Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! The sky cleared overnight. We had a dreary rainy day in Edmonton yesterday. Good for the plants and remaining flowers and lawns and trees. The moon was shining brightly when we were up at 4:15 and appears to be crescent shaped. So pretty.

I have been thinking of the Queen. How did she manage to do her job for more than 70 years? I don’t remember her being ill, perhaps she had the odd sick day. Queen Elizabeth did her job with a grace and elegance unmatched in the world. Service, after all was her promise to the people when she was a young princess of 21. Something when asked decades later “Did she regret”, she replied “Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgment, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.” I admired her for keeping her promise for more than 70 years. She worked right up until the end of her life. She definitely had a sense of humour as I have watched some footage taken over her lifetime. Listening was definitely something that she did very well. Thank you for your kindness to animals and to people all over the world.

Thank you Elizabeth, Queen of our realm for doing such a magnificent job and for more than 70 years of service! Thank you.

Today is Tuesday, September 20th, 2022. I also want to make a correction to my post from yesterday. I believe that Princess Catherine’s name is spelled with a C not a K. I apologize.

Two days now until the first official day of fall. I can feel it in my hands. They are drying out. Lotion time.

There are a few days coming up where the weather will remind us of summer. This weekend I will be finishing up outside. Bringing in the rest of the plants and putting away the patio furniture. The cleanup stuff. Wash the deck and the windows.

Appears to be breezy out there as I take a quick glance out of the office window.

Last night started the fall television lineup. I am cutting back on the shows and have already cancelled some of the programs that I watched last year. Too much television.

Well almost time to head back downstairs.

Food for thought! On the weekend my friend and I were out for a walk with Alvin and her grandpup Georgie when we came across this woman and a little beagle. The cutest, most darling creature you would ever want to see. We stopped and chatted for a few minutes. She told us about her little one who was a rescue from a breeding facility in the U.S.A. This place bred beagles in particular and sold them to be used for animal research, testing and experimentation. They lived in horrific conditions and were given food filled with maggots and feces. 4000 beagles were saved from the facility. This pup had only drank water by a drip, I did not want to know what that meant. I can only imagine. The pup did not know how to run or play or even drink water. She was surprised when I offered the little guy a drink of water from Alvin’s to go water dish and he actually drank with no instruction. So perhaps we all need to step up to the plate and say something. Tell our governments to put a stop to this, stop TESTING ON ANIMALS. Do you know why they specifically use “beagles?” Because they are gentle and do not bite. Something else she said that most of the beagles are euthanized after 90 days. I can only imagine why. It is 2022 and we are still testing on animals. We should be SO ASHAMED of OURSELVES. Take a quick peek at some of the products in your medicine cabinet, pantry and kitchen and google to see which companies “test on animals” or do product testing in other countries that allow this cruel and inhumane practice. You will be shocked how many companies and big ones, still test on animals.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Sept. 19, 2022 – Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Today I witnessed via television the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. I was up just before 3:00 a.m. (our time here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) to watch live the coverage of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. One of many millions around the world watching from their homes while hundreds of thousands lined the streets and roads to watch history in person.

The first service was held at Westminster Abbey with over 2000 people including the Royal family and extended family members, world leaders and dignitaries. I saw our Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife in attendance along with the newly appointment Prime Minister Liz Truss of the United Kingdom. King Charles and his wife Queen Consort Camilla leading the family. Prince William and Princess Catherine along with two of their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Following the Queen’s coffin were King Charles III eldest son, Princess Royal Anne (daughter), Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Peter Phillips (Anne’s son and grandson to the Queen), William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex,(sons of King Charles III and grandsons), Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowden.

To all the Service peoples participating in the funeral services and in the procession, thank you.

I was very impressed by the fact that Princess Anne was with her Mother, Queen Elizabeth from the beginning of the journey back in Scotland until today when she was laid to rest.

After the service at Westminster Abbey the coffin bearing the late Queen was carried to the hearse to make its’ way to Windsor Castle, St. George’s Chapel for the committal service where the Queen would be laid to rest with her parents, her sister Margaret and her beloved husband Prince Philip.

Canada played a large role in the funeral procession and services with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on horseback leading the way. At Windsor Castle reminders of the Queen’s love for her ponies and corgis with Emma, the pony and two of her corgis, Sandy and Muick.

