2021

DREAMS

Last night I dreamed of,

packing for a trip,

checking to ensure the money in place,

securing a ride to the airport,

buying some last minute clothes,

for the first tropical trip of my life,

I was excited and nervous,

I remember there were two others going that I knew,

we were all excited,

then it was the time to leave for the airport,

my ride was there,

it was the people that I was going on the trip with,

for some reason, the topic of passport came up,

I stopped dead in my tracks, dropping my luggage,

I couldn’t breathe,

they asked what was wrong,

I replied, I forgot to renew my passport,

it was too late, I would have to stay at home,

there was no way with the state of the world,

that I would be allowed to travel,

without that precious document called a passport,

I had my vaccinations and the Covid-19 Immunization Record,

the bar code

but I had forgotten somehow to renew my passport,

how is that even possible,

never came up in conversation,

I do not know,

well I guess my first tropical trip,

is a no go,

will have to wait once again,

I will have to apply and have it done as they are good for 10 years,

the passport that is,

It was a hard goodbye as they left the house,

then I remember going somewhere with someone else,

we were a distance from my home,

when I remembered I had forgot my suitcase,

what a dream,

what a dream when you dream a dream,

of white sands and tropical breezes,

One day, it will happen,

I will travel to some far off tropical place,

Perhaps Hawaii, I would love that.

Talk about confusion in that dream,

I was wondering why,

Then I remembered I had watched a show,

on t.v. last night about memory,

it sparked the madness I called a dream,

There it was,

Good Morning,

thank goodness I am awake now!

Written by CY Lewis on Saturday, November 20, 2021

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You never know what you will think of when you are asleep. I had that strange dream just a few hours ago. With Alvin at my side and despite his many attempts to get me to stay up. Each time I fell back to asleep I would continue with that dream. WOW.

I hope that you have an amazing Saturday. Oh, just looked out the window and the sun is shining and it is SNOWING. Oh no, not more snow. I guess on the upside the temperature is warmer with the moisture. So we can walk later. This weekend is laundry and Christmas cards and letter writing. I will have them finished by the end of tomorrow. Ready to mail next payday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you this morning? Alvin and I are doing well. Bed about 10:00 pm last night and the first time Al woke up was 4:00 am. So that was great. Looks like there are some clouds looming in the morning sky as the sun rises. So it is Sunday. We have a walked planned this afternoon with our friend Pauline. Yesterday we had a lovely walk and did our whole walk. I think it had to have been at least 20 degrees celsius. It was great. I did laundry all day which seems strange for one person but then I did not start until about 10:00 a.m. Also I got sidetracked and ended up cleaning out and changing up some of my kitchen drawers. Emptying the junk drawers (yup, I will own up to it I had about four drawers that held miscellaneous items). So I moved my kitchen towels to the larger bottom drawer. I had a drawer filled with tools of all kinds so I decided to get one of my three tool chests from the garage and empty one into the other two and bring it into the house. Now all of my tools including a hammer from the garage are in one tool chest. I was shocked to find out that I have three heavy duty measuring tapes. Not sure how that happened. Anyway I can measure everything. The remaining drawers had a mixture of recipes, papers, office supplies, and a multitude of other items. The top of the kitchen counters were slowly driving me mad. You know what I mean. Suddenly you go from a couple of items on the counter to having a good portion of that real estate covered with kitchen gadgets and other things. I had some medications and things for Alvin taking up space on the counter so I put them in a drawer. Lots of things were put in the garbage, recycling and a box for giveaways. At the end it looks a lot better but I still want to declutter more.

My plants in the kitchen are slowly taking over the once open and bright bay window. They love the light and are growing like there is no tomorrow. I had a bright idea to move the largest plant upstairs to the guest bedroom and had to rearrange things but it looks great. Nothing like a large plant to change the ambiance of a space. I also opened the blinds so that it could get that beautiful southern exposure light. Certainly helps that two of my three bedrooms face south as well as the kitchen. My office has one desktop filled with plants. With the largest of the plants moved from the kitchen it brightens up the space and does not make me feel claustrophobic.

