Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Thankfully a bright sunny Sunday morning sky after much of Saturday was overcast and raining.

Bit of a breeze so comfortable outside.

We had Alvin’s regular 5 week appointment yesterday.

He had his pedicure, nail trim, which is not one of his most favourite things to do.

That is a definite NOT.

Hear a crow “caw” “caw” “cawing” outside my office window.

Alvin is resting on his blue blanket as I type/key these words.

My office is as bright as the morning sky.

I love the new paint colour in my office.

Just makes me happy as soon as I come into this room.

Back to yesterday …. when we arrived home yesterday morning …. it was about 11 a.m.

I set to work turning on the laundry, sipped on a cup of coffee before heading outside to do some garden work.

I knew that the window of sunshine would be limited.

Grabbed my garden tools, some dirt that I had in the garage, a plant and went into the back raised garden.

My friend had given me a plant during the week that had to be transplanted.

First pulled the weeds as finally it was mostly dry in that garden.

Transplanted the plant.

Also moved some of another plant that has been spreading like mad to a new location with the garden.

Unfortunately I do not remember the names of these plants.

ARGH.

My “Hens & Chicks” plants which are succulents are now able to see out from under the one plant that I moved as it spreads like wildfire.

Now I only moved a portion of said plant.

Spreading the dirt.

Weeds pulled.

Looks great ….. did some watering…..

Perfection.

Had to run back into the house and grab my phone so that I could take some photos which I will share with you all shortly.

Very proud of my little flower/shrub garden.

Starting to look most lovely.

The other chore that I did was change the garden hose that was attached to the house.

Remember the hose that my friend gave me some weeks ago, finally had the time and good weather to get that changed over.

I could not get the hose round onto the hose station that is attached to the house.

So I gathered the hose and placed it into a rubbermaid garbage can (which was clean and used for recycling bottles etc).

This morning I will have to remove the hose and fix it as the can filled partially with water yesterday after all the rain.

I now have captured some rain water.

In addition to these chores, I weeded and watered the flower flower bed.

My lilies are beginning to bloom.

The ferns are doing well as are the other plants that fill the front bed.

Photos:  in the first photos … the new plant is in the back of the garden … best seen in the last photo … the short light green plant between the two tall green ones.

Which now I cannot remember the name.

This is their second year and they have not bloomed.

Might be due to not so much direct sunlight.

But pretty all the same.

I just could not help but to share my flower pots.

Some close up shots … colours so rich and vibrant.

I love this colour combo.

So pretty.

The rain started just as I had completed my gardening and continued for most of the day.

There was a short break in the rain and we took that opportunity to head out for a walk.

Even had to wear a jacket.

ARGH, July.

 

Well the coffee is brewed and there are chores to do.

Unfortunately Alvin cannot help with them.

I knew that he would if she could.

Happy Sunday.

 

Great to see the sunshine.

 

Kind actions with Respectful thoughts …. awesome.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Oh, now clouds beginning to roll in …..

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Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

What a windy, rainy Thursday morning.

The rain appears to have set in for some time.

There is absolutely no sign of Mr. Sunshine anywhere.

No crack, no peep, no nothing.

Only grey ….. only grey….. as far as one can see.

It feels like a day when one should be curled up on the sofa under one’s most favourite blanket next to one’s favourite four-legged buddy.

Mr. Alvin, in my case.

Perhaps sipping on a mug of coffee or hot chocolate.

Maybe reading a nice book.

An actual book.

Just relaxing, enjoying life.

JOLT …. shaking head ….. blinking quickly ….. ARGH ….

 

Reality sits in and now I am dressed for work ….

No coffee, no blanket, no curling up with me Alvin.

Just doing the things that I always do on those mornings where I go to work.

Which seems like always.

Oh well ….

Ride will be here in a few minutes.

 

So grateful that we managed to get our walk in last night before the storm.

 

I am grateful to have a job – do not get me wrong.

The job …. the getting up in the morning …. allows me the luxury of having this house.

Our beautiful home.

