2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Saturday morning? Alvin and I are fine and are moving slowly. Went to bed a little later than usual for us and then he of course, was up and down several times. Oh well, we have lots of hours in this day to accomplish what needs to be done. Sometimes you have to change your plan. We never know what will happen from hour to hour. That is our case. So up a little later than planned and that is okay. The sky is a brilliant blue this morning and the trees from my office window seem to be just ever so waving ever so gently. Over the earlier hours I viewed the beauty of the sunrise from the back door, from a lying position on the sofa and from my bed. At one point when Alvin had us up …. I noticed a light in the back and wanted to make that no one was doing something they should not be doing. When I was certain all was good, I went back to lay on the sofa only to find that Alvin had gone back upstairs. So that took a few minutes to sort out. Lay on the sofa or go back up to bed. Never a dull moment.

Yesterday I was able to go after work and pick up both a case of wet food and a bag of dry food for Mr. Alvin and of course the glucosamine replacement (Movoflex), I believe. Also while I was out I picked up some lottery tickets. Just felt like I should have some tickets. You cannot win if you do not have tickets. I would love to win some money ….. pay off the mortgage and perhaps be able to retire earlier than later. A gal can dream. Dreams are what got me to this point so why not. Our walk yesterday at noon was fantastic. It was so warm and dreamy …. felt like a summer day. Life. There are moments we love and cherish and others that we would love to toss into the garbage bin. But we cannot have one without the other. Hopefully more great ones for sure. I am looking forward to using my new Bissell Crosswave and I hope that it does what I need it to do. Time will tell.

Oh, I watched the new show with Katy Sagal as REBEL, the lead character and also John Corbett and Andy Garcia. It was great and I will definitely keep watching it. Something just a bit different from everything else on television. Which is great. Some of the other shows I am now watching are 9-1-1 (which has been on for a bit and I am late to the table, and love the characters), still watching the NCIS shows all three of them, back to THE VOICE after not watching a season or two, Bob Hearts Abishola, and a few others. If I listed all of the shows that I watch, you may think that all I do is watch television and while I watch quite a bit, it is not all I do. LOL.

Well I guess time to change the bedding and get dressed. There are bills to pay and a pup that appears to want me for something. My needy guy. I love him despite the fact that sometimes he drives me a bit off the deep end. But that can be said for any relationship, right! Oh well.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Friday morning? Alvin and I are well. I did wake up at 5:30 with a headache so I did take something. Not very often that I get headaches and not very often that I take any kind of medication. I am thinking it is due to the snow mold as I was raking grass last night. Might be a good idea when I do the front lawn to wear a mask. Never thought of that but it might just help. Anyway at the moment the tylenol seems to have worked. I am congested but then I spend most of my days in that state due to allergies. Oh well. I am alive and breathing and living in my own home with my trusty companion Alvin and am employed, so things are pretty great. The sunrise is beautiful this morning. Appears to be no wind, not even a little breeze. After work tonight I will have to run over to the vet and pick up more food and glucosamine for Mr. Alvin. I am grateful that the vet is within walking distance and that today is Friday and that they extended their hours past 4:00 p.m. and open on reduced hours on Saturdays. The weather forecast is for cooler tomorrow so I was thinking that I would go after work but may just go tomorrow. Will see how the day progresses.

What are your plans for the weekend? I want to try out my new Bissell Crosswave vacuum / wet cleaner tomorrow. See if it will clean the area rug and carpet although will start small. Maybe will try the stairs and landing tomorrow. Always there is laundry and the usual bathrooms and dusting. I am not sure if the front lawn will be dry enough to rake, so might leave for next week or weekend when the temperatures are warmer. I am going to submit a tea order. I also want to watch a new show with Katy Sagal that I recorded. The name escapes me and there are other well known actors in the show as well so looks really good. Some of the shows coming out now are extra good – not sure why. Has the Pandemic changing things, I do not know.

I am sorry that this will be short as I needed a few extra minutes to sleep this morning. How about some pretty photos? I love sharing my new found wealth of photos.

Take care and have an awesome weekend.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

P.S. thank you to all of the folks who take their precious time to read my posts, I am over the moon grateful.

