2021

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are having an excellent weekend! Mine has been pretty great thus far. Yesterday I did several loads of laundry, decorated our Christmas Tree and the house and some cleaning in between, raked the front and back lawns, and we went for a nice long walk. It was so nice out yesterday. Will be a bit cooler today but in the grand scheme of things still pretty nice outside for this time of year. We had the time change last night. Alvin woke up at his usual 3:00 a.m. which was actually 2:00 a.m. and every hour or less until we were up to stay at 7:30 the new time. Our clocks changed at 2:00 a.m. last night/early morning. So I am feeling a bit on the “tired” side but not too much considering the up and down to the sofa for all those hours, lol. What a guy that Alvin is? I sure hope that it does not happen tonight although I guess I won’t be comparing the time, it will be what it is. My clocks are all changed and thankfully my phone is “smart” and automatically changes itself. The sky is overcast this morning but I can see hues of orange on the horizon to the south. Today will be mainly about Mr. Alvin as it is time for a haircut and bath. I have to bring up the laundry that is hanging to dry in the basement ( I hang most of my clothing and unmentionables, lol), then have coffee and breakfast and then look after Mr. Alvin. We will walk mid afternoon as it is warmest then. I am going to bake a rhubarb crisp which will be dessert for basically the week. Thanks to my cousin and one of my neighbours.

I will share photos of our Christmas decorations and bear in mind that even though I decorated yesterday since the photos were snapped, I have made some changes. For example: I decided to move the shelving unit/plant stand in the kitchen from under the bay window to on an angle by the window on the left side looking out. I am not sure if this will work when I set up my workstation but thought it was worth a try. There have been other subtle changes but that is okay. Also I only used 2/3 of my Christmas decorations and 1/2 of my ornaments for the tree. Decided to be a bit more minimalistic this time around but not sure if that is really noticeable, lol. Oh well. Oh, forgot to mention that I went for mainly a white/silver theme tree this year. There are only a couple of ornaments that do not fall into that colour scheme. Nice change.

The top of the tree remains a work in progress. I will likely change around the ornaments on the tree from time to time until I finally stop. I decorated more in my bedroom that ever before. That is the blue dresser you see in the photos and the chair. Even the bathrooms were decorated and that is changing again as I have a Christmas scene that I did not hang up and it will replace my DREAM painting which is in main upstairs bathroom. The family room in the basement has a little tree and some ornaments up. I still have to pack away all of the upstairs ornaments etc. that I carried downstairs to be out of the way. Lots of work left to do. Anyway this is what I was busy at between Friday night and last night.

I hope that you have a lovely Sunday.

Happy Sunday to my Sister.

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? I was thinking that this is the weekend that we change our clocks back one hour. It is funny that just a few weeks ago we were voting on the issue that has haunted most of us and that is “Daylight Saving Time.” You push clocks back in the fall and ahead in the spring. Saskatchewan is one Canadian Province that chose to Daylight Saving Time a long time ago. Now that we are approaching the time to change our clocks, I am actually happy that we are pushing them back one hour. One more hour of sleep. I am only thinking this as I am tired due in part to being up during the night with someone and that it is that time of year when our bodies just want to hibernate as the temperatures dip. Anyway, I voted for the change and in the narrowest of margins, the vote to change time won over. It was super close.

PHOTO DAY

Alvin’s Best Friend Kobi and Teddy visited.

Sunrise from yesterday morning – it was glorious. The most beautiful colour palette that I have seen in awhile.

Time to fly. Lots to do today work wise. I guess that is true for most days. I wish you a wonderful Thursday.

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 doing this morning? Feeling refreshed after a nice shower. Alvin was barking but has quieten down now. It is dark as night outside at this moment. It would appear that nothing has changed since the question of “Adopting Daylight Savings Time” in Alberta has reached a stalemate. So we shall see what happens. I thought this election that maybe people would want to change ….. meaning no setting the clocks forward and back. For me, I find it takes so long to adjust to the time change. Having the sunrise rise at 8:25 or 9:27 a.m., really what difference does a hour make. I would rather have the time at the end of the day. Perhaps we should ask our neighbours in Saskatchewan what they think? Actually I lived in Saskatchewan for most of my life and I loved it. Not having to change the clocks, remembering to change the clocks. I also remember that whenever I wanted to call my family in Alberta, I would have to think is it “fall back” or “spring forward” and calculate the time. A pain really. Anyway “time” will tell. Have to go with the majority. I think even if it is 51 to 49, you go with the majority of votes, right!

