It is a NEW YEAR.

Well another windy raining evening.

Everything is so GREEN as a result of the moisture, which is nice.

So nice to have a bright sunny day and then rain in evenings and or overnight.

My neighbour took care of the front lawn yesterday.

Thankfully I am still watching how much I am on my feet and although I have not put on shoes, am thinking that is still a day or two away.

I did put on my CLARKE flip flops with the thing between the toes.

Is there a name for that?

OMG, I totally forgot.

Yikes.

Anyway we walked just inside the park last night after work and then home.

Alvin really wanted to keep going but this time it was his Momma who cut the walk short.

Baby steps, my toes are still quite black and blue and although not painful, no sense in rushing things.

I must say though, I really miss our daily walks.

Our bellies are definitely agreeing with that statement.

 

I made the third meal from the GOOD FOOD package last night.

It was a COD dish with oven roasted potatoes, a green bean with cherry tomatoes, dill and olive salad.

Quite tasty.

 

Not much new in this corner of the world.

Which at this time, I am thankful for.

Quiet is fine by me.

 

The sky is beginning to clear.

Still quite a breeze so I will leave the windows closed.

Yesterday I had things blowing around.

I have cards and what not pinned to my wall mounted bulletin boards and things were jumping around a bit.

Looked like some pieces might have sprouted wings and flown away.

 

Well time to get to work.

I am not sure why the mornings seem to be passing so quickly but they do.

Wishing you a fantastic Wednesday.

Filled with amazing kindness and lots of respect.

We all deserve this ….. each and every “one” of us.

Yes, we do.

 

I/We, shall remain

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to a BRIGHT SUNNY DAY here in Edmonton.

I hope that it is bright and sunny wherever you may be.

Today is the day finally that our fence gets repaired.

Work starts at 9:00 a.m. or rather the workman arrives at 9:00 a.m.

Hopefully it can be finished today or at the latest tomorrow at noon.

I would not wish there to be a space in our fence overnight.

 

Quick story:  last night after work when we arrived home from our walk.

Humphrey was out front.

The boys went nose to nose to say hello.

Humphrey followed us home.

I stopped to fix the drainpipe.

The boys were on their leashes and waiting by the steps.

When I was done.

They both ran up the steps.

It was then that I realized that Humphrey’s leash was not hooked to anything.

He went into the house with us, all safe and sound.

WOW, that was a close one.

His Momma was grateful.

Timing again, is everything.

Right place at the right time.

 

Yesterday the weather was beautiful in between the rain so we took advantage and went for two walks.

Today we will miss the noon walk as we will have the workman here fixing our fence.

I am so excited to have that done, finally.

 

With the rain, the grass just turned the most gorgeous shade of green.

My favourite “kelly green.”

I love greens, most greens with the exception of khaki, not a big fan.

The trees are swaying in any breeze in a rhythm all of their own.

The sweet smell of the trees that are in flower is intoxicating.

I love the birth of a new year.

Spring should be the beginning of the year with all of the renewal of life.

 

I feel like some flower photos …..

Nothing like colour to boost the day….

Flowers from previous years living in Edmonton.

I love flowers.

They are one of my most favourite things on this planet.

Thank you for the flowers.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Work is calling.

Coffee is ready to be poured.

 

Soon the workman will arrive.

 

Wishing you all a glorious day.

May you be surrounded with beautiful flowers.

 

Wishing you a continued live of kindness and respect.

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Tuesday Morning.

Overcast but warm here in Edmonton.

There are patches of clear blue sky up there but mainly deep dark rain clouds fill the sky.

Some of our neighbours have trees that have beautiful white flowers and they have a sweet pretty scent.

The only thing is I have an allergy to them.

Congestion, oh well.

They look so pretty and smell so good.

Earlier this morning when we were outside the birds were singing away.

I know why Alvin likes to just sit on the deck with eyes closed and sniff.

He is relaxing …..

 

 

Happy to report that Alvin has had some real good poops, thank goodness.

The “D” word is one word that I hope I never have to hear again.

My poor little guy, he has been through a lot.

Thankfully he is on the mend.

