2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this GREAT Saturday morning? Alvin and I are well. Going to head out for a walk after I write this post. Now I am wishing when we were up earlier that I had actually got my butt up off the sofa but sometimes you just want to snuggle under a warm blanket especially when you know that you do not have to be at work just a few steps away, lol. Anyway, no matter, a decision was made actually several times as we were up and down since about 4:35 a.m. That is the state of our household. A hot mess, most mornings. We manage to get through it and each day. The sun is shining and has been since earlier. There is a breeze but thankfully not gale force winds. So grateful for that. Getting bad when the wind blows over your flowers pots on the deck, okay only one but it was not light. I love looking at the sky. There are clouds which appear to be forming on the southern horizon and actually are taking the shape of mountains, how cool is that? Absolutely beautiful. I believe that the forecast is for 22 degrees celsius today with cloudy periods. So perhaps now would be a good time to go for a walk. The laundry and house cleaning can wait. Yesterday we walked twice which was great. We spotted the families of geese in the park snacking on grass by the trees close to the water. The goslings are no longer little fluff balls but are beginning to get their feathers. I am quite sure that I heard or read somewhere that young geese / goslings are not able to fly until they get their “flight feathers.” No wonder the adults stay close by.

There are 997 lovely souls that are now following this blog. WOW, I cannot believe it. The number has grown so much in the past year and I am grateful to each and every one of you for taking the time out of your busy lives to read my posts. It brings me immense joy. I wish you great joy, much love and laughter and abundance. Thank you.

Well tomorrow is Father’s Day and the official First Day of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Two huge events.

I am going to sign off for now. Get out there and get one or two with nature and get some exercise. Getting older has done nothing for my waistline, lol.

Have a wonderful Saturday. Enjoy the day.

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

Always, With much thanks and gratitude, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Friday? YAY, we made it to another weekend. Alvin and I are well. He slept good so I slept good HOWEVER, since we came back upstairs for me to shower and get dressed, he has been a whiny pants. There is something about the placement of his water dish in our bedroom that now the past couple of days is suddenly freaking him out. He whines and paws and paws and whines when he tries to get a drink. Now if I was not in the shower it would not have been a big deal but of course, he is barking away when I am in the shower. Not just a matter of jumping out and back in. So I try to talk him down “off his ledge” from the shower. Did not work. He barked the whole time that I was in the shower. I sure hope that our neighbours did not hear him or me. Oh, please. Once I was out he stopped and I coaxed him to drink. I moved the dish over a bit but not sure if that will work or not. As the days, months and years pass, I have noticed that he has more anxiety. He used be anxious but that has climbed. I try to retain my patience and manage other than occasionally raising my voice which I know never helps any situation but when it is you are alone in the house except for an anxious dog …. HELP. Perhaps I should have taken him to see someone when he was younger but I did not. Now we just try to get through one day at a time. If anyone thinks that only humans suffer from anxiety – think again. I was thinking how great it has been for him to have me home for the last more than a year but I do not know anymore. I think that Alvin was sent to me to give me more patience. I would say that patience is definitely not a virtue for me. So I will continue to work on it and he will keep testing my patience to see if I am resolved my issues. What can you do?

I do not wish to complain ever as I have a GREAT life. We live in a beautiful home, have lots of good food to eat, I have a job, I am surrounded by loving, supportive, caring family and friends, we have good health, and we are able to walk everyday and I can do some of the things that I love to do such as writing. So I will plod on ….. plod on.

Well speaking of plodding – I had better get this train back on the tracks. One really has nothing to do with the other, lol. Really need that coffee ….

Please have a wonderful Friday. The weekend is just a few hours away …. some time perhaps to do something special for you.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. it may not sound like it but I love the little guy with my whole heart …. just sometimes the barking is not easy to handle. …… but we will get through it …. one moment …. one day at a time.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this great Thursday morning? Alvin and I are doing great after a FANTASTIC night sleep. The sky is overcast and it is windy. The wind seems as though it is here to stay.

