Hi from my Mom’s place in Victoria.  Neva didn’t come with me (nor did Dennis), but she did a fantastic cushion/hovercraft imitation as I was packing to go.  Oh Neva….this isn’t particularly flattering, but you still look cute!

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Before I get into the day’s photos, I’ll share a couple of my photo group shots.

I posted this one, taken from the ferry this morning (it was cold but GORGEOUS), on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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I saw this deer this afternoon, flipped the picture to black and white and posted it on my new “Only Shades of Gray” group.

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As the title says, the other pictures from the ferry include many gull shots.  They were EVERYWHERE, and many flew along with the ferry all the way from Vancouver to Victoria.  (the trip is about 90 minutes)  Cue the old (and terrible) joke – “I just flew in from Vancouver….and boy, are my arms tired”.  (insert groan here)

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A passenger was doing a “king of the world” from Titanic imitation.  And as you can see, the wind was blowing….

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Very exciting again, whales were swimming by.  Today, there wasn’t much fin or tail to see, just water/air blowing upward.

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Can you imagine living here?  I can…

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Seal alert!  :)

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Birds on a log, then taking off….

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My Mom and I were our running errands this afternoon.  Awww!  Look at these little beauties!  They were at an “adoption drive” that was being hosted by a pet food store who partner with a local rescue agency.  AAAWWWW!!!

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And this little guy was in a car parked beside us.  He was SO friendly…

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…and really wanted to get to know me better.

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I took a very quick walk before dinner to get some exercise.  As I mentioned earlier, I saw a deer…

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….a tree with another tree clinging and growing on it.  (and it was so much easier to see now that most of the leaves have fallen)

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…and another tree that caught my eye.

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A mossy tree stump with LOTS of rings….

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…and heart shaped moss!  <3

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White berries that the birds are going to town on….

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Today was a banner day for my Mom.  It was the first time in her life that she had painted toenails.  Woo Hoo!!!!  Go Mom Go!!!  :)

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Mom and I had this for dinner tonight….chicken, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, whole wheat pasta in light alfredo sauce.

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That’s my day.  I’m not sure I’ll be posting tomorrow, that’ll depend on what time I get home tomorrow.  If I do post, “see you then” and if it’s Monday, hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “shoes”.  I used this archive shot of very high yellow shoes that I’m not wearing. (and if I did, would likely fall flat on my face)

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My last “from below” picture for this week’s 365 Days in Nature theme is this one….taken yesterday.  I may have been given the seagull stink eye.

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I used an archived black and white shot to post onto my “Any Shades of Gray” black and white photo site.

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It was FOUL weather here in Vancouver today.  REALLY foul!

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Our poor little hummingbirds braved the rain and came for breakfast this morning.  We are so smitten with these little things!

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Despite the weather, I went for a walk at lunchtime (and of course, walked to and from work)  Here are some very WET shots…..

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There was one dog playing in the mucky dog park.  This is “Disco”.  She was one filthy but SO happy dog!!!  AWWW!!!

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There were FOWL on the other side of the dog park.  I took my red rubber boots and went to see them.  MUCKY!  And fun….

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There were a few gulls too.

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I see a face here…..

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Art on a wall, profound words of wisdom on a community notice board, and a poster for Avenue Q, which we’ll be seeing next week.

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These are the “artsy fartsy” shots for the day.  When I was walking home, the rain was REALLY coming down, so I put the camera on the motion settings, and took pictures of the rain on a road, that was lit by car headlights.  Hmm…I’ll work on this….

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Our dinner tonight was lasagna from the freezer and a baguette.  We had a glass of wine too.  My meals have been sadly lacking in vegetables this week.  (though I did have a kale salad for lunch) Next week, that must change!

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I’m off to see my mom in the morning.  Hope all of you have a great weekend, no matter where you are, and what you get up to!  Enjoy!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Bright”.  I used this photo from last weekend, the sunset was VERY bright.

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This was the picture I posted on the 365 Days of Nature site.

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I’ve joined a THIRD photo group.  (my good friend in the Netherlands, Fran invited me) It is called the “Only Shades of Gray” group, and we post a black and white photo every day.  I’ll start sharing those tomorrow.

In the meantime, here are shots from today.  Michelle and I are back to our pre-work coffee meetings.  Here are her famous hands with her birthday card.

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Both of us had breakfast there too.  I had a veggie/cheese sandwich.  I took a picture because it was so good.

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They were also sampling chestnut lattes and gingerbread loaf.  ‘Tis the season.  :)  Our friend Bridgette’s hand made an appearance too. I don’t post 3 hands in one shot very often.  :)

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I wasn’t expecting to be able to go for a walk at lunchtime today, but plans changed.  Yay.  Despite a bit of rain, the fresh air was lovely.  The fall leaves are ALMOST gone now.

