2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this bright and sunny Tuesday morning? I, we are doing well. Alvin is patiently waiting for me outside the office door. The garbage truck is making the regular rounds. Just a soft breeze this morning. I can hear the hum of the traffic on the highway in the distance as people are out and about.

I was wondering who do you admire? Who were your childhood heroes? Did you have any? What did you learn from them? Are you continuing to learn from those people? Perhaps they have passed. Did you learn life lessons? Did they make an impression on your life? on your future? on your personality? on what you chose as a career? So many questions.

I would say that I admire those folks who do what they say and say what they mean.

I admire people who stand up for what they believe in.

I always admired my teachers growing up as I learned about the world from them.

My paternal grandmother played a huge role in my life. She gave us time, love, taught me to dance and was always there for me and my siblings. I could say so much more about my Gran Stella but it is almost time to head downstairs for work. These are big questions and I could write likely forever on them.

I want to continue this post perhaps on the weekend when there is time to delve into details.

Food for thought, though.

Wishing you a great Tuesday.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you doing today? It is Thursday, January 21, 2021. I almost wrote 2025. Don’t want to rush the years. What a day yesterday. The winds howled pretty much most of the day and with the icy sidewalks we decided to stay close to home and did not go for our usual lunchtime walk. Fingers crossed today will be better. I don’t hear the wind at this time so perhaps we shall be able to go at noon.

What a Wednesday, January 20, 2021! The Inauguration of the United States 46th President and I believe 48th Vice-President. Now we have President Biden and Vice-President Harris in the White House. I think that everyone or mostly everyone all over the world was waiting and watching on pins and needles during the actual inauguration. After Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in, there was a worldly collective sigh of relief. No matter who or where you are, we all are well aware the state of affairs in the United States. I will admit that I was teary eyed during the ceremony and very relieved when everything was official. A very historic day for the United States in many ways. Congratulations Vice-President Harris. There was even a fun spot in the day, when Al Roker from the Today show called the President over during the parade. President Biden ran over, said hello, fist bumped and then was back to the parade with his family. I would have like to have watched the evening – virtual “gala” but I had to get to bed so I could get up this morning for work. I did record the event and will watch today. Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks all gave very special performances but I think that the young poet laureate Amanda Gorman stole the show at the inauguration. A busy day for all. I guess there will be no rest for the new President and Vice-President.

Well Mr. Alvin is calling me and he is the boss in this house. Or so he thinks.

I wish you all a great Thursday. May your day be filled with much love, laughter and abundance. Continuing to live our lives with kindness, respect and compassion for ALL.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. this Sunday is the big 12th birthday party for Mr. Alvin. I cannot wait.

2021

Good Morning ALL. Welcome to Sunday, January 3, 2021. The sky is pretty this morning as the sun slowly rises and the darkness from the night slowly disappears. Looking out our bedroom window the sky is overcast which faces north but out the office window to the south the sky is clearing. I love how the sky can be different from one end of my house to the other. How are you doing this morning? I am kind of sad that today is my last day before heading back to work. Later today I will have to set up my workstation once again. Thankfully it only takes about five minutes or so. In some respects it will be nice to have a routine once again but I will miss the freedom that we have enjoyed this past week.

Yesterday we walked later in the afternoon and met up with our friend Pauline and her grandpup Georgie. We were able to chat and walk keeping the proper distance required for social distancing. It was nice to see a familiar face. It was good for Alvin as well. We also bumped into Bailey and her Grandpa on our way home. Bailey was so excited to see me, us. She squeals with absolute joy whenever she sees us. Just warms my heart. Our weather has been so un norm for this time of year. We have been loving our daily walks.

Today is going to be a quiet day for us. I should delete photos today from my phone and computer. This would be a good day as it takes time and needs to be done. For some reason I have a problem deleting them. Must get in the habit of deleting them in the first place. Depends on when I am taking them …. I don’t always think to do it. Would be a good habit to get into, I think. I need to place that thought in my brain and hope that it catches.