I did some things that I had not planned to do but definitely glad that I did. In between I cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed. It was a busy day but so rewarding.

Yesterday I was thinking and planning Christmas gifts. I did wish that I had started a “gift book” years ago and every gift that I gave to someone, wrote it down. Because you reach a point where you forget what you gave people and I certainly do not want to duplicate a gift. I usually write the gifts down sometimes in my Christmas card book but not always. So this year I am going to grab a new notebook and start a gift book where I will write the names of my friends and family members that I gift gifts on a regular basis and every time I give them a gift, I shall enter it in the book. Then I will know. Also in this book you could write down everyone’s favourite colours, what they like and do not like, sizes, if they read, like to eat out, etc. I think I need a huge book. You can also write their birthdate beside their name. So many ideas are running through my mind. Hopefully if you are struggling with any of the things I have mentioned – I will have given you some ideas.

I would hope that at age 64, I would have some good ideas. Right, lol.

Well I had better get downstairs to the boy. He has been pretty good but I think I can hear him starting to squawk.

Oh, I am so excited as I caught a glimpse of the Pioneer Woman t.v. show yesterday morning and she was making all sorts of things in sheet pans (cookie sheets). One of the things that she made was pancakes. It was so much easier than cooking them individually and way faster. So this morning I am going to try making my pancake recipe in the oven on a cookie sheet/pan. Wish me luck.

Yesterday was a good day for ideas!

I am looking forward to a mug of coffee before the pancakes.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Sometimes you just need a bit of cuteness to start your day. Mr. Alvin at one of his laser therapy sessions.

2021

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are all well. It is a beautiful bright sunny blue sky morning here in Edmonton. It is the beginning of the long weekend for me. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to all my Canadian Friends and Family and to all Canadians.

We have so much to be thankful for this year and every year.

I am grateful to be alive, to be employed and working from home, to be in good health, to have my own home, to have great family and friends and for everything in my life including a barking Alvin who is not happy that I am upstairs and he is not.

Please enjoy some photos taken just a couple of minutes ago from the front of my house looking out from the porch as the final leaves dropped from our tree and then some from the backyard. A few decorations for fall.

Enjoy your day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! This morning is crisp but bright and sunny for Wednesday, September 29, 2021. I can hardly believe that October is only a couple of days away. Where has the time gone? Mr. Alvin is impatiently waiting for me downstairs. We had a great sleep, one of few, but oh so, appreciated. I am trying to download photos from my phone to the computer but seems to be taking a long time.

A little while ago just after we got up, Alvin wanted to go outside, so out we went to the backyard. He hesitated by the steps but walked over to the lower end and jumped off. I was going to help him down but he really wants to do things on his own. I can tell. When he wants help he will just bark or wait until I come and help him up or down. Anyway, he was trying to look through the fence and I could see the neighbour’s patio door open so I figured either one of both of Humphrey and Bogart were in the backyard. It was a few minutes later that I realized that Bogart was in fact, in our backyard. He was snuggled beside by pot with the grasses and the upper deck railing …. just staring at us. Alvin had not noticed him. Because Bogart is not as comfortable with Alvin as Humphrey is, I scooped up Alvin in my arms before he noticed him. I even walked toward Bogart so that Alvin could see him but it took a few minutes before he could see him. Alvin desperately wanted to visit but I took him into the house. He definitely misses his friends. Humphrey used to spend a lot of time with us before Bogart came to live with him. Anyway, I grabbed my phone and texted Sonja to let her know that Bogart was in our yard (he has GPS tracking) and snapped a few photos of him. The perfect photo would have been of him snuggled in between the plant pot and the deck railing but of course, he moved by the time I got back out with the camera. I did snap a few photos before Sonja came to take him home.

