…but there was some mud in my day today.

This afternoon, I expected to have a fairly brief and unchallenging walk to get a bit of exercise.  I walked around Elk Lake.  Well, I thought that was where I was going.  Things started out fairly normally….nice scenery, trees, blossoms and greenery….

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These signs were all over the trail.  And I sadly saw NO turtles….

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.but the “face” in this bark looks a bit like the giant tortoises in the Galapagos.  I know, its a stretch….

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Hearts of the day, natural and “man made”….

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I walked by the rowing training centre….

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.. and some very whiffy skunk cabbage coming into bloom….

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A web of “something” (it didn’t have the shape of a spider web) that had caught various dusts, pollens and who knows what else (wasn’t that a “scientific description”?  HA!!)….

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..an “accidentally aquatic” bench.

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…and some hollow reeds, in the water and broken off, floating and making an interesting pattern.

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THEN the fun started.  I took a wrong bend in a trail…one that started out normally.  But about half way to where I was going (0r thought I was going) it turned into this…..

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I was too far to too back, so gently and carefully navigated around the bogs and mud marshes.  Unfortunately, I failed gentle and careful bog and mud marsh navigation when I was in University (HA), so my shoes, socks and the bottom of my skirt will never be the same again…

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What should have been a walk of less than an hour turned into about 2.5 hours out and about.  Had I not been pressed for time, I would have taken my shoes and socks off and walked barefoot through the mud, because I bet it would feel great!   Maybe next time.  Just kidding, I’m not planning on another visit to “mudville” any time soon.

Why was I pressed for time.  My friend Marion picked me up and I went with her and her family to the local television station.  Her daughter Anna was given an award for being an “awesome kid”.  Yay Anna, you truly are!!!!  The presentation was during the evening’s newscast, and part of the hoopla is to have friends and family there, along with representatives from the company sponsoring the award.

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As you can see in the photo above, if you look carefully, Marion’s other daughter Sara (who is one of the most hilarious people EVER) and I (also one of the most hilarious people EVER!  HA!) have both perfected the art of the “right eye peek”.  It’s what hilarious people do!!  :)

On the way home, we saw an incredible sky (I had never seen such a pronounced shadow from a plane’s entrail before)….

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then stopped by Marion and Carlo’s home for a visit.  This is their dog Lily…

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…who is VERY high strung and easily stressed.  NOT!  Oh Lily!!!

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That’s the day’s news.  Other than my Mom continues to get stronger and heal from her surgery.  I’m glad I’m able to be here and help out!  How’s everyone’s week gone?  I’m STILL so behind in catching up with many of you!  Sending hugs and hi’s to all!!!

Oh dear…that is probably the cheesiest title that I’ve used for a long time.  HOWEVER, it is appropriate, because I’m happy to report that my mom and her jaunty new titanium hip were released from hospital today!   Here she is being the “invisible patient”….

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…actually, here she is with my Dad….

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…and voila!  Home with a new hip, and jazz hands!!!  :)

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Before we went to the hospital to pick up my Mom, I was trolling around in my Dad’s garden for photos.  The dewy grass is pretty, but it was VERY cold on my bare feet.  Note to self:  shoes….they’re there for a reason.

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My favorite fiddleheads…..

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…and a fly who’s wings cast a beautiful shadow.

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I had a chance to go for a quick walk along a nearby beach after running a few errands this afternoon.  The first one, is for my friend Doris.  “Doris, I think this tree has a goiter”.

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Here are a couple of other trees on the trail down to the beach.

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Tree closeup…

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A moth that probably wasn’t, but looked like it was embedded into the bark.

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And…when trimmed and flipped 180 degrees, it becomes the “daily heart”.  Ta Da!

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I didn’t do quite as many “ups and downs” on this outdoor stairmaster as I did on the beach yesterday.

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The beach is rocky but REALLY beautiful.  My parents live in a gorgeous part of the world.

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The birds were loving the waves….

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A couple of random beach/sand shots…

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There were a TON of little shells with living creatures inside and attached on them….

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More shells and barnacles….

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I also got the stink eye from a little crab….

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This dog’s owner called him “Stones”…he always goes to the beach, immediately picks up a stone, and doesn’t let it go.  He has a second dog that prefers sticks, so he has “Sticks and Stones”.   Cute!

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On the way back up to the car (I had to drive to this beach, unlike the one yesterday), I saw a pretty flower….

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…and a VERY cool slug.

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Blonde story…I got to the parking lot and was looking and looking for my car.  There weren’t many cars parked, so for a fleeting moment I wondered if I’d been towed.  Um…no, I wasn’t towed….but MY car is back home with Dennis in Vancouver.  I was driving my parent’s car.  Duh…no wonder I couldn’t find my own.   And now, to end the post, I’ll sign off just as they do on that really silly TV show “Wipe out”.  “Good Night, and Big Balls”.

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Hi All.  Bummer, my Mom wasn’t discharged as we’d expected today, however, tomorrow is looking promising!  And her feet in hospital booties are MOST jaunty.  No?  :)

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I didn’t photograph my meals today, I am in full blown “maintenance” mode while I”m here….I’m not putting energy into tracking and life is obviously very unusual, so I’ll settle for some exercise, lots of water and keeping the scale the same.

I had the chance to go for a good long walk to the beach today before we went to see my Mom.  Not only did I walk, I used this “open air stairmaster” and went up and down – a couple of times.  It doesn’t look too daunting here, but there are two other “levels” out of the shot.  Can’t lie, I was huffing and puffing at the end.

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This is the view at the top….well worth it!

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I wasn’t the only one out for a workout today…..I noticed this runner had a VERY pronounced “kick” within his strides, and  tried to keep the bottom of his shoe in focus when he ran by me and let the rest of the picture just “be”.  I’m pretty happy with the result.

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While I was out, I saw all kinds of “flora”, many with raindrops on them that were so pretty….

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A few seashells/barnacles on the beach….

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And a view through the shell above…

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No barking dogs, just bark.

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Some of the trees had some gorgeous, drippy sap-cicles.  (like an icicle except it is sap?  I just made that up)

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I also saw a very intricate spider web with raindrops and bits of tree…

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Two “hearts”.  I’m going to try and find hearts every day….