Her love of animals so evident.

The many thousands of flowers that had been laid at Windsor Castle in memory of the late Queen had been taken by hand and made into arrangements which were laid on the grounds near St. George’s Chapel.

The coffin was draped with the Royal Standard and atop sat the Imperial State Crown (absolutely breathtaking) with the sovereign’s orb and sceptre. It was sad when they were removed near the end of the service at St. George’s Chapel before the casket was lowered into the royal vault.

The lone bagpiper …….

The wreath on top of the casket was made of flowers and plants from the palace gardens to include rosemary to mark memories, myrtle which the original plant had been in the Queen’s bridal bouquet, roses and more. So beautiful. There was a handwritten note from the Queen’s eldest son, the new King Charles III. Everything so carefully chosen and put together. I felt every minute of the funeral services had been carefully put together including the guests and the music.

The bells and Big BEN.

I wish that I could have been in attendance but I watched in awe from my living room sofa. The weather was about 17 degrees celsius during the later part of the service (Windsor Castle) as I checked unlike the weather here in Edmonton, thousands of miles away where it is rainy and dull.

I would like to post some of the 329 photos that I snapped during the 7 hours that I watched the services and procession but my poor old computer is still uploading them. I am quite certain that everyone has been photos posted on social media and on the television. So I will leave them to upload or download, whichever it is.

There were so many memorable moments that with not much sleep I am wanting to bring forth but I am unable. This was a day that I shall not soon forget and I am so thankful that I was able to take a day of vacation so that I could watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

I extend my deepest sympathies to King Charles III, his wife Queen Consort Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and their families. To Prince William, Princess Catherine and their children, to Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex, and to all of the family my deepest sympathies and gratitude.

From Canada, God Save the King and may Queen Elizabeth rest well.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing well. After an early rise we laid back down and slept for 3.5 hours thus this late start this morning. We want to wish wo of our friends Cindy P. and Steven B. very Happy Birthdays. I forgot just how many birthdays there are in the month of September. When I look at my birthday calendar – I then realize how many people I am blessed to have or have had in my life. Truly grateful for each and every one. There are a few four-leggeds as well that hold a special place on that calendar. Some dates on the calendar are packed with names and the odd one is bare. Not many of the latter. My son-in-law’s birthday is fast approaching.

The sky was a brilliant blue as the son shone brightly in the morning sky. This short time later the sky is beginning to darken so that means one thing – that I have to hurry up and get some gardening done before it rains. I want to get a good part of it completed this weekend along with trimming the front tree, giving Mr. Alvin a haircut and bath. The list is so long but I will complete the tasks. I also took a vacation day for Monday as I want to get up at 3:00 a.m. and watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth (live). Should not be an issue for me as I, we are usually up at that time anyway. I was thinking that perhaps we will just sleep on the sofa and that way – I do not have to go up and down the stairs with Alvin.

My friend from down the street Ali dropped off some tomatoes from her garden and from her Mum’s. I had some for supper last night and they were so yummy. She had one’s that were “chocolate tomatoes” and they were so nice and sweet. She was out for a walk with Bailey and her Dad was over and joining her. They had ordered pizza for supper (I was having leftover pizza) and were going to have a walk with Bailey before the pizza was delivered. A little while later my friend Pauline dropped off three plants for me to put in my back garden. Those are the ones that I want to get planted now. Looks like the sky is brightening up a bit but I do not want to take any chances. Just have coffee quick and then go out. I will have breakfast a bit later.

The trees are sparkling as the sun’s rays fall upon them and as they sway in the morning breeze. So beautiful. The grass was quite wet this morning. We are so close to the official day of fall. Just a few days away now. I wish for a long wonderful fall, warm and with beautiful coloured leaves on the trees.

Well all for now. I hope that you are doing great. You never know where life will take you. Keep on dreaming. Keep those thoughts filled with love and positive feelings. We will make our dreams come true.

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules and days to read my posts on this blog. I am so grateful for each of you. Between Alvin and work and the house, I seldom have much time left over to reach out to each of you but please know that I do appreciate you all. Very much. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: my favourite pizza place in Edmonton is “Royal Pizza” which is just a few minutes south of where I live. Such great pizza and the delivery people are so nice.

Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! The sun is up and shining brightly, I fogged up my glasses when we were outside just a few minutes ago. The air is crisp and definitely sweater weather at this moment. I am grateful for the reprieve from the hot temperatures. The sky is blue with wisps of white long clouds here and there. It has been since before ten p.m. last night that both Alvin and I had anything to eat or drink. I feel so badly for Mr. Alvin but he has been a real trouper and has not really fussed as yet. Even when I laid back down when typically we would be getting up for him to have his breakfast, he did not fuss and laid down beside me. I will not eat or drink around him. I usually do not eat until after 10:00 a.m., so my tummy is not rumbling. He is likely wondering what is going on. Also, I opted not to take him for a walk as he usually gets thirsty and drinks water and he is not allowed to eat or to drink before his ultrasound. Last night about 12:30 were up and outside. He had to poop. No surprise. Oh, the “Pooping Tales of Mr. Alvin.” So it was back to being very loose and lots of it. OMG. I managed to collect it all so that neither of us would step in it at a later time. It is difficult holding a phone and a poop bag at the same time, lol. Really not funny, but yet it is. Isn’t life wonderful?

Alvin has his ultrasound appointment today. He is to be at the vet clinic for 10:00 a.m. We will be walking over there and will leave the house at 9:40 a.m. Thankfully it won’t be too hot to walk. Our friend Gillian offered us a ride should the need arise but I think we should walk. Normally he would not drink water on the way to the vet and it is not hot out, so we should be good. I have been tossing around whether or not to take his blue blanket and I think that I will. Does not hurt to have something from home for the little guy. I always feel badly leaving him as he suffers from anxiety. He knows the Dr. and her staff very well as we are there a lot but still not home and not with his Momma. Afterwards I will come home and drown my sorrows in a mug of coffee. Then I have some housework to do while I wait for the phone call to come and pick him up. It will likely be later this morning or early afternoon. It all depends when the Ultrasound Technician arrives at the clinic and they do the procedure. He will want to come home as soon as he is able for sure. Other times when he was sedated as soon as he woke up, he was looking around for me and crying to come home. Typically they keep them for a few hours while the anesthesia wears off but not him. Depending on how sedated he is, I am ask Gillian for a ride home.

Well time to head into the shower. I wanted to stay in bed as long as possible to keep his mind from food and water. I guess me having a shower does not help but I need to have one. I am not sure if he would be thinking of that or not. What does a dog think about other than food? Squirrels, cats and birds! Sniffing grass! Alvin thinks about me. I am pretty sure about that.

I hope that you have a great Tuesday. Today and tomorrow and I am at the office for Thursday. I am grateful that Sonia, next door is home and can watch over the boy.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. the trees are sparkling in the morning sunshine. Oh so pretty.

Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! As the mornings begin to be progressing cooler and the daytime temperatures slowly start to return to normal (not for today, tomorrow, or Sunday) we breathe a collective sigh of relief. I am not saying that folks do not like warm temperatures but there are hot temps and then there are HOT temps. 30+ celsius is way too hot. Thankfully with the cooler mornings and having had the windows opened last night, it is quite cool in the house this morning and hopefully it will remain comfortable as the day progresses. I have noticed over the past few weeks how our daytime highs seem to be hitting so much later in the day. I wonder why that is? Note to self: google it.

This has been a transition year for so many people as some people are making their way back to their “offices” to their jobs at their place of employment. We have been working from home with the minimum attendance at the office. Our productivity has been off the charts and minimum use of sick days but at the end of the day our management team has decided that they “need” us back in the office. The reasons that we were given are “social” – better to have face to face with other teams and your own teams, training is easier and they want to see us. There has been much debate and many tears as we crumble to the decisions made by others. After coming up to three years of mainly working from home, we would we turn back? As one team member said “why fix something that is not broken.” If it is training that is an issue, staff could go to the office to be trained. I am so filled with emotion over this decision. At first we were told that effective immediately we go to the office “three days a week” and now didn’t that put everyone into a tailspin. How can people get child care and other arrangements in place over a long weekend? Not likely very easily. The decision after some discussion was changed a few times and the end result was one day at the office per week for September, two days per week in October and then transitioning to three days per week come November. I am not quite sure how I am going to be able to manage these changes with Mr. Alvin and his health issues. One day per week and possibly two, I may be able to get a friend to come and check on him at lunch time but that is quite a time commitment and I have not got my head wrapped around this. There are other options but I am not ready for them at this point in my life. They would mean major changes. I have had plenty of major changes over my lifetime. So anyway that is the story. We will be back into being crammed into an area that has very little natural light, packed in like sardines as I like to say (well maybe not quite that close but very close) and the noise level when everyone is back makes it difficult to talk on the phone. Anyway the decision was made and that is that as they say. I am grateful for the time that I have been able to work from home and yes, it would have been perfection to continue until I retire. I guess unfortunately for most of us this is not a perfect world. Not where close.