Next to family and friends including all of our four-legged family and friends …. my house brings me so much joy.

I am most grateful…..

Even cleaning three bathrooms ….. is wonderful.

 

Well almost time to head downstairs one last time for this morning.

See if Mr. would like to go outside one last time before I leave.

It is raining …. so likely not.

Note to self …. fill Alvin’s water dish with fresh water (downstairs one).

 

I love my life.

My family

My friends.

My grand-pups, all of our fur friends.

Me Alvin.

My home.

My yard.

My life.

My job.

I am so blessed.

Thank you.

 

Kindness and Respect are always the way to go.

Sometimes I know you may think being kind and respectful is too much work or not worth it.

But trust me …

Always better to kind with respect.

Always.

Yes, Always.

 

Happy, Happy Thursday.

I guess I will be going out in the rain, too.

So grateful to have a ride and from work.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 28th day of April, 2019.

A glorious pale blue sky greets this Sunday morning.

 

We have been watching a magpie out of our bedroom window with much interest.

I understand where the old phrase came from “too fat to fly.”

This little one had such a round tummy that he/she would land on a branch and the branch would break ….

To be honest they were not really branches as we would deem to be moreover twigs.

Down the beautifully coloured black and white with blue/green feathers would fall to the next twig.

Twigs snapping everywhere.

If only he would land on a bigger branch.

Finally after what seemed forever the birdie got out of the entanglement of twigs and landed on a larger branch before flying away.

Only was a few seconds but did seem forever.

Nature is so entertaining.

 

Earlier this morning as I was opening the living room blind before it was light outside; a brown bunny was hopping toward the house.

I guess he heard the blind movement turned around and hopped to the other side of the street.

 

There remains snow on the front lawn which faces to the north and some on the grass in the backyard.

I would think by the end of the day if the temperatures does warm a bit more it will be gone.

 

What a glorious morning we are experiencing.

 

I found a new battery pack and it has been charged so I was able to download some photos.

These are from our Easter package:

This was the first time that Mr. Alvin actually needed helped opening his treats from our friend V.

One of them was a toy and he pretty much had it opened but the other was a tin of wet food and he just could not get his paws and mouth in unison to work it open.

Between the unexpected trip to BON TON Bakery and the goodies from our friend and a piece of apple pie from Teddy’s Mom; I shall say that I have enough comfort food

to last me awhile …… CARB City.

The third photo in of the Easter Bunny was carrot cake with cream cheese icing …. OMG, so good.  The photo does not do it justice.

Perhaps I should have snapped it without the plastic covering.

The above two non-treat photos are from this morning.

I shovelled most of the snow from the deck yesterday and the remaining has all but melted.

The furniture looks so much happier without being covered with snow.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

We had a very lazy day yesterday.

Just laundry and spending time with the boys.

Ok, I did sweep the floor and empty the dish washer.

But does that really count.

Do not think so.

The wind was so cold we opted to stay indoors and did not go for a walk.

 

Today there remains a few things to do and one being to hit the grocery store.

A woman can not live on CARBS alone.

Or can she?

I likely could but sooner of later my body would say “enough.”

 

Happy Sunday.

I hope that you are enjoying the day wherever you are ….

 

Special Hello to: My daughter, you will do great.  We are with you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 16th day of April, 2019.

A beautiful morning with the sunrise and the frost glazing the rooftops and cars.

Love, love, love sunrise.

The pale oranges, pinks and blues.

So very delicate in the beginning stages until the SUN comes up.

I would love to paint this scene.

With some trees still barren looking black against the light colours of the sunrise.

So very beautiful.

I would xx out the houses and just have a grove of trees with the sunrise behind.

Oh, this makes me so happy.

What a glorious way to begin the day.

I am so blessed to see this out of my window each and every morning from spring until winter.

YAY.

 

Last night Alvin and I enjoyed a wonderful walk after I got home from work.

It was not warm as such but nice all the same.

Who is going to complain after having snow, ice and minus 25 temperatures?

Not this gal.

That is for sure.