Well it would appear that the “downloading” may take awhile and I have to run soon before someone wakes up the neighbourhood. We will go for a walk, then coffee and breakfast for me. We are having the furnace and vents cleaned today. So grateful for that.

I am so grateful for this beautiful weather. Bright sunshine and blue skies. The leaves on the trees continue to turn into such a glorious palette of amazing fall colours. I just love fall. Makes me smile and want to dance. I am so happy when I can walk through fallen leaves some crunching beneath my feet and the others flying up into the air as I go. It is the simple things in life that makes us the happiest. Just being in good health. Being able to enjoy a fall day. Listening to the sounds of nature. Walking in nature with your pup. A great cup of coffee. Smiles. Being surrounded by good people. Time. Flowers.

Looks like I am going to have to try later to download/upload those photos. But I will post them. Bogart is so cute. What a big guy.

I hope that on this Wednesday you are enjoying life’s simple pleasures like good health, nature and laughter. Have a great day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! What a gorgeous bright warm sunny morning. Clear blue skies for miles snd no wind. The rain has moved on for now. I love how the sunbeams reflect off windows, fences and the cars out on the street. I snapped a few photos from a few minutes ago as everything looks so refreshed. We are just back from our little walk and so nice out. I guess I can turn the heat off.

Alvin had his third laser therapy session yesterday and seemed to go well. For the second time it was five minutes.

We had a very much broken sleep last night and I’m running late do this will be short.

Here are some photos cause I love to share.

I think that Alvin could for cutest pup wearing goggles or just for him!

Well time to fly and that first cup of coffee is calling my name.

Be safe and take care and have a wonderful day!

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

Always Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are well this beautiful Friday morning. The sky is clear and blue and the sun is shining ever so brightly. See what happens when the Momma gets a decent night sleep. I just had a shower and am feeling on top of the world. Mr. Alvin is waiting patiently downstairs for me.

I wanted to mention a topic that seems to have been gaining momentum as of late and that is the number of times one showers/baths. The “stars” are talking about it and I think it may have started with Ashton Kutcher and his wife Mila Kunis and the bathing of their children. Honestly, in North America we OVER USE everything and most especially water. There really is no need to most of us to shower or bath everyday. It has become the norm to do so because of the availability and convenience of water. But you know what that is becoming less and less the case as water is disappearing around the globe. Most especially in North America and mostly at this time in the United States. Now that being said we here in Alberta are facing a water crisis when it comes to watering livestock due to the heat wave and the drying up of natural watering places such as sloughs and streams. But think about it for most of us we do not require or need to bath or shower on a daily basis. When I was a child we had a bath once a week on Sundays. If you got dirty in between you simply washed those dirty parts in a small basin of water. We did not waste much when I was growing up but now, totally different story. Something to think about and do it now. I have a feeling that due to climate change our water in Canada is going to become less and less. We must think about the waste, how much we use and when we need to use it. This is going to become a crisis situation in a short period of time. I have started some time ago showering every few days and usually stretch that to four or five depending on how “dirty” I am which really I am never dirty – perhaps sweaty but never dirty. The only things that get dirty on me are my hands from gardening and my feet from walking with no shoes on. Please take the time and think about how you are using this very valuable natural resource as it may not last forever, most especially in the abundance of the recent past.

Okay Mr. Alvin is now awake, he was sleeping when I came upstairs and woke up after I was using the electric toothbrush not sure if he heard it or not. Anyway he is barking now. I do not wish to disturb the neighbours or keep in an anxious mood.

I hope that you have a great day. I am once again so grateful for the good sleep last night.

Stay cool and be safe.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! I hope that you are well.

