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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “give”. I caption this picture “GIVE me a kiss”.
Today’s mascot could be considered hilarious, or disturbing. :)
Mother Nature treated me to quite a show this morning. I went out on our deck to see what the loud gull squawking was all about. Seems an eagle was circling what I’m assuming was a nest, and he was chased off by the gulls….then they all flew over our home. I love nature here in the city….
We also had some lovely visitors to our feeder. The sun was perfect, and I love the way their feathers shine.
Neva enjoyed the show too….
After the feathery spectacle, we had birds in a nest and some fruit for breakfast….
Dennis and I went to one of the last winter farmer’s market this afternoon. Here are some of the goods…..
Entertainment and decorations….
…and people watching at its finest.
..random market heart….
There were a number of food trucks by the market. The one selling pupusas caught my eye (and our appetite). We had been reviewing different spanish/latin/south american menu items in my Spanish class last week. Our teacher told us about a famous dish from El Salvador. Voila… Pupusas for all. Dennis and I split one, and it was REALLY good. Pupusas for all!! :)
So much for sunshine…..
Sign on a wall….
….a really unusual yellow magnolia (that smelled amazing!)
And an artsy fartsy shot via the car’s side mirror…..
We had some popcorn when we got home….
Tonight we had dinner with Dennis’ ex colleague Rob, his partner Brad, and another couple, Cheryl and Derrick. This was the first time I’d met three of the four folks, so didn’t really feel comfortable to whip the camera out too often. That said, we did take the cocktail picture (mine was mineral water with orange, I still have a few more days of the month long “Lose the Booze challenge for March”, so REAL cocktails/wine for me has to wait a few more days)
We had cheese and crackers, greek food and some home made lemon meringue pie.
Thanks for the fun night all! And now, I’m off to get some sleep. Happy rest of the weekend to all.
I had title block today! :)
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Something white”. This one was a no brainer for me. Hi Neva!
I posted this random heart on the 365 Days in Nature site. This week’s theme is “hidden”, and the little heart was hidden in the leaves.
“Low flying aircraft” for the Only Shades of Gray site.
I had a weight watcher’s bagel with peanut butter for breakfast….
…and the day’s mascot had a peanut butter bath.
I had some mango and yogurt during the morning….
I met my friend Unita for sushi at lunchtime. I had the lunch special, miso soup, spicy tuna roll, BC blaze roll and a tuna tataki salad.
I had an apple before a walk home….
I had a kombucha and some popcorn when I got home….
…and dinner tonight was cod that I breaded with panko and Italian seasoning, steamed broccoli rabe, brown rice all topped with some light mayo mixed with some chili sauce.
The sunrise and morning sky was lovely this morning…..
During my evening walk, I saw some blossoms….
A chalk message on a sidewalk….
…the daily bird gallery….
The fungus-y tree is still fungus-ing, and I’m still making up words…
I met this dog, Holly, on my way home. She’s quite the dancer. :)
“put up your dukes!”
Here is yet another random heart.
Happy Weekend to all!!!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “I love….”. There are lots of people and things I love, but I chose an archive picture that was a little different. I admit, I love snails. Actually, more to the point, I love taking pictures of snails. Their shells are nature’s works of art.
I posted this picture of a new little “friend” I met on my walk home from work tonight.
Here he is in black and white, and here is what I posted onto the Fifty Shades of Gray site.
I posted this on facebook….and is very silly, but I’ll share anyway. I took a picture of a crow shaking off some water. I think it looks like Keanu Reeves doing the back bend in The Matrix. LOL! Therefore, this crow will be called “Neo”. (and thank you google images for the Matrix picture)
It was REALLY warm here today. Spring has truly arrived. Think I should shave my legs? :)
AND….we move on…..
Today, my breakfast was toasted fibre bread with peanut butter and banana.
I had some yogurt and 2 tbs granola during the morning.
Lunch was leftover lasagna and a bun from last night.
I also had a cup of green juice.
And dinner was baked peppers, onions, beans and bison sausage in thai sauce, all served over brown rice.
I met Michelle and her famous hand for pre-work coffee…..
It was nice to be back on “home turf” today, and I went for my usual lunchtime walk to my favorite bird pond. I decided that the bird pond truly is one of my “happy places”.
I guess I should call it the “turtle pond” too….
Isn’t this fungus on a tree stump BEAUTIFUL? :) The fungus is growing around the leaf too, it was “stuck” in there…
I guess all the rain over the last couple of days have brought on some late season mushrooms too.
I guess we can call these the “daily dog gallery”…
Unfurling ferns, blooms and grasses…..hello spring!
Love the shadow of the tree….
…I love that the bugs are coming back…..
I love the look on the squirrel’s face here….”what do you want?”
What a cute little blossom sweeper…..
Speaking of cute….Neva assumed her best, on the back, hummingbird viewing position tonight. Crazy Cat!
She shot me a bit of a “what do you want?” look as well.