Oh, I have been rewatching the Star Trek Discovery series on CTV (via on demand). I started to do this as I found that I had missed a couple of recent episodes and of course, I couldn’t find them to rewatch so thought I would start at the beginning. I think they are in the third season. Anyway, it is working out okay. I guess this is called “binge watching.”

Soon the regular shows will be back on. Every interview from actors tells the story of this past year. How this pandemic has affected taping of television shows and movies. Everyone wants to be safe but everyone wants to work as well. We heard loud and clear from Tom Cruise recently when people on the set were not heeding to the requirements required. I understand why he got so upset. He takes this seriously and sadly not everyone does. I see that in my life and in my City, Province and Country as well. It seems as though half of the populations are doing what the Health Professionals are instructing them to do and the other half are not. Unfortunately it is going to be a long year, I think. I am grateful that I am able to work from home and that I have a job. Wow, how did I go from watching Star Trek Discovery to writing/thinking about this darn Virus. Sadly it affects us all in every corner and aspect of our lives.

Time to go and get dressed and have some coffee. I don’t like to drink coffee too late in the day. Although coffee does not seem to keep me up ….. it is those 60,000 thoughts that we humans seem to have each day.

Have an awesome Sunday. Keep in good health, be safe. Remember we must be kind, respectful and compassionate to all others.

Always, Carol

Christmas gone, Boxing Day Done.

Good Morning All. How are you? Someone I managed to miss writing this blog post yesterday. We slept in a bit after being up earlier, then the kids were up and we were visiting, having breakfast, then packing up their things and then they were gone. The morning was gone and then we were alone and it was early afternoon. Boxing Day used to be the day where I would pop out and pick up Christmas cards and wrapping paper for next Christmas. We did not leave the house except to the back yard. After the family left, I did laundry, put things away and did more dishes. We also had FACETIME with one of our friends down the block. She lives alone with her puppy Bailey. She only briefly saw her parents as they dropped of Christmas Dinner and her sister who is expecting could only visit from a distance outside. Very different from mine which actually did not change from other years. We chatted for almost two hours. While Alvin snuggled beside me on the sofa and just rested. I think that he was plum tuckered out. We had a great Christmas. Weather was amazing and we had a one hour walk all of us on Christmas Day. The sun shone and it was beautiful. Yesterday and today are overcast. Temperature not cold compared to other years. I spoke to my family on Christmas. Texted friends. We had baked chicken breasts, whipped potatoes and gravy, vegetables, cranberries, dressing (stovetop stuffing) and for dessert key lime pie and chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. My daughter and I had the pie and my son-in-law was too full for dessert. So they took the ice cream sandwiches home with them. I gave them the lion’s share of the baking that was occupying my fridge and freezer. Not that any one of us really needs more “sugar” but I definitely do not. In fact, I may freeze the small container that I left in the fridge. I am tossing about freezing the chocolates that I received as well. Never thought that I would be saying this but I am “sugared out.” Too much. I feel like a large sugar cube. Now that Christmas is over and I was going to visit with some folks this week but the restrictions are on and I am following the rules. I want this VIRUS gone. It will only be gone if we follow the rules. So this week, I am going to stay home except for going to pick out my new glass frames tomorrow (they have massive protocols in place at my Optometrist’s office and Alvin will need food, so there will be a trip to the Vet likely on Wednesday. Will have to check and see what hours they are open. That is other than some walking. No visits from or visit friends. But that is okay. I want to do my part. What did you get for Christmas? I was spoiled by everyone this year. I received every kind of chocolate you can think of, baking, pj’s, two pair comfy pants, lots of beautiful scented items from my favourite store, Bath & BodyWorks, candles, a pretty top, a hand held blender with so many attachments (something new to learn), books, about ten different kind of hand creams (I think we all had them on the brain as we used so much as a result of washing our hands so often), towel for my stove, and I know I am missing items as that is why I am going to sit down and write down everything I received. After a few days ….. I don’t seem to remember everything. Alvin was spoiled and loved his toys and treats and his new leash.

My daughter helped me figure out why I could not upload photos to the computer. Remember when I decided to use my photo library as my screensaver, I guess it was too much and prevented me from uploading/downloading from phone to computer. So nice to have my photos from my phone to my computer once again.

