The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? I well, er slept in and am running late. So this will be a short post. I apologize. I was up in time but the sofa and the warm blanket sang out to me and I kept clicking on the “SNOOZE” button. Shame on me. On the upside, I am up and had a beautiful warm shower and am feeling comfy at the moment. I guess it was too early to turn the heat off. It is in the mid 60’s F in the house this morning. The sun is shining outside which is a good thing. There is a breeze. It is Wednesday. Half way through the work week.

Last night Mr. Alvin was not having much fun. He started to shake his head and lick his paws even more than as of late. I gave him his last pain pill with the hopes that he could settle down and get some rest which would trickle down and give me some as well. He slept okay. So today I need to make him a vet appointment. Double check his ears and get him some pain pills for the arthritis. I hope that I am able to get him in today.

We are supposed to get some moisture today. If it is raining I cannot walk him to the vet. I guess time will tell.

Well I had better get going. Sorry for the rush.

I hope that you have an awesome Wednesday. We will certainly try.

Better get to the affirmations right away. They certainly do help.

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

Always, Carol

The New Year 2022

Good Morning ALL! How are you this morning? We are doing very well. I did hit the snooze button a couple of times this morning but otherwise doing great. My body seems to be almost back to normal from my spill on Sunday early evening. I have figured out different ways to get up from a seated position so that is good. Learning new things does not hurt one. We went for a walk yesterday at lunch and it was a bit slow going for me which Alvin loved because he got to sniff more. The sky is overcast this morning and from my office window the ground is almost bare. No more you know what! I don’t even want to utter that word. There is a breeze you could say this morning. So that will help dry things out. The deck is almost completely bare. Thank goodness the grass area is starting to dry out. There is forecast for rain today so that will help to clean up the yuck that I fell into on Sunday.

We had a quiet evening as I elected not to do the second walk right after work and instead gathered up the trash and put it all out. Today we can put out the garbage, food scraps and recycling as we start the summer schedule. YAY.

I am going to make this short this morning as I honestly cannot think of much more to say and why babble but perhaps I babble most of the time, lol. Life.

Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday.

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

Thank you for reading.

Always, Carol & Alvin

The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! I hope that you are doing well this Tuesday morning. Alvin and I had a fair sleep, I will say. We are always up and down and it is just a fact of our lives. Enough said. The morning sky is light with a few blue clouds dotting the horizon as the sun tries to peer through. Winter morning in Edmonton. I saw a couple of snowflakes earlier when I was outside with Alvin. I hope for bright blue skies and calmness. Yesterday we had pretty much gale force winds all day. We put on our outer gear and headed out for a lunch break walk but came to a direct halt a few houses down from ours. We came across a massive sheet of ice covering the sidewalk and had to turn around and come back home. Thankfully we had some fresh air. I have been doing some yoga exercises daily and of course we are up and down the stairs all day long with my office being on the second floor. So we are getting some exercise to help battle the lack of movement, the shortness of walks. I think that walking is one of my most favourite things in the world to do. I could literally walk until I couldn’t walk any more.

So it is Tuesday and today is the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2022. Personally we should celebrate each and every day of our lives. Every person on this planet should be celebrated. Now we do not know everyone but that doesn’t mean that they are not important. We are all important to our families, to our friends, to our neighbours, to our jobs, to our schools, and to our homes. Today I celebrate that we are celebrating. So let us celebrate today! Celebrate what we have learned and what we are learning. Celebrate that we have come this far and that we have a long way to go. Celebrate each other! Celebrate the kindness, the respect, the compassion and the understanding. Happy Tuesday and International Women’s Day 2022.

I am most grateful to be have lived yesterday, am living today and hope to be living tomorrow. There is so much to do and to do learn.

My daughter is bringing our groceries after work. I am grateful that I will have some time with her. Let us celebrate our daughters today. My daughter is the most kind, respectful, gracious, gentle, intelligent, patient, loving and compassionate woman I know. I am grateful that she is in my life and I learn from her daily.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning All! I hope this finds you well this morning and it is Thursday. Second last day of the work week for me. Then of course, there is work to be done around the house and yard. I cannot believe we are coming up to the final week of October 2021. Fast approaching the end of another year and the promise of perhaps our best year in a long time. 2022, I think may be off to a slow start but by summer we will all be in a much better place physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. That is going to be my mantra.

