Second Half of the NEW YEAR

Good Morning,

Another beautiful morning.

Alvin and I headed out for out walk just a tad earlier than usual.

Today is my late start.

I start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 7:00 p.m.

I join three coworkers on our after hours phone line from 4:00 till 7:00 p.m.

Thankfully the high for today is to be 25 degrees celsius.

The house remains a bit warm from yesterday but I have the windows open and some of the fans going to circulate the cool air.

 

I wanted to mention something.

One of my friends and coworkers from many years ago in Regina, lost her husband, he passed suddenly.

He was far too young and she is far too young to be a widow.

Their three children are adults but not older.

I knew her husband and he was a sweet and all round good man and human being.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

My thoughts and heart goes out to his family.

 

Yesterday I was chatting with a current coworker trying to get caught up with changes that occured during my vacation.

We have very busy jobs and often put in extra time to keep our heads above water.

Not just for ourselves but for our team and our clients.

In a time where businesses are laying off employees due to the downturn in the economy and employees in turn, having to pick up the extra work.

It is more important than ever for us to look after our physical and mental selves.

If we do not …. no one else will.

In reflection and from a comment that was made, I have decided that although I like my job and always 150% everyday – that adding hours to some days is not the answer.

I am and have always been a hard worker, I don’t waste time, I seldom chat with coworkers – my head is always down working.

So I will continue to give it my all during the hours for which I was hired and will take my breaks.

Life is too short.

When we pass on …. is your employer going to acknowledge all that extra time you put into the job?

Really is anyone going to care that you worked late to get the work done?

Will your clients notice that you worked on a the weekends and until late in the evenings?

I do not think so.

At the end of the day, I want to and will continue to do the best job that I can do within the confines of the hours that I work.

I want to enjoy my remaining time on this planet.

I have a dream to write a book and be published.

I want to spend time with my friends and family whenever I can.

I want to read books and live my life.

I want to be healthy in body, mind and soul.

I have to let go and realize that sometimes you cannot get everything done.

 

Well it is time for coffee and I want to run to the vet and pick up food for the boy.

I start at 11:00 this morning so have some time to do that.

 

Living each day to the best of my ability.

Trying to be the best human being that I can.

Being respectful and kind to the world.

This is me.

This is who I am.

This is who I will continue to be.

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Enjoy that cup of coffee chatting with a neighbour over the fence.

Enjoy that walk with your pup in the early morning.

Enjoy that piece of chocolate cake.

Enjoy your life.

We only have one go at it ….. enjoy it.

 

I/We shall remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning,

Today is Thursday the 13th day of August, 2020.

Almost half way through August now and fall/autumn is fast approaching.

In some areas of the country the leaves are already beginning to change colour.

The grass in places is beginning to turn yellow/brown.

The grass and trees are still pretty green here in Edmonton due to the rain.

The air is cool.

The mad heat of the summer was short lived – only being about ten days this year.

We had a great many rainy days but have been blessed to have sunshine.

The weather during my vacation has been very nice with most of the hot days falling during this time.

 

Ah, summer.

Ode to Summer.

Short and oh so sweet.

 

I will say that fall is my favourite season …. I do love the freshness of spring and the smell.

Now that being said …. when I was growing up on the farm … back in 04 (just kidding) ….

There really was a fresh smell to spring.

A scent to the snow melting …. we did not know about snow mold back on the farm.

The crocuses covered pastures with a purple blanket.

Snow melted over a few weeks time.

I do remember once, when I young that we still had some dirty snow on the northside of our house in July.

That was crazy.

 

Back to modern times.

So this is Thursday, then Friday and the weekend and Monday is back to work.

For the most part the time has gone by at a reasonable pace until today and now it seems like work is right around the corner.

Back to getting up earlier.

Thankfully not as early as back in March when I had to leave the house at 6:40 or so or earlier if I was catching the bus.

I am grateful that the decision was made for us to remain working from home until at least January 2021.

