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!

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My last “bird week” shot for the 365 Days in Nature group is this:

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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)

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Before dinner we had a glass of wine and these “seasonal” tortilla chips.   They were very good.

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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.

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Fall leaves are dropping all over….

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Don’t ask…but yes, this IS a ceramic cauliflower with a sheep face in some kale.  :)

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I had such a nice walk down by the bird pond.  This gull was doing an “airplane pose”….

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…and this one was doing a look over your should and examine your tail feathers pose…

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…this heron was not doing any pose at all….

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…lunch time for the crows….

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…take off!…..

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…and bank left…..

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…”why are my wings and tail blue??????”  (I would LOVE to know how they were coloured)

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…ha, ha, ha….

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I love that the pumpkins and Halloween decorations are starting to show up.

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Rock art….

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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….

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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.

09 Oct 9 I is for ice

Bird week is almost ending….this was my day’s entry to the 365 Days in Nature group.

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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.

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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.

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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….

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…and she wrote my name on the drip coffee cup.  HA!!!

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On the way to meet Michelle, this crow against the sunrise sky caught my eye…..

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And these two eying the berries did too.

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I LOVE the mushrooms and fungus that grow this time of year.  They are everywhere, and gorgeous….

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“Does this web make my bum look big???”  LOL

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“And tonight on the Cat Channel, NevaTV”.

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The weekend is almost here.  And here in Canada, it is a long weekend for Thanksgiving.  Bring on the turkey!!  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “H is for…..”  I posted this picture of my parents holding hands.  I took it two days before Dad died in August.  I cherish this photo and am so glad I have it.

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And because I was thinking of my Dad when I was posting pics today, I put this picture as today’s bird week entry on the 365 Days of Nature group.  I took this photo the day Dad died – I went out for a walk that night to clear my head and saw this beautiful heron flying.

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All good memories though, no tears…..today.  :)

I don’t have much to share today.  It has been a fairly normal Wednesday.  I worked, I ran errands at lunchtime so didn’t go for my walk, after work I walked to my favorite sweaty yoga class (LOVE that class!), then came home and had dinner.  I put this turkey/pumpkin chili in the crock pot last night and let it cook during the day.  And last night, I made a batch of this “healthy cornbread”.  It was hand written and tucked into one of my weight watcher’s cookbook, so I have NO idea where it came from.

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Dennis and I split a pumpkin beer too.

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When I was walking to work this morning, I saw this mushroom that looked apple shaped….

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….and this one that looked nothing like an apple.  (wink!)  Yes, I went there….

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Pumpkins have arrived in the stores….

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This is my new tea infuser…so cute.  I’m trying to drink green or rooibos tea in the afternoons now, because both have health benefits.

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A couple of days ago a set of keys were pinned to this community bulletin board.  Today, this was there.  Cute!

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Speaking of cute “it’s MY frisbee!”

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Not sure what this was on the seawall.  Any ideas?

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Being lookout is a very important job on a sailboat.  I think….

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These two were on the lookout for the tiny fish that were jumping in the water.

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And finally, I get the peace and love….but what is the one on the right?  Peace, love and aliens?  Again, any ideas?

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That was Wednesday.  How was Wednesday in your neck of the woods?

Happy to report that it has been another healthy day per my “personal new year’s resolutions”.  I tracked my healthy meals, went for a lunchtime walk, laughed a bit, and didn’t let a work situation that could have got under my skin get there…

I’m not going to share EVERY meal with you, but I will share photos of dinners…this is a baked pork tenderloin with bbq sauce and maple balsamic, roasted acorn squash and weight watcher’s bulger pilaf (I found the recipe in one of my older cookbooks).

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These are my pictures for the Photo A Day Challenge and the 365 Days of Nature groups today.

October 8th – “G is for….goat”

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…and bird week in the 365 group continues.

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When I walked to work, I found some pretty plants….for the first one, make a wish….

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I also found a whack of mushrooms.  Which inspired today’s title.  Why did the mushroom get invited to every party?  “..because he’s a fun-gi.”   (insert groan here…. :) )

Jokes aside, they really are beautiful.

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I took these foggy shots from an office on the floor I work on…oooh!

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At lunchtime, I found a new wall mural I’d never seen before….

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..I saw this lovely chard in someone’s yard…

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..um…I just don’t get this sign that was on a gate.  Huh???  I know my brain is a bit foggy these days, but this doesn’t make sense to me.  Any ideas?

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This woman is multitasking, she’s waiting for the aquabus, and working on her core at the same time.

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…vertical spider….

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..this little bird was hopping along on the rocks beside me as I walked…..

