2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I, We are well. The birthday party was awesome. We had a great time. Alvin received very thoughtful gifts. He received a beautiful i.d. tag with his name Alvin and our phone number engraved on the back. So thoughtful. From his best buddy and his little sister – two different chew treats. I gave him a toy. The guests all arrived right on schedule. Alvin was slightly overwhelmed when everyone arrived. The kids and grandpups came in the back door from the garage and Teddy & Kobi from the front door. Alvin just ran around barking while everyone said hello. I could tell he was overwhelmed. At one point he jumped up onto the sofa and just barked and stared at me. Poor boy. After several minutes of loving attention from his sister he calmed down. I guess we have not had that many pups in the house since his last birthday. The birthday cupcake and frozen yogurt were a hit with the pups. Amanda had picked up the birthday cupcake and frozen yogurt from the Bone & Biscuit. The cupcake was the same as last year. I should have remembered how hard it was to cut into pieces after being frozen. The packaging said to keep frozen. Even with a hot knife to cut …. it was difficult. Between me and my son-in-law, we managed to get it cut into pieces to share with the five pups: the birthday boy, Aspen, Milo, Teddy and Kobi. I loved how they pretty much all were in a circle around Steven who was holding the cupcake while Amanda and I snapped video and photos. I should say that Steven doled out the yogurt by the spoonful to each pup while I was cutting up the frozen cupcake. At the end of it all …… the pups gobbled down the cupcake and the yogurt. A fine time was had by all. A bit out of order here but we had the pasta salad and garlic bread first and then followed by gift opening. I must say that gift opening is my favourite part. Not because of gifts but I love watching Mr. Alvin open his presents. He has got so proficient at gift opening over the years. All due to the many parcels that our friend Val has sent to us and she always sends a separate gift for the boy. One paw on the gift and with his mouth he rips opens the wrapping. His favourite I think is the tissue paper. Never eating it …. just ripping it, well actually shredding it. So cute to watch. After the pups were all done with their treats – we had the homemade vanilla cupcakes that I had made for the humans. They were a hit as well. The recipe turned out to be a good one. I will keep it in my treasure trove of recipes. Before the kids left for home, my daughter helped me bring the green chair back downstairs from its’ temporary home in my bedroom. I had been thinking that Mr. Alvin was missing sitting in the chair and looking out the window. At Christmas – we took it up as it made more room. For some unknown reason it took us way longer to get it out of the bedroom than it took us to get it into the bedroom. Steven had taken the pups out to the backyard thinking it would only take us a couple of minutes. He had to bring them back in as it took us more than a couple of minutes. Then we had pups running between the chair and the door and under foot. Finally we managed to get the chair out of the bedroom and called the pups to go downstairs which they did. The only ones that had run upstairs were Alvin, Kobi and Milo. In the living room, I moved the brown chair back to its’ spot and the green chair to where it belonged. I would have thought that Alvin would have jumped up but he did not. I placed his blue blanket on the chair but nothing. I guess too much going on.

After everyone had left ….. the house was quiet and still once again. No pups running about. We just sat down on the sofa and chilled. I think that Mr. Alvin was pooped out. Thankfully I made enough pasta salad for an army and will have salad for supper for the next few days. So pasta salad it was for supper. After I washed the dishes that would not fit into the dishwasher – we just say on the sofa and watched t.v. for the evening. Well actually Alvin napped and I sort of watched television. What a great day we had.

We were up early a couple of times before at 5:00 for Alvin to have breakfast and then up to stay at 6:45 this morning. I had the most strange dream ever. Somehow I ended up with these people and I was much younger. Over the course of a few hours I realized that they must be some kind of cult as things just were not normal. The children and young adults were not siblings. The woman in charge was scary. There was a man, that I knew and he was visiting with another adult male. At one point I told him that I was scared and wanted to leave with him. When it was time to go – he was gone. Even the coffee they offered me did not taste like coffee and then I asked for a glass of water and they gave me water with cauliflower. Very strange. I managed to get some plain water. It was all a blur. Very strange and frightening. At one point, I grabbed my belongings which was some books and a small black case and ran out of the door. Another strange thing was that my Mother lived a short distance away. An easy run or walk. Then I woke up. There was also a young girl who was expecting and she was cooking something, I do not remember what at this point. Where this came from I do not know. But definitely woke up with a dry mouth from being scared.