The back to the office also adds with it, additional costs. Parking/transportation/long commute. Poor Alvin, I worry about him. I worry for all those pets now being left alone once again. Did you know that they will not drink or very little if they cannot go outside to pee? Or there will be accidents. I wish in hindsight that I had known to train him to pee on pads, then some of the stress would have been relieved.

Well time to head outside for a walk. I am only working this morning as Mr. Alvin has another vet appointment, this one is to trim his nails etc. His regular appointment. It has been a stressful and financial straining week.

I look forward to a hopefully quiet and uneventful weekend.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! What a beautiful morning. A bit of a cool breeze wafting in through the open office window. The sun is up. I think it will be a warm one. I heard a weird sound coming from the fireplace (gas) earlier – might have been a bird. Maybe was sitting on the chimney and the sound carried.

Yesterday we had two delightful walks, once before work in the morning and the other at 7:50 p.m. last night. One of my friends had popped by for a few minutes (dropping something off) and as she was leaving and we were chatting at the doorway, I realized how nice it was outside. Not too hot so I quickly got Mr. Alvin ready and we went for an evening stroll. For the second time in one day we went to our “happy place” which is my friend Pauline’s backyard. We did not go in but admired from afar.

OKAY, today is a special day. Today we celebrate two special friends birthdays. One friend I have known since high school and the other for about six years. I met Iris while walking with Alvin. Both incredible women. Happy 65th Birthday to my dear friend Carolyn. I had sent her a Birthday text a few minutes ago and as I was sending a birthday message to Iris, a phone call came in from Carolyn. OMG, so exciting. I am not sure why we do not call but we have been texting. I guess texting is the thing not that either of us “do the thing” per say. It was so good to hear her voice. She made my day, my month, my year. Sometimes we forget how great it is to hear someone’s actual voice. Happy Birthday Ladies. Wishing you both the best day and may the days to follow be filled with continued good health, much love and laughter and abundance. May we continue to stop the smell the roses.

This will be short as I am running late, go figure, lol. We have to get in a walk. Might be a bit shorter but we are going to walk.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: I forgot to tell Carolyn that I have been wearing the jade ring that she gave me since 1976. She brought it back from a trip she had taken. I am so blessed to have such amazing longtime friends.

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! Wow, today is August 18th, 2022. One of the new days that I do not know anyone with a birthday or at least I have no birthdays on my calendar. I have an actual birthday calendar and for anniversaries. It is hanging on my wall size bulletin board right beside the computer.

How are you this morning? I forgot to check in on you? Alvin and I are well. We are just returning from a walk and I have apologized to him for rushing him just a bit. I need to start staying up when we first wake up as I am most rested at that time. It has got to be so much of a habit to lay down on the sofa after we first get up for Alvin’s bathroom break. Habits are not easy to break but I will change this, I have to. If Alvin was consistent in the hour in which he first awakes and it was always 5:00 a.m., getting up and staying up then would not be too bad but if it is 4:00 a.m. – yikes that seems mighty early. Although when it is so hot, getting up earlier and doing some things would not be bad although it is still dark outside so would have to be indoor chores which could be done for sure. Food for thought.

I forgot to mention that on Tuesday I happen to catch some movement on my fence as I was working at my kitchen table. The movement was a squirrel running down the top of the fence. OMG. I grabbed my phone to snap a quick photo but it was too fast and the blinds were in the way, so the couple shots that I took were blurry. Could not make out that it was a squirrel. Perhaps he or she will come back another day for a visit. I love squirrels, so cute.

