Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! The sky cleared overnight. We had a dreary rainy day in Edmonton yesterday. Good for the plants and remaining flowers and lawns and trees. The moon was shining brightly when we were up at 4:15 and appears to be crescent shaped. So pretty.

I have been thinking of the Queen. How did she manage to do her job for more than 70 years? I don’t remember her being ill, perhaps she had the odd sick day. Queen Elizabeth did her job with a grace and elegance unmatched in the world. Service, after all was her promise to the people when she was a young princess of 21. Something when asked decades later “Did she regret”, she replied “Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgment, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.” I admired her for keeping her promise for more than 70 years. She worked right up until the end of her life. She definitely had a sense of humour as I have watched some footage taken over her lifetime. Listening was definitely something that she did very well. Thank you for your kindness to animals and to people all over the world.

Thank you Elizabeth, Queen of our realm for doing such a magnificent job and for more than 70 years of service! Thank you.

Today is Tuesday, September 20th, 2022. I also want to make a correction to my post from yesterday. I believe that Princess Catherine’s name is spelled with a C not a K. I apologize.

Two days now until the first official day of fall. I can feel it in my hands. They are drying out. Lotion time.

There are a few days coming up where the weather will remind us of summer. This weekend I will be finishing up outside. Bringing in the rest of the plants and putting away the patio furniture. The cleanup stuff. Wash the deck and the windows.

Appears to be breezy out there as I take a quick glance out of the office window.

Last night started the fall television lineup. I am cutting back on the shows and have already cancelled some of the programs that I watched last year. Too much television.

Well almost time to head back downstairs.

Food for thought! On the weekend my friend and I were out for a walk with Alvin and her grandpup Georgie when we came across this woman and a little beagle. The cutest, most darling creature you would ever want to see. We stopped and chatted for a few minutes. She told us about her little one who was a rescue from a breeding facility in the U.S.A. This place bred beagles in particular and sold them to be used for animal research, testing and experimentation. They lived in horrific conditions and were given food filled with maggots and feces. 4000 beagles were saved from the facility. This pup had only drank water by a drip, I did not want to know what that meant. I can only imagine. The pup did not know how to run or play or even drink water. She was surprised when I offered the little guy a drink of water from Alvin’s to go water dish and he actually drank with no instruction. So perhaps we all need to step up to the plate and say something. Tell our governments to put a stop to this, stop TESTING ON ANIMALS. Do you know why they specifically use “beagles?” Because they are gentle and do not bite. Something else she said that most of the beagles are euthanized after 90 days. I can only imagine why. It is 2022 and we are still testing on animals. We should be SO ASHAMED of OURSELVES. Take a quick peek at some of the products in your medicine cabinet, pantry and kitchen and google to see which companies “test on animals” or do product testing in other countries that allow this cruel and inhumane practice. You will be shocked how many companies and big ones, still test on animals.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! Welcome to September 1st, 2022. There is a breeze this morning and the last time that I check the weather channel it was to be a bit cooler today which would be very welcome. Something happened with the setup on my blog this morning and I am not sure what this is going to look like once it is published. Oh, how I love technology. I can see birds flying across the sky which is the palest of blues with a very pale pink orange colour on the horizon as the sun begins to rise for the day.

We had a great walk yesterday morning. No sight of Jaime and Sadie but I know it was her first day at school and I think that Sadie was going to the doggie daycare.

