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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Thankful”.  I posted this picture taken a few weeks ago…thankful for finding it, thankful for the thoughts, and thankful for my walks where I see things like this….

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I posted this photo that I took tonight on 365 Days In Nature.  The theme is water, and this swan JUST pulled its head out of water….

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I also too this photo tonight, which worked well for Only Shades of Gray.

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I got a SMOKIN’ deal today.  Sometimes, it pays to have big feet (I have size 9 feet) because I often find “last pair” type sales… Many of you know I’m going to Costa Rica in September, and that will involve LOTS of walking and hiking.  Today, I got a pair of hiking boots for 80% off, and this pair of walking sandals, also 80% off.  I know they’re not particularly chic, but both pairs will ensure that my feet feel good while I’m trekking around saving and photographing wildlife.

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And my little hummingbird tattoo shows.  :)

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My menu today was iced coffee and yogurt, mango and granola for breakfast….

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Artsy fartsy picture of fruit eaten throughout the day, a peach, a ridiculously tart apricot (that I tossed after a couple of bites) and some cherries.

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Lunch was vegetables, melba toast and chicken salad (made with leftover grilled chicken, an individual guacamole pack, scallions and a couple of grapes.

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Dinner tonight was caesar salad with cold chicken, and a glass of wine.

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I didn’t go for a walk at lunchtime because I was running errands, but I broke in my new sandals with a walk around Lost Lagoon after work.  As usual, it was GORGEOUS, and the wildlife photo ops were abundant.

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Tomorrow is the stat holiday for Canada Day.  No work, maybe a bit of play, and I’ll report back tomorrow.  Happy Wednesday!

We are having a heatwave here in Vancouver.  Ug!  No complaints, beats freezing snow…but still…UG!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Let’s Go!”.  When I was walking after work, I saw this bird taking off.  I bet if he could think human thoughts, he’s say “let’s go”.  Or not….  :)

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Another bird for the water theme at 365 Days in Nature.

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I saw these three tonight, AWWW!   I truly keep thinking the bird babies are finished for the year, and voila…more keep showing up.

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I had an iced coffee, some yogurt, berries and granola for breakfast.  The iced coffee picture was boring, so I’ve added an embellishment.  You’re welcome.  :)

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Boring picture of watermelon too.  It tasted good though.

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Enough of that.  Lunch was a kale salad with mango, smoked tofu, light feta, blueberries and some dried cranberries.

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One of my collages brought in some plums from her tree.  I had these two.  Then two more.  They are soooo good.

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I had a Bud Light Apple with dinner, which was a salad, corn and cold chicken. (the salad was made with greens from our garden, cold nugget potatoes, blueberries, light feta, croutons and tomato with dijon vinaigrette.

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I took a walk at lunchtime and after work.  Two hours walking gives me a few activity points, some nice photos, and some sunshine and fresh air.  (spider photo credit to Dennis)  Enjoy nature in the city, and have a good Tuesday.

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Timeless Beauty”.  I think the beauty of roses is timeless.

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I took the next two photos on our walk along the Ambleside Seawall in West Vancouver.  Dennis and I went for a walk this afternoon.  This is for Water Week at 365 Days of Nature…

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And this was my upload for Only Shades of Gray.

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Before I recap today, I have to share this photo of the sunset off our deck last night.  Photos don’t do justice, the sky was gorgeous.

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And this was one of several hummingbirds that have been flying around here today….

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I made us a nice brunch this morning…..iced coffee, toast, watermelon, scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and hashbrowns.

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After that, I went and did some grocery shopping, had a visit with Cousin Helen, then Dennis and I took our walk at Ambleside.  It wasn’t as nice today as it has been lately, it was muggy and hot, but it was nice to be out and together.  (I’m glad Dennis is home)  We saw crabbers, walkers, gamers (with toilet paper), birds, murals, flowers etc, etc….  Here are some shots…

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On the way back to the car, we stopped for small frozen yogurts, and saw some funky displays in stores and on the street.

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We finally got our bbq going tonight. (for the first time since last summer)  We had a glass of prosecco, and salad (with greens from our garden, cucumber, croutons, blueberries, light feta) with a grilled beef kabob, and some steamed nugget potatoes.

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That was my weekend.  What did YOU get up to?  “See” everyone tomorrow.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “The Big Day”.  I used this shot from our friends Vicky and Liam’s big day last year.

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The weekly theme for 365 Days in Nature is “water”.  I used this reflective shot from earlier this week….

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And I saw this entertainer at the Farmer’s Market today.  She was posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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Speaking of the Farmer’s Market, here are some shots from there….

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Right beside the market, there is an off-leash dog park.  It is SO much fun to watch the dogs….I love dog days of summer.

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Here are a couple of other pictures of the park.  The gymnast must have been at least 50….she was amazing.

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After that, I went down to our little community garden.  I thinned our beets, so picked some little ones and will let the others grow to full size. (I got the kind that is long and narrow because I thought they’d be better in our small space) And, I harvested the last of our radishes (time to replant), and did some watering.  (I also picked some salad greens, you’ll see those in a second)

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I walked back to the car via the bird pond.  Well, bird/turtle/beaver pond….  I saw this today, which made me think the beavers I saw a few weeks ago are still in there….

