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Hope all my U.S friends had a great Thanksgiving!!!

I will catch up my Photo A Day shots tomorrow.  For today, I started my morning meeting Michelle and her famous hand for our pre-work coffee.  This morning, I think she was trying to levitate her teabag with a plastic spoon.  Ohh.nd

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I found some “art” when I was walking at lunchtime.  I found all kinds of things…..

Bird art on a wall..

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…and a couple of real birds….

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My cheesy reflection turns this shot into “art” HA!  But these dogs cracked me up…

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The autumn leaves are still dropping, but those left are falling fast…..

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I thought these leaves in water looked pretty (and maybe even a bit artsy)

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Fountain and a view of the water….

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Dennis and I had a “date night” tonight.  We grabbed some chinese food….

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And went to the Arts Club to see Avenue Q.  It is quite hilarious, and pretty inappropriate.  Our kind of humour…. :)

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We had a glass of Cava at intermission.

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And we parked close to a glass studio.  The studio itself was closed, but I guess the glass blowers are working late and making what looked like beautiful blown glass Christmas ornaments.

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That was my “art filled” day.  Have a wonderful Friday all!!

 

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Wall”.  I used this picture of Keith Richards, which is painted on a wall in East Vancouver.

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I posted this “hokey-pokey-ing” seagull (putting is left leg in) on the 365 Days in Nature site….

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And I posted this wood carving on the Only Shades of Gray, black and white site.

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I had a “chai eggnog latte” with my friend JenX this morning.  There is ALMOST a heart in the cinnamon on top.  :)

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Non creature shots from my lunchtime walk…..I loved the way the roots of this tree show….

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I found all kinds of “things” hanging on/sitting beside a fence….

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This is a different view of the park I walk through….

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Very pretty reflection….

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Leaf collection bags don’t get much more Canadian than these, eh?

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…and this is Kate Moss.  HA!

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We now go into the creature section of the post.  I came to the conclusion today that seagulls look perpetually pissed off.

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This guy was drawing a crowd (and several photo takers) outside the coffee shop….hilarious paw positioning.

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This is Louis, the happiest (dirtiest) dog in the dog park today.

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Beautiful birds in the bird pond….

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Penguins?  In Vancouver?  No…but looks like one.  :)

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Get ready to “awww….”.  The Vet’s office where I get Neva’s food is working with a kitten rescue agency again.  Mom and two kittens are looking for new homes, and the Mom was “workin’ the room”.  AWWW!!!!

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Oh the paws!  AWWW (again)

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A few night shots taken on my walk to sweaty power yoga tonight.

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And finally tonight, dinner was pork in light peanut sauce with brown rice and peas.

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To my U.S readers, have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!!!  To those not in the U.S….happy Thursday!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Time”.  This is FAR from my favorite picture ever taken, but I pulled it from my archives.

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I posted this picture of the last of Fall’s mushrooms on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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And this is the shot I flipped to black and white using picmonkey.com, for the Only Shades of Gray site.

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While I was walking to work this morning, I had a rare sighting.  The rarely seen glove plant is in full bloom.  :)

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“Does it seem humid to you?  I think it is humid…”

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Artsy fartsy shot of the day.  Raindrops on a wire tomato cage.

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Little birds….

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A loud bird….

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And some very wet birds.  (you can actually see a bouncing raindrop on the first one, and the second one just looks pissed off)

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I saw a small boat dragging a big rail of some sort.  Backward…

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A frog with lipstick on a Christmas tree?  Why not?

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After work, I had coffee with my friend Melisa and her gorgeous little man, Baby I.  Seriously…GORGEOUS!  I LOVE baby hands!

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Tonight, we had dinner with Cousin Helen and her friend Cathy.  We went to a pasta bar, you choose your veggies, proteins, add-ins and sauces and they make it on the spot.  (I had chicken, lots of veg, tomato sauce and tortellini)  Thank you Cathy!

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Have a great Wednesday everyone!

 

Happy Monday everyone!

I have three days of Photo A Day/365 Days in Nature/Any Shades of Gray to catch up on.

November 22nd:

Prompt for Photo a Day – “A Favorite Thing” – taking pictures at sunset

22 nov 22 a favorite thing365 Days in Nature:

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Only Shades of Gray – “just hanging out”

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November 23rd – Photo A Day Prompt – “I made this…”  – I used this archive pic of Christmas cookies I made last year.

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365 Days of Nature – from the ferry ride to Victoria on Saturday

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Only Shades of Gray – a visitor to my mom’s yard

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And today – Photo A Day Prompt – “I need to do this…”  …pay attention to Neva while I’m blogging.

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365 Days in Nature – a little visitor on our deck this morning.

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Only Shades of Gray – I found this little shaker in a striped sweater yesterday.  Aww!

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Here are just a few photos of note from the last couple of days.  Some “critters” over at my Mom’s place in Victoria. (taken yesterday) This is the dog above, in colour.

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More dogs….

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Deer wandering around the neighborhood….

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Hummingbird silhouette (sticking out it’s tongue)….

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Air plants and whimsical Christmas ornaments in a gift shop….

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I’m going to share two meals from today.  I met my friend Carli for lunch.  We went for sushi (SURPRISE!  I know!), however, it was a nasty cold rainy day, so the cold meal didn’t appeal.  Instead, I got this delicious rice bowl served in a hot stone bowl.  It had rice (no kidding!) topped with kimchi, pork, salmon roe, vegetables (spinach, yellow and red pepper and grated carrots), and seaweed.  Stirred together, it was hot comfort food at its finest.

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And after yoga tonight, we had a quick dinner of spaghetti and meatballs with grated Parmesan.

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Have a great week everyone!

 

 

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.

PicMonkey Collage

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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!!

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