The New YEAR 2022

Good Morning ALL! Well looks like the New YEAR 2022 is officially half over. Can you believe it? Not me, seems like we just celebrated New Year’s, the snow kept falling till it stopped in April or was it May, and then it was raining and now the sun is shining! Oh well, today is Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Yesterday at my lunch break Alvin and I walked over to our friend Pauline’s house and hung out in the yard for a few minutes. Just to be zen, just to smell the fragrances and to be still. Yes, even Mr. Alvin who usually tears around the yard sat in the grass and held up his nose to take it all in. It was glorious. Not a bad way to speak a lunch break that is for sure. Then we hurried off home so that I would not be late for work. Even at home over the last two plus years, I almost make it a point to be on time. Not that this is anything new. Being late is not in my DNA. I mean I always try to be early or at the very least on-time. Now sometimes the Universe has other ideas but over my life time there have been very few times that I was late to work, to an event, to anything. Gillian, if you are reading this perhaps I have been a couple of minutes late for coffee on our girl’s coffee dates but usually that boils down to me just under estimating the time as we live so close. Anyway, we all have those times. You apologize when you are late and move on. Right! Right! The roses are still magnificent at the entrance to our park. I must carry my phone with me and take some photos, they are so pretty and so full of glorious fragrance. Remember I was go to get up and go for a walk, well this morning was strange. Last night it was just after 10:00 when I put my book down and turned off the bedside lamp. We both stirred but Alvin did not get up until 4:30 and then after having his glucosamine chew and going outside, we hit the sofa and we did not wake up until the alarm went off at 6:30. I am so impressed with him. If he could just sleep until 5:00 ish or a bit later, then we could stay up and I could function. Anyway, I, we stayed up at 6:30. Happy about that.

The wind is blowing this morning and as the sun rises in the morning sky, there are some clouds rolling in and I hope that we are able to walk at lunch time. We have had a lot of what appeared to be rain clouds during the day lately resulting in no moisture so fingers crossed.

Last night my daughter picked me up after work and we went for a trip to COSTCO. I figured after a “meeting” that I needed to get out of the house. I am finding that I need to get out and do some “things” other than walking with Alvin. It was great having the garage sale as I saw people and had a change to chat with people. It is not that I have been locked up but I have not really done anything for me in a long time other than eat and that kind of thing. I mean I have not gone anywhere for leisure or vacation. So my mind has not had a chance to slough off the crap. Perhaps I should set up a home spa and just spend a whole day doing relaxation type things. Might be a good idea.

Food for thought.

Costco was busy but that was okay. I actually decided not to wear a mask. I asked my daughter and she said that she has pretty much stopped now. So I braved up and did not wear a mask. I was not close up to people so I didn’t feel any anxiety. It actually felt a huge sigh of relief. Kind of like when we used to go to Costco and shop pre pandemic. Anyway, caution is good, too. I think that there may be times when I would still wear one so I will always take one with me until I do not. Some places like my vet still require a mask upon entering. That is okay. I get it.

Oh, I bought myself a few new things at COSTCO last night. Feeling pretty special. Sometimes a bit of retail therapy is a good thing. I seldom buy new things, once in awhile as I try to pick up what I need from thrift stores and the like. Reuse. Trying to help the Universe and then my friends give me lots of things. It works. Anyway, I am happy to have some new clothing items.

Well time to sign off for another day. Wishing you a wonderful last day of June. Oh, I did give Mr. Alvin his supper before we left for Costco as it was close to 5:30 when we left and he went outside. Don’t worry, I always think of him. My daughter always laughs as he is such a Momma’s boy and so spoiled. He rules the house and we all know it. But I don’t mind most days but there are times when I just want him to settle down. Okay, he is pretty good. I am working on him drinking his water again without me giving him pats. OMG. Yup that pup of mine is spoiled.

Going now.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: only 40 days till my 65th Birthday. Sky actually appears a bit hazy. I hope that there are no forest fires.

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Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning All,

We are in the middle of a summer thunderstorm complete with rain and wind.

Thank goodness Alvin has already been out twice so we are good for awhile.

I moved my potted plants away from the protection of the house around 6:00 a.m. and hopefully the storm passes without any damage to my flowers.

