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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “W is for….”. I used this picture that I took tonight of the famous Woodward’s W sign downtown. (I’ll tell you why I was downtown in a sec)
I used this photo of fall leaves for the 365 Days in Nature group.
Michelle and I met for our Thursday coffee before work today. This is her famous hands demonstrating her version of “itsy, bitsy spider”. Very nice Michelle. :)
It was POURING with rain this morning. Michelle’s famous hand held both of our umbrellas while I took these action shots of vehicles and puddles. The car is our quirky neighbor’s car…the one with all the toys glued on.
By lunchtime, the rain had slowed substantially. I was running some errands, so didn’t have a proper walk. I did take a couple of shots though…
After work, I took the train downtown and met my good friends Janice and Karen for dinner. It has been WAY WAY too long since we’ve seen each other, and it was good to see them both.
We all had a cocktail to start. Mine was made with pear liquor, pear puree, lemon juice and soda water.
Cheers to girls night!!!!
We split a bunch of Japanese tapas dishes. There were prawns, scallops, tuna rolls, polenta, chicken and we finished off with a three way birthday celebration for us all – marshmallow/chocolate fondue.
Before we met at the restaurant, I had a few minutes to kill, so I took a quick walk around Canada Place and took some downtown/city/port pics. I don’t really understand the Putin pic…but it did catch my eye.
Finally, this guy was in the parking lot when we were leaving. I think his eyes are pretty wild. (I’ll have to do a little research to see what he is)
I’m off to get some shut eye myself. Yay for Friday. Have a good one everyone!
It has been an “off” day. I woke up this morning, got ready to go to work and felt crappy. My eyes were puffy and sore, I had a headache and I felt EXHAUSTED! As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not sure if I’m fighting something, or the last few months have caught up to me. I had a very quiet day at work, so chose to call in sick, and sleep. I slept for HOURS! I guess my body was telling me something.
THEN…when I woke up and flipped on the t.v, I saw that there had been a shooting at the Parliament in Ottawa. Not to get political, I don’t want this blog to be a venue for my opinions on that, but I wasn’t surprised. The world is in a state of disarray, and here in Canada, we are not immune. In the last two days, there have been attacks on soldiers and I’m assuming, politicians and we are but one country in a messy world. sigh. Why can’t we all just get along????? All this turned today into one of those days where I felt helpless to help the world.
But maybe it’s not my lot in life to change the world. Maybe all I can expect of myself is to change my own life, and the lives of those around me for the better. So I’ll keep trying to do that, to see light and beauty around me, to remain positive and hopeful in myself and humanity, and not to become cynical and bitter. Not always an easy thing, especially after days like today, but I commit to trying.
On a much brighter note, I think the sleep did me good. I still feel headache-y and tired, but I’m sure tomorrow will be more energetic.
So today’s pictures are all from home. BUT…some are wonderful (IMHO). Before I share those though, I will just share that today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “V is for…” Violin…
And I used this picture on the 365 Days in Nature group…because it makes me smile.
And the smiles continued. Who couldn’t smile with this fluffy face looking at them? Hi Neva! She’s such good company when you are home during the day.
The condo across from ours is all under scaffolding. I feel the owners/resident’s pain.
These are the “tossaway” apples I have to make green juice. They are on our deck until they’re used.
I was out on the deck for a while (despite some rain) to take some shots of the birds that are going NUTS for the berries on the tree by our building. Not only did I take pictures….I consulted the Bird Book that was my Dad’s, and my mom has passed on to me to identify birds I don’t know. I LOVE this book…thanks Mom!!!
I didn’t need the book to know that this is a Robin. I didn’t know though, that they grab the berries, and swallow them whole. Which seems crazy to me, if you think about the size of their stomachs vs. the size of the berries.
I did need to book to identify these. The closest thing in Dad’s book is a Cedar Waxwing. (though the body colour is slightly different than the book, the head, the mask and the yellow tipped tail are certainly waxwing-y)
And they too down big berries in one fell swoop.
I think this one is a female Northern Flicker.
And I’m so excited. I’ve acquired a hummingbird feeder, and look what came by for a drink today.
Speaking of birds, we had chicken for dinner tonight. :) I baked it in curry sauce, made some basmati rice, steamed some peas, and had some chutney and mini naan bread on the side.
I’m now off to hit publish, get some sleep (again) and hopefully tomorrow will be more energetic and normal. Have a lovely Thursday all! And to my niece Katie, Happy Birthday!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “U is for….” Umbrellas. (from last March, this is a public art display at the time)
I know it is Rose Week over at the 365 Days in Nature group, but I ran out of interest before I ran out of roses, so just posted this pic of my favorite amanita muscaria mushrooms….