Perhaps our leadership team will find that working from home just works better for staff.

I do love being at home.

No commute.

Time for extra walks.

Being with Alvin …. No. 1 reason for loving working from home.

 

Yesterday we had so many visits.

In the afternoon, Teddy, his sister Kobi and Mom came for a visit.

First visit from them in months although Teddy did spend some time here a few weeks ago.

After supper we went for our second walk of the day.

It was so nice outside.

We were almost past Pauline’s house, the friend with the glorious garden, when we heard her call out to us.

Alvin enjoyed running and sniffing about her yard and I enjoyed checking out the flowers and chatting with our friend.

Her flowers are still so beautiful.

A young lady named Jenna and her small dog named Ellie stopped by.

Pauline introduced me and Alvin to them – they had met while walking about a month ago.

My friend had been out walking with her grand pup George when they met.

I love meeting new people.

We had a nice long visit before returning home and not empty handed, I might add.

Pauline gave me some succulents to plant in my back garden.

I did not have time to plant them last night as we found Humphrey and his Mom on the front lawn visiting other folks from the neighbourhood.

Alex, Janet and their yellow labs “Eddy” and “Bruno.”

Alvin got a little freaked out as they saw me and pulled on their leashes to come and see us.

We had a nice visit on the front lawn.

I am so grateful that we have such lovely people in our neighbourhood.

By the time we got into the house it was 8:30 p.m. and we had left the house at 6:30 p.m.

A nice couple of hours outside enjoying the fresh air.

 

Well it is time to hit the shower as it has been a couple of days.

My hair looks like it needs to be washed.

The sky is now overcast and after the shower, I want to get those succulents into the ground as soon as possible.

They are resting in some water at this time.

 

I hope that you are enjoying August 13th, 2020.

Another friend celebrates a birthday today.

So many August birthdays.

Happy Birthday Caroline.

 

Alvin is standing in the doorway and staring at me.

Now he is stretching.

He is good at stretching, I could learn a lesson from the boy.

 

Well I think after my shower I will put on long pants.

Other than next Monday the weather forecast is for high teens and low 20’s for the next couple of weeks.

Last night it got down to plus 8 degrees celsius.

 

Living life with kindness and respect.

We all have our differences, our opinions and similarities.

No one human being is exactly the same.

That being said “we have to be better at living with each other.”

We should all be striving for the same thing.

Peace, respect and kindness and compassion for all human beings, for all living beings and for the environment.

When we notice disrespect, violence and non compassionate actions we need to speak out and change this.

No one person whether adult or child should have to live in fear or violation.

No animal should be chained up.

Cruelty and violence should be two words that are not in our vocabulary.

We need to be better.

We have to be better.

If we look back historically at the different centuries …. we are no better now.

The only different now is technology.

My hope that during my lifetime we humans learn to peaceful, respectful and compassionate.

 

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning,

Welcome to Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Today is the birthday of the older of my brothers who is younger than me.

Happy Birthday Brother.

Wishing you an awesome day.

He lives in the country and is haying today.

It is a bright and sunny morning.

There is a slight breeze and feels refreshing.

Alvin is pacing and now sitting beside my desk as I write this post.

Now laying down.

Once we are done, will get dressed and head out for a walk.

Beautiful morning.

 

Well folks I finally went out into the wild world of grocery shopping last night.

My friend Gillian picked me up.

We masked up and headed into COSTCO and then onto SAVE-ON.

No longer are people lining up to go in although I did notice that a woman was holding a counter in the entrance way so perhaps they are keeping track of the numbers coming into the store.

Everyone in both stores was wearing a mask.

Upon entering COSTCO there was a sea of blue masks.

I noticed that most folks in COSTCO were wearing the masks that they were handing out.

Save-On did not hand out masks that I noticed.

Both stores did have sanitizer.

I was happy that I did not get too freaked out by the experience.

The mask was hot and uncomfortable.

My glasses fogged up so I had to keep taking them off.

Luckily I can see distances without wearing them.