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Thursday morning? Alvin and I are doing well. We had a reasonably good sleep last night which was awesome. There is a breeze this morning and the skies are filled with rain clouds. The ground outside is wet. We definitely could use some rain at this point. No complaints from this gal. I love that word. “Gal.” Please note that I have no idea if there is a deeper meaning other than when referring to a girl. Oh, the wind is getting up as I watch the trees sway back and forth. Yesterday we had a lovely walk around our “ponds” over the noon hour. We saw some of our neighbours out and about. After work I thought after our long day “at work” that perhaps a walk would loosen me, us up. So off we went. We were only a few doors down when we came across our friend Crystal just parking her car after arriving home from somewhere. She had the youngest son with her “Zane.” He is the sweetest little guy and loves Alvin with a quiet passion. As soon as he saw us, he was over like a rocket. Giving Alvin some kisses and hugs. He wanted so badly to come for a walk with us and hold onto Alvin’s leash. Well Alvin could easily pull the little guy over but I was there for support. I asked Crystal if okay and she said of course as she had to go and pick up the mail from the community mailbox. I said that we would just walk to the park and back which would only be a few minutes. Well Mr. Alvin was definitely not certain of what was going on. He kept looking for me even though I was right there. I had to jump in once in awhile as Zane was definitely not he pack leader between him and Alvin. But we managed and Zane was happy and Alvin was just confused and not really happy that I was not holding the leash. We got to the park and back to their house with no boo boos, thank goodness. Alvin does not like anyone other than me holding the leash. He will tolerate his sister and brother-in-law but that is it. He is a one human …. dog. For sure. Anyway it was cute and a fun way to start my evening.

Yesterday my place of employment officially changed their name from Capital Region Housing Corporation to CIVIDA. It did provide some issues yesterday with all things computer, if you know what I mean. But those issues will get fixed and life will go on. I like the name, it is shorter for one thing. I am certain that I will mess up the name or say the old name from time to time. Change always takes a bit of time for adjustment. That is okay. I have been through so much change with this company over the past ten year.

Last night I watched a movie that I had recorded. It was amazing. Malika the Lion Queen narrated by Angela Bassett. She was the perfect choice to narrate this movie. The story of a lioness from Africa. If you have an opportunity to watch it …. please do. It is happy, sad and really runs all one’s emotions. Not only was the story interesting but I learned so much about lions. I will never forget Malika.

Well it is time to hop off of the computer, get the coffee perking and hop onto a different computer for work. I wish you a wonderful Thursday.

Living this life with kindness, respect, compassion and patience. Always working on the patience. Some days it is easier than others.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this morning? Yesterday the weather was so perfect that not only did we walk at lunchtime but we also went for a walk after work. We took a different route after work which was actually our old norm route which took us to pass right by Alvin’s best friend Teddy’s house. He could not help but to turn in and although I tried to sway him, we ended up on their doorstep with me ringing the doorbell. Kobi had hopped onto a bench by the window near the door looking so excited to see us. How can you say no to them? Obviously we can’t, well at least I cannot. Shortly thereafter we were sitting on the deck drinking tea. During our conversation, I mentioned to Teddy’s Mom that he should come for a sleepover sometime this weekend and how about Saturday? She checked with Teddy’s Dad and it was a date. Over the next few minutes it appeared that Teddy wanted to come home with us now. So we changed the sleepover to last night. We had a great night. Teddy is way more laid back than Mr. Alvin so I guess that, is why they are besties. Opposites attract. We were late for Alvin’s supper by the time we got home so that was the first thing on the agenda “feed Alvin,” and of course see if Teddy would eat a bit more, which he did not. He is not a huge eater. So unlike Alvin. Once they were tended to, I started my supper which was a pot of chili. It turned out to be one of the best pots of chili that I have ever made. So yummy. It was very late for me with supper. After the dishes were done and clean up, we just had a quiet evening snuggling on the sofa. This morning. Last night Alvin was up about 3:00 and then tried to get me up as soon as possible for his breakfast but I managed to hold him off until 5:00 a.m. …… Teddy could have cared less about eating so will try him again and again. Which I did when we got up at 7:00. They are so different but really get along so well.

Alvin is upstairs waiting “patiently” for me to be done and Teddy is snoozing on the sofa in the living room.

The skies are overcast and it was light outside about the time we got up. Well today is the start of my cleaning and reorganizing and sending out notes for an upcoming tea order that I will submit next weekend.

BEST FRIENDS

Everyone needs to have a best friend.

Wishing you a wonderful Good Friday.

May you be surrounded by love and joy.

Be safe in all that you do.

Soon you will be surrounded by all your friends and family.