I’ll close off tonight with my favorite fungi of the day from a different angle. It looks a bit like a random heart. Happy Friday everyone!!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Half”. I cropped a photo I took a couple of weeks ago…. :)
Keeping with the “serene” theme in the 365 days of Nature site, I posted this photo I took on my brief lunchtime walk today. It was very very soggy, but it smelled wonderful and taking a few minutes to myself made me feel a little serene.
I also came across a whole field of daffodils, and thought it looked interesting when turned into black and white.
Today was my second “off site work” day. I’ll be back to my normal base tomorrow. Like yesterday, I was able to step out for a little fresh air at lunchtime. It was POURING, and was mucky, but it was nice to get out for a little while.
I found a couple more decorations hanging in two trees….
Here is the giant daffodil farm I came across….
This one is a bit of a stretch….but the puddle is almost heart shaped….
On the way home, I saw a snail….
…working on its core.
We just had some heated frozen lasagna for dinner tonight. I wasn’t in an appropriate setting to take photos of the other meals of the day, but I had fruit, yogurt and granola for breakfast, salad with chicken and hummus for lunch, 3, yes, I counted, amazing home made cookies during the afternoon.
It’s been a long couple of days, so I’m going to hit publish and get some sleep. Hope all of YOUR weeks have gone well so far, it’s all downhill now to the weekend. :)
Today has been a very long day. I am working off site today and tomorrow. I am about an hour out of the city, so the commute was lengthy there and back, and I also had my last level 1 spanish class tonight.
A more normal post will return tomorrow, but in the meantime, here are a few shots I took on a quick “clear your head” walk during our lunch break…..in a park/public area not far from my base. I threw in one from our hummingbird feeder too. :) Have a great Wednesday everyone!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Too Much”. I used this picture from a couple of weeks ago, too much attention makes me yawn too. (It’s a stretch!)
This week’s theme at the 365 Days in Nature site is “serene”. I used this picture of a serene trail that Michelle and I walked on a couple of weeks ago.
Same trail, different shot, flipped into black and white, and here was my daily upload for the Only Shades of Gray site.
The day’s menu was blueberries, yogurt and green juice for breakfast…..
..hummus, carrots, cucumbers and rice crackers for lunch…..
…chai tea with almond milk during the afternoon…..
….and home made lean burgers with light provolone, bbq sauce, mustard and relish. We also had some roasted nugget potatoes.
I went for a very quick walk at lunchtime. As usual, I saw blooms…..
…ferns are beginning to unfurl. (I love ferns)
There were a few ducks doing some interesting posing and stretching…..
Standard gull behaviour…..
By the time I walked home, it was POURING with rain….
Which made more pretty blossom shots, but there were no snails to be found. Usually is in weather like this, but I guess it may be just a little too early in the season for them all to come out in the storm.
The falling blossoms look like snow…..
The little hummingbirds were still at our feeder….awww, poor little wet things!
Speaking of awww….Neva needed lots of love tonight.
…and speaking of love, here is a garden full of “random hearts”. aka: clover…
Tomorrow will be far from status quo, I’m working off site (way off site) for a couple of days, and I have my last Spanish class at night. Hope all of you have a good Tuesday!! I’m off to bed….
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Leaves”. I posted this picture of buds/leaves popping up. Hello Spring!
I posted this photo from today’s crossing on the ferry from my Mom’s house in Victoria, back home to Vancouver on the 365 Days in Nature group. (I really like the pattern in the water)
I posted another picture from tonight’s crossing on the Only Shades of Gray site.
Today’s menu was….toast with light havarti and sugar free apricot jam for breakfast….
…lunch was same as yesterday, baguette slices with light cream cheese and coldcuts or cucumber, as well as snap peas and dip….
…we had a hot chocolate on the ferry (which I forgot to photograph) and dinner tonight was leftover chinese food from last night. Thanks for the care package Mom!! :)
As the title says, the Easter Bunny hopped by my Mom’s place a little early today. We have her some little treats (and she gave us some too! Thanks Mom!!) today because we won’t see her on Easter weekend. Nobody wears bunny ears better than my Mom!! Especially bunny ears with the hanger from the dollar store still attached. LOL!
Early Happy Easter! :)
My Mom and I ran a bunch of errands this morning too. Few photos were taken, but I liked Bobby Banana. And it is always good to hang with the cool bunch.
Here are more pics from tonight’s crossing. It was chilly but pretty photogenic…..
Hi Dennis! <3
The weekend was lovely….I hope yours was too. Happy last week of March to all!
Hi from my Mom’s house in Victoria.
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Sun Flare”. The sun is good for the soul….
Know what else is???
Seeing a formation of geese, and two eagles fighting in the sky while we were driving to the ferry….
…seeing an eagle in a cloud formation. Do you see it too?
…seeing cool patterns in farmland, and also a daffodil farm on the way to my Mom’s…..
…aww-ing at a very young driver waiting with her Dad to get on the ferry….