I have noticed that my flowers are starting to go and I am sad. I guess it was Mother’s Day near the beginning of May that I planted most of them. Still am sad. I love looking out my kitchen window and seeing the beautiful flowers and sitting outside amongst them. Tending to their care brings me great joy.

Well it is getting close to work time. I have to get this getting up figured out as I do not like to rush and I have been rushing me and Alvin. Not a great thing.

It is a beautiful morning and we saw others out walking as well. Perfect time. The sky is blue and there is a bit of breeze. Oh, the sun is shining. COFFEE, I would like some, please. Whoops, I have not started it yet. Yikes.

One more sleep and my baby brother comes for a visit. Cannot wait till the guys arrive. YAY.

Have an awesome Thursday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

One our walk I saw a woman with a large bag slung across one shoulder walking over to the rose bushes, she leaned in: did I think that she was going to take a rose or to smell them? What would you think? This was at the entrance to the park where the rose bushes are.

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! I can smell the coffee perking as I type these words. Oh, how I love the smell of coffee bubbling away. How are you this morning? We were at our normal times but when we got up just before six as Alvin wanted to eat his breakfast, I just could not stay up. I have been having the most unusual dreams as of late. All I remember is that I kept losing my purse and then I lost my phone. I have had the dream where I keep losing my purse. Does that mean “loss of money?” I have no idea and perhaps it is just the insecurity of losing something that I am not quite aware of! After clicking on the snooze button a couple of times, I bounced up from the sofa. I placed Mr. Alvin on my shoulder and carried him upstairs. Earlier when we got out of bed – he let out a cry and I do not know why. It was dark in the room and I could not see what exactly was going on. Upstairs, I brushed my teeth, washed my face, moisturized, put on my eyebrows and got dressed before scooping the boy up once again for the return trip downstairs. Once again on the main floor, I filled his water bottle, grabbed my sunglass clips, his harness (put on his harness), grabbed his leash and my sweater with pockets and my keys. Once outside on the porch, I locked the door while keeping him on a short leash so that I could again carry him down the steps. He did not seem to be limping or in any sort of pain so perhaps he just got scared in the darkness – maybe he thought I was going to step on him – or maybe he twisted the wrong way when he climbed off the bed onto the padded bench at the foot of our bed. Outside we both breathed in the fresh morning air. So refreshing and wonderful. He sniffed and I sniffed as we walked along. Just inside the park, he stopped and looked away and I looked in that direction to see someone coming fast on a bike, thankfully he looked as I had been watching him and did not see the bike. I would have stepped right into the path. After that – he walked for a little bit – stopped – looked around and we headed for home. There was no swaying his decision this time. So off we went. A shorter walk but a walk all the same. Then we were home, I scooped him up and set him on the porch landing before unlocking the front door.

Once again home sweet home. I think the temperatures are on the rise once again. The weekend is supposed to be hot again. Yesterday I booked Friday afternoon off as my brother and his partner are coming for a visit on their way to Manitoba with stops at our sister’s in Regina. It will be great to see them again, seems like forever.

Time.

I received a phone call yesterday from the Vet stating that the new wet food for Mr. Alvin was now in stock. After work, I borrowed my neighbour’s car and went to pick it up. I was not surprised as they had previously mentioned the higher cost. The previous urinary SO diet wet food was almost $65 for a case of 12 cans and now the Liver Care wet food is $98. Quite the difference. His dry food is on backorder and I can only get a large bag of that which is $150.00. So quite the jump in his food costs. But I am so grateful that he did not require surgery or something else. I will consider myself lucky. I guess this is a good time to give up sugar as treats will be just that, a treat for once in awhile.

Well time to head downstairs and have some coffee before starting work.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! I hope that this finds you in good health and happy. Alvin and I are doing great. I am enjoying my vacation and wished that it was permanent. Wouldn’t it be nice to be on vacation all the time – well I guess for me that would be retirement! Yesterday was a great day. In the morning I checked in on my charges Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder – fed them and all that. Of course, Alvin was looked after before I headed out to my birthday party at my friend Gillian’s house. Our friend Signe and Gillian’s husband Kris were there as well. We had so much fun. I was totally spoiled. They are way too good to this “woman.” I have photos to share and will keep this post short as I want to go and enjoy my first mug of coffee on the deck before the sun is too hot. I already have been over and looked after my charges next door and also took Alvin for a walk, changed bedding and a few other things. So feels good to be up early.

