non-junk pieces of mail.

One was a birthday card from my Aunt and Uncle, so treasure her cards and letters.

I am saving the letter for later to read and enjoy.

The other was a brown envelope from Revenue Canada …. I was not sure what that would be.

When I opened it – pleasant surprise.

Information about applying for CPP or better known as Canada Pension Plan.

All the details including amounts that I could receive pending on when I apply.

 

Okay time to fly.

Get this day going …..

Wishing all creatures on this earth to live with kindness and respect.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Alvin and Carol

It is a NEW YEAR.

Well here we are again at a Friday morning.

May 15, 2020.

We started out here in Edmonton with a beautiful sunrise and what I thought was going to be a sunshiny day but then turned to clouds.

I cannot remember what the forecast was for today other than the temperature was/is to be plus 17 degrees celsius.

Which is not bad temperature wise.

 

My poor boy is under “the weather.”

Starting on Tuesday he had some wicked gas attacks.

I feared something was on the way.

On Wednesday on our way home from our afternoon/after work walk, he fell to a bout of diarrhea.

He did eat all of his supper.

He did not appear to be too out of sorts (for him).

Yesterday morning he only ate half of his breakfast and a bit of banana.

He had two bouts of diarrhea.

One in the morning before I started work and the other mid afternoon while my son-in-law dropped by with some chicken breasts and white rice for the boy.

Yesterday morning I reached out to my daughter about possibly picking up those items for Alvin.

My son-in-law was able to pick up and bring over.

We had a little visit.

So nice to see him, it has been awhile.

I think my daughter’s birthday in March.

So last night for supper Alvin had chicken breasts and white rice for supper.

He is back on the bland diet for a few days while whatever it is runs the course.

Jenn from the Vet’s office called to remind me of his appointment today at 2 p.m.

I immediately informed her of Alvin’s condition and she agreed to put him on the chicken and rice.

They will also put him on probiotics which should help.

My poor baby.

He will be on a strict chicken and rice.

I deliberately did not have banana this morning with breakfast as it is his favourite and I did not wish to taunt him.

That would not have been fair.

I have decided it may be wise especially with his age that I put him on a strict diet.

Only his regular food, his treats that I pick up from the vet’s office.

No longer he can have special treats from family and friends.

Even the Vet’s office suggested it may be allergies.

Dogs in age can develop allergies so not uncommon.

Better to be safe than having him go through this ….

He is a trooper but I can only imagine how he must feel although he does loves chicken and rice.

So that part is good for him and makes him happy.

I am with fingers crossed that his poop is more firm this morning and hopefully he will go.

He has not as yet which is odd for him.

Perhaps things are just settling down.

Well time to go and get that coffee and sign on for work.

I have a meeting this morning and one after lunch just before I am leaving early for Alvin’s appointment.

 

So happy Friday one and all.

I hope that you have a great day and long weekend.

I suppose not everyone everywhere has a long weekend for Victoria Day.

I get that …..

But have a great weekend …..

 

Take care, stay healthy.

Be kind.

Show kindness and respect to all creatures big and small.

 

I/We Remain,

As Always, Carol  & Alvin

 

P.S. sorry for my post to be all about “poo” …… such as my life at this moment.

It is a NEW YEAR.

Oh glorious SUN, shining down on US.

What a gorgeous morning is upon us.

Bright sunshine and no breeze, not a breath of wind.

YAY.

How are you doing this fine Wednesday morning?

Are you all ready to start the day?

I am up, am ready and once I have my coffee in hand, I will be ready to start this mid week work day.

 

Last night I texted one of my friends.

“Hi, do you have any Palm Bay drinks?  If so, how do you feel about joining me on the deck for one after supper.

I only have one. What a day!”  Going for a walk.

 

She texted back:

“How does 6 work for you”

Me:

“Sounds good”

Friend:

“See you at 6”

Me:

“Yes, you will”

 

Now that is a friend.  No questions asked.

She arrived at 6:00 with a drink in hand.

We sat on the deck and talked about our day.