So now I am on the lookout for lighter more breathable but safe masks.

They did say that any covering on your face is better than nothing.

Scarves etc.

Not sure.

Crazy to think that I have not been in a grocery store since the beginning of March and this is August.

Last Wednesday I went to Shoppers and then last night so slowly making my way back to being in public.

Just have to be aware of those around you.

 

Well time to out of pj’s and dressed so that I can take Mr. Alvin for a walk.

So grateful to be on vacation for second week.

 

I hope that you all are safe and in good health.

Enjoy your day.

Always remember to take some time for yourself.

Even if it is only a minute or two.

 

Living my life with kindness and respect.

Oh, I gave away more than 36 pieces of carrot cake and cupcakes.

Still a bit left but not too much which is good.

 

Have an awesome day.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Well another super HOT HOT Day in Edmonton.

I am not a heat person.

A tropical climate would not be for me.

I feel for animals in this heat …..

Of course, Alvin won’t stay in the bedroom with the fan blowing cold air.

He has to be with me in the hot office.

No fan and even with the window open there is no cool air.

So I guess this will be short and sweet.

I just cannot leave him in here for ten minutes or so while I do my blog.

He will not let me out of his sight.

 

One of my girl friends texted out of the blue to ask if she could come over.

She brought a nice “beverage” with her and I enjoyed it immensely.

We sat in the house and then on the deck.

 

I have some photos that I want to share but it is taking too long to download/upload them from phone to the computer.

They will be for another day.

Man it is hot in this room.

I can feel my forehead starting to release droplets of “water.”

 

Alvin is panting like crazy.

 

Update he is feeling better despite the heat wave.

Tomorrow is a new day.

Two more days of work and then vacation.

 

So excited.

 

Looks like another storm tonight.

I watered my potted flowers and moved some of them into the shelter of the house.

 

Thank goodness for fans.

 

Have an awesome Thursday.

 

Take care.

Be healthy.

 

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Evening,

I know folks have wondered what happened to us the past couple of days as I have not posted my daily post.

Mr. Alvin as you know has been suffering from some health problems as of late.

He was not himself over the weekend.

At lunchtime today I was able to get him into see his vet.

My daughter drove from her home in Spruce Grove to take us.

I appreciate all of her help and support.

She found that he had a pulled muscle in his neck.

Well that would account for many of his actions over the few days.

To add insult to injury we had the hottest day in over a year.

Tomorrow is to be hot as well.

One of the medications that his vet prescribed was Robaxin (if I got the spelling correct).

For some reason not very many pharmacies keep it in stock.

That makes me wonder.

It is a specific dosage and perhaps that is why.

Anyway as I drip from the heat of the day and with a slight reprieve from the coolness of the night air.

Definitely cooler outside now than in the house.

Wished we could sleep on the deck.

 

Anyway back to his pills.

A pharmacy down the way from his Vet is going to order them in and hopefully should have tomorrow.

That will totally help his neck muscles.

 

As he has to limit climbing and actually he has not been climbing the stairs, I have been carrying him up and down when necessary…

I have decided and have already moved my workspace down to the kitchen table.

Seems odd but it actually works quite well.

Only for this week as I am on vacation after Friday.

 

One of my favourite entertainers … talk show host ….. Regis Philbin passed away over the weekend.

He was 88 only and only a month away from 89.

Regis was one of a kind and there are not many of those truly good people left.

The ones that you never heard a bad word about ….

A true legend and beloved man.

Rest in Peace, Sir.

 

Alvin is not doing well with the added heat so I have to cut this short.

For this week, I will be posting my blogs at night before bed.

 

I hope that you are keeping cool and dry.

There is such extreme weather everywhere.

Take care.

 

My son-in-law had been in the neighbourhood late this afternoon having his teeth cleaned.

I was happily surprised when I saw him pull up in front of the house.

He came to the door with something in his hand.

He stopped at Dairy Queen and picked up my favourite frozen treat.