Someone has started to miss me again.

I noticed that most of my neighbours leaves are on the ground making a beautiful patchwork quilt of leaves. Looks so pretty. My yard has remained with only a few. I guess that big wind yesterday was blowing in my direction, lol. Anyway I love the leaves. The rich colours. I also love walking through them and the crunching beneath my feet as I go. Just like a little child.

Are you thinking about Christmas yet? It will be another different one. I hope that folks decide to keep things simple this year. I wonder about the increasing cost of food and other things. What does 2022 look like? So many questions.

Time to go. It is later than I thought. Always enjoy a cup of coffee in the mornings.

Have a wonderful day. It is Wednesday.

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 today? We are doing well and still adjusting to the time change. Spring forward takes a bit more getting used to, for sure. But we will adjust in time (before the next change in late fall, lol). Last night it was after 7:30 p.m. and still light outside which was great. I cannot wait until the sun is already up at this time of morning. It is always easier for me to get up when it is light outside. How about you?

Yesterday at lunch we met up with friends Ali and Bailey from down the street and adorned with sweaters on the pups as it was cool at noon, masks on we girls and our lighter winter apparel we headed out for a 40 minute or so walk. We would come across folks with dogs or the pups especially Bailey were sniffing lots so did take all of 40 minutes. It was so nice to have a walking companion and we chatted the whole walk. I will say that walking and talking with a mask on is not the most comfortable thing in the world but I certainly am not going to complain as some folks have had to wear masks and work 12 hour shifts for days on end. I am grateful my mask wearing is not often as I do not go anywhere or see anyone. I have several masks on hand for those times when I must wear a mask and I will always wear one as instructed by our Health Care Professionals. Back to Bailey I cannot believe how long and gangly she is ….. he has such long legs even though she will not get much bigger and eventually will fill in, I would think. Again, nice to have a friend to walk with …. another human being. It was great.

Teddy and Kobi will be coming over at noon for the rest of the day while their parents go out to the farm to tend to some business.

I was wondering about some things. I will be 64 this summer and how I view the world is likely much different than an 18 year old or even a 30 year old. Do you ask yourself questions all day long? What kind of questions? Maybe we all ask this question “When is this going to end?” OR “Is this virus going to ever go away?” I often ask myself or tell myself “Why did you say that?” I have lots of questions swirling through my mind at any given time. Sometimes it is quiet but not often. Most times I cannot even stop the noise when I go to bed. I used to meditate and perhaps that is something that I should get into once again. I wouldn’t say that I am particularly worried or concerned most days ….. just have a busy mind. They say we have 60,000 thoughts each day. That is a lot. I was wondering how everyone feels about all of the social media platforms? How many YouTube Videos are there? How many singers have become world famous during the pandemic bia YouTube? How many organizers and designers? How many cooks? How many makeup artists? The list goes on and on. Now there is Tic Tok (not sure of the spelling as I have not been on there). Instagram and FaceBook and so many more. Food for thought. Maybe it is time to do a video? What do you think? I wonder if the Internet will ever crash? Sometimes it goes down but they always get it going again.

Anyway that is it for this morning. I need some coffee.

Wishing you a wonderful day. In Edmonton for the rest of the week supposed to have temperatures of +9-13 degrees celsius which is a far cry from yesterday’s +2. YAY, perhaps spring is really here. Hope so. Not a long winter but I really want spring and then summer.

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and patience (always working on patience and yesterday was one of those days for sure).

Always, Carol & Al

P.S. last night gave Mr. Alvin some of his new food. We have to, I have to introduce it gradually over two weeks. Now there is measuring 1/2 wet and 1/2 dry but ratio of 3/4 old to 1/4 new for first few days, then half and half and then 3/4 new to 1/4 new. Sure wished that I was better at math, lol.

Sun coming up. Hip Hip Hooray.

