Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Hobby”.  I used this picture of unclaimed hobby horses, that I saw in a park last fall.

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I posted the pic of this gnarly tree on 365 Days in Nature….

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And this raccoon was my day’s upload to Only Shades of Gray.

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Neva was watching hummingbirds on our deck this morning (they’re going CRAZY at our feeder right now), and…well, I couldn’t resist.  And yup, I’m going to hell because of it.  Sorry Neva.  But heh, heh…

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Here are the hummingbirds that were keeping her mesmerized, and oblivious to a plastic duck on her head….

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And this is the sunrise/sky that kept ME mesmerized….duck on my head was optional.

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These cherry blossoms could also be considered mesmerizing.  Gorgeous….and falling quickly.

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There are other blooms around…

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Quite the necks…..

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Cormorant yoga.  Or just stretching and settling in for a sleep…..

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Dog in a wood frame….

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Lone bird….

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…new to me public art.

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And very mouthy ducks….

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Speaking of ducks….Duck of the Irish was taken with me for the day.  :)

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And I’ll close tonight with my day’s menu….toast with light cheddar for breakfast, a glass of chocolate coconut drink during the morning, kale salad with nutritional yeast, feta and mango for lunch, a cookie during the afternoon and before Spanish class I had some pasta with sausage, peas, peppers and light alfredo.  (I had a little before class, and a little after class….)

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That was my day.  Again, Neva, I’m sorry.  :)  “See” you tomorrow!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “After”.  Yesterday was pouring with rain….and these water droplets stayed on the leaves long after the rain had stopped.

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I posted this picture of tree roots, for tree week on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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When I was out for a walk at lunchtime, I saw this little dog going for a bike ride.  I flipped him into black and white, and posted this shot on Only Shades of Gray.

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Today’s menu, like most of the rest of the day is pretty colourful.  Breakfast was the same thing I’ve had for the last few days, toasted Little Big Bread with peanut butter and a banana.

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I had some grapes during the morning.

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I had a massaged kale salad with nutritional yeast, mango and feta…as well as two mandarin oranges at lunch.

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During the afternoon, I had my new favorite snack, jicama with fresh lime and chili.  (someone brought some into spanish class last week…it is so good)

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And tonight, Dennis had a BIG craving for his favorite chicken from Swiss Chalet.  I had the chicken parmegan, and could only eat half.  Leftovers for one of us tomorrow…..

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We had SO many hummingbirds at our feeder today.  This morning, and after work.

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The blossoms/blooms are coming in quickly here.  VERY pretty….

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Insects are starting to return….

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…turtles are back at the bird pond too.

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Ducks at the bird pond….

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Crows at the bird pond…..

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…gulls at the bird pond….

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Beautiful wispy clouds above the bird pond….

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…nesting herons above the bird pond.  (I think it was nesting, though I didn’t actually see a nest)

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Different bird, different “pond”….

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AWWW!!!!

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Speaking of awww….flowers from my husband.  I’m a lucky girl.

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I found two random hearts today.  Love the random hearts…

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Wishing all of you a colourful, heart filled day in your neck of the woods too!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Small”.  I took this picture of a little hummingbird at our deck feeder this morning.  So small, and so cute.  (and Neva is funny when she “chatters” at them)

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I flipped this picture from yesterday into black and white, and posted it on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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And I posted this shot from my park walk a couple of weeks ago on the 365 Days in Nature group.  (this week’s theme is “tree”, so I used the fallen tree and reflection as a frame for the duck)

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I don’t have too many photos from today….it was a day of errands, home time and a quick visit.  This morning, Dennis and I had a cooked brunch with scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and toast.

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Dennis picked up an extra work shift today, so I dropped him off on the way to run errands.  I saw a new piece of public art downtown….

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I passed this park on the way to run my errands, and circled to block to go back and take the blossom shots…..in the pouring rain.

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..there was also a totem pole….

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…and wet, hungry birds.

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I took a wrong turn getting back on my normal road, and passed a beautiful and tiny Buddhist monastery.  What a nice mistake…

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I went to visit Cousin Helen, then came home and did some housework.  Dinner tonight was “clean out the fridge” special.  I had some vegetables in the crisper that needed using, some leftover rice, lentils, an egg and some hoisin.  I sprinkled some sesame seeds on top.

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Hard to believe the weekend is over.  This one flew by.  Hope all of your work weeks go well, and that spring has truly arrived wherever you are!!

It is really late, so I’ll catch up on the photo challenge shots tomorrow.  I will also try and get to the bottom of why the giant jelly bean was being lifted. (see yesterday’s post.  :) )

This morning, I had some Little Big Bread with peanut butter and banana.

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Hi Neva!

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Then…I went to an AMAZING 3-hour yoga practice/workout.  I will certainly be feeling that in my muscles tomorrow.  And I felt very “ohm” when it was over.

This window was in the space where the practice took place….

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….and this was taken through one of the panes.

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This was the welcoming space outside….

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…and I saw this little fella when I was walking back to my car.

