Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “decoration”.  I used this picture from last winter, it is half of the eight maids a’ milking.  Not sure where the other four are….or where the cow is either.  But still…it is pretty.  :)

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Keeping with the holiday theme, I posted this shot on the Only Shades of Gray black and white site.

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And today was REALLY warm, and it rained all night, so the mushrooms are starting to pop out again.  I posted the first shot on the 365 Days in Nature site, and the other two were just various fungi that I came across.

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I liked these foliage shots too….

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I once again walked by the bird park.  There are always new sights to see there…..

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I really liked these decorations that filled the trees down a pathway….

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Speaking of the holidays….Elf came with me on the walk…..

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I found “3 s’s:…sap, sticker and spider…..

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He also hung off the gold tree that is by my desk at work….

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Ooops…a little out of order here.  Back to my walk….I saw THIS and went running over to the man, while grabbing my phone and ALMOST dialing 911.  I thought it was a workman down….

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Not so much….he was dangling into a sewer and was just fine.  When I talked to him, he was laughing, and grateful that if he HAD fallen, help was around.  (I stepped back and took this pic once I knew what had happened) Sure got my heart racing though!  Glad I didn’t have to use my first aid training today!!

Dinner tonight was just leftover turkey pasta sauce with some whole wheat fusilli.  It is always good to keep heat and eat things in the freezer.

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Have you ever had to help someone in distress?  I’d love to hear your story, and give you accolades for it!    Share if you’d like to.  And have a great Wednesday.

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Simple pleasure…”.  I used this picture from last summer.  To me, taking photos of a sunset is a simple pleasure.

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I used this picture from last spring for the 365 Days in Nature…..I wanted to keep with the frozen/white/snow theme, and today, it was relatively warm, and by this afternoon, it was POURING with rain.  Thank you archives!  :)

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While looking for the photo above, I found a bunch of snail pictures that I’d taken last summer.  I couldn’t resist popping one into black and white and posting it on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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It was a fairly ordinary Monday, so I don’t have too many shots/news to share.  But… I took this shot from our deck this morning.

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And shortly after, the sun rose, and the buildings just LIT up.  Photos don’t do justice, it was quite spectacular.

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The sun also lit up this gnarly old tree on my walk to work.  I don’t use the word gnarly enough.  LOL!  Just kidding…

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My elf fit right in on our quirky neighbor’s car…..

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I ran a bunch of errands at lunchtime, so didn’t go for a walk, but I did walk by these words on the side of a building.  Love this!

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And this sign in a window of a furniture maker seemed fitting.

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I have a few menu shots…..I have been feeling really run down over the last week or so.  I made some green juice this morning with apple, kale, spinach, chard, ginger and lime.  It just tasted healthy!  :)

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On the weekend, I bought a little piece of “Cosmopolitan Cheese” from our deli.  (I actually asked for 3 onz, for portion control)  We had it with a glass of white wine and a few grapes when we got home tonight.  Wine and cheese on a Monday?  Why not??  :)  The Cosmopolitan cheese is from England apparently, is a wenslydale, with dried cranberry, cranberry vodka and lime.  It is, IMHO, pretty freakin’ amazing.

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We had some flank steak in the freezer, so I pressed it flat, put some spinach and peppers inside and rolled it up.  I cooked it in some tomato sauce in the slow cooker.  We also had some mashed potatoes (with the skins on, some garlic, chopped basil and fat free sour cream)

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So there was Monday.  Nothing too earth shattering or exciting, but it was ok.  Hope everyone’s weekend has started out well.  More tomorrow….

 

 

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Weekends are for….”.  I used this archive shot, weekends are for a glass of wine at home.

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This shot was my offering to the 365 Days in Nature group.  Taken last week when we had a dusting of snow.

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And this holiday “selfie” was my shot today for the Only Shades of Gray black and white site.

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This morning, we had a nice Sunday breakfast together (scrambled eggs, turkey “back bacon”, leftover steamed potato cooked in a little olive oil, toast…..

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…and coffee.  Thanks so much for this hilarious mug Holly!!!

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Neva and her hilarious fluffy paws were once again on “bird watch”….

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But try as hard as she did, sleep won over the birds…..going, going, gone.  :)  Thank you Picmonkey for the collage layout….

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Speaking of picmonkey…..I took a shot of a hummingbird this morning….

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….then had a little picmonkey fun….

