Good Morning All! A bright sunny, bit on cool side morning but there are no rain clouds in sight. i decided that we should try and go for a walk and see if there are any problems for Alvin. When i went to get his harness he immediately ran under the table but instead of hiding there he ran under and to the back door. There the boy was wagging his tail and didn’t fuss when I put on the harness. With the grass so wet i carried him down the steps and to the public sidewalk. Not quite sure why I thought that was necessary as a few doors down he was checking out a bush on a neighbour’s lawn. Then he was wet. That is why there is a towel at the front door. The walk was great with no signs of distress. Thank goodness as over the weekend he was not himself.

We were almost at the park when we had to stop at a friends so he could sniff on the power box. it was there I noticed an empty liquor bottle on their lawn with some cigarette butts on the sidewalk. Further down on the sidewalk more butts and a lighter. Someone was partying and didn’t care where they took the party. As we got closer to the park, I noticed something off. Yes, likely the party people had tipped over the large cement glower pot that sat near the entrance to the park spilling dirt and flowers everywhere. Why oh why, don’t people have regard for other’s property? I would think they don’t treat their property respectfully either. Disappointing.

Well human brings what can you say.

Time to get to work. Alvin has a vet appointment today so will take the afternoon off from work.

Have a great day.

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

Always Carol&Alvin


Good Morning All! A bit chilly but nice for a September morning. Every morning the sunrise is later and later. we are starting to feel like hibernating Or at least I am.

Honestly I didn’t think we would get out for our morning walk but about five minutes into the “snooze” – someone jumped up and went to the back door. Time to get up after all. Outside to the backyard to find his buddies Humphrey and Bogart were in their yard so someone had to peer through the fence boards. After a few minutes with Alvin still interested in his buddies, I lifted him up and put him on the deck and put him down as i walked to the house as he ran and jumped off the deck. A moment later I realized that Bogart was atop the gate to his yard about to make a fast getaway had it not been for Alvin. I called out to him and he walked along the top of the deck to safety. His Mom came outside and we chatted for a minute before we all went inside our perspective homes. Upstairs I went to get ready. After it all, we still had time for a nice walk where we did our community service by picking up some garbage.

For some reason my keyboard on the phone seems to be slow, not sure why and it is not me.

Time for coffee and almost time for work.

We ended up walking to Alvin’s fifth laser therapy session appointment yesterday after work. it went okay. We walked slowly.

i hope that you have a great day.

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

Always Carol&Alvin


Good Morning All! Well it is Friday and the long weekend. Excited or what! When the sky cleared last night and the sun came out – it was amazing. The trees basking in the sunlight all nice and green. People out walking and some with their dogs. Even though we walked before I started work and at my lunch break, as the evening progressed I was thinking we should have gone again. Oh well. It was a quiet Thursday. Good to have before a busy long weekend.

I noticed that the geraniums that I plunked in with the remaining greenery from my birthday bouquets were a mix of pretty live blossoms and some that were wilted. Now normally we would pluck off the dead blooms and toss them but there was something beautiful and unique about the mix of living and dead. Perhaps this sounds a bit off the deep end and I don’t blame you one bit if you are giggling or even laughing aloud. You will see in the photos what I mean.

The delicate balance between life and death is there in all things. The different shades of pink gorgeous. I definitely am infatuated with flowers snd plants. They bring me joy so why not?

Well time to go. Remember not to give up on something that has seen better days. Applies to all things!!

Have an awesome Friday.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude and laughter!



Good Morning All! How are you this morning. Well it is Thursday. School buses are out in full force. Cannot believe that it is September 2nd. We or rather I slept in or rather just didn’t want to get my hind end up and if the sofa. Alvin was ready and finally before the last 15 minute snooze went off, I was up. I quickly folded the blanket and grabbed the pillow and headed upstairs to get dressed. I was fast grabbing my rings and brushing my teeth. Downstairs again, I grabbed his harness and of course he was off like an old bolt and under the table. Quickly I coaxed him out and on with the harness, my shoes and jacket and his leash, the keys and poop bags and out the door. There were a few big drops but not enough to make us turn around and go back inside. We managed to get up the back where Alvin stood just taking in the sights. Personally I miss our walks by the ponds and I think he does as well. Poor guy. We just stood for a few minutes enjoying the fresh air, the green grass and trees and life. We all need to stop and smell the roses and sometimes it takes a four legged guy to show you the way in the moment. It started to rain on the way home but we didn’t get too wet. I’m glad that we went. Part of me was not going to bother. Sometimes good to push yourself. By the looks of the sky this might have been our only opportunity. Gratitude that we went.

Yesterday my daughter came at my lunch break to drop off the items that she did not wish to their new home and that I had wanted. I ended up with some cool stuff and the return of a few things I had given her. We seem to do that. Great idea. No cost but then it is something new to you.

I took some photos of our backyard yesterday when it was raining.

