2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I am well. Had some pretty crazy dreams last night and something to do with the giving out of blankets and missing a person with a dog. I have to say that I felt pretty guilty. I remember standing in front of a bunch of people and for some reason, not sure why there was a shortage of blankets. I had two in my hands and went over to this family who needed a blanket for their dog. The two blankets that I had one was huge and the other was too small. So I said that I would find them another blanket and went on to give the other blankets to other people. Then I woke up and realized that I had not gone back to the other family with the dog with a blanket. Also they were my own personal blankets. I also remember my sister was there and she was telling people don’t worry she has lots of blankets back home as I think perhaps they were thinking that I would run out of blankets. Wow, nothing like waking up from a dream and your first thoughts and feelings are ones of guilt and disappointment. Honestly, can say that I have never had that experience before now. Very deflating.

The sunrise is so pretty this morning. There are puffs or wisps of pink clouds scattered amongst the lighter blue morning sky. I love how our sky appears totally different each and every morning. I just got out of my chair and looked out of the window and noted that closer to the eastern sunrise the sky is more orange and already the pink clouds have disappeared. WOW. This sure has been quite the morning.

This is also my late start to work day and then I work till 7:00 p.m. and Friday I go to the office. Lots to be done in between.

We had a nice Sunday. Starting the day off with a TEAM Chat, video call with my friends Gillian and Signe. So nice to catch up and to see their pretty faces. Alvin and I had a quiet day. I was happy to receive an email saying that my parcel from Reitmans had been delivered – some new clothes. Seldom do I actually purchase clothing from a “store” anymore as most of my clothing comes from thrifting or hand me downs. So this was a nice change. The package came and was delivered into my mailbox which was good. Happy to report that every item fit well. Happy to have some brand new clothing consisting of tops and one new pair of pants. My kids gave me two pair of pants for Christmas so I have three new pair which is great as my “casual pants” selection was getting a tad on the old side. I have been wearing some pants that I got from Old Navy back in the early 2000’s so they are getting close to being 20 years old. Yikes, that is crazy. I have another pair of pants that I love that I bought from The Bay in Regina just after my daughter moved to Edmonton in 2002. Over the years they have gone from loose, baggy to more form fitting. But I can still get my back end into them which is not too bad. Further update the sky is now BLUE. That happened really fast. After our chat and I tried on the clothing – Mr. Alvin and I headed out for a walk. It was quite nice out but not as beautiful as Saturday and we got about halfway into the park and Alvin turned around as I tried to coax him to keep walking forward and before I knew it we were headed for home. Not the walk that I had thought about, much shorter.

Well almost time for a shower and then get this day going. As quickly as it is going before I know it – it will be time to start work. We will go for a walk on my 3:00 p.m. break this afternoon.

I hope that life is treating you well. Have an awesome Monday.

Alvin’s birthday is fast approaching on January 19th, 2021 and he will be “12.” Looks like his party will be held after his actual birthday. I spoke to Teddy and Kobi’s Mom and invited the pups to attend when I got the party arranged. Hopefully Alvin’s sister and family will be able to attend. The plan is to have it on the weekend after his birthday which would be the 23rd or 24th, Saturday or Sunday. I will have to go and pick up a birthday cake as well and a gift for him and party favours. I cannot believe Alvin is going to be 12.

That reminds me I must call the vet this morning and make his regular appointment for one day this week.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect and compassion for all.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing today, this morning? It is still morning. The sunrise is beautiful and the sky is clear. We should have a sunny day ahead. We were up and down this morning so I am off to a little late of a start. I think that perhaps Mr. Alvin has another ear infection or at the very least his paws are bothering him. He has been thrashing his head about and usually that means his ears are bothering him. I am congested so cannot smell anything out of the ordinary. Poor boy. I have to get the flashlight out and look inside his ears as I cannot see properly without that extra beam of light. I hope that it is not an infection. He seems to be prone to them. Fingers crossed. My head is a bit achy and I am pretty sure that is due to dehydration as I have not drank much water since last night so I am working on a large glass as I write these words. We do not always realize how important keeping hydrated is until things go wrong. Like headaches, dizziness, etc.

So it is once again the weekend. Again, laundry and cleaning the house. We will get out for a walk in the afternoon. I have changed the bedding on our bed already so at least I feel like I have done something. OMG, why do I always feel guilty about not getting up at the crack of dawn? Not like there is anyone else in the household to complain or place guilt upon me. Human nature, in part, I suppose. Most of that guilt is always self imposed as I put so much pressure on myself to be almost “super human, a superwoman.” One would think at 63 that I would be over that but I guess not. Oh well, every day is a new day and I always try better and part of that is doing better for myself. So to myself – it is okay. Okay to sleep a bit later on the weekends, especially in the winter time when it remains dark later. It is okay not to be “perfect.” Sometimes I think that we should remove that words from our language and from the dictionary.