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you this morning? I guess this is a bit later writing than have been for awhile. Well we went to bed at 10:00 p.m. and I changed the clocks ahead at that time. We got up at 5:18 p.m. which was good. Alvin had his breakfast and did his thing and then we hit the sofa and next thing I knew it – the time was 9:30 a.m. Of course, it does not help that it is overcast and there is no bright sunshine pouring in through the windows lighting the main floor and giving us a hint that it was time to get up and at it. Oh well, lol. I am, we are up now. Alvin wanted to go outside so while he was outside I emptied the dishwasher and put on the coffee (which smells divine or at least I think so as I am stuffy). Once he was in, I ran downstairs to grab the laundry that had been drying on drying racks and then up upstairs we came. First put away the laundry (which was my clothing), then washed up and put on my eyebrows (at the very least a lady must have on her eyebrows before beginning the day) and got dressed. I had turned on the computer when first coming upstairs as it takes a few moments to get started, much like me, lol. I am trying to have a sense of humour about it all as you can hopefully tell. So washed, dressed and writing now. There is a bit of a breeze as I can see the bare trees swaying back and forth. I believe that I have mentioned this before but spring is on the side of the street that is north of us but faces south and on our side we still have winter but the snow is melting. I was out trying to break up the ice and have it move on down the storm drain. I noticed when I looked out the living room window earlier than the water has not frozen over during the night. WOW. That is amazing for March 13/14. I guess that perhaps spring is on the way or has arrived. Apparently our groundhog was not located as he/she moved residences. Now that is funny. So we went with another locale’s which was spring will be early. I am going with early.

We had a great Saturday. I did laundry, we went for an amazing walk and bumped into our friend Ali (Bailey’s Mom) on her way home from work (she stopped her car and chatted for a moment). Alvin had a muddy belly but he enjoyed every drop of that mud. I am so grateful that we have these opportunities and I will always be grateful for all these moments. Later in the after I finished my income tax, whew. Over and done. Always glad to have them done for another year. OH big part of our Saturday was the morning, the best start to anyone’s day, really ….my girl pals Gillian and Signe came over for coffee on the deck. Remember I had hauled out the chairs and had Amanda help move the table down from the top landing by the garage. We have not had a visit since the end of January when I hosted Signe’s birthday celebration in the garage and it was cold. We had heaters. Well not yesterday. The rays of the sun beamed down upon us and we sat out with no coats just sweaters and Signe even took off her boots and was barefoot. We laughed and laughed. Shared stories of our lives. Just caught up on everything. I love my friends, they are the best. Oh and Gillian brought muffins and Signe brought cinnamon buns (all homemade). Poor Alvin really wanted some. No human food not that I ever gave him those types of things anyway, but no human food. I feel bad about the fruit and veg but until I get word back from the vet. None for the boy. So as you can see this has been the best weekend ever. Started out with a vacation day on Friday, Alvin getting his stitches out and my daughter coming over and her birthday and celebration, visit with friends, two walks thus far, income tax done, laundry (good to have clean clothes) and odds and ends. Thank you to everyone for a great last couple of days. Later today we may get together on the front sidewalk / porch with Alison and Bailey. Depends on how she feels after work. Also we watched some great, funny movies in the late afternoon and until bed: Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in “Our Souls at Night,” Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange and Demi Moore in “Wild Oats” and then a new one “Yes Day” with Jennifer Garner. All three funny and most enjoyable. Sometimes you don’t need an action film!

Well time to go and have that coffee that I am smelling. I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend. Perhaps you had a birthday celebration in your home or were able to have an outdoor visit with your friends or a walk with your dog or a walk period.

Continuing to live our lives with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Al.

2025

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing today? I hope that you are well. Alvin and I are doing great. Another cold day. I noticed there was some extra snow on the sidewalks and on the deck. Guess there was some snow before we were up earlier. I love that the sun is beginning to rise earlier and earlier each day. I found out that March 14, 2021 is the date that we here in Alberta turn our clocks forward by one hour. The time change always seems to play havoc with me and Alvin, most especially Alvin for at least a couple of weeks before we are used to the difference. I will say that it is harder to turn the clocks back than forward. Mr. Alvin is barking at me from the office. What a guy. Oh my goodness. He is hard to please. I had moved his little blanket bed from the office to the doorway thinking he may like to make eye contact from where he is but that was not what he wanted. After I had a shower and while still in my housecoat with my hair wrapped up on top of my head, we went downstairs and out he went. Does he need to go again? Anyway I guess this will be quick. I did want to mention that yesterday doing the list jogged my old memory about many other items around the house that I love. I have this seashell with pearl brooch that my grandparents bought for me when they went on their cruise to Hawaii. I have jumpsuit that she took on that trip. I believe the trip was about 1968 and I was 11 years old. The brooch is so exquisite. I will take a photo and share with you soon. It is so delicate and beautiful. I have managed to keep it safe and intact for all these years. Now one small pearl did come loose and I have that little pearl. I do treasure that gift so much. Another item was a solid green jade ring that my best friend in Grade 12 gave to me in 1976 and I have wore it everyday since then. I may changed fingers as my fingers changed size but I wear it to this day. Two more treasures. I am very blessed.

