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Good Morning ALL! Another beautiful morning out there. The sun is shining. There is some smell of smoke wafting in through the open office window. The sky is a bit on the hazy (smoky) side. I hear Sonja outside with Humphrey & Bogart. Oh, how they love to be outside in the backyard. Likely Bogart will try and make a run for it but his Momma will be watching him closely. He does seem to listen better to his “Dad” but that is another story. I live in the best neighbourhood. What a busy weekend this has turned into. Yesterday I attended Gillian’s birthday party at Signe’s house. We had coffee, fresh fruit and crepes and then a strawberry shortcake birthday cake. So yummy. The birthday girl was spoiled with all sorts of gifts. We laughed and shared stories catching up on all of our news. Sometimes we forget what each other knows. Actually I realized when talking about our summer plans that I had not told Signe about going to my nephew’s wedding in Calgary at the end of this month. I have not been anywhere for so long, I am grateful that I am able to attend this family event and with my daughter. We had a great visit and birthday celebration. Today I am going to my friend Pauline’s for supper to celebrate another friend and neighbour of hers, Lucy whose is turning 65. You may remember me writing about my friend Lucy. She is the one that I went for a New Year’s Eve walk in the River Valley just six month ago. Yikes, here we are halfway through 2023 already. Pauline and her husband Al had been fishing so they had caught their quota and want to share some of that with me and Lucy. So tonight she is hosting her 65th Birthday party with a fish fry for supper. I picked up a birthday cake. I had planned to have another friend (coworker) who has made some birthday cakes for me in the past make one together for both Lucy who turns 65 this week and for Pauline who turns 70 the following week but then that idea went south with Pauline’s plan. So I was able to get out (thanks to Signe) yesterday afternoon and pick up a birthday cake for Lucy for tonight. I put together a small gift and a card and also some decorations. In addition to some decorations that I happen to have in my “birthday collection” – I made some 65 birthday stars. Whew! I kind of lazed around and decided to order pizza for supper. It has been a long time and with my dental story, I was unable to eat that for awhile. So last night was the night. It was good. After supper I lazed about for a bit and then decided to water the flowers. I also water the front and back flower beds and gave the front grass some water as well. I was just filling the watering can with water at the kitchen sink because it is easier than opening the back gate and filling from the outside tap when I saw my friends Alyaa & her daughter Sonia coming up the front walk. I quickly wiped my hands and went to the door. She was so happy to see me. We gave each other a big hug. I have not seen her since they returned from visiting her sister and family in Phoenix, Arizona. That was back in April. I missed her. She is such a great human being and has become a wonderful dear friend. I am so blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people and consider myself the luckiest person on the planet when it comes to friends. I have so many and they are all awesome. She came in and said that she could only stay for 2 minutes and almost two hours later they said goodbye. We had so much to tell each other. They also wanted to give me something for watching Cookie while they were away. Too generous it was a Master Card gift card. I graciously said “no thank you” but she would not accept this so I gave in.

It was late when I finally turned out the lights. I went upstairs to bed about 11:00 p.m. and then read for awhile. So it was almost 8:00 a.m. when I got out of bed. Oh well, I am prepared for the birthday party today. Plants are all watered. I will do some vacuuming and dusting and throw together my outfit for work tomorrow. I am going to change to something more birthday party appropriate later in the day. Otherwise it will be a lazy hazy day for this girl. I still also have to figure out how to redecorate my wall size bulletin boards in the office as I look at the almost empty boards. Hard to decide.

Okay, photo time. Flowers and birthday.

I had to repost the photo of us three girls as Signe’s face in the smaller photo was cut off and I wanted to show you me and two of my dear friends. As, I said I am the most luckiest girl on the planet. I have the best friends. Usually I do not post photos of people but I know that sometimes they post photos on social media of our get togethers so I thought this time I would share. I just wanted to share this joy with you. For Lucy’s party it just so happens that the birthday cake I chose from Safeway’s bakery yesterday matched with the decorations that I had on hand. I even made some 65th Stars for her special number.

Okay, time to head downstairs as it is almost 9:00 a.m. and I need some coffee. I can hear dogs barking in the near distance. Have an awesome Sunday. Enjoy and I hope that you are surrounded by wonderful people and some of them are called “friends.”

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities, coffee and forgiveness.

Always, Carol & My Forever Angel Mr. Alvin ……..

