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Happy Sunday before Christmas to all!

I had time to post to all 5 of my photo groups today….all from the archives:

The prompt for the Photo A Day Challenge was “this is interesting”.  I posted this shot of the interesting little “message” I found when I was walking on a beach last summer.

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This week’s theme on the 365 Days in Nature site is “animals”.  I used this deer picture, also taken a few months ago.

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I flipped a chicken into black and white for the Only Shades of Grey group.

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I posted this old favorite into the “wildlife/bird/nature” group…

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And finally, I posted this shot in the Canadian Bird Photo group.

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On to today…..I had plans to get up and bake cookies this morning.  Guess what?  Didn’t happen….sigh.  I usually LOVE the holidays, but this year, I have “holiday meh”.  I haven’t baked, we opted out of a tree this year because it just seemed like too much energy, I’ve only just finished shopping….I don’t feel blue, and I love the lights/trees/decor that others have put up, but for me…nope….meh.  I’m sure the holiday hoopla will return next year, and I’m just rolling with it and trying not to beat myself up too much.

Instead of baking, I slept in a little later than normal, watched hummingbirds…..

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….watched Neva watching hummingbirds….

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…..I also photographed the world’s ugliest Christmas ornament (I got him on a DEEP discount last week.  Not surprising he was 80% off, because he’s so horrific, I had to have him and he’ll find his way onto a branch of honour when we put up our tree again next year.  LOL)….

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Uh, oh……

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Neva too, found it irresistibly awful, and bit it.  And she had glitter on her whiskers….

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All very silly!!!!

I made us pancakes and turkey back bacon for brunch.

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This afternoon, we had went and visited Cousin Helen, and Elf posed on the wreath on her front door…

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…and wow, what a beautiful poinsettia.

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Then, we went to our friends Clint and Tom’s place for a visit.  Their house is BEAUTIFUL, inside and out….

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Elf did some posing there too.  :)

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We just had “picky dinner” tonight.  We had little bits and pieces and a glass of wine. (cold turkey sausages, tiny spring rolls, mini quiche, cheese, dip, crackers and fruit)

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That’s it for the weekend.  Back to work tomorrow, but it’s a short work week.  Have a wonderful week all!  Elf wishes that too.  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Food”.  Before my yoga class this morning, I took a walk around the Granville Island Public Market, there is lots of food there.  I settled on this picture of piles of cannoli to post for the group.  I’ve never had a cannoli, but now, I think I want one!  :)

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I took this picture at the market too, and thought it would make a nice black and white shot for the Only Shades of Gray group.

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And I posted this adorable hummingbird that was sitting on a tree just off our deck, on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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These were the “runner up” food shots….

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This is the day’s “T-Rex” arm gallery.  Two taken at Granville Island, and one taken in our living room.  :)

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Neva was “assuming the hummingbird watching position”.  And she was pole dancing as well….

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Both positions did attract the humminbirds.  Awww!

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Here are a few more random shots from Granville Island….

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I’m looking forward to seeing what pattern is being woven on this loom…

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These two dancers were making a video…

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Oh…look who/what got into this shot….

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Yes, Elf and his jaunty toque came with me…..couldn’t resist the photo ops….

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Dennis and I had a late lunch (we had burgers….lunch of champions!), and he is working tonight, so eventually I just toasted a bagel and put some light swiss cheese on.  Tomorrow, we WILL have vegetables!  :)

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Hope everyone’s “Pre Christmas” weekend is going well.  See you tomorrow…

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Something to be happy about”.  There were all kinds of possibilities, but I kept going back to this photo that I took last year.  This dog was SOOOO happy with himself, and his huge stick.  And that made us happy to watch.

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This is the last day of “favorite from the archive” theme on the 365 Days in Nature site.  I went with this one from last summer.

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I used this moody shot on the Only Shades of Gray site.  (it was taken late last spring)

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Good thing I have extensive archives, because I didn’t take too many pictures today that were worthy of photo group posting.  I was out for the bulk of the day.  It was my annual “shop ’til your drop” Christmas shopping day.  Can’t lie…I was dropping by the end.  I’m usually so on top of holiday prep, but this year…ug….not even close.  However, no biggie…I was lucky to have a couple of vacation days that I could use..