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…and this little bird did not hop at all….

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I think it is a duck.  That isn’t the only duck I found.  I was SO happy with the wavy water background on this shot.

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…and I liked the wavy background of this shot of the OTHER end of the duck.  Cute tail feathers.

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Stretchhhh….

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…and sing.   (these ducks really have it right)

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Finally, I got this shot of tonight’s moon.  I’m not sure if I’ll be awake to see the eclipse and blood moon, but if I am….oooh!  :)

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

Catching up on the Photo A Day Challenge prompts…..

Saturday October 4th – “D is for…….dinosaur”

04 oct 4 d is for dinosaur

Sunday October 6th – “E is for……eyes and ears”

05 oct 5 e is for eyes and ears

And today….”F is for……frost (from the archives).

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It is ‘bird week’ at my 365 Days in Nature group….here are Saturday, Sunday and today’s pics.   (some of the bird pictures that group members are posting are AMAZING!   I think I love bird week! :) )

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On my last post I mentioned my personal “New Year’s Resolutions”…..today was day one and happy to say “check”.  I did in fact make a very healthy, veggie laden “from scratch” stir fry on brown rice for dinner…

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…after I got back from yoga.  (one of 3 practices this week…done).  I also started back drinking my diluted apple cider vinegar, went for my lunchtime walk, and tracked weight watchers points.  For at least a day, I was back on the healthy living train.  KIDDING about only for the day.  :)

Today’s title came to my mind when I was thinking which pictures I was going to put on today’s post.  Yesterday, I took these open mouthed deer pictures at my Mom’s place. (actually, they were destroying her next door neighbor’s trees….naughty, but so photogenic)

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And today, on my lunchtime walk, this gull was opening his mouth and squawking….

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…the one last kitty in the adoption centre had a big yawn….OMG….so cute!!!!

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..and this crow opened wide and grabbed this mussel.

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Yesterday, I caught this picture of the cheeky deer butting heads.

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This mushroom in my mom’s lawn was HUGE.  Sadly, I had to run over it when I was mowing the lawn.  Sorry Mr. Mushroom.

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I also want to share a couple of shots from last night’s ferry crossing.  The moon was HUGE!!!!!  And the sky was pretty.

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Speaking of pretty, I took this fall shot on my walk to work this morning.  The city is getting VERY colourful.

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Well, not everything is colourful….

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I also saw a snail that was ALMOST blue…..

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…and a “vertical snail” on a tree.

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At lunchtime, I met a few very very cute dogs….and also played with my zoom lens (with owner permission).

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…a ridiculously cute kitty….

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..it was bath and flap time in the bird pond….

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..this turtle did not flap.  :)

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The city looked pretty when I was walking to yoga….

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…and I had a pang of missing my Dad.  This bird flew onto a rail along the seawall.  It landed, flew into the water for a quick plunge, then flew back onto the rail.  I have NO idea what it is.  My Dad was my “built in bird identifier”, he loved them and was an avid bird watcher.  I KNOW he would have known what this bird is….and my heart hurt because I couldn’t call him up, email him the picture and chat about it.  sigh.

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I’ve been on a couple of bird identifying websites tonight, but so far, no luck.  Do any of you know what it is?

That’s my Monday….I hope all of your weeks have started out well.

Hi again from Victoria, my “second home” for a couple of months.  Though my mom is healing relatively well from her two hip surgeries in April, she still has mobility limitations.  Before my Dad died, he was running errands and doing housework but now that he’s gone (some days, that seems so unreal still), and my mom isn’t quite back to normal, and I’m coming over on weekends to help out physically, and also be here emotionally for support if she needs it.    It is a very strange time for us all…..

B.C Ferries loves me right now though, Dennis is very supportive (and has been working weekends anyway, so even if I was home, we would often be ships passing in the night), and I’m just doing what needs to be done to get our family through this unexpectedly challenging time.

On another note, as many of you know, last Wednesday was my birthday.  I usually think of birthdays as people’s “own unique New Year’s Day”.  So what better time to set myself some resolutions???

I am the first to admit that my healthy resolutions and self care have absolutely moved to the back burner in the last couple of months.  As a result my energy is low, my motivation is low, my weight is up by 7 lbs, my skin is less that flawless, and overall, I just don’t feel 100%.  So now, it’s MY New Year, the birthday celebrations are winding down (though they have been lovely albeit low key), and I need to dig deep, find my motivation, and get back on the healthy train.