We laughed and had a great visit.

Just over one hour later, she was on her way home to her family and I was chilling with Alvin on the sofa.

Sometimes you just need a friend and a Palm Bay drink.

Anyone who really knows me – knows this – I seldom drink.

In fact, this one lone drink has been in my fridge for months and months.

I have had beer go “bad” in my fridge.

Fancy that.

 

The point here is sometimes you just need an unscheduled “visit” and a drink.

By 6:00 p.m. last night the wind had died down and it was quite nice out.

We had the protection of the house so that helped but the sun shone down.

After one hour outside – Alvin was done.

Perhaps if he had his friend over and were having a “drink” it may have been a different matter.

Kidding about the drink, I would never give him or any animal, alcohol.

 

So time to grab my coffee and start work.

I am lots to do.

Looking forward to our walks today.

I love being at home with Alvin and having that extra walk each day.

Helps to clear my head and allows me to remove any thoughts that need to be “gone.”

I find walking very beneficial for many reasons.

 

Okay, time to run.

 

I hope that you have an awesome day.

May you have a chance to go for a walk in nature.

By a pond or a lake or even in a grassy park.

Soothes the soul.

I am very grateful to live nearby many great spots.

 

With kindness and respect,

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Welcome to Friday morning and it is raining and windy here in Edmonton.

Started to rain in the early evening.

Not constant.

 

How are you this morning?

I am well.

Couple of things.

We were up I would say about 5:00 a.m.

Alvin had his breakfast and did his business in the backyard of course.

Then we hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s.

I must have fell into a fairly deep sleep quickly as I had the most unusual dream.

When we woke up and I started to write in my “Gratitude Journal,” I found myself writing quickly about this dream.

Some of the details were fresh in my memory.

Which is unusual for me.

I madly wrote them down and filled the page before I knew it.

I made connections with some things that happened over the course of the day.

The premise of the dream was: I was in my Grandmother’s house in the small town where she lived decades ago (I lived there at one point with her).

There was this dog, not Alvin.

I had given him a haircut which was a perfect replica of a dog, a clone.

Not even the same dog.

After it dropped to the counter or whatever the surface was, it basically came alive.

From just what would have been a haircut.

The original dog was not hurt or anything but now there were two dogs.

I remember being frightened of this second dog but it was so cute.

There were a great many things that happened in this dream.

There was another woman with me with the dogs.

Almost feels like other people but I am not sure.

At one point I am sitting in the passenger side of a white SUV.

Waiting for someone.

It was winter out as I remember seeing snow.

We were pulled over near a sidewalk.

There were two Real Estate Agents with signs that opened the back door of the SUV and were in and out with their signs as they tried to put them up.

When I finally had enough and climbed into the driver’s seat, they yelled “don’t run him over” and there was this third Real Estate Agent behind the car.

It was odd and creepy and weird.

I looked for traffic as a car slowed and waited for me to pull out.

The street that I turned onto was busy but I finally got turned.

When I turned the street some cigarettes started to fall out of a little nook in the steering column near the wheel.

OMG, strange.

I remember hearing a conversation between the woman and the house and another …. the woman was explained some things …. I don’t remember the details now.

But she called me the B word.

Yikes.

Well that is it.

That was an odd one.

So I have been watching a lot of “Love It or List It,” lately.

I saw a white SUV drive by yesterday.

The second dog was PLUTO the newest Canadian sensation.

I recognized the town as where I lived for a short time with my Grandma.

She lived there for more than 25 years.

 

Anyway, I was going to post some photos and I see by the clock on the “wall” that it is almost time for me to grab my coffee and start the work computer.

I might try and post a few from the week that was …..

 

I was trying to snap some artistic photos of my flowers and a glass flower from different angles.

Well some turned out better than others.

Then there was Alvin and Humphrey on the deck.

You can see Humphrey sitting on the deck post with the beautiful sunrise behind him.

My first ever BUBBLE TEA sold my Steeped Tea of course.

Well that was the week that was …..

