I’m going to quickly recap the photo a day challenge shots, and the day’s menu, then will do a photo dump of shots from the last two days.  As you can see, nature can be found in the middle of a city….

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Under Pressure”.  A few days ago, I saw these girls running around.  Seems they were on a scavenger hunt, and were under pressure to find someone to take their photos.  They saw me, and ran toward me.  I wish we all had that much joy and enthusiasm!  :)

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This is the last day of the “two-legged” theme at the 365 Days in Nature site….

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And here is my day’s posting on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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They day’s menu was green juice, kiwi, yogurt and granola for breakfast….

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Lunch was a kale salad with nutritional yeast, goat cheese, mango and dried cranberries.

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I had two rice cakes and some almond butter later in the afternoon….

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My camera battery ran out of power, so I wasn’t able to photograph dinner.  When we got home from work, we had a glass of white wine, and I had some of Dennis’ Ripple Chips.  We toasted the upcoming long weekend and sent out for pizza because we didn’t feel like cooking.  We had a half and half, my half was grilled veggie with no cheese.

Now, it’s pretty late, so I’m going to do a photo dump, and will be back tomorrow.  Have a WONDERFUL weekend everyone!!!!

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Hola!  Tonight is my Spanish class, and this session I’m getting home a little later, so will try and do a quick check in before I go each Thursday…

I will yet again share a hilarious spanish meme, sent by my Spanish teacher.

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My photos won’t be transferred until tomorrow, but I will share my menu for the day….

  • Breakfast – mango, greek yogurt, granola
  • Snack – some weird whey protein powder (given to me by a colleague) mixed with a cup of cashew milk.  Jury is out on this one….
  • Lunch – hummus, crackers, carrots, yellow pepper and an apple
  • Snack – mini frappuccino
  • Dinner – will probably be leftover lasagna from two nights ago

Exercise – walk to/from work and lunchtime walk

Other news/observations from my day:

  • It is ironic that I’m not posting any of my own photos today, because today has been a “good photo day” for me.  Not because I took an amazing shot, and truth be told, I’m not 100% comfortable tooting my own horn, but 1) my black and white picture of Cooper the dog that I took and posted yesterday (see yesterday’s post) was made “top shot” of the day for my Only Shades of Gray photo group and 2) I got my first royalty payment from the greeting card company who bought and is using my photo on a graduation card.  I’M RICH!!!!!  HA!!!  Not….but I’ve got a whopping $30.26 US in my pocket now, and I’m not afraid to use it.  LOL!
  • Thank you Starbucks, for bringing in mini frappucinos.  They’re small, they’re tasty and they kill the sweet craving.
  • Neva was ridiculously cute this morning.  That is all I need to say on that…
  • Why is it that so many men in Vancouver feel the need to adjust themselves in public places???  In the last few days alone, I’ve seen men shamelessly adjusting on street corners, walking down the road, in an elevator and in my office where some ceiling tiles were being replaced.  Know what men?  I know things move about down there, but I really don’t want to see that.  (I have spoken)
  • I am very much looking forward to the upcoming 3 day weekend.

That is it for my Thursday (Jueves).  I’ll be back with some photos and stories again tomorrow.  Happy Friday to everyone!!

…and no, the hatch lings aren’t birds…

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Lucky”.  I took this photo when I was out on my walk.  I know, technically, ladybugs are lucky if they land on you.  Can’t lie, I stuck my finger by the leaf this guy was walking on, and let him walk on me.  Sometimes, you’ve just gotta make your own luck. :)

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I posted this shot for “two legged” week over at 365 Days in Nature.

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This is my new buddy, Cooper.  I met Cooper and his owner on my walk today.  He is a rescue dog, has all kinds of breeds in him, and is just adorable.

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I don’t have a complete set of menu shots today, but I do have…..and egg and ham sandwich that I had for breakfast….

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I had some blueberries during the morning….

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Lunch was tuna, antipasto, carrots, crackers, and an apple….I didn’t have a mascot with me, so just added some “interest” on to the otherwise boring apple shot.

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I don’t have pictures of my dinner tonight.  I met my good friend Janice for a long overdue visit.  It was great to see her, and we ended up talking through the evening.  I can tell you I had a beer and a burger.  And they were good….