We watched for signs of buds on the trees and did see a few green blades of grass.

The bunnies that we saw yesterday morning from our living room window – were mostly brown.

A very good sign.

We were near the park on the return trip home when we saw this couple and a small dog.

They had encouraged him to move away from another dog.

When we were close enough to exchange words and of course, Mr. Alvin wanted to say hi.

They said that their dog was 16 1/2 years old.

He was grey but looked good.

The man said that he was having a good day and wanted to do a 5 K walk ( I think he was teasing ).

He did also mention that some days he does not want to walk.

I get that.

So nice to see a SENIOR out enjoying the spring air.

Good for him/her.

I did not catch the doggie’s name.

This gave me hope that Alvin could/would have many good years left on this earth.

Okay, not going there.

Not at this time of day …..

 

Well today is Tuesday.

I wanted to remind everyone to please keep the trash picked up around your property.

It only takes a few moments of your precious time.

I get that your time is valuable but we have to think beyond ourselves.

What about the animals and the environment?

How about that small plastic bag that blew onto your lawn?

The birds and animals eat that small plastic ring that you left sitting on the driveway because you really “didn’t notice” it.

They also eat that plastic bag that you figured would just blow away and you did not place it there anyway.

Really.

I did not put any of the trash onto the ground that I have been picking up.

I spent 2 hours on a cold WINDY Sunday picking up after others.

Because people simply do not care.

I would have loved to have been snuggling with me Alvin but I love my home, my neighbourhood, this EARTH.

I am trying to do my part.

Are you?

Only a few moments of your time will save lives and help to heal our earth.

We all have to do our part.

If we do not.

I cannot imagine what this earth will be like years and a generation down the road.

Such a pity.

What a waste.

Something to think about.

Just think if we all did something about the trash/garbage/pollution, what a better place our EARTH would be.

 

Happy Tuesday.

Food for thought, today.

 

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers – put the word out – we need to work together to hopefully bring our EARTH back from the brink before it is too late.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 29th day of April, 2018.

WOW, cannot believe that it is almost noon.

I am sorry that I did not get to writing this post until now.

Crazy kind of morning.

We were up at 5:00 a.m. for Alvin to do this morning routine.

Alvin went outside and drank some water but would not eat his food.

I tried hand feeding him but to no avail.

So we went back upstairs to bed.

A couple of hours later up again.

But he would not eat.

He did not appear to be feeling poorly – still his happy self.

We fell asleep on the sofa after that for awhile.

When we got up it was pretty late for us.

I tried several times to feed him but to no avail.

Even tried giving him a piece of his favourite food – banana

But he would not eat it.

So I made the piece smaller and he ate it.

I cut up a piece of banana into small bits and into a bowl for him.

He gobbled it down.

I did that with all of the pieces of banana that he would normally eat.

It dawned on me that he was actually hungry and for some reason unknown to me – just not able to eat.

Whether it is a tooth, or that he scratched his mouth with a chew treat yesterday or the fact that he managed to eat some of Teddy’s food last night at supper (Teddy’s food is softened for him).

Anyway as the was able to soften his food, I gave him some until he wanted no more.

So I will soften his food from now on.

Keeping an eye on him.

Hopefully not a tooth or anything serious.

 

It also took me 1/2 hour to get my electric coffee perk to work.

That was annoying – nothing worse than wanting a cup of coffee and the coffee perk not wanting to comply.

ARGH.

 

So that was my morning.

I was going to go and clean up the trash in the neighbourhood but it is so WINDY that I have decided to do that next weekend.

Hard to hold the bag and pick up trash in the wind.

I have done that before ….

So will just go and get groceries, wash some floors and finish off the laundry.

 

We had a wonderful day with Teddy yesterday.

I took the boys for a walk by the lake.

They were really good.

We sat outside on the deck and relaxed.

The boys played from time to time.

It was a great Saturday.

 

I hope that all is well with you and yours.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to the 14th day of February, 2018.

It rained yesterday in Edmonton so by the time I left work at 4:00 p.m. it was pretty icy.