P.S. feels like I need some more flowers in the backyard. I had to move the begonias to the front and they are the yellow flowers. They just were not doing very well. I would like some pansies and impatiens. I love flowers.

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Good Morning. The sun is shining and it is early for a Sunday. Both Cookie and I woke up just before 7:00 this morning and up to start the day. I think the temperature is to be +14 or so today so we will spend some time out in the backyard.

Yesterday ended up being a busy day. Worked on the laundry. The grocery order arrived with a few minor glitches which ended up being my misunderstanding – if they say buy one get one free who knew you had to say two items and if you are ordering 2/$11.00 – order 2. Anyway I got that straightened out when I called the toll free store number. My friend that I was keeping her just found stolen car from the night before that was in my garage for safe keeping came to pick it up. My friend Pauline texted with some plant pots that she was giving away and wondering if I or Amanda would like them. I said yes and she came for a visit. We would have gone for a walk but I cannot take Cookie as her harness is too tight and it was cool without her sweater. We were having a good visit when the phone rang and it was the friend that had kept her car in my garage overnight and she was back to take me to Save-On to pick up the items that I did not receive from my on-line order. I decided that it would be nice to have the actual buy one get one free and the other 2/$… items (I now have lots of items to last me for awhile). So Pauline left and I got ready to leave for the store. Very quickly. Never fails when you are in a hurry, you cannot locate the cards you need in your wallet. I finally after an anxious couple of minutes my Save-On points card and you need it to get the deals. Pauline brought the flower / strawberry pots which are safely tucked in my garage. Amanda and I will have to draw straws to see who gets what, there are three of them. What a busy day! Especially the afternoon. Good busy for the most part.

I made a stir fry for supper last night and will have leftovers tonight.

I can hear Cookie downstairs as I type this post. Hopefully she is staying out of trouble. She likes to keep busy.

My coffee has been brewed and smells yummy from up here. She is whining so I had better fly.

In all of the excitement with Miss Cookie, I forgot to mention EARTH DAY which was yesterday. I kept the lights off and things to a minimum and went to bed early. I sure hope that we humans get this environment stuff all figured out quickly. We are definitely not great “keepers” of anything.

Happy Sunday everyone. I sure hope that the snow is melting in Saskatchewan.

Looking forwarding to summer! Flowers and sunshine.

They cleaned our streets – looks so good! I cleaned the garbage at the perfect time. YAY, me. Sometimes I have good timing.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, patience, compassion, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities, coffee and forgiveness.

Always, Carol, Alvin (My Forever Angel) & Miss Cookie

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Good Morning! Well we made it to the WEEKEND. I think that I would like to change my name to WEEKEND, lol. Too bad the name was already taken by a famous rapper who happens to be a citizen of Canada as per SIRI. She is all wise. Happy Saturday. This is going to be a quiet weekend for us, for me. No plans for serious cleaning or running about. I am just going to be here for Miss Cookie. We went for a walk after work last night and the smallest harness that I have just doesn’t work, hangs down in the middle. She is much smaller than Alvin ever was. My son-in-law popped in for a visit after he walked the “line” He texted that she was very anxious. She is anxious period. A very busy little girl. I was just happy he popped in to check on her. Cookie is not alone for long periods of time so this is hard for her. I remember having to leave Alvin for the day. In the early days it bothered me but everyone left their pups at home for long days while they were at work. Unfortunately there was not much of a choice in the matter. Alvin never had an accident. When I arrived home, he was my first order of business. Can you imagine having to hold your “pee” all day long for like 11 hours or so? I cannot. I would have had a big old accident every single day and likely more than one. I am grateful for COVID, for the Pandemic in that I was here for Alvin everyday for about 2.5 which was in his later years.

This is Miss Cookie. She is very fast. Very inquisitive and likes to explore. She is small and can up to place that I would not even imagine. Alvin was larger and although he was curious, the curiosity was mainly when it involved food. He loved food and to eat. Cookie on the other hand could care less. She did eat a bit of her wet food yesterday morning and then after work she ate some dried food. Cookie likes variety. I am enjoying having her here but she certainly keeps me on my toes, literally. I have to be careful opening the door. So I have ordered groceries and was thinking that I will need to hold her until I get the bags into the house. I can hear her doing that shake downstairs, like she is shaking off something. You know. She also stretches in the morning just like I do, or should do. Alvin used to stretch which is good for them as well as we humans.