I finally downloaded my photos from Tuesday night. The flower shots were all taken during a crazy strong wind. Some photos were so blurry that I had to delete them and reshoot them. I love the vibrancy of my beautiful flowers and the green plant at the end of the first row is a PEPPER PLANT. I can hardly wait to see peppers forming. It will be a surprise as to what colour they will be. How exciting. I also threw in some photos of a couple of selfies that I was trying to take for a Fifth Avenue Jewelry Jewelry post and well, the most important subjects were Alvin and the necklace. I took those photos Wednesday late afternoon and the ones of Mr. Alvin laying on his bed were taken Wednesday morning after he wanted to play with his Teddy Bear. Which we did. So cute.

We had two lovely walks yesterday. At lunch time we met a dog named Wilson. I love that name for a doggie. Not much is new with me and Alvin. Father’s Day is coming up for all those Dads out there.

I hope that you enjoy the photos as much as I love the subjects of the photos. Flowers are a passion for me. I love their beauty, various colours and shapes and scents. They just make me feel like a billion dollars. Another passion in my life is my four-legged buddy. I will admit that sometimes I do have less patience than I should but I do try as we continue to muddle through this life of ours together.

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday. Maybe you are doing something special today? Just for you! I hope so. You deserve to take some time and do something just for YOU. You, rock. Remember that! We take ourselves for granted sometimes.

Continuing to go through this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love and gratitude and thoughtfulness.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this fine FOGGY here in Edmonton morning? Alvin and I are doing well although he may say something different as he is squeaking by the office door. He is getting pretty used to me jumping every time he makes a sound. My fault not his. There has been some thick fog out there this morning although it has dissipated somewhat already. I am feeling more back to my old self this morning. It is not the end of the world if we do not go with this roofing company. Sometimes if we get a “bad feeling” or experience doubt it is better to just walk away. Both myself and my neighbour had those feelings. It was not just the feelings it was the information as well. Anyway, we are on the search for another roofing company and we will find the one that is right for us. Right credentials, right products, right price. We will secure the best company for the job and for us.

Yesterday we had quite a lot of rain in the afternoon. Alvin and I managed to get a beautiful walk in over my lunch break. We even saw some of our friends over the course of our walk and stopped for a little chat. We made it back home with minutes to spare so not late for work. My flowers are doing great with all of this moisture, I think that they grew overnight. The front flower bed is coming to life and the colours are beautiful. Even my snapdragons are all starting to come up or at least I believe it is them. I love flowers, the colours and the scents.

Life is continuing along. Not much new. Just chugging along. Experiencing life as I should. Trying to keep the positive thoughts flowing and remembering that “thoughts do in fact become things.” I know this to be true.

I have recently changed my thoughts to ones of retirement, being mortgage free and new shingles on my roof. Likely would be a great idea to make a vision board to help me in my new vision.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Almost time to head downstairs, get on that pot of coffee and put on some music. I love to start my day with music now that I can.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

P.S. one of my neighbours spotted a pelican in one of our park “ponds” / “lakes.” I did not think we had them here in Alberta but apparently we do. I cannot wait until I see one.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this morning? I am well but a bit on the sleep deprived side. Alvin woke up about midnight, jumped off the bed and stopped on the “white” area rug that I have surrounding the end of the bed to help soften his landing and started to wretch. I immediately without hesitation jumped up and quickly moved him to the floor without the rug. He threw up something. He was in the in between place where there is nothing more to come up but still feeling like something needs to come up. In the midst of it all I ran into my bathroom and grabbed some kleenex to clean up. Once he was done, I quickly gave a good clean of the area before grabbing my phone, and water to go downstairs. Alvin stood at the top of the stairs and I knew that he was too weak to climb down on his own. I deposited my items downstairs and ran back up to carry him down. Downstairs I grabbed a light jacket from the hall closet and while putting it on, gently guided Mr. Alvin to the back door. At the back door, I put on my outside shoes and we went out into the night. It was just after midnight by this time and he just walked over onto the deck and stood there sniffing the night air. I walked over to see if he would go down onto the grass area and all he did was run away from me. Not really thinking that he wanted to play but I think that he wasn’t quite himself. Anyway several minutes later back into the house, no pee. It was so quiet outside at that time of night, no noise from the highway a few miles away, just us out on the deck. Back in the house, I decided that we would lay down on the sofa instead of going back upstairs. Both of us did not settle down easily and before you knew it …. we were up at 4:15 ….. gave him his glucosamine chew and then outside where he did pee. I reset the alarm, then up, I do not remember exactly and gave the boy his breakfast which he gobbled down as per usual. He went outside and then we were back to the sofa for a few minutes more sleep. We did not get out for a walk. At 7:00 a.m., we were up to stay up. At least I was for the moment. Alvin stayed on the sofa while I ran upstairs to hop into the shower. When I was finished in the shower – I peeked around the corner to see him lying on the bed. He seems to be fine. His eyes appear to be clear. At this moment he got up from his position on the carpet outside the office and just stared at me and now he is laying on his tummy licking his paws. Well almost time to go to work. The clock is ticking away closer to start time. I really am going to need to cup or three of coffee this morning.