 

I was thinking the other day about things that I have not done for the past almost 2.5 months, here is my list:

  1. not using my “work” purse(s).
  2. I have used a small one three times when went to the vet with/for Alvin
  3. good shoes/sandals
  4. make-up (only a few days have I applied other than eyebrows)
  5. work clothes (I mainly wear work tops but more comfy bottoms as I had been going for walks at noon and hope to soon get back to them)
  6. had coffee at work (I make coffee each morning and have gone through more coffee beans than ever)
  7. car pooled to work
  8. drove a vehicle once since I have been at home
  9. gone to a grocery store
  10. left my neighbourhood (gone to vet but they are 6 minute walk from our house)
  11. work jacket
  12. had to pay for carpool or bus tickets
  13. no commute

Changes in our lives in the past 2.5 months:

  1. home with Alvin 24/7
  2. can walk multiple times per day
  3. can wear whatever I like to work
  4. fewer visits with family and friends
  5. higher water and electrical bills
  6. bought more coffee beans to grind
  7. not been shopping at all – other than vet
  8. working from home
  9. my office is for personal and for work
  10. with no commute to work, more time to live my life with Alvin (we have over 1.5 extra hours each day)
  11. can enjoy more time in nature
  12. can enjoy more time in my back yard

 

I am so happy that I have been home for Alvin while he has not been feeling his best.

There are likely a great many items that missed the list as you know I write this off the cuff in the morning before work.

Now I am writing about one hour later than usual.

 

Time to go and grab that cup of coffee.

I can hear the garbage truck clanging away in the distance.

They just picked up on our back lane.

I only have garbage every second or third week.

 

Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday.

Filled with love and laughter.

We just gotta laugh, for sure.

 

Living our lives with kindness and respect,

is the only way to live our lives.

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

We woke up to sunshine.

Now the wind has got up and the sky is slowly becoming overcast.

Oh no,

Today is Thursday the 14th day of May, 2020.

Can you believe that it is almost half way through May?

I will say this,

it does not seem to matter if you are working from work with no pandemic or working from home – time flies.

Is it perhaps the feeling one gets as they age, getting older?

I think when you are young you think in terms of time differently than when you get older.

 

When you are a child …. Christmas always seems so far away? Could not wait for school to start and to end for summer holidays.

I was not one of those children.  I loved school.

 

When you are a teenager …. everyone seems older, you are invincible and know more than your parents.

 

When you are in your twenties and even thirties …… if you are working the days seem to be so long as you just want to be out with your friends or partner.

Life is great and fun.

 

After thirties, most people have children by this time, and I think that is when the clock seems to go into overdrive.

There are never enough hours in the day.

School and Extracurricular Activities.

James has soccer practice every second day, and then guitar lessons on Thursdays and Sundays.

Janet has ballet lessons three times a week.

Alice has piano lessons twice a week and has a tutor to help with math once or twice.

Mom & Dad have a nervous breakdown trying to keep up.

Supper is almost never together.

Family time is when the majority of the family is in the car going from one lesson/practice to another.

I am not certain why there is the need to keep children so busy they have no time to be children.

With everything we try to put into a day it is no wonder the days pass by quickly.

STOP.

Smell the roses.

Walk in nature.

 

I do believe that some good come out of this pandemic.

This staying at home has forced people to be together.

To eat together, to play together and be together 24/7.

Likely for the first time in over fifty years.

We no longer take for granted the small things in life.

I see families out riding their bikes and going for walks, together.

Slowing down is not such a bad thing.

 

Well I must sign off for another day.

Food for thought.

If we keep it simple.

Live and practice kindness and respect everyday.

Then time will pass as it should and as it always has.

One second at a time.

 

I/We, remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Oh glorious SUN, shining down on US.

What a gorgeous morning is upon us.

Bright sunshine and no breeze, not a breath of wind.

YAY.

How are you doing this fine Wednesday morning?

Are you all ready to start the day?

I am up, am ready and once I have my coffee in hand, I will be ready to start this mid week work day.

 

Last night I texted one of my friends.

“Hi, do you have any Palm Bay drinks?  If so, how do you feel about joining me on the deck for one after supper.

I only have one. What a day!”  Going for a walk.

 

She texted back:

“How does 6 work for you”

Me:

“Sounds good”

Friend:

“See you at 6”

Me:

“Yes, you will”

 

Now that is a friend.  No questions asked.

She arrived at 6:00 with a drink in hand.

We sat on the deck and talked about our day.

We laughed and had a great visit.

Just over one hour later, she was on her way home to her family and I was chilling with Alvin on the sofa.

Sometimes you just need a friend and a Palm Bay drink.

Anyone who really knows me – knows this – I seldom drink.

In fact, this one lone drink has been in my fridge for months and months.

I have had beer go “bad” in my fridge.

Fancy that.

 

The point here is sometimes you just need an unscheduled “visit” and a drink.

By 6:00 p.m. last night the wind had died down and it was quite nice out.