Yes, I am one of those people who move their flowers when the clouds start to roll in.

I love my flowers and they bring me joy.

They cannot bring job if the hail flattens them or heavy rains.

So I try to take care of them so they will last long into the summer and even fall.

A drink is what they got this morning …. raining some but not heavy, thankfully.

 

I am feeling a lot more rested after spending a glorious night in my/our bed.

Alvin slept through the night and only went to get up when I showed to be doing so.

Yesterday I called our Vet and spoke to one of the staff who in turn spoke to the Vet.

She added another prescription to his pain med, this one he will take every 12 hours for three days on top of the other that is once every 24 hours.

I think he is also freaked out by the storm.

I will say one thing that is odd, he listens to my commands now.

If I say stay (he was on the bed), he stays until I help him down.

If I say have a drink of water, he went and had a drink of water.

Very strange.

Not that he is unruly or doesn’t listen but he doesn’t ….. not a bad doggie.

Just spoiled, I guess.

It is raining a bit harder.

I am hoping that the clouds keeping on moving ….. I am sure that someone somewhere needs some moisture.

We would like some sunshine.

I don’t think that the grass is get any more green.

The colour of grass – oh, how I love that shade of green.

 

I can smell the coffee perking and I cannot wait to have a sip of the Hazelnut blend that I am perking.

Well thankfully things in our household are much better.

To think it all started with a storm last Thursday, me on the after hours phone line, a slip getting up on the deck, a visit to the Vet and who knows what else.

I am grateful that today even though it is storming …. I am feeling a lot more ZEN.

Which is a good thing as Mr. Alvin can sense when I am anxious.

 

Last night after work my daughter went to COSTCO.

She picked up some items for me.

Luckily I just had prepared a black bean burger with all the toppings including some fresh lettuce that she had given me.

When she arrived with not much time and with a sore foot (her story to tell), I offered her half of my burger which I had already cut in half.

I unloaded the car while she had a bite to eat.

She had another stop to make and I figured that she might be a bit hungry as it was after 6:00 by this time.

I love seeing my girl even if it is on the run …. all time, every second, minute is priceless.

Well that rain is coming down harder.

I will have to watch my flowers.

Might have to make a mad dash out to move them.

 

Well 8 days to work before vacation time.

So time to sign off here and grab my coffee as the fragrance has curled its’ way up the stairs to my nose.

Mmmmm.

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

I hope that kindness and respect follow you every second of every day.

Living with kindness and respect is the only way.

 

I/We, shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Well here we are at Sunday morning.

What an odd weekend for us.

The last 24 hours seem like a blur to me.

 

Mr. Alvin did not have a great day yesterday.

In the morning he did not want to jump down onto the grass or go down the steps to the grass.

We were on the deck when my neighbour came home from grabbing a coffee.

I told her about Alvin and that I thought maybe he had injured his leg/paw.

Before I could ask.

My neighbour and our friend happens to be a Reiki Master.

She said that he was very anxious due in part to me feeling some anxiety and something that happened to him.

That makes sense as the past few days especially Thursday had me feeling pretty anxious and I am quite certain that upset him.

I do believe that his paw was hurt at the vet, not intentionally

 

He started to shake and pant at one point, so I called my neighbour.

Thankfully she was at home.

She said he definitely was feeling a lot of anxiety.

All you can do is let him get it out.

My friend also felt his paw had been hurt, his front one.

 

We all went back to her house as she thought the kitten might have got out in the backyard.

All of us went into the backyard where Alvin went down her steps onto the grass but did let out a yelp when he got down the last step.

He did his business which I was glad about and I cleaned up, of course.

We visited for a bit.

I helped her with a little job.

 

My neighbour thought that perhaps going on a walk would help calm him down.

I put his harness on him and we got as far as the lawn.

He walked around a bit and then just stood there.

So we sat on my neighbours retaining wall for her front garden and chatted through the window before heading back into our house.

 

We just had a quiet day with me doing some laundry and rearranging in the kitchen while he laid on the sofa.

Sometimes whining when I disappeared for too long.

I baked a coffee cake for this morning.

Been a long time since I baked a coffee cake and I had to try a piece for dessert (turned out pretty good).