One thing to note ….. last night as I was eating supper (late afternoon) …. there was a knock at the door and a neighbour from two doors down was there to ask if I would like some more plants. She had bought some and then a friend of hers gave her more. So she had more than she had room for and so I graciously accepted. I thought of the neighbour in between us which is the one in the other half of my duplex. Last night quite unexpectedly I was sharing plants and planting more flowers in my front flower bed and in the back one and in one pot to boot. I also gave my neighbour a hand pulling weeds and preparing her flower bed to plant the flowers. There was plenty to fill her flower bed and to add more to mine. So grateful. Very kind. I thought it would be nice to give thanks by giving her a hand written “thank you” note and also a bag of my favourite fruit tea. So that is exactly what I did. Also good to give thanks.

Okay definitely have to go here. Have a wonderful Monday.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Thursday morning? Alvin and I are well. We had a good sleep. Aiming for another early morning walk right after I have finished this post. YAY. Two for two as it were, as it is. The sky is overcast but the sun was shining earlier. So grateful for some cool air this morning. Our walk will be divine. I just heard some noise and noticed that Humphrey is out in his backyard enjoying the cool morning air. Life is good. Can you believe that were are in the month of June already? Where does time go? We put the measurements on time. That is a whole other conversation. Always food for thought. I had read something about time and Einstein’s theories. All so interesting.

Earlier when Alvin was outside the air was filled with birds singing. Now I can hear dogs barking. Are they speaking to each other or simply barking to be allowed into the house? Alvin is quiet sitting on his bed in the office with me. He has his own little bed to lay on when he is in this room as the floor is laminate. I suppose it is likely more cool at the moment than the bed but he is okay. He has water on each level and even out on the deck. Lots of dishes to check and keep full. But hydration is just as important for him as it is for me. Most creatures require hydration, in fact I do not know of any off the top of my head that do not require hydration. There may be some but I don’t know. Anyway by in large, we all need hydration. So please remember during the hot summer months when you are outside with your pets, with your children and for yourself to have water. I always carry water with us – mainly for Alvin but if I needed a sip I have it with us. I have recently changed back to my tupperware water bottle that I used to have at the office and I have found that I am drinking more than with my other glass. Bonus for me.

Life is good. I am so grateful that we are able to work from home. I love working from home. Works for both me and Alvin. He needs me to be here for him especially now that he is older and since his surgery. He needs to drink lots of water and he would not do that if I were working from the office. So I am grateful to be at home. Oh, I just felt a wee bit of cool air flutter in through the open window.

Well time to hit the trail. Get some exercise and enjoy the cool morning air before it gets hot.

We wish you a great day. May you be surrounded by love and laughter. May you be in good health and have abundance. Take Care.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I/We are doing well, had a fairly good sleep. That is so important. So many of us do not get enough sleep. It is reflected in everything we do. Shows up in our patience, bigtime. I hope that you had enough sleep so that you can function the way that you are meant to and that you are in your happy place this morning. Little smile on my face. Well Mother Nature gave us a good rain shower yesterday later on in the day and then overnight. Even the lawn that I share with my neighbour is beginning to come alive. I wished that I had some fertilizer to toss on as would likely give it a boost. I keep seeing one of the neighbours across the street tossing on what I imagine to be fertilizer and their grass is a beautiful lucious green. The colour that I dream of and one of my favourite shades of green, actually my top favourite green. Lawn green or Kelly green. This morning the sky is overcast so no beautiful sunrise but we do desperately need the moisture and I am grateful for the rain. Does not appear to be windy which is a good thing.

I was thinking of my dear friend Les N. who came into my mind last night as I was going to sleep. He was giving me support,as always. Les passed away a few years ago and I think of my dear friend often. He was a good friend, husband, father, son, uncle and human being. I miss him all of the time.