Yesterday was again windy. I am not sure what that is all about but you almost have to tie everything down. Even my garbage cans that sit on the deck by the fence not too far from the back door blew over in the wind. There has been cardboard boxes, papers, plastic bags and anything else that can fly zooming around the neighbourhood. It is a reminder to please secure your garbage. Sometimes people leave things out near their garages unsecured and this is what may happen. Tuesday was our garbage day and all recycling is to be in blue bags except for cardboard which is to be folded flat, bundled and placed under the blue bag(s). Doesn’t always happen. Also I had a thing with my garbage in our new black bin, I guess I forgot to share. Anyway at noon on Tuesday I went out to see if the bins had been emptied. Tuesday was to be garbage, recycling and green bin pickup. I had it all. Just as I opened the garage door – I came face to face with the green garbage truck whose driver was trying to get around the corner of the back lane. He had to backup and inch forward several times before getting around the corner onto my part of the back lane. I can tell you he seemed to be more “oh well” than frustrated. I would have been frustrated. I can tell you when the planners were coming up with back lane access to semi detached garages – they did not think things through very well. Anyway when he was finally in place, he brought down the big arm to pick up my garbage bin (first time I had seen it up close). Up it went and when over the open part of the truck it flipped over ….. couple of bags came out but not the one with styrofoam. The arm shook the bin and nothing and finally the driver put it back down and got out of the truck. We said Hi. He loosened the bag. I said I am sorry (because that is what I do). The driver hopped back into the truck and the arm lifted the bin backup to dump the bin. It took a couple of attempts but then success. The bin was on the ground and the lid stays open. I waved to the driver as he left onto the next house. When I went to close the lid on the garbage bin – I noticed that the lid was bent. I was kind of mad as these bins are new, not quite two months old. I could just see pests and bugs getting into the bin. I put the bin back into the garage and went back into the house. In the house I texted my daughter in my anguish. She texted back to call 311 and that is what I did. I spoke to a nice young man who explained that I could put in a maintenance claim and the Supervisor would come out. If it would be fixed, it would be otherwise they would replace it. We did not discuss money and I feared that I would have to pay a large sum of money (they are not cheap). Anyway then a bit later it was back to work. This was the windy day that we did not walk at noon. After work Alvin and I went for a walk. When we got home I fed Alvin and then went to the garage to pull in the green bin. I found that the lid on the garbage can had closed properly. Someone was watching over me. I could not believe my eyes. It was perfect. Magic lid. So happy. Somehow it had regain its’ original shape. I did a happy happy dance.

Now it is getting late, that was a long story. Alvin is barking and perhaps has to go pee or something else. The sun will start to rise in a bit, still dark for the moment.

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday.

Alvin has a regular vet appointment at 3:30 today so I will be taking off from work at 3:00 so we can walk over there. Walking seems to take us longer now. After that grocery time.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! First thing, this morning. BIRTHDAY WISHES going out to my son, my son-in-law Steven. Happy Birthday. Wishing you a great day and may the days and years ahead be filled with great joy, good health, much love and laughter and abundance. Alvin and I won’t be able to spend time with him on his birthday for the first time in many years so we shall miss seeing him but we are so looking forward to spending a few days with the family at Thanksgiving at their new home. It will be great.

We had a pretty good sleep last night on the sofa. Only up at 2:00 a.m. (although I am pretty sure Alvin wanted up at other times but either I coaxed him to lay down or I did not hear him) and then up at 6:00 a.m., which was spectacular. So happy. Much better way to start the day.

As I looked out the living room window earlier I realized that most of the trees had virtually gone from green to gold and reds overnight or at least it sure seemed that way. So pretty but most of the green has slipped away for another year. The vibrant golds and reds are a good way to bring in the following season which hopefully is several weeks or even a couple of months away. December would be good. In Canada, you never know when that “season” will arrive …. never according to the official date that is for sure.

Thursday night we visited our friend Pauline. Her beautiful yard. Doesn’t even matter that it is almost the end of September. The flowers are still absolutely beautiful. Colours so vibrant. My happy place. Both Alvin and I could just lay on the grass forever and be perfectly happy and content.

Friday night “Paint Night” with the girls. We had so much fun. I even had a drink and I don’t mean coffee. We laughed and painted and painted and laughed. Here are some of our paintings over the course of the evening.

We have had a glorious last few days. I know that Alvin was not out with me for the paint night but we did enjoy another walk with Pauline and Georgie. Yesterday about 4:45 p.m., the phone rang and it was Pauline. They were going to be busy for the next few days so she wondered if me and Alvin would like to go for a longer walk with her and Georgie. I thought that Alvin was up for a longer walk. It was glorious we even saw folks we had not seen in months and had a quick catch up. Met a new pup Daisy and her Mom Ashley. I was so happy to see Miss Sadie and her Mom and Sister. It was great. Alvin had no problems and was happy to be out sniffing in new places. Places that we had not been to in a long time.

Well time to get going and plug in that coffee pot. Time for coffee and then breakfast. I am going to work a bit on the yard but I was thinking that maybe I would leave the plants for a bit longer. I just cannot pull them when they are blooming. Just not right.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this great Thursday morning? Alvin and I are doing great after a FANTASTIC night sleep. The sky is overcast and it is windy. The wind seems as though it is here to stay.