Thankfully downtown some of the businesses had salted/sanded the sidewalks in front of their businesses.

The longest stretch of sidewalk that I have to walk by is a Senior’s Complex.

Unfortunately it was not salted nor sanded.

A young boy slipped although he was it was fun.

His brother on the other hand did not see the joy in his slipping and sliding about nor did his Grandmother.

After I took one step on this walk and started to slip, I decided the best course of action was to walk in the snow by the trees.

At least I could stay upright.

An older woman (yup, older than me) was coming toward me and she was walking in the snow as well.

I stopped when I got to her and we briefly chatted about the ice and I held her arm and we did a little turnabout so that neither would fall as we passed each other.

Coming home, I simply walked on the streets as only a couple of houses had their walks salted/sanded.

Most folks may not have been home yet.

I have a pool of water in front of my house due to drainage/snow melting.

My walk was icy coming up to the house so I walked in the snow.

This morning I am donning my ice picks once again to safely walk to the bus.

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Now back to this day, this particular day.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

The day of flowers, candy and dinners out.

Or perhaps a card expertly written by your love stating their  love for you.

I will not have the flowers, candy, dinner or even the card.

But I did receive some chocolate on Sunday from my friend and her family, so that counts.

It was specially for today (just arrived early).

But I know that I am loved, supported and care about; truly that is all that matters in the grand scheme of things.

I have the best family and friends.

Honestly just knowing that you are not alone is more than enough.

When I was younger and was dating I received the flowers, candy and dinners out and even cards.

Been there – done that, I suppose you could say.

Here are some flowers for you.

Just in case you are not surrounded by them.

I have lots to go around ……

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from me and Alvin.

Special Hello to:   All our family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 5th day of December, 2017.

The wind is howling away outside as the temperature rises past zero degrees today.

Another mild day on the way.

I am hopping a ride with my neighbour this morning as I have Christmas Cards to deliver and some cookies for my immediate co-workers.

Yesterday at lunch when I was checking my emails, I noticed three emails from my internet provider resulting in the last one stating that I exceeded my DATA plan, what??

Now could that be??

They even show how much I used over the last year and get this the highest I used out of 300 was 42 (cannot remember the actual measurement amount) so why now would I be at 318.

So I called them ….. I placed the call just before 6:30 p.m. and the recorded message stated it would be about an ONE HOUR WAIT …… really, I thought.

SO I have learned better to put the phone on speaker and carry about your business.

As I had the emails and my account open on the computer I stayed in my office instead of going downstairs to have supper …

I was late away because we went for a walk and delivered thank you card and some money for our friend who fixed our clothes dryer and then stopped at another neighbour ….

So I did some things on the computer while waiting for them to answer.

Not a fan of the music ….. sounded like the theme song from one of the daytime soaps ……

Decided while I was waiting so long that I had better eat as I was starving so warmed up my leftovers.

Not even five bites into supper ….

So after one half hour a female voice said “Hello” ….. she confirmed who I was and the problem before stating “Oh, I will transfer you to the technical support department and it will be about a 15-20 minute wait.”

Okay, I said half stunned.

What kind of customer service is this?

I guess because in Canada there are only a handful of internet providers that they have cornered the market.

I don’t know but here we go again.

Dessert …… then

Finally at the hour mark …. a male voice, said “Hello” and asked what was the problem.

I said I thought the other customer service person was going to explain at least that was what she said.

So I explained.

He even agreed with me that the usage seemed out of whack.

Figured that possibly I was hacked.

He gave me a $20 credit to my bill and after a total of one hour and fifty minutes, I was no further ahead but had a $20 credit to my bill.

Said he would follow up on Sunday and see if the usage continued to climb.

He did recommend that I change my user name and password, which I did.

If you ever have to call your internet provider and have to wait – just get some food and they will answer.

Well time to fly here.

I am disappointed in the customer service.

There is no customer service.

Bad buzz words.

 

Have a great Tuesday.

