Just in from Spanish class…so this is a very quick, feather filled post.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Morning”.  I used this photo that I took one morning in Victoria.  Who knew?  The early bird really DOES get the worm!

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It is “favorite food” week over at the 365 Days in Nature site.  This shot from a few days ago shows a little hummingbird visiting our feeder looking for his favorite food.

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I posted this macro shot of a palm leaf on the Only Shades of Gray black and white site.

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As mentioned above, this is a feather filled post.  I went for a quick walk at lunch (hi JenX), but before that, here are a couple more shots of different hummingbirds taken before I left for work today.  I love these little guys!

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These seagulls were “talking” with vigour, until I put my camera lens toward them.  Then….nada.

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There were two huge herons asleep high up in a tree…

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…quite the wide legged stand…..

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…quite the reflection….

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Non bird related pics include the first little crocus’ I’ve seen this year….

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Maybe this dog’s name is Taylor Swift, because he was “shaking it off”.  OMG…that is awful.  Sorry….

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I like this face that was drawn on a tile.

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And this was quick dinner tonight.  Leftover turkey chili with sour cream.

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Not a particularly lovely picture.  It’s tasty though.  So that was my Tuesday.  Hope all of you are having a good week, and to my friends in the North American east….stay safe!  Hopefully the storm of the century didn’t hit you too hard.  <3

Hi everyone!  I hope all of you had a nice weekend!!!  Before I share a few shots, here are the day’s Photo Challenge shots.  The Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Three things”.  I used this shot from the winter farmer’s market….three maple syrup treats on snow.

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The Only Shades of Gray black and white shot is this potter’s hands (taken last summer.  This was one of my Dad’s favorite photos)

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And this week’s 365 Days in Nature theme is “favorite food”.  I used this shot, again from the farmer’s market.  Fresh grapes just cut from the vine.

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I want to share these two pics, of sculptures in a gallery window.  I LOVE the detail.  Such talent!!!

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It was a very foggy ferry crossing over to my Mom’s on the weekend.  Made for some interesting shots though….

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There was also some serious action at my Mom’s birdbath…

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The first snowdrops of the year.  VERY VERY early….

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Today, I photographed my first insect of 2015.

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Raindrops on a plant….

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Blooms, some hanging on to the tree, other’s fell in a big wind….

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Various birds….the first was having a bad hair day.  :)

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A crow in a tree….

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…and another contemplating whether it was time for a manicure.  LOL!

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…and another carrying what looks like a glue stick.  Not something you see every day.

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Bottoms up!

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…heads up….

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..and heads forward.

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Random hearts for the day.  One if fluffy and some are in a pod.

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We had chicken lasagne for dinner tonight.  With ginger kombucha.

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Speaking of kombucha, I’m off to attempt to grow another scoby.  Back to the drawing board.  To all my friends back east, PLEASE stay safe…sounds like mother nature will be giving you quite the blast tomorrow.  I’ll be thinking of you and sending warm wishes to all.

I’m going to take a mini blog break this weekend.  I think it’s time to recharge my blog batteries, and focus elsewhere for a couple of days.

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  “See” you on Monday!

(PS: thank you google images for the graphic above)

 

(or “mold” if your dictionary is from the U.S)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Collection”.  I posted this picture from a flea market last year.  Someone was selling their collection of vintage costume jewelry. (to other collectors for their collections. :) )

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I put this picture of a street performer from last summer’s community festival into black and white for the Only Shades of Gray site.

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…and when I was checking out my archives for yesterday’s photo, I found this oldie.  And it made me laugh.  So I posted it on the 365 Days in Nature site.  AHHHHHH!

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I met Michelle for our pre-work Thursday coffee today.  Check out her swanky reusable mug.  (and check out my paper cup.  OK, that isn’t as notable)

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I had an appointment at lunchtime, but on my way there, I snapped a few shots….

This feather didn’t actually fall in front of me, but I liked the way the raindrops collected on it..

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I liked the rain on these plants too….

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Someone lost some glasses….mother nature is cleaning them for the owner

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I wonder if this hedge is being clipped to look like a minion topiary?  No, probably not….

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I always think that these trees should be in the tropics, not in Vancouver in the winter….

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Three in a row….

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…and a rogue mushroom in the moss….

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I like the way the light was shining through the sap, and the peeling bark of this tree….

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VERY VERY premature signs of spring…..

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…and a couple of random signs.

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I found a few random hearts….

