2021

Good Morning All! I hope that you are well.

Up earlier than usual. I just had a shower and doing this post before heading back downstairs to an overly anxious Alvin who has been pretty much barking every few seconds since I came upstairs. I am almost ready to pull my hair out by the roots. His tone can drive me ….. well,we won’t go there. He is anxious and I know that but it is difficult when it never ends or at least for the time that I am upstairs. Even if I talk to him from up here does not work. I guess need to work on my patience. My hope is that no one else can hear him. He will stop the second I am back downstairs.

Both Alvin and I were disappointed when the A/C technician from Always Plumbing did not show up. I called them at 430 pm which was at the end of the appointment window and the customer service clerk advised that the technician was still at an install. While I had her on the phone I brought up the issue that I had with the placement of the new hot water heater tank as it was blocking the entrance to the sump pump pit. I explained the situation and after couple minutes chat, she advised that she would set up an appointment for someone to come and check. At no time did I even mention about canceling the appointment for the A/C to be serviced. No one with this heat would cancel that and I certainly would not have intentionally done so. She must have cancelled it. I called back at 630 and again after 730. I called another phone number that was on their website. I sent an email. No one answered and they are supposed to have 24/7 contact. Poor Alvin. I am grateful that we have fans but I was so looking forward to having a cool environment to sleep in but it was not meant to be. I think that I will be having a free A/C servicing. At least someone could have called.
But that was our night.

At 806 pm it was still 32 degrees Celsius so I decided to water the flowers in the morning. I’m not sure when is a good time to water. So I will water them in a few minutes.
Another hot one on the way. I am hoping that they will send someone out first thing in the morning! I guess time will tell.

Well not much new, just hanging in and trying to stay cool. Much more difficult than I thought.

maybe we will get a rain shower to cool things down.

Grateful today is payday.

Amidst the heat and confusion there is a sense of gratitude for what we have and where we live.

I hope you have a great Thursday. Be safe and keep cool.

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

Always Carol&Alvin

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2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? We are doing well. I will say that we are still working on the sofa arrangement. Why is it when we used to sleep on the bed but would end up on the sofa, we would be comfortable and have a good sleep? I can nap sitting up with my head resting on the soft pillow backing of the sofa but cannot seem to settle down to sleep.
But it is something that I am going to get sorted out over the next several weeks. Making the most of our newly changed life. Which is temporary, yes it is. We had a great sleep last night. Up at 1:00 abouts to go outside for a pee, nope not me but Mr. Alvin and then slept until the alarm went off at 6:30. So happy. Feeling rested.

Yesterday was great. The temperatures were a reprieve from the heat of last week. So grateful that our air conditioning will get serviced on Wednesday and then we can enjoy comfort without having to sit/lay in front of fans.


I am so grateful to to my friends. Gillian picked up my favourite bread: sourdough and stayed for a visit. Most of our visit was enjoyed out on the deck and near the end of our visit we moved into the house as Alvin was getting warm. Poor guy.

Later another friend dropped off bananas and we visited on the front porch.

I am so lucky to have great friends that help, support and feed my soul.

If you are blessed to have good friends, true friends, people that are there in good times and in bad, you are very fortunate. I am fortunate.

Now that we are not able to take our daily walks, I have noticed that when Alvin sees another dog out for a walk, he will stand up on the sofa and stare. Poor guy, I hope that once he has the surgery he will recover quickly so that we can resume our walks. In the meantime we can enjoy the view from the sofa of our tree and our small view of the neighbourhood and our backyard. Thank goodness for flowers, our little patch of grass in the back and our deck. Life is good.

When life sends you lemons you can choose to squeeze them and make lemonade or add the zest to a vanilla cake batter. All I mean is that we can choose how we are going to go forward in any situation. Sometimes things are not easy but as long as we remember that we make the choice as to how we react in every situation. Our reactions are how we survive, how we live and how we are perceived by others.

So today on this musical mystery tour we call life, we will, I will have a great time. I will be kind and respectful of others. Patient and Compassionate with Alvin. Understanding, loving and grateful to myself and to all others.