She also likes to lie down in the brown chair which is opposite the one that she is looking out the window from. Mainly the brown chair is her sleeping or napping chair and the green one is for checking out the neighbourhood. I also tied up the one blind so that she had a better view of outside. I think she enjoyed that. I love how her one ear stands straight up. She is a busy little doll. I love her.

I also found out yesterday that Alvin’s best friend Teddy just had major surgery and has cancer. We, me and my family are sending them love and good thoughts for a speedy recovery and I hope with my whole heart and soul that he will be with his family for a long time. Kobi needs her big brother. I cannot remember if Teddy just turned 10 or 12. Such a doll and I miss those days when he would sleep over with Alvin. They were so chill. Best buddies.

Okay, I still have a few chores to do, like LAUNDRY. That never seems to go away. I will do little things so that I can spend more time with Cookie. Besides I am exhausted as it was a “very busy difficult” week at work and I hope that things calm down in the upcoming weeks. All of my coworkers are feeling it. I see a lotto win in our future. Hoping that our temperatures warm up a bit, these under 10 degree days are brutal although I am grateful that we did not get the massive amounts of snow that our neighbour to the east Saskatchewan received. For that I am most grateful. I sure hope that it warms up and starts to melt but not too fast that there is flooding.

Have a great Saturday. Enjoy the view. Deep breaths.

Continuing to live this life with kindness respect, patience, compassion, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities, coffee and forgiveness.

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel) and Miss Cookie.

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Good Morning. The morning sky is slightly overcast. How are you this morning? I am well. Just going to sneeze. ARGH, holding it which I know that I best not do. Okay, was only a little one, lol.

Last night after work I went for an extra long walk about 45 minutes which was great. I desperately needed to clear my mind from all things “work.” I know that these days a great many people have issues with or at work. Unfortunately seems to be the norm. I am trying to keep a positive attitude throughout but sometimes I fail and walk to the dark side. That is why getting out in nature and breathing that fresh air is not only good for your body, it is good for your heart and soul and brain. Decompressing, I texted my neighbour as I had to drop off the oven element to be sent back to Amazon as I did not use it in the end. So grateful to have a stove that works.

Yesterday at noon, I walked to the neighbourhood mall where I picked up our new office lotto tickets. I sure hope that our tickets were lucky and that we won a huge amount of money. Nothing like a lotto win to boost the moral of everyone. Also at the mall, I had previously noted that they had a M & M’s shop and I was eager to go and check it out. We used to have one close by in our neighbourhood and I had one in the mall close to my apartment back in Regina. I am not a huge fan of “processed” food but they have a few items that I love and for a treat occasionally, why not? So I picked up some “quiches” and I had one of them for supper last night. They also had a display of kitchen items by the checkout which included some fibre made pot cleaners and I picked up two. I first came to know these handy dandy little items when one of my friends gave me one as part of my Christmas present. So now I have four. Lucky me.

Cookie will be coming over this evening after I return from dress shopping with my friend Gillian. We are going after work to West Edmonton Mall. I have not been shopping for anything “fun” in a long, long time. Usually groceries or “oven elements” so this is exciting. Also my grand pups will be hanging out at Grandma’s house as of today for a bit. Not that this is a secret so I guess I can say, my son-in-law and his coworkers are going on strike. I do not even like to say that word. Scary. I hope that the employer agrees to their terms and it does not last long. Unfortunately these days, income increases are extremely small like 1% or nothing. The cost of living is like 8-10%. Seems like everything from food to utilities have increased hugely. So as always, the big corporations continue to make huge profits while their employees have to decide what they can afford to feed their family this week and what activities, if any their children can partake in, very sad. I am grateful that the pups can stay here and not have to be alone at their home which is one hour away. My son-in-law will be out for part of the day so they will not be alone for long and I leave later and home early due to my short commute, which I love. Anyway, I am excited to have a house full for the next bit. Cookie will be with me until the last Saturday in April, I believe the 29th. Last night Cookie and her Dad came over for a visit to discuss the handover plan. She was sporting a hair cut and I mean hair cut. Very short but it had been very long and poor Cookie, I would say is hyperactive. She is this bright light that never turns off. I love her and will be nice to have a pup sleeping over.

Okay time to sign off for this day. This morning we are outside at the site checking a list of things. Should be fun. Hopefully it will warm up a bit.

Have a wonderful day.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities, coffee and forgiveness.

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel).