I finally downloaded my photos from Tuesday night. The flower shots were all taken during a crazy strong wind. Some photos were so blurry that I had to delete them and reshoot them. I love the vibrancy of my beautiful flowers and the green plant at the end of the first row is a PEPPER PLANT. I can hardly wait to see peppers forming. It will be a surprise as to what colour they will be. How exciting. I also threw in some photos of a couple of selfies that I was trying to take for a Fifth Avenue Jewelry Jewelry post and well, the most important subjects were Alvin and the necklace. I took those photos Wednesday late afternoon and the ones of Mr. Alvin laying on his bed were taken Wednesday morning after he wanted to play with his Teddy Bear. Which we did. So cute.

We had two lovely walks yesterday. At lunch time we met a dog named Wilson. I love that name for a doggie. Not much is new with me and Alvin. Father’s Day is coming up for all those Dads out there.

I hope that you enjoy the photos as much as I love the subjects of the photos. Flowers are a passion for me. I love their beauty, various colours and shapes and scents. They just make me feel like a billion dollars. Another passion in my life is my four-legged buddy. I will admit that sometimes I do have less patience than I should but I do try as we continue to muddle through this life of ours together.

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday. Maybe you are doing something special today? Just for you! I hope so. You deserve to take some time and do something just for YOU. You, rock. Remember that! We take ourselves for granted sometimes.

Continuing to go through this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love and gratitude and thoughtfulness.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! Welcome to Sunday, June 13th, 2021. How are you this morning? We are well. Alvin has his own clock and of course it almost never lines up with mine, you would think it may after this many years together but it has not. Oh well, what can you do? Not much. Today is the birthday of a friend of mine who lives in our neighbourhood. I talk of her often as she has the most beautiful garden and Alvin always stops when we are walking and looks into her yard from the public sidewalk to see if she is outside. If she is outside, he pulls me toward her and there is no stopping him until we get to her yard. Happy Birthday our friend, we hope that you have an awesome day. It is the perfect blue sky and sunny morning for her birthday. There are birds chirping happily outside somewhere. We are up and at it quite early. I can feel a bit of coolness coming in through the open window in my office as it dances upon my skin. The forecast for the next few days is to be warm. One of my “younger” girlfriends in the neighbourhood is coming for tea/coffee and a visit this morning. “G” is unable to attend as she has other commitments. We are excited to have company. The flowers are looking beautiful and the backyard lawn has been mowed and is looking good.

It is true that we are inspired at the most unusual of times. For me, when I get an idea for a story it comes after I climb into bed and am comfortable. Sometimes I tell myself – oh you will remember in the morning and can write it down and then come the morning, I have forgotten. So last night, I got up twice and wrote in my notes on my iPhone the story line as it tumbled into my brain. Yay, me, I have a good part of a children’s story written. Honestly not much left to do but to elicit an illustrator. Lucky for me, I happy to have close family and friends that are good at drawing. I am feeling really good about this story. Very good. Excited in fact. Sometimes you just know when you have an idea that it is the one. The one that is going to do it. YAY, me.

I absolutely love the cool air as it drifts through the house landing and cooling everything it touches. The amount of wind in Edmonton seems to have increased over the years since I moved here.

Well I am ready to head into the shower and then have breakfast before our company arrives. The laundry should be dried in the basement so I will bring that up and I have one more load to wash or maybe two and then done.

I hope that you are inspired to go outside your comfort zone today. Take a chance and go for it. Do it today. In this moment if you have an idea for a book or a podcast or a business or a new recipe or whatever it may be – go for it. Take that first step. I know that you can do it ….. I feel it in my core. You have what it takes. After all, don’t we all. If we just lift that veil of “uncertainty” and literally take that first step. Pushing down barriers and fears and negative thoughts we can make our dreams come true. Hey, I am with you. I am the first person who has great ideas and then pushes them aside or ignores them due to FEAR. Fear of not knowing what to do next. Fear of what is ahead. Fear of it all, really. But together we are going to do this. I know that we can. As I always tell Alvin when he is afraid to cross from the area rug in our bedroom to the bathroom floor …. “put one paw (foot) in front of the other and soon you will be walking across the floor.” He eventually calms and makes the journey. You got this. We got this. I got this.

Time to hit the shower. I wish you the best day ever.

Continuing to live each and every day with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love and gratitude and to be fearless in the journey ahead.

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this beautiful sunny Wednesday morning? Alvin and I are doing great and we had a wonderful sleep. Great way to begin any day for sure. There is a breeze but the sun is shining. There are some dark clouds to the south of my house but to the north it is all bright blue sky. I love how it seems like I can have two kinds of weather from one end of my house to the other. Wednesday, how wonderful. Mid week and yesterday was the start of the work week. Nice have a short work week.

