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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “R is for….” Rain. Very heavy rain!
It is “Rose week” for the 365 Days in Nature group. We don’t have too many roses blooming here at the moment, so here is one from August.
I’m over at my Mom’s place. Here are a couple of pics of the ferry crossing this morning….
My mom had an appointment this afternoon, and while she was busy I took a quick walk around a big park. There were all kinds of “critters” walking/flying about…
mushrooms popping about…..
…..a bit of artwork…..
and I walked by a wedding too. (I <3 my telephoto lens….I was WAY back, and managed to get a few shots. For the record, I LOVE her dress! It was a beautiful, beaded work of art)
Mom and I had leftover chinese food and white wine at dinner.
That’s it for Saturday. Depending on what ferry I get back home tomorrow, I may or may not check in then. If I do, great, and if not, we’ll “chat” on Monday. Hope everyone’s weekend is going well!!!
Today’s Photo a Day challenge prompt was “Q is for….”. I had a tough time with this one, so pulled this picture from my archives. It is a street sign in QUEBEC.
And my last picture for flowers and trees week at the 365 Days in Nature group was this one…
I’m so sorry…..to all of you who are happy I am back photographing my meals, um, tonight I forgot to take the picture before it was too late. THIS was the plate that held my tortellini with a sauce of melted light cream cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto.
I KNOW!!! It looks so healthy and delicious! LOL!
It was very rainy here today, but I still went for my lunchtime walk. I walked by a park not far from a school yard, and caught this shot of a boy playing hide and seek! Well played little man!! They didn’t find you!
Love the fall colours that match the boat….
There were LOTS of fall colours….
This face should be on a sock monkey, not a telephone pole.
I stopped by the vet’s office to buy Neva some food, and had a little cuddle with this guy. Meet “Baloo”. He’s the little kitty who was found by someone and taken into the vet with bad legs a few weeks ago. He’s doing so much better, but apparently has some permanent damage on one leg. Doesn’t seem to stop him raising a little hell around there. AWWWW.
Wet birds at the bird pond today…..
And the day’s “gallery o’ mushrooms”…..with Jeremy Fisher from Beatrix Potter. (and yes, the second mushroom does look like a human bum. There, I said it)
Aren’t they gorgeous???? The red ones…
…and a yellow one.
This one growing out of a rock pile was HUGE.
I went and saw Helen after work tonight, and on the way home, I saw some Halloween Decorations. OOOOH…..spooky! And fun!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I’ll be checking in from my Mom’s place tomorrow!
Hmmm….I may get some less than desirable google searches with that title. :)
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is ‘P is for…..’ Peacock. (I took this over in Victoria in April)
I went back to flowers for “flowers and trees” week with the 365 Days in Nature group. I wish I had “smell-o-screen” because this rose was SOOOOO fragrant as well as being very pretty.
What does #2 mean? As I mentioned on facebook, tonight, I did this…..
This time last year, if you asked me if I would ever get a tattoo, I would have said “absolutely not”. But for many reasons, I feel like I’m not really the same person I was this time last year. I have been through quite a bit, and have grown from all the ups and downs. With growth comes change, and with change comes sometimes throwing caution to the wind and just ‘doing things’ you’d never done before but have always wanted to do.
Tonight’s ink is to honour my Dad. As I posted, when I would visit my parents, my Dad and I would often sit by his hummingbird feeders with our cameras (and a coffee or glass of wine, depending on the time of day) and try to get a good shot. While we waited we chatted and sorted out the world. He and I also used to take nature walks together (and again, sort out the world) After he died (I probably sound a little crazy) he gave me two clear and significant signs that he was ok, both by means of a hummingbird.
So here is my new and personal tribute to him. It is quite small, GORGEOUS (IMHO), is on the side of my foot, and now, my Dad and I will walk together forever. (it was a hummingbird, or the words “Daddy’s Little Badass”, I think I made the right call. Just kidding about the words, but I now have 2 tattoos, so I am in fact, pretty bad ass! HA!) I will do a proper “reveal” when the bandage comes off and it starts to heal.
Before all that, I met Michelle for our pre-work, Thursday coffee. I had a non-fat pumpkin spice latte this morning. Michelle’s famous hand showed off the nutritional info sheet I’d picked up while I was waiting for my drink.
I’m also back making green juice. This is apple (mostly tart green apples), pear, spinach, kale and ginger juice. (notice the sassy little toy I found in a bag that I was clearing out the other day….she was put to good use. You’ll see in a bit)
Dennis worked late tonight, and I had my appointment so we just grabbed some Mediterranean takeout for dinner. Mine was chicken tagine on brown rice, with salads.
We also split another pumpkin ale. (we have quite a few to try)
I walked through a park to the bird pond at lunchtime today….
..love the lines in these leaves, and the way the small one fell on the larger one.
I found a couple of snails walking on a tree stump (well, in this pic one is walking, one went into it’s shell when I put the doll down)….