That you miss so much as they do you.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Thursday morning before the Easter weekend? I am doing well and thankful that our office is closed for four whole days, what a wonderful break with time to renew, recharge, relax and reorganize my house. Looking forward to it for sure. What about you? I forgot to mention that I finally saw a bunny the other day and it was mostly white with only a few brown patches. If we go by the bunny it would mean that we will still have winter weather for a bit. March came like what, I really do not remember without checking but definitely went out like a lamb. It was absolutely gorgeous here in Edmonton yesterday. We had the most wonderful walk at 3:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Why so late? I worked the late shift so my “lunch break” fell at that time. It was pretty quiet out when we went except for the playground at a nearby park which was filled with children. They sounded happy. That is a good sign. I can see a tree on the other side of my garage and with the glow of the sunrise it appears to be golden. Just the reflection, I suppose. Really pretty, really pretty. So happy that it is getting lighter earlier each morning.

I hope that you and your family are doing well and that you have a wonderful Easter. It is definitely a time of celebration for many reasons.

Feels like a photo sharing day….. beauty

Continuing to live this life, my new old life with kindness, respect, compassion and patience. Adding love and joy.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! We hope that you are all well. Alvin and I are holding on for dear life as the winds have been howling and blowing since last night. Almost sounds like we could be Dorothy & Toto from the Wizard of OZ leaving Kansas for places unknown. I am hoping that everyone’s shingles are stuck like glue to their roofs. The rain that started yesterday afternoon changed into wet flurries and as the night progressed and the temperatures dipped it turned into a blanket of white. I had a grand idea in the morning after breakfast and coffee to head out for a walk. Upon checking the weather channel and seeing what the forecast was for the afternoon – it seemed like the best course of action. We left the house at 10:00 a.m. and arrived back home at 12:07 p.m. and what a great walk it was. We had gone a bit further than our usual walk of late when we spied our friends Pauline & Georgie coming up from the park. I quickly got her attention and then dropped off some poop quickly before meeting up with them. She too, had heard the change in weather coming and decided to get out early. Seems like everyone had the ideas as there were lots of people out and out increasing as our time increased. I decided that we would go part of the way of their walk and then we changed the course of the walk and walked around the lake. We did not rush and visited along the way. The grass was still wet in lower areas as we walked around the lake/ponds at our park. It occured to me that had we crossed from the other park exit on the walkway heading home and not gone to our park that we would have missed out on this grand opportunity to visit with one of my most favourite people. We had a grand chat. I enjoyed every minute of our time together. We had just said our goodbyes and she was heading home when I noticed this little dog who looked like our friend “Jack” and then noticed his Mom coming around the pillar at the entrance to the park. So we stood properly distanced in the park bench area chatting and catching up. I could not believe my good fortune. See what the difference can be by changing your path, changing the norm! The Universe was giving us a bit of a nudge and I am glad that I picked up on it. Our two hours out connecting with friends and Nature was awesome. Looks like we will be staying put today as it is sheer ice out there and so windy it would likely knock me over if I did not slip on the ice first.

Something else I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post and this happened to us on Saturday. I was rearranging and repotting some plants as they were way too large for the pots that they were in and I know it is getting closer to the time that they can be transplanted outside but they simply could not wait. They were so tall and starting to fall over. My geraniums are gorgeous. Growing like mad. Two shades of pink. I had gone to the garage to put the extra dirt away when I happen to notice a little white watering can and decided to bring it back into the house. My thoughts were with the long spout it would be easier to water my plants than with an empty yogurt container. Sometimes I spill water and then cleanup is a bugger. Anyway, I grabbed the watering can from the shelf closing the door to the garage on the way out. Alvin was waiting and happily ran beside me to the house across the deck. Inside the house, I happen to look inside the watering can …. just to make sure that there was nothing inside. Likely should have done that in the garage but I did not. Inside the house, I noticed that there was the most exquisite butterfly. Colours of brown, white, yellow and orange. Thinking sadly that it was so perfect but was likely dead and where had it come from and when? How long had it been in the watering can? No water or food. What do butterflies eat and I guess they drink water? I tipped the watering can and was expecting the butterfly to fall into my open hand but to my surprise it flew to my plants and the brightness of my kitchen window. I stood aghast at my luck, at the butterfly’s luck. I watched it for a few moments and wondered if it would live if I left it in the window with my plants. Then I gently cupped it in my hand and headed for the door, opening the door, I wished the butterfly well, opened my hand and the butterfly just sat on my hand. I said “it’s okay little one, fly away” and after several minutes it took off. Perhaps it was in shock from being temporarily captured in my hand. Not my intent to make the little one upset or scared. Do butterflies feel? As the day progressed and the weather changed, I was thinking that I should have kept him/her in the house. Too late. I hope that the butterfly lives through this weather and into the summer OR for as long as butterflies live. The beauty of the butterfly warmed my heart and made my day. I love butterflies.