Often times we do not realize what we have, until it is gone.

I am most happy that Alvin and I had two walks yesterday, one at lunchtime and the other after work. Walking sure brings down my stress level after a long day of work. The benefits of walking are so important in our everyday life.

I see red flashing lights through the leaves of the tree directly behind my garage across the lane, must be the garbage truck.

Well today is Tuesday. Another day of work. I hope that you are doing well and that this day brings us all great joy, much laughter and love and abundance. This could be the day. Perhaps there will be a knock at the door and you won the Publishers Clearing House Lottery or something like that. Maybe someone left you a thoughtful package at the door. A phone call from family or a dear friend. A special coffee and lunch delivered to you from a thoughtful friend. This is going to be that day …… are you excited, I am!

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

Time for coffee.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! It feels strange writing so late on a Tuesday morning. I took the morning off as Mr. Alvin has a 10:00 a.m. vet appointment to check his ears as I believe he may have an ear infection. Seems strange to be taking half a day vacation but those are the rules. I am happy to have some extra time off. Yesterday I started later, off this morning and then I had booked Friday off a month or so ago. The sky is overcast and I hope that it does not rain during our walk to the vet or back home. Before or after would be perfect. I hope that Mother Nature is able to accomodate my request. Fingers crossed. We do need the moisture but I don’t want Mr. Alvin to get wet. He won’t melt or anything, I know. There is a breeze this morning and it is already 10 degrees celsius which is nice for this time of day. I have been thinking that it is time to turn off the heat. Forgot to check what the lows are for the next week and that will be the deciding factor. Likely not minus temperatures for sure. Who knows.

The house is quiet except for the clicking of the keys as I type/key these words and the tick tock of the clock in the bathroom next to the office. I do love the quietness. Closing my eyes and just taking it all in. Perhaps a bit of meditation! May 11, 2021. Today is the birthday of Kalekeni Kalamba from MALAWI. I sponsored him through World Vision many years ago. He will be a man now and perhaps married with a family. Wishing that we had not lost touch. I wish him a wonderful birthday and I hope that he is doing well. In good health, happy and successful.

Time passes. We change and the world around us, changes. I have now lived in Edmonton for 12 years. Hard to believe. I can still feel the excitement coursing through my veins and into my heart as I took the house key and unlocked the door to my new life, my first home on my own. A dream came true that day. You never know where life will take you ….. you dream big and sometimes if you keep those dreams alive …. they just do come true. I have decided that perhaps I need to put that energy, that faith, those thoughts and words, in planning to retire. I have been working what seems like forever. Now that is not that I want to sit on a chair with my feet up all day doing nothing. Nope, it does not. I want to do my own thing. Have more time to really concentrate on different forms of writing. I would love to learn how to paint. To set up a studio where I could play with large canvases. I have lots of ideas. Do some volunteer work. Just do the things that excite me and bring me joy. I do really like my job and I always have appreciated that this employer took a chance on an “older” person as I was almost 54 when I first started. Still cannot believe that it has been ten years in July since I started to work for this company. Time flies. As most of us, we cannot retire on just our good looks alone, lol – so have to get everything in order. I can do this.

In the meantime, I shall gratefully continue to do my job from the comfort of my own home. This is so amazing. I am happy to be home with Alvin, especially since he is in his golden years. We are doing this together.

Time to head downstairs and put on a pot of coffee. I must say that a cup of coffee in the morning is one of my most favourite things in the world. Truly.

I hope that you have a wonderful day. Be safe and take care. Do something just for you today.

Continuing to life this life with respect, kindness, compassion and patience for all.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

Perhaps with a little help from the Universe !!!

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this fine Thursday morning. I/We are doing well. We had a good sleep and I just had a refreshing shower so feeling good. Earlier I looked out the window and remarked to myself that it looked so dry and that we could use a rain and voile when I was finished my shower it was raining. The forecast says “showers.” YAY, some moisture. Very happy for that. The lawns, gardens and fields need some moisture before planting. To be honest at this point I have been so far removed from farming that I am not really sure when they seed in the spring. It does depend on snow melt and if the fields are dry enough to seed. Then once they are planted rain is needed. Yesterday at lunchtime when Alvin and I went for a walk we got halfway and it started to rain. I had not put a sweater or raincoat on Alvin and don’t like him to get wet these days so we headed for home. We had walked for a few minutes and it stopped. We must have been in a pocket of rain. It happens. I wonder what would have happened would we have continued to walk? It was still a walk and chance for Alvin to do some hard core sniffing. I think that other than eating …. he loves to sniff things.