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Selfie….

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My menu today?  Breakfast was eggs, Little Big Bread and blueberries.  And I made myself an iced coffee with cashew milk.

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When I got home from the errands, I had some guacamole, crackers and watermelon.

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And dinner tonight was greens from the garden, vegetables, cold chicken and goat cheese.

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Here is the random heart for the day….

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…and we had a clog in the sink this morning.  Call the plumber…

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I’m off to the airport to pick up Dennis.  More tomorrow.  Happy Sunday to all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Tick Tock”.  I used this photo from a street vendor’s table last summer.

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Look at this cute little guy I saw on my walk tonight!  More on that later, but I posted this on 365 Days in Nature…

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And I also took this picture tonight.  Turned black and white, it worked for Only Shades of Gray.

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My day’s menu was a whole lotta NON-homemade.  Just worked out that way….  Breakfast was some yogurt and granola and an iced coffee with cashew milk.

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..and I had some cherries and blueberries.

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I met my friend Sharon for lunch today.  We went for sushi, I had veggie sunomono, a spicy tuna roll and a tuna “spring roll” (in rice paper)

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I had this little lemon square at work, it was leftover from a meeting.

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And after my long walk tonight, I grabbed a jerk chicken sandwich and watermelon salad.  (the salad was soooo good.  It had fresh basil and feta cheese)

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I went for a long walk after work, because I didn’t go at lunchtime, and also because it is stinkin’ hot here today, and later in the afternoon, it cooled off JUST a little.  Someone told me about a big park in South Vancouver, by the Fraser River.  I took the car and drove there….here are shots from the park.  (it was a little creepy, there was next to nobody there….)

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After the park, I did a quick walk along the river path.  I earned a fair amount of activity points in my 3 hours….

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That was my Friday.  Have a GREAT weekend everyone!  Anyone else in a heat wave???

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Stands out in the crowd”.  This one is a stretch, but this adult goose stands out in the crowd of goslings who are all eating.

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This was my post on 365 Days in Nature….

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And I took this photo tonight, flipped it to black and white and posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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I took this photo from our deck this morning.  The sun was just up and the clouds were interesting.  (well, I thought so….)

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All is well in the world again, because Michelle and I were able to meet for our pre-work Thursday coffee.  I had an iced coffee (with my own cashew milk)….

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And I had a yogurt parfait….which is in front of Michelle’s famous hand.  :)

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I had a salad with greens from our garden, smoked tofu, quinoa, light feta, tomatoes and cucumber…..

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…and a few cherries.

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I had a haircut after work, and on the way I grabbed frappucinos for my hairdresser and I.  Patty had the coffee, I had vanilla.

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I was given a piece of pizza bread, that I had for dinner.  Thanks Mark!!

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I walked down to our garden to water it at lunch time.  The insects are LOVING our Napa cabbage.  Oh dear.  I saw a “sad face”….so added some eyes.  LOL.  As the title today says, some things just need eyes.

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This plant that I saw in a florist’s window on the way home needed eyes too.  silly….

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Down at the bird pond….

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I posted this gull’s photo on facebook.  “Oh hey!”

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And other, less amusing birds…..

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A turtle was sneaking up on a gull….

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There were some blooms….

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Two beautiful dragonflies….

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…and a bee COVERED in pollen.  Go Bee!!!

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When I was walking back to my car after my haircut (and colour…buh bye gray roots….) I saw this in a window.  I bet my knitting friend Shelley would LOVE this store, and all the goods they have for knitters.

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I also walked by an antique store that has a silent auction, and the items this week are in the window.  The signmaker is obviously pretty funny….

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We are having record breaking heat here in Vancouver….Neva is hot.  And is flopping around on her back.  A lot.  AWW.   However, that is her standard hummingbird watching stance, so really, status quo…

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Finally tonight, I found two random hearts today….one is on a cabbage leaf in our garden….

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..and the second is a LITTLE harder to see, but its there.  OOOH!

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Time for me to put the fans on and get to bed.  Friday tomorrow….have a good one!!!!!  Bring on the weekend.

Before I start today’s post, I’m wishing Dennis a VERY happy birthday.  He is down in Montreal with his family, so we will celebrate when he gets home on the weekend.  But still….

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Photographer”.  I used this archive shot from last summer….

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I posted this duckling kite with invisible string (taken at lost lagoon last night) on 365 Days in Nature….

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..this shot was taken last night too.  And today, it was turned black and white and posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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Here is the day’s menu collage. (I absolutely haven’t been putting much effort in meal pictures – or meals in general lately.  That will change!!)  I had yogurt, berries, a banana this morning, lunch was tossed together; carrots, tomatoes and cold nugget potatoes with hummus and guacamole.  Dinner was just like last night, I’m using up the turkey hot dogs I bought yesterday, and had a few more of the nugget potatoes.

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I only had a brief lunchtime walk today, so don’t have much to share.  Per usual, here are the “daily birds”, and a hanging flower thrown in, just because.

