Happy Easter to everyone!  We had a visit from the Easter Bunny this morning (we’re just big kids at heart).  Dennis hunted, and found all kinds of little treats in our living room.

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Neva’s  ‘Bunny Friend” made it’s annual appearance for Photo ops too.

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Out take!  Even without a flash, we had closed eyes…

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Neva was looking for “eggs” (HA!  I actually have no idea what Neva was looking for in her hiding box)….

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I know she was looking at birds when I took this shot….

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These are the “eye catchers” that were courting and dancing on the power pole outside of our apartment building.  Yes, the birds were pole dancing!  That’s life in the big city! :)

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I was out on the deck for a bit this morning, shooting my photo for the Photo A Day Challenge.  Today’s prompt is “Egg”…and I have two Humpty Dumptys – eggs hatching from eggs.

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(we had scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, toast and fruit for breakfast….the shells came in handy)  Sorry Neva…I took yet another shot while you were vigorously “marking” poor Humpty.

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We unplugged and spent the morning relaxing, then this afternoon we went out and had a long, long walk.  Here are a few shots….

Our quirky sand sculpting, rock balancing neighbor is back at it….

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Curly shells and curly ferns…..

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Fun in the dog park….

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Boing……

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Blooms and blossoms o’plenty.  LOVE spring…..

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The hearts of the day are courtesy of nature, and Dennis….

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No hearts on this gate, I just liked them…

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Dennis wasn’t really dressed for pull ups, but did a few anyway….

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…which earned an extra activity point, which was parlayed into a beer after our walk.  Now, we’re going to heat some ham, potatoes and asparagus, crack a bottle of wine and have a quiet Easter dinner.  From all of us (Dennis, Neva and I) to all of you….hope you have had a nice long weekend!!!

…actually, I’ve been a LOT out of whack today.  Can’t seem to get my mind around what day of the week it is, what needs to be done before I get back to Victoria in  a few days and my emotions have been all over the map.

Blog posts are out of whack too, so will just share…

Neva was so happy to see me when I got home last night…. “oh, it’s you?”

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..”well, since you are here, I wouldn’t mind a belly rub”

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Dennis wanted a belly rub too.  :)

I’m getting back to sharing my Photo A Day Challenge pics too.  Today’s prompt is “money”.  Voila…cold, hard Canadian cash.  Cha Ching!

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We sent out for Chinese Food tonight, and will crack a bottle of wine, so will go and have dinner, call it a night, and assume that more “normal” posts will resume tomorrow.  Can’t promise though, life isn’t normal at all right now…but life is good.  Happy Easter to everyone!

As I mentioned last night, I just want to share a few photos from my walk with my Dad yesterday….and will get back to today’s posting later….

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The daily heart was courtesy of an insect.

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The sun/light was perfect for flower/weed/grass photos…

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VERY cool fungus growing on the side of a log.  It was huge, about the size of two hands….but close up, looks like dinosaur skin.  (not that I’ve SEEN dinosaur skin, but it may have looked like this… :) )

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More fungus….

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A couple more shots of the baby hummingbird.  I am SOOOOO lucky to have seen this tiny little fella and his Mom.  Cutest thing EVER!

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Also rarely seen….the illusive bloom from the ‘soother tree’ and the dancey little wood fairy!  :)

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There were tons of water birds, some I’d never seen before….

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I made a new fuzzy, purry friend.  (Shhh…..don’t tell Neva!)

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I think these garden eating deer, thought destructive are cute as can be.  (Shhh….don’t tell my Dad!  Just kidding)

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If you look VERY closely, you can see this hummingbird’s tongue.

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And finally, I caught a lovely sunset on the ferry ride back to Vancouver.

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Happy Easter to everyone!!!!

…for a few days.

I have a few lovely photos from today to share, and will post them tomorrow morning.  Right now, it’s pretty late and I have a husband and kitty to reconnect with after being away for 10 days.

BUT…I REALLY want to share one thing tonight.  My Dad and I went for a walk this morning, and we came across some other walkers who pointed out a tiny baby hummingbird (it was MAYBE the size of half a thumb) and when we were watching, it’s Mom came and fed it.  GORGEOUS!!!!  We were so lucky to see that!

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(not a great photo, but we were giving them distance, and this is cropped a long way from the raw image)

Back tomorrow…Happy Easter weekend to all!