We had the protection of the house so that helped but the sun shone down.

After one hour outside – Alvin was done.

Perhaps if he had his friend over and were having a “drink” it may have been a different matter.

Kidding about the drink, I would never give him or any animal, alcohol.

 

So time to grab my coffee and start work.

I am lots to do.

Looking forward to our walks today.

I love being at home with Alvin and having that extra walk each day.

Helps to clear my head and allows me to remove any thoughts that need to be “gone.”

I find walking very beneficial for many reasons.

 

Okay, time to run.

 

I hope that you have an awesome day.

May you have a chance to go for a walk in nature.

By a pond or a lake or even in a grassy park.

Soothes the soul.

I am very grateful to live nearby many great spots.

 

With kindness and respect,

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday affectionately known as “Hump Day.”

The sun is shining, the sky is that beautiful perfect blue with just the odd wisp of white clouds.

 

Another work day here in just a little bit.

Oh, how I love this commute.

If I went from this computer to my work one it would be not even three steps, closer to 2.5.

How is that for a commute?

I know that I am very blessed to be able to work from home.

Even though there are days, well I should say moments that I could “scream” with my job, I am grateful for it.

I am quite certain that anyone with a job has those days.

I love being here for Alvin.

He follows me around the house from room to room.

I love that I have at a minimum 1.15 hours extra each day to enjoy with Alvin.

That is the difference when working from home.

If I was catching the bus it would 2.5 hours.

So this is a huge time to have at home.

Enjoy this time.

I know that I am.

I have more time to putz in my yard and thankfully it is now spring and soon summer.

I can go for two walks each day with Mr. Alvin.

Just more time to enjoy.

I am loving it.

 

This coming Sunday, I invited the girls over for coffee on the deck (instead of inside the garage).

10:00 a.m.

Hoping the weather would cooperate.

Please no wind and not like the gale force winds at our last coffee get together in the garage.

I was chatting with another friend and she said to enjoy this coming weekend (as I work and she thinks I work too hard) and what would I be doing with my daughter for Mother’s Day.

Whaaaat? I said.

Mother’s Day.

No.

“Yes”, she said.

I ran over to the calendar on the fridge and low and behold “Coffee with Girls @ 10:00 a.m.” and right underneath in fine print “Mother’s Day.”

Yikes.

I cannot believe that all three of us missed that it was Mother’s Day.

Isn’t that a typical Mother thing to do, forget your special Day.

Although everyday should be Mother’s Day.

As I said to my friend just that “Everyday is Mother’s Day for me.”

So after we hung up, I quickly texted the girls.

One of the two just realized the date as her husband mentioned something.

Coffee will be on the deck on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

YAY.

 

Well my friends it is time to grab that cup of coffee and sign onto the computer and get to work.

I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would or could do my job from home.

95%, I can and the remainder we could likely find a way.

 

I wish you a sunny beautiful Wednesday.

Remember to breathe.

Life is always throwing us a curveball or two along the way.

This is just one of those.

So we do the best that we can.

We will get through this.

Hopefully when we do go back to work – we will fit all of our clothes.

I have not tried “button pants” as of late.

Perhaps they will be a thing of the past.

Not sure if that would be a good thing or not.

Okay, yes I am going.

Just so much to say.

Always, happens at the last.

 

Happy Wednesday.

With much kindness and so much respect for you.

I/We remain,

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Welcome to a bright and sun filled Tuesday morning.

Today is my late shift so I do not start until 11:00 a.m. and work till 7:00 p.m.

It is confusing for Mr. Alvin.

We slept in a bit later than usual, actually I would already been working for awhile.

Not much wind this morning.

Once I have my shower and coffee, I think we may head out for a walk before I start work at 11:00 a.m.

Likely a good way to start the day.

Exercise does not hurt.

 

How are you on this day?

Are you happy or anxious?

Are you sad or just okay?

There are a million of emotions and feelings running rampant through each of us at this time.

I will say for the most part I am reasonably happy.

Happy that I still have a job.

Happy that I have no commute to work.

Happy, and actually OVER the moon that I am able to spend 24/7 with me Alvin.

The boy turned 11 in January so all his time on this earth is precious.

We are “seniors.”

I do not think for the most part that either of us actually feel that way but it is a fact.

Now if we are seniors in our 60’s what happens to us in our 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond.

Really old, super elderly.

At the end of the day as long as we are in good health what does age matter.

 

Mr. Alvin is whining …. not sure why.

That is always a problem when you have no voice …. no words.

So I have to take a logical guess.

Right now it may have something to do with his chew treat.