 

I hope that you had a great one.

Remember to live in kindness and respect.

We got this.

 

I/We Remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning,

Sunday April 19th, 2020.

Forecast today is for double digit temperatures and to remain for the next couple of weeks.

I was tempted to turn my thermostat off yesterday but then decided there were still opportunities for freezing.

The sun is up and the blue sky is dotted with wisps of white clouds.

Well we had a fairly successful day yesterday.

One unexpected change and that was that Humphrey came to spend the day with us.

Due to company and just the way that things happened, I did the shovelling in the backyard.

Off the list.

Laundry completed.

Off the list.

Front coat closet, cleaned and winter items returned to the basement.

Winter / spring coats washed and put away accordingly.

Obviously spring/summer to front closet.

Mitts and scarves washed as well.

Off the list.

Switched winter clothes to spare room closet.

Switched summer clothes to my room closet.

I sure hope that I can fit into those summer clothes?

Argh.

Off the list.

Bathrooms cleaned.

Off the list.

Vacuumed.

Off the list.

Dusted.

Off the list.

We enjoyed a nice walk mid afternoon as well.

On our way home we passed by one of our friends who happened to be out on the driveway.

They were cleaning up after a driveway birthday party for her now 13 year old son.

I had forgotten.

We have a new teenager in the neighborhood.

She said they were surprised when her husband’s parents and his sister and children came to celebrate.

Everyone practiced the social distancing.

But her thirteen year old had a party with some of the family which was nice.

When I moved to Edmonton he was not quite 2 years old.

Wow, time flies.

It was a good day.

We had a garage visit with one of our friends near the beginning of the walk, which was great.

Another friend and her pup …. we chatted a few minutes later into the walk.

Near the lake we saw another friend and her pup.

A good day to see friends.

We were happy to see Humphrey as well.

 

I have a dilemma.

Alvin needs a bath.

I want to have a bath (but would rather shower).

I want to bath so that I can just have a good soak.

Usually I do not have the patience to sit in the tub for very long.

We want to walk.

So if we do the baths this morning.

Walking in the afternoon would be good.

Thank you I just answered my question.

So breakfast and coffee.

Followed by bath for me.

Then bath for Mr. Alvin.

Likely better if I go first.

By mid afternoon he will be long dry and hopefully more of the water on the sidewalk will have dried up.

 

I also want to call my siblings.

Seems like the days pass and I think about them like always, but don’t get to those calls.

I am sure that I am not alone.

I will admit that I am not great at making phone calls.

I love chatting when I am on the phone but making calls not so much.

 

Well I guess it is time to get this show on the road so that we can get those baths in while it is still morning.

Back to work tomorrow.

I am looking forward to using the big monitor.

So much better than just the laptop screen.

 

Quick story, last night while watching the ONE WORLD special, I happened to see movement across the street.

Turning my head I saw four large rabbits come down the grass from the other side of the street and run onto the street.

They all four ran down the street together.

It was so crazy.

I prayed that no cars would come along.

But they were okay.

We have lots of rabbits in our community.

 

I have also decided that I am going to take a day of vacation perhaps near the end of this week and spend some time out in the neighbourhood.

The trash that has accumulated is horrible.

I cannot believe how much.

I also found some styrofoam packing materials in my basement window well (outside).

Also cleaned up in front of my house and my immediate neighbours.

There are even a great many disposable gloves (the latex/non-latex ones).

I did not have the means to pick any of those items up so I left them.

I have disposable gloves and a trash picker so I will go and clean up the hood.

Usually when we are out and about, I do pick up certain items and put them in the trash.

It was easier when wearing mittens/gloves.

Anyway, note to people.

Please pick up the trash.

If we all do this ….

Then we are a team.

If it is just me or just you.

Then we are not a team.

Remember when packing your recycling items to place them in a bag not loosely in a blue bin.

Loosely packed means wind will blow them to my house or elsewhere.

 

Have an awesome Sunday.

Time to have breakfast and coffee.

Get those baths done.