Well cannot believe we are now two days past Christmas. Time flies. I am needing a shower. Then will get this day started. We were up early as usually about 3:30 and then again at 5:00 and then back to the sofa until 8:30. I needed that extra sleep.

I hope that Santa was good to you and that you were able to celebrate Christmas even though it may have been different.

Wishing you a great day. Hopefully you can relax on this Sunday. Take a breath. No cooking (I have enough food for several days with no cooking). I will be chatting with a dear friend a bit later.

We will continue to live our lives with kindness, respect and compassion.

With the different format on WordPress I will figure out again how to post some photos but that will be later.

Always, US, Carol & Alvin

Welcome December 2020

Good Morning ALL. How are you this morning? Both Alvin and I are doing well. Earlier this morning the air was warm with promise of a beautiful day. Just a few minutes ago it started to rain as I noticed out my bedroom window and the wind began to strongly gust AND by the time I started this blog it has started to snow as I look out of my office window. The wind has blown down my shovel and I think my Christmas tree that is on the front porch. Once I go back downstairs I will have to check and see. I just heard a bang and assume it was one or both. So from rain to snow. Not nice and the wind is very strong. So this is not good for anyone having to drive and not good for walking. I only hope that as the day goes on that the sun comes out and the sidewalks are okay for walking. We have missed a few walks and we both need that exercise. Yesterday we managed to get out for a walk after work. I deliberately waited until then as the weather report was for the temperature to warm considerably over the course of the day. It was not frigid but it was cold. We walked just inside the park and then back home. Looking out the window the snowflakes are big and fluffy and swirling about in the wind reminding me when you shake a snowglobe. So here we are Saturday. We are “FIVE” sleeps until Christmas Eve Day. I cannot believe how quickly the time is passing. I am happy to say that I wrapped the last of the stocking stuffers for my daughter and son-in-law and baked another batch of Sugar Cookies last night after our walk. I made them bigger than the previous batch on purpose. I only need them now for Christmas and to give some extra ones to a friend who loves them so much and who is always helping me out by picking me up groceries and helping when I ask. What I don’t need is anymore baking lingering in this house. My friends have been so generous and my fridge is chalked full of baking of all kinds. I am not loving the way that my body is reacting to “all this sugar” and am I surprised, not really. Once you reach a certain age, it is more difficult to munch on everything and then more easily reduce those pounds. Oh, who am I kidding. You cannot blame it on just the Christmas goodies. I love to eat. LOL. Almost wished that I did not like my cooking. Anyway, I am grateful that I have all the goodies to try as I know that I am truly blessed in this life. Oh, the snow has almost stopped. Perhaps the weather will change and be nice after all. I hope so. We have a few gifts that Alvin and I have to deliver for his friends.

Tonight two of my girl friends and I are going to have our “Annual Christmas Party” via TEAMS. That should be interesting. Usually we go out for supper/dinner and then back to one of our homes to visit, have dessert, to have a drink and open the gifts that we exchange. With COVID19 that has put a stop to our usual plans as it has done for so many people. So we are going to party via technology. Video chatting. Video partying. Is that going to be a new thing. Coming to you from the comfort of your own home. Who would have ever thought that would be happening this Christmas? Not me. I am excited to see how this will work. Definitely not the same but at least we will see each other. I am excited to video chat with family this year. We have the technology so why not use it.

Well the morning is evaporating and I must have a shower. Oh, sky is clearing up now and I can see the sunrise. Blew in and out. That would be great. Wind gusting again. ARGH. I hope that you have an awesome Saturday. Be safe and have some fun. It is the weekend. If you are working as not all of us are lucky to have weekends off, I hope that you are safe and in good health.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect and compassion for all. More important now than ever.

Oh, I was going to mention something that I keep forgetting every time I post. I had big dreams of having a million followers on this blog when I started to write over ten years ago, and while I know that is near impossible, I am rounding the 1000 mark which is huge and I am so happy. So grateful to all those folks who take precious time out of their day to read my posts. Thank you so much. Thank you. This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to write and have people read what I write. Now I never dreamed that I would be writing in this format but writing is writing. Someday perhaps I will get that book written. But I am happy to share my thoughts, stories and adventures with my Alvin with all of you. Take care and be safe.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Tuesday Morning,

Another night without Alvin.