And on the way home tonight, I came across some Amanita, my FAVORITE type of mushrooms. They are GORGEOUS! And there will be boatloads of them popping up soon.
…and a couple of other big masses of fungus! (they are all so photogenic!)
This amanita had a hole like a shocked mouth, so I went on picmonkey and gave it a whole face. (silly)
The red and white mushrooms match the red and white dotty dress of the sassy doll.
Ok, enough of that silliness. It’s Friday tomorrow…..does anyone have any big plans for the weekend? I’ll be back tomorrow….and maybe I should put another little mascot into my bag. Hmm…. :) Happy Friday to everyone!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “O is for…..” OHM. I took this pic in a store window, but it is also the symbol I have tattooed on my wrist. All together….OHHHHMMMMM! Lol!
And since I’ve posted nothing but flowers on “flowers and trees” week on the 365 Days of Nature group, I went with an archive tree shot today.
For the most part, today was a pretty showery/rainy day. I still went for a walk at lunchtime, and walked to my favorite sweaty yoga class after work. (I REALLY struggled at yoga tonight, I had no balance, lots of poses were more challenging than ever….I don’t know what my problem was today. That said, it was still an excellent class. I love my Wednesday class!)
After yoga, I threw together a quick dinner with salmon that was in the freezer (I poached it in lemon water), asparagus and tortellini. I made a sauce with plain yogurt, sun dried tomato pesto, a little almond milk and a spoonful of light cream cheese. I topped it with grated Parmesan and voila, dinner in 15 minutes.
I also made a “kick ass” salad for lunch that I didn’t photograph (and should have). It had arugula, roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, light feta and some slices of leftover turkey with some of the fat free balsamic that I make. Not to self…make again.
Here is the “fall colour” section of today’s post. SO pretty!
The day’s “huh?” Barbie’s attached to a tree. (they’re a little creepy like that)
I may get back to the ‘daily heart’. Here is today’s….
And now…the feathers. LOTS of feathers. My mom gave me my Dad’s Birds of Coastal British Columbia book last weekend. (thanks Mom) It’s pretty late, so I won’t identify all of these now, but oooh….the birds I’ll identify soon. HA!
I feel confident knowing these are ducks. I KNOW!!!! I’m an avid avian watcher already. Not… But these ARE ducks…..and I think they’re fun to watch.
Just to clarify, that is a wet feather on his beak…though it looks a bit “snotty”…
And other feathers from the day….the “wet” variety of crow….
Four birds of the “small” type. :)
Red winged blackbirds. They’re black, they have red wings…I get the naming convention. :)
Seagull…by the Ocean. Hmm….should that be “Oceangull” instead?
And a very hungry diver…who was catching all kinds of little fish.
That’s my Wednesday. Happy Thursday all! See you tomorrow.
I have a little catch up, and a pretty special (to me) story to tell. As most of you know, my Dad died in August. He was cremated, but ultimately will be with my Mom when she passes (in about 50 years I’m hoping!). In the meantime the conversation turned to where would be the best place for his urn for now.
My Dad LOVED his garden, was an active member in the local garden club, and was an avid bird watcher. My mom and their close friends concocted a plan that they would build my Dad a “birdhouse” and he would stay, for now, in his beloved garden. My Mom and Dad’s good friends Gordon and Jerry poured their hearts and souls into building the dwelling, to ensure the urn inside would be completely protected from the elements, from birds, raccoons and anything else that may be in the garden year round and that Dad’s remains would get peaceful placement and all the respect he deserved.
What seemed like a simple idea became a true labour of love for these two amazing men and Mom and I are so grateful for all the thought, work, care and heart that went into it. After many many conversations, prototypes, schematic drawings, discussion of materials, pouring of cement, etc, etc….Dad was placed in his birdhouse yesterday.
Here is Gordon with my Dad’s urn and Jerry with the birdhouse (and Gordon’s wife Mae).
There was of course, discussion as to who’s tool was bigger…
Here is Mom with the guys…
And here is my Dad’s temporary “home”. His urn is safe, warm and protected.
It is beautiful and I KNOW he is smiling down on everyone! We cracked some bubbly and toasted the incredible project and my Dad. It was a very special afternoon.
I’m also catching up on my Photo a Day Challenge and my 365 Days in Nature pictures.
October 11th’s prompt was “K is for…” I went with the archived pictures of the Neva lookalike kittens and mom that were up for adoption, but have all now found their forever homes.
October 12th prompt was “L is for….” Again, I’ve pulled an archive shot and gone with a ladybug.
October 13th’s prompt was “M is for…” (yes, there is a pattern this month) I took this picture of miniature mushrooms on the weekend.
And today, “N is for…..” Neva’s Nose. (to go with her eyes and ears on “e is for…” day)
It is “flowers and trees” week over at the 365 Days in Nature group. I skipped one day, but here are the three days worth that I posted. All archives, as fall is kicking in and there are fewer and fewer blooms every day.
But that said….there are still a few flowers around, I took this shot today. Pretty!