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As some of you know, just over a week ago, I attempted to start my own “mother” to make my own kombucha.  Things were going swimmingly, until I came home tonight as saw little circles of mould on the surface.  OH NO!!!  I followed the instructions to a tee, but guess this batch has to be tossed, and I’ll try again.  Bummer….but better to toss it than risk getting sick from it when we are able to consume the fermented tea.

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Dennis as out tonight (so he missed my cursing at the mouldy scoby.  HA!) so I just cooked some tortellini we had in the freezer and tossed it with some pesto and Parmesan.

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I am SOOOOO glad it is Friday tomorrow.  It’s been a “funny” week.  I’ll be heading over to spend the weekend with my Mom.  What are YOUR plans this weekend?  Whatever they are, hope the weekend is great for all!

 

Heh, heh….wonder how many google searches I’ll get because of that title.  :)  Today’s post is a quickie (again).  It was a really busy day and I didn’t take too many photos.  The daily photos are all from my archives…

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge is “In a row”.  I used this picture of wine glasses in a row that I took a few months ago.

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I popped this picture that we took in Bellingham last year into black and white for the Only Shades of Gray group….

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And I posted this shot from last spring on the 365 Days in Nature site.  (it’ll be great when spring is back and babies like this are around)

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Before I left for work, there was an AMAZING sunrise.  I took these pictures from our deck.  (love the way the sun is lighting up the side of the building)

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I didn’t walk at lunchtime because I had a few errands to run.  I DID walk to yoga after work.  OMG…the class seemed BRUTAL tonight.  I’m still getting rid of this lingering cough/cold (though I’m MUCH MUCH better), I felt completely out of shape, inflexible and the class and the walk seems to have worn me out.  Guess I’m still not 100%.  It WAS good to be back on my mat, but uh…not my most shining hour. (well, 75 minutes actually. :) )

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(thank you google images and galleryhip.com)

I did take a couple of evening shots on the way to class.  It was noticeably lighter today.  Yay!  The daylight hours are getting longer!

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Dennis put dinner in the oven before he came and picked me up.  It was chicken cooked with peppers, mushrooms and onions in an asian sauce.  We served it over brown rice.

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That’s it for my quick Wednesday post.  Happy Thursday to all.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Window”.  I used this archive picture of the flirty cat in the window.  Love the fact that the dog owner adopted the kitty and they are now living together.  AWW!

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Both the 365 Days in Nature and the Only Shades of Gray pictures for the day were taken on my lunchtime walk down to the bird pond.

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I’m late posting tonight because I’ve just got in from my first Spanish class.  I am not bilingual yet.  :)

This morning on my way to work I saw this woman walking along….

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…and caught up with to her ask if I could take a photo of the back of her sweater for a day’s random heart.

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Turns out the sweater belonged to her boyfriend’s grandma.  The boyfriend wanted her to have it, so she embellished it and made it her own.  Great story, and what an interesting woman.  (when I hear stories like this, I’m really glad I’m lucky not to be shy so I can start up conversations with people I’d never chat to in my normal daily routine.)

Here are some pics of my walk…..cats and dogs….

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And this little guy is up for adoption.  Aren’t those eyes GORGEOUS?

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It is pretty early (and a little chilly) to have new growth on plants.

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This was “runner up” for the Only Shades of Gray shot….

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Action at the bird pond….

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If you look closely, you can see another shadow random heart.

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I had made a batch of turkey chili last night, for dinner before I went to class.  I made some low fat cornbread too, but it isn’t in the shot.  whoops….

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Happy Wednesday to all!!!  Adios!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Homemade”.  Today, I made some green juice with apples, kale, spinach, ginger and lime. It was healthy and delicious, but not particularly photogenic, so I added a few bokeh effects to the shot.

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I flipped this feather shot into black and white for the Only Shade of Gray group…

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I posted this crow’s picture on the 365 Days in Nature group.  He was sure staring me down when I walked by him on my way to work this morning.

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Other birds of note today.  LOVE the red throat on the hummingbird, who came to the feeder before I left this morning.

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…a forlorn looking seagull….

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…a very hungry sparrow….

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…and a very wonky one dimensional bird on this weather vane.

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I ran some errands at lunchtime, and saw some interesting art (and footwear) in and in front of windows….

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Then, the universe sent a bunch of signs.  Some were very overt…

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Then, they became more subtle.  I saw these mushrooms (which are pretty unusual right now, it’s past the peak mushroom time) and thought to myself “hmmm….they look like fortune cookies”.