Always, Carol&Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Monday morning? Well my four days off is over and back to work. We were in bed a bit later than normal but not by much. Mr. Alvin slept until 5:22 a.m. – so happy. Then we retreated to the sofa until 6:45 a.m. (cause the Momma just had to reset the alarm twice, lol). I know, I know, we should have got up and gone for a walk. The sun was shining and it was so nice out. Only 17 degrees at this time, 17 degrees celsius that is. A few clouds have rolled in at this time and there is a forecast for rain, we badly need some moisture so it sure would be most welcome. We can now get back to our regular schedule …. walk at noon and after work although I must admit that I did love walking early in the morning and perhaps as this is summer and you never know where the day will take us that we should just get up that bit earlier and head out. We will aim for that tomorrow. Fingers crossed for a good rain shower this morning. Crops and gardens and trees sure need a drink. I have been watering my flowers so they are doing well. Our front lawn remains green due to not been cut (does help by not keeping it too short).

Well we are now almost one week into July already. I always think how funny it is that it was June 30th last Wednesday which now seems like an eternity ago and now it is July 5th. WOW. Time. It is always the same but somehow seems to be passing at lightning speed. But it goes at the same pace as it always has – no different than from I was at age 5. Well I guess that is not quite true as there is that world clock or something that we can a second every once in awhile. I cannot remember how that works. I guess it is called “Universal Time” ( I googled it). I quickly read about the Atomic Clock. Interesting. Time is and has always been an interesting subject for each and every one of us living on the planet Earth. There is not one person on this Earth, I believe, that has not thought about time at some point in their lives. Likely for various reasons but still pondered. I think it is one subject that is common to us all. I think about time. So does my friend living in Sweden as does Queen Elizabeth as does someone living on the plains of Africa. We all do. That is being human. It draws us together and keeps us apart. Okay, how in the world did I get thinking about time. Anyway, see what I mean? Time, time, time.

Well it is time, lol. Time for me to sign off and head on downstairs and put on that coffee to perk. Place Alvin’s doggie bed in the kitchen so he is next to me and turn on some music. Then turn on the computer and prepare for the day.

I hope that you have an awesome Monday. Go for a walk when you have “time.” Be kind to yourself and to all others. Happy Monday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you this Tuesday morning? We are HOT. Just back from a walk. Even though there is a bit of a breeze, I was perspiring, okay sweating, lol, by the time we got home. Phone says it is 23 degrees celsius. Upstairs in the office it is warm so this will be short. We are managing to get through this heat wave. Walks early in the morning and I guess tomorrow will have to be even earlier. Fans going all of the time. Even went to the basement to hang out last night. I really need to get it organized down there …..

Watering last night ….. I sprinklered Alvin a bit but he was not impressed. I on the other hand.

The heat wave is going to continue until into next week. Wednesday and Thursday at the warmest 37 and 38. Saturday is going to be 26 celsius. That will feel like it is freezing. YAY. We got this.

Wet towels covering Alvin for sleeping and during the day off and on. Lots of water as we have to stay hydrated.

I even slept with a wet towel covering my chest last night. We both slept well considering and I am grateful for electric fans. One thing I actually have central air conditioning. It needs to be serviced. I guess that is going to the top of the list to get done sooner than later. Poor Alvin – because his Momma …… Can only do what you can do. As the sweat drops down my face. I felt fresh and cool earlier. ARGH.

OBSERVATIONS on our Walk:

There was a slight breeze and it felt so cool.

The was a bush that was moving like crazy and at first I thought ….. how can that be when the trees right beside it were not moving. Then I realized there were birds fluttering around in the bush. LOL.

Some people do not like to talk in the morning.

Alvin really nice to sniff every blade of grass and every everything.

The roses smell amazing and I was grateful that I was able to smell them.

Okay, I really have to go. Too hot to be upstairs.

Stay cool and hydrated.