Work is back to be busy, busy once again and no longer am I caught up on mail. That always adds a bit of stress. But I remain within the acceptable outstanding mail amount so really I should be easier on myself.

Last night my daughter stopped by after work, where she is busy accepting applications for the municipal election to be held in the fall. She brought the package with my new bras and socks. So happy to see her and to have new bras. Mine were beginning to look like they had been dragged around in the mud, lol. Why is it that underwear are the last items of clothing or articles to be replaced? Out of sight out of mind? Anyway I am glad to have some new ones. Last night I was doing a little happy dance. As she said her goodbyes to Alvin, he had that look of panic in his eyes. He always thinks that he has to go with her in the car. What a guy.

Also last night I decided to order pizza for supper. Not sure if that was a great idea or not but I am helping to support a local business and in these times that is important. They always make great pizza.

Well from lack of sleep to lots of work to pizza to new bras, it has been quite the week. But I am always grateful to be working from home, to have the money to order pizza once in awhile, to purchase new bras and for any sleep that I am able to get.

Happy Saturday Everyone. I hope that you have an awesome day. Whoa, the sun just started to SHINE. It is going to be a great day. Time for a quick shower. Also I am chatting with a good friend from Regina as it was her birthday this week and we have to catch up.

Living our lives with kindness, respect and compassion.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All. How are you on this 2nd day of January, 2021? I am doing well. Again, up a bit later than I would have liked but I have to stop feeling guilty as when the body and mind are in tune and want to do something that is when it gets done. What can you do? The morning sky is now bright and sunlit. Seems to go from darkness to light quickly as the days begin to lengthen. Alvin and I are enjoying our time at home on my “work break” and will enjoy our time at home when “works begins.” I am still in disbelief that I have now been working from home for nine months and come March 19th, it will be a whole year. WOW. I am so grateful that this is my new norm.

Everyday you wake up is an opportunity for change, to be better, to learn more, in essence to grow, to take chances, to dream, to live. Food for thought.

Something that I must learn and fair quickly as it has been a bit of time since the changes were made to WordPress is to learn all those changes. I realized that I should have written down how to find the photo gallery as yesterday I looked and could not find it. Sometimes I wonder when things change if it is for the better. Sometimes I think that people change things firstly because they can and for the sake of change. Trust me it is not always necessary to change things. Keeping things simple is always important especially when you have a broad range of technically savvy folks using your programs. Just saying. Putting it out there to the Universe. Am I alone in this? I am 63 and I know for a fact that I am not the most tech savvy person on the planet nor am I the least tech savvy person either. I have learned so many things this past year working from home thanks in large part to my daughter, to my friend Signe, and to our systems staff, most especially “M” at “work.” All have tremendous patience with me and that is what I need in order to learn. Once I know something – generally I am good. I like to take notes to refer to for those days when instant recall is not working. Besides our brains are overloaded with information and sometimes those tidbits cannot be located in amongst the massive amount of other tidbits lodged in there. My thought anyway. I also know that we only use a small amount of our brain power but is it in connection with memory? That I am not certain. Anyway, I will figure things out, I usually do. Sometimes it takes me longer as I get frustrated and give up. How did I get on this topic. I seldom plan what I can going to write about and just go with whatever comes to my mind. Sometimes it may seem frivolous and other times it may be worthy of writing about. It is what it is. I also like to make people laugh. So perhaps along the way you giggle at my “frivolity” of thoughts.

Well today is Saturday – good old laundry day in this household. I love doing laundry actually – it is the carrying up and down of said laundry two flights of stairs that I am not fond about. Every time I feel less than impressed about the up and down, I think back to the days when I was a child and did laundry for seven people using a wringer washing machine and then hung the clothing, sheets, towels (everything) on the clothesline outside. Later in my youth we did get a dryer but still used the wringer washing machine.

P.S. how many know used a wringer washing machine?

I managed to give Mr. Alvin a haircut and bath yesterday although looking at his front paws and the back of his front legs, I wonder. What a guy. I spent over two hours trying to calmly, gently and reassuringly give him a haircut. He does not like it and I guess it is not going to get any easier over time as he ages. Oh well, I did my best at the time. Over the next days I will grab the scissors and trim a piece here and there until it is better.