Buster Bars ….. with peanuts and chocolate and ice cream.

What a sweetheart.

I am truly blessed to have the most thoughtful kids on the planet.

 

With kindness and respect,

I/We, shall remain

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All,

We are in the middle of a summer thunderstorm complete with rain and wind.

Thank goodness Alvin has already been out twice so we are good for awhile.

I moved my potted plants away from the protection of the house around 6:00 a.m. and hopefully the storm passes without any damage to my flowers.

Yes, I am one of those people who move their flowers when the clouds start to roll in.

I love my flowers and they bring me joy.

They cannot bring job if the hail flattens them or heavy rains.

So I try to take care of them so they will last long into the summer and even fall.

A drink is what they got this morning …. raining some but not heavy, thankfully.

 

I am feeling a lot more rested after spending a glorious night in my/our bed.

Alvin slept through the night and only went to get up when I showed to be doing so.

Yesterday I called our Vet and spoke to one of the staff who in turn spoke to the Vet.

She added another prescription to his pain med, this one he will take every 12 hours for three days on top of the other that is once every 24 hours.

I think he is also freaked out by the storm.

I will say one thing that is odd, he listens to my commands now.

If I say stay (he was on the bed), he stays until I help him down.

If I say have a drink of water, he went and had a drink of water.

Very strange.

Not that he is unruly or doesn’t listen but he doesn’t ….. not a bad doggie.

Just spoiled, I guess.

It is raining a bit harder.

I am hoping that the clouds keeping on moving ….. I am sure that someone somewhere needs some moisture.

We would like some sunshine.

I don’t think that the grass is get any more green.

The colour of grass – oh, how I love that shade of green.

 

I can smell the coffee perking and I cannot wait to have a sip of the Hazelnut blend that I am perking.

Well thankfully things in our household are much better.

To think it all started with a storm last Thursday, me on the after hours phone line, a slip getting up on the deck, a visit to the Vet and who knows what else.

I am grateful that today even though it is storming …. I am feeling a lot more ZEN.

Which is a good thing as Mr. Alvin can sense when I am anxious.

 

Last night after work my daughter went to COSTCO.

She picked up some items for me.

Luckily I just had prepared a black bean burger with all the toppings including some fresh lettuce that she had given me.

When she arrived with not much time and with a sore foot (her story to tell), I offered her half of my burger which I had already cut in half.

I unloaded the car while she had a bite to eat.

She had another stop to make and I figured that she might be a bit hungry as it was after 6:00 by this time.

I love seeing my girl even if it is on the run …. all time, every second, minute is priceless.

Well that rain is coming down harder.

I will have to watch my flowers.

Might have to make a mad dash out to move them.

 

Well 8 days to work before vacation time.

So time to sign off here and grab my coffee as the fragrance has curled its’ way up the stairs to my nose.

Mmmmm.

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

I hope that kindness and respect follow you every second of every day.

Living with kindness and respect is the only way.

 

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and I believe today is Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Wow, sometimes now that I am working from home the days seem to blend together.

There is a loud hum of vehicles coming from the Anthony Henday which is the highway that goes around the City of Edmonton.

I hadn’t realized that it was that loud until this morning or perhaps it is because more people are heading back to work.

What a thought.

The sky is a mix of sun and clouds.

Fingers crossed it is a nice sunny day.

Maybe not too hot so that Alvin and I can go for a walk at lunchtime.

Not a full one of course.

 

Well to Mr. Alvin.

We spent another night sleeping on the sofa.

I could not coax him to go outside before bed and I knew that at some point we would be up.

He fussed for a long time and I think that I fell asleep before him.

I can definitely tell the difference between with pain med and when it wears off.

In an hour or so, he can have another one.

Actually he usually wakes up at 3:30 or 4:00 and wants to go outside.

He has not done that the past few night that we have been sleeping downstairs.

Whether he is in pain and just does not want to get up …. not sure there.

So I was the one walking up ….