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Good Morning! I hope that the sun is shining and that there are clear blue skies wherever you may be. The sun is shining here in Edmonton where I live and the skies are a “dusty blue” colour. There is a slight breeze as I see movement in the trees out of my office window. Not my trees as I do not have a tree in the backyard. That would have been nice, if there was the space. I am happy with my backyard. I love my deck. Missing from this picture is my sweet Alvin. My life is not the same without him. My mind is also flooded with thoughts of our last month together. The what ifs will tear you apart if you let them. Something or someone also rescues me from that precipice. Losing someone is not easy. I know that he would rather be here with me and if I only could bring him back, I would in a heartbeat but I do not have that super power. But at the end of the day he would want to be here with me and he remains and will always be wherever I am. To all those people out there who are suffering from a loss, just know this you are not alone. I am not sure that “time heals all wounds” but I do know this that in time, more of the happy memories will start to overtake the last ones. We do not wish to forget these dear creatures, our loved ones and we will not.

Well I thought that I would share some photos of Alvin outside on the deck over the years. He loved to be outside and we were every chance we had.

I hope that you have a wonderful day. My day is going to be great. I am coffee with my friend Gillian at 10:00 a.m. at her house followed by a visit from Amanda & Steven & Aspen & Milo. The grand pups will be staying longer while their parents go to see a friend. I am excited to have the pups here. The temperature is going to be mild so perhaps a walk is in our future. Not sure if I can handle both Aspen and Milo. There are a lot of rabbits out right now and Aspen is much stronger than me. She listens but there is always that possibility that she may have a moment. Time will tell. I cleaned the deck as the snow melted and raked what I could in the backyard last night.

Oh, big story. My stove is now working thanks to a young man named John. He called and even was able to come over one hour earlier than the booked appointment. He came from Ukraine as a student over ten years ago. Now some of his family is coming to Canada. I asked about the war and he said that most of the “bombing” is happening in the areas close to Russia and the others are pretty safe. He was such a nice young man and we had the best conversation. I learned a lot as he shared some things about himself. I am grateful to have my stove repaired. Tonight I can once again use my oven. YAY. Oh, it was not the element. Now I have two elements to return. Hopefully that is a success. I may just keep the one from Amazon as it is the right size. You never know.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities, coffee and forgiveness.

I am working on the “work mindset” as it is not an upbeat place to be. The moral is low. I want to be positive and happy and all of that ……….

Always, Carol & Alvin (My Forever Angel)

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Good Morning! The sun is rising and it is Saturday. I am so happy that it is the weekend and that we survived another week. I think that for most of us that is a huge deal. I am grateful for the weekend and that I am able to be at home, in my safe and happy place. Surrounded by the warmth of souls that have come and gone and by memories. Oh, the memories do truly help keep you warm at night and give you the energy to get going in the morning. Happy Saturday.

Last night our friends Iris and pups Teddy and Kobi came for a visit. At first the pups just ran up the steps and into the house with every bit of energy in them and back and forth once inside from back door to front door. Then they stopped and started to sniff about and we both knew they were wondering where their old friend Alvin had gone. Teddy and Alvin have been best friends for many years. They used to have sleepovers and Teddy was here for special occasions and just for visits with no reason other than to see his buddy. Iris could not even mention Alvin’s name before they got into the car because he would get so excited. Iris is energy sensitive and reminded me that she could feel Alvin all around and where else would he be but in his house with me. She always makes me feel good and she gave me wonderful comforting words of encouragement and support and love. They are family to us. In between the tears we even managed to have some laughter. Where are the tears without laughter. Both are so important to us all. I love watching Teddy and Kobi as they ran about. They went outside at one point shortly after arriving and were sniffing around as I am sure they could smell their friend. Kobi loves to watch the neighbourhood out of our front window and she stood on her hind legs and took in our world. Teddy played with a toy of Alvin’s. Joy returned to my house for a few minutes. I am so grateful that they were in the city and stopped by. Iris and the pups had walked over as she did not have her car in the city only her husband’s truck. I decided that it would be nice to walk them home. So we chatted and walked. I ended up staying at their house chatting until almost 10:00 p.m. and then quickly walked home. Home safe and sound. Our neighbourhood is good but you never know. Even coyotes could be out. We looked at pictures from their farm. They have two new cats and I saw videos of the pups and the new cats. The new cats were used to dogs so it was cute to see them interacting. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together. I cannot wait until the next time. Thank you Iris, Teddy and Kobi for the visit. We missed you guys.