I am laughing because there is no way I am paying for more DATA and I certainly do not use anywhere near the limit I have now.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks out there who spend precious time waiting for customer service via the phone.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 18th day of October, 2017.

Yesterday was a mix of weather.  Ended with strong winds and rain.

Just have to share a lovely story.
So last week while waiting for the bus to go home – a vehicle stopped on the street and the driver was waving like mad. I was waiting with a young man from work and he didn’t recognize the vehicle so I decided to walk over as the light was red and see who it was. Well it was a gal that I met while riding the old bus. She asked me if I wanted a ride home. Well I said, “Yes, thank you.” As it turned out she gave me rides home all last week and even last night. Tonight was back to riding the bus. While waiting for the bus another gal I have been chatting with stopped and said let’s get out of the wind and rain and go inside the bus shelter, so we did. Our bus came a few minutes later and on we climbed. We chatted on the ride. When the bus made its’ first stop at West Edmonton Mall I noticed this red vehicle with Oilers flags and immediately thought of my friend. Laughed it off because I thought why would she be stopped in the bus lane at the mall ….. thinking must be a coincidence. So fast forward …. get off the bus at Lewis Farms (terminal) into a HUGE wind and rain….thinking oh, now waiting in this …. then I hear a voice and look over and in the parking lot see this red car and my friend. Here she was literally two cars ahead of the bus all the way. She figured it may have been divine intervention … meant to be that she picked me up …. we had a great laugh. Here she had seen me at the bus stop downtown but could not pull over and I was in the shelter and did not see her. By the time she could get stopped on the next street and parked, the bus had stopped and I was gone. How crazy GREAT is this. This is the best BUS STORY EVER. I am eternally grateful to my friend for coming to rescue me from this weather and driving me home.

P.S. forgot to mention that she had called me at work and left a message.  Note to self ….. keep checking messages.

 

Well here we are off to start another day.

It is still a bit windy but nothing like yesterday late afternoon.

I am forever grateful to know such thoughtful, kind and generous folks.

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Special Hello to: all FRIENDS all over the world.  You rock and I am blessed.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 28th day of June, 2017.

Well another interesting evening ….. cloudy …. raining …. windy ….. cleared up ….. cooled down …. quite the mix.

One day 30 degrees the next 17.

I am so grateful that I took this opportunity to do some extra writing about my upcoming 60th Birthday.

Looking back and forward.

Lots to think about and lots to try and remember.

I still cannot believe that I am going to be 6-0, honestly where has the time gone?

Well I am running late as Mr. Alvin was up at 10:23 and then again at 3:30 p.m. – this is playing havoc with my sleep to say the least.

Raining this morning and very windy.  Not likely an umbrella is going to do much good.

I hope that you all have an amazing Wednesday.

Sometimes our patience is tried and we must always work at keeping it in check.

I had such a time last night and early this morning.

Have a great day.

Gotta run.

Special Hello to:  YOU

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 22nd day of June, 2017.

The second official day of summer.

Our longest day yesterday and it was hard to sleep as it was still bright outside when we went to bed at 9:00 p.m.

Later in the evening the weather changed.

Wind got stronger and it started to rain.

This morning the skies are GREY and it is very windy.

Not looking forward for the walk to the bus.

Thankfully I have shoes, a coat and an umbrella (although the umbrellie is not going to be much help with this wind).

 

Question?

Do you have a hard time keeping quiet during meetings or talks at work?

I confess that I do.

Sometimes I just want to lighten the mood and end up saying something self-deprecating.

That is one thing that I have a problem with ….. have to learn to sit still and listen only.

Working on it but almost 60 years into this life and I still cannot sit quiet during a whole meeting.

I will get this ….. there is always time to just listen and not make a remark or comment.

In other situations I can sit quiet …. why not meetings???

Anyway …. time to get the coat and shoes and stuff ready for my walk to the bus.

Appears not to be raining for now so that is great.

 

Happy Thursday.

Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who is always crazy busy. I am so proud to call her my friend because she is so wonderful.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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