One of my finds of the day?  This jaunty toque for Elf.  (LOL, I was in the dollar store…and technically, it is an ornament)  How Canadian eh?  We all need toques eh?  :)  I’m very silly….

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These seagulls were wandering around a parking lot.  Guess people feed them there.

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This was the side of a building.  I think its lovely.

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I picked up Dennis after work.  He is very lucky that his commute is against the big flow of traffic.  YUCK!  Look at the traffic heading in the other direction.  (And to clarify….Dennis took over the actual driving, I didn’t take this from behind the wheel)

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We passed over a big bridge.  OOOH…art shot.

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Elf was workin’ the hat on a fence.  LOL!

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…and (as already seen by my facebook friends)  his grubby hands could use this hand soap I saw today.  LOL at the label.

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Dennis made us pasta with rose sauce and Parmesan for dinner tonight.  And we had a glass of red wine.

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I’ll be spending the weekend here in Vancouver, as we’ll be heading over to Victoria on Wednesday to go and spend the holidays with my Mom.  What are YOU up to this weekend?  Whatever you are doing, I hope it’s a good one!

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Sign”.  I used this shot from my archives….is it a sign, or a coincidence?  :)

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It is still archive week in the 365 Days in Nature group.  I used this “swimming lesson” shot from last spring….

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Today’s Only Shades of Gray shot was taken in Bellingham, Washington.  I had a day off of work, so went cross border for an adventure day.

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OK…maybe “adventure” is a bit of a stretch….it’s pretty familiar down there, but I wanted to do a little cross border Christmas shopping….at my two favorite grocery stores there, Fred Meyer and Trader Joes.  For the record, I am aware that both of these pictures are truly boring….but oh well….they paint a picture.  :)

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I got a few treats for the holidays, and more….

After shopping, I took a little walk around the Bellingham City Centre.  Come with me….

This is the Herald Building, where the daily paper is still printed…

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This couple sat outside a consignment store….

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These were in a barber shop window….

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Garbage cans and wall art….

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Yarn Bomb! And a funny sign in the window of the yarn store…

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More things in windows…..

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This is a Santa shaped loaf of bread.  Santa Carb?

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Like the last line…..

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Squirrel feeders…..

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“Art shots”…taken right by where I parked my car….

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A craft brewery putting good use to their old kegs….

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I haven’t had to stop for a train in YEARS……

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On the way home, I saw all kinds of birds….

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Decorated beaches…..

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And it IS December, so you know Elf would be with me….

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We went out for pizza tonight, and had some Caesar salad and red wine as well.

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I have another day off work tomorrow, but have all kinds of running around to do.  Anyone had an adventure of your own lately?  Can you share?

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Sunshine”.  It was a rainy day here in Vancouver, so I pulled this sunny picture from the archives.

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I used this archive shot for 365 Days in Nature. (good thing this week’s theme is archive favourites)  I love snails.  It’ll be fun when they are back in the spring.

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And today’s Black and White “Only Shades of Gray” shot is again from the spring archives….

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I didn’t take many photos at all today, so the shots today are a LOT of the now famous Elf.  I met Michelle for pre-work coffee this morning, and had a reduced fat eggnog latte.

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I’m not exactly sure what Michelle’s famous hand was doing to poor Elf – LOL.

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I met my good friend Andrea for lunch today.  It was for her birthday that was a couple of weeks ago.  Happy Belated Birthday, Dear Andrea!!!  As we do, we went for sushi.  The restaurant was busy, so we ended up sitting at the sushi bar.

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I had the lunch special, miso soup and 3 rolls – a spicy tuna roll, California roll and BC Blazer roll.

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After work, I walked to my favorite yoga class.  It was pretty rainy, so there weren’t many photos.  Some of the boats are lighting up for the holidays….

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When I got home, we had a quick stir fry with carrots, zucchini, peppers and chicken in a light peanut sauce, served over brown rice.

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I’ve had these chopsticks for a while.  Very pretty….

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That was my quick post for the day.  Today was actually my Friday, I have a couple of days off work.  I plan on having an “adventure” tomorrow.  Stay tuned….

I’ll just start today’s post with an explanation of today’s title.  A lovely little church in our neighborhood has put up an illuminated nativity scene on it’s grounds. (ok, technically the church itself didn’t put up the display….but you know what I mean….)  ANYWAY…This Wise man seemed to not only be giving the baby a gift of gold, frankincense or myrrh, but he also has a large Hershey’s Kiss to give.  LOL!

