Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Sunshine”.  It was a rainy day here in Vancouver, so I pulled this sunny picture from the archives.

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I used this archive shot for 365 Days in Nature. (good thing this week’s theme is archive favourites)  I love snails.  It’ll be fun when they are back in the spring.

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And today’s Black and White “Only Shades of Gray” shot is again from the spring archives….

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I didn’t take many photos at all today, so the shots today are a LOT of the now famous Elf.  I met Michelle for pre-work coffee this morning, and had a reduced fat eggnog latte.

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I’m not exactly sure what Michelle’s famous hand was doing to poor Elf – LOL.

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I met my good friend Andrea for lunch today.  It was for her birthday that was a couple of weeks ago.  Happy Belated Birthday, Dear Andrea!!!  As we do, we went for sushi.  The restaurant was busy, so we ended up sitting at the sushi bar.

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I had the lunch special, miso soup and 3 rolls – a spicy tuna roll, California roll and BC Blazer roll.

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After work, I walked to my favorite yoga class.  It was pretty rainy, so there weren’t many photos.  Some of the boats are lighting up for the holidays….

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When I got home, we had a quick stir fry with carrots, zucchini, peppers and chicken in a light peanut sauce, served over brown rice.

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I’ve had these chopsticks for a while.  Very pretty….

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That was my quick post for the day.  Today was actually my Friday, I have a couple of days off work.  I plan on having an “adventure” tomorrow.  Stay tuned….

I’ll just start today’s post with an explanation of today’s title.  A lovely little church in our neighborhood has put up an illuminated nativity scene on it’s grounds. (ok, technically the church itself didn’t put up the display….but you know what I mean….)  ANYWAY…This Wise man seemed to not only be giving the baby a gift of gold, frankincense or myrrh, but he also has a large Hershey’s Kiss to give.  LOL!

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(thank you Google images for the picture of the candy)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt has nothing to do with Hershey’s Kisses, it is “Beautiful”.  I took some ok pics today, but none were particularly “beautiful” so I went with this archive photo of the inside of the Orpheum, here in Vancouver.  It really is beautiful.

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Still working with the theme of “favorite archive shots” in the 365 Days in Nature group, I went with this photo from April.  A Mama hummingbird feeding her tiny baby.

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I flipped this photo a a dewy web into black and white for Only Shades of Gray.

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The Hershey’s nativity wasn’t the only holiday decor I saw on my walk to work today….

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I saw SO many birds on my lunchtime walk….

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I also saw some cute dogs and a big stick, some funky fungus, and a very out of place bloom among the winter greenery.

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Today’s Elf shenanigans…..the pom pom on his hat has fallen off.  (It’s only the 16th of the month, and he’s already lost a belt, his buckle is hanging off, his hands are filthy, and now the pom pom has gone)  I held the pom pom, and I turned it into a snowball in his dirty hand. :)

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Awww…it’s just like our late tabby Raleigh….

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What’s in here????

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Bell swinger….

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Yes, this lightbulb is very strategically placed.  But wherever I placed him among the tree lights, it seemed to be “strategic”.

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Once we were home, he hung with Neva for a while (and got a leg up on the situation).

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And finally, he posed with my whole wheat pasta with melted light cream cheese, lemon and grated Parmesan.

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December is flying by for me.  Actually, 2014 is flying.  You too?

I didn’t post yesterday, so am playing a little catch up.  Yesterday’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt was “Drink”.  I used this picture from last Christmas.  Cheers!

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Today’s prompt was “Super”.  I thought these lanterns were super.  :)

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This week’s theme in the 365 Days in Nature group is “a favorite from your archives”.  I love this peacock….

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And I flipped this picture of a wedding couple’s hands into black and white.  I wish I knew how to contact this couple (the wedding was in a park and I happened to walk by) because I’d love to send them this photo.

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Yesterday, when I was with my Mom, I went for a quick walk down at the park.  The tide was WAY in, so there was no beach walking….the waves were gorgeous though. (poor wet Elf)

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I then walked back to the car via a little forest path.  I was surprised that I found so many mushrooms/fungus still.  Usually it’s gone by December.  Or maybe I’ve just never looked for it before….the mushrooms made good “bongo drums” too.  (silly me! :) )

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Mother Nature is BEAUTIFUL!  And I think these mushrooms/fungi are magical.

