Today’s Photo Day Challenge prompt is “Leadership”. I used this shot from a couple of weeks ago,  Leadership by Mom.

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It is the last day of water week at 365 Days In Nature.  I used this shot from Jericho Beach, taken a couple of weeks ago as well.

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I used this photo from Jericho for the Only Shades of Gray group.  (for the record, all of these crabs were female, so were sent back into the ocean)

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I have already posted for tomorrow on the Photo A Day Challenge.  This fits the prompt “Reflection of Me”.

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Today’s menu included raspberries, yogurt and granola (and an iced coffee) for breakfast….

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I met my friend Andrea and her son Alec for lunch.  We had sushi. I forgot to take the shot of the miso soup before it was gone, and I had the lunch special with a BC Blazer roll, a California roll and a spicy tuna roll.

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Dennis and I were both a little late tonight, so we sent out for pizza.  We did a half and half, and my half had grilled vegetables.

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We also had a glass of prosecco.

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And here is my “artsy fartsy” shot “bubbly and sunset”.

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Hi Neva (and Neva’s whiskers)

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On my walk to work this morning, I saw this funky banner on a hedge….

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I also saw a bunch of spider webs shining in the sun.

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After work, I walked to our little garden, gave it some water, then kept walking to earn a few activity points.  Come with me….

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I’m off to my Mom’s place tomorrow, so will check in from Victoria then.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!  And to my U.S friends, Happy 4th of July!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Adventurous”.  I posted this photo from last year.  It is the Cliff Walk at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, and only the adventurous walk on it.  :)

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This was the shot I posted on 365 Days in Nature.

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I used this archive shot for Only Shades of Gray.  (we didn’t have any clouds here today, the heatwave continues…)

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And Neva is still officially unimpressed by the temperature.

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I had raspberries from the farmer’s market yesterday, with yogurt and granola for breakfast.

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I met Michelle for our pre-work coffee today.  Here is her famous hand, and here is my iced coffee.  (I took my own cashew milk)

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My lunch was a salad from home, made with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, leftover chicken and croutons.  Not the most exciting salad I’ve ever made, but it was good.

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I had some cherries this afternoon.

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After work, I went for a quick visit to Cousin Helen after work.  A friend of hers brought back this rice/black bean dish from Taiwan. VERY interesting. It looks like dessert, but is quite savory, and apparently is very healthy.  Thank you Lily!!

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Dinner tonight was cold grilled pork tenderloin (I cooked it last night) with salad (greens from our garden, peppers, plum, and Parmesan with vinaigrette), and some little steamed nugget potatoes with pesto.

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At lunchtime, I walked down to our little garden plot to water and harvest greens for salad and some beets.  (the long thin beets work well in our tiny little space)

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I walked back to work via my favorite bird pond/park.  Here are some shots from there today.

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I loved the shine on these feathers…..

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Bottoms up!

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There were dragonflies EVERYWHERE…..

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Artsy fartsy shot of the day.  Wings and silhouette of the torso.  OOOH.

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And one dragonfly appeared to be doing a forearm stand.  Thank you shape.com for the image of the REAL forearm stand.

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On that note…bring on Friday.  Have a good one!!

We didn’t have to go to work today, because it was Canada Day.  I chose my daily photos from my archives to fit into the Canadian theme.  Canada Geese and beavers….the only living symbol missing is a moose.  Maybe next year….

The Photo A Day prompt is “Wonder in the World”.  I was in awe when I saw this HUGE family of geese a couple of nights ago.  It was a real wonder to me.

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This Canada Goose running through water was my posting on 365 Days in Nature….

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And the beaver I saw a few weeks ago was turned black and white and posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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I made us some birds in a nest, with a reheated leftover sausage and some leftover potatoes for breakfast.

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Neva had her normal wet food, and is still unimpressed with our ongoing heatwave.  Poor Neva!!

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I sat on our deck for a while this morning.  Me being there didn’t seem to phase our hummingbirds.

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This afternoon, Dennis and I went to the Canada Day/Salmon Festival in Steveston, which is about half an hour south of the city.  Here are an assortment of shots…

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On the way home, we made a pit stop at a little Farmer’s Market…..

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For dinner tonight we had a glass of rose wine, and I made flat-out flatbreads with tomato sauce, chicken, peppers, onion, basil and light goat cheese, topped with arugula from our garden.

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And finally, here is a shot of tonight’s beautiful full moon, taken from our deck.  Photos don’t do justice, it lit up the sky.

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Back to a normal Thursday tomorrow.  Happy July 2nd to all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Thankful”.  I posted this picture taken a few weeks ago…thankful for finding it, thankful for the thoughts, and thankful for my walks where I see things like this….

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I posted this photo that I took tonight on 365 Days In Nature.  The theme is water, and this swan JUST pulled its head out of water….

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I also too this photo tonight, which worked well for Only Shades of Gray.