I know he is okay with the kids but I miss him.

It is good for us to be apart once in awhile.

We will appreciate each other all the more upon his return on Sunday.

Through some conversations and reflections, I believe that I have been causing Alvin anxiety since I have been home.

So I am going to try my very best not to let my job get under my skin.

I think that likely a lot of us are feeling this way now.

No matter if you like or love or don’t fancy your job …. we are all experiencing some form of stress or anxiety now.

I will say that our in person team meeting last Thursday helped us all.

We or most of us LOVE working from home and I would like to remain working from home until I retire.

So whatever I can do to make this be a positive experience for both me and Alvin, I am going to do.

My daughter stopped by yesterday on my lunch break to pick up the groceries that “we” forgot to pack into the car after the birthday party on Saturday.

She says that Alvin sleeps through the night until they get up in the morning and he has been doing great.

This is good for both of us.

Although I have never minded being alone …. I will say that the house is empty without the boy.

He is a force that is for sure.

Tuesday already and I have some things that I wanted to do this week so I guess I had better get the show on the road.

Tonight my girl friends are coming over and we are going to work on our “diamond paintings.”

It will nice to have them over.

I have some yard work to do.

When I opened the blinds in our bedroom this morning I saw that the sidewalks were wet.

I was not expecting rain.

The patio furniture still has the cushions out as I had not put them away.

Oh well.

I left the kitchen window open.

Luckily it was not a hard rain or coming in on an angle.

A nice rain is okay for us in the city but I hope that the farmers did not have rain as they are right in the midst of harvest.

My brother that lives in the country has been helping out some farmers with their combining.

So I hope it did not rain out there.

 

I was watching the weather channel last night before bed – trying to see what Saturday’s weather will be for the wedding.

They always switch it to something so I did not have the patience to wait.

I also noticed that yesterday in weather history ….. parts of Alberta had huge amounts of ….. should I say the word ….perhaps not.

Starts with a S and ends with a W and is four letters in total.

I am going to check my blog from last year and see if we had any??

Don’t remember.

That is the beauty of being Canadian we seldom remember the weather from year to end.

 

Well it is almost time to head on downstairs and have my first cup of coffee and perhaps start work a few minutes early.

Get organized.

I wish you an awesome day.

The sky out the office window kind of looks overcast so maybe this will be a rainy day.

I hope that the skies are clear on all the farms.

Live your life with kindness and respect.

Help when you are able and always do your best.

 

Living my life with kindness and respect.

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S. last year it was sunny and warm, Edmonton did not have the S–W that other areas of Alberta experienced.

Also I had put all of my patio furniture away and was cleaning up the flower pots already in preparation for winter.

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday, September 20th, 2020.

Two more days till officially FALL.

The smoke from down south fills our skies this morning.

There is rain in the forecast with the potential to clear the smoke and possibly to help with fires in Oregon.

At the moment I am loading some photos from my phone to the computer so that I am able to share them with you.

I am not sure why I also end up loading ones that loaded before …… makes no sense to me.

I will have to ask my “technical support.”

Earlier I was texting with my brother who was on his way to do some farming helping out friends and neighbours.

Mentioned that they were moving equipment this morning but have been combining the past few days.

Also skies are smoky and no rain.

Fingers crossed that the farms are able to get what they need done without any moisture.

Such a time sensitive period of the year ….. harvest crops.

Wishing them time to bring in the crops.

 

Yesterday we had company.

My daughter who was supposed to come in the afternoon was able to come in the morning.

We had a text from Alvin’s BF Teddy’s Mom who wondered if he could come for a visit.

I texted her back and set up a playdate for 2:30 …… which extended to include Teddy’s little sister Kobi.

Amanda came about 11:30 just as I was finishing up with the LIVE on Facebook Fifth Avenue Show.

She had picked up a few things from the grocery store and bought me a surprise “potted plant” and also gave me some crafting paper.

Lucky me.