Again, big thanks for sending good wishes our way.  My Mom is doing well, and all systems are “go” for me to return home tomorrow for a few days, and come back next week when she is discharged.  Check out the cloudy view from her hotel hospital room.  :)

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Before my Dad and I went to the hospital this afternoon, we did some grocery shopping and came home via a fantastic beach/salt water lagoon that gave us some good photo ops.  My Dad was SURE we’d been there years ago, but I have no recollection of being here.  Pretty sure I’d remember….  However, come with us on our walk!!!

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We found a little pool with dozens (maybe more) of these tiny sea “bugs” or “babies”….we have no idea what they are.  Anyone? (they did not sting/bite when they were on my finger)

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Here are the day’s “daily hearts”, some natural…..

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one made by my Dad…..

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…and one that will require you to tip your head to the right, look closely and voila…a heart!  :)

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Here are a few more photos of the swans, which were GORGEOUS!

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“Duck Photobomb in the back….”  INCOMING!!!!

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And a pigeon photobomb too!

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Speaking of “BOMBS”….this is why it is my lucky day.  I was photographing these two battling seagulls…they were dive bombing and squawking and having quite the mid-air fight….

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and BOMB….the one of the right let loose and pooped on me.   All over my sweater, all over my arm, and all over my camera.  LUCKY!!!!  :)

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Here are a few other shots of birds that DIDN’T poop on me.

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I’m calling this “optical illusion duck”.  He looks like he has no head…  :)

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And finally, on our way home tonight my Dad and I went to a viewpoint not far from my parent’s home.  Great clouds, great sky, damn cold!

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Happy Long Easter Weekend to all!!!  May your luck shine, but may it NOT involve poop!  :)

Hi All!  So many thanks for all the good wishes and energy sent to my Mom.  She’s still in hospital, will be for a few days, but all in all, is on the road to recovery.  The plan right now is for me to be here for a couple more days, home for a few days, then back here to help out when she is discharged…again.  That said, we’re taking things a day at a time, and of course I’ll be posting updates.

Before we went down to the hospital today, I whipped out for a beach walk.

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The tide was WAY out, it was pretty chilly, but it was a nice walk.  I’ve also made some new friends and will be emailing pictures to various dog owners I met along the beach.  I didn’t realize this beach was an off leash park, there were tons of them, and they were having so much fun.  And I had lots of fun chatting to their owners and taking photos.  Here are just a few of my favorites (and my favorite dogs)

Sad Chester lost his ball – that face is priceless….

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Happy Chester found a rock instead….

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Happy Dia before he slipped on the seaweed.  Dia was happy no matter what though.  Aww…

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Dia, Chester and their friend “Chuck”.  Yup, the dog’s name is Chuck….

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Chuck was huge, but bounced around like a tiny puppy.  He may look mean, but he was just a big old softie…..

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And a sweet little Westie who’s name I didn’t find out.

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Finally, someone needed to be toweled off before getting in the car.  Cute!

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Dogs weren’t the only things on the beach.  There was the standard seaweed, barnacles, shells and rocks….

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I didn’t find many daily hearts….just this seaweed.  Bit of a stretch, I know.

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I managed to get a shot of these little fish that were in the tidal pools.  They are really fast little movers….

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Crows were having a field day looking for food in the tidal pools….

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More deceased crabs….in “make your own crab kit” form, and moved into good light for photos.  No crabs were harmed in the making of this blog.  :)

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And on the way home, I saw these deer.  AWWWW!!!!!  (quite the contortion on the one grooming it’s own back)

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I’m off.  Hope everyone is well!!!!

Boo….my mom has had a little setback today.  She’s back in hospital, but should be back home in a day or two,  HOWEVER, that means I’ll be here a little longer than planned, probably until Friday/Saturday.  But that ALSO means, you lucky people, you’ll have to endure my daily walk pictures for a few more days….and MAYBE some more bugs, just a little longer than expected.

Normal posts will resume once I’m back in Vancouver, bear with me….

Today, I had coffee on my parent’s deck, before the clouds rolled in…

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I also bonded with the hummingbirds that were at the feeders.  Aren’t they cute???

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Quite the “prawn imitation”

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With all the hoopla going on today, I was glad to have a chance to go for a walk on the beach and just decompress a bit, knowing my Mom was in good hands, and exactly where she should be.  Here are a few shots…

I posted this one on facebook too…it is a sad reality when a tree has perkier boobs than you do.  :)

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HA!  We move on….

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Sappy trees….

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Million dollar idea…”make your own crab” kits.  I could find all the parts….

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There was a live little crab walking on the rocks.  Cool colouring on this one, and obviously VERY young….

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Assorted greenery….

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Barnacles…

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Shells (no kidding! :) )

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REALLY liked the patterns and bark of the driftwood….