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(thank you Google images for the picture of the candy)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt has nothing to do with Hershey’s Kisses, it is “Beautiful”.  I took some ok pics today, but none were particularly “beautiful” so I went with this archive photo of the inside of the Orpheum, here in Vancouver.  It really is beautiful.

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Still working with the theme of “favorite archive shots” in the 365 Days in Nature group, I went with this photo from April.  A Mama hummingbird feeding her tiny baby.

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I flipped this photo a a dewy web into black and white for Only Shades of Gray.

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The Hershey’s nativity wasn’t the only holiday decor I saw on my walk to work today….

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I saw SO many birds on my lunchtime walk….

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I also saw some cute dogs and a big stick, some funky fungus, and a very out of place bloom among the winter greenery.

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Today’s Elf shenanigans…..the pom pom on his hat has fallen off.  (It’s only the 16th of the month, and he’s already lost a belt, his buckle is hanging off, his hands are filthy, and now the pom pom has gone)  I held the pom pom, and I turned it into a snowball in his dirty hand. :)

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Awww…it’s just like our late tabby Raleigh….

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What’s in here????

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Bell swinger….

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Yes, this lightbulb is very strategically placed.  But wherever I placed him among the tree lights, it seemed to be “strategic”.

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Once we were home, he hung with Neva for a while (and got a leg up on the situation).

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And finally, he posed with my whole wheat pasta with melted light cream cheese, lemon and grated Parmesan.

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December is flying by for me.  Actually, 2014 is flying.  You too?

I didn’t post yesterday, so am playing a little catch up.  Yesterday’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt was “Drink”.  I used this picture from last Christmas.  Cheers!

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Today’s prompt was “Super”.  I thought these lanterns were super.  :)

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This week’s theme in the 365 Days in Nature group is “a favorite from your archives”.  I love this peacock….

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And I flipped this picture of a wedding couple’s hands into black and white.  I wish I knew how to contact this couple (the wedding was in a park and I happened to walk by) because I’d love to send them this photo.

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Yesterday, when I was with my Mom, I went for a quick walk down at the park.  The tide was WAY in, so there was no beach walking….the waves were gorgeous though. (poor wet Elf)

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I then walked back to the car via a little forest path.  I was surprised that I found so many mushrooms/fungus still.  Usually it’s gone by December.  Or maybe I’ve just never looked for it before….the mushrooms made good “bongo drums” too.  (silly me! :) )

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Mother Nature is BEAUTIFUL!  And I think these mushrooms/fungi are magical.

…here are a few other shots from the path.

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Elf came shopping with my Mom and I.  LOL

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We saw this guy when we were out running errands.  Love the deer….

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My mom has a new insert into her fireplace.  It uses candles, and is very pretty.

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This morning, it was REALLY frosty on my walk to work.  I liked the way the leaves looked.

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Neva has some very cheesy “cat friends”.  They are battery operated and meow a Christmas carol.  (this was a joke gift, given to us last year)

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Tonight for dinner, we reheated a bunch of leftovers with some rotisserie chicken.  I had some broccoli in cheese sauce, stuffing and gravy in the freezer.  I mashed some potatoes too, and made some gravy.  We had some cranberry sauce as well.  Early Christmas dinner on a Monday.  (with a glass of red wine)

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I think we’re all caught up now.  Hope your weeks have started well.  Question of the day….what have you seen lately that could be considered “magical”?

Hi from my Mom’s place in Victoria.  I’m over for the weekend, and today, we have a very important errand to run.  Before that though, today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Much Loved”.  Regular readers KNOW our Neva is much loved.  (and is gorgeous)

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The theme for today’s 365 Days in Nature is “favorite archive shot”.  I just love this deer.  I took it here in Victoria a few weeks ago.

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I posted this shot on the Only Shades of Gray black and white site.

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It was a cold crossing this morning, but I was still out on the ferry deck for a while getting some shots.  As normal, there were lots of gulls….including a baby who was REALLY trying to get some food from it’s mom.  Awww….

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And “standers” and “flyers”…

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Photographers were out in force, one gave me “lens envy” and the other was invisible.  HA!

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There were quite a few seals swimming by.