…here are a few other shots from the path.

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Elf came shopping with my Mom and I.  LOL

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We saw this guy when we were out running errands.  Love the deer….

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My mom has a new insert into her fireplace.  It uses candles, and is very pretty.

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This morning, it was REALLY frosty on my walk to work.  I liked the way the leaves looked.

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Neva has some very cheesy “cat friends”.  They are battery operated and meow a Christmas carol.  (this was a joke gift, given to us last year)

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Tonight for dinner, we reheated a bunch of leftovers with some rotisserie chicken.  I had some broccoli in cheese sauce, stuffing and gravy in the freezer.  I mashed some potatoes too, and made some gravy.  We had some cranberry sauce as well.  Early Christmas dinner on a Monday.  (with a glass of red wine)

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I think we’re all caught up now.  Hope your weeks have started well.  Question of the day….what have you seen lately that could be considered “magical”?

Hi from my Mom’s place in Victoria.  I’m over for the weekend, and today, we have a very important errand to run.  Before that though, today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Much Loved”.  Regular readers KNOW our Neva is much loved.  (and is gorgeous)

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The theme for today’s 365 Days in Nature is “favorite archive shot”.  I just love this deer.  I took it here in Victoria a few weeks ago.

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I posted this shot on the Only Shades of Gray black and white site.

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It was a cold crossing this morning, but I was still out on the ferry deck for a while getting some shots.  As normal, there were lots of gulls….including a baby who was REALLY trying to get some food from it’s mom.  Awww….

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And “standers” and “flyers”…

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Photographers were out in force, one gave me “lens envy” and the other was invisible.  HA!

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There were quite a few seals swimming by.

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There was a MASSIVE wind storm here a couple of days ago.  Because of that, there were TONS of logs and other “debris” floating in the ocean.  Apparently, it is ideal for the “standers”.

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Mom and I did a bunch of running around, but the most important errand to us was going to the Festival of Trees in a large hotel here, and hanging a memorial “ornament” on the Victoria Hospice’s tree, in honour of my Dad. (the Hospice staff were AMAZING to my Dad in his last weeks of life…we can’t thank them enough).

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And we REALLY miss my Dad too!  It’s going to be a strange Christmas without him.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t love the holidays, and did a walkabout looking at ALL of the trees in the festival.

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My Elf got up to some shenanigans today too.  I took this shot on the ferry this morning….

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He photobombed Santa at a mall….

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Put the moves on the pianist at the Festival of Trees….

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…and on some ornaments too.  (very silly!)

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Mom and I were a little wiped out tonight, so sent out for Chinese Food and called it a night.

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Hope all of your weekends are going well.  I’m not sure I’ll be posting tomorrow, it’ll depend on what ferry I get back home.  If I don’t post, I’ll be back on Monday.  Have a good Sunday all!!

Happy Friday!!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Skyline”.  I used this picture that I took a few weeks ago on a walk to yoga.

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Today was the last day for white/cold/snow on 365 Days in Nature…I used this archive shot from last year.  Cold, but really beautiful.

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I turned a mushroom shot into my day’s entry into the Only Shades of Gray group….

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OH dear.  I was invited to join another photo group.  :)  This one isn’t a daily group though, it is strictly for wildlife and nature.  I’ve posted this eagle picture from a few weeks ago, and will only post here if I think I have a shot worthy of posting.

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This morning, we had TWO little hummingbirds at our feeder….AWWW…..

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Neva had assumed the “look at birds on the deck” position….oh Neva!!!

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Am I the only one who sees Popeye in this log?  All it needs is a pipe and a hat and voila…Popeye.  LOL!

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I went for a walk at lunchtime.  It has been rainy and windy for a few days, but today, the skies started to clear.  It was really nice….

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So many birds to see…..

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Woof!

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A couple of silly elf shots….

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Neva is a Jack In The Box.  LOL….