Please do not walk your dogs in the heat and by no means take them in the car. Because we all know that you will stop somewhere and think I will only be 5 minutes and they will be okay. That never happens. Also your children. No stopping and leaving any living breathing creature in the car.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this Friday? YAY, we made it to another weekend. Alvin and I are well. He slept good so I slept good HOWEVER, since we came back upstairs for me to shower and get dressed, he has been a whiny pants. There is something about the placement of his water dish in our bedroom that now the past couple of days is suddenly freaking him out. He whines and paws and paws and whines when he tries to get a drink. Now if I was not in the shower it would not have been a big deal but of course, he is barking away when I am in the shower. Not just a matter of jumping out and back in. So I try to talk him down “off his ledge” from the shower. Did not work. He barked the whole time that I was in the shower. I sure hope that our neighbours did not hear him or me. Oh, please. Once I was out he stopped and I coaxed him to drink. I moved the dish over a bit but not sure if that will work or not. As the days, months and years pass, I have noticed that he has more anxiety. He used be anxious but that has climbed. I try to retain my patience and manage other than occasionally raising my voice which I know never helps any situation but when it is you are alone in the house except for an anxious dog …. HELP. Perhaps I should have taken him to see someone when he was younger but I did not. Now we just try to get through one day at a time. If anyone thinks that only humans suffer from anxiety – think again. I was thinking how great it has been for him to have me home for the last more than a year but I do not know anymore. I think that Alvin was sent to me to give me more patience. I would say that patience is definitely not a virtue for me. So I will continue to work on it and he will keep testing my patience to see if I am resolved my issues. What can you do?

I do not wish to complain ever as I have a GREAT life. We live in a beautiful home, have lots of good food to eat, I have a job, I am surrounded by loving, supportive, caring family and friends, we have good health, and we are able to walk everyday and I can do some of the things that I love to do such as writing. So I will plod on ….. plod on.

Well speaking of plodding – I had better get this train back on the tracks. One really has nothing to do with the other, lol. Really need that coffee ….

Please have a wonderful Friday. The weekend is just a few hours away …. some time perhaps to do something special for you.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. it may not sound like it but I love the little guy with my whole heart …. just sometimes the barking is not easy to handle. …… but we will get through it …. one moment …. one day at a time.

2021

Good Morning ALL! We hope that you are doing great on this Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Mid June. I am not sure if the weather has been playing havoc with Mr. Alvin but he did not sleep well last night and therefore Momma did not either. I am hoping that today will be quiet. The air is cool this morning which is refreshing from the hot muggy air of yesterday. The house is still hot but with the windows open it is cooling down. We slept with fans going all night. The lightning flashed and the thunder roared. At points in time when we were outside, I could see the stars. So there were clear times. Tis the season for summer rain storms. Yesterday near the end of my lunch break I hauled EVERY single one of my flowers pots into the garage. It took me a few minutes, actually over 10 minutes to put them in the safety of the garage. I always panic with respect to my flowers and plants when the forecast says “storm watch” with possible high winds and hail. So now I will have to bring them all out. It is windy and there are clouds but it has cooled down so they/we should be okay if they come out. I just think if I take all the time and money to plant them, I should look after them. Some of those pots are very heavy. The three larger black pots that were on the top deck closest to the garage door, I was able to slide them and then lift them over the door frame and into the garage. But the rest I had to lift so had to be careful. Perhaps getting some cool air will be good for us.

Yesterday it was too hot at noon for a walk so after work it had cooled down somewhat when there were clouds over head so we headed out for a walk. We did not get too far but did manage to get in a bit of a walk. Alvin drank his whole bottle of water on the walk which was about 1/2 of our regular one or close to it.

I am sorry but I am experiencing a bit of writer’s block due to being up and down all night. So I am going to sign off for today. We hope that you have a fantastic day. Hopefully you were able to sleep.

Continuing this journey called life with kindness, respect, compassion, passion, love and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought I would add this ……. “hope”