I went for my normal lunchtime walk today….there was a little drama down at the bird pond (not really but the squawking and flapping made for a couple of decent pictures)
And a heron going….
It looks like the seagull is dancing and shaking (again, not really…..but funny)
And this guy just stood there and watching all the action going on around him.
I’d never seen these tiny little chairs that have been carved in logs by the park…
..there were also TONS of mushrooms in the park. I intentionally put Gumby in my bag this morning, thinking he’d make the mushroom pics a little less ordinary. :)
Life is far too short not to have a bit of fun…..thank you Gumby!
Hmm…saw this on a wall on the way home. Any ideas?
This tree is just outside of our building. The crows LOVE the berries, hence, the crows are cawing A LOT outside of our building. And look pretty pleased with themselves.
Dennis and I split a pumpkin beer when we got home from work tonight.
Yesterday, we bought a dozen REALLY fresh eggs from a roadside stand next to a little farm in Victoria. I also had some potatoes in the cupboard that needed to be used up, and turkey sausages in the freezer. We had breakfast for dinner tonight.
I was sorting the pan cupboard in our postage stamp sized kitchen before I made dinner, and as she does….Neva “helped”. Oh NEVA!!!!
I think we’re all caught up now. I’m off to wash my pan…the one above….that I didn’t use for dinner tonight. Oh NEVA! :) Have a good Wednesday everyone!
Happy ‘Thanksgiving Canada!!!
Dennis and I are over in Victoria celebrating with my Mom. Here is Dennis peeking out the car window while we waited for the ferry.
…and a dog peeking out of his/her car. Both are pretty cute….and both have fluffy ears. HA! Just kidding….
I took this while we were waiting for the ferry too. (Day moons are so much easier to photograph than night moons)
I went to the little market at the ferry terminal, and these little fairies caught my eye.
I’m not sure if these are whales or dolphin, but there were definitely fins….
It was really cloudy, but was a nice crossing anyway….
As usual, there were many “critters”…..
Fall colours and funky trees near my Mom’s house…..
Halloween decorations are starting to go up in Mom’s neighborhood. I LOVE Halloween decorations! :)
Colour and fungus in my Mom’s yard….
It’s been all about neighbors this afternoon. These are one neighbor’s kitties. AWWW!!!! Sammy and Amelie….
And now, we’re off to celebrate Thanksgiving!
I am very thankful for all of YOU!!!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “J is for….” JUMP! (from the archives) Amazing what complete strangers will do for you when you have a camera!
My last “bird week” shot for the 365 Days in Nature group is this:
Today’s dinner was some cannelloni and buns that were in the freezer. (I didn’t get home until late, so didn’t have a chance to make a from scratch dinner)
Before dinner we had a glass of wine and these “seasonal” tortilla chips. They were very good.
Before that though, I went for a quick walk at lunchtime today. There are few blooms left as everything is ‘shutting down’ for winter. I did see this lovely dahlia though. So pretty.
Fall leaves are dropping all over….
Don’t ask…but yes, this IS a ceramic cauliflower with a sheep face in some kale. :)
I had such a nice walk down by the bird pond. This gull was doing an “airplane pose”….
…and this one was doing a look over your should and examine your tail feathers pose…
…this heron was not doing any pose at all….
…lunch time for the crows….
…and bank left…..
…”why are my wings and tail blue??????” (I would LOVE to know how they were coloured)
…ha, ha, ha….
I love that the pumpkins and Halloween decorations are starting to show up.
When I was walking home, I found a little rubber frog on the sidewalk. Couldn’t pass up the chance to have him “adorn” a few shots….
That’s my Friday. How was yours? Anyone have any plans for the weekend? We’ll be here tomorrow then over to Victoria to spend Thanksgiving with my mom on Sunday and Monday. Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a great weekend!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “I is for….” ICE.
Bird week is almost ending….this was my day’s entry to the 365 Days in Nature group.
I have been so lucky today. My birthday celebrations continued…and I was spoiled by meals out. My good friend Andrea met me for lunch today. We went for sushi….I had the “pick 3 items” lunch special – I chose tuna tataki salad, a spicy tuna roll and edamame. Miso soup was part of the deal too.
And tonight, I had dinner with my friend Caroline. We went for chinese food and split a beef roll, some soy chicken and pork dumplings.
Thank you SO much Andrea and Caroline. For the meals today, and for both of your wonderful friendships!!! I am indeed a lucky woman!!!
I also met Michelle for our pre-work coffee this morning. (Michelle, “heart” you too!) Michelle’s famous hand is back….
…and she wrote my name on the drip coffee cup. HA!!!
On the way to meet Michelle, this crow against the sunrise sky caught my eye…..
And these two eying the berries did too.
I LOVE the mushrooms and fungus that grow this time of year. They are everywhere, and gorgeous….
“Does this web make my bum look big???” LOL
“And tonight on the Cat Channel, NevaTV”.
The weekend is almost here. And here in Canada, it is a long weekend for Thanksgiving. Bring on the turkey!! :)