Well I suppose it is time to get dressed and go check on the first load of laundry. Yes, I put on the first load after I hauled my butt up off the sofa about an hour ago. Wow, it is now 9:42 a.m., time just seems to fly. I think because work is now only today and tomorrow away. But perhaps getting back to “norm” will be okay. What is normal anyway? Different for most people, I suppose.

Enjoy your Saturday. If you have an opportunity to go for a walk, go and enjoy nature. It is true to take the “time to stop and smell the roses.” Alvin does every time we are out – except he is not exactly smelling roses, lol. Although in the summer he does stop and smell them. Gotta love my boy.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect and compassion for all. We all deserve to be treated with kindness, respect and compassion, ALL creatures big and small.

Always, Carol & Alvin

December 30, 2020 – almost over!

Good Morning All. How are you this fine Wednesday? Alvin and I are doing great. Cannot believe that 2020 is almost over. Most people are so over 2020 that they cannot wait for it to end. Me and Alvin had an interesting year and mainly on the positive side. I am so grateful to be working from home, to be employed and that we are in good health. Actually the good health is number #1 on the gratitude list.

Well I finally figured out how to work this new fangle wordpress photo stuff. Here are some photos from the month or so.

Most of the photos are self explanatory but some may require further explanation. The third photo. Kelly Ripa’s glasses (on my new large screen television set). I fell in love with these glasses and when I went to pick out my new glasses, I wanted something similar to these ones and I found them. Not quite as big as hers but pretty close. Happy about that.

The fridge filled with baking and on the table. This year I made up over 20 boxes of my homemade: sugar cookies, unbaked chocolate macaroons, chocolate chip, raisin gingerbread cookies and fudge and delivered them to friends in the neighbourhood, and to my daughter (she picked them up). There are photos of presents on the kitchen cupboard and that is because as I have mentioned Mr. Alvin has decided to open his presents ahead of time. So anything for him or for his friends stayed on the counter until they were delivered. The photo of Alvin with the orangutan is not the best photo of the boy but it gives you an idea of how he felt about this gift (which luckily was for Aspen and Milo ). I have a photo of him with the orangutan wrapped about him, not sure where it is but he was scared of the furry guy. Photos of my grandpups Aspen and Milo just relaxing. The Elephant necklace from Fifth Avenue Jewelry (FAC) – my most favourite piece of jewelry. I have been wearing it lots. So pretty.

Christmas Project 2020 – a gift for my daughter. I created this gift by using one of her baby bonnet’s and some antique brooches. Creating a bouquet of flowers on the bonnet with a bee close by. My daughter loves bees so the bee pin had to be included. It turned out great and looks so good displayed in a shadow box.

Yesterday I took down the Christmas tree and most of the decorations on the main floor. I did not bring up all of the ornaments that are up for most of the year as I just like the almost bare look for now. I would like to bring in the New YEAR in a simple easy uncluttered manner. The basement has to be reorganized now and that will be my project for today. I also have to run (will walk) to the Vet and pick up food for Mr. Alvin. Cannot run out of that. We will go for another walk. Yesterday while out on our walk we bumped into our friend Malena and her dog Rio. She is staying with her parents for awhile. We of course chatted while social distancing.

I hope that you have an awesome day. Time to head for the shower. Then have breakfast. I think that when I go back to work, I am going to start eating earlier in the morning again instead of waiting until 10:00 a.m.

Be safe, take some time for yourself. Be kind, respectful and show compassion to all others.

Happy Wednesday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

December 28, 2020 – close to a New YEAR

Good Morning ALL. Well we sure seem to be sleeping in although we are up earlier and then keep hitting the “snooze button” and returning to the sofa. The sky is most pretty this morning as the sun rises. It is filled with ribbons of blue and pinks and yellows. No visible wind. Looks like another beautiful day. Alvin and I went for a great walk yesterday afternoon. Not quite melting weather but single digits below zero, which cannot complain about this time of year. Today I am going to try on frames for my new glasses. I am excited and nervous as it will be much different than usual. They make appointments to do this, I am not sure exactly how much time I will have to pick them out as I forgot to ask that question when I had my eyes checked and realized that you had to make another appointment. Oh well, I will soon find out. My appointment is for 1:00 p.m. – I might see if I am able to text photos of me in the frame to show my daughter for advice. I am not sure how they have this all set up. I can see the sun starting to brighten up the eastern horizon. How rude of me, I forgot to ask how you are doing? Are you back to work or are you enjoying some extra well deserved time off? I am enjoying the later as our office closes for the time between Christmas and New Year’s. I have decided that I am going to take down the decorations and tree starting tomorrow as it takes a couple of days or so to do this. Big job. I want to have some days before I go back to work that are relaxing. Oh, who am I kidding? For the first time in my life, I am ready to have everything down and ready to bring in the New Year. I have taken down the Christmas decorations or at least started on New Year’s Eve but I cannot remember the last time that I had everything down and put away before New Year’s Eve ….. I don’t think it has ever happened. Perhaps some of my family and friends will remember? Anyway, I think that as this has been such a tangled, unbelievable, no word description of a year that I am going to start the NEW YEAR doing something different. Why not. I may give Mr. Alvin a haircut on the weekend. He needs more food so I will be making a trip to the Vet with on my way home from picking out frames or else will pop over there tomorrow. Likely tomorrow.