We walked at noon yesterday. It was almost too warm for a light jacket or sweater at one point and the rest of the time you definitely needed something covering your arms. Makes a difference if the sun goes under some clouds with the wind blowing. I am surprised at how cold the wind has been as of late. But we enjoyed the walk all the same …. checking out for the goslings who were nowhere in sight. I love seeing the spring babies.

Last night I came across two packets of flower seeds that my friend P have given me and decided that I had better get them planted. I usually don’t plant much from seed but this time I thought why not. I had room in my front flower bed and one extra pot and dirt in the garage to make another pot on the deck. The pepper plant is growing fast. I love looking out my kitchen window while I work to see all of my beautiful flowers and then when I am in the living room, I can take in my front flower bed. Flowers make me smile.

Last night I had thought of something that I should write about and now this morning I have forgotten. Note to self: pick up the phone and make a note!

Well I did sleep in a bit later cause it is cool in the house and I love to snuggle with Mr. Alvin. It is time to run downstairs, put on the coffee and get the work day started.

I hope that you have a wonderful Wednesday.

Remember it is okay to take notes. There is way too much to remember all of the time.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Tuesday morning? We are well. Both Alvin and I had a good sleep. The sun was shining brightly and now I see that the clouds are rolling in and the wind is still blowing. I was going to run out to the garage and put out my three geranium plants which I had placed in the garage yesterday due to the wind and rain. They do not like to have too much water. So far the other plants that remained outside seem to be doing well. I wished that the sun would shine. I have a chill in my bones just from the sound of the wind and the rain. Perhaps I should have turned the heat on but I have elected to wear warm clothing instead. I might just leave the geraniums in the garage for a bit but will keenly watch the weather. Fingers crossed for some sunshine. We are grateful for the moisture as it was very dry here despite the heavy rain and snow of last week.

I/We had a great long weekend. I forgot to wish my friend Mr. B a Happy Birthday for yesterday along with Queen Victoria. Not sure how I forgot them but I did. It was a weekend filled with outside visits with friends and checking off items off that never ending TO DO LIST. I finally have all my daughter’s things from childhood washed, dried and photographed and carefully packed away. There are some dollies that I have to figure out how to store with care. But the clothing, handmade dolls and blankets are all done. I only had a couple of mishaps and my daughter has already forgiven me. She is a gracious girl that one. I won’t share what item had the mishap but it was a big one. Momma was feeling pretty badly.

Have you gone through your house room by room and done the following:

  1. Either pulled the item(s) or made a list of the item(s) that you no longer need or want?
  2. Have you made a list of what to do with those item(s)?
  3. Have you made a list of what repairs need to be done?
  4. Have you started to figure out your finances for said repairs?
  5. Have you started to call and make appointments/estimates for said repairs?

I have started doing the above. Sometimes things can get away on you. We quite often have the easy response “oh, it can wait until tomorrow” and then tomorrow never comes for one reason or the other. I have a few things that require attention. It can be scary of course. Sometimes being scared to make arrangements for the financing can be scary. Or perhaps just having to find someone to come and do the repair can be nerve racking. Unfortunately this is all part of being a homeowner. Yes, it is true. I find that being on my own – adds a level to the whole adventure. A level that I never thought about much ….. but I am learning ….. learned so much over the past decade or so since I bought this my first house/home.

Food for thought.

Well time to head downstairs and put on the coffee. Perhaps rearrange those plants on the deck. Looks like the sun is coming back out. YAY. Perhaps Mother Nature heard my plea.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love and gratitude. We should add laughter to this list. We all need to laugh everyday.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing on this Tuesday morning? We are doing great. Alvin and I had a decent night sleep. It is much cooler outside this morning that yesterday and the sky is grey and overcast. Also is quite windy. I feel like composing a poem for you at this very moment.

SPRING

So this is spring!

A time for renewal and birth

A time to sow crops and seed gardens.

A time of new beginnings.

The time when Mother Nature returns to wonderous colours.

Her natural rainbow.

A time of rain showers to cleanse away the dust that remains after the snow has melted.

A time of new life.

This is my favourite time of year.

Soon there will be buds on the trees followed by beautiful green leaves.

Soon the perennials in the gardens that have laid sleeping will awaken.

Soon baby bunnies will be hopping about and baby birds chirping to be fed.

Soon farmers will post photos of baby calves just born, so soft and cute.

Soon the grass will go from brown to a few spears of to a massive blanket of green.

Soon the temperatures will be more constant.

Soon we shall be wearing shorts and flip flops.

Soon it shall be summer.

Happy Days.

Love Spring for the beginnings and summer for the showcase.

Written by: Carol Y Lewis on April 27, 2021

Living this life with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, with Love Carol & Alvin

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