So yesterday late morning Mr. Alvin threw up and was jittery and not looking himself, I kept a close eye on him and then at 5 minutes to noon he threw up once again. This prompted a call to the vet who happened not to be in at the time. Her assistant said that she would try and contact her to see if she could come in right away but she was not able to reach her. Michelle then made us an appointment for 1:30 p.m. They called later to confirm the appointment. Then it was how to get there as we could not walk when it was 30+ degrees celsius and he was sick. I cannot carry him that far although if I had to I would have done it. In the end my neighbour (thankfully) returned home and I was able to borrow her car. The vet did some checking and had some immediate concerns about his belly as it might mean his liver is enlarged and that is not a good situation. So next step is to have an ultrasound done to see what is going on. Vet is going to set that up. In the meantime, a shot of the drug that stops him from throwing up and pills to take for the next four days and probiotics to take for another ten days as well. He is always back on the bland diet of boiled chicken and white rice. I did not have any chicken but thankfully my neighbour who lends me her car was going to the store last night and picked me up some chicken breasts. So time will tell. I hope that he is not in any real pain and that I can keep him comfortable during all of this. We also got word yesterday that we are having a meeting this morning about returning to work. This adds a whole other layer to everything that is going on. I cannot leave him home alone for the time that I am at work and the commute is dreadful. So some tough decisions coming up. I guess life is never easy.

Well I am going to sign off now. It has been a long last not quite 24 hours and I need to go for a walk with Mr. Alvin. Perhaps the fresh air will clear my head and give me some solutions to the upcoming problems or at least make them less stressful. In the meantime, all we can do is stay positive. I am trying very hard to do that. Very hard.

Have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! We are doing well this morning. Up at 2:30 as Mr. Alvin had to pee. I was dreaming like all get out but we are up and at it. Alvin has had breakfast and I have had a shower. Writing my blog and then going for a walk before work. I can feel the beautiful breeze coming in through the open office window. A good start to this Monday.

I decided to change up my kitchen yesterday and put the IKEA shelves back under the window. I lay it on its’ side so that I can place my plants on top and then odds and ends underneath in the shelves. It is awesome. Same shelves that I had placed against the partial kitchen wall earlier this year (cannot remember when I moved them). Easier to get up to the table and more room to access the fridge. I like both ways (will post photos later). We went for a walk in the morning before it was too warm although it was not nearly as hot as it has been. Even today is not to be such a blast of heat.

In mid afternoon, I decided to go through the scrapbooking/craft items that I seem to have accumulated so much of. I had someone who had bought a knitting kit from me earlier in the summer and when she came to pick it up – we chatted and I founded out that she did scrapbooking etc. so I asked if she would be interested and she said yes. Well it took me this long to get through it. I only kept a few items and some paper and sent her photos for which she is looking at to come up with a price. There is a lot of things and to buy would be so much money but I am not looking to make a small fortune – just a bit of money would be nice.

Last night we had a quiet evening.

Our friend Kobi recently celebrated her third birthday. She has been a bright light in our lives.

Well time to fly. We wish you a great day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing great. Alvin is laying in front of the fan in the hallway as I type this post. We were up for the first time this morning at 5:45, that was fantastic. I suppose we should have stayed up as it was close to the time that during the week I need to be up so that we can do everything we need to do before I start work but alas after I fed Mr. Alvin, took him outside, we laid down on the sofa again. Next thing I woke up and it as 8:00 a.m., I quickly ran upstairs and got changed, filled his water bottle, slipped his harness on, grabbed the leash, poop bags, my sunglass clips, my flip flops and the keys and we were on our way. It was so nice outside a bit of coolness filled the air. The sky is slightly overcast as I type these words and there is a bit of a breeze. I think that today the temperature is to be a bit cooler. So grateful for that. We walked to our friend Pauline’s house, looked at the flowers from the public sidewalk as I could see people coming with dogs. Turning around we headed home. Of course, there was a poop stop before carrying on. We were almost to the poop bag station at the entrance to the park when the lady and her pup caught up to us. She called out that they were waiting for us. Her dog was large but seemed so sweet. Mary and PopTart. Those were their names. We chatted from a bit of a distance as Mary said that PopTart was afraid of smaller dogs. Alvin was busy sniffing and not paying too much attention to her although he did look at her from a distance and was wagging his tail. PopTart was so well behaved. I am always amazed at how many new people I meet. Are there that many moving into this area? She was nice and her pup was nice. We also mentioned about walking early in the morning or later in the evening (if not dark, no mosquitoes) if cools down as too hot for the pups during the day.