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this morning? I am well but a bit on the sleep deprived side. Alvin woke up about midnight, jumped off the bed and stopped on the “white” area rug that I have surrounding the end of the bed to help soften his landing and started to wretch. I immediately without hesitation jumped up and quickly moved him to the floor without the rug. He threw up something. He was in the in between place where there is nothing more to come up but still feeling like something needs to come up. In the midst of it all I ran into my bathroom and grabbed some kleenex to clean up. Once he was done, I quickly gave a good clean of the area before grabbing my phone, and water to go downstairs. Alvin stood at the top of the stairs and I knew that he was too weak to climb down on his own. I deposited my items downstairs and ran back up to carry him down. Downstairs I grabbed a light jacket from the hall closet and while putting it on, gently guided Mr. Alvin to the back door. At the back door, I put on my outside shoes and we went out into the night. It was just after midnight by this time and he just walked over onto the deck and stood there sniffing the night air. I walked over to see if he would go down onto the grass area and all he did was run away from me. Not really thinking that he wanted to play but I think that he wasn’t quite himself. Anyway several minutes later back into the house, no pee. It was so quiet outside at that time of night, no noise from the highway a few miles away, just us out on the deck. Back in the house, I decided that we would lay down on the sofa instead of going back upstairs. Both of us did not settle down easily and before you knew it …. we were up at 4:15 ….. gave him his glucosamine chew and then outside where he did pee. I reset the alarm, then up, I do not remember exactly and gave the boy his breakfast which he gobbled down as per usual. He went outside and then we were back to the sofa for a few minutes more sleep. We did not get out for a walk. At 7:00 a.m., we were up to stay up. At least I was for the moment. Alvin stayed on the sofa while I ran upstairs to hop into the shower. When I was finished in the shower – I peeked around the corner to see him lying on the bed. He seems to be fine. His eyes appear to be clear. At this moment he got up from his position on the carpet outside the office and just stared at me and now he is laying on his tummy licking his paws. Well almost time to go to work. The clock is ticking away closer to start time. I really am going to need to cup or three of coffee this morning.

One thing to note ….. last night as I was eating supper (late afternoon) …. there was a knock at the door and a neighbour from two doors down was there to ask if I would like some more plants. She had bought some and then a friend of hers gave her more. So she had more than she had room for and so I graciously accepted. I thought of the neighbour in between us which is the one in the other half of my duplex. Last night quite unexpectedly I was sharing plants and planting more flowers in my front flower bed and in the back one and in one pot to boot. I also gave my neighbour a hand pulling weeds and preparing her flower bed to plant the flowers. There was plenty to fill her flower bed and to add more to mine. So grateful. Very kind. I thought it would be nice to give thanks by giving her a hand written “thank you” note and also a bag of my favourite fruit tea. So that is exactly what I did. Also good to give thanks.

Okay definitely have to go here. Have a wonderful Monday.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing on this Tuesday the first day of June 2021? Alvin and I are well. I was going to get up earlier and go for a walk but I cannot seem to get my butt going at 6:00 a.m. (likely due to my multiple times up to go to the bathroom last night due to drinking lots of water yesterday). I guess it will take a few days for my body to adjust but I am trying to get back on track and to drink enough water to be properly hydrated. I am looking at the clock and we have time to go for a walk before I start work. So this is going to be a throwback Thursday …….. what was going on this day a year or two ago? I always like to check so this is the perfect day to do so. Sky is overcast at the moment.

June 1st, 2020

Good Morning All,

A bright beautiful sunny breezy Monday morning here in Edmonton.

What a great weekend we had despite my tumble down the stairs on Friday morning.

My daughter dropped by on Saturday to help her Momma give her little brother Alvin a haircut.

I still cannot believe we cut 1/3 of the time off the time it normally takes me.

Teamwork.

I was slowed down a bit on Saturday and even early on Sunday but now I can walk okay.

I will say that the bruising is still ugly but that likely takes a few days to fade away.

We hosted a great birthday party for our friend “G” yesterday morning.

Most of the party was held out on our deck in the bright warm sunshine.

We ate the birthday cake in the house as it was hot and I feared that the cream on the strawberry shortcake would melt.

A great time was had by all.

G’s Mom came as well as she was visiting.

The four of us ladies and Alvin had a great time.

The rest of the day was beautiful until it was not.

Well into the afternoon the sky clouded over.

By late afternoon/early evening it was very windy and raining.

I put away all of the cushions away.

I even put the umbrella in the garage as it was forecasting 100 km wind gusts

I took these photos from my bedroom window last night during the wind.

The flowers are so pretty and the first two photos how can you tell it was kind of breezy.

Well time to get to work.

Running late ….. one would think with no commute that a person would be early.

Well I am not late for work as I start at 8:00 a.m. but I like to be starting before that time.