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Have a wonderful Thursday!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Tickled Pink”.  I was tickled pink on my walk tonight, when all these little ducklings tilted their heads at the same time.  So cute!

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I took this photo on an after work walk tonight too.  I was at Lost Lagoon, and that is the west end of the city.

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And this BIG wasp nest was my shot for 365 Days in Nature….

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I had some two pieces of Little Big Bread with almond butter and banana for breakfast….

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…and a few cherries….

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I made a salad in a jar for lunch.  I layered dressing, cabbage, carrots, quinoa, cucumber, tomato, blueberries, light feta and arugula.   OOOH….artsy!  And tasty.

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…and this afternoon I had some yogurt and fruit – from a jar.

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I went for a long walk after work…more on that in a second.  I walked by a hot dog vendor, and was craving a hot dog all night.  Soo…I grabbed some turkey smokies and buns from the grocery store on the way home.  It hit the spot.

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Hi Neva!

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At lunchtime, I took a quick walk.  Here are a few shots….

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After work, I harvested my first napa cabbage.

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And saw a couple of buskers in training.  (they were amazing)

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I also went for a walk to Lost Lagoon.  I don’t usually go there in the evening, but it was a beautiful night.  Come with me….

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Check out the beaver in the background….not a great pictures, but oooh!

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Happy Wednesday to all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Loud”.  I used this picture from Friday, when I dropped Dennis off at the airport, the departing planes were loud.

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I took this photo on my beach walk yesterday, flipped it to black and white and posted it on Only Shades of Gray.

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This was my post on 365 Days in Nature (also taken on my beach walk yesterday)….

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Speaking of my beach walk yesterday – this beach is about 5 minutes drive from my Mom’s place….

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A visit from my Dad’s favorite….not.  Deer for Father’s Day.  (HA!  Dad complained about them eating his garden, but he actually thought they were pretty cute)

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Speaking of my Dad, and Father’s Day without him….my Mom and I sent a helium balloon up to heaven for him.  Apologies to my environmentally conscious friends.  But I had to do it….  <3 you Dad!

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Here are some pics taken on my journey home last night….

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Neva was so happy to see me when I got home, she hung out in her “hamper”.  Yes, I was snubbed. NEVA!

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All was forgiven this morning though, and she was back on her back watching hummingbirds…..

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Today’s menu was yogurt and flax bread for breakfast, a shaker salad for lunch, and a glass of wine (deleted pic by mistake.  Whoops.  Can you imagine what I’d delete if I had more than once glass?  :) ) and vegetarian flatbread for dinner.

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I went to my little community garden plot at lunchtime to give it some water.  I harvested some arugula and radishes.  I pulled a giant, and freakish white radish.  Oh dear…  :)

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I gave some of the arugula to a fellow gardener.  She brought me over some amazingly fragrant sweet peas.  The scent reminds me of our back yard when I was little.

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On my way back, I walked by the bird/dragonfly pond….

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Finally, I sign off with love and share a random heart.  “See” you tomorrow!

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I’m over at my Mom’s place in Victoria.  Thanks to “Auntie Agnes  and Uncle Michael” for taking care of Neva!!

Before I get to today’s shots, the Photo A Day Challenge prompt today is “All Dressed Up”.  I used this archived shot of a mariachi band, all dressed up and ready to play.

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This week’s theme at 365 Days in Nature is “I’ve never taken this before…”.  I have never taken a photo of two juvenile eagles before.  These two were sitting on a light post at the ferry terminal this morning.

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And I flipped this photo of a bee that I took this afternoon into black and white, and posted it on 365 Days in Nature.

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Because pick ups and drop offs are a little harder with Dennis being away, I drove on the ferry this morning.  I grabbed coffee and a muffin at the terminal.

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Here are a couple more pictures of the baby eagles.  The “stretchy” one isn’t great colour, it was against the sun, but I loved the way he/she stretched his/her feathers.  :)

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I wonder if this is the parent….

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A few other birds from the deck of the ferry…..

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I saw this while I was at a red light on the way to Mom’s….

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I wasn’t the only visitor my Mom had today.  My niece Katie, her boyfriend Mack, my nephew Ryan and his girlfriend Brittany were in town and came by to see Mom.

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A picture of a picture being taken on another camera.  OOOH….artsy….

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I had some rye bread with light cream cheese and cucumber for lunch….

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After lunch, my Mom and I went out and did a little thrift shopping.  This is probably the UGLIEST thing I’ve ever seen.  And no, I didn’t buy it….

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We also had ice cream and saw lily pads and a weather vane….

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True to our tradition, we had chinese food and white wine at dinner….

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Here is my day’s random heart….

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I likely won’t be posting tomorrow as I’ll be getting home late….so will post this a day early.  Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there.  This is the first Father’s Day since I lost my Dad a few months ago, and I’m sending special love up to him in heaven.  I still feel a huge void, but I’m going to celebrate him tomorrow, with smiles, laughs and love.  I was lucky to have him as long as I did, and am lucky to be his daughter.  <3 you Dad!!

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