Last night we were to bed about what is becoming to be our new time as it is lighter later. We slept for a few hours before Alvin woke me up, I was able to coax him back to sleep until he wanted to get up. So I checked my cellphone to see what the time was and argh, it was 2:39 a.m. (yikes), downstairs we headed. I gave him his glucosamine chew and let him outside to pee. Once back in we hit the sofa for some more sleep. He wanted to get up a bit later as he figured it was breakfast time but I “politely encouraged/coaxed” him to remain on the sofa. It was 5:00 a.m. when we got up and I gave him his breakfast and yup, back to the sofa. I don’t remember the last time when I woke up from a dream that felt so real. I only remember bits and pieces. My daughter was going out of the country and was wearing some sort of traditional garb, a long flowy dress with a short jacket of the same material. Alvin kept getting lost and I lost my cell phone. One of the guys that I used to work with was there “Ron.” We were at an airport and a shopping mall rolled into one. I guess these days airports are like one big shopping mall anyway. One minute Alvin was with me and the next I was running to find him. I had him once he had his blue blanket draped over his body with his harness on top but no leash. My daughter was riding on this airport transporter car thing with Alvin. Then he was gone. I remember someone saying to phone my cell phone number and see if anyone picked up! At one point I could see Alvin outside some glass doors and he was with two other dogs and they were fighting. I ran to the door and grabbed him to see that he was badly injured. I held him in my arms as I ran to find someone to help. Then Ron was there and said that he would take us home. I told him that I could not find my cell phone. Then I woke up. What a dream. Very odd.

Time to head on downstairs and get the coffee on as this gal needs some caffeine this morning.

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday.

Always doing my best to be kind, respect, compassionate and patient. Always working on patience.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning the 26th day of April, 2021? Alvin and I are well. We had pretty good sleep last night which totally sets the tone for the upcoming day. The sunrise was beautiful but now it appears that the wind has started to blow and there clouds in the sky. I don’t remember there being a forecast for any kind of moisture today as the temperature is to be a high of 13 degrees celsius. Time will tell.

Our Sunday was great. My daughter had a change of plans and will be coming tomorrow night which is perfect. Alvin and I had a slow quiet morning. I washed the last load of laundry, brought the clothes that were drying in the basement upstairs and put them away along with a load of towels that were dried waiting for me in the dryer. I watched my favourite Sunday morning show which I record and that is “Escape to the Country.” The show is filmed in the UK mainly in England but sometimes in Wales and Scotland. They always have some fun facts about the area so it is also a learning program, which I love. So I munched on some toast and drank some coffee and watched a few episodes of the show. Once done, I was moving a couple of things in the pantry and ended up cleaning it out completely. Looks great. Happy accident, unplanned. We went for a walk in the mid afternoon and it was gorgeous outside. My friend’s husband and grandpup Georgie were sitting on the patio when we were walking by so we popped by for a short visit. My friend had just left to the grocery store. After leaving we continued on our walk. The grass in the park and in the neighborhood is beginning to turn green. The renewal of spring. Upon getting home, I did a couple of chores before feeding Alvin. We watched the OSCARS, the Academy Awards from 6-9 p.m. and even a bit of the before show. I only saw one of the nominated films and disappointed that Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman did not win for their roles. But I did not see the other films so one cannot judge. It is the majority opinion. I was very happy that Chloe Zhao won for Director and that Youn Yuh-jung won for Best Supporting Actress and that the one movie I saw won awards for Best Costume and Best Makeup and Hairstyling and that was for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. All of the movies looked awesome from their clips/trailers so I will try and see them all over the next few months. One down. So that was our Sunday.

Looks like it is time to get downstairs and put on the coffee and then sign on for work. I cannot believe that today is the 26th of April already, where has the time gone. 1/4 of 2021 already behind us. 3/4 ahead and that is good.

Wishing you an awesome day. I hope that you are well and able to enjoy life. Alvin is calling me.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin with LOVE.

We appreciate you reading our posts. Means the world to me, to us. Alvin is proud of his Momma.

Never hurts to enjoy some beautiful photos……

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