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And a little “attachment” to a log that would lead me to think there is regular beer drinking down there.  :)

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A couple of “creatures”….

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And finally, two daily hearts.

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It’s been a long day, so I’m going to hit publish and get some sleep.  Hope all of you are doing well.

 

BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend Renee!!!!

Just a warning, if you are “icked out” by bugs, creepy crawlers both alive and deceased, you MAY want to scroll really quickly to the last few pictures on this post.

For whatever reason, I’ve been feeling a little “roller coaster-y” today, maybe it is the lunar eclipse tonight, or maybe that just sounded a bit flakey!  :)  However, still found some fun and some beauty around me.

As I warned, I had the opportunity to take pictures of all kinds of “creatures” today, both in my parent’s yard, and on the quick beach walk I took this afternoon.  Here they are, I find them really beautiful, but if you don’t, scroll quickly…

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The crab above was NOT impressed that I was taking his picture, and waved his pinchers at me to shoo me away….don’t worry Mr. Crab, I just want your photo, you won’t be moved or disrupted, so say “cheese”, I’ll get my shot and we’ll both get on with our day.

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Speaking of crabs, I found this poor fella on a rock.  He was deceased but in tact.

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The fact he was deceased made it easy for me to a) turn him into an orchestra conductor with a tiny stick….

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and b) Mr. Crabby, smoking is hazardous to your health.  Oh…never mind, it’s a bit late for that….

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I found two daily hearts today, one in a leaf in my parent’s yard….

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..and the second on the rocky beach thanks to the way waves hit this rock.  Thank you Mother Nature!

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Speaking of the beach, here are a few shots from my rocky walk.

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This just made me crazy.  Beautiful beach, and some yahoo decided to dump their empty coffee cup in a log.  GRRR!!!!  There are several garbage cans around the path, so I reached through the spider web, and took it and disposed of it properly.   Sigh.

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I took these next two pictures on the road I took home.  (it was the long way home, but the pretty way!)

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Beauty in my parent’s garden this afternoon….

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And finally, had a bit of fun with photofacefun.com.  Rocks and feather shadows have become funny faces and an angel.  A very crazed angel.

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Anyone planning on checking out the lunar eclipse tonight?  I was hoping to, but the clouds are rolling in.  Not sure if I’ll be able to see it, but will have a look if I can.    Happy Tuesday to all!!!

Happy to report that my Mom continues to do really well in her recovery.  So well, that she was ok to be on her own for an hour or so this morning, and my Dad and I had a chance to take a spring walk together in a nature conservatory and education park.  Here are a few pics from our walk.

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The area is a birders “happy place”.  The ducks were “up close” but there were TONS of other feathered creatures all over the place.

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There were also tons of nature photo ops….

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Two “daily hearts”….

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Taking “blowy” dandelion pictures are so much better with two people.  Thanks Dad!!!

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Tonight, I had dinner at my friends Marion, Carlo, Anna and Sara’s place (and with Lily the dog).  There were dancing feet, eyeglass shenanigans and a lovely meal!  Thanks guys!!!

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Have a great week everyone!!!!

How’s everyone’s weekend going?  Today was a day of caring, errands but I also found my first garage sale of the year (could have bought hula hoops with flaming additions from a former fire hooping busker.  I was tempted….  :) ). I also took an hour to myself and had a lovely, sunny, barefoot walk along the beach.  As the title says, good for the soul….and the sole.  My feet were in dire need of a scrub, so thank you sand, mission accomplished!

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Not gonna lie…the water was REALLY cold!  However, I choose not to think of it as cold, I’d rather think of it as “fresh”.

Here are a few other shots from the day.  While I was hanging around my parent’s house, I took a few shots on their deck and in their back yard.

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And before dinner, as I mentioned, I zipped out for a bit of sun, sea water and sand.

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Because it was a lovely spring day, I wasn’t alone on the beach….there were kids throwing balls and stones…

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…a woman in a kimono….

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…kids having a ball with shells and rocks…

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…tight rope walkers (well, not really WALKERS…there was one)…

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…dogs on and off leashes, with and without toys, some with four legs, and one with three who was keeping up with them all.  AWW…

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The hearts of the day….the first one made by me, the second and third, products of my imagination….

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I don’t have to write this, but I will anyway…”logs”…

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12 april 12 on my left

Another unnecessary description, but oh well…”birds”….

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The “shell” section….

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And finally, we end on a crabby note.  Not me…I found a crab leg on the beach.  Close up, it is FASCINATING, check out all the textures and spikes…..

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However, the leg was the only part of the crab remaining, so I made my own.  :)

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Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!!

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