4:45 a.m. and to the bathroom …. he did not want to go outside.

He actually waited until we were up at 6:15 to have breakfast.

I had to lift him down the stairs to the grass to do his business which he finally did not long ago.

I feel so badly for him …. he has had a long haul the past few months….from one thing to another.

He did slowly climb up the stairs this morning and surprisingly enough he walked around the bed as if he wanted up but just did not want to jump.

I have a long chaise stool (not sure what to call it) and it is a little step and then he hops onto the bed.

I think those days may be over.

So I said “no worries, buddy, I got you” picking him up and gently placing him onto the bed.

I could tell he missed the bed as it has been several days since he has been sleeping and sitting on the bed.

Fingers crossed that over the course of the day he will continue to get better.

Please do not get me wrong ….. I will take him to the Vet ….. if he does not get better.

Unfortunately I think it is his joints and they will not get better so all I can do is help him be comfortable in whatever he does.

 

Did I tell you that I decided to take the two weeks vacation after all?

After conversations with my daughter she felt that I needed to take two full weeks and relax.

Life has been stressful with work and then with Alvin.

So I changed it back to two weeks.

I am now looking forward to having the time off.

Recharge, relax, clean the oven and defrost the fridge are high on my list.

Walks with Alvin is number ONE on the list.

 

Well time to head over to the next desk and start work.

Oh, have to run down and grab my coffee.

I hope that life is treating you with kindness and respect as you are treating life.

With kindness and respect, I live my life.

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Yup it is finally a blue sky sunshiny morning and it is Friday.

I am on my last day of vacation and then it is the weekend.

The birds are happily chirping their songs happy to see the sunshine.

With worms a plenty after the rain.

I have seen a few Robins out and about already this morning.

The early bird …… right.

Well finally up and mobile earlier than the past couple of mornings despite a whacky night.

I am pretty convinced that the damp cooler weather (although it did warm up yesterday) has wreaked havoc with his joints, legs and paws.

The book that I am reading is in the final chapters and I just could not put it down last night but finally after reading for almost two hours, I did.

Shortly thereafter Alvin woke up and wanted to go downstairs.

Yes, at midnight.

There was a full moon.

I don’t know would that play a role.

Who knows.

Anyway, I gave him another pain med, let him go outside and then back to bed.

After a bit of time he settled down and went to sleep until just after 5:30 a.m.

His usual hours of sleep in a row seems to be six.

Then after eating etc. he will sleep on the sofa for a couple of hours.

But chopped up sleep is not good for the Momma.

Anyway, feeling pretty good today.

Just before bed last night the sink in the main bathroom upstairs would not drain.

I tried baking soda and vinegar and the plunger but to no avail.

So with a bit of dirty water in the sink, we went to bed leaving the fix for today.

This morning I ran downstairs for a wire clothes hanger and figure it could not hurt.

A temporary fix at best.

At best I was able to unclog the drain.

I will take the temporary fix for now.

 

There are so many photos that I would like to share with you but unfortunately they are on my phone at the moment.

Something to do later.

I am also in the midst of deleting multiples and poor shots from my phone.

No point in clogging up the memory with them.

I also need to work on the computer photos as well.

Whittle that 35,000 + down, some.

I do have a problem with deleting photos as somehow it feels like you are throwing away your life, your memories.

Perhaps I am worried that I won’t remember some things, perhaps.

Does that make sense?

I am getting better and I am the same with emails.

But I am trying.

 

We are also on Humphrey and Bogart patrol as I call it today.

Their Momma had to go to the office so I will go and spend some time with them this morning and this afternoon.

So with the morning so nice, I figured no better time than the present to go for a walk.

There is a nice breeze this morning and that sun is shining.

Perfection.

 

I may not even turn on the work computer today.

Yesterday I did work another 2.5 hours but I feel it helps my sanity/stress level.

 

I hope that you all are doing well.

Perhaps reading a great book this summer, this week.

Taking a walk.

Doing yoga once again.