OK…I’ll tell you about the hatchlings.  I was walking to work this morning, and some movement on a plant caught my eye.  Very difficult to photograph, but seemed that dozens of tiny tiny spiders were hatching and climbing up some webs.  It was incredible, the photos don’t do it justice.

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It was a very purple-y blossom day.

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I found all kinds of beautiful birds again.  They were SOOOOO loud, and I could watch them for hours.  (sadly, I have less than an hour for lunch break, so that wish can only come true on weekends) :)

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Here is lovely Cooper in colour….

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…and another dog I saw whose bib looks like a “random heart”.  It’s a stretch….

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A few early season insects….

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Love the word “Re-Nude” for a vintage burlesque store.  It wasn’t open…but I want to go in sometime.

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I also like the name of this acupuncture studio…poke!

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Other misc “art” seen while I was out and about….

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And finally, two random hearts….happy Thursday all!!

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Thanks to my friend Fran, I have switched from one Photo A Day Challenge group to another, and have finally posted there.  I have also jumped back into the the 365 Days in Nature and the Only Shades of Gray groups as well. (I didn’t post when our computer was having its hard drive replaced, but when I got it back, I’d kinda lost my photo challenge mojo…sigh.  However, it’s coming back.)

Today’s prompt is “Pieces”.  When I was walking at lunchtime, I saw a garden that had many pieces of egg shells scattered around the plants.  I googled to see why, and it seems that egg shells add nutrients to the soil.  Who knew???  Not moi….

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I used this picture of yesterday’s heron for the Only Shades of Gray black and white posting.

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And the theme this week at the 365 Days in Nature site is “two legged”, so I used this picture of two legged creatures I saw yesterday.

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The day’s menu was….yogurt, berries, granola and green juice for breakfast….

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I had an apple during the morning….

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I made a spinach, beet, orange, mint, pomegranate and goat cheese salad for lunch…

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I had some carrots and a little container of hummus this afternoon…

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Dennis and I had some popcorn because dinner was a little late tonight….

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And we had breakfast for dinner, turkey sausages, scrambled eggs, oven “fries” and toast.

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Nice pose Neva!  LOL!

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I saw a huge rogue mushroom in the middle of a lawn.  I used my mascot to just add a bit of “character”.  :)

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I went looking for “pieces” at lunchtime….along the way, I found some BEAUTIFUL blooms…..

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Ferns, fungus and a non smelly skunk.

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I passed by a very narrow alley, and some “art” on light posts….

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“art” on walls too….

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Words I don’t really understand…..any ideas?

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One of my favorite doorways in the city….

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..and a very interesting door.

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Action shots of the day….

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These didn’t make the “pieces” cut….

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And the day’s random heart….

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From my heart (random and otherwise) to all of yours…..HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

I want to share just a few shots that I took yesterday while I was over in Victoria celebrating Mother’s Day with my Mom.  Our morning started out by going for a drive.  And unplanned drive, because the battery on Mom’s car needed a boost, and we had to drive to charge it.  But it turned out well, because we had a good time.  And most of the pictures I’m sharing today are of an animal nature….

We drove down to Beacon Hill Park, home of a pond full of turtles, the goat petting zoo, and peacocks o’ plenty.

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We also saw an eagle preening and shaking on top of a very high totem pole….

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We drove by a little farm….

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And these three were taken from the ferry on the ride home last night….

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AND…we move on to today.

I saw this went I went to take a shower.  OH NEVA!!!!

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I wasn’t moving at warp speed this morning, and nothing in our fridge was speaking to me – for breakfast or for lunch.  So during the morning, I popped out to Whole Paycheque Foods, which is a couple of blocks away from my work, and bought some blackberries and a mango, a container of yogurt and a little bulk granola.

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I had taken a jar of green juice too….

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I also grabbed a salad shaker and a hard boiled egg for lunch.

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…and some watermelon chunks for the afternoon.

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And for dinner tonight, we had a spinach salad and some lasagna from the freezer.

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I went for two walks today, one at lunchtime….and the other after work.  I went to my favorite bird pond area mid-day…..