Wishing our neighbour and Humphrey’s and Bogart’s Momma a very Happy Birthday. She is feeling under the weather so wishing her a speedy recovery.

Nice to see the sun shine early in the day.

To my daughter and son-in-law as I do not remember who gave me which book, I started reading one of them last night and using my new magnetic bookmark (such a great invention). The book is good. Do not remember the title. Yesterday I wrote in my Christmas Card book – all of the lovely and thoughtful gifts that I received for Christmas 2020. Definitely spoiled this year.

I also went through the freezer and packed up a large container with baking – texted first – then delivered to a family who lives two doors down. I thought what Mom of four has time for much baking and I had so much and I certainly do not need any more. We had a quick visit with me on the sidewalk and her on the porch.

I hear a plane go in for a landing but the airport is 25 minutes away OR perhaps it is a big big truck on the highway. Not sure which but loud. LOL.

Well time to go and get changed and cleaned up. Perhaps I will put on some makeup today as I am going out. Might be a good thing when trying on frames.

Wishing you all a great Monday, December 28, 2020. The New Year is right around the corner and I have a feeling that although it may start off slow meaning we are not going to be rid of this virus as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Actually more than a feeling. My wish for the New Year is for people to listen to the Health Care Professionals. Wear Masks. Social Distance. Stay home. Wash your hands. If you think about it and I know that there were families out there that got together for the holidays not heeding the restrictions set out by the Government / advice by Health Professionals that the new cases are going to once again rise. Was it worth it? I will never understand the reasons why some people may think that it was a necessity to get together for Christmas. I would rather be alone and have another Christmas to celebrate than get together and then have someone die or me.

Sometimes we have to say something.

2021 is going to start quiet. We are going to listen. Christmas 2021 will be spectacular.

Well time to get this show on the road. Argh, almost 9:30. Where does the time go?

Have a great day. Be safe.

Living with kindness, respect and compassion.

Happy Monday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Welcome December 2020

Good Morning ALL. How are you this morning? Both Alvin and I are doing well. Earlier this morning the air was warm with promise of a beautiful day. Just a few minutes ago it started to rain as I noticed out my bedroom window and the wind began to strongly gust AND by the time I started this blog it has started to snow as I look out of my office window. The wind has blown down my shovel and I think my Christmas tree that is on the front porch. Once I go back downstairs I will have to check and see. I just heard a bang and assume it was one or both. So from rain to snow. Not nice and the wind is very strong. So this is not good for anyone having to drive and not good for walking. I only hope that as the day goes on that the sun comes out and the sidewalks are okay for walking. We have missed a few walks and we both need that exercise. Yesterday we managed to get out for a walk after work. I deliberately waited until then as the weather report was for the temperature to warm considerably over the course of the day. It was not frigid but it was cold. We walked just inside the park and then back home. Looking out the window the snowflakes are big and fluffy and swirling about in the wind reminding me when you shake a snowglobe. So here we are Saturday. We are “FIVE” sleeps until Christmas Eve Day. I cannot believe how quickly the time is passing. I am happy to say that I wrapped the last of the stocking stuffers for my daughter and son-in-law and baked another batch of Sugar Cookies last night after our walk. I made them bigger than the previous batch on purpose. I only need them now for Christmas and to give some extra ones to a friend who loves them so much and who is always helping me out by picking me up groceries and helping when I ask. What I don’t need is anymore baking lingering in this house. My friends have been so generous and my fridge is chalked full of baking of all kinds. I am not loving the way that my body is reacting to “all this sugar” and am I surprised, not really. Once you reach a certain age, it is more difficult to munch on everything and then more easily reduce those pounds. Oh, who am I kidding. You cannot blame it on just the Christmas goodies. I love to eat. LOL. Almost wished that I did not like my cooking. Anyway, I am grateful that I have all the goodies to try as I know that I am truly blessed in this life. Oh, the snow has almost stopped. Perhaps the weather will change and be nice after all. I hope so. We have a few gifts that Alvin and I have to deliver for his friends.