Just as I was typing this post, I realized that I had a voicemail message and it was from Pauline, she had called after we left the house to see if we wanted to meet and go for a walk. I texted her back and she suggested maybe this evening. I hope that the temperature allows for us to walk.

I would like to bake a banana loaf however it will depend on the temperatures. Have to check the weather station.

My brother and his husband made it safely to Regina last night to our sister’s house. She has air conditioning so they would have had a good sleep last night.

I can smell the freshly brewed coffee so it is time to end this post. Looks like more clouds are rolling in. Perhaps we will get some rain. I watered my flowers last night as they can barely go more than one day without being watered. We are also getting closer to the end of their season. I will need to bring in my geraniums and canna lily in likely a couple of weeks so will need to repot the geraniums. Guess I will need to look at getting some more flower pots and dirt.

I hope that you have an awesome Sunday. I have to bring up the clothes that are drying in the basement. Perhaps this afternoon, I will go through some of my crafting items as I promised them to a person that picked up a item that I was selling. No point in having things laying around the house that you will not use.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: always be open to possibilities!

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! How are you on this bright sunny Wednesday morning? Both Alvin and I are well and excited to be spending a few days with Amanda, Steven and the pups at their lake side home. I am so excited to just be away for a few days in the countryside. Breathing in that wonderful lake air. The stars at night are incredible and I cannot wait to see them. I have looked after Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder and will give one last check before I leave. Their Grandpa will be taking over from me. There is a bit of a breeze and that was nice when we went for a short walk this morning. We were a bit late getting out this morning. I have watered all my plants inside and out including Humphrey’s shrubs. I still have to pack and put together things in a cooler so that part has to be last minute but will have to make sure that I do not forget anything.

Birthday. Well it was fantastic. Aunt J brought Teddy and Kobi and a Mexican feast for we, humans. It was so yummy Unfortunately in all of the excitement, I forgot to take photos as I had planned. We had a chicken mixture in crispy tortillas done in a semi dry skillet. OMG, so good. Quesadillas. We had a wide variety of condiments and dishes: quinoa salad, refried beans, avocado, hot sauce, a creamy sauce for which I do not remember the name, fresh limes, my friend Val’s Jalapeno Raspberry jelly which was so delicious, pico de gallo, corn chips and more. Supper was off the charts great. We ended it off with a small piece of my Birthday Cake from Sunday. Perfection. WE have leftovers and I am packing them in the cooler with the “6-5” cake that Val made for me and Alvin’s wet food and pumpkin. So lots to take.

Oh, I need a hat for my boat ride. Better not forget the hat!

Turning back the clock a bit before the food …… Aunt J, our friend Iris and Walter and the pups Teddy and Kobi gave me the biggest bouquet of flowers, so beautiful and a very thoughtful card. My fireplace mantel is covered in birthday cards. I love cards.

This year’s birthday seems to be continuing as there will be more celebrations with my daughter and her family. Also we saw a friend this morning and she has something for me but will see us when we get back. Also another friend popped by last night after Aunt J and the pups left with a gift and card. I am truly spoiled.

So this leaves me to mention that I will be taking a break for a couple of days from posting/writing. I will have photos and stories, I am sure to write upon my return.

Thankfully I took next Monday off so that I have an extra day.

There is a list about 1/2 mile long of things for me to do before my daughter picks us up. I guess next thing to do is to hop into the shower and get ready followed by packing. I want to ensure that I do not overpack. Always fun.

Question: makeup or no makeup for the trip. I have asked my daughter to take photos of me and Alvin, just in case we do not get back out there before winter. I guess we could have them taken at home but why not in the country. Okay, makeup then.

Have a wonderful next couple of days and I will see you on the other side. We will be home on Friday not sure what time so next post will be Saturday.

I am so grateful for the 153 messages via Facebook, two birthday parties, parcel from my dear friend Val, friends dropping by, two bouquets of flowers, thoughtful gifts, a bunch of cards, phone calls, emails, phone texts and more. I am over the moon grateful. Now I get to go and spend some time with my daughter and son-in-law and grandpups at the lake followed by a boat ride and picnic on Friday with Pauline and her husband Al. I am over the moon grateful.