Get this day going.

It is almost 9:00 a.m.

Where does the time go?

 

Happy Sunday.

Trying to live always with kindness and respect.

Sometimes there may be the odd slip up but that is okay.

 

With kindness and respect for all.

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Holy catfish it is Thursday April 16, 2020 today.

The sun is shining on this new morning.

The sky is that faintly powder blue.

Sunshine is gleaming off the frost tipped cars on our street.

There is a pool of water in my backyard and on the other end is a snowbank.

Soon there will be grass.

YAY, it feels like a great day ahead.

 

How are you doing today?

I hope that this finds you well and happy and safe.

 

What are you doing these days?

Has your day to day schedule changed dramatically?

Are you working from home?

Are you studying from home?

Teaching young children?

Perhaps you are retired and the big difference is leaving the house for supplies and for visits?

Perhaps you are laid off from your job?

 

Whatever you are filling your days with remember to look after yourself.

Hydrate and exercise.

Lots of sleep and rest.

Now you have the time to take a nap in the afternoon.

How about that?

Now you have time to read that mountain of books that are falling off the bookcase.

Now you have time to maybe write a book.

Go through the house room by room.

Clean that closet.

No better time.

Now is a great time to reduce the extra things that have been taking up space in your space.

Time to make things simple.

Our future is going to change.

There is no doubt about it.

So why not make your life simple.

It all starts at home.

We do not need 20 pairs of black pants.

Do you really use 3 sets of dishes?

How about your pots and pans cupboard/drawer?

Clean it out.

You know that you have pots in there that you just cannot bear to part with.

Think about it and take action.

 

Well it is time for this gal to go and grab a cup of that fantastic perked COFFEE.

My workspace is beginning to call my name.

I really do not start until 8:00 a.m. but I will admit that most days I start much earlier than that …. oh well.

 

I hope that you are well and safe.

Don’t forget about your single neighbours, senior neighbours and perhaps that family that just may need a bit of help …

You have the time …. do something nice for someone today.

Even if it is a baking a cake.

 

Have an awesome Thursday.

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We are,

As Always, Alvin and Carol

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Wednesday Morning.

The sunrise is amazing and the sky is beginning to clear.

We had a nice light blanket of snow last night.

I heard from the Weather Channel that Sunday we are to have double digits for temperature.

On the plus side, I should add.

Finally, perhaps that will put a serious dent in the snow banks that are lingering about.

I can hardly wait to see buds on the trees.

The birds are beginning to return from down south.

I believe that I mentioned I saw a Robin last week.

So happy about that.

I love them, little robin red-breast.

I have the coffee perking away.

Oh, how I love coffee in the morning.

Alvin is resting on his little bed beside my computer desk.

 

I must say that I never thought in my wildest dreams, did I ever, think that I would be doing my job from home.

Not ever.

Not even a random thought.

Now here I am close to a month into working from home.

Wow, so strange.

I guess we truly never know what is going to happen in the world.

 

Yesterday Alvin and I had two walks.

This is starting to become a habit which is a good thing.

I placed a tea order after our later walk.

One of my friends picked me up a few things from the store.

I believe that we are set for awhile.

Although how could I forget to get “olive oil.”

Anyway not life or death so it can wait for a week or so.

 

Oh, big thing …. I cut my hair.

Oh, yes I did.

I had been wondering how it would work if I used Alvin’s electric hair/fur clippers.

I found that the extensions do not fit on or at least I could not get them onto the clipper.

So I just took the “electric” clipper and starting cutting.

I took off quite a bit and it looks pretty good.

Had to fix some even this morning with my handy dandy hair scissors.

Although next time I would make sure that I dried my hair straight.

What I mean by this is ….. I would not put my hair in a ponytail and then pull through.

So it was curly / wavy when I removed the hair elastic.

But despite that ….. I am pretty happy.

Besides my hair grows fast so why not.

Alvin is lucky as I cut his hair.

I have noticed a lot of doggies are looking a bit on the shaggy side.