I have done yoga 3/5 last days and will do again today.

Trying to get into a routine.

Somedays it is difficult as I am quite certain you would agree.

Oh, some excitement.

I decided to put on my non-stretch blue jeans and a top that I had not wore since last summer/fall.

Everything fit without trying to hold my breath.

So happy.

Perhaps this is slowly working ….. watching a bit more how much I eat and exercising more.

May the YOGA instructor was correct in that some exercises help with metabolism and help the organs function better.

Perhaps.

 

Well time to get dressed.

Yup I fixed the bathroom sink in my pj’s.

Yes, I did.

With my blue disposable gloves on and my wire clothes hanger.

 

Go for a nice walk.

The sky seems to be clouding over a bit so better get the show on the road.

Happy Friday Everyone.

 

Take some time to read, relax and maybe do a bit of yoga.

I am doing the Healing Yoga and love it.

Good place to start, to begin.

 

Living my life with kindness and respect.

Trying to be kind and respectful to me as well.

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning,

We had some rain overnight.

We also had hail yesterday afternoon.

Thankfully I did not have Mr. Alvin out for a walk.

After watching my poor flowers being pummeled with petals and leaves flying; I decided to go and rescue what I could.

I grabbed the pots that were closest and the ones that I could easily carry and brought them close to the house.

My poor Snapdragon, with new flowers, looks perfect.

It is amazing the strength of some plants and then the Irises in the front not so much.

They are long with a thin stem and the wind / hail bent them in half.

I love my garden and hope that the flowers come back.

 

Alvin went to the Vet yesterday at noon.

He has an yeast infection in his right ear.

Over $200.00 later we were home and she had given him medicine.

This new stuff lasts for a month in the ear.

So do not have to go back for another dose in a week so that is nice.

Of the $200.00 I did spend about $60 on food and treats.

Alvin, is happy that his Momma is rich.

I just snickered.

To myself.

 

The birds are chirping away this morning as they survey the damage.

The wind, well there is not any wind this morning.

Something different for us.

 

I want to send good energy out to a family member who is having surgery today.

Kisses and hugs and prayers.

 

Well here it is once again time to go to work.

I know the commute is brutal.

It truly is and I don’t know how I am managing.

Oh well, what can you do.

Another cup of coffee?

 

Well I know …. get to work.

I am excited to have a few extra days off next week.

Looking forward to that time.

 

With kindness and respect,

Living my life.

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

As I typed the above words, It is a NEW YEAR.

I am filled with a sense of awe, slight confusion and a mix of other emotions and thoughts.

What a year it has been thus far.

 

No one could have seen this coming or perhaps they did.

I would never have thought in a million years that I would be working from my home.

Going into third full month in June and by the time we head back it will be close to six months.

Just about the time we are all adjusted and super comfortable we will be changing things again.

Such as life, I am finding.

Since I began to work for this company, nine years ago this July, I have found that nothing stays the same for long.

Nothing truly lasts forever and just when you start to get comfortable in your job, bam changes happen.

Sometimes it is hard to get your head wrapped around all these changes.

I guess that is good although sometimes it would be nice for things to settle down for just a bit.

But at the end of the day I am so happy to have a good job.

I am paid pretty good (although wouldn’t it be nice to have more pay), I have good benefits including vacation.

 

In my future I see change and more change.

So will this keep me “young?”

I have no idea …. I guess there is no time for “grey” to happen.

 

News from the home front or rather the backyard.

The fence is up and the middle post has to be trimmed.

It was to be trimmed this morning but it is raining.

Perhaps the rain will stop for this to happen.

The new fence looks awesome and both myself and the neighbour are happy.

I will have to post photos later, like tomorrow.

 

Some reason I am running behind the eight ball again, today.

Time to grab my coffee and sign in on the other computer for work.

 

I hope that you have an awesome Friday.

Yup it is Friday again.

Thank goodness, I need a break.

 

Remembering to be in kindness mode and with respect,

I/We shall remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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