The deck looks new in the rain – the wood that is. Some of flowers and plants are still doing amazingly well. I shall miss them.

Time to grab and my coffee before work. So happy my commute is non existent. So grateful to be working from home.

Have a great Thursday.

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

Love Carol&Alvin


Good Morning All! How are you doing today? Are you busy and doing well? Are you working, going to school or retired? What fills your days and nights? I know some people’s days are reversed. We are just back from a walk. The sky is grey with dome dark blue rain clouds. There is rain in the forecast. Time will tell. The air is cool and for a moment when Al was stopped to sniff some grass, I was certain that I saw my breath. It did not freeze last night. Late yesterday afternoon I brought my three pots of geraniums into the house. They are temporarily taking real estate on my kitchen counter.

Last night after work my daughter stopped by on her way home after work. I should clarify that first stop here and then to their rental house and then to their new home in the country. She was picking up some things for the estate sale that they are having and dropping them off snd picking up a load to take to the new house. She had a quick supper with us before heading out. I helped load the stuff from here. She is pooped snd will be glad to have this done. They have done the whole move themselves with no help.

We or rather again I am running late as the boy had a restless night. He may have another ear infection do will have to take him to the vet today if I can get him today. Rather if they can see him today. Coffee is ready and I am less than ten min yo start work time.

I hope you have a great day.

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

Love Carol&Alvin


Good Morning All! How are you doing this Friday morning? We are good and just back home from one of our three daily 10 minute walks. I must say that I enjoy this first one the most. We had a bit of rain earlier when we were outside and now just cool and chilly.

Last night after working the late shift till 7 pm and having a quick bite to eat, one of my friends G came over for a visit about 8 pm and we chatted till 1015 pm. The night just flew as we chatted catching up in our news. To be honest there wasn’t to much new with me. We had the odd laugh about something or other but mainly serious talk which sometimes is necessary and we all need to “vent” and get things off our chests. We did just that. Alvin was so happy to see her that he spent most of the evening sitting beside us on the sofa.

I think it is supposed to be nice over the weekend so will get more yard work done and obviously house stuff as well. I am going through things in the basement to downsize the things that have accumulated down there. Sell a few things, give away and recycle. Always a big job. If I am going to be downstairs for any length of time I will have to carry Alvin down there so he doesn’t bark. Life.

well it is almost that time once again. It seems lately I am always running a bit late. Sure will enjoy coffee this morning.

I hope that you have a great Friday. Someone just grabbed his Teddy to play and looks like he wants me to play. Better ho.

Hard to believe that I started this blog when I was 51 and newly retired and now I am 64 and working full time for ten years. Life is interesting I will say that.

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

Love Carol&Alvin


Good Morning All! Another beautiful morning and warmer than previous mornings. A couple of days ago I could see my breath in the earlier hours. We had a great sleep and today is my late work start with beginning at 11 am and working till 7 pm. Usually I am not scheduled two weeks in a row but this week I am.

I am closely watching the overnight temperatures and thinking I will bring in my geraniums tonight. I will winter them in my southern exposure kitchen window as last year. They thrive there with the warmth of the sun. Will be more moving things around as I seem to have plants everywhere. They make me happy and are good for our air quality. Plus having some actual flowers in various shades of pink throughout the winter months certainly does not hurt.

I stopped writing to go upstairs and get dressed and then we went for our ten minute round trip walk. I’m back. It is gorgeous outside. I wish this weather to stay till November. The trees are pretty green with our recent rain. The grass well that depends on what side of the street you live on but of course the rain didn’t hurt.

I was thinking last night while watching a series on Prime called Solos, I believe. The first one was with Anne Hathaway which was cool as it was about a woman who had a Mother with ALS, I believe and her desire to time travel. I don’t remember the name of the actor in the second one but it was interesting as well. I think he paid to have a clone of him to live with his wife and two children as he had only so much time left. Maybe his duplicate wasn’t a clone. Now his daughter Peg was in the next episode which was cool. Peg was 71 and travelling on a one way mission in space. She was speaking about not being noticed partially because she was scared. By the time she was ready to, it was too late. I guess the whole point is to leave it up to your imagination. Well done. I do enjoy some of the different programs on Prime. Anyway I was thinking of some of the things that Peg said and how those thoughts applied to my life and others. I often wonder why some people end up alone and others do not. Of course, I am intelligent enough to know that you have to want to be with someone and actively be in pursuit. But what about the ones that have desperately wanted someone but they were never good enough. Maybe due to religion or being divorced, maybe they had children or maybe because their Mother would not approve or maybe that right person never came along? I know people that have had these situations occur during their lifetime. Very sad. I guess you have to be specific on what you want and not go back and forth. Life is interesting and I will say that I have had one thus far. When I think back to my youth it seems like a lifetime ago. I guess it was. Well with Mr. Alvin in my life, I certainly am not alone. I am blessed to have a daughter snd son-in-law and grand pups. I have a sister and brothers. I have a great many friends and some I have known for almost my whole life. Very lucky. You can feel alone even when you are not. Sometimes I feel alone!