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…and literally 2 minutes later, I saw this discarded fortune on a lawn.

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THEN….the universe sent me double love….these two hearts were a sign.  Maybe….

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My sign to make a quick and healthy dinner said “make low fat alfredo and serve with some pesto and tortellini”. My point counting is going well…and tonight, I made dinner for tomorrow too.  Can’t say I’m completely back to the kitchen groove, but slowly, it is returning.  I hope…

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Before I publish tonight, I want to just send a birthday shout out to my friend JenX.  Happy Birthday Buddy!!!!   Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge is “Today is…”  Today (well, early this morning), it was foggy.

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This was my shot for “wing week” at the 365 Days in Nature site. (taken this week during one of my walks)

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And I used this shot from last weekend for the Only Shades of Gray black and white group.

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We were really busy today, but there aren’t too many photos.  This morning, we went to our friends Clint and Tom’s house for their annual “After Christmas” brunch.  Thank you Clint and Tom….as always, the company was great and the food was delicious. (thanks too to Janice, Alan, Barb, Konrad, Carmen, Caroline and Anna for your conversation and laughs)

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We spun by Cousin Helen’s place, then Neva entertained us for a while….

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…then we met our good friends Lindi and Jeff for dinner.  We hadn’t seen each other for a while, so spent more time yacking and catching up than taking pictures.  (the light was also very dim) We went to a Middle Eastern restaurant, and I had a roti with cauliflower and potato.  It came with salad and lentil soup.  They have the BEST chai tea there too.  We left just as the live music was starting…

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We are so lucky to have so many excellent friends, and it was a good day catching up with some of them.  Back to the grind tomorrow…have a wonderful week everyone!!

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Jump”.  Thanks yet again to this group of people visiting from Ontario last summer!  They were stellar jumpers!  :)

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It is “wing week” over at the 365 Days in Nature site….this guy was at our feeder this morning.  Love the wings!

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And I flipped the shoes from Victoria into black and white for the Only Shades of Gray site….

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Today is a very special day in the land of Weightingfor50.   Five years ago today, we brought this mangy, malnourished, sad little kitten (who the SPCA named “Ice”) home….

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…she has flourished into our beloved Neva!  She brings us joy every day, and we both feel one of the best decisions we ever made was bringing her home with us.  <3 you Neva!

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Dennis and I had a pretty lazy Saturday morning.  I had big plans to get up, run some errands and go to my favorite sweaty yoga class, but this lingering cough said otherwise, and I think the relaxation did me a lot of good.  We made a healthy breakfast, read a bit, watched some fluffy nature shows on tv….it was really nice.

I emphasize HEALTHY BREAKFAST because today, I am back to counting weight watchers points.  In the last few months, I haven’t had the energy or interest to do hard core meal planning and tracking.  The time has come….

While we were hanging out, birds were hanging out just off of our deck.   Which excited Neva no end,

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We did venture out and grab some groceries this afternoon though.  And I took some photos….

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Ooops…typo….

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“Fu Yu”?  That doesn’t sound very nice… :)

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Cupcakes in a window, and love the street sign outside….

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I liked this sign too…

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Other window shots…

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Our dinner tonight was turkey burgers.  I had mine in a sandwich thin, and I spiraled some zucchini and sweet potatoes (the zucchini was much more successful) and roasted them alongside.  I also had a glass of wine, and some frozen cherries.

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That was my Saturday.  We have a pretty full day tomorrow.  See you then….  Hope YOUR weekend is going well too!

Yesterday’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt was “Old”.  I used this archive picture of an old photograph from the Burnaby Heritage Museum.

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Today’s prompt is “Nature”.  I didn’t take any nature shots of note today, so I used this picture from November.

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I flipped this picture into black and white for the Only Shades of Gray site….

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And this was the photo I used for the 365 Days in Nature.  This was taken down at my favorite bird pond a couple of weeks ago.

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I was playing with shutter speeds this morning when the hummingbirds were feeding.  OOOH….artsy!  :)

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Neva was watching the hummingbirds too.  She was giving them a firm speaking to….you tell ‘em Neva!

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AND…then have a nap!

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VERY cool morning clouds….

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…and a VERY early bloom.

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These shots were taken on my walk home from work tonight…

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We had white wine and chicken lasagne (with baguette) for dinner tonight.

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This weekend….I will spend a little time in the kitchen making some healthy meals!  Time to up the veggies, up the nutrients and maybe even time to count weight watchers points again.  Bring it on.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!!!

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