Fed him supper.

I ate supper and then we had a quiet evening watching a movie.

He eventually was visibly calm, no longer panting or shaking.

 

We slept on the sofa last night as I thought it would be easier for him.

We went to bed just after 9:00 p.m. and I woke up first at 5:45 a.m….

I went to the bathroom and laid back down.

He showed no interest in getting up but was awake.

I set the timer on the microwave for just after 7:00 but I was so awake I was up just before 7:00 a.m.

I gave my boy his glucosamine chew while he was on the sofa.

When he first got up he stood on the arm of the sofa and then onto the sofa.

No attempt to jump off.

I gingerly picked him up and he made a slight sound of discomfort.

Already I had got his food out of the pantry and put in his bowl.

He made no attempt so I gave him a piece and he dropped it on the floor.

So I put the bowl on the counter and coaxed him to go outside.

Outside he sniffed the flowers and eventually I was able to get him down to the grass.

I did lift him down the steps.

He did his business and I lifted him back onto the deck after picking up the bundle he left behind.

Alvin walked on his own to the house, not limping or showing any signs of pain or discomfort.

In the house, I ended up hand feeding him and he easily ate all of his food.

Then I gathered things up to go back upstairs.

Took me a couple of minutes to convince him to go upstairs but he slowly went up the steps.

Even took a jump on the last two, which surprised me.

Now he is laying on his bed in my office while I type/key this post.

 

I am so grateful that today is a better day than yesterday.

He was panting and shaking for awhile …. that was anxiety.

I guess we all have some of that these days.

Animals are so intuitive and he feels whatever I feel and sometimes we forget.

So I am going to make a point of trying to remain zen especially now that I am working from home.

I can no longer leave my anxieties and issues at the office, home is the new office.

So I have some things to work out.

I know that.

Dealing with people is not always easy but I am going to work on being more “zen” and that is the best word to describe the end result.

I am a pretty positive person by nature but I also wear my feelings on my sleeve so to speak.

I do take things personally ….. with my work and I have to learn that it is not personal.

It is the job.

Sometimes it is not always easy to separate.

Lessons to learn for sure.

I have also decided that while my extra time spend doing work might help me out in some respects it is not helping Alvin out.

At the end of the day it is not helping me out and I understand that now.

My job is not to work 7 days each week.

My job is Monday through Friday.

I have defined work hours and if I work a few minutes after 4:00 to finish something that is okay but to spend hours on Saturday and Sunday or Friday night working.

Nope can do.

I need my down time, I get that now.

I work hard and I don’t think anyone can ever dispute that so I am going to work when I am supposed to work.

Alvin needs me to be present and with him.

Not having him laying in the hallway or on his bed in the office while I work on the weekends.

I guess this was another learning weekend.

 

We were supposed to meet Bailey, the new pup a few doors down yesterday afternoon.

Alvin was in no shape to be meeting with a puppy so we cancelled for now.

Today the girls are coming for coffee this morning and then my daughter might pop in for a visit around noon.

Teddy, Alvin’s BF is supposed to come for a sleepover but I might cancel that as well.

Likely better if he gets rest.

I will assess the situation tomorrow and see if we need another trip to the vet.

Also will have my neighbour check him out as well.

Does not hurt to do so.

 

Well time to head to the shower.

I need that water pounding down on me – well it does not really pound but you know what I mean.

We did get some rain overnight and there are still many clouds in the sky.

Might have to move my flower pots again.

 

I hope that you are having an awesome Sunday thus far.

Living with kindness and respect.

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday, February 27th, 2013…

How are you this morning?

I am doing great.

My mind is a flood of things this morning.

I cannot think of one or even just two things to share with you.

So I will just say this …… if you reach a point in your day where something has happened and you are feeling “frustrated” or even perhaps angry ….. talk about it to someone.

Get it off your chest ….. get over it.

I had something happen yesterday at work that frustrated me so I got it out of my system.

Carry on with your day.

Being happy in every possible moment is so important.

It will keep you healthy in body, mind and spirit ….

Relax … and remember to laugh.

Well gotta go here.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all those people who have mastered being “zen” and completely happy in every moment.

You rock….

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

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