Well time to head back downstairs. Put on the coffee and get this day going.

Wishing you an awesome day and please do not fly away.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I hope very well. Alvin and I are doing great. We had a decent sleep with an early up and then back to sofa (nothing different than norm). I cannot believe that I missed the first day of SPRING on Saturday. I knew it was about this time but totally missed mindfully celebrating the spring equinox. Happy Spring everyone!! I have been watching for the bunnies but have not seen any lately which is odd for this area. We usually have them on our front lawn all of the time especially since my neighbour feeds them. But strangely enough even with good I have not seen any rabbits for I would say about one month or so. I always gage the arrival of spring by the turning of their fur from white to brown. I hope that they are okay. Never know, I guess. We walked on the weekend. I almost put Alvin’s sweater on yesterday and realized that it had warmed up somewhat from earlier in the morning.

Have you had a morning or I guess anytime during the course of a day where you just looked at something in your home and decided to change it up, around or clean? Unplanned! Yesterday I had been in my upstairs office and at this point I do not even remember what I was doing but I happen to look at my bulletin board which takes up near the whole wall behind my computer. There are two massive bulletin boards that my daughter made for me a few years back. Anyway, it just seemed “messy” ….. just with no plan ….. unorganized. So I set out to spruce it up if you will. At one point I could not reach the top so had to run downstairs and grab a stool. I love my massive bulletin board filled with cards of thanks and of birthdays and from Mother’s Days, photos of family and friends, my monthly birthday calendar, and odds and ends. I decided to hang up my birthday calendar as it was on a bulletin board on a wall that is partially hidden so sometimes I forget to look at it. I have missed birthdays. So now it is right in front of me. No more missed Birthdays. There are notes from Bath & BodyWorks days when I had the highest sales per hours in the entire company (and that was worldwide). Can you imagine that? It definitely is something that I am proud to have achieved without realizing at the time. I have an email from the Arts & Culture Reporter of the Wall Street Journal from end of 2013 when she had left a comment on my blog. How cool is that? Also I hung up our “family photos” of me and Alvin that my daughter takes every fall. It is a reminder of our journey and my hair cuts, argh. Thankfully more the journey and surprisingly Alvin has not changed much over the years. I can tell when he did not have a hair cut before the photo shoot, me too for that matter. There are reminders of the young boy turned man that I sponsored from Malawi many years ago. It is a good wall and I love looking at every item and remembering.

Well back to work today as it is once again Monday morning. This will be the third week that I have been training with a coworker as she returns to work after being away for some time. The training is going well and remains lots to go through and over. Alvin has an appointment on Wednesday, his regular one, thank goodness. Nail trim etc. Also on Wednesday one of my neighbours and friends is hosting a Mary Kay Mask party. Should be fun.

Time to get the coffee plugged in …… turn on the tunes ….. place Alvin’s bed in the kitchen and get this week going.

I wish you a great Monday.

As we continue to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! How are you on the this fine weekend? I hope that you are very well. In good health and are doing at least some of the things that you love to do. We were up and down last night. First of all, Mr. Alvin was sleeping like a log when I could not even turn off my mind, tossing and turning for what seemed like all night. He woke up at 3:00 a.m. and had to go outside and then we were on the sofa. No surprise there for you or me. If you have been reading my posts on a regular basis you will know about our early mornings. LOL. Anyway, up and out and back to the sofa. He wanted to get up a couple of times after that and I managed to coax him to remain on the sofa until I thought it was a good time for time to eat and that was between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. …… then back to the sofa and for most of the time I just laid there lost in gentle thoughts and occasionally dozing off. I have not done that in a long time. It was nice to just lay there with no immediate place to be. Now we are up and have been for a bit. The poop has been cleaned up from last night and this morning. There was some urgency to do it sooner than perhaps later this morning as the forecast is 80% chance of rain. Right now the sun is shining. Our bedding has been changed and I am now doing this post. I decided it may be a great idea for us to go for a walk now. Then we can come home and I can have breakfast before starting his haircut and finally his bath. I want to get our walk in before the rain and besides not much giving him a haircut and bath only to go for a walk and get muddy again. Nope. Not happening …..