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I got a SMOKIN’ deal today.  Sometimes, it pays to have big feet (I have size 9 feet) because I often find “last pair” type sales… Many of you know I’m going to Costa Rica in September, and that will involve LOTS of walking and hiking.  Today, I got a pair of hiking boots for 80% off, and this pair of walking sandals, also 80% off.  I know they’re not particularly chic, but both pairs will ensure that my feet feel good while I’m trekking around saving and photographing wildlife.

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And my little hummingbird tattoo shows.  :)

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My menu today was iced coffee and yogurt, mango and granola for breakfast….

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Artsy fartsy picture of fruit eaten throughout the day, a peach, a ridiculously tart apricot (that I tossed after a couple of bites) and some cherries.

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Lunch was vegetables, melba toast and chicken salad (made with leftover grilled chicken, an individual guacamole pack, scallions and a couple of grapes.

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Dinner tonight was caesar salad with cold chicken, and a glass of wine.

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I didn’t go for a walk at lunchtime because I was running errands, but I broke in my new sandals with a walk around Lost Lagoon after work.  As usual, it was GORGEOUS, and the wildlife photo ops were abundant.

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Tomorrow is the stat holiday for Canada Day.  No work, maybe a bit of play, and I’ll report back tomorrow.  Happy Wednesday!

We are having a heatwave here in Vancouver.  Ug!  No complaints, beats freezing snow…but still…UG!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Let’s Go!”.  When I was walking after work, I saw this bird taking off.  I bet if he could think human thoughts, he’s say “let’s go”.  Or not….  :)

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Another bird for the water theme at 365 Days in Nature.

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I saw these three tonight, AWWW!   I truly keep thinking the bird babies are finished for the year, and voila…more keep showing up.

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I had an iced coffee, some yogurt, berries and granola for breakfast.  The iced coffee picture was boring, so I’ve added an embellishment.  You’re welcome.  :)

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Boring picture of watermelon too.  It tasted good though.

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Enough of that.  Lunch was a kale salad with mango, smoked tofu, light feta, blueberries and some dried cranberries.

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One of my collages brought in some plums from her tree.  I had these two.  Then two more.  They are soooo good.

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I had a Bud Light Apple with dinner, which was a salad, corn and cold chicken. (the salad was made with greens from our garden, cold nugget potatoes, blueberries, light feta, croutons and tomato with dijon vinaigrette.

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I took a walk at lunchtime and after work.  Two hours walking gives me a few activity points, some nice photos, and some sunshine and fresh air.  (spider photo credit to Dennis)  Enjoy nature in the city, and have a good Tuesday.

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Timeless Beauty”.  I think the beauty of roses is timeless.

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I took the next two photos on our walk along the Ambleside Seawall in West Vancouver.  Dennis and I went for a walk this afternoon.  This is for Water Week at 365 Days of Nature…

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And this was my upload for Only Shades of Gray.

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Before I recap today, I have to share this photo of the sunset off our deck last night.  Photos don’t do justice, the sky was gorgeous.

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And this was one of several hummingbirds that have been flying around here today….

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I made us a nice brunch this morning…..iced coffee, toast, watermelon, scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and hashbrowns.

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After that, I went and did some grocery shopping, had a visit with Cousin Helen, then Dennis and I took our walk at Ambleside.  It wasn’t as nice today as it has been lately, it was muggy and hot, but it was nice to be out and together.  (I’m glad Dennis is home)  We saw crabbers, walkers, gamers (with toilet paper), birds, murals, flowers etc, etc….  Here are some shots…

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On the way back to the car, we stopped for small frozen yogurts, and saw some funky displays in stores and on the street.

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We finally got our bbq going tonight. (for the first time since last summer)  We had a glass of prosecco, and salad (with greens from our garden, cucumber, croutons, blueberries, light feta) with a grilled beef kabob, and some steamed nugget potatoes.

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That was my weekend.  What did YOU get up to?  “See” everyone tomorrow.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “The Big Day”.  I used this shot from our friends Vicky and Liam’s big day last year.

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The weekly theme for 365 Days in Nature is “water”.  I used this reflective shot from earlier this week….

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And I saw this entertainer at the Farmer’s Market today.  She was posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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Speaking of the Farmer’s Market, here are some shots from there….

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Right beside the market, there is an off-leash dog park.  It is SO much fun to watch the dogs….I love dog days of summer.

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Here are a couple of other pictures of the park.  The gymnast must have been at least 50….she was amazing.

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After that, I went down to our little community garden.  I thinned our beets, so picked some little ones and will let the others grow to full size. (I got the kind that is long and narrow because I thought they’d be better in our small space) And, I harvested the last of our radishes (time to replant), and did some watering.  (I also picked some salad greens, you’ll see those in a second)

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I walked back to the car via the bird pond.  Well, bird/turtle/beaver pond….  I saw this today, which made me think the beavers I saw a few weeks ago are still in there….

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Selfie….