But I will keep an eagle eye on him.

Our Vet has reduced hours and no weekends.

I need to check his dew claw once again as it was beginning to get long.

If it gets too long and grows into his paw – not a good thing for sure.

With all of our walks, his nails are keeping shorter so that is good.

He has not done the butt crawl so his anal glands should be okay.

There are signs for everything, almost everything.

Dogs are creatures of habit and love routine.

Much like humans.

Most humans anyway.

No worries friends of Mr. Alvin – I will always keep any eye on him and ensure that he always has proper care.

 

Well time to hit the shower.

I was also thinking of booking some summer vacation.

We have no idea how long we will be working from home.

We have been given the date of June 30th but that could change.

Personally, I am okay with working from home for part of the summer.

Nice to have longer hours at home.

More time to spend outside.

Now if the weather will comply we would have perfection.

Time will tell.

 

So Happy Tuesday everyone.

Wishing you sunshine and rainbows.

Joy and good health.

Take care.

 

With kindness and respect,

I/We remain,

As always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S. my friend and his grandson came and looked at the fence yesterday at noon. He will give me a quote and can do the work on a weekend.

Happy dance.  Will be great to have the fence fixed.  He will also cut down the remaining posts from the pergola and change those two boards from the

top of the fence between me and my other neighbour.  Life is good.

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday, May 1st, 2020.

A bright and sunny one with a bit of a breeze happening.

 

Did you ever think in a million years that you would be working from home?

Did you ever think in a million years that you would be laid off from your job because of a VIRUS?

Did you ever think in a million years that your children that school would be cancelled for basically six months?

Did you ever think in a million years that one VIRUS could basically shut down the planet?

Did you ever think in a million years that the skies would be more clear?

Did you ever think that major car manufacturers would shut down?

Did you ever think and this is a big one that we would be told to “stay at home.”

Well there are likely a lot more questions that are floating through our minds at this time.

I never thought with my job that I would be working from home.

Surprisingly the majority of my job can be done from home.

I wonder as result of this virus how many offices will give their employees the choice to work from home?

Perhaps some will return for only one or two days a week and the rest of the time work from home.

For some employers this may cut down on their overhead and be more profitable.

Not everyone can easily work from home.

Now if you have small children at this time it is difficult.

Or any children as they are all at home now.

For some parents they are trying to both work and teach school to their children.

Online schooling only works for those who have computers.

Unfortunately as much as we would like to think that everyone has one, everyone does not.

Most folks no matter their lot in life – has a cell phone.

You see that all of the time.

 

So on the first day of May, this all has me thinking.

For me, this has turned out to be a blessing in many ways.

No commute and this saves me anywhere from  1.25 hour to 2.5 hours.

That was all dependant on whether I was carpooling or catching the bus.

So much more time at home.

I can start my evenings at 4:00 instead of 4:45 (car) or 5:30 (bus).

That has been wonderful.

The most important blessing is that I have so much more time with Alvin.

His waistline does not think so.

We have been walking twice daily.

With Alvin getting older I really appreciate this time with him.

He has my new schedule down pat and when I am running late he just stands in the doorway and stares at me.

Telling me, you are done ….. shut off the computer or get off the phone.

It is my time now.

Despite the many blessings the downfall has been not seeing family and friends more regularly and going out.

I have not left my immediate neighbourhood except for walking since the early part of March.

No shopping have I done.

We are figuring out how to visit with keeping within the social distancing parameters.

Last Sunday was our first coffee date.  Me and my two young girl friends.

That was amazing.

We will have to do that again very soon.

My daughter came over on Wednesday and we worked through that visit as well.

Now that our friend P is out working in her garden, we can stop for a visit on our walk.

So it is getting easier with this warmer weather.

 

Well time to grab coffee and pick up the poop.

I have so  much work to do and need to get a bit of an early start.

Grateful for a nice bright sunny morning.

 

I wish you a wonderful Friday, May 1st.

May you be surrounded by love and support.

May you spread the kindness and respect to all.

 

Happy Friday.

 

I/We Remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

I cannot get enough of this photo.

Taken only a few weeks ago, I think.

Days running together.

He looks like a puppy not an 11 year old.

Love Me Alvin ……

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning ALL,

Wow, can you believe that it is April 30th, 2020.

Last day of April already.

 

Yesterday was an OVER the TOP FANTASTIC day for me and I will include Mr. Alvin in that declaration.