Today is laundry day and some cleaning. Then back to moving photos from the old computer to the hard drive. Too bad there was not a more efficient, more faster way of doing this but alas there appears not to be. Just a footnote to everyone out there – make sure that you store your photos and edit them. Through out the bad shots, the duplicates etc. Always.

Amanda is stopping by in the early afternoon after a dental appointment and before she goes to spend some time with her bestie. Both my “kids” were/are so blessed to have good people in their lives. Alvin had a village, he had our neighbourhood. Iris reminded me that it was Alvin who brought us all together. It truly was. He was the best guy ever and my longest male relationship. I am forever grateful for the relationships that he helped me make and keep for well over a decade. Oh, how I miss him. I am excited to see my girl. Always good to see her. She is the best.

Have an awesome Saturday. Take some time to be with family and friends and for yourself. Remember better to live in the moment today than to get hung up on the future or the days ahead. For there is only today as we are not promised tomorrow. Enjoy this day!

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities, coffee and forgiveness.

Always, Carol & Alvin (my forever Angel).

Last Half 2022 – December

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this Tuesday morning? I am doing well. Perhaps a bit tired as I seemed to toss and turn a bit last night. Went to bed a bit later than usual which seems to be a trend as of late. My friends Pauline and Lucy came over for a visit. Pauline brought some of her Christmas baking treats and Lucy made some Chinese Dumplings. I asked if I could freeze everything and they said yes. I thought Lucy’s Chinese Dumplings would fit into our Christmas Menu perfectly. YAY. We drank teas and they tasted some of my Christmas baking. Laughed, oh how we laughed. So much fun, these two wonderful friends. We exchanged gifts as well. Quite unplanned. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful friends. My friend Lucy is Chinese and last night we were talking about language as she learns something about the English language everyday. We decided that we will help each other. She is going to teach us some Chinese. I cannot wait. Always loved the Chinese language(s) and culture. Will be so much fun. Lucy says when she does go home she finds that her “mouth always hurts” and that is the different way we use our mouth in conversation. We are practicing to say her name properly as her name was changed when she came to Canada to make it easier for everyone. I cannot imagine having to change my name. We had a great visit. Thank you ladies.

Looks like another cold day ahead. Not much good for walking. I believe after today, it will warm for a few days before we head into another deep freeze. Hopefully by Christmas the weather is good for people to travel and for everyone to go outside and get some fresh air and walk. That means me.

I am mentally and physically preparing for the office Christmas party at my house this Saturday. By mentally – just wanting to ensure that I do not forget to do anything. Making sure I have enough seating, food and all of that. We will have a great time. Two out of three Christmas “parties” are already out from under the TREE. One more to go and then of course Christmas.

Countdown to Christmas: 11 sleeps till Christmas Eve.

Time to head downstairs. I have to grab something to take for my late coffee break snack as I only eat once before supper. I have leftovers for tonight so that is good. I should likely go and check the mailbox and deliver the last handful of cards tonight.

Have a wonderful day!

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities and coffee.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. one of the gifts that I received from Pauline was the card game that we played at the “fish fry.” I cannot wait to play it with the kids. To the office, I go today.

Last Half 2022 – November

Good Morning ALL! Well here we are at another Monday morning. More snow! I think that we are going to break some records this year for snow. Seems like every day it is snowing. Shovelling and more shovelling. This morning my neighbour shovelled our sidewalks before she left for work. I am working from home so I will shovel after work or perhaps at lunch break. I hope that we get some days where Alvin and I can head out for a walk even if it is a short one.

I am happy that Mr. Alvin has now started to do his business on the deck in the layers and layers of snow. Easier for me to see and to clean up and I do not have to worry about him jumping off the deck onto the hard frozen ground/snow.

Yesterday morning two of my friends came over for coffee. We had so much to talk about work, home, the state of the world. There was much chatter happening and even some laughter along the way. Much better than “tears” for sure. Another wonderful visit with these dear friends of mine. G was heading out to the grocery store in the afternoon so I tagged along as it had been over a month since I had been to the store. I had a few things picked up by my daughter and friends but not been for a serious grocery shop. I even found a sale on chocolate chips and evaporated milk and mini marshmallows so I have some of my Christmas baking supplies. Funny how a little trip to the grocery store can feel like a huge outing!