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After that silliness, I went and had a really nice visit with Cousin Helen.  Then, Dennis and I went to Best Buy….Dennis was doing a little Christmas shopping, and I needed to take our relatively new laptop and external hard drive in to the techies there.  Who knew when you plug an external drive from one device to another that files can become “hidden”?  Neither did I….  Sometimes technology is very frustrating.  ANYWAY…..while Dennis was shopping, Elf and I did a little walkabout.  Heh, heh….

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We made another stop, and we met a very cool bulldog named “Suge”.  He looked so sad, but was happy as could be, and was sooo friendly.

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Elf checked to see if he had gingivitis (HA!)…..

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…and paid a steep price.

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Not really, it was all posed for the photo.  No elves were harmed in the taking of these photos.  :)

Tonight, we had a glass of wine and sent out for pizza.  My camera battery is charging, so no photos were taken, but google images and someecards helped.

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Hard to believe the weekend is over already.  Have a wonderful week everyone!!

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Joy is…”.  There is joy EVERYWHERE, but I used this picture that I took last year.  It was a joy watching this little girl have such joy around the ducks.  It is also a joy for me to play with picmonkey and play with the effects on the photo.

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Today’s theme in the 365 Days in Nature group is “frozen/cold”.  I used this picture from last week.  I took a macro shot of ice crystals in frozen dirt.

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And I flipped this photo that I took at the bird pond this week into black and white for the “Only Shades of Gray” group.

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I’m home for the weekend.  My Mom has another visitor this weekend, so I have time to hang here with Dennis, Neva and also get some house things done.  We had a VERY lazy Saturday morning.  Neva assumed the “watch for hummingbirds” position….

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I love her fluffy “pantaloons” and feet.  They crack me up….

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Her flipping was well rewarded…..

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I like the way the raindrops are bouncing in our birdbath…..

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This afternoon, I ran a few errands.  Elf came with me and did as he was told…he looked.  HA!  (Janice, is this the garden you were telling me about?)

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It gets dark so early right now.  It was only around 5:00pm when I took these shots.  I took a little walk along Commercial Drive in East Vancouver and just did some window shopping.

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There was a freaky “hand lemon” in a produce store.  Weird  Elf thought it was weird too.  (silly!)

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Dennis was working tonight, so it was dinner for one.  I had some squash soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, and completely forgot to photograph it.  Whoops!!!!!  So that was my fairly easy Saturday.  Did any of you get up to some Saturday Shenanigans?  Share if you’d like…..and “see” you tomorrow.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Me”.  I posted this pic of me hugging a massive nutcracker.  (from my archives)  It looks like I’m hugging his crotch, and his face is very telling.  HA!   Couldn’t resist…. 

 I posted this photo on the 365 Days in Nature site.  It was taken a couple of days ago and has the sun peeking through. 

Today’s Black and White shot is this one.  Reflection on a pond, taken yesterday. 

This morning, I strategically placed Elf on Neva’s scratching post.  As I expected, Neva went into battle, and poor elf was on the floor moments after this photo was taken.  Oh Neva!

We had hummingbird visitors this morning too.  Aww!  Lovely little creatures!!

 As the title eludes to, the day was fairly status quo during work hours.  I actually skipped lunch and left work a little early, so I didn’t have a lunchtime walk.  I did take some elf shots on my walk to work though. 

After work, I went and got “Sassified”.  Elf sat in the hairdresser’s chair too. 

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After that, we have a really nice evening with our good friends Alan and Janice.  Life has got in the way of our regular visits, and it was great to see them.  It was great to see their furbabies too.  Zack and thier new kitten Koa.  The late kitty Gus’ stocking is up too.  AWW!

 

We had fizzy cocktails to start.  Cheers.

Dinner was thai squash soup…..

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…and brownie with whipped cream and caramel.  

Have a wonderful weekend all!!!!! 

Today’s Photo A Day prompt is “Free”.  I posted this shot from a couple of weeks ago….free as a bird.

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I took this shot today, and thought it looked like the gull was trying to either do a yoga airplane pose, or demonstrate how to navigate a circle in the ice on one leg.  :)

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And I took this shot on the way to meet Michelle before work.  It was still dark out, and when I flipped the pic to black and white, the lights “popped”.  I posted it on the “Only Shades of Gray” site.

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Speaking of Michelle, her hand and elf showed off my reduced fat eggnog latte.

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And check out the card that my friend Bridgette showed me.  Ohm on a leaf.  Love it!

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I went for a quick walk at lunchtime, but I bundled up, as my cold has become “full blown” and I wanted to make sure I didn’t get “re-sick”.  These drying hydrangeas looked golden.

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Elf came with me….

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Mucky but happy dogs in the dog park.  (it’s so cute when little dogs carry very large sticks)

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The ice on the bird pond is melting a bit, but still covers it all.