The plant matched the one that my friend Pauline gave me for my birthday.

I do not know what kind of plant they are …..

We had such a great visit …… laughing and catching up.

I love having my daughter come to visit.

Perfect touch to the weekend.

Not long after she left …. Teddy and Kobi arrived.

Their Mom was going grocery shopping and asked if I needed anything.

“No” I replied as I already got the few things on my list.

The pups ran around the house …..literally bouncing off of each other and me.

They were so happy to see us.

Kobi has not been over for awhile.

It was good to see her.

Of course, Teddy as well.

When Iris came back she had bought me the same plant that Amanda had given me earlier except this one is pink along with a box of tulip bulbs.

How blessed am I?

Very.

 

Well after a considerable amount of time I have been unsuccessful in downloading the photos from yesterday from my phone to the computer.

I am definitely not tech savvy.

So as I would like to go for a walk.

I will try this again later and perhaps post them tomorrow.

ARGH, ARGH and more ARGH, I say.

Disappointed to say the least.

Not sure why sometimes things go off without a hitch and the next time, not without a hiccup.

 

Wishing you the best Sunday.

Filled with love and laughter.

Maybe you are spending the day finishing that book that you just cannot put down.

Maybe you are on your way out the door to go for a nice long walk with your dog.

Maybe you are spending the day baking some cookies and a banana loaf or three.

Maybe you are doing laundry.

Maybe you are going to spend the day watching movies on NETFLIX by yourself or with family or friend(s).

Maybe you are going to paint a picture or take some photos.

Maybe you are going to clean your closets.

Maybe just maybe you will do something that brings a smile to your face and joy to your heart.

Just maybe …. just maybe.

 

Speaking of NETFLIX, I started to watch this series with Hilary Swank and Josh Charles about first mission to MARS.

I don’t remember the name but it was really good.

So good, that I watched several episodes and did not go to bed until 11:30 p.m.

 

Best day.

Living with kindness and respect.

I will learn this technology soon ….. time for some more lessons, methinks.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning ALL,

TGIF.

I never really used that “term” when it was all the rage back in the day.

I do not even remember what decade it was ….. 80’s maybe??

Anyway in this decade it seems as though the younger ones are all about using abbreviations for everything.

Yes, I know they do not refer to the shortened versions of words as abbreviations, there are all sorts of words to describe.

Also in this decade it is all about the memes and emojis, words that are new to us older folk.

Always something …. what will be next, I wonder?

Food for thought.

 

After work last night Alvin and I enjoyed a nice walk.

The air was warm and no gale force wind or bugs.

Just gorgeous.

Today they said 24 degrees celsius.

That would be considered a warm summer’s day.

 

There is a breeze out there this morning.

But it was warm when I was out earlier picking up the little treasures Alvin leaves for me on the grass.

I love the little guy.

Never would have thought that I would have a doggie and be picking up poop from my backyard.

Actually I dreamed of having my own backyard and it wasn’t until several months before it happened that I started to think that I could have one.

I likely kept the house out of my life all those years when I was a single Mom.

Perhaps if I had changed my train of thought and had been thinking “anything is possible and I can have a house” ….. it may have happened much sooner.

Oh well, I am happy that I have one now and my daughter well she has a beautiful one …..

Sometimes you have to work your way up.

 

Mr. Alvin was up just after 3:00 a.m. as his paws were bothering him, he also had to pee and poop.

Too much information, sorry.

So up we went.

I gave him his glucosamine chew and also a pain pill.

Outside to do his thing and then back to the sofa.

I wanted to get up at 6:15 and we had woke up but I was tired and thought it was earlier than it was ….

Next time it was 6:38 a.m.

So had to put the pedal to the metal this morning.

Thankfully I still had time to have a shower and do what I needed to do.

 

Well time to go and I definitely need that cup of coffee this morning.

I hope that you have the best Friday ever.

I wish you love and support, compassion and care, kindness and respect.

 

Living my life with kindness and respect

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Was taken a bit ago but I love these flowers …. so pretty.

We all need a bit of pretty in our lives……..

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All,

Well I had an interesting day yesterday to say the least.