I baked some sweet potatoes, onions and carrots for supper with a piece of Highliner Cod. Honestly I do not remember the last time I had fish. Was so tasty. Tonight I am baking a Hamburger Quiche which uses YVES Mexican blend (meatless) instead of ground beef. I will have that to eat from for most of the week.

Time to head downstairs and turn on the coffee. Have a wonderful day.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities and coffee.

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: will download/upload some photos of the Xmas Decorations tomorrow.

Last Half 2022 – October

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I am a little frustrated at this moment as I was going to do some online banking and found that they changed the sign-on to include security verification process and I forgot to change my phone number. So I cannot get into my account to change my phone number. ARGH. Right now I am on the phone waiting for someone to take my call. So it is not just any other company with an online service that keeps you waiting. Ten minutes so they say. Not much I can do. I forgot to change my phone number and there is no way to change it without getting into your account. Too bad they did not have some way of doing this without calling them.

Anyway, it is beautiful bright and sunny morning. We slept in a bit late after getting up at 4:45 a.m.

We had a great yesterday as our friends Iris, Teddy and Kobi walked over for a visit and then we walked them home stopping on our way home to drop off a house key with our friend Pauline. Pauline is another person on the list to help with Alvin when I am working at the office.

I have some photos to share. Not sure when the bank representative will come on the line …..

Kobi is so grown up and so well behaved, beyond the puppy stage. I so love her. Teddy is chill as always except when it is bedtime and he wants to go home. He was anxious. Poor guy. But in between we had a good time. Alvin was anxious at times at well, not sure why. I guess I should explain further. Iris brought the pups over at 11:00 a.m. for a visit. She walked over and we joined them for the trip home. They were going out to a family event, I offered for them to come and stay with us. They arrived about 4:00 and picked up about 8:30.

Still waiting on the phone. On the third song. At least they are songs that I know and like. Well this is going to slow things down a bit. I want to have some coffee, it is ready to perk. I had no idea this would be on my plate. Oh well, what can you do.

I am grateful that the sun is shining with more than a promise of a beautiful day ahead.

Enjoy your Sunday.

I am patiently waiting.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities and coffee.

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: Peter came on the line just as I was going to type in the tags for this post. He was very nice and helpful.

Last Half 2022 – October

Good Morning ALL! We are doing great on this Saturday morning. Sleep was good. The sky is partially clear with cloudy patches. I was looking at the photos that are coming up on the wallpaper and screensaver displays. Memories so many memories. Photos of my brothers and sister, my nephews, my daughter and son-in-law, grandpups and so many more. I would like to take the time to look through all $40,000 + photos on my computer as I have no idea anymore what has been kept or not. I started to go through them a few times to delete duplicates and bad shots but then I stopped doing it for one reason or another. Life mainly. Another project that I need to get on. I would like to buy a new computer in the not too distant future as this poor old girl (my iMac) has not taken updates for quite some time. I purchased her brand new from the Apple Store at West Edmonton Mall back in 2009. So she does not owe me anything and she has been quite good. I have done a bit of research and it would seem that anything at a decent price is a model that in a short time will not take updates. So I have been waiting and reading and trying to figure things out. I certainly do not wish to spend hundreds/thousands of dollars on something that will not last. Now if I could get 10-15 years with no issues that would be great. Also should I got with a portable model instead? So many questions and things to consider. More research is needed.

We received a text from our friend Iris yesterday advising that they were in the city to take in a family event and was wondering if we could get together and I said “YES” as we miss our friends so much. Alvin is going to be so excited to see his best friend Teddy and of course Miss Kobi. They are coming for a visit at 11:00 a.m. this morning. We, I slept in a bit later so will have to get this show on the road as it is going onto 9:30. This weekend I would like to put away the patio furniture and bring some things in from the garage, there are plants to tend to as I have them everywhere, up and down and all around. There are some flowers that are blooming and that brings joy to my heart. Always good to have plants in the house. I want to wash the blinds and there are 10 in all over two floors in the house. The usual laundry, dusting and cleaning floors. I will leave the oven cleaning until next weekend as I will likely run out of time this weekend.

I am happy that it is the weekend and that I am home with Mr. Alvin. We had a shorter walk last night after work but still some exercise. Some is better than none. I am grateful to my friend and neighbour Alyaa for taking such great care of Mr. Alvin while I am at work.

Have an awesome weekend. Enjoy the weather and each other.

Keep the positive energy flowing.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities and coffee.

Yes, coffee will be good this morning. I must grind more beans.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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