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I’m not sure what I did…or how long the usb power will stay, but here are a few pictures from yesterday to share.

I would also like to take this chance to apologize to Dennis for last night’s tear filled dramatics.  The world will NOT end if the laptop doesn’t work…  sigh.

Hope you enjoyed the google search terms on last night’s post.  They are pretty funny!

Yesterday was National Cat Day….here is my favorite cat being cute…

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…and this one walked with me for a while at lunchtime.  AWWW.  So friendly!

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I REALLY wanted to share these Halloween decorations.  A house I walked by yesterday had a HUGE web covering their whole property, and had all kinds of “ghouls and skeletons” all caught up in it.  These pics don’t do justice, it is fantastic!

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I now have to get ready for work. I’ll leave you this morning with a heart shaped mushroom….

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Happy Thursday everyone!

I had a few fantastic photos to share tonight.  However, the usb drivers on our computer have decided to “malfunction”…so I can’t connect the camera and the computer.  I’m downlowding some driver support, and hoping fo r the best, but if it doesn’t work…well….the laptop may be on life support.

I HATE computer issues, and yes, tears have been involved tonight.  (I’m tired and frustrated)

BUT…though I don’t have photos to share tonight, I do have the quarterly round up of hilarious/inappropriate google search terms that wordpress tells me were used to land on this blog.

So…in no apparent order…enjoy

Does kale make your feet smell?  (probably….especially if you eat it while wearing rubber boots)

50 reasons why I love your navel.  (you need 50???)

Constipated or pouting?  (both)

Hair on my big toe  (me too)

Heels in eggs (nope, mine have yolks not heels)

Brain on free farts  (WHY are you googling this???  Just WHY???)

Bangkok washing day (I’ve never been to bangkok…but I do have to do laundry)

Dad is a chahuahua  (no, my Dad was a human…)

Six leg donkey (again, just WHY???)

…and the perenial search term….”Roz’s Black tights”.   (WHO ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU SO INTERESTED IN MY TIGHTS????????????????????????)

So there you have them…hope you got a chuckle.  And hope I’m chuckling again tomorrow and this stinking usb issue gets sorted out.

Wish me luck….and wish the tech support fairy to pay me a visit.  Back tomorrow with an update.  I hope….

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Two”.  I used this picture that I took a couple of weeks ago (probably TWO weeks) in Victoria of two bucks trying out their antlers.

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I posted this shot on the 365 Days in Nature site.  I took it yesterday on my walk to work.

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A few days ago, I posted a picture of MANY red mushrooms that I’d seen. (and have since been cleared away by landscapers)  A member of the 365 Days in Nature group contacted me and asked if she could use my photo for a sketch.  I was very honored, and today, she posted the sketch for me to see.

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Pretty cool!!  Thank you Christine!!!!!

I had dinner with my friend Sally tonight.  It had been WAY too long between visits, but life simply got in the way.  We went to the Peaceful Restaurant, where Guy Fieri cooked a couple of years ago when he filmed Diners, Drive Ins and Dives here in Vancouver.   We had the “famous” beef roll, soy chili chicken and noodles with a spicy peanut/pork sauce.

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Not particularly point friendly, but delicious.  And Sally, it was great to see you again!!

I went out for a quick lunchtime walk too.  It was a very bird-centric walk.  Yay for my Dad’s bird book so I could identify some of them.  No book needed for these ducks, which were swimming on a pond covered with algae.  Didn’t seem to bother them though….

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Book not required to identify crows…..

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I was so excited to see this little hummingbird.  I’d never seen one in this particular park before.

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And based on the pictures in Dad’s book, it is a female “Anna’s Hummingbird”.  :)

Pretty sure this one is a “White Crowned Sparrow”.

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This one looks like a “dark-eyed junco”….

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I THINK these are both”song sparrows”…but I’m not 100% sure of that.  Does anyone know?

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A red winged blackbird….adult and juvenile?

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And finally, a “male Northern Flicker”.

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Ok, enough birds.  I found some kale, a flower and a leaf to photograph too.

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I walked by a store selling wood carvings, and other “zen-aphernalia” (I just made that up)

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I also walked by a fiddling cherub on a power box in the building I work in.  (?)

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A couple of Halloween decorations on the way home….

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And a random heart.

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Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!!

Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is ‘One’.  I posted this picture I took last week, one gull who maybe thinks he’s a pigeon.

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My 365 Days in Nature shot was this one that I posted on the blog last night.  I took it from the ferry last night.

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Today’s VERY SILLY moment is the captions on this shot I took at my favorite bird pond today.  (reminds me of my university days.  Sort of….)

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On my walk to work this morning, I saw this sign by this tree….

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I also found a couple of my favorite Amanita muscaria mushrooms.

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I also went out for a quick walk at lunchtime.  AWWW…look at this little fella.  AWWW…..

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One of the few remaining flowers in the neighborhood….

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A snail on a tree, on my hand and on a mushroom.

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A couple of other mushroom shots….

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I walked by my favorite bird pond….

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Autumn leaf shots…..

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The Halloween decorations are coming out in force….

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OOOPS….typo in a store window….

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Aww….little Simbad, the neighborhood “mascot”….

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And finally, tonight I opted out of yoga to spend some time with Dennis.  With me being away most weekends, and him working some nights, we are ships passing in the night at the moment, and took tonight just to hang out together at home.  We had breakfast for dinner (turkey bacon, scrambled eggs, potato and toast).