What a week we have had ….. pretty good …… going for walks at noon……unplanned visit with my daughter ….. nice visit with Sonja and Humphrey across the fence last night after work ….. my friend G picked up a few items at Costco including some Hershey Eggies (egg shaped milk chocolate covered in a colored coating. OMG they are so good. I had to place the bag in a spot that I would not have my hand dipped into the bag every five minutes. Hard to believe that Easter is two weeks away.

Well I think that we should get out for a walk while the getting is good. I am going to share some photos …..

From land to sea to air, our planet is incredible.

Amazing how wildlife, the grass and trees have come back in Chernobyl.

Mother Nature in all her glory.

Enjoy.

I hope that you enjoy these photos.

We are going for a walk.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Living in kindness, with respect and compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? Sun is starting to rise in the morning sky. Just out of a most refreshing morning shower. Al is waiting patiently in the hallway for me to finish this post. Yesterday was another gorgeous day and the forecast for today is even better. I hope that we can safely say this is SPRING. The ice is starting to clear in front of our house. I go out everyday after work and chip away at the ice on the sidewalk to ensure that the water finds it way down the drain as it melts. It feels like I am making tiny river beds for the water to follow as it melts. It is all good until someone drives over them and then I start again. But it is clearing and hopefully this will be the last of the thick ice that needs to be cleared.

How many folks out there are ordering from places like Good Food, Hello Fresh and Chef’s Plate? I have tried all three. Last weekend I went and SKIPPED weeks so that they would not automatically send me an order that I did not want. Guess what? Somehow or other, I missed this week? Not sure how I did that but I guess I did. My word against theirs. They have already billed the credit card so no going back now. The three meals were not even what I would have chosen. One is red meat which I do not eat. How is that for wonderful? Makes me mad but I guess it was my fault. I was so certain that I had skipped the dates for way into the future. I think that it should be the other way around ….. if you want to order you make the selections and if you do not make selections then an order does not arrive. But I guess they likely get more business with this automatic ordering process. I am not a fan will just say that. Luckily for me, my kids ordered this week and we can switch a meal and I will give them the “red meat” meal that I will not eat. I sent an email to the company and they sent me a response in French stating that the English email would arrive shortly. Well that is great customer service, why would you send a French email first to a English speaking client. Why bother sending the French one? Perhaps this automatic food delivery is not for me. I do love eating things that I would normally not cook but the ordering process, I could live without. Okay, I usually do not rant but it is good to get it out of one’s system and besides perhaps you were pondering the thought about trying one of these companies. Buyer beware. If you forget to skip you are on the hook. That is why they get your credit card. Easy for them. Anyway, that is done.

Mr. Alvin is still waiting patiently for me.

I am grateful that he has recovered from his surgery in fine fashion. He seems to be having no issues with the new food as I am gradually introducing it to him. So that is a relief.

I am grateful that my daughter will be popping by after work to drop off the food order and I will give her the one that comes today in return.

I am grateful to see my daughter not just about the food order. Any chance that I have to see her is the best.

I am grateful to be employed and earn a decent living.

I am grateful that the weather is good for walking.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I/We are doing great. Getting used to the time change and actually getting a bit more sleep than the past few weeks. Happy for that.

Alvin and I enjoyed a wonderful walk yesterday afternoon. All throughout the day we saw many of our friends, neighbours and others out walking with family, with their doggies and some on their own. We all need fresh air, to connect with nature, to have some exercise and to refresh our mind/body/souls. I am so grateful that we are now able to get back to our daily walks. This week is supposed to be quite nice. YAY.

We watched most of the GRAMMYS last night. I noticed that most of the nominees appeared to be young. I won’t even ask the question as I know the answer. Surprisingly, I knew some of the younger artists. I really liked a new group called “BLACK PUMAS” …… they were really good. I would buy their music for sure. Also I really enjoy BILLIE EILISH. Music is always good to listen to and learn about …..

I do not have a lot to say this morning as Mr. Alvin stares at me from the doorway. Likely I should just call it a post and say that I will be back tomorrow. Sometimes the mind is silent. Is that even possible?

Hoping for sunshine today for our walk or at least not rain although moisture would be good to clean the dirt. I also noticed lots of trash laying about which is a reminder for me to go and pick it up.

Wishing you a wonderful Monday.

I can hear some geese honking in the distance. Spring is here!

Living with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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