It is time to head downstairs. I was even up a bit earlier but today was pay bills day so that takes a couple of extra minutes and we did go downstairs in the middle of things. Oh well, such as life.

The sky almost looks periwinkle in colour from my office window and that brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart.

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday.

Today they deliver my second Chef’s Place meals for this next week. So excited.

Warming up tomorrow so that I can walk to the vet for supplies for the boy.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – final quarter

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? TFIG, thank goodness. Halloween is tomorrow and then I will be putting up my Christmas Tree and decorating my house. So excited. Today our office is hosting a virtual Halloween Costume Contest. Interesting. There are prizes of course and everyone that participates receives an one hour off coupon. One hour off means you have a hour off from work and you get paid for that hour. YAY. They have done this since I started at the Corporation and it is a wonderful thing to do for your staff. A little pick me up. We are also given this coupon on our birthdays. So nice touch. I decided to go simple. No elaborate costume. I will try and get some photos and post them tomorrow on Halloween. Not so easy to take a full length photo of yourself or even half way up when you have to hold things. Teddy and Kobie will be coming this morning so perhaps I could ask their Mom to snap a couple of photos for me to share with you tomorrow. I decided to book Monday off as a day of vacation and am thrilled to do that. Are you dressing up for Halloween? Are your children going trick or treating? This seems to be a conundrum for most parents. What to do? The kids and let’s face it most parents do as well, this one night of the year that everyone can put on a costume, bought or homemade and go for a walk in their neighbourhoods and get free candy. Who doesn’t like that? I love that. It has been many years since I went trick or treating. This year as I have mentioned, Alvin and I are going to deliver treats to the children in our neighborhood that we know well. I have already made arrangements with parents and they are excited that we are doing this for the kids. Actually truth be known it is as much for me as it is for them. I love Halloween and if it COVID19 had not hit, I would be handing out treats and checking out all of the costumes. Even Alvin has relaxed a bit more over the years. Anyway. Sometimes things change beyond our control and we just make the best of the situation and that is what I am doing. Some children are still getting treats and I am still able to see the kids. Perhaps not in costumes but just to see them and chat for a minute is all I need. We have such great neighbours, I am so blessed.

So that is Halloween plan.

The wind is blowing and apparently something is blowing in and I do not wish to say what and I am hoping that that “something” blows on through. Next week there are a couple of days on the long range forecast that show double digit temperatures. Now that is the way to get into November. That is a way to shorten winter although technically we are still in FALL. Also on Sunday we change our clocks. FALL BACKWARD. So we will get an extra hour of sleep, gotta love that for sure. Good for us “bear types” that like to hibernate, er, I mean sleep. OMG.

Well I have a few finishing touches to put on my costume and put on the coffee as well. I love my morning coffee. One of my favourite things in the morning. Also I love watching Mr. Alvin doing his morning stretches. He does them every morning. Man, animals are smart. I am not and should be stretching when I get out of bed. I could be learning something from my boy.

I hope that you continue to live your life with respect and kindness for yourself and for all others. We need each other.

I/We shall remain, as Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 11th day of March, 2019.

Yesterday was so WARM with no breeze.

I decided yesterday to take Mr. Alvin to our friend’s birthday celebration.

The cats and Alvin did well.

He kept his distance.

Cricket knows Alvin but Casey has only joined their household last October (2018) and she wasn’t quite sure.

Both are used to dogs but everyone knows that sometimes there can be moments.

Casey did take a swipe at Alvin but he was not close and he retreated to the safety of his Mom’s legs.

Funny how that works.

Poor Alvin had wanted to say hello but Casey was not having any of it.

He pretty much stayed beside me the whole time except when our friend opened the fridge as he knows she keeps the treats in there.

We had a great visit and was interesting watching two cats and a dog navigate their time together.

After the visit we headed home where I quickly changed into boots, coat (had light jacket on) and mitts and of course grabbed some “poop bags.”

Our friend J had left the party when we did and by the time I stopped in and got changed she was outside with Jazmin.

She had not planned to go for a walk but when she got home Jazmin gave her the sign that she wanted to walk.

Miss Jazmin is I believe 14 years old and has a heart condition.

