Yesterday’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt was “still life”.  I looked all over for a black background, and the t shirt over the table didn’t really work well.  So I did a bit more of a “macro still life”, using a little tagine and some whole spices.  It’s a stretch….I know.

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Today’s prompt is “thank you”.  I used this collage of two pictures….I found this rock on a path a few months ago.

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I posted this picture of the heron I saw yesterday on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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And I popped this picture of lunch on the seawall, that I took last fall into Black and White for the Only Shades of Gray group.

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The day’s was a little “hit and miss” nutritionally.  The morning got away from me, and I ended up having nothing but coffee until almost lunch time.  I am a FIRM believer that breakfast is very important…so I’m hanging my head on this one.  When I got home, I had baked pita chips with yogurt/kale dip.

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Dennis and I went to Menchies for some frozen yogurt this afternoon.  I had vanilla and maple with strawberries, and toasted coconut marshmallow.

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Dinner tonight was leftover pork heated with some sweet and sour sauce and peppers.  I served it over brown rice.

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And I had a big ol’ glass of wine.  This is the last glass of wine I’ll have for a month.

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I have committed to the “Lose the Booze” challenge for charity for the month of March.  The idea is that you give the money you’d spend on booze over the month to the charity of your choice.  I’m not a really big drinker (though wine on weekends is nice), so I may up the donation a little at the end of the month to make it worthwhile.  I will be splitting my donation between Photographers Without Borders, a Canadian charity that uses volunteer photographers to raise awareness,promote and document work being done around the world. (I am very hopeful I will be able to get involved with them on a closer level in the coming years.) and FINCA Canada, an organization that helps impoverished women in the third world start their own business to increase their standard of living.  Both organizations do great work, but it is work outside of my city, so I will also be giving 31 non perishable food items (one for each day of the month) to the Vancouver Food Bank.

Dennis was working this morning, so I got up early and dropped him off so I could use the car during the day.  On the way back, I took a little walk because the morning was so nice.  It was flippin’ cold though….note to self:  Keep gloves in your bag.  :)  No complaints though, it was lovely to be out and about before sunrise.  Here are some of the shots I took.  The reflection pics explain today’s title.

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The birds were a bit reflective too.

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Some weren’t reflective, but were very good at pointing toward the east….

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…diving in the cold water….

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…flying by…..

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…and dropping feathers.

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Others just walked tightropes.  Not really….

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I found a big question mark.  And I questioned why it was there….

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Grasses that caught the sunrise light….

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Metal sculpture….

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…circular sculptures….

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Wooden sculptures made out of logs….

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…these sculptures seemed to be perches for crows…..

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I almost went down to the big birds….. :)

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AWWW!  Four dogs outside of a coffee shop waiting for their owners….

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“how you doin’??”  :)

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This dog seems to be flying.  :)

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When I got home, I did some housework, some spanish homework, I played with Neva in her new basket…

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Freshened up the water in the hummingbird feeder….

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And when I picked up Dennis this afternoon, I took this picture of gargoyles on the Hotel Vancouver.

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They are a little creepy!  I love gargoyles though.

How is YOUR weekend going?  Hard to believe tomorrow is March.  Happy Sunday and happy new month everyone!!

I’m running a little behind today, so haven’t posted for the Photo A Day, the 365 Days in Nature or the Only Shades of Gray sites….I’ll play catch up in the morning.

Actually, I’ve been running late all day.  Dennis left for work a little earlier than normal today.  After he left, I went back to sleep…ooops.  I wasn’t late for work, but I didn’t have time to make breakfast or lunch to take to work with me.  So, I stopped for a coffee and a muffin on the way to work, and I picked up a tuna panini for lunch….

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When we got home, we had a glass of wine.  I tried to make it artsy….  :)

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And dinner tonight was whole wheat, butternut squash pasta with tomato sauce, a piece of foccacia and some Parmesan.

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When I was out at lunchtime today, I saw my first worm of the year.  :)

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I also saw a tree that was COMPLETELY covered with fungus.  Pictures don’t do justice, it was amazing….

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This fungus was on a different tree.  There are some crazy spores in the air….I don’t remember seeing so many of these things before.

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Every day, there are different/new blooms and plant life.

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I also found a very startled looking leaf.  HA!!!  I know…its a stretch….

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I posted this picture on facebook….and from my (random) heart to yours….best wishes…..  (I love this random heart)

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Gulls were still being moody and territorial at the bird pond…..quite the lean for the guy on the left.