Tonight two of my girl friends and I are going to have our “Annual Christmas Party” via TEAMS. That should be interesting. Usually we go out for supper/dinner and then back to one of our homes to visit, have dessert, to have a drink and open the gifts that we exchange. With COVID19 that has put a stop to our usual plans as it has done for so many people. So we are going to party via technology. Video chatting. Video partying. Is that going to be a new thing. Coming to you from the comfort of your own home. Who would have ever thought that would be happening this Christmas? Not me. I am excited to see how this will work. Definitely not the same but at least we will see each other. I am excited to video chat with family this year. We have the technology so why not use it.

Well the morning is evaporating and I must have a shower. Oh, sky is clearing up now and I can see the sunrise. Blew in and out. That would be great. Wind gusting again. ARGH. I hope that you have an awesome Saturday. Be safe and have some fun. It is the weekend. If you are working as not all of us are lucky to have weekends off, I hope that you are safe and in good health.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect and compassion for all. More important now than ever.

Oh, I was going to mention something that I keep forgetting every time I post. I had big dreams of having a million followers on this blog when I started to write over ten years ago, and while I know that is near impossible, I am rounding the 1000 mark which is huge and I am so happy. So grateful to all those folks who take precious time out of their day to read my posts. Thank you so much. Thank you. This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to write and have people read what I write. Now I never dreamed that I would be writing in this format but writing is writing. Someday perhaps I will get that book written. But I am happy to share my thoughts, stories and adventures with my Alvin with all of you. Take care and be safe.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Welcome to December 2020

Good Morning ALL. I hope that you are doing extra well on this Sunday, December 13, 2020. Our temperatures took a nosedive last night and with the windchill it is hovering around the minus 30 degrees celsius mark. YIKES, what a change from a few days ago at minus 3-6. Winter in Western Canada. Changes faster than I can change socks or drink a glass of water. Are you feeling some humour in my remarks? I am trying. It remains dark outside at this time. No sunrise just yet. Not sure if it is cloudy or not as I have not checked. Are you counting down the days? We are now at “11 sleeps/days” until Christmas Eve Day. I am almost ready for the big day. I made another double batch of fudge and 5 dozen unbaked chocolate macaroons. The macaroons were perfection, just the way they should be which is unlike the last batch. I mean don’t get me wrong they were not not tasty but just not the way that I like them. The fudge was perfection last time and this time why I decided to add the last of the marshmallows without adding more chocolate chips is beyond me. Now again, taste is good but it is a much lighter unchocolate looking fudge. Disappointed to say the least. It kept me awake last night trying to decide if I should make more. Alas, I have decided that “no more” making fudge for this year. This batch of fudge is more marshmallow than chocolate which is not bad. I am going to bake another batch of sugar cookies, which will be around another 100 or so today. This week in the evenings I am going to bake double batches only of the chocolate chip and my newly arrived at recipe of “raisin gingerbread cookies.” Which were a big hit. It is always funny how each and every time you make something even after making it for say 40 years it can turn out just a bit different. But of course, if someone adds more marshmallows, what can you expect, lol. Oh well. I am most sad about this because I made up treat boxes for my friend “Amber” and she loves fudge. Okay enough woe is me about the fudge. So this morning Amber is dropping off my jewelry order from the mega party last weekend and I will give her some treats followed by my daughter coming by with a new television for me and Alvin, most of the groceries for Christmas and some of the pet gifts that she picked up for me. Okay back to the television as I know you are thinking “new television set.” Well it is not new as is new from the manufacturer but it is new to me. My kids got a new t.v. and are giving me their old one which is not really old and get this is “58 inches” which compared to my 42 or 45 inch (cannot remember exact size) television will nicely fill the wall. So excited. Bonus Christmas present as far as I am concerned. So now I have three televisions. Where to put it? I have one in the family room and then where to put this one. Maybe we can find someone who needs a television. We are planning to have a pancake breakfast later this morning. Busy, busy. Later on this afternoon I will be baking the Sugar Cookies followed by wrapping Christmas presents. Other than delivering gifts to some friends of both the two and four-legged persuasion we will be DONE. Yes, done. Completed. Finished.

Yesterday afternoon after the fudge and macaroon baking/making – Alvin’s best friend Teddy, his little sister and his Mom stopped by for a visit. We masked of course and social distanced. They brought us, well me actually a poinsettia plant so nice and red and some caramel popcorn twists. Their gift to Alvin is coming later. Much better for the pups to exchange gifts together. I am feeling very spoiled this year. Actually every year I am spoiled and am very blessed. So love when the pups come to visit. Both Teddy and Kobi run and jump up to give me some love whenever they come or I go to their house. So happy to have had that visit because the extra visits end today with the new COVID19 restrictions.