Up earlier than usual. I just had a shower and doing this post before heading back downstairs to an overly anxious Alvin who has been pretty much barking every few seconds since I came upstairs. I am almost ready to pull my hair out by the roots. His tone can drive me ….. well,we won’t go there. He is anxious and I know that but it is difficult when it never ends or at least for the time that I am upstairs. Even if I talk to him from up here does not work. I guess need to work on my patience. My hope is that no one else can hear him. He will stop the second I am back downstairs.

Both Alvin and I were disappointed when the A/C technician from Always Plumbing did not show up. I called them at 430 pm which was at the end of the appointment window and the customer service clerk advised that the technician was still at an install. While I had her on the phone I brought up the issue that I had with the placement of the new hot water heater tank as it was blocking the entrance to the sump pump pit. I explained the situation and after couple minutes chat, she advised that she would set up an appointment for someone to come and check. At no time did I even mention about canceling the appointment for the A/C to be serviced. No one with this heat would cancel that and I certainly would not have intentionally done so. She must have cancelled it. I called back at 630 and again after 730. I called another phone number that was on their website. I sent an email. No one answered and they are supposed to have 24/7 contact. Poor Alvin. I am grateful that we have fans but I was so looking forward to having a cool environment to sleep in but it was not meant to be. I think that I will be having a free A/C servicing. At least someone could have called.
But that was our night.

At 806 pm it was still 32 degrees Celsius so I decided to water the flowers in the morning. I’m not sure when is a good time to water. So I will water them in a few minutes.
Another hot one on the way. I am hoping that they will send someone out first thing in the morning! I guess time will tell.

Well not much new, just hanging in and trying to stay cool. Much more difficult than I thought.

maybe we will get a rain shower to cool things down.

Grateful today is payday.

Amidst the heat and confusion there is a sense of gratitude for what we have and where we live.

I hope you have a great Thursday. Be safe and keep cool.

Remembering to live with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Always Carol&Alvin

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2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? We are doing well. I will say that we are still working on the sofa arrangement. Why is it when we used to sleep on the bed but would end up on the sofa, we would be comfortable and have a good sleep? I can nap sitting up with my head resting on the soft pillow backing of the sofa but cannot seem to settle down to sleep.
But it is something that I am going to get sorted out over the next several weeks. Making the most of our newly changed life. Which is temporary, yes it is. We had a great sleep last night. Up at 1:00 abouts to go outside for a pee, nope not me but Mr. Alvin and then slept until the alarm went off at 6:30. So happy. Feeling rested.

Yesterday was great. The temperatures were a reprieve from the heat of last week. So grateful that our air conditioning will get serviced on Wednesday and then we can enjoy comfort without having to sit/lay in front of fans.


I am so grateful to to my friends. Gillian picked up my favourite bread: sourdough and stayed for a visit. Most of our visit was enjoyed out on the deck and near the end of our visit we moved into the house as Alvin was getting warm. Poor guy.

Later another friend dropped off bananas and we visited on the front porch.

I am so lucky to have great friends that help, support and feed my soul.

If you are blessed to have good friends, true friends, people that are there in good times and in bad, you are very fortunate. I am fortunate.

Now that we are not able to take our daily walks, I have noticed that when Alvin sees another dog out for a walk, he will stand up on the sofa and stare. Poor guy, I hope that once he has the surgery he will recover quickly so that we can resume our walks. In the meantime we can enjoy the view from the sofa of our tree and our small view of the neighbourhood and our backyard. Thank goodness for flowers, our little patch of grass in the back and our deck. Life is good.

When life sends you lemons you can choose to squeeze them and make lemonade or add the zest to a vanilla cake batter. All I mean is that we can choose how we are going to go forward in any situation. Sometimes things are not easy but as long as we remember that we make the choice as to how we react in every situation. Our reactions are how we survive, how we live and how we are perceived by others.

So today on this musical mystery tour we call life, we will, I will have a great time. I will be kind and respectful of others. Patient and Compassionate with Alvin. Understanding, loving and grateful to myself and to all others.