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That’s my Monday.  How did YOUR week start?

It’s Sunday night, I’m back home….and will just share a few shots from the day.  First of all, today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is ‘Z is for….’.  I was shopping with my mom today, and saw this.  Not a great photo by ANY stretch, but zinc does start with z.

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And I took this shot of a deer lying on my mom’s neighbor’s lawn during a rainstorm this morning for today’s 365 Days in Nature pic.  (looks like he’s wearing a bow tie.  HA)

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Hummingbird spotting…..

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Mosquito in a wet spider web…..

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I posted this one on facebook as well as here.  Pork uterus???  I’m a pretty adventurous eater, so I’ll never say never….but not today.

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Somewhat inappropriate dog toys in the dollar store.  Cracked me up…. “here Rover, chase the smiling weiner”

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The deer were out in force today.  At one point this afternoon, there were six trolling around.  I know my Dad hated them for the damage they did to his yard, but I’m pretty sure he would have found these beautiful.

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Beautiful clouds.  Almost looks like a uterus! HA!  Just kidding….

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One of the few remaining blooms left in my mom’s garden….

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As the ferry took off, I played around with some settings appropriate for night pictures.  You don’t often see the ferry terminal from this angle.  (and I look forward to taking fuller moon shots too)

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Have a wonderful week everyone!!!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Y is for….”  I went with this picture of Snoopy the salon dog having a big YAWN.

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This week’s 365 Days in Nature theme is “Big”.  I used this pic of a big tree hanging over a beach.

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It was a blustery day today, so this morning’s ferry crossing was a little rocky, and not particularly photogenic.  This was my breakfast, B.C Ferries oatmeal with brown sugar and dried fruit, coffee and skim milk.

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And here are pics from the boat, and the crossing:

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My mom and I had some appointments and errands today, then sent out for chinese food for dinner.

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That was my Saturday.  How was yours?  Depending on what time I get back home tomorrow, I may or may not post.  If I do, I’ll “see” you then, if not, I’ll be back on Monday.  Happy weekend everyone!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt was a tough one.  “X is for….”  I looked all over for an appropriate X today, but came up blank, so used this archive pic of a railway crossing.

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Since it was the last day of “rose week” over at the 365 days in nature group, I posted this….

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I had my first haircut since August tonight.  AND…my roots and colour have been fixed.  I am “sassified” again!!!!

Before that though, I had lunch with my friend JenX.  We went for sushi, I had miso soup, and a sushi lunch special.

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And dinner after a long walk was some tortellini with sun dried tomato, peppers, pesto and Parmesan.  (it was a clear out the fridge/cupboard night)

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After my haircut, I walked home to get an activity point.  Here are a few shots that I took during the day, and on the walk home.

This robin has a face like the “angry birds” on my phone…

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This is Snoopy, who was hanging out in the hair salon.  SOOOO cute!

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Speaking of cute, this little guy walked for a while with me.  I was trying to ditch him, because I didn’t want him to get too far away from where he came from….eventually though, he turned around.  And he made “barking” noises, not meows. Aww…

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Here are some of the things in shop windows on Main St.   LOTS of Halloween decorations.  <3

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I have no idea what these “Keep Vancouver Wet” stickers mean, but they are EVERYWHERE.

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“do these tights make my bum look big?”  They don’t make these bums look big, but they certainly would do that to mine.  :)

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Words to live by….

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Tiny living cactus plants in a florist window.  Cool….

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“Raise the roof….put ‘em up there” (anyone remember that song?)

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Dragonfly for Dennis!

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Just things I liked….

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<3 these mushrooms, the birdbath and the word on a bus shelter seat.

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And finally, a progress pic of my hummingbird tattoo. (taken on the banana box that is part of Neva’s “playground” that Dennis made for her.  oops…note to self:  review background next time)

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It’s healing nicely.  Know why?  I’m religiously putting ointment on it, as the artist who put it there suggested.  Not just any ointment….Preparation H ointment.  Yes, I’m putting hemorrhoid medicine on my foot.  (and that just opens the door for some hilarious comments….)

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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)

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I used this photo of fall leaves for the 365 Days in Nature group.

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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.  :)

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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…

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And I used this picture on the 365 Days in Nature group…because it makes me smile.

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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.

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The condo across from ours is all under scaffolding.  I feel the owners/resident’s pain.

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These are the “tossaway” apples I have to make green juice.  They are on our deck until they’re used.

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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!!!

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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.

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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)

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And they too down big berries in one fell swoop.

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I think this one is a female Northern Flicker.

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And I’m so excited.  I’ve acquired a hummingbird feeder, and look what came by for a drink today.

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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.

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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)

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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….

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…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.

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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.

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There were some brown mushrooms out there too…

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And my baby troll looked like he took a bite.  (I couldn’t resist…)

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There were quite a few birds out and about this morning…

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One of which, you have to look pretty closely to see….

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After work, I found all kinds of fall colours…

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Some of the fallen leaves are MASSIVE.

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During my walk home tonight, I saw that our quirky artist neighbor is working on a new sand sculpture…

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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.

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Groan…and aahhhhh!

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Sometimes, I feel like something is watching me.  LOL!

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Fish in trees….

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….and supermodel Kate Moss.  (groan again)

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Halloween decorations are starting to appear.

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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.

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(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.

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