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That said, there is still some life and some blooms….

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Reflections in a pond….

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I saw a Flicker, a seagull taking in the city view (ha!) and a bunch of ducks.

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Public art….

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This cracked me up.  We don’t have “local” kangaroos here.  Nor do we have KANGROOS.  :)  Should I go and sample kangroo (sic) loin on Friday??

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We didn’t have kangaroo or kangroo for dinner tonight.  We had vegetarian chili and cornbread.

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Friday tomorrow!  Kangroo loin day!  Ha!  Have a great Friday all.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Whole”.  I used this picture from earlier this summer of lily-pads covering the whole surface of a pond.

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This is the photo I posted on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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I had lunch with my friend JenX (she IS the voice of a generation! :) ) today.  We went for sushi.  (no surprise)  I had the lunch special, miso soup, California roll, Spicy Tuna roll and “BC Blaze” roll.

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I took a few shots on my walk to super sweaty power yoga tonight.  It may be chilly, but there was no wind, so there were some good water reflections.  This collage shows the light changes of BC Place, the stadium for our soccer and football teams (and various concerts)  Green, Red and Blue.

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Thistles in the dark.

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LOL!  We saw this on the way home.  (Dennis picked me up after class)

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We had breakfast for dinner tonight.  Turkey back bacon, scrambled eggs, spinach/potato patties and toast.

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All downhill to the weekend from here.  Does anyone have any weekend plans?

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “I love this…”  This isn’t the best photo I’ve ever taken, not by a long shot, buy I just love that little hummingbirds have found the new feeder on our deck.

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This is my shot for the 365 Days in Nature group….

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Oh look, another hummingbird….love his little red neck.

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I had an appointment at lunchtime today, so didn’t go for a proper walk.  Here are a few pics taken on the walk to and from my doctor’s office….

Creepy stickers on newspaper boxes….

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Movember mustaches in a shop window….

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Benches and a gazebo….

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Views of the city that I rarely see….

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Little succulents and garden features…..

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There aren’t many blooms around any more….

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….but there are fall leaves and drying tree parts.  (can anyone tell me what this the second thing is?)

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I also found a beaded necklace on the ground, so I hung it around a tree and hopefully the person who has lost it will retrace their steps and see in hanging in clear view.

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Neva prefers feathers to beads.  :) And the angle of her back legs crack me up.

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We were both late getting home tonight, so we sent out for Swiss Chalet chicken, and had a late delivery dinner.  It’s “festive special” season.  We had chicken breast which comes with a bun, cranberry sauce and stuffing.  My side was a baked potato with light sour cream.  (the dinner comes with some chocolate truffles, but we haven’t cracked into them yet)

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Have a wonderful Wednesday all!

 

What an uninspired title that is today.  Sorry….

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “cooking”.  I posted this archive shot of some birds in a nest, because I wanted to post before I cooked tonight.

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Today’s post on the 365 Days in Nature was this crow.  I took this shot on my lunchtime walk.

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It was a sunny Monday here in Vancouver, but again, VERY cold and frosty.

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This looks like permafrost.  Not that I’ve ever seen permafrost myself….and I don’t think this will be “perma”….

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There are still a few frozen, sad mushrooms trying to push through the dirt….

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It is still frozen down at the bird pond.  Perfect for admiring oneself…

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…and slipping through thin bits.  This little guy was FINE…..

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Surprise!!!!

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Someone has decorated a stop sign…

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…and someone was walking his unicycle.

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…leaf blowing action shot…

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AWWW!

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We made pizza for dinner tonight, with peppers, mushrooms, leftover rotisserie chicken, light mozzarella and bbq sauce.

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Dennis and I also split a guava juice, that I bought on a whim this weekend because the name “Boing” cracked me up.  I’m so gullible….

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That is my Monday.  Now, I’m going to follow Neva’s lead and get some shut eye.

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Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “after”.  I posted this picture taken on our walk yesterday, right after the sun set.

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The picture that I posted on the 365 Days in Nature site was part 1 of the “right place at the right time” shots.  This morning, while I was loading groceries into our car, I saw this guy flying overhead.  Pays to carry a camera around some days.  Isn’t he spectacular?

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Speaking of spectacular…..from a HUGE spectacular bird to a TINY one at the feeder on our deck this morning.  So happy these little guys have found the feeder.  We had two at a time there for a while this morning…

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This crow was the day’s “mid sized” bird…

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OK…one more shot of the eagle.  (part 2)

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As you can see, we have beautiful clear blue skies again today, but on the ground?  Frost, ice and lots of it….