My goals are:

  • Get back to cooking “from scratch” dinners most nights of the week.  Lately, it has been really easy to grab a frozen lasagne, take out on the way home, or meals based around convenience/processed ingredients.  Though that isn’t a bad thing once in a while, my cooking skills are not being used.  Back to making quick and healthy meals from scratch, taking a healthy lunch to work, and tracking points.  I just need to commit to that.
  • I need to up my intake of fruit and vegetables, get back to drinking my apple cider vinegar/maple syrup water every morning, and actually drink more water in general.
  • Go to yoga at LEAST twice (preferably 3 times) a week.  I love yoga, but lately, getting there has been a real push.  I’m fine once I get there, it’s the actually GETTING THERE that is a challenge.  So I’m committing to 2 if not 3 practices between Monday and Friday.  Once I’m back home on weekends, I’ll get back to my Saturday class too.
  • Continue to go for my lunchtime walks.  I’ve been pretty good at that for the most part, and commit to continuing even though the weather is turning and the rains are going to be more frequent.
  • I have been harbouring and internalizing some ill will and bad feelings of late.  That is hurting nobody but myself so I’m doing my best to just let things be.  I can’t change people, I can’t change much of life’s circumstances, but I can change how I react.  Namaste!  :)\
  • I have been laughing a lot (it’s what I do), so that will continue.  I do however, need to be a bit kinder to myself – and also laugh AT myself more!

I think that is enough for now.  Wish me luck, I’ll be checking in with progress.

You know I said Dennis was supportive, and we are ships passing in the night at bit?  Well….look what I saw in the stall of the ladies room at the bus depot in Vancouver this morning.  DENNIS!!!  Before you married Chelsea, you probably should have divorced me first!  LOL!

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I wonder if any of the other women in the ladies room heard my camera shutter.  I bet they wondered WHAT on earth I was taking a picture of.  LOL again!

I’m still getting used to my fantastic birthday camera lens (it is a Tamron 18-270 zoom lens).  It is taking a bit of practice to judge image distortion at certain distances, the speed of which the lens can focus and the weight and feel of the camera now.  All part of the learning process….

Here are a few pics from today’s crossing….

This was taken from the deck of the ferry on full zoom, then cropped.

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Same with this shot…

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These two seagulls flew behind the ferry for about half an hour.

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I just LOVE these clouds.  To me, they look like eyes watching over the ocean and the ship.  (and yes, I do have quite an active imagination)  You can also see it wasn’t a very nice morning to be on the ferry.

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I liked the way the changing currents collided in this bit of water.  And thank you Mr. Gull for being active foreground.  :)

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Speaking of birds, I have NEVER seen so many gulls all flying around and feeding in a passage that the ferry goes through.  It was incredible, and photos don’t do justice of the spectacle which was this photo, multiplied by 1000. (and wow, the noise of all the squawking was crazy)

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This gull is crazy too….fly quickly, or you’ll get pulled into the waves from the passing ferry.

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I made some new friends on the ferry.  Look at the little girl’s top of the head ponytail.  AWWW….so cute!  I looks like a little fountain.  She and her family were lovely too.  We had many laughs.

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Interesting reflection of the sail….

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And the final “crossing” picture….more aquatic birds.

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I found these two on my parent’s next door neighbor’s lawn.  AWWWW.   I’ve captioned the first one “I have a secret to tell you”…

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And here, the Dad was showing/teaching the young one (with only one horn.  AWW) how to “buck and headbutt”.

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My mom and her neighbor Shirlee had a little cupcake and wine party for my birthday this afternoon.  :)  I haven’t posted pics of my mom lately!  See?  She looks great!!!!

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The cupcakes were really good too.

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Thanks Mom!!!!!

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I’m not sure if I’ll be posting tomorrow, I may be getting a later ferry.  If not, I’ll be back on Monday….  Hope everyone’s weekend is going well.

BIG BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DEAR FRIEND JANICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have quite a bit to share….but it’s getting late, and I have a VERY early start in the morning, so I’m going to share some of the pics from my first day with my new camera lens.  I like it a lot, and know I will LOVE it before long.  Just working through the learning curve….

This was the amazing coloured sky from this morning.  I took this from our deck this morning….

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This is what I found when I went to shower this morning.  Oh NEVA!!!

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I had sushi lunch with my friend Sharon today….

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After work, I went for a walk to get some exercise, and to try out my new lens.  I’m still figuring out how to get nice, sharp close ups….

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Here is my zoom…from this….

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…zoomed into this.  Sexy!!  :)

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Very rare insect sighting….

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Dogs AND mushrooms in the dog park….

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Birds of all kinds….in distance, and zoomed…..

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A couple of shots by our community garden….

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I passed by a ceramic studio…

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On the seawall…

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Science World reflecting the sunset….