Time to fly.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: 65 is the bomb, does that still mean good? I hope so. Anyway, 65 is great!

I tried to download last night’s photos to show you but did not work, other photos loaded but not from last night. Not sure why. I will send them on Saturday.

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! I hope that this finds you in good health and happy. Alvin and I are doing great. I am enjoying my vacation and wished that it was permanent. Wouldn’t it be nice to be on vacation all the time – well I guess for me that would be retirement! Yesterday was a great day. In the morning I checked in on my charges Humphrey, Bogart and Cynder – fed them and all that. Of course, Alvin was looked after before I headed out to my birthday party at my friend Gillian’s house. Our friend Signe and Gillian’s husband Kris were there as well. We had so much fun. I was totally spoiled. They are way too good to this “woman.” I have photos to share and will keep this post short as I want to go and enjoy my first mug of coffee on the deck before the sun is too hot. I already have been over and looked after my charges next door and also took Alvin for a walk, changed bedding and a few other things. So feels good to be up early.

Well I have no idea how to delete a photo or to make the one smaller. Something changed in WordPress and I am lost.

Photos of my charges. Birthday party. So blessed.

Time to head downstairs, Mr. Alvin is restless.

Wishing my niece-in-law Sara a very Happy Birthday and my friend Karen from work. August is a huge birthday month for family and friends.

Happy Birthday Ladies.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: ONE Day until 65! I think it is going to be a great year.

Last Half 2022 – August

Good Morning ALL! The sky is clear in the distance but at home there are rain clouds hovering as they dropped their precious cargo over us. The colours are more brilliant this morning as a result of the rain and the cooler temperatures a welcome relief for some of us. The wind is very strong this morning much different than yesterday morning. I love weather. Ever changing. The sky is amazing. I cannot wait to be in the country for a few days. One of the things that I love the most about the countryside is the night sky. The sky is filled with brilliant shining stars. So different than in the city where you might see five on a good night. Oh how I love the countryside!

How about some GREAT news? It seems as of late my news has been all over the place. Yesterday I called Alvin’s Vet and the tech answered the phone. She was just the person that I needed to speak with so I was very happy. Yes, the only changes that Alvin needs to do is FOOD. Change the diet. Perhaps a supplement. No more testing. No abdominal ultrasound. I confirmed that for certain. Yes, she just has to contact the reps for the food companies and sort out which is the best food for Alvin and also find out how long it is backordered. That is the problem with human food and pets alike. Backorder. I have come to despise that word. I get the supply chain, I get it. We have so many options and my Alvin does not so I am hoping that we can work something out. He will need to get on it sooner than later. I recently bought a bag of food which has not been opened yet and I was hoping that I could trade it in for the new food. I guess time will tell. Not likely as it is looking as today is Thursday. He can also take a supplement so perhaps that will help in the meantime while we wait for the food to come in. I will have to phone and find out and then pick up the supplement. I wonder how much that will cost? Michelle, also advised that he will need to have bloodwork and urinalysis in six months. We can do that. That will be during his 14th year birthday month.

Anyway, I can breathe a sigh of relief, actually I did and I did a little jig as well. Alvin must have sensed my joy and became playful. He ran into the living room and grabbed one of his toys, his favourite “teddy bear” and brought it to me so that we could play tug-o-war. The look in his eyes brought tears of joy to my eyes.

Wow, it is really raining out there now. Sure am happy that we did get a walk in yesterday. Today may be a raining day with no walking permitted.

Time to head downstairs. Walking on sunshine or perhaps a rainbow!.

Have a wonderful day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: only 5 days till I turn 65. Will I feel any different?

Last Half 2022 – July

Good Morning ALL! It is a great morning. We were up earlier than usual and I have already had a shower. The plan is to write this post and then go for a walk. The sky is overcast at this moment and there is a slight breeze so it will be perfect for walking. The temperature is supposed to be +30 degrees celsius today. I thought we had better get out as we missed yesterday. Should have/would have gone in the morning had I realized that the temperature was going to be much warmer than the forecast. So I have made a promise to Mr. Alvin that we will get up earlier and go for a walk in the morning while it is still cool – that way we both get some exercise and fresh air.