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This beautiful heron was there too.  Gorgeous!!!!

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…even with the wind gave him quite the hairdo….

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Then…he was outta there.

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After work, I walked down to my yoga studio to pay my monthly fees, and go to the public market to pick up the pasta and some fruit and vegetables.  It’s getting so much lighter in the evenings now.  YAY!

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…just a few more bird shots.  (maybe in my next life, I’ll be a nature photographer.  HA!  Just kidding…)

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There was other activity along the seawall…….

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When I was down at the market, I was playing with light on pier shots, night shots and all kinds of pictures of goods in store windows.  It is a very colourful place…..

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(no home is complete without a hockey playing chicken figurine…. :) )

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…just some other pops of colour and texture….

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Now…I’m going to hit publish and go and crash out….like Neva did earlier.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!!

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I did something silly this morning.  I inadvertently deleted the pictures of today’s menu (taken before I left for work…)  DUH!

In a nutshell, I had toast with almond butter for breakfast, I had a banana during the morning, my lunch was a sandwich on Little Big Bread with leftover rotisserie chicken and smoked havarti cheese.  I also had some farmer’s market carrots.  We had birthday cake for four of my colleagues this afternoon, and after work tonight, I met my friend Angela for a drink.  We were at a venue that really wasn’t appropriate for photos, so I’ll just share that I had a beer flight and nachos for dinner.  Yup…meal of champions.  But it was soooo good to see Angela again!!!  I promise not to delete the wrong pictures tomorrow.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Grow”.  I nabbed this picture from last summer’s archives.  I’m looking forward to growing our own veggies again this summer.

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I posted this pic of some snowdrops growing through last year’s leaves on the 365 Days in Nature site….

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And I posted this picture of a stretching heron on the Only Shades of Gray site.  You’ll see this guy again later in the post….

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I met Michelle for pre-work coffee today.  I had a non fat cinnamon dolce latte.  The barrista, who hasn’t worked there long said to me when she took my order, “Your name is Tiffany, isn’t it?”  Sure…I’ll be Tiffany.  Beats Rose and Ross…  :)

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At lunchtime, I walked by the vet that works with the cat rescue organization.  Check out the two little cuties looking for their forever home.  AWWW!

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I also saw some blooms on a tree….

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…and I just LOVE the yellow/purple crocus’.

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Power washing the seawall….

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…powerful eagle flying by…..

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…dragonboats out in force….

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Random hearts…..

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AWWW….

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Down at the bird pond (aka: my happy place), I saw all kinds of water fowl….

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Gull action….

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…look at the background of this shot….

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Isn’t this heron spectacular?  And the way the wind is blowing his head feathers, I think it looks like a crown or a tiara.  HA!

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…yes, that IS funny.  :)

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That was my Thursday.  All downhill to the weekend now!  Happy Friday to all.

Did you wear pink to bring awareness to bullying prevention today?  There were lots of us in pink at work today…..hopefully bullying in every form, in every place and at any age becomes unacceptable!  Pink on!!!

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Reflection”.  I used this picture of a snail on a mirror that I took last fall.

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I posted this shot on the 365 Days in Nature group….

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And why not put a picture of spaghetti into black and white and post on Only Shades of Gray?  :)

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The days menu recap include a whole wheat bagel with almond butter for breakfast (photographed with a mascot in a pink shirt)….

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Berries during the morning….

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A wrap with brown rice and veggies for lunch….

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I had a few of these parsnip chips during the afternoon….

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I had a glass of wine when I got home (may as well have wine this week….because next week is a new month, and I’m involved in a “lose the booze for charity challenge” for the month of March.  More on that to follow…)

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…and dinner was home made bbq chicken pizza on flatbread.  (it had peppers, mushrooms, chicken, light mozzarella and bbq sauce)

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I’ll share a few shots from my lunchtime walk, then I’m off to see the season premier of my favorite Amazing Race….

For whatever reason, I saw a few rogue pieces of clothing while I was out and about.  Maybe the pink hat is for pink shirt day….and the gloves?  Well, someone just lost it.

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Suz, this one is for you!

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I’m not a big fan of crows, but these two nuzzling and preening each other was actually quite sweet.

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I loved watching the ducks….

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…a few other birds….

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It is dragonboat season already….

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..a few plants that caught my eye….

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..and I see a face in this tree.  Do you?

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Not necessarily a pretty face!  :)

Off to Tokyo with the Amazing Race teams…in my mind.  :)  Happy Thursday everyone!