Okay time to head downstairs and put on the coffee and go out and pick up the poop. It is very cold outside. Minus 30 degrees celsius roughly with the windchill. No walking today for us. Likely not this week so we shall have to figure out another means of exercise. Perhaps going up and down the stairs.

I hope that you had a great Sunday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 26th day of October 2018.

The house is extra quiet this morning without our little friend Teddy.

He brings joy to our house.

Alvin misses him, I know as he is following me extra close this morning.

Guess it is just you and me for now.

Me and You, You and Me, Mr. Alvin.

Oh my boy.

 

Last night after arriving home to two excited pups.

I tried to let them go outside but both them ran to find a chew treat to take with them.

Teddy grabbed a toy first and shook it about and then finally after a few minutes grabbed a chew treat and out he went.

I cannot imagine how it must feel to not pee for that many hours.

In my defence, if there is such a thing, I had left pee pads out.

One in the kitchen and one in the front entranceway.

After eating and changing and some time to say hello, we went for a walk.

We walked Teddy home.

It was light jacket weather and oh, so beautiful.

So enjoyed the past few walks as the weather has been perfect.

The boys walked along side by side like two brothers OR father and son.

They have the same colouring so often times before close inspection folks believe they are related.

They bring a joy to my heart and settle me right down after my day.

Thank you my furry bundles of joy.

Thank you.

 

When we arrived at Teddy’s home, his Momma and Papa invited us in for tea.

Well me for tea and well Alvin straight to Teddy’s food dish.

Made short work of that….. what a guy.

Followed by treats.

Not quite sure where he puts all that food.

We had tea and a wonderful visit.

 

Well thankfully it is Friday.

I love Fridays and the weekends.

Time to do things around the house and spend time with Alvin and sometimes family and friends.

I love putzing about the house and yard.

I am ever so grateful that I am able to live here in this home and have a yard.

My heart is full with family, friends, Alvin, this house, this life.

I have enough YING and YANG to keep me going for several decades.

The perfect balance between home and work life.

Although I would love to find a way to make a living by writing.

Just have to do it.

Sometimes we are our own worst roadblocks.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you have an awesome Friday.

Take some time for you – always take some time for you.

If you are not in a good place you are not able to be in good places with others.

 

Special Hello to: my youngest brother who is starting to awaken a new dream, you can do it.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 8th day of July, 2018.

There is a nice cool breeze coming in through the office window as I type these words.

The sky is overcast with rain clouds.

Yesterday Master Teddy spent the day with us.

We had a quiet day just me and the pups.

Enjoying the thunderstorms off and on all day long.

One minute there was thunder and lightning and downpours.

The next minute the sun was shining and it was lovely.

We enjoyed every minute of it.

My flowers are doing well.

Even with the constant pounding of the rain.

Just some photos from our day.

Pups and flowers.

A great combination.

Happy Saturday it was.

 

Now after having a quiet, relaxing day it is time to get some work done.

Finish laundry, bake some cranberry oatmeals muffins with perhaps some raspberries, some house cleaning, update my financial records, have a shower, go for a walk.

That kind of thing.

STUFF that needs to be done.

 

The house is quiet this morning with only me and Mr. Alvin.

The boys together can sometimes be noisy.

Alvin actually played with one of his toys yesterday.

The boys played tug-of-war for about 4 seconds but it was cute.

Then each one ran after the toy when I threw it across the room.

They are good for the soul, those boys.

Made me smile and once or twice gave me a moment of “argh.”

Mostly made me smile.

You might notice that Master Teddy has a bandage on one of his front paws.

His Momma told me that after his bath on Friday he ran around like a house on fire, like he usually does (as does Mr. Alvin) and somehow managed to tear his “dew claw.”