Time to go and have a shower. I definitely need COFFEE this morning. Oh, looks like the sun is starting to rise.

I wish you an awesome Sunday. Perhaps you will be relaxing and watching a Christmas Movie or three OR reading a book or maybe you are baking some cookies. Just remember fudge is not something to defer from the original recipe.

Be kind, respectful and show compassion, this is more important now than ever before. All creatures big and small are important to this planet of ours.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Welcome to December 2020

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing on this Saturday December 12th, 2020 which is only “12 sleeps/days until Christmas Eve Day?” Are you busy baking? Busy wrapping gifts? Shopping? Cleaning? Cooking? Crying? Having a sadness episode? Watching a lot of Christmas movies? Playing board games with your family? Giving your pup a bath? Watching this glorious sunrise? All of or none of the above. For whichever you are doing know that you are not alone. We are all having an unique experience this year, this holiday season, this Christmas 2020. That’s okay. Whatever we do, wherever we are, we will get through this together. There is not one person on the planet (unless they are away from technology) that is not or has not been affected by the PANDEMIC. So you are not alone. It is how we deal with emotionally, respond to physically, press forward with that will bring us more together than ever before in human history. I truly believe this. I see much more kindness and compassion happening this year. That is so great for us all. Take a deep breath and if you feel like releasing a tear or two that is okay. This year has been so overwhelming for most of the people on the planet. Even Mr. Alvin has been wondering “what the hay is going on?” We can do this. We can.

Okay, so last night I had my eye appointment. I have always had the same Eye Doctor but this year I got a wonderfully funny cute (can I say that, well I just did) male Doctor. I always enjoy my visits to the Eye Doctor but this younger man (well considerably younger than me, anyway) was a breath of fresh air. He had such an amazing sense of humour and definitely is in the right profession. Apparently my vision has improved. Wow, is that crazy or what. I have super healthy eyes when he reviewed the photos some other staff had taken earlier. The whole experience starting at the door. You walk in through the outside door into a little area where there was a table with hand sanitizer set up. The door at that side of entranceway was locked as per the sign and as I entered the door was opened by the receptionist who asked me (hard to tell with the mask on at first) so I responded with I am Carol Lewis and I have an appointment at 4:40 p.m. Why not give the information and save some time. I took off my mitts, placed them in my coat pockets and sanitized up my hands and followed her into the office. She went around the counter and asked me a few questions and then asked me to have a seat. The chairs in the reception area were all spaced at least six feet apart. There were two folks in the waiting area. One by one they went in and finally it was my turn. A young man sporting a black mask called my name and I stood up and he asked me to follow him. So I did. Into this room with three machines. He asked me to sit down on the stool at the first machine, I complied. I also noted and mentioned, “hey you guys are tag teaming.” as there was a young woman at the second machine. So I had the puff of air, saw bright lights and had multiple photos taken of my eyes in just a few minutes. Also had a couple of giggles with the staff. Why not enjoy the experience. Then I was back into the waiting room for a few minutes before the Doctor asked me to follow him. Oh yes, that was not a difficult request. I sat down in the exam room. Doctor Joel asked me several questions and I answered them. We had a couple of laughs. He told me that my eyes were in great health and to keep doing whatever it was that I was doing. He asked if I liked “salmon”? and for a fleeting moment I thought “is he asking me out for dinner?” (not really but makes for a great story and I bet you were smiling, right?). Dr. J proceeded to explain how the salmon has lots of OMEGA 3’s and they are good for the eyes and to help keep them moist so no dry eyes. I explained that while I love salmon I actually don’t eat a lot of it. He went on to mention avocados and I said now I eat a ton of them. He said great. I was amazed by how many different health conditions and diseases can be identified by looking at photos of the eyes, the back story. Very cool and so interesting. He asked if I was wanting to get new glasses, I said yes and he advised that I would have to set up another appointment to come and pick out frame. Totally understand. Luckily they are open most of the week between Christmas and New Years. After we were finished he handed me my prescription and I followed him to the reception area where we chatted for a moment before he went back to look after the last patient. Dr. Joel mentioned in a timid tone at first as if it may be a sensitive topic for me, When you come in for your next visit you will be “of a certain age.” I smiled and said, you mean 65. We laughed. I told him that does not bother me and that I am happy to get older as long as I live to be older. He explained the benefits once you turn 65. Lucky me. Once the receptionist was done, she gave me the bill of the remainder owing (I was shocked that my insurance only covered half of the $125 exam fee). Anyway I paid the bill, made my appointment to go and pick out frames. I was just doing up my coat to leave when I saw this woman on the other side of the door and realizing it was my friend Iris, Teddy’s Mum, who had given me a ride to my appointment and had come back to pick me up. She had said to call her but turns out she had to go out so waited for me. Am I not, the luckiest gal in the world. I have so many wonderful, thoughtful, kind friends.