Hola amigos!  :)  I am posting late tonight since I just got in from Spanish class.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “12 o’clock”.  I took this shot at noon, when I was out for my lunchtime walk today.

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I used another gull shot to post on the Only Shades of Gray site.  This guy was looking into our windows this morning.

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And I thought this was too pretty not to post on the 365 Days in Nature site.  This week’s theme is shadows…but oh well.

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The day’s menu recap:  Breakfast was toasted Little Big Bread with almond butter and banana…

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I had some berries during the morning….

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Lunch was leftover “clean out the fridge pasta” from last night….

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Someone named “Rose” had a non fat cinnamon dolce latte….

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I had a pear after work…..ariba!  :)

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And dinner after class was a grilled cheese sandwich and some blueberries.

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There were some beautiful cloud formations this morning.  I took these shots from our deck.

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As I mentioned above, I went for a lovely walk in the sunshine today.  Our temperatures have dropped, but we are not complaining at ALL.  We are still very, very lucky.  I saw a big magnolia tree in bloom.  But the ends of many of the blooms looked like they were “burnt”.  I wonder if this is a result of the unusual warm weather and early blooms.  Hmmm…..

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On the way down to my favorite bird pond, I saw some other blooms…..

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…some funky fungus…..

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…Namaste….

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…paddlers being “chased” by a police boat. (not really…)

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…and a seal.  (which is VERY unusual in this part of the city)

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I’ve decided the bird pond is one of my “happy places”.  :)  Two gulls showed me their uvulas.  LOL!  (I think they were yawning, because neither of them made a sound when they had their mouths open)

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Incoming ducks…..

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Gulls in flight….

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IMG_0570…and gulls in fight.

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..the geese had a lot to say…..

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…and the crow just watched it all happen.

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This afternoon, I grabbed a quick coffee with my buddy Melisa, and little Baby I.  Isn’t he cute?????   Full of smiles….

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…then unimpressed with my jokes.  Tough crowd!  :)

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Doesn’t get much more “awwww” than that!!!  :)

And finally tonight, I leave you with a clover with heart shaped leaves, and a heart eaten out of one of the leaves.

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Have a wonderful Wednesday all!!!

 

Today’s Photo A  Day Challenge prompt is “Fix”.  I used this picture I took a few months ago, of a pup wearing a “cone of handsome” (as my friend Doris says when her handsome boy Milo has to wear a cone) after being fixed.  He looks pretty happy, given what was cut off the day before.  AWWW!!!

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I posted this pic on the 365 Days in Nature site.  The theme this week is “shadow” and I love the way the bird cast a shadow on my parent’s house.  (I took this last spring)

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This is a fish in a work colleague’s desktop tank turned black and white for Only Shades of Gray.  I see a smile…don’t you?  LOL!

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I just want to share a few “catch up” shots from Victoria, that I took yesterday.  I went for a short morning walk on the beach….

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I saw the first bees of the year.

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My mom and I saw these guys on a back road we were on when we were running errands.  AWWW!!!!!

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Baaaa!

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…and in an odd way, this poor ram has a face only a mother could love.  Yet he’s strangely attractive.

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AWWWW!!!  These were wandering around a couple of blocks away from my Mom’s place.

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Nice views from the ferry on the way home….

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AND…we move on to today.  Breakfast this morning was a toasted english muffin with light provolone.

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I had some fruit and green juice during the morning.

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Lunch was a Little Big Bread sandwich with turkey salami and mustard.  I also had some carrots.

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And dinner was a “use up stuff in the fridge/cupboards” meal.  I had some peppers, mushrooms and a zucchini in the crisper.  We had some leftover cooked chicken, some light cream cheese, some sun dried tomatoes, and the last of some grated parmesan in the fridge, and some dried pasta in the cupboard.  All cooked up together they made a really good meal.

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I went to the post office to pick up a package that was delivered.  It was a box full of stevia samples and products from NuNaturals. They have asked me to try them out and blog about them.  So I will be doing that over the next couple of weeks.  Thank you NuNaturals…I’m happy to give your products a go!

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Maybe I’ll enlist the help of this guy.  :)

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This morning, I caught Neva watching a little bird on our deck, who was definitely looking back at Neva.  Neva won the staring contest, the bird flew off….

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There are more and more blooms popping up.  Apparently, our spring like conditions are winding down far a while, hopefully it doesn’t get so cold that all the blooms and blossoms die back.  Time will tell…..but in the meantime…

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I saw some interesting shapes/patterns/drips in some cut trees.