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He was being buzzed by this guy.  I guess there was some food to fight over.

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Doesn’t every neighborhood have dancing maple leaves on their street?

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I had a smoothie when I got home.

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Saw an interesting few things in a store window this afternoon.

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I was shopping for green food to take to a potluck.  Our good friends Clint and Tom hosted a St. Patrick’s Day/Birthday dinner for a group of friends.  Complete with ridiculously talented entertainers.  Here is a photo dump of the evening.

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Thanks to all for the lovely, and green evening!  And Happy Sunday to all!!!

Happy Friday to all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Colour”.  I used this picture of woven bracelets being sold in a market.  Very colourful.

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I used this picture of a little crab that I took last week (I took the picture, I left the crab where he was.  :) ) on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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Maybe it should be “heron” theme week on the Only Shades of Gray site this week.  Kidding, but there are SOOOO many around right now.  I took this shot today.

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I made a smoothie with almond milk, banana, strawberries and protein powder for breakfast today.

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My friend Suz came and met me for lunch….we went for sushi.  Mine was a spicy tuna roll and a “Mr. Green” roll (veggie and mango)

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Suz brought me a little present from a trip she took.  These are SOOOO good.  Thanks Suz!

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As I mentioned yesterday, Dennis and I are ships in the night this week, and it was just dinner for me tonight.  I had some light clam chowder and a grilled cheese sandwich.

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And just because….here is Neva with the gnome from this morning.  Awww!

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Here are the day’s shots from my walk to and from work.  I walked home via my favorite bird pond and seawall.

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Happy Weekend to all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Details”.  I love the details of this fly that I took a couple of days ago.

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“Brown” week is almost over at the 365 Days in Nature site.  I used this picture of peekaboo deer that I took over at my Mom’s place last week.  Awww!

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And I saw this couple watching the world go by when I was out for an after work walk today.

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Today’s mascot is a cute little penguin.  I couldn’t get Neva to sit still for a shot with the toy, so here is a close up with her in the background.  :)

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Breakfast this morning was a weight watchers bagel with light cream cheese….

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I met Michelle for a pre-work coffee, I had a maple macchiato….

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I met my friend JenX for lunch.  We went for sushi.  I had the lunch special with miso soup, a spicy tuna roll, a BC Blaze roll and a healthy vegetable roll.

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I had a couple of little mandarins this afternoon….

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I was on my own for dinner tonight (Dennis and I are ships passing in the night this week), and I had leftover meatballs, coleslaw and some roasted butternut squash.

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I went for a really long walk after work tonight, to get some activity points, get some fresh air, and check out what Mother Nature had to offer our city today.  Come with me…..  (the clouds and sky were amazing!)

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Thanks for coming with me.  Bring on the weekend!!!!  Happy Friday!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “happy place”.  I posted this picture of Stanley Park, the beautiful green space in the middle of the city, that I spent an afternoon walking around last week.  It truly is a happy place for me.

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I posted this picture of remnants of last year’s hydrangeas on the 365 Days in Nature site…

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And I took this photo tonight, it is glass balls in the window of a furniture store I walked by.  It is now in black and white, and was posted on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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As the title says, today wasn’t the most point friendly of days, and was worth every one of them.  But before we recap the menu, here is Neva with the day’s mascot, the unhorned unicorn.

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The day started out well enough, Dennis and I split the last bagel we had.  Our peanut butter was very runny today too.

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I took some green juice to work with me….

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Lunch was some coleslaw, and red pepper hummus with rice crackers.  I also had blueberries and two little mandarin oranges.

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After work, I took the train downtown and met my good friends Janice and Karen for dinner.  We went all out, and split a grilled cheese sandwich, fries with ranch dressing and ketchup, some bbq wings and a salad.

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Girl’s nights are great!   J & K, let’s do it again soon!!!

It was very rainy here today, but I went for a walk at lunchtime anyway.  Here are some wet blossoms…

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Some dogs carry sticks, this one carries a broken traffic director thingy.  :)

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Two things flying….

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Speaking of flying things, there were quite a few birds at my second favorite duck pond….and they were all GORGEOUS!!!

 

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And here are a few pictures that I took when I was downtown….even in the rain, the city can be pretty, and I also saw some fun things in windows too.

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That’s it for today.  Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!!! :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Floral”.  I used this picture of a lovely spring floral display…

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Brown week continues on the 365 Days in Nature site.  This little brown bird, taken a couple of week ago fits the theme well.

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And I flipped him (or a lookalike) into black and white and posted it on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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The days menu recap included…..a weight watcher’s bagel with almond butter and banana at breakfast….

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Green juice (I made it this morning with apple/kale/spinach/ginger/lime)….

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Lunch was a salad with greens, carrots, tuna, and the last of the raw beet salad that we had in the fridge.  I also had two little mandarin oranges…

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…I had some jicama with a squeeze of lime…

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..I also had a little piece of chocolate with oreo.

