It is a NEW YEAR.

Well HELLO FRIDAY, April 24th, 2020.


I have long since forgot how many days exactly that I have been working from home.

To be honest 95% of the time it is wonderful.

I love the “short” well actually no commute to my work.

I love sharing more of my time with Alvin.

I love being able to walk for 1/2 hour at lunch and then right away after work.

I love arising a bit later (truth be told even Mr. Alvin is starting to wake up a bit later).

I love being able to stay up a bit later to enjoy the evening light.

100%, I absolutely adore having more time at home.

Who doesn’t like working in their sweats and a tee-shirt and no makeup.

Bad hair days …. who cares.

It does not matter …. whatever you are comfortable in.

Some days it is office attire with makeup and others it is not.

More time for walking.

More time to get housework, yard work and exercise done.

It is nice being able to have more free time on the weekends.

I am off work at 4:00 p.m. (not granted some days I leave 10-15 minutes later but that is okay).

I can have supper and dishes done well before 6:00 p.m.

When working at the office by 6:00 p.m. – Alvin would have his supper etc, we would have walked and I may have started supper.

Usually it would be 7:00 by the time supper and dishes were done and sometimes later.

So even though there are moments throughout my day that I could honestly pull my hair out by the roots, I do love being at home.

I know that there is no separation between home and work.

But I have come to terms with that fact.

Life is meant to live.

If we continue to wrap ourselves in the negative before too long it is over.

What a waste.


I am off today at 3:00 p.m. (took one hour off).

The plan is to go for a walk right away, then come home and start the laundry and then rake the front lawn.

I have been raking the back out of necessity for Alvin.

Luckily the mucky mess is drying up (in the back).

The front needs some TLC.

Tonight will be the second of the three meals from HELLO FRESH.

Excited for that.

Tomorrow Mr. Alvin needs a haircut and bath (yup again).

My daughter is dropping some items by and for a visit (miss her).

Whether Saturday or Sunday – we hope to visit with our friends in their backyard.

Tomorrow is supposed to be really nice so I want to take advantage of the warmer temperatures.


Well almost time to grab that cup of java and start work.

Technically I do not start until 8:00 a.m. but I like to get things started and I have a contest to enter (matching pets through work).

Have to submit my entry.

Wish me luck.


I hope this finds you and your family in excellent health, safe and having lots of giggles.

Happy Friday.


With Kindness and Respect,

I/We Remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 30th and second last day of May 2013.

Wow, what a beautiful morning.

Guess what I finally did after talking and thinking about it for weeks.

This morning when Alvin first woke up I convinced him and barely did so to stay in bed until the alarm went off.

At the sound of the alarm I jumped out of bed.

Quickly made the bed, grabbed my sweat pants and glass of water and we went downstairs.

After Alvin had his breakfast and went outside and upon his arrival I nabbed him at the back door – wiped the wetness off his paws and scooped him up.

Now scooping him up these days is definitely a workout as he has put on some “winter” weight and headed for the front door.

I quickly got him into his harness and put on my running shoes and jacket – locked the house and away we went.

We walked to a nearby lake and went all the way around …..

It was so beautiful out with the mist rising up off the water.

The birds welcomed us with a glorious choir of music.

It felt like “heaven” and I mean so calming and stimulating at the same time.

We had a great walk.

Half an hour later we were back at home.

Now that definitely was better than hitting the sofa for an extra few zzz’s.

I am so grateful that we finally broke the cycle and went for that early morning walk.

YAY.  I am very proud of us.

Now it is almost time to leave again for the office.

I feel so much better knowing that Mr. Alvin had a lovely walk in before I leave for the day.

The sun is shining now which is refreshing after the abundant rainfall we had yesterday.

We need both so it is all good.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and take the time to challenge yourself.

You never know what joy you might find …..  🙂

Special Hello to: all those early morning walkers ….. you rock.


Always, Carol and Alvin



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