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We had a glass of white wine and sent out for chicken dinner tonight.

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That was our day, and our week.  I’m off to Victoria to see my Mom tomorrow.  I’ll check in tomorrow…have a GREAT weekend everyone!!!

I used an older and dear photo for today’s Photo A Day Challenge. The prompt today is “Something red”.  I used this familiar shot of my friend Kathy’s feet and “phuck cancer” shoes.  I was thinking of her today (I often do!), her birthday is next week, and I thought what better way to honour her than to post her amazing shoes.

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I posted this picture of Fan Tan Alley in Victoria in the Only Shades of Gray black and white group….

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And carrying on with the weekly theme of “white/snow/frost” in the 365 Days in Nature Group, I posted this photo that I took during our cold snap last week.

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Before I left home this morning, I had to quickly wrap a Christmas gift.  Neva “helped”….

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Michelle and her famous hand have a message for everyone!

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After our morning coffee,  we walked by a book store that had some fun books in the window.  I love anything T-Rex.

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There is a sequel to “Go the F*ck to Sleep”?  Who knew???

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Not only is the cover of this funny, it was placed in front of a book titled “Knit your own mustache”.  HA!

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I had a bunch of errands to run at lunchtime, so didn’t get a proper walk.  One of my stops was a pet store for some food for Neva.  The adoption centre there were promoting adoption of lizards.  I don’t think I’d ever want one, but this one Gecko, he just followed me in his little enclosure when I was walking around.  AWWW.  I have to admit, for a lizard, he was pretty cute.  Maybe I’m a Gecko Whisperer too!  HA!!!

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Here are a few others…..

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I hope they all find loving homes soon!

I think someone is telling secrets!  HA!  I think these faces are adorable.

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Elf had his photo taken with lights.  (silly)

 

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Then we got even sillier with some wine we had with dinner tonight. (no elves were harmed in the taking of this photo)

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Dinner was the last of our frozen lasagna and a piece of baguette.

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That’s my Thursday.  Very happy it is Friday tomorrow.  Bring on the weekend.  Question of the day….do you or anyone you know own an exotic pet?

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOLLY!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “closed door”.  I used this picture of a closed garage door.

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…this one was a close second…Neva behind our screen door.  “let me out!”

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I posted this shot of a gull flying over an icy field, taken last week, onto the 365 Days in Nature site.

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I turned this picture of a duck taking off in flight into black and white for the Only Shades of Gray site.

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I don’t have many photos to share today, it’s been a bit of a crazy day, and photos weren’t top of my priority list.  I did however, LOVE the pattern in this leaf, that I saw on my walk to work this morning.

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And Elf hung out on a tree trunk….

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After work, I saw this amazing heron when I was walking to yoga.

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Christmas displays…..

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…and breakfast for dinner….

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Tomorrow will be a much more “normal” day, so it’ll be a more normal post too.  Have a great Thursday everyone!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “decoration”.  I used this picture from last winter, it is half of the eight maids a’ milking.  Not sure where the other four are….or where the cow is either.  But still…it is pretty.  :)

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Keeping with the holiday theme, I posted this shot on the Only Shades of Gray black and white site.

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And today was REALLY warm, and it rained all night, so the mushrooms are starting to pop out again.  I posted the first shot on the 365 Days in Nature site, and the other two were just various fungi that I came across.

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I liked these foliage shots too….

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I once again walked by the bird park.  There are always new sights to see there…..

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I really liked these decorations that filled the trees down a pathway….

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Speaking of the holidays….Elf came with me on the walk…..

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I found “3 s’s:…sap, sticker and spider…..

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He also hung off the gold tree that is by my desk at work….

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Ooops…a little out of order here.  Back to my walk….I saw THIS and went running over to the man, while grabbing my phone and ALMOST dialing 911.  I thought it was a workman down….

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Not so much….he was dangling into a sewer and was just fine.  When I talked to him, he was laughing, and grateful that if he HAD fallen, help was around.  (I stepped back and took this pic once I knew what had happened) Sure got my heart racing though!  Glad I didn’t have to use my first aid training today!!

