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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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!!!

Happy Friday everyone!!!!!  Bring on the weekend!  It is supposed to be pretty sunny around these parts this weekend.  Has spring arrived in your neck of the woods?

Today was quite a few errands and care, but I still managed to have an hour walkabout downtown while I was out and about.  Come with me!!

I checked out a new public market that has opened up in the area.

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Flying pigs on the wall of the market….

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And old paintings on a wall outside.  (I’m PRETTY sure these have been around for a long time)

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Um…is it me?  The fellow above looks like he’s breaking into a car, or peeing behind one.  Hmm….

Interesting shadow from the lamp post….

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…and I thought all the lines and shadows in this photo were interesting too.

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Lost mitten alert!

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Here is the gate to Chinatown.

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Other shots from the area…

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Buddha day care?

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This is my “hmmmm” shot for the day.  Monk figurines in a window, and in the same window, a reflection of a busy road with cars and pedestrians.  Quite the contrast of quiet and bustle?

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I walked by a store that had all kind of “namaste”!  :)

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This little guy was in a store window, so I had to go in.  AWWW….purrs and headboops for all!!!

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I found three hearts today.  Two were greeting cards made of wood, that were in the cat’s store, and were photographed with permission of the cat’s slave shopkeeper.

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And the other was a product of my observation and imagination.

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Other pics of note, some street shots, displays and signs, art and a random post it note on a wall.

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Today’s “Insect Section”….a very well camouflaged moth….

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Spiders on my Dad’s deck….

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…and a teeny weeny black thing on a daffodil.  (this one is a stretch, I know)

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I was “borrowing” three daffodils (with my Dad’s ok) for today’s Photo A Day shot….”three of a kind”.

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And finally, I managed to get a decent shot of a little hummingbird coming to the feeder on my parent’s deck.  They are so cute and I love the buzz they make when they fly.  We tried a hummingbird feeder of our own last summer, but it seemed to attract more wasps than hummingbirds.  Oh well…

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I hope ALL of you have a great weekend!!!!  Any big plans?  Share away……

…but there was some mud in my day today.

This afternoon, I expected to have a fairly brief and unchallenging walk to get a bit of exercise.  I walked around Elk Lake.  Well, I thought that was where I was going.  Things started out fairly normally….nice scenery, trees, blossoms and greenery….

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These signs were all over the trail.  And I sadly saw NO turtles….

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.but the “face” in this bark looks a bit like the giant tortoises in the Galapagos.  I know, its a stretch….

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Hearts of the day, natural and “man made”….

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I walked by the rowing training centre….

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.. and some very whiffy skunk cabbage coming into bloom….

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A web of “something” (it didn’t have the shape of a spider web) that had caught various dusts, pollens and who knows what else (wasn’t that a “scientific description”?  HA!!)….

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..an “accidentally aquatic” bench.

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…and some hollow reeds, in the water and broken off, floating and making an interesting pattern.

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THEN the fun started.  I took a wrong bend in a trail…one that started out normally.  But about half way to where I was going (0r thought I was going) it turned into this…..

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I was too far to too back, so gently and carefully navigated around the bogs and mud marshes.  Unfortunately, I failed gentle and careful bog and mud marsh navigation when I was in University (HA), so my shoes, socks and the bottom of my skirt will never be the same again…

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What should have been a walk of less than an hour turned into about 2.5 hours out and about.  Had I not been pressed for time, I would have taken my shoes and socks off and walked barefoot through the mud, because I bet it would feel great!   Maybe next time.  Just kidding, I’m not planning on another visit to “mudville” any time soon.

Why was I pressed for time.  My friend Marion picked me up and I went with her and her family to the local television station.  Her daughter Anna was given an award for being an “awesome kid”.  Yay Anna, you truly are!!!!  The presentation was during the evening’s newscast, and part of the hoopla is to have friends and family there, along with representatives from the company sponsoring the award.

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As you can see in the photo above, if you look carefully, Marion’s other daughter Sara (who is one of the most hilarious people EVER) and I (also one of the most hilarious people EVER!  HA!) have both perfected the art of the “right eye peek”.  It’s what hilarious people do!!  :)

On the way home, we saw an incredible sky (I had never seen such a pronounced shadow from a plane’s entrail before)….

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then stopped by Marion and Carlo’s home for a visit.  This is their dog Lily…

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…who is VERY high strung and easily stressed.  NOT!  Oh Lily!!!