This is what happened:

  1. One of my girl friends picked up some light bulbs that I had been needing.
  2. My daughter and one of my grand-pups came for a visit, we did not hug and practiced social distancing and she wore a mask inside the house.  She also brought me lunch and a cold treat which I forgot to have for dessert last night.  My favorite “buster bars” from Dairy Queen.  She also gave me some “dilly bars.”  So great to see them and catch up in real time.
  3. EPCOR phoned and arrived just before 2:30 p.m.
  4. My friend the plumber arrived shortly thereafter.
  5. TAP fixed with only a couple of momentarily hiccups just after 4:00 p.m.
  6. Found out that my smoke detectors had expired (did not realize if they were hard-wired that they had to be replaced, but if one thinks about it, makes sense).  Check yours.
  7. Went for a walk with Alvin.
  8. Another friend down the street who is an electrician happened to be out walking with his youngest son  – so I asked him about the smoke detectors and replacing them.
  9. Our friend P and her grand pup Georgie were out working in her backyard and she invited us in for a visit.  Social distancing of course.  We stayed in the backyard.
  10. Happy to hear the sound of silence throughout the evening.
  11. My neighbour mowed the front lawn and I was so caught up with everything that I did not notice when we arrived home from our walk.
  12. Lovely evening …. just hanging out and watching episodes of “Love It or List It, Vancouver.”
  13. Perfection and a full day.
  14. I also worked in the morning.

 

What a incredible day.

I am over the moon happy to have the kitchen tap fixed.

Now I have a few more things to get repaired/replaced.

YAY.

It is the small things (and not to say that these are small things).

Does not have to be a luxury trip around the world.

Does not have to be a lotto win.

Having a tap fixed.

Lunch with your daughter and grandpup.

Chatting with a friend in her yard enjoying the early blooming spring flowers.

Having someone mow the lawn unexpectedly.

I am so blessed and so grateful.

 

Okay time to grab that coffee and do the poo pick up.

I wish you a world of small things.

Enjoy your Thursday.

With kindness and respect.

 

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR

Welcome to Tuesday, a nice bright and feels not too bad out.

I just came back from picking up early morning poo.

It is very cool in the house early in the mornings and part of me wants to cave and turn the heat on.

But another part of me, says NO, just put on warmer socks and a sweater.

It is not me that I worry about it is Mr. Alvin.

I wrap him in a nice warm blanket at night and even now he is laying on his bed beside me and I brought another blanket to cover him.

He is not wriggling out so I think he is cold.

I am going to check out the long range forecast and if it does not warm up during the overnight hours, I will turn the heat back on.

With hopes that it will not be for too long.

Well yesterday I decided to take the afternoon off from work.

I was late leaving at lunch of course, there is always that “phone call.”

After I signed off, we went for a nice walk.

We chatted with our friend P as she was out putzing in her garden.

She has crocuses and pansies blooming in her garden.

So pretty ….. I love both of those flowers.

Not long after returning home, I got together my trash picking up equipment and went on my way.

I filled two big black bags with trash and most of it was from one of the nearby walkways.

I could not believe what people throw in a public place.

Can only imagine their homes.

Anyway, I picked up pieces of a dresser of all things from that walkway.

I also found a blue recycling bin full of “crap.” (not poo)

There was also pieces of metal pipe and other things strewn in one area.

So I left those things as I did not have an empty bag nor was I up to hauling that stuff home.

I did drop off that bag at home and continued down the street with the 1/2 filled second bag.

When I did get home I called the City of Edmonton and asked them to come pick up that garbage.

Unfortunately I was not quite able to finish my route as the wind started to gust and it started to rain.

Home, I went.

At least some of the trash is gone from my neighbourhood.

I will finish the other part another day.

Perhaps on the weekend.

 

We went for another walk later on when the rain stopped.

The sky is clear today and there is a breeze.

 

Well time for me to grab that coffee.

I have a lot of work to do.

Actually I worked for over one hour after our walk from before 5:30 until just after 6:30 p.m.

We are so busy.

One of our group was promoted just before we started to work from home.

She is now gone to her new job.

That leaves her portfolio to be split between the rest of us.

I am not complaining as I am VERY grateful to have a job and to be paid.

I learned yesterday from another friend that she had to take a pay cut.

The pay cut is 20%.

Something tells me that this is just the beginning of what is to come over the next couple of years as the world tries to regain economic stability.

I hope that this finds you and your family well.

I hope that you are able to eat well, pay your bills and that you are safe.

 

Time for coffee.

I hope you have an awesome Tuesday.

Tomorrow my leaking tap gets fixed, I am over the moon grateful for that bit of news.

 

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

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