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! Well my boy sure has had some challenges in the last six months or the first half of 2021. Let’s hope that the second half of 2021 is more kind to my little guy.

it has been interesting adjusting to this new norm. I feel like we are living in a two room apartment with access to another floor to get dressed and do my blog. I am grateful that we have a main floor bathroom. Alvin does not like staying in his little gated area by the front door while I go into hyperdrive doing whatever I need to do upstairs.

He is semi adjusting to my lifting him up from the sofa to the floor and visa versa and up and down the steps to the grass area. The grass was beginning to be green again after the rain but after one hot day it is looking a bit brown.

We definitely have to work on his staying on the main floor while I slip upstairs as he is in his gated area while I am getting ready and typing this post and he is BARKING. OMG, I pray that he calms down over the next few months.

My flowers appear to be peaking and are so pretty. I hope they last till September.

I guess lifting him up snd down will build up my arm strength and maybe more muscle, lol.

I feel so bad for Alvin. Cannot imagine the pain ge is experiencing. Thank goodness for pain meds. Poor guy has bouts of gas and poor Momma when downwind to that smell. I shall miss the fragrance of the roses near the park as it Will beautiful long time before we are walking again.

For the next two and a half months we are housebound. I’m going to have to incorporate some exercise into my days as I find myself sitting more than usual. Mainly to keep the boy still and to make sure he doesn’t jump up or off the sofa. He did get away once this morning and I grabbed him at the third stair as he realized that it wasn’t as easy as usual. So carried him up and back down. Very carefully.

I am grateful that I booked an appointment to have a/c serviced on the 14th as temperatures are warming up but thankfully not the high 30’s.

Well time to go.

I hope you have a great Thursday.

Remembering to live each day with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Always, we are Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! Welcome to Thursday, July 1, 2021 – Canada Day. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. We are just home from a walk a few minutes ago and I wanted to write this post before it becomes too hot upstairs in my office. At the moment there is a cool breeze wafting in through the open window. I have all of the windows open the house and the temperature is 81 F, which is the lowest it has been in the house for more than a week now.

Last night when I was going to sleep I starting to compose this “poem” if you will and wished that I had got up and wrote down the words as they have changed and evolved as the morning goes on …..

O CANADA

I was born in Canada, raised in Canada and love my country.

I knew early on that some people were treated differently and not always because of skin color.

As a child, I knew of Indigenous peoples.

We hired some of the men from nearby reservations to help out on the family farm.

Why they only lived on the reserves?

I did not really know.

Why there were no Indigenous children at our school?

We learned where the different Indigenous peoples lived, like the Cree, the Sioux and the Blackfoot.

By the time I was a teenager and we had moved to other provinces,

There were some Indigenous children in our rural schools.

No one spoke of or mentioned “residential schools.”

Our history with some being of recent times,

Not written in books for us to read,

Is filled with acts of violence that we find reprehensible and horrific of other countries.

But it is not other countries that fills the news feeds,

Not places where there are religious wars or tribal wars but here.

In this place we call home.

This place called Canada.

This Canada Day we cannot celebrate,

We must not,

Celebrate,

Without acknowledging the hundreds of Indigenous children ripped from their homes,

In the name of religious beliefs and with government approval.

These children suffered more than we could ever know,

They missed their families.

They were not allowed to speak their languages.

They were abused and neglected by “pillars of our communities.”

Many were murdered by these same members of the church and government.

While others were experimented on by the military.

The children that lived through the abuse, neglect and horrors of what was done to them and others,

Continued and continue to suffer as adults.

Their families threatened to silence and worse.

The time has come for us all to stand up.

To stand beside our fellow Indigenous Canadians,

Speak out to the atrocities that they have suffered and continue to,

Recognize and acknowledge,

We cannot go forward without looking back.

O Canada.

My heart hurts for the babies, for the children.

We must hear them, now and forever, and never forget!

Written by CY Lewis on July 1, 2021.

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As I continue to live my life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, understanding and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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