Well I have no idea how to delete a photo or to make the one smaller. Something changed in WordPress and I am lost.

Photos of my charges. Birthday party. So blessed.

Time to head downstairs, Mr. Alvin is restless.

Wishing my niece-in-law Sara a very Happy Birthday and my friend Karen from work. August is a huge birthday month for family and friends.

Happy Birthday Ladies.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: ONE Day until 65! I think it is going to be a great year.

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! We have been for a few hours already which I must say is wonderful. I have done all the usual things with Mr. Alvin by this time and also gone to check in on Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder. They have been fed, watered, photographed, and had treats. I have had a shower and even put on a full face of makeup this morning and am now sipping on my coffee as I write this post. In less than one hour I will be at our friend Gillian’s house for my Birthday party. She is hosting. I love that we do this for each other. Very cool and that way no matter what else is going on in our lives, each of us always has birthday cake and presents. I love this tradition and hoping we can continue for the rest of our lives. It was hard to decide on what to wear and I have no idea why. I guess for my 65th Birthday party- I would like to look good. So I decided on a navy blue short sleeved t-shirt which is long and not super baggy and navy blue dress shorts. I was thinking of adding a coral three quarters sleeve cardigan but I think it may be too warm although I could start out wearing it. I feel good this morning. I wore lots of jewelry, too.

This has been a really busy vacation so far. Yesterday Alvin and I stopped at Susana & Malena’s garage sale while on our way to the park to meet up with our friends Pauline and Georgie (her grandpup). I had spotted something new at the garage sale, it was a macrame wall hanging. Very simple in its’ design and that egg shell colour that really goes with everything. I had a vision as I saw it and immediately said “sold.” I could see in my mind’s eye – a bunch of my antique pins and brooches displayed on it. Alvin knows them well so we walked into the garage. Susana’s sister Malena had been in the house and came out. She said hello to us and then Alvin walked into “the back” going towards the inside door and I should have had him on a shorter leash but I did not pull him back soon enough, and then a flash and the sound of glass breaking as it hit the cement garage floor, as Malena moved back out of our way into the table. They had a table in the centre of the garage with other tables lining the walls. There were lots of glass items in the sale but some huge glass vases and goblets on the table and they went flying. Thankfully the table did not turn over but several pieces were broken. I felt terrible and offered to pay for the glass that was broken but kind people that they are – they laughed it off. Susana made a joke about “putting a second mortgage on my house.” We all laughed but I felt bad. I could not even help clean it up as I had Alvin with me and we had to get out of the garage in case Alvin stepped on some glass. I have to find a way to make it up to my kind and generous friends. I wished that I knew how much she was asking for those items, because then I could just give her the money. After that, we carried on to the park to meet up with Pauline and Georgie. Instead of going for a walk – we decided to walk to Pauline’s house and visit on her patio. The pups could run in the backyard off leash. Alvin loves to run in her yard. So that is what we did. We had a two hour visit on her patio. Catching up about all that we have been doing. They had been looking after friend’s farm (dogs) and such out of the City. Just so happens that these friends live in a community not far from where I lived for a year when I was a teenager. My family lived there for years and my brother still lives in the area. Isn’t it a small world.

After our visit we walked home. I made sure that Alvin had some more water and put on another load of laundry. After that I went to check in on Humphrey and Bogart and Cynder. We had company after supper. I had invited Aunt J and the pups, Teddy and Kobi to come for a visit. What a great time we had. So you can see it has been mainly about visiting and playing so far this weekend although I did clean the main floor including washing the floors. Now to do the upstairs, perhaps tomorrow. Later today we will go for a walk with Pauline and Georgie. Tomorrow night Teddy is coming for a sleepover. Perfect as Aunt J and the pups were coming over to celebrate my birthday on Tuesday. I love when a plan comes together. So this is going to be a busy vacation and I would not have it any other way.

Well time to head downstairs, almost time to go and I want to finish my coffee and see if Mr. Alvin needs to pee before I leave.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: zero time to an early birthday party and 2 sleeps till I turn 65.

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