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To quote Basil Fawlty on Fawlty Towers “is that a piece of your brain on the ground?”  :)  No, I think its just chard.

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No description needed for these two shots….

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And finally, after work Dennis and I ran an errand that took us close to the spot that he proposed to me many years ago.  When we’re in that neighborhood, we stop by….this was once our little community garden plot…and this is where Dennis popped the question.  Aww!

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Hope all of your weeks have started out well.  I can’t believe it is already the last week in February….  Happy Tuesday to all!!

 

Dennis and I are over in Victoria celebrating my Mom’s birthday with her.  Big thanks to “Auntie Anna”, who is looking after Neva while we are away!  :)

I should mention that today was NOT a “point friendly” day.  But was soooo worth it, and we’ll be back to “normal” tomorrow.  We were up really early, and grabbed a toasted bagel and peanut butter at the ferry terminal cafe. We also split an order of these amazing tater tot things they make.  I’m not sure why they are so good….but they are.

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We saw this guy on a lamp post at the terminal.  He is GORGEOUS!!!!!  (and I truly love the lens of my camera)

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Part of the trip was REALLY choppy, but sunny!

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,,,it did calm a little between islands….

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…and this boat has a mustache.  (silly…)

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We got here around lunchtime, so I put out some finger food (hummus, crackers, carrots, dumplings, cheese and crackers)…

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…then we got down to some SERIOUS birthday celebrating.  HA!

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I found these funky candles at the dollar store.  The flames glow the same colour as the candle itself.  OOOH!!!

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Later in the afternoon, we went for High Tea at the Empress Hotel.  We took ourselves very seriously, and got a couple of bow headbands…..because I couldn’t find any true British Fascinators at the dollar store.  :)  “Bow Selfie”.

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We all had a fun time!  And woo hoo!  More finger food.  And this was AMAZING!!!

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The Empress itself, it’s grounds and the surrounding block is full of life and colour.  Here are some shots from a quick walkabout (both inside the hotel, and outside)….

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There were all kinds of characters around too.  This trumpet player was really talented….and also really amazing as he was playing holding a lit cigarette.  He puffed away between songs, and somehow the idea that he needs his lungs to play, and then was smoking, just didn’t quite fit.  However, to each their own….

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These girl’s shoes were pretty eye catching….

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Horse drawn carriage rides were available.

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Um…ok…..

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There are some little retail shops in the Hotel.  I posted this picture on the Photo A Day site.  The prompt is “matching”…

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…and I posted this one on Only Shades of Gray.  Doesn’t every home need a life sized bust of Marilyn Monroe?  :)

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I fell in love with these huge Art Deco vases, and if I had a few extra thousands of dollars….well, I still don’t think I could justify spending the money on vases.  However, they ARE gorgeous.  And these photos don’t truly do them justice.

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I also really liked the colours and the texture of this fabric, which was used to make what looked like a pashmina.

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We drove the really pretty way home, and the sky and sunset were gorgeous.  The first photo below was my daily offering to the 365 Days in Nature group.

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Hope all of you are having a great weekend.  “See” you tomorrow, or “see” you on Monday, depending on what time we get home tomorrow night.  Happy Sunday/Monday to all!!!

Today is officially my Mom’s Birthday.  We’re heading over to Victoria tomorrow to celebrate with her, but WOO HOO Mom!!!  I chose today’s mascot in honor of my Mom, who is a big fan of Shakespeare….

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My William has a removable quill and book too.  I KNOW!!!  Doesn’t get better than that, does it?  LOL!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!

William stood by my mini bagel and light cream cheese at breakfast….

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…and my green juice.

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I just grabbed some lunch at a salad bar today.  I tried all kinds of veggies and some pasta salad.  But the beets were calling me, and I loaded up on them.

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Also important today was meeting my old friend Marion for dinner.  Regular readers have “met” Marion several times, she and I have been close friends since grade 9, and Marion was the maid of honour at our wedding.  We live in different cities now, but Marion was in town for work, and it was great to have some time to catch up.  We went for sushi….it was SOOO good!

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And beer is served in shot glasses.

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YET another thing of importance was the fact I saw my first snail since last fall this morning.  Guess the early spring has brought them out of hibernation (or whatever snails do….) He’s a beauty!!!

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I also saw some cherry blossoms….

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…some funky fungus on a tree trunk….