…taken yesterday. Good thing I took it yesterday, because when I walked by this morning, I saw this landscaping truck, and the “hill” that these were growing on yesterday all cleared.
Sigh. Shame. But pretty sure the spores are still there so hopefully, over the next couple of weeks, some more will return.
I did find a few more across the road though. Not massive clusters of them, but colourful and whimsical all the same.
There were some brown mushrooms out there too…
And my baby troll looked like he took a bite. (I couldn’t resist…)
There were quite a few birds out and about this morning…
One of which, you have to look pretty closely to see….
After work, I found all kinds of fall colours…
Some of the fallen leaves are MASSIVE.
During my walk home tonight, I saw that our quirky artist neighbor is working on a new sand sculpture…
The nose of the existing sculpture has fallen off. Which begs the question…”how does she smell?” Dunno, I didn’t get close enough to sniff her.
Sometimes, I feel like something is watching me. LOL!
Fish in trees….
….and supermodel Kate Moss. (groan again)
Halloween decorations are starting to appear.
Once I was home, I put on my pajamas, put my feet up, had some tea and took it easy. I have been feeling VERY tired over the last few days (maybe I’ve been fighting something, or maybe the past couple of months were catching up to me) so Dennis and I have deemed tonight and tomorrow night “rest nights”. We sent out for pizza for dinner tonight (but we will cook tomorrow). We had a half and half, my half was grilled veggie with half cheese.
(the rest of my meals today were super healthy though, oatmeal for breakfast, green juice, salad (made with arugula, butternut squash, dried tomato and light feta), a cup of the split pea soup I made last night and a honeycrisp apple. (first of the season)
Now, I’m going to hit publish and get to bed early. I’m hoping my energy will be back to 100% by tomorrow. Have a great Wednesday all.
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “T is for….” Totem poles at the Museum of Anthropology.
It is still Rose Week of the 365 Days in Nature group. I’m running out of rose pictures that I like…but I saw these roses in a florist’s display not far from my work. Not sure if I like these, I think they toy a little too much with rose’s natural beauty, but…can’t deny, they’re interesting.
I was super busy in the kitchen tonight. I had to prep some meals for us for the next few days. It was a lot of work in a fairly little time. I was late getting home because there was a first aid incident in our building JUST as I was about to leave, and I had to help out. I’m glad it wasn’t anything too gruesome or taxing…and everyone will be ok. And I got ALMOST everything done that I had planned this evening too.
I made a fresh batch of green juice (with apples, pears, spinach, kale and ginger)
Carrot/lentil soup with kale (and also some unphotographed split pea and ham soup – well, I did take a picture but it looked icky)….
…a batch of low fat cornbread to go with the soups….
…some roasted butternut squash for salads….
I also got a batch of kale chips drying, and some fruit cut for easy breakfasts. Dinner however, was just reheated lasagne that we had in the freezer and a multigrain bun.
I walked to work and walked at lunchtime today. On my way to work I saw these. Aren’t they beautiful??? Note to self: carry your garden gnome in your purse. :)
There are a few yellow versions popping up through the dirt too….
It’s a mushroom, and a birdbath all in one. :)
There is a different kind of fungus on this tree. And close up, it looks like coral. I’ve never seen anything like this before.
I’m loving the autumn colours.
And I’m loving teeny tiny snails who walk on my fingers. Cute!
(Dennis has named this little snail “Tiny Tim” and apparently he is tiptoeing on the leaf…)
And now, the silly portion of today’s post. (over and above my husband’s silliness above. The couple who are goofballs together, stay together I guess! :) )
I was walking by the bird pond, and just stood and watched the gulls for a while. They look the same, but are all actually unique, and have different actions. So I decided, they may not be the 7 dwarfs, they are the 7 silly seagulls. (don’t say I didn’t warn you)
So much for that. I’ll finish off tonight’s post with a heart that caught my eye today. Happy Tuesday everyone.
SUPER quick post of a few pics I took today in Victoria. My mom and I ran a bunch of errands, but also took a little time for a nice drive.
And we stopped for a few ‘critter pics’
When on Beach Drive in Victoria, stop at the Beacon Drive In, for the most delicious ice cream EVER! Worth every calorie/point.
And finally tonight, my Dad’s hummingbird feeders had many visitors today, and I was so happy I got a shot of one of them.
I’m off to bed. Have a GREAT week everyone! Back tomorrow….
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!