Who would have thought that not having cable would affect your WiFi connection for work.

Well it does and it did.

So it was a long day working remotely with one of our IT staff.

Even had to take the laptop upstairs and plug it into the MODEM/Internet Connection to see if could access.

Of course, that worked (which was a good thing).

So I learned some valuable information yesterday.

TELUS Optik is Internet.

The TELUS repair person came about 12:30 which was 1/2 hour early.

Thank goodness for that.

He also found that I had a cord attached from the External Hard Drive off my Computer to the Modem that should have not been there.

So now the green light on my External Hard Drive is not flashing yellow.

Good thing.

It was after 2 p.m. when I actually was able to start work.

When I checked phone messages for work I had 32 and then received more after that.

Wouldn’t you know that I then had issues with the phone app that we are using.

So had to change password and that worked.

It was an incredibly long and frustrating day.

Of course, Alvin was needy because I was anxious.

So this will be short as I desperately need coffee and would like to start work early.

With hopes that sometime in the not too distant future I can actually get caught up or at least relatively close.

Oh what a life.

I am most grateful to our IT guy and the guy from TELUS.

They were patient and I learned so much.

Hopefully I can remember.

Alvin is whining.

I hope that this is my productive, quiet on the phones kind of Tuesday and the rest of the week.

Fingers crossed for me ….. send me some good vibes.

I will try to remain calm, cool and collected.

 

I know that good things are coming to me and to you.

I know that my life is very blessed despite the odd blip on the screen.

I am grateful.

And I can watch television once again.

 

Wishing you all a great Tuesday.

May you be surrounded by love and support.

Kindness and respect.

 

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday.

So happy that it is payday.

Pay those the bills and wait for the next ones.

What a circle!

I am grateful that I am able to pay my bills in full and on time.

I am grateful to have a roof over my head.

I am grateful that I am able to look after me and Alvin in good order.

I am grateful that I am employed.

I am grateful for each and every day that I am able to get out of bed in the morning.

I am grateful for all of my dear family members and all of my friends.

I am grateful to be surrounded by goodness and light.

I am grateful to have Alvin as my housemate.

I am grateful to have this beautiful weather as we fast approach the first day of fall.

I am grateful to be alive.

 

Last night and early this morning – I had the strangest of dreams.

Unfortunately I remember nothing of them other than they were odd.

How often does this happen to you?

Me, lots.

Sometimes I remember little things and sometimes I remember the dream in some detail.

But not often.

 

I prefer to daydream.

Where I can somewhat control and remember what I am thinking.

What do you daydream about?

I think daydreaming is good for us.

I daydream about things and people.

 

Another beautiful day on the way.

Yesterday was gorgeous.

We went for a walk in the morning as I worked the late shift yesterday.

Our walk was lovely.

Quiet …. not too many people out before 8:30 a.m.

Today at lunchtime I am going to the Vet to pick up food for Alvin, some pain meds and toothpaste for him.

We will walk after work when it cools down.

I guess we could / should have gone this morning but alas I did not get my butt going soon enough.

If I got dressed now and we went …. we could be home in time for me to start work.

But I think we will wait.

Although …… it looks tempting but it would be cutting it close.

We shall wait.

Can always go after supper if it is too warm at 4:00 p.m.

 

Tomorrow I got to the office for the first time since I left on March 19, 2020.

I am a little nervous – I will confess.

Must remember to take a mask or two and some other supplies.

Lunch, I guess.

Sounds like the coffee machine is in use so that is good.

Only for one day.

I shall miss and feel guilty leaving Alvin for a whole day.

He is not used to it.

Perhaps he will be happy to have the day to himself.

Who knows?

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I have to get ready.

Turn on the coffee.

Actually turn on the coffee first and then come back upstairs and get ready.

I have all of the windows open so that cool air can come into the house.

Smells good.

Not really any breeze this morning.

Happy Thursday.

 

Have an awesome Thursday.

Be safe.

Be kind and respectful.

I shall/we shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

I am so excited to see the Snapdragons coming up in the pot with the Geraniums.

Orange and pink so pretty.

There are more Snapdragons since this photo was taken.

 

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