I saw some pretty blossoms on the way….

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There was lots of gull and heron action in the pond…..

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After work, I walked down to Granville Island.  Must be spring, “Nautical Cat” is back out on it’s boat’s outside deck.  AWW….

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Have you ever seen a duck yawn?  Now you have….

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I saw a couple of turtles in the OTHER bird pond….

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And because they are only here for a limited time….I’m sharing more duckling and gosling pics.  They really are RIDICULOUSLY cute!

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I saw some other little babies and their Mom.  I think these are AWWW worthy as well.

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We saw a fountain and artwork we’d never seen before on our way home.

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And finally, here is today’s random heart.

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Have a great Tuesday everyone!!!

…to my amazing Mom….

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…and all Moms out there!

No blog tonight because I just got home and its very late, but just sharing the wishes for Moms…and also sharing a pic from my Mom and my high tea this afternoon.

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Back tomorrow with a normal post (and a few pics from today) but for now, I’m sending love to my Mom.  And digesting all the tea food.  :)  Have a great week everyone!

I’m really hoping someone can help me…more on that in a sec.

Hi from my Mom’s place in Victoria.  I’m here for the weekend celebrating Mother’s Day, as well as helping my Mom out and running some errands with her. I did take a photo of my hard boiled egg and banana breakfast, but it is really BAD…apparently, I needed coffee – or new glasses…so I’ll spare you that visual.

Mom and I had lunch here, kale salad and cold meatloaf.  It was really good.  And we were yacking, and I completely forgot to take a photo.  Blurry or otherwise.

We had vanilla frappucinos when we were out and about this afternoon, and per tradition, we sent out for chinese food for dinner.  We shook up the norm a little tonight, and just ordered two combos for one, and had a taste of all kinds of bits and pieces.

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Here are a few pics taken from the ferry crossing this morning.  There were lots of flying and swimming creatures….

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And a first for me…..this BIG seals sitting on a rock.  You know, I had a pretty salty dinner and a couple of beers last night.  I’m also going on only a few hours sleep, so I can kinda relate to feeling like this this morning myself!  Particularly the big slothy one in the middle.  UG!  :)

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Aren’t they beautiful, though!??  Thank you Mother Nature!!

Mother Nature also showed us 5 deer (5!!!  My Dad would have words about so many of them eating plants and yards…).  The deer had a friend too.  AWWW!!!

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Later this afternoon, my Mom was getting a haircut (she got SASSIFIED!!!) and while she was in the salon, I zipped down the road for a quick beach walk.

The tide was WAY out, so there were all kinds of creatures milling around or washed up in tidal pools.  Most were easily identifiable (and one was heart shaped).

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This looks like Sanskrit writing…

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…identifiable, except for THIS.  WHAT THE HELL IS THIS????????  I thought it was a little piece of seaweed, but when I touched it, it retracted into itself and hid under the weeds.  It’s about the size of a middle finger, is really pretty disgusting, I have never seen anything like it, and yes, I’ll just say it….slightly phallic.  (may as well address the elephant in the room – or on the beach – because I know some of you thought that too)

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If any of you have ANY ideas what it is, I’m all ears.  It’s been quite the creature day!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.  If your Mom is still with you, spoil her rotten.  If she’s not, send wishes and love up to heaven….because all Moms need to be recognized on Mother’s Day.

My Mom and I have a little outing planned.  Not sure if I’ll blog about it tomorrow, as I may be getting a later ferry home.  If not, will share the details on Monday.   Happy Mom’s day to all!!!

Back from my busy day yesterday…I had another busy one today, but here are a few photos to share.

Today’s mascot is a very sassy little mermaid with wild hair.  LOL!  Breakfast this morning was a kiwi fruit, greek yogurt, stewed blueberries, pomegranate arils  and granola; a cup of cashew milk and a jar of my famous green juice. (the juice was made with apple, kale, spinach, ginger and lime)

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Lunch was a massaged kale salad with nutritional yeast, grapes, pomegranate and light feta.

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I had a little pack of dried cranberries and almonds later this afternoon….