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And the ice contains circles and “swiss cheese”.  :)

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Angry looking crows….

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Flying seagulls….

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And a grumpy looking blue heron.  I haven’t seen him for weeks, didn’t know he was still around.

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A different view of the pond…

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These unfallen leaves looked like a snowflake to me.  (remember, I’m on cold meds…  HA!)

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Busted!!!!  I’d guess this woman was cutting some greens in the park for holiday decorations.  (you go girl! :))

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Dennis was out tonight, so I had some leftover beef vegetable soup we had in the freezer, and a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Does anyone have big plans for the weekend?  I’ll be here in Vancouver this weekend, so will be taking it pretty easy.  Have a great Friday everyone….I’m off to make some more Neo Citron.  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “pop”.  I used this picture from July, of the bubble busker at a street festival….”pop”.

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I used this frosty picture that I took on the way to work for my 365 Days in Nature group.

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And I flipped another frosty shot to black and white, for the Only Shades of Gray site.

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Like most mornings these days, we had a cute little deck visitors.  Aww!

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There were birds on my walk to work too.  “you lookin’ at me??”  :)

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The cold that was looming yesterday arrived.  It’s not BAD, but I’ve definitely been sniffly today.  I didn’t go to yoga for that reason, but my elf did some yoga in the snow.   This is the “downward facing elf” pose….

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…”3 legged elf”…..

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..Not meditation, medi-elf-tion.

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I’m not sure what this pose is, but Elf’s legs are behind his neck.  This is not a pose I will ever master myself.

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Nama-silly!  :)

There is still quite a bit of snow/ice around.  (today is probably the last sunny cold day for a while…temperatures should go above freezing by tomorrow)

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The ducks must have been cold….

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Love the reflections…..

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Yesterday, I saw “kissing” seagulls.  Today, I saw “kissing” crows.

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And “kissing” ducks.

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I liked the pop of colour of these umbrellas when I walked down the street…

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Tonight for dinner, we had chicken baked in Indian sauce, brown rice and peas and mango chutney.  Looks like Elf is doing his best “ta da”!

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Please continue sending some love and good wishes to my blog friend Biz.  Her husband Tony passed away yesterday, and I know she’s reading all of her comments and feeling the warmth of wishes sent her way.  Tony was only 54, sure puts life in perspective so let’s ALL make the most of every day!  Life is too short not to.  So have a great Thursday!  I’m going to do my best to do the same…..

 

Big Happy Birthday to my nephew Ryan.  Look out world, he’s “of age” now!  :)

Today’s Photo A Day prompt is “Grass”.  I took this picture of grass in a field today.  We still have all kinds of residual snow, so the contrast of the green and the white made an interesting shot. (IMHO)

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I posted this picture of “seagull vs. seagull on a frozen pond” on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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And Elf was yet again in my contribution to the Only Shades of Gray black and white site.

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I’m NOT impressed.  I feel like I’m getting a cold.  Nothing serious, but I don’t have time to get the sniffles.  I’ve loaded up on tea, echinacea, vitamin C and now I’m having a hot rum with honey.  These germs don’t stand a chance!

This morning before I left for work, we had another beautiful little visitor on our deck.  I love these little hummingbirds….

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Neva loves them too.  This is her bird watching position at our window.  With and without Elf.  :)

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It is still unseasonably cold here, and there is all kinds of leftover snow/ice from last last weekend.  It’s actually REALLY nice if you are bundled up.  There was next to no wind, the shine was shining….I liked being outside.  Here are a few frosty shots from my walk to work….

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These two looked like hearts to me.  As I mentioned on facebook, they could bring a whole new meaning to the expression “you make my heart melt”.

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Here is the colour version, side by side to today’s black and white photo.

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I took a quick walk at lunchtime too.  The sun was shining on the snow, and on our little community garden plot….

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I’ve seen Jiffy Johns on construction sites before, but Jiffy Joan was new to me.

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This dog was brave….the ocean was FREEZING, but he didn’t mind a bit.

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My favorite bird pond is frozen over, and still has snow too.

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Other pics of seagull vs. seagull….

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This shot however, looks like they are kissing, and that the one on the right is on tip toes….I know, it’s a stretch.  And for the record, I was playing with picmonkey.com well before I made the hot rum.  :)

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If you use your imagination, you can see that this seagulls shadow looks like a koi or a catfish.  Again, it’s a stretch… :)

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I can’t figure out why the crows are so loud and aggressive.  I’m sure it’s too early for them to be nesting, maybe they are fighting for food because their food sources are frozen?  Dunno…but they were EVERYWHERE….and someone put a sign up to that effect.