There is lots of things to do as one signs into the computer.

I hope that you have an awesome Monday.

With kindness and respect,

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

We hope that you have a great day. Going to go and get in a quick walk before work.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing this morning? We are great. Alvin slept through till 5:30 (yup, that is when we first came downstairs), cannot believe it. He stirred a couple of times to move from one side of the bed to the other but otherwise slept through the night at 12 years old, what a guy! I am very grateful.

Well what a difference a day came make. I just downloaded some photos from my phone to my computer and was attempting to post them on this post but alas “the files are too large.” So I am unable to show you what happened although some of you may have guessed. We went from rain all day long to snow at 6:50 p.m. last night. I had earlier in the evening put all of my flower pots into the garage but had three heavy pots of pansies and petunias that I could not lift into the garage which is up three steps. The plan was to cover with sheets as I had no idea what would happen. At one point I had a grand idea to phone and ask for help. We had a plan in place but before that plan would take hold it started to snow. I had left the door to the garage from the deck open and my wonderful next door neighbour phoned to let me know. I texted her back and next thing I know her husband was over to carry my beloved flowers to the safety of the garage. I had in the few minutes interim covered them with sheets but they did get a bit of snow on them. Poor things. I was feeling mighty guilty about the plants in the front flower bed and had attempted to locate a tarp but could not so I made my own out of garbage bags and a sheet. In the midst of heavy winds and rain I covered the flowers the best that I could and then placed some stones on the ends and in the middle to keep the covering in place. That was before the snow. Then there was rain and snow weighing it down. I hope that the poor little plants survive all of this. I cannot imagine the weight of it all. The darkness. But the temperatures are still cold and snow in the forecast so I dare not take the homemade tarp off.

It is getting late. I have to go.

I wish you a great day.

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

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you doing today? Tuesday again. My how the weeks fly by. Interesting how much can happen in the span of one week’s time. Alvin and I had a pretty good sleep last night. As we laid on the sofa as the sun was coming up the beautiful colours seemed to fill the sky or at least most of my window. Absolutely breathtaking. I love those moments. No place to go …. just cuddling with my best companion watching the sun come up. I don’t think Mr. Alvin has as much appreciation for the sunrises but then again I could not say for sure. Perhaps as I was enjoying the moment – he was as well.

Yesterday we had a lovely walk at lunchtime and then again after work. After arriving back home from the later walk, I gave Mr. Alvin his supper and made mine. Once suppers were out of the way, cleaned up the dishes and the kitchen and headed out to the garage. I put out the trash for this morning which consisted of the plants that I had dug up on Sunday. Grabbing my heavy duty gloves and back into the house through the back door, I was out the front door picking up my shovel from the front porch and at the flower bed. I quickly surveyed the situation. After a few shovels full of dirt and rearranging things, I decided it was time to put back the rock/stones. After placing a few I soon realized that I was not getting them placed correctly so I ran into the house to retrieve my phone and check out the photos. That did not really help me, much. I even walked over to the neighbors who have the same stone wall surrounding their front flower bed as they were built by the same person. After a bit of time rearranging and arranging these heavy stones, I decided it was time to go and ask for help. I ran over to ask Humphrey’s Mom if she had a few minutes to help assess things. I just needed her eyes to figure out how the rock needed to be placed as I was getting nowhere fast. She grabbed her shoes and came over. I am only a few steps away, lol. This just seemed like a puzzle that I could not solve as I had stone/rocks laying everywhere.

We went back and forth and I moved the stones for a few minutes before we stopped and brainstormed about how they needed to be before we finally together moved the stones and before you know it had them back in a perfect wall. YAY, girl power. I am so grateful to have the best neighbour and for her to drop what she was doing to help me out was awesome. After she went back into the house, I quickly shovelled the dirt back into the hole that I had dug. Smoothed it over and now already to plant some new flowers/plants. Time to do some plant researching.

Well it is time to head downstairs and put on the coffee. Almost time to start another work day. I am grateful to be working from home and to be with Alvin each and every day. I am grateful to be right where I am.

Continuing to live this day with kindness, respect, compassion and patience for all.

Always, love Carol & Alvin

CANADA – love our beautiful country.

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