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Simbad (aka: Ginger), the neighborhood kitty that stays inside in the winter.  This was my first sighting of him in months too.  AWWW!

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I was in a pet store buying some supplies for Neva, and met “Diesel”, who is looking for a new home.  This particular pet store works with a local shelter, and has adoptive pets there for people to see and interact with.  Diesel is about 2, and will make a LOVELY pet for someone!  AWWW again!

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I also saw some beautiful eagles soaring above.  I’m guessing there are some eggs/bird babies that are being watched….

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And I have proof that I unknowingly dodge quite the bullet by standing under the eagles and taking photos.  When I transferred the photo below onto my computer tonight, I realize that the eagle must have pooped when I took the shot.

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Rumour has it that if a bird poops on you, it is lucky.  I think that is an old wives tail, people just say that to make you feel better because you have shit all over yourself.  LOL!  However, I was lucky anyway because I wasn’t hit.  :)

I hope all of you have a great weekend.  I’ll be checking in from the Birthday Girl’s house!  And avoiding more soaring eagles.  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “fresh”.  I posted this pic of freshly harvested garlic at the farmer’s market.

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It is still green over at the 365 Days in Nature group.  I saw this fern today, and I like the different greens.

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And I flipped this spiky plant into black and white for Only Shades of Gray.

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This morning, I had a savory breakfast of a mini bagel with light cream cheese and some ham.

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I met Michelle and her hand for our Thursday pre-work coffee.  I didn’t take the little bugs above, but I did find a weasel keychain for a coffee mascot.

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I completely forgot to photograph my green juice.  OOOP….brain fart.  Thanks Google images!!

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I had a very quick walk on my way to an appointment.  I couldn’t resist taking a few shots….

Spring blossoms.  (according to the news, they are about 6 weeks early…)

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Rogue garden tools….

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Alley shot…

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Funky feet!

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Funky fern.

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Funky gnarly tree.

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Shake front…..

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…shake back.

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Looks like a beautiful, natural waterfall.  It is actually just urban run off….

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Some plant/garden decorations….

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Lunchtime!

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Out of season mushrooms…

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Pretty “leaf skeleton”….

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Pretty kitty watching me walk by….

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Pretty bean soup that I had for lunch.  Prettiness IS in the eye of the beholder.  :)

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And pretty Neva waiting for our dinner guest.

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It’s COUSIN HELEN!!!!

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We had some champagne and little butter chicken spring rolls to start….

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I made the Smitten Kitchen’s Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew in the slow cooker, and served it on mashed potatoes.

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And we had little cheesecake bites for dessert.

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It was really nice to have Cousin Helen back to our place.  It had been a few months…..

Hope everyone has a great Friday!  Bring on the weekend!!

Today’s menu isn’t that photogenic….but I promise things will improve soon…..

Breakfast was a little bagel with light cream cheese….

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..I made a fresh batch of green juice this morning.  This has apple, spinach, chard, kale, ginger and lime.

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I didn’t make my lunch today, and just picked up a phylo roll with mushrooms.

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I wanted to save points, because I knew we would be having chicken lasagna for dinner (with a mini breadstick).

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Bedside”.  This is Neva at our bedside, letting us know she’d like her breakfast.  That, or she’s plotting to kill us….

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Keeping with the green theme on the 365 Days of Nature, I posted this…green head!

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I posted another duck shot on the Only Shades of Gray group….

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There IS a theme here.  I witnessed some pretty aggressive duck behaviour on my lunchtime walk.  From what I can tell, two males were having either a territorial dispute, or they were trying to win the heart of a lone female.  Either way, they were ANGRY BIRDS!   Not this kind (thank you Google images)…..

images…but these – and it was quite the spectacle:

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These ducks were less angry…they were more “strutty”….

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…this one was “honky”…

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..and this one was just thirsty.

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A goose was thirsty too.

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This crow looked a bit angry too, but crows look angry all the time….

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…this one was making quite the racket….

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..and this one couldn’t speak because he had his mouth full.

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This guy was handsome….

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..and these two were reflective.

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Speaking of reflective….

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I met this lovely Westie, Kelsey and his owner Daniela (hi Daniela with 1 L).  I hope our paths cross again soon..

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I framed this man and dog with the fallen tree.  OOOH….artsy!  Not really…

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Well, who knew???

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And finally today, a little bit of spring….

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That was Wednesday.  I’ve been a day ahead of myself all week.  I was sure today was Thursday….  Have a good REAL Thursday everyone!

 

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