On the way home, we stopped at the Bone & Biscuit so that I could go and pick up Christmas gifts for Mr. Alvin and my grandpups Aspen and Milo and some treats for them and to include Teddy and Kobi. Ssh, don’t tell anyone. Now to get things wrapped.

Last night after supper and clean up, I just watched a bit of t.v.

Lots to do today. Some baking, laundry, cleaning and Iris and the pups are coming for a visit. I had better get this show on the road. I was even up early and look it is 9:03 a.m. already. Light outside and appears it is windy. I already have a load of blankets that should be done washing by now, changed bedding and gathered laundry, got dressed and now finished this post. WHEW.

Wishing you an awesome Saturday. Living our lives with kindness, compassion and respect for ALL others.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. something went wrong when I was trying to publish this post. It was in an auto saving mode for what seemed like forever. So I went ahead while I thought it was doing its’ thing and did another load of laundry, had breakfast, did some tidying up and cleaned up poop outside. When came upstairs not published and here it is almost 11:00 a.m. So I went back in again and went to the draft version but part of the post did not show. So anyway, I got it finished and will try again. Oh well, nothing like a bit of technical difficult to start your Saturday. LOL.

Welcome to December 2020

Good Morning ALL. I am so happy that I booked today off as a day of vacation. Starting off lazy and just going slow as it was such a rushed busy but glorious weekend. We were up early but then back for extra zzz’s to the sofa. My ears are plugged this morning which happens to me so will take a shower in a few minutes to see if I can hear again. I can hear the rumbling of the fan and I can hear my voice if I speak …. just did not hear the timer on the microwave when it went off earlier. OH WELL! Yesterday was busy with baking SUGAR COOKIES and icing them, chatting with my youngest brother, attending the LIVE for my Fifth Avenue Jewelry party, walking with Alvin, laundry and cleaning. Today I have lots to do but no absolute schedule other than I have to be at the Vet before 4:00 p.m. I want to pick up food for Alvin, toothpaste, his “glucosamine chews,” and whatever else is on his list and drop off some Christmas treats for Dr. Karen and her staff. So around noon or a bit later I am going to take the baking out of the freezer and fridge and start making up some treat boxes. I have about several people in the neighbourhood that I want to deliver some Christmas Baking to and hopefully can catch everyone at home. It will be something that I have to do by myself as is hard to hold onto a bag full of boxes and Alvin ….. we shall see, I might. Also will be masking up. There is laundry that will be dried in the basement that I have to put away. Bathrooms to be cleaned (they did not get done on the weekend), garbage to put out later as pick up is tomorrow. There is always something to do and that is a good thing. Can you imagine if someone did everything for you and you had nothing to do but to eat and sleep and I guess personal grooming (shower etc). Sounds like being a teenager. LOL. I was one of those once but I had lots of things to do. Everything was not done for me. I am so glad that it was not. We did not have video games and all the technology of today. Different time. Each generation has it’s gains and losses for sure. Well.

The sky appears to be overcast to the south. I have not heard the forecast for today and am hoping another good day for my “deliveries.”

Perhaps I shall have time to figure out why I am not able to add photos to my computer. Time for some new photos. It has been forever since I posted some photos.

From the VAULT – December 21, 2010.

What happened to 2010?

I am so pondering while writing up the letter to be enclosed with my Christmas card about where 2010 went?

It came in quietly, I barely was aware.

It snuggled down tightly and buried within …..

Suddenly March, then April and then June.

But where it did go?

As I watch from above …… July and then August …..

Summer came and summer went.

Autumn well it was spent.

Now it’s December and almost Christmas.

If you are wondering what happened to 2010

You are not alone, I share your sentiments along with another eight billion or so people.

If you noticed at the beginning of this “story” I was drafting my Christmas letter – just so that you know – it did get written and sent.

So from me and Alvin, WE WISH YOU A HAPPY HAPPY CHRISTMAS & ALL THE BEST IN 2011.

May you always be surrounded by a loving family and friends.

May you be in perfect health (focus on good thoughts, they keep the body healthy, too)

May you laugh every single day (even if it is at yourself, because if you cannot laugh at YOU, who can you laugh at?)