So his Momma took him to the Vet where they put on some antiseptic and clipped it off so that it would not catch on anything.

Then bandaged so that it would heal (get hard).

His Mom brought the roll of bandage over – just in case it got wet.

The bandage is the coolest thing ever.

It is gauze but is sticky so it does not require tape or pins.

Not really sticky as in glue but it stays in place.

Poor little guy.

That must have hurt.

 

Well I had better get this show on the road, so to speak.

Have an awesome day.

I hope that you are able to spend some time relaxing whether with someone or one your own.

Enjoy this day.

 

Special Hello to:  my daughter and sister, two of my favourite women on the planet.  Kind and good and supportive.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 4th day of April, 2018.

Starting to get light earlier now, thank goodness.

Alvin is sitting on his blanket that is on the floor in the office.

I love how he likes to be near me.

What a cutie pie.

Today feels like a photo day.

Just sharing photos of me and Alvin over the years.

Mostly Alvin but I joined him here and there.

We have been together since January 2010.

Happy Alvin Day ….

Alvin, one of my babies

Alvin at home…..

Baby Alvin

Alvin ……

Ah, Mama’s boy…….isn’t he cute!!!

Alvin in the snow…..

Me and Alvin 2010

Me and Alvin Oct 2013

Me and Alvin 2012

Alvin opening his package from our friend “V.”

Me and Alvin 2016.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who have a puppy or two.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 9th day of June, 2015.

Well it is overcast and cooler out this morning.

Last night after work my daughter stopped by to drop off their sander so that I can sand and paint the front porch, and I in turn had her plants, and a couple of items packed and ready for her to take to their new home.

Alvin and I were so happy to see her ….. we miss them very much.

You should have seen Mr. Alvin ….. he didn’t know what to do.

He wagged his tail ….. grabbed a toy ….. ran almost sideways to her …..

He loves his big sister.

We had a brief visit as she had to get home.

With her husband’s recent injury he is unable to take the pups out to the bathroom.

Well for some reason this morning I feel tired.

Not sure why as I went to bed on time and I don’t remember being up during the night.

Well I guess if you count Alvin waking up just before 4:30 a.m. …. well maybe that is it.

He likes to get up early.

So on this Tuesday I am repeating the words “I am energized everyday.”

If this is you ….. like me …

That should do the trick …. and perhaps that first cup of coffee.

A great combination.

Happy Tuesday everyone ……..

Special Hello to: my friend “M” who makes the most beautiful hand-crafted treasures.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the FIRST DAY of 2015.

WOW, another NEW YEAR.

Seems like we just had one.

Fun fact, according to my dairy page on this day last year …… Edmonton had above freezing temperatures …. snow was melting.

This morning when we got up (me and the puppies) there was a puddle of water under my neighbour’s truck ….

The sky is overcast.

Mr. Alvin is playing with one of the Christmas toys ( not his ).

Sir Elton is sleeping on the sofa ….

Miss Penny is likely laying on the floor in the living room by the fireplace ( not on ).

Last night the puppies did not want to settle down and now I see why.

This morning out on the deck I noticed “cat tracks” …… likely Barney from down the way stopping on his way to “visit” one of the neighbour’s cat.

He doesn’t really visit as much as he bothers.

I guess it is a cat thing.

 

I do not know if people make resolutions much anymore.

I just want to be a better me.

Be more kind, be more loving and giving …. that kind of thing.

Be more kind to me, too.

We always look to others when giving but we need to start with ourselves first.

 

I hope that you had a great New Year’s Eve.

I had a quiet but lovely evening.

I watched the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie which I have been wanting to see.

Then followed up with Kathie Lee and Hoda’s New Year’s Special.

It is a good night.

 

Wishing you all a very Happy First Day of the New Year.

I am just relaxing and sipping on a hot cup of coffee to be followed by a shower before leaving for work at the store.

 

Special Hello to: Family and Friends all over the world …. Happy New Year.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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