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Just a couple of other bird shots, because I love the way the sun shines through their wings….

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That’s it for lunchtime….

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Dinner tonight was leftover meatloaf with mashed potatoes and sauteed snap peas.

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Comfort food for a cold night.  Now, I’ll hit publish, get to bed and shake this cold.  It is NOT welcome here!  Happy Wednesday to all!

Hard to believe that 2014 is drawing to a close.  Crazy….

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Before I start today’s post, I’m asking a favour.  Please send good thoughts, prayers and positive vibes down to my blog friend Biz of MyBizzyKitchen.com.  She and her husband Tony got some devastating news this week, and I’m a firm believer that good wishes and virtual hugs go far!  It can’t change the situation, but hopefully they’ll feel the warmth from all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Fruit”.  I used this archive shot of a fruit platter that I took to a potluck at some point.

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I took and posted this shot of a sweet little hummingbird today on the 365 Days in Nature site.  AWWWW!!!!!

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And it’s December, which means my little Elf (this is a new elf, last year’s elf got trashed over the course of the month.  Poor thing! :) ) will be in many of the photos.  So what better way to start the month on the Only Shade of Gray site than with a photo of him hugging a tree?

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Yesterday in Victoria, my Mom and I went on the hunt for some new wreaths for her house.  We had a blast in the Christmas section of Home Depot.

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‘Tis the season!

I posted this on facebook, but have to share it here too.  My Mom and I put up her tree yesterday.  And when we were getting the decorations, I saw this box.  How great is it to see the words “Two Huge Balls” in your late Dad’s handwriting.  LOL!  I miss my Dad! And I’d like to know how 8 large balls morphed to 2 huge ones!  :)

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And I took this lovely pic of a hummingbird at her feeder last night.  GORGEOUS!  Love the look of the feathers….

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As I mentioned above, there was another hummingbird sighting this morning.  This was on our deck, and he just hung out between feedings.  Check out the tongue.  Wow!

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Love the little birdie footprints in the leftover snow on our deck.

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…and the sparkle on the snow as the sun hit it.  I liked this, because the snow looks like a heart.

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I had lunch with my good friend Doris today.  We went for sushi.  I had the lunch special with miso soup, spicy chicken on rice, gyoza and a spicy tuna roll.

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Christmas coloured soy sauce caps.  (I know, it’s a stretch)

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After lunch, I took a very quick walk.  And tapped into my inner 15 year old boy for this shot when I saw the tree.  Yeah…I went there….

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And here are a few other silly shots….

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This is one of my work colleague’s fish tank….

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We had lasagne from the freezer and some bread for dinner tonight.  I really need to get some vegetables in my world again soon!

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That was my Monday.  Elf and I will be back tomorrow, happy Tuesday to all!

 

 

 

Hi from my Mom’s place in Victoria.  Before I share pics of this morning’s windy and cold crossing, I will share today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt shot – “so, this happened…”  I used an archive shot, this happened when I added almond milk to iced coffee.

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I pre-posted this shot for tomorrow’s prompt, which is “I bought this…”  Lunch!

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The day’s theme on the 365 Days in Nature group is “man vs. nature”.  Nature was giving the property of this house QUITE the beating this morning. (I took this from the ferry)

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The shot for my Only Shades of Gray black and white group was also from the ferry crossing this morning….

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Here on the West Coast of Canada, we are a little dramatic when the snow falls.  (most years, we don’t have too much snow, just relentless rain…)  Our first dusting came last night.  With the vigor that it was coming down, I expected more when I woke up this morning….

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But no, there was just a little on our deck, and the chickadees who visit had no trouble burrowing through the snow to the seed we put out for them.

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This was the sunrise this morning, I took this photo from the car on the way to the ferry.

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By Vancouver standards, it was REALLY cold (it was about freezing) and windy.  I didn’t take many photos on the ferry crossing because it was WAY too cold to be out on the deck for long.  I did take a few though….big winds….

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A little bit of snow on the Gulf Islands….

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…and photos that don’t do justice to the beauty of the eagles flying by.

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Less majestic, but equally as pretty in their own way, the gulls flew by too.

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This is Mt. Baker, which is over the border in Washington State.

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My mom and I ran a bunch of errands this afternoon, and sent out for Chinese food for dinner.  I hang my head, I forgot to take a photo.  Sorry…  :)

As usual, not sure if I’ll post tomorrow, it’ll depend what time I get back home tomorrow night.  Hope everyone’s weekend is going well and that you are warm and toasty in your neck of the woods.

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