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I grabbed a salad roll to eat before my spanish class.  (only two more classes in level 1, then we move on to level 2)

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Here is Neva with the pony mascot.  (the mascot was knocked over shortly after this photo was taken…oh Neva!)

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As the title says, we had fog here.  And it stayed all day.  Made for some interesting photos…..

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I had to run a few errands at lunchtime, so only have a few shots to share…..I am trying VERY hard to live my life without judgement and am all for “live and let live”….but this dog’s outfit?  Well, I’m not proud of this, but I’m Judgy McJudge…..and IMHO, dogs aren’t meant to have flowery tutus on….there, I said it.

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I took a couple of “floral” shots that didn’t make the cut for the photo a day group, but here they are….

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…and a mushroom that looks flowery.

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A couple of shots from my walkabout…

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And finally, I saw this on a street lamp by the spot that I parked my car tonight.  OOOH….

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That was my Tuesday.  Hope all of you have a great Wednesday.  “See” you then!  :)

…you put your left leg out, and you shake it all about…  Heron Hokey Pokey….doesn’t get much sillier than that, does it?  :)

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(I saw this guy when I was walking to yoga after work tonight)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Make”.  I would love to see what people make out of this lovely yarn.  (Shelley?  Would you make Paco a scarf? :) )

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I liked the way the crow looked against the sky (I took this at lunchtime today), flipped it into black and white and posted it on Only Shades of Gray.

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The theme in the 365 Days in Nature group this week is “brown”.  I took this shot of a brown interior of a blossom.  Or soon to be, ex-blossom.

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My day’s menu included:

A weight watchers bagel with light cream cheese for breakfast….

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I threw together a bento box for lunch that had carrots, water crackers, hummus and a raw salad made with beets, carrots, daikon and pepper.

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I had a guava fruit roll up before yoga.

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And we had little tortilla bowls with taco filling, topped with light sour cream, guacamole and salsa…alongside a green salad.

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Here are some other shots from the day.  Hi Neva!

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Spring is truly in full bloom here….

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This flower is GORGEOUS….

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I think the city was testing it’s fire fighting equipment in the area….or they were just making rainbows.

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Mass exodus at the bird pond….

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…but there is still time for a kiss.  “mwah”

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Bank to the left….

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One down, two to go….

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A crow named Polly, because she wanted a cracker.  (sigh.  Sorry….)

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Nice catch at the dog park….

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…looks like he’s smiling….

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..this is 6 month old Ginger.  Her owner asked me to take a few pics and email them to her.  I LOVE the ears….

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That’s it for my day….I’m gonna fly.

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Sorry for all the puns today.  :)  Groan at will….and “see” you tomorrow.  Have a great Tuesday all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Sweet”.  I took this picture of truffles when I was at a public market with my Mom this morning.

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I also saw these tea pots on sale, and turned the photo black and white for the Only Shades of Gray site.

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This afternoon, I went for a walk at Swan Lake, a Nature Reserve not far from my Mom’s place.  (I missed my Dad, the only other times I’ve been to Swan Lake was with him.  But somehow, I knew he was there with me)  I took a bunch of bird shots (brace yourselves…  :) ) and chose this one to post on the 365 Days in Nature site.  (love the eyes)

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I am also part of a Canadian Bird Photographer group, but only post there sporadically.  I liked this coot shot, so posted over there as well.

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The day’s menu included….an english muffin with light swiss cheese for breakfast….

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I made ham sandwiches on a weight watchers bagel, with tomato, cucumber and avocado for lunch….

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I had a chai kombucha later on….

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And per our tradition, we had some chinese food for dinner.  I had wonton soup, some rice and some chicken with snow peas.

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As I mentioned above, my Mom and I went to a public market this morning.  Here are a few shots….some things for a home…

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An olive oil and vinegar tasting bar….

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Lots of edibles being prepared and ready to go….

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A cute sign….

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And a reflection on the building as we left.

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We then did a little thrifting.  They had a BUNCH of wedding dressing for sale.  I loved the look of the layers on this skirt…

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I also liked these shoes.  A LOT!  And there is no way in hell I’d be able to walk too far in them.  :)

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I also found a very very unladylike marionette.  :)  Yes missy, your cheeks SHOULD be red!  LOL!

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After lunch, I took the quick walk to the nature reserve.  I see a dragon in this tree.  Am I crazy?  Probably, but I DO see the dragon.  :)

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I see no dragons in these trees.

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I wasn’t the only person there looking for birds.  These two had binoculars….and others had cameras.

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Here are some of the shots with/of birds…..

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And here are some pics of grasses, succulent plants and blossoms.

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And finally, this squirrel was taking his nut and running!

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When I was walking this afternoon, I was feeling lucky.  Lucky to be healthy and able to walk around the lake, lucky the lake is here for me to enjoy, lucky that my mom is doing really well, and lucky that I have a lovely camera and lens….

I’m not sure if I will be posting tomorrow.  It’ll depend on the ferry I get back, and what time I get home.  Have a lovely Sunday everyone.  And your turn to share, what makes you feel lucky?

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