….Grabbing a toasted bagel with peanut butter, and sharing some hash browns while we waited for the ferry….
…despite rain, seeing some beautiful scenery from the ferry…..
…making your Mom lunch, open faced sandwiches, snap peas with dip, and blueberries…..
We drove my Mom and her friend Shirlee to a play this afternoon. While they were in the theatre, Dennis and I went to Beacon Hill Park and Dallas Rd. We saw some incredible wind surfers….
…seeing something in a park you’ve never seen before…..
…and seeing beautiful spring flowers…..
….watching your husband do a stellar tree imitation….
…and seeing other trees that were more difficult to imitate… :)
…watching new friends being made……
…feeling that holding baby goats is VERY VERY good for the soul. My baby fell asleep, and Dennis’ wanted to eat his jacket….tough crowd. :)
…realizing that you are NEVER too old to love petting zoos. And loving that the spring babies are arriving….
….Laughing while we watched poultry. We want a chicken! Or a turkey! Just kidding…but they are fun to watch….
….watching ducks o’plenty…..
….seeing GORGEOUS peacocks……
..being buzzed by seagulls…..
…hearing some interesting music in the park……
…having chinese food delivered, and having lots of leftovers, for my Mom and for us…..
…and finding two random hearts. One in a cliff seen from the ferry, and the other seen in Dennis’ beer that he had with dinner.
What did you do that was good for your soul today? Please share….and happy Sunday to all.
Happy International Day of Happiness! (according to the U.N) and Happy First Day of Spring.
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Hand Drawn”. This is a drawing of a heritage house not far from where I work. It has been turned into a little cafe. This picture is hanging on the wall there, and I took it while I was waiting for my coffee.
My last picture for tree week on the 365 Days in Nature site is this one, rain drops on buds, taken today while I was walking at lunchtime.
I also took this photo at lunchtime today. The little girl’s outfit was all blue, but looked cute in black and white. And what was REALLY cute was her singing “Uptown Funk” at the top of her lungs while she was walking and playing in the puddles. In hindsight, I wish I’d taken a video and sent it to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Bet they’d have loved it.
My breakfast this morning was a mini pita with peanut butter and banana.
Lunch was a turkey paninni….
And dinner was leftover bubbled up enchiladas. This is NOT pretty, I know, but it was tasty.
Neva however, IS pretty. :)
Hummingbirds are pretty too.
It was a very very rainy day here in Vancouver. Despite that, I went for a lunchtime walk. The blooms are definitely starting to fall.
And other greens are growing….
Here is the colour picture of the little Uptown Funker.
There were very mucky dogs in the dog park….
There was a very active heron, gulls and ducks in the bird pond…..
…and crows overhead.
On the way back to work, I passed a window of Happy, and also I saw some inspirational words on the wall behind….
…I also passed a very green power box….
…a sheep/rock at the cafe in the drawing above….
That was my Friday. We’re off to visit my Mom tomorrow, so I’ll be checking in from Victoria. Have a great weekend everyone!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Private”. I used this photo that I took in Stanley Park a couple of weeks ago. A private moment in a public space.
Tree week continues in the 365 Days in Nature group….I took this shot today. Good to get the blossom shots now, they’re dropping quickly and won’t be in bloom much longer.
And I took this photo of a dandelion on my walk home from work tonight. Turned black and white, and it was posted on the Only Shades of Gray group.
I met Michelle for pre-work coffee this morning. I also had a muffin for breakfast. Her famous hands assisted in both shots. :)
Lunch was a turkey sandwich and two mandarin oranges.
I had this little fig/chocolate candy this afternoon….
I had some ground turkey in the fridge that needed to be used, so I went on line and found this recipe at EmilyBites. It is Bubbled Up Enchilada casserole (with southwest coleslaw). VERY good….very easy. (and lots of leftovers)
I didn’t go for my normal lunchtime walk today. I hopped the train to the school I go to at night, and signed up for the next level of Spanish classes. Do any of you remember Carol Burnett’s character “Mrs. Wiggins”? She was hilariously awful. (I found this pic on pinterest. It’s pretty amazing how many pictures of Carol Burnett are on there)
Anyway….THAT was the type of person who processed my registration. I was blown away, obviously she didn’t want to be there, she registered me for the wrong class and when I told her, didn’t seem to quite comprehend what to do, she was chewing gum, and was more interested in the gum than she was interested in me. In hindsight, it was comical, but I did wonder why on earth she was a front line employee?? I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt, and just think she must have been distracted….and I finally was registered into the right course.
I did take a few pics on my walk home from work. Two random hearts, sent with love….
I just LOVE the colour of these daffodils.
Here are a few other, rain soaked blooms.
Rain on leaves too….
Make a wish….
Mossy love. :)
A stone with the city skyline painted on….
I actually DID smile when I saw this in an underground parking entrance…
Happy Friday to all!!! Who remembers Mrs. Wiggins? :)