Somedays she just doesn’t want to go.

Yesterday she was excited to go and she tried and mostly kept up with Mr. Alvin.

They get along so well.

I was so happy to see her out and enjoying the warm day.

We had a great walk.

Perfect end to a perfect day.

 

I think that Mr. Alvin is beginning to dream “CATS.”

We were surrounded by CATS this weekend.

AND Miss Jazmin, who is a doggie.

We missed seeing Master Teddy this weekend.

 

Well back to work today.

We had a great day.

Quiet and relaxing and FUN.

 

I hope that you all had a great Sunday.

I hope that if you are in the “time changing zones” that getting up this morning did not hurt too much!!

Wishing you a wonderful Monday.

 

Listening to dogs barking in the distance.

One sounded big.

 

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to:  everyone who READS, whether it be this blog or another, a book or a magazine or a newspaper.  JUST READ.  Read to your children and grandchildren, too.

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 10th day of March, 2019.

A glorious bright sunshiny morning out there.

Warming up.

 

Today is the birthday of my son-in-law’s brother “D” and also one of my neighbour’s “D.”

Both guys with first names starting with D.

How about that?

Happy Birthday to you both.

 

Well the time changed in the middle of the night or super early this morning; whichever way you wish to look at it.

At the end of the day ….. we lost an hour.

We first woke up at 4:00 but it was really 5:00 ….. when we woke up at 7:38 it was that time as I changed the time on the downstairs clocks.

I figured when I was up at 4 or 5 ….. better to have the right time when we GOT UP.

So now it feels like 7:35 and not 8:35 a.m.

Funny how time makes you feel.

WE are so envious of Saskatchewan ….. the one place that does not change time.

They are the SMARTEST people ever.

The reasons that we changed the time back in the day was for farming.

Everywhere should the same.

I have never understood why setting the clocks ahead or behind really mattered.

If it is dark out …. stay in bed.

Or do things that do not require the light.

At the end of the day it will be the same difference.

Oh well, what do I know?

 

This afternoon I/We are invited to one of our neighbours for a belated get together for her birthday.

I am debating about whether or not to take Mr. Alvin.

She has two cats, one of them is used to dogs but not sure about the other one.

The second cat is newer to the household.

I seem to remember her saying that the second cat had been around dogs.

I can always take him and if it does not work out – bring him back home.

She is only a minute away.

I really do not like to leave Mr. Alvin on the weekends.

He is alone enough of the time.

 

Guess who came for an unexpected visit yesterday.

Guess who just copied the photo from Facebook and it takes up the whole page?

Humphrey came over in the late morning and went home in the early evening.

He loves the sunshine.

Both the boys hung out several times in the backyard.

When I snapped this photo, Humphrey was soaking in the sun while Alvin was in the house wanting more broccoli.

We had a great day.

Humphrey crawled up on me while I was watching a movie.

Snuggling in …..

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Well time to get this show on the road.

My coffee is perked and I would love a cup right now.

The smell is driving me mad.

 

Have an awesome day.

Relax, spend time with loved ones and or friends…..

Happy Sunday.

Happy Birthday to D and D.

 

Special Hello to: the Birthday Boys …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 5th day of November, 2018.

Time changed over the weekend.

So even though the clock shows 6:15 a.m., it still feels like 5:15 a.m.

We set our clocks one hour back …. Fall back.

We will get used to it at some point.

Change is good?

 

Rain and snow mix gradually over the course of the day and night turned to just the white stuff.

So we have a nice white blanket covering the ground this morning.

This means some shovelling in my future (tonight).

Exercise – it is all good.

Also is a reminder to get out and pick up poop as it happens otherwise you may have to seek it out and that can be difficult.

Okay, perhaps that was a bit more information that you needed or wanted.

Sorry.

 

I was just thinking this morning about something.

Was there a point in your life that defined your future?

Something that changed the way you thought about the future  or the way that you looked at the world, your world?

An event perhaps that spoke to you?

Someone you met?

A place you travelled to?

Something you ate?

Now there could absolutely be more than one point that changed the trajectory of your life at that point.

These babies, my four siblings.

Changed the trajectory of my life.

They were my first babies.

And, feel so to this day.

I have felt like their Mom, their teacher, their protector.

These four lights changed my life forever.

They formed me into who I am today.

I am forever grateful.

 

Well almost time to don the winter garb and head out.

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to: my sister and brothers.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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