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That’s the day’s news.  Other than my Mom continues to get stronger and heal from her surgery.  I’m glad I’m able to be here and help out!  How’s everyone’s week gone?  I’m STILL so behind in catching up with many of you!  Sending hugs and hi’s to all!!!

Oh dear…that is probably the cheesiest title that I’ve used for a long time.  HOWEVER, it is appropriate, because I’m happy to report that my mom and her jaunty new titanium hip were released from hospital today!   Here she is being the “invisible patient”….

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…actually, here she is with my Dad….

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…and voila!  Home with a new hip, and jazz hands!!!  :)

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Before we went to the hospital to pick up my Mom, I was trolling around in my Dad’s garden for photos.  The dewy grass is pretty, but it was VERY cold on my bare feet.  Note to self:  shoes….they’re there for a reason.

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My favorite fiddleheads…..

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…and a fly who’s wings cast a beautiful shadow.

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I had a chance to go for a quick walk along a nearby beach after running a few errands this afternoon.  The first one, is for my friend Doris.  “Doris, I think this tree has a goiter”.

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Here are a couple of other trees on the trail down to the beach.

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Tree closeup…

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A moth that probably wasn’t, but looked like it was embedded into the bark.

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And…when trimmed and flipped 180 degrees, it becomes the “daily heart”.  Ta Da!

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I didn’t do quite as many “ups and downs” on this outdoor stairmaster as I did on the beach yesterday.

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The beach is rocky but REALLY beautiful.  My parents live in a gorgeous part of the world.

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The birds were loving the waves….

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A couple of random beach/sand shots…

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There were a TON of little shells with living creatures inside and attached on them….

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More shells and barnacles….

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I also got the stink eye from a little crab….

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This dog’s owner called him “Stones”…he always goes to the beach, immediately picks up a stone, and doesn’t let it go.  He has a second dog that prefers sticks, so he has “Sticks and Stones”.   Cute!

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On the way back up to the car (I had to drive to this beach, unlike the one yesterday), I saw a pretty flower….

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…and a VERY cool slug.

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Blonde story…I got to the parking lot and was looking and looking for my car.  There weren’t many cars parked, so for a fleeting moment I wondered if I’d been towed.  Um…no, I wasn’t towed….but MY car is back home with Dennis in Vancouver.  I was driving my parent’s car.  Duh…no wonder I couldn’t find my own.   And now, to end the post, I’ll sign off just as they do on that really silly TV show “Wipe out”.  “Good Night, and Big Balls”.

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Hi All.  Bummer, my Mom wasn’t discharged as we’d expected today, however, tomorrow is looking promising!  And her feet in hospital booties are MOST jaunty.  No?  :)

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I didn’t photograph my meals today, I am in full blown “maintenance” mode while I”m here….I’m not putting energy into tracking and life is obviously very unusual, so I’ll settle for some exercise, lots of water and keeping the scale the same.

I had the chance to go for a good long walk to the beach today before we went to see my Mom.  Not only did I walk, I used this “open air stairmaster” and went up and down – a couple of times.  It doesn’t look too daunting here, but there are two other “levels” out of the shot.  Can’t lie, I was huffing and puffing at the end.

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This is the view at the top….well worth it!

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I wasn’t the only one out for a workout today…..I noticed this runner had a VERY pronounced “kick” within his strides, and  tried to keep the bottom of his shoe in focus when he ran by me and let the rest of the picture just “be”.  I’m pretty happy with the result.

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While I was out, I saw all kinds of “flora”, many with raindrops on them that were so pretty….

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A few seashells/barnacles on the beach….

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And a view through the shell above…

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No barking dogs, just bark.

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Some of the trees had some gorgeous, drippy sap-cicles.  (like an icicle except it is sap?  I just made that up)

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I also saw a very intricate spider web with raindrops and bits of tree…

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Two “hearts”.  I’m going to try and find hearts every day….

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And now, the “fauna” section….the deers were out in force today.  So cute, so destructive to gardens, but AWWWW!

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I really like the wings of this bug.  So pretty.

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This is the very illusive and rarely seen “Two Legged Martin” :)

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The two legged Martin was looking for me, he didn’t realize I was on the deck, waiting patiently for a hummingbird to fly in and have a drink.

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Bunnies by the hospital.  Worthy of another “awww!”

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Not a black bunny, but a black crow.

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Finally, a bird of a different kind.  No officer, I DON’T know how fast I was flying….

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That’s it for me.  Busy day tomorrow, but I’ll be back in the evening.  Hope all is well in YOUR neck of the woods! ( PS: Look forward to getting caught up on my regular blog reading too.  Missing many of you!!!)

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