Dinner tonight was just leftover turkey pasta sauce with some whole wheat fusilli.  It is always good to keep heat and eat things in the freezer.

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Have you ever had to help someone in distress?  I’d love to hear your story, and give you accolades for it!    Share if you’d like to.  And have a great Wednesday.

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Simple pleasure…”.  I used this picture from last summer.  To me, taking photos of a sunset is a simple pleasure.

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I used this picture from last spring for the 365 Days in Nature…..I wanted to keep with the frozen/white/snow theme, and today, it was relatively warm, and by this afternoon, it was POURING with rain.  Thank you archives!  :)

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While looking for the photo above, I found a bunch of snail pictures that I’d taken last summer.  I couldn’t resist popping one into black and white and posting it on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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It was a fairly ordinary Monday, so I don’t have too many shots/news to share.  But… I took this shot from our deck this morning.

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And shortly after, the sun rose, and the buildings just LIT up.  Photos don’t do justice, it was quite spectacular.

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The sun also lit up this gnarly old tree on my walk to work.  I don’t use the word gnarly enough.  LOL!  Just kidding…

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My elf fit right in on our quirky neighbor’s car…..

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I ran a bunch of errands at lunchtime, so didn’t go for a walk, but I did walk by these words on the side of a building.  Love this!

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And this sign in a window of a furniture maker seemed fitting.

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I have a few menu shots…..I have been feeling really run down over the last week or so.  I made some green juice this morning with apple, kale, spinach, chard, ginger and lime.  It just tasted healthy!  :)

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On the weekend, I bought a little piece of “Cosmopolitan Cheese” from our deli.  (I actually asked for 3 onz, for portion control)  We had it with a glass of white wine and a few grapes when we got home tonight.  Wine and cheese on a Monday?  Why not??  :)  The Cosmopolitan cheese is from England apparently, is a wenslydale, with dried cranberry, cranberry vodka and lime.  It is, IMHO, pretty freakin’ amazing.

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We had some flank steak in the freezer, so I pressed it flat, put some spinach and peppers inside and rolled it up.  I cooked it in some tomato sauce in the slow cooker.  We also had some mashed potatoes (with the skins on, some garlic, chopped basil and fat free sour cream)

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So there was Monday.  Nothing too earth shattering or exciting, but it was ok.  Hope everyone’s weekend has started out well.  More tomorrow….

 

 

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Weekends are for….”.  I used this archive shot, weekends are for a glass of wine at home.

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This shot was my offering to the 365 Days in Nature group.  Taken last week when we had a dusting of snow.

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And this holiday “selfie” was my shot today for the Only Shades of Gray black and white site.

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This morning, we had a nice Sunday breakfast together (scrambled eggs, turkey “back bacon”, leftover steamed potato cooked in a little olive oil, toast…..

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…and coffee.  Thanks so much for this hilarious mug Holly!!!

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Neva and her hilarious fluffy paws were once again on “bird watch”….

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But try as hard as she did, sleep won over the birds…..going, going, gone.  :)  Thank you Picmonkey for the collage layout….

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Speaking of picmonkey…..I took a shot of a hummingbird this morning….

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….then had a little picmonkey fun….

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After that silliness, I went and had a really nice visit with Cousin Helen.  Then, Dennis and I went to Best Buy….Dennis was doing a little Christmas shopping, and I needed to take our relatively new laptop and external hard drive in to the techies there.  Who knew when you plug an external drive from one device to another that files can become “hidden”?  Neither did I….  Sometimes technology is very frustrating.  ANYWAY…..while Dennis was shopping, Elf and I did a little walkabout.  Heh, heh….

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We made another stop, and we met a very cool bulldog named “Suge”.  He looked so sad, but was happy as could be, and was sooo friendly.

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Elf checked to see if he had gingivitis (HA!)…..

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…and paid a steep price.

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Not really, it was all posed for the photo.  No elves were harmed in the taking of these photos.  :)

Tonight, we had a glass of wine and sent out for pizza.  My camera battery is charging, so no photos were taken, but google images and someecards helped.

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Hard to believe the weekend is over already.  Have a wonderful week everyone!!

 

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