This month has been chalked full of birthdays. Family and friends. August is another big month for my family and friends. So exciting. Birthdays are a good thing. A reminder that we made it through another year with the promise of another one ahead.

Yesterday I received a text from my friend Val, who said “There is a parcel in your mailbox.” I was so excited. I was in the middle of work so wanted to wait until my lunch break. At my break I walked quickly to the mailbox to retrieve the parcel. A large box awaited. When I brought it into the house, Alvin started to bark. He knew what was inside – something for him. As I opened the box, I saw a sign that said “SURPRISE! You’re 65 (almost). Underneath a card and a box filled with goodies.

Mr. Alvin enjoying opening his treats from Val. She baked some sweet potato bones and some mini banana peanut butter muffins, I believe.

I am sorry that I had to leave this morning due to technical difficulties and impatience. Back now. Getting it done. Hopefully I will be able to share some photos. We always love seeing pictures.

Well I had to delete some photos from my library and still exceeds limit, so now not sure if computer is full or what! Just a few photos to show some of my treats. The unopened packages are some specially hand baked treats for Mr. Alvin and the other packages are a variety of Epicure products. I need to go to the grocery store for some ingredients so I can make them. So excited. There were also a couple of gift cards to great stores: Winners and one of my favourites “Bath & BodyWorks.” DId I say cinnamon buns and biscotti. Yes, there is!

The house was 78 degrees Fahrenheit about mid morning. I totally understand why Mr. Alvin was panting. I tried covering him with a wet towel but he only liked it for a small amount of time. The clouds roll in every once in awhile breaking up the sunshine. A small reprieve. Although I really do not want to complain about the heat and sunshine. We will manage. All of the blinds are closed, all the fans are on. We can always retreat to the basement after work if need be.

I am thinking this might be a pizza night with leftovers for the next few meals. No cooking required.

Well I should go as I spent a great deal of my lunch break just trying to delete photos so that I could add these few. I had more to share but will have to be another time.

Have a great rest of your Wednesday. I hope that you are cool and safe. Enjoying the summer!

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: 13 sleeps until I turn 65, getting closer.

Last HALF 2022

Good Morning ALL! We have had an interesting last day or so. This will be short as it is already past 7:30 and I start work at 8:00. I was going to take the day off as Alvin was vomiting yesterday and long story short, we made an emergency trip to the vet in the afternoon as he was not keeping even water down. Three meds later and back onto the “bland diet” of boiled/poached chicken breasts and white rice for a few days. Poor guy had to have a fluids injection, injection to make him stop throwing up and then sent home with three meds including the one to keep him from throwing up, probiotic and antibiotic. He did not throw up now since yesterday afternoon which is great. If he does, I have to call the vet right away and there is something more seriously wrong. But I think he is over the hump.

I am tired but decided not to take the day off. Likely should have.

Definitely no office for me on Thursday.

I will give more details later but just wanted to say that we are okay – Mr. Alvin is okay. Scared me though.

Have a great day.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: three weeks exactly till 65.