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I went for a little walk in one of my favorite bohemian neighborhoods, the Commercial Drive area. Here are a few shots of the quirky surroundings….

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I also walked by a Buddhist temple too.  VERY soothing….

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I saw this in a grocery store.  LOL at “no crap”…

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This afternoon, Cousin Helen and I went to a beautiful cemetery to visit the resting place of a very dear friend of hers.  What a gorgeous setting….

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We just had some tortellini with mushrooms, light Alfredo, Parmesan and mini buns for dinner.  Dennis and I split a guava kombucha too.

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Hope all of you had a good weekend.  Happy week ahead to everyone…..

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Hot + Cold”.  I used this picture from my archives….ice cream that was in hot milk in a hot stone dish.  My friend Carrie and I split this a while ago.

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The day’s theme in the 365 Days in Nature group is “from above/below”.  I took this picture of a murder of crows from below this afternoon.

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I took two walks today.  One was after my yoga class, and the second was with Dennis this afternoon.  Before the walks though, we had a hummingbird visit this morning….

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Which excited Neva no end…..

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My yoga studio is on Granville Island.  After class, I took a walk around the public market and some outside areas on the way to my car.  Here are some of the photos I took.

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After lunch (I picked us up some bagels with light cream cheese and smoked salmon from the market), Dennis and I drove down to the south section of the city and walked along the Fraser River.  We had to bundle up, it was gorgeous, sunny but unseasonably cold.

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We picked up a rotisserie chicken on the way home, and used some scalloped potatoes, stove top stuffing and cranberry sauce that we had in the cupboard, and some peas from the freezer.

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Comfort food at its finest!  How is YOUR weekend going?  I’m all ears….

I was so excited this morning, while I was getting ready for work, I looked outside at our hummingbird feeder and saw this guy.  AWW!  (this was taken through the window, so not the best quality, but oh well)

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I haven’t posted on the Photo A Day site yet.  I didn’t find the right picture today, so will search in the archives and post tomorrow.  I did post this on the 365 Days in Nature site though.  Stretching on the frozen bird pond.  (It is VERY cold here, by our standards.  We can’t complain, but this early season cold snap has taken us a bit by surprise)

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As the title says, it was frozen and frosty today.  Made some leaves look pretty….

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The frost made windshields look pretty too….

 

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I took a walk at lunchtime.  The little bird pond I walk by was frozen.

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…which meant that there was some slipping and walking.  “This is MY piece of ice….I’m not sharing”….

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This dog was fascinated by the birds walking on the water.  He SO wanted to jump in and chase them….

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…and it looks like the gulls are laughing.

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Not all the water in the area was frozen though…..

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Pretty fall scenery….

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….and yes it does.  :)

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Later this afternoon, I met my friend Melisa and her adorable “Baby I” for a coffee.  Look at those little cheeks!!!  AWWW!!!!  Great to see you M!!!

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…and I took a picture of my work friend’s fish.  Why?  Why not….

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Tonight, Dennis and I had a glass of red wine, and sent out for souvlaki dinner.  (it came with hummus, pita, rice and greek salad)

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(not a particularly stellar picture.  OOPS)

Speaking of pictures, Neva “helped” when I was downloading tonight.  Thank you Neva!

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  I’m actually staying home in Vancouver this weekend.  My mom has other company this weekend, so I’ll be home for this one and back to Victoria next weekend.  Whatever you are doing, and wherever you are, hope you find some fun.  “See” you tomorrow.

 

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Letters”.  I went for a walk at lunchtime, and cut through an alley because I caught a glance of this from the main street.  Nice letters on the back of a building by a dumpster.  Many hands does make light work, but the location of this struck me odd.

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And I posted this picture of a frosty leaf on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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A few other pictures from the day…..it was really cold by Vancouver standards today.  My little hummingbird feeder on our deck was frozen this morning….

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….fall leaves that were falling like snow…

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…more frosty leaves….

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These were other “letters” that I found in the alley…..

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I also found some “art”….

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Amazing what you find when you cut through an alley.  I also found a birdbath, a giant fake bird and a real “lookalike”…..

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Whatcha doing?  Just hanging out…

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I found some art pieces on display on the street….

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“artsy fartsy” pic of the day.  :)

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My new friend Coco and her 4 month old puppy “Doofus”.  (poor puppy…AWWWW…..he didn’t seem like a Doofus to me)

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Shadows, reflections, ocean and ducks…..

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After work, I met my friend Laura for a beer and a burger.  It had been WAY too long since we’d seen each other, but life got in the way for a few months.  Great catching up Laura, and the beer, burger and fries were worth every calorie/point.

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Have a wonderful Friday everyone!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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