 

Well I guess it is time to go and grab my coffee.

Might start work a bit early today.

Just because.

Not because I have to,

Just because.

 

The sun is shining so bright.

Mid week so that is good.

Weekend around the corner.

I hope that you and your family are well.

Stay safe.

Remember there are always the bathroom fans to clean.

Top of the cupboards might need a bit of a dust job.

Basement.

I know I have many things that I can do when I have the time.

Summer is close.

YAY.

 

With kindness and respect.

I/We remain,

As always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Tuesday morning,

Sky is overcast

No sign of a beautiful sunrise.

Unsure of what the temperature is this morning.

Alvin is resting on his little bed beside in between my home and work stations.

I propped up my laptop more than previously with hopes that I will be closer to being ergonomic.

I am also going to use a foot stool to prop up my legs.

I have been suffering with lower back pain as a result of not having a very proper set up.

There is a nice desk and chair but with the laptop sitting on the desk I am looking down up not at eye level.

So hopefully this will help.

By the end of four days at home, my back feels better.

I tried to ensure that I was sitting properly and getting exercise.

 

One of my friends dropped me by another Easter dinner this one has ham and scalloped potatoes (tonight’s supper).

We chatted ensuring that we were keeping the proper social distance.

She had found this exercise for lower back pain from sitting improperly at desk.

My friend also mentioned that she has been doing this for a few days and thought it was helping.

So you lay flat on your back on a yoga mat or on the carpet.

Place a rolled up towel in the small of your back (not a big towel).

Then raise your arms on the floor but above your head with your palms down so that your pink fingers could touch (if you can).

Then your legs out front on the floor stretching your big toes toward each foot.

Do this stretching for five minutes whenever possible.

Maybe at a coffee break if you are working from home.

 

Well I slept in this morning …… so time to run and grab the coffee before starting the work laptop.

I hope that you were able to get some rest whether you are working or not.

Take care.

Be safe.

 

Walking today ….. yes we are.

 

Be kind and respectful.

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR

Good Morning Thursday.

Yesterday Alvin and I enjoyed two walks.

One at lunchtime and the other after work.

Alvin certainly slept better.

I think the extra exercise is playing him out.

But happy that he is sleeping more through the night.

The sky is overcast at this point but I have high hopes that it will be another bright and sunny day.

How are things in your neck of the woods?

Sunshine, Rain or Snow?

I hope that you are having a great morning no matter what the weather.

Alvin is resting on the little bed that I have made for him in the office.

Pretty comfy I think.

 

So excited for the long weekend.

Happy Easter to ALL.

A time to reflection.

A time for thanks for all that we hold in gratitude.

 

I am planning to work on and finish my income taxes.

Having an extra day will give me the time so that I don’t have to spend a whole day or so on them.

I don’t remember how long it took last year.

I have already begun so it should not be too bad.

 

I can smell the coffee as it has finish perking and is ready for me to go and grab a mug.

Nothing better than freshly ground coffee perking in the morning.

Almost anyway….

 

How about some pretty flowers for this last day before Easter.

Photos of flowers anyway.

Will take our minds off of the snowbanks in the front of my house and yours.

Well maybe you have a snowbank out front, just guessing.

I threw in a photo of a fruit pizza that I made at some point in the past.

This weekend was supposed to be supper here with my kids and we were going to have fruit pizza for dessert.

It has been put off until a later date.

I wish you all a great weekend.

Time with those members of your household.

Perhaps a creative way to visit with family and friends and keeping the “social distancing” in mind.

 

Well it is getting close to the time that I have to start work.

I have so far to travel …. lol.

Please be safe.

I hope that the Easter Bunny drops by ….

He made a stop here yesterday and I am so grateful as I was completely out of CHOCOLATE.

How could one go into the Easter Weekend with no CHOCOLATE?

Not easily.

Thank you to the Easter Bunny who is so kind and generous.

 

Have a wonderful Thursday.

 

Keeping in Kindness and Respect

I/We are Always,

Carol & Alvin

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