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My menu today?  Breakfast was eggs, Little Big Bread and blueberries.  And I made myself an iced coffee with cashew milk.

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When I got home from the errands, I had some guacamole, crackers and watermelon.

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And dinner tonight was greens from the garden, vegetables, cold chicken and goat cheese.

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Here is the random heart for the day….

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…and we had a clog in the sink this morning.  Call the plumber…

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I’m off to the airport to pick up Dennis.  More tomorrow.  Happy Sunday to all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Tick Tock”.  I used this photo from a street vendor’s table last summer.

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Look at this cute little guy I saw on my walk tonight!  More on that later, but I posted this on 365 Days in Nature…

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And I also took this picture tonight.  Turned black and white, it worked for Only Shades of Gray.

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My day’s menu was a whole lotta NON-homemade.  Just worked out that way….  Breakfast was some yogurt and granola and an iced coffee with cashew milk.

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..and I had some cherries and blueberries.

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I met my friend Sharon for lunch today.  We went for sushi, I had veggie sunomono, a spicy tuna roll and a tuna “spring roll” (in rice paper)

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I had this little lemon square at work, it was leftover from a meeting.

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And after my long walk tonight, I grabbed a jerk chicken sandwich and watermelon salad.  (the salad was soooo good.  It had fresh basil and feta cheese)

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I went for a long walk after work, because I didn’t go at lunchtime, and also because it is stinkin’ hot here today, and later in the afternoon, it cooled off JUST a little.  Someone told me about a big park in South Vancouver, by the Fraser River.  I took the car and drove there….here are shots from the park.  (it was a little creepy, there was next to nobody there….)

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After the park, I did a quick walk along the river path.  I earned a fair amount of activity points in my 3 hours….

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That was my Friday.  Have a GREAT weekend everyone!  Anyone else in a heat wave???

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Stands out in the crowd”.  This one is a stretch, but this adult goose stands out in the crowd of goslings who are all eating.

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This was my post on 365 Days in Nature….

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And I took this photo tonight, flipped it to black and white and posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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I took this photo from our deck this morning.  The sun was just up and the clouds were interesting.  (well, I thought so….)

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All is well in the world again, because Michelle and I were able to meet for our pre-work Thursday coffee.  I had an iced coffee (with my own cashew milk)….

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And I had a yogurt parfait….which is in front of Michelle’s famous hand.  :)

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I had a salad with greens from our garden, smoked tofu, quinoa, light feta, tomatoes and cucumber…..

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…and a few cherries.

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I had a haircut after work, and on the way I grabbed frappucinos for my hairdresser and I.  Patty had the coffee, I had vanilla.

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I was given a piece of pizza bread, that I had for dinner.  Thanks Mark!!

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I walked down to our garden to water it at lunch time.  The insects are LOVING our Napa cabbage.  Oh dear.  I saw a “sad face”….so added some eyes.  LOL.  As the title today says, some things just need eyes.

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This plant that I saw in a florist’s window on the way home needed eyes too.  silly….

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Down at the bird pond….

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I posted this gull’s photo on facebook.  “Oh hey!”

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And other, less amusing birds…..

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A turtle was sneaking up on a gull….

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There were some blooms….

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Two beautiful dragonflies….

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…and a bee COVERED in pollen.  Go Bee!!!

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When I was walking back to my car after my haircut (and colour…buh bye gray roots….) I saw this in a window.  I bet my knitting friend Shelley would LOVE this store, and all the goods they have for knitters.

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I also walked by an antique store that has a silent auction, and the items this week are in the window.  The signmaker is obviously pretty funny….

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We are having record breaking heat here in Vancouver….Neva is hot.  And is flopping around on her back.  A lot.  AWW.   However, that is her standard hummingbird watching stance, so really, status quo…

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Finally tonight, I found two random hearts today….one is on a cabbage leaf in our garden….

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..and the second is a LITTLE harder to see, but its there.  OOOH!

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Time for me to put the fans on and get to bed.  Friday tomorrow….have a good one!!!!!  Bring on the weekend.

Before I start today’s post, I’m wishing Dennis a VERY happy birthday.  He is down in Montreal with his family, so we will celebrate when he gets home on the weekend.  But still….

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Photographer”.  I used this archive shot from last summer….

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I posted this duckling kite with invisible string (taken at lost lagoon last night) on 365 Days in Nature….

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..this shot was taken last night too.  And today, it was turned black and white and posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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Here is the day’s menu collage. (I absolutely haven’t been putting much effort in meal pictures – or meals in general lately.  That will change!!)  I had yogurt, berries, a banana this morning, lunch was tossed together; carrots, tomatoes and cold nugget potatoes with hummus and guacamole.  Dinner was just like last night, I’m using up the turkey hot dogs I bought yesterday, and had a few more of the nugget potatoes.

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I only had a brief lunchtime walk today, so don’t have much to share.  Per usual, here are the “daily birds”, and a hanging flower thrown in, just because.

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Have a wonderful Thursday!!!

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