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There was a MASSIVE wind storm here a couple of days ago.  Because of that, there were TONS of logs and other “debris” floating in the ocean.  Apparently, it is ideal for the “standers”.

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Mom and I did a bunch of running around, but the most important errand to us was going to the Festival of Trees in a large hotel here, and hanging a memorial “ornament” on the Victoria Hospice’s tree, in honour of my Dad. (the Hospice staff were AMAZING to my Dad in his last weeks of life…we can’t thank them enough).

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And we REALLY miss my Dad too!  It’s going to be a strange Christmas without him.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t love the holidays, and did a walkabout looking at ALL of the trees in the festival.

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My Elf got up to some shenanigans today too.  I took this shot on the ferry this morning….

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He photobombed Santa at a mall….

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Put the moves on the pianist at the Festival of Trees….

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…and on some ornaments too.  (very silly!)

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Mom and I were a little wiped out tonight, so sent out for Chinese Food and called it a night.

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Hope all of your weekends are going well.  I’m not sure I’ll be posting tomorrow, it’ll depend on what ferry I get back home.  If I don’t post, I’ll be back on Monday.  Have a good Sunday all!!

Happy Friday!!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Skyline”.  I used this picture that I took a few weeks ago on a walk to yoga.

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Today was the last day for white/cold/snow on 365 Days in Nature…I used this archive shot from last year.  Cold, but really beautiful.

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I turned a mushroom shot into my day’s entry into the Only Shades of Gray group….

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OH dear.  I was invited to join another photo group.  :)  This one isn’t a daily group though, it is strictly for wildlife and nature.  I’ve posted this eagle picture from a few weeks ago, and will only post here if I think I have a shot worthy of posting.

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This morning, we had TWO little hummingbirds at our feeder….AWWW…..

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Neva had assumed the “look at birds on the deck” position….oh Neva!!!

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Am I the only one who sees Popeye in this log?  All it needs is a pipe and a hat and voila…Popeye.  LOL!

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I went for a walk at lunchtime.  It has been rainy and windy for a few days, but today, the skies started to clear.  It was really nice….

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So many birds to see…..

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Woof!

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A couple of silly elf shots….

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Neva is a Jack In The Box.  LOL….

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We had a glass of white wine and sent out for chicken dinner tonight.

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That was our day, and our week.  I’m off to Victoria to see my Mom tomorrow.  I’ll check in tomorrow…have a GREAT weekend everyone!!!

I used an older and dear photo for today’s Photo A Day Challenge. The prompt today is “Something red”.  I used this familiar shot of my friend Kathy’s feet and “phuck cancer” shoes.  I was thinking of her today (I often do!), her birthday is next week, and I thought what better way to honour her than to post her amazing shoes.

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I posted this picture of Fan Tan Alley in Victoria in the Only Shades of Gray black and white group….

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And carrying on with the weekly theme of “white/snow/frost” in the 365 Days in Nature Group, I posted this photo that I took during our cold snap last week.

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Before I left home this morning, I had to quickly wrap a Christmas gift.  Neva “helped”….

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Michelle and her famous hand have a message for everyone!

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After our morning coffee,  we walked by a book store that had some fun books in the window.  I love anything T-Rex.

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There is a sequel to “Go the F*ck to Sleep”?  Who knew???

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Not only is the cover of this funny, it was placed in front of a book titled “Knit your own mustache”.  HA!

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I had a bunch of errands to run at lunchtime, so didn’t get a proper walk.  One of my stops was a pet store for some food for Neva.  The adoption centre there were promoting adoption of lizards.  I don’t think I’d ever want one, but this one Gecko, he just followed me in his little enclosure when I was walking around.  AWWW.  I have to admit, for a lizard, he was pretty cute.  Maybe I’m a Gecko Whisperer too!  HA!!!

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Here are a few others…..

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I hope they all find loving homes soon!

I think someone is telling secrets!  HA!  I think these faces are adorable.

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Elf had his photo taken with lights.  (silly)

 

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Then we got even sillier with some wine we had with dinner tonight. (no elves were harmed in the taking of this photo)

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Dinner was the last of our frozen lasagna and a piece of baguette.

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That’s my Thursday.  Very happy it is Friday tomorrow.  Bring on the weekend.  Question of the day….do you or anyone you know own an exotic pet?

 

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