Last Half 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this beautiful Saturday morning? We were up “early” as per usual but up to stay just before 8:00 a.m. I decided because I was not quite certain how high the temperature is going to rise today, that perhaps we should walk this morning while it is relatively cool. First off, I had opened the main floor windows. Alvin was excited and headed for the door, that could mean only one thing – that the boys, his friends next door, Humphrey and Bogart were outside also enjoying the beautiful morning. So out we went. He walked across the deck closest to the house as he always does before heading to the lower (middle) part of the deck and then jumping down to the grass area. Immediately on the grass, he went to the fence and started looking through the cracks. I noticed that their patio door was open so I knew that the cats were outside. Sure enough Alvin spotted Humphrey and I could recognize his meow meow. I figured that I would take a peek through the fence and I could see our Humphrey as well. We spent several minutes out before I heard Sonja. I was up on the steps to the deck when I noticed Bogart on top of the gate with Alvin below saying hello. It is a funny story, Bogart will not listen to Sonja but he will listen to her partner Steven. So funny. If Steven goes outside, Bogart hustles back down to where he is supposed to be. We had a little visit before we all returned to our homes. I emailed our friend Pauline to see if she wanted to join us for a walk. It was shortly before 9:00 that we headed out the door and on our way to the park stopping every second or so to smell whatever may be hiding in the wet grass. It took us a few minutes to reach the park. There is a cool breeze and then a cloud would block out the sun and it would be more cool and then the sun back out shining down upon us. Lots of people out walking and one man with two small dogs. Everyone enjoying the fresh morning air including me and Alvin. Alvin stopped for a poop a couple of minutes before reaching Pauline’s house so I dropped off the bag in the garbage can on the sidewalk close by. Then we walked across the very wet grass and stood by the back fence to see if she happened to be outside, she was not. We waited patiently taking in the beauty of the roses and other flowers in her garden. The roses are loving all this rain. I don’t remember them looking so full and so many for a few years. There were no windows open so I did not call out for her. I gave Alvin a choice and this time he surprised me by wanting to continue on our usual walk which would take him by his BF’s house. They are at the farm but they were in town for a day as Teddy had surgery to remove a small growth on his eye and to have his teeth cleaned. They went home Friday. So we did not have a chance to visit with them as we were out visiting on Thursday night. We both enjoyed the walk and even walking through some wet grass. We were home by 9:30 ish. I put the coffee on to perk, changed sheets on our bed and then writing this post. The plan for the day is to do laundry, do some cleaning and reorganizing the garage and going through the odds and ends of jewelry and see what we have.

I am so grateful to Sonja for lending me her car after work yesterday so that I could pick up food (wet and dry) for Alvin. I can carry it for sure but a case of cans and a bag of dry food is awkward to carry. I always have to take strong reusable grocery bags. As I had the car I decided to go to the nearby convenience store and pick up a treat for the lone staff person, Michelle working at our vet clinic. While I was there I had a craving for Doritos chips and the pricing is so high, some bags of chips were almost $6.00 each. So they had a “deal” on these chips 2/$8.50. I bought two. So expensive. I am so glad that I do not eat them on a regular basis. So $22.00 later including a lotto ticket, I was out of the store and walking to the vet clinic which is located in the same strip mall. Michelle was just coming out to clean the door handle etc. when I arrived at the door so she opened it up. We chatted for a few minutes while I gathered Alvin’s food. She gave me the bottle of Tramadol that I had also requested. As I pulled out my debit card to pay for the items, she told me that debit is down. A previous customer had said that it was due to someone taking out satellite. Not sure about that but apparently out for millions of customers Canada wide. I found out later that it was a Rogers thing and that lots of people did not have access to even call 9-1-1. Scary thought. No internet, no cable and no cell phone. Technology is great until it is not. I didn’t check to see if they restored everything this morning but hope so. I had some cash with me which I almost never have and I do not have a credit card so I would have been hooped for sure. I paid cash for the items at the convenience store and thought that I may have had enough for the items at the vet but I was short. Luckily for me, Michelle said “we know where you live,lol” and is allowing me to pay for everything when we go next week for Alvin’s appointment. I was grateful for that. Back to the treat, I picked two different kinds of chocolate bars and gave her the choice. She was happy to have the treat. I was happy to give it.

So that is my life for the past couple of days. Oh, I did work yesterday. Busy as usual.

Time to have coffee and then eat something as I worked up an appetite.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Oh, just had a text from my daughter and she is coming for a visit tomorrow. YAY.

This is going to be a great weekend.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: 31 days till I am 65 years. Forgot to mention that I was lucky to have the car yesterday as there were huge rain clouds looming and the forecast was for a storm. Luckily it was nowhere near what Thursday night was ……

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