Well it is time to enjoy my cup of coffee before it gets cold. Maybe spend some time on the deck before work.

I hope that you are well and maybe asking those life questions? Always good to ask questions.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude with laughter each day.

Always Carol&Alvin

Thought this was interesting and a good thing to do, cannot hurt.


Good Morning All! What a gorgeous morning and I hope that all is well with you. We had an okay sleep with some changes. Yesterday after work I packed away my workstation, took Alvin for a walk snd then decided to change things about on the main floor. I took all of the mats and stuff and made two soft places for jumping up and down of the sofa in case I forgot to put up pillows. I also put away the folding metal gate which felt like a relief to both of us. Actually Alvin slept beside me on the sofa and it worked out okay. Will try his bed again tonight. Just feels like our house again and not a daycare centre with all these interlocking block mats all over the floor. We are ready to get back to a new normal. He will need to be careful but he will have to do some climbing and jumping within reason. So that was the start to a good night. I also gave myself a haircut which did not work out exactly how I planned but still pretty good for cutting ones hair.

We, well me actually, is watching over Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder. I spent time there yesterday and again this morning. I had a shower and feels so nice with short hair. We have had a walk and I have popped in the first load of laundry. The sun is shining so brightly and there is a slight coolness to the air. Great for working outside. Will have to figure out having Alvin with me so he doesn’t bark.

Almost time for my first coffee which is late but very welcome.

I want to share some photos:

Time for coffee, then breakfast and do on. Lots to do.

Have a great day.

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

Love Carol&Alvin


Good Morning All! What a beautiful day! It be sweater weather. There is a coolness to the air as if it were fall. Perfect walking weather. We bumped into friends out for a walk this morning. See what happens with a good night sleep. I feel alive, so good. Alvin seems to be having a good morning as well. I have noticed that he has started to play with his toys. He really has not done that since he was a puppy. So cute to watch him dipping into his toy box. This is a great day and only good news will arrive.

Of course, stopping to visit put me a bit closer to work time but I have time to write this post. I cannot believe with my typing skills I am using one finger only. I will practice using my thumbs but is hard on a smallish screen. Oh technology.

Alvin had his second laser therapy session yesterday after work and it was 5 minutes this time. I took some more photos of him in his goggles, so cute.

The sky is overcast so perhaps some rain is in our near future. I know the farmers are taking off crops but so many places desperately need rain, some moisture.

Alvin CB in his cuteness and more flower photos, because both make me smile. Everyday the bouquets are changed as the flowers pass on.

Well time to go and sign in for work. Coffee will taste good as it always does.

I hope that you are well. Taking time for you and laughter, there has to be laughing everyday.

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

Always, Carol&Alvin


Good Morning All! I hope this finds you well. We or rather Alvin slept from 930 last night until 500 this morning. For some reason I did not fall asleep until much later. Having the fans running makes me stuffy so I was finding it a bit difficult to breathe comfortably. I did get up and turn one of the three fans off. I was cool and had a blanket on but Mr. Alvin with his fur coat needs to have it cooler. Anyway, I am so happy that he slept so well. His next rounds of meds is at 545 so I figured as I did yesterday- write this post and then give him his meds. We can lay down for a bit after that. Such as my life.

Yesterday we had a walk about 830 in the morning which was great. He did well. About 230 we went again and although in the beginning he did well, on the second half I realized that perhaps it was too warm. Note to self. There was a breeze so initially it didn’t feel as warm as the reported temperature. I massaged his leg once we got home.

Our day to day will change dramatically once I go back to work but gratefully I am working from home.

Tomorrow the staples come out and I can finally breathe again. I will admit that they do freak me out. Also I am still debating as keeping upstairs again if only I can come up with a solution to keep him from jumping off the bed.

I dream of our life before this incident and wish it were back. Somedays it just seems so complicated. I want to go up and down the stairs when I wish. I want Alvin to follow me as I water the flowers on the deck. I want him to go upstairs at night with me to bed. I want a lot of things, I guess. If I’m listing wants, no mortgage would be awesome as well. We will carry on each day making progress and changing our old ways to new ways. They may not be perfect but I guess what is. Each day we make progress.

The sun is beginning to rise as it becomes light outside. A new day dawns.

Are you watching the Olympics from Tokyo? Those poor athletes that have their events outside in such humid hot temperatures. They are amazing.

Just about time for Alvin’s meds and then we shall lie down for a bit more sleep.
Perhaps tonight will be the night that we both sleep well.

Alvin just tried to be a lap puppy’s and realized that would not work.

Have a great Wednesday.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, , compassion, patience, understanding, love and gratitude.

Always Carol&Alvin

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