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Some random shots around the Olympic Village area…

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I zipped into a community centre….

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And finally, a couple of random hearts….

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Have a GREAT weekend everyone!  I’ll check in from my Mom’s place tomorrow….

I didn’t post last night, so am stopping by quickly before work this morning.  I had another birthday celebration last night, and I also got an AMAZING new camera lens yesterday.  (Thank you Mom and Helen!!!!!)

Must admit, I am a little intimidated by the new photo perspectives, but will practice and soon I’ll be comfortable.  EEEE!!!!!

In the meantime, I got behind in the Photo A Day postings.  So will share my catch up shots, and will be back later with a more “robust” post.

October 1st – “A is for….ALLEY”

01 oct 1 a is for alley

October 2nd – “B is for…..BOWLING”  (Hi Dave and JenX!)

02 oct 2 b is for bowling

October 3rd – “C is for….CRABS”  (cheeky crabs, that I posed….they were deceased… :) )

03 oct 3 c is for

I missed yesterday’s 365 days of nature posting….but since I’m catching up, here are my Oct 1 and 3rd entries for “butterflies, bees and dragonflies” week.

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I really need to get to work.  Have a great day everyone….will check in later!!

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…and less importantly (just kidding), Happy Birthday to me.  Just a quick few pictures today, and tomorrow, I’ll be back with my own personal “New Year’s Resolutions”.  In the meantime…here is today….

Today’s 365 Days in Nature pic (still on the bees, butterflies and dragonfly theme) was this shot from a couple of months ago.

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I worked for half a day today, and had this afternoon off for a bit of pampering, and to run some errands….

Here is the pampering….note to self:  you have hairy toes and feet!  :)

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There is a story behind this….Not to be elusive, but I’ll share when I can!  :)   Any guesses?

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When I was out and about this afternoon, I saw the Pillsbury Dough Boy pinned to a tree, and with a hook with keys.  Huh???  I get one lost key, but there are quite a few here….

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PG rating….Bees making new bees on a leaf outside our building!  The way I see it, we really need to save the bees, so “give ‘er, but maybe get a room!”

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Mother Nature gave me QUITE the gift today….look what I stumbled on when I was walking home.  Not just one snail, not two, but a colony of snails….of all sizes and colours.  Thank you Mother Nature!!!!!  <3  this is just a leaf full of fantastic!!!

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I walked by a fantastic and very well used bird feeder…awww….

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And I also walked by a couple of squirrels in a tree…which were described as “upscale rats” by the man who owns the tree.  Funny…

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Dennis and I had a really nice birthday dinner tonight….followed by cupcakes…

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…and a glass of bubbly prosseco…..apparently the ability to properly focus a picture is affected by the red wine we had with dinner.  Oops…

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I was able to focus on Dennis drinking water out of a beer glass with a mustache on it though….

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Now, it is time to hit publish and spend the rest of my birthday with Dennis and Neva.  Thanks for all the birthday love sent my way today!  I am blessed!  Back tomorrow….

…this is my 1500th blog post.  1500!!!!  Wow!  When I started this off, I didn’t know how long I’d carry on.  Now, I can’t imagine not posting regularly.  Thank you for visiting everyone!!!  I truly appreciate all your visits, comments and kindness!  And treasure the friendships I’ve made through it!  Cheers to 1500 more.

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Where I am from”.  I used this photo of Vancouver, taken from an office window in the building I work in.

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And my “bees, butterflies and dragonflies” picture for the 365 Days of Nature group today is this one….

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Fall is moving into the area with a vengeance…..and the fall leaves are gorgeous.

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And with autumn comes mushrooms and fungis in many shapes and forms.

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There are still also spiders EVERYWHERE in all shapes and forms, and some are eating flies.  Creepy….but fascinating….

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I saw a few other insects.  There are less and less around now…but they are still pretty in my eyes.

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This cat in a window that I passed during my quick lunchtime walk was adorable, and really wanted to get through the window for a pat…aww…..

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And another awww worthy dog in the dog park.  (check out the blue eyes)

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Tonight, I had a LOVELY dinner with Cousin Helen and our friend Inge.  Girls nights out are great!

We had wine….

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And thai food….pad thai, green curry with prawns, yellow curry with chicken, rice and vegetables.  For dessert we split a deep fried banana with coconut ice cream.  It was all so good…and I am SO full!  :)

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Thank you Helen and Inge!!!  Bring on another girl’s night soon!  Hugs to both of you!

That is Tuesday, and hard to believe that is September too.  The year is flying by.  Back tomorrow…hope all of you are having a good week.

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