May you love and be passionate about all that you do..

May your life be abundant in every single way.

May your gift of smile brighten someone’s day.

May you remember to help those less fortunate.

May you always be the BEST that you can be.

Happy Holidays …..

Always, Carol and a very patient Alvin (sniffing around in the hallway,

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Well it is time to hit the shower and get this day back on track. I hope that you are well and enjoying Monday, December 7, 2020. I guess this means we are “17 sleeps” till Christmas EVE DAY.

Be well, continue to live your life with kindness, respect and compassion.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Welcome to December 2020

Good Morning ALL. Oh my goodness, cannot believe it is after 9:30 a.m.. I was up baking until almost midnight and then Mr. Alvin who had been sleeping most of the evening was up at 5:00 and then we had to hit the sofa for extra zzz’s, well I did for sure. Yikes surely puts a late start to the date. Yesterday was a great day but very busy. Of course, nothing are always subject to change and change things did. Yesterday it took longer to get things started baking wise, in fact I had wanted to start in the morning but it was closer to noon but I did get a double batch of fudge and unbaked macaroons done by noon, my daughter came, put away groceries, had a snack, visited, she left as another friend was stopped by to pick up her tea order which was at the same time as my Fifth Avenue Collection LIVE was starting (I just was attending), I watched and visited with her (COVID19 protocols in place), she left and I fed Alvin and decided what the hey – order pizza for supper, working on laundry in between and baking and then another Fifth Avenue Collection LIVE at 7:00 p.m. followed by more baking. WHEW …. no periods ….. just one long sentence, I know. Poor Alvin missed a walk so will have to get out today especially with this nice weather. My youngest brother is calling me at noon and the last Fifth Avenue Collection LIVE is today at 3:00 p.m. I can hear Mrs. Krank from CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS speaking in my ear as she repeats the list of what she needs to do as her daughter unexpectedly comes home for Christmas EVE and expects their usual Christmas EVE party. On the upside I suppose I have an extra weekend and could some baking next weekend but really would love to be done so that I can wrap gifts and deliver baking only next weekend. Time will tell. Phone calls and company these days are more important. “18 sleeps till Christmas EVE.” Okay breathe Carol Yvonne breathe, there is lots of time. Remember I am working from home and and am off work at 4:00 – so could easily bake something in the evening, okay that is true. I guess I forget that when I was younger I would bake after work and supper on a Friday night while my daughter was sleeping and then get up and finish on the Saturday. Most extra things had to be done in the evenings. I am certain all you Moms out there can relate. I have walked myself down from the at peak of dread and am good now. Funny how small things can wind you up. I am a perfectionist and when I cannot for whatever reason get things done on the schedule ahead of me, which is usually set by my, I get a bit anxious, okay a lot anxious. But the sun is shining and I can imagine birds singing somewhere and life is good. I guess if not keeping my “baking schedule” is the only thing wrong in my life, well I should consider myself very blessed and do not get me wrong. I am MOST BLESSED. I have a great life. My friends and family are so amazing and wonderful. There is this beautiful house, I call home that I can spend each and every day and night in and then there is Mr. Alvin. My trusty companion. Who is laying on his little bed close to me and the computer at this moment. We are both in good health and I have a good job and am able to work from home. So really I should just be quiet. Out there I am sure that there are folks reading this who think OMG what is she going on about and then there are others who think, I hear you. I am not 20 but 63. I set my schedule as though I was 20 not 63. My mind has not slowed down but my body is thinking although in good condition is not 20 and it takes a bit longer to get things done. Not too much slower mind you but some. Anyway, I hope that you are having a giggle this morning about my silliness. Time to just get on with the day.

When I think of how great it was to see my girl and to have a visit with Maria from work. It was so wonderful. I have not had a chat with Maria for months. Very therapeutic. We both needed that. We plan to have a get together with another girl from work during Christmas holidays. Also I love spending time with my daughter. She brought me back a plush Santa that I had given her years ago and it was funny because I had been thinking of that Santa just the day before ….. funny how life works. I am still looking for a photo. I will find it. Next weekend.

Well it is almost 10:00 a.m. so I had better get hopping and have breakfast and get the cookie dough for the sugar cookies mixed up and get to chilling. At least get one batch on the go. I think the plan will be to get two batches of them done today. Chat with my brother, wash a load of towels, walk with Alvin and the LIVE with Fifth Avenue Jewelry at 3:00 p.m. …… that will be enough.

Well I hope that you are well. Happy Sunday Everyone. Remember living with kindness, respect and compassion starts with ourselves.

I will be kind, respect and compassion to myself and to all others.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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