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After work, I had a work related gathering that wasn’t really a place for me to whip out a camera.  I did have a glass of white wine, some calamari and some cheese and crackers.  THEN…later tonight, Dennis and I went to see our friend Mark and his band perform, and there, I had a beer and some chicken wings.  Not particularly dinner of champions, but oh well….

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I just want to turn the clock back a bit, and share a picture from yesterday.  As I do almost every Thursday, I met up with Michelle and her famous hand before work.  Yesterday, Michelle brought a cast of said hand, and our friend Bridgette got her hand in there too.  FUN!  :)

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I went out for a walk at lunchtime, and was so happy I bumped into my friend Melisa and her little Baby I!  What a great surprise.

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Baby feet are the BEST!  :)

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I also saw a beautiful iris, and a leaf that looks like it has a stick figure walking out of it.  (well…sort of…)

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I’m not sure if these are frog eggs, tadpoles, air bubbles, fish eggs…?????  Any ideas?

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What do you think Mr. Turtle?

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Then over at the bird area of the pond…there were the standard flying geese, gulls, female blackbirds (who aren’t that black at all) and crows….

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There was also a heron doing strange things…..I’m not sure if he was sharpening his beak on the rock, or cleaning it…or anything else…

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He also gave a passing seagull a piece of his mind….

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Maybe he thinks he is a dog….because he was then carrying a BIG branch around.  Kidding about the dog part, but I haven’t seen a heron waving a branch about before.

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Guard cats on the path when I was walking home tonight….

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Hummingbird and spider web on our deck tonight….

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Random heart on a tree…

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And just a couple of pics from Mark’s gig.

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That’s Friday….I’m off to bed, I have an early start in the morning, and will be over at my Mom’s place tomorrow.  Happy weekend to all!!!!

Happy Thursday to all.  I won’t be posting a normal update tonight.

It’s been a CRAZY day at work, Dennis is picking me up then I’m dropping him off to have dinner with a friend, I’m then carrying on to school because my next session of Spanish classes start tonight.  AFTER THAT, I have a quick errand to run, so I likely won’t be home until late.

I’ll be back tomorrow….in the meantime, this was sent to me by my Spanish teacher.

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Isn’t that dreadful?  Yet hilarious!?  Have a great Friday everyone!!!

There was an envelope in our mailbox today.  It was a special invitation just for me!!  Yes, I’ve been invited to attend a wine/cheese/tour of a new retirement living complex.  OMG!  I know I’ve been feeling a little old lately, but this is ridiculous….

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AND…my Mom told me that my Dad got some mail today too.  Seems he’s been summoned to jury duty.  My Mom has been called to jury duty a couple of times, and my Dad was ALWAYS a little envious as he wanted to be on a jury.  I’m sure he’ll look down on the trial from heaven.  He may look down at me living in a retirement home too.  LOL!  OOPS mail for all!

My breakfast this morning was a Roz McMuffin that wasn’t in a muffin.  It was toasted Little Big Bread with an egg, ham (that looks like a peony about ready to bloom in this photo) and kale.

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I had an apple during the morning.  I forgot to take a mascot to work with me for photos (I was rushing around before work and photographed most of this at my desk) and a picture of an apple is really boring, so I used pizap.com and doctored it up a little.

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I made a massaged kale salad (with nutritional yeast, light feta and grapes) for lunch….

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And a hummus snack pack later in the afternoon.

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Dinner tonight was a burger on a sandwich thin, with some oven “fries”.  We also had a light beer.

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Neva was looking pretty adorable this morning….

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…and at lunchtime, I whipped into a local vet to get her a few cans of food.  There is a resident Neva lookalike there (shorter hair, thinner tail, and generally thinner…)…

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…and the lookalike inspected the bag before I could leave.  HA!

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I don’t have too many other shots from the day…..there were the first of many insects of the year….

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A goose with no goslings, but an interesting shadow….

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…interesting, dinosaur looking feet too….

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A mark on a bench that shows love…

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New and not so new plants….

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A panda bike horn that caught my eye…

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Seagulls that caught a crab (or just found its shell)

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And here are a couple of hummingbird pics from tonight.  The tongue is freaky….

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Not something you see every day!  :)

Hope all of you have a wonderful Thursday.  “See” you tomorrow.

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