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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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!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Wednesday everyone!  As the title says, it felt like Monday today because of the holiday yesterday.  And I’m not sure why, but I felt very uneasy and anxious for much of the day today.  For no reason.  Wierd….   However, my super sweaty yoga tonight helped, and all is calm in the world of weightingfor50 again.

Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is “Normal”.  I posted this picture of normal deer behaviour from my mom’s normal visitors.

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And I posted this shot on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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I found this pretty snail on my walk to work.  I never did see the actual snail, but the shell was pretty, and I put him onto a tree after the photos.

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Aww…what a cutie sitting outside of a coffee shop….

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I went for a walk at lunchtime.  Same route as normal, different things to see.  WOW….there are a lot of mushrooms here.

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Interesting character close to the school yard….one in a mask, and one that looks like levitating spider man.

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Fall colours and people out in the sunshine…..

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Today’s action down at the bird pond.  Flapping gulls never get old….

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Other birds…..

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Awww….what a cute picture pinned to a door.

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A few pics from my walk to yoga….

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After yoga, we had spaghetti dinner.  I made the sauce yesterday, it has ground turkey, peppers, mushrooms, onions, garlic, basil and spinach in tomato sauce.  We grated some Parmesan on top.

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That was my Wednesday.  What is happening in your neck of the woods?

…all the best to everyone this Remembrance Day.

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It has been a very busy day here in the world of Weightingfor50.

This morning, we went and picked up our new laptop.  Our old device was starting to show signs of end of life (very very clear signs) so we were fortunate to find a sale for a new unit.  Which is exciting, but the platform we’re now working on is different, so there is a little bit of a learning curve going on.  As a result, this post will be quick as I not only have this gear to get familiar with, I also have to get busy in the kitchen to make us some healthy meals for the next few days.

We are right on the flight path of the planes that flew over the city toward the Remembrance Day services that were going on downtown.  It was a clear day, so we had quite the show…..

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I did a quick play with a new photo editing site that the techie salesman tipped me off about – it has the same features as picmonkey, so no need to download.  Thank you for your modeling skills Neva.  :)

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And just a quick catch up for the Photo A Day.  Yesterday’s prompt was “I do this every day” and today’s challenge was “a set”.

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(not the most stellar pics, but I had other things on the go today)

Now, I have a big pot of spaghetti sauce on, a pot of soup, a bunch of vegetables roasting and will be making green juice too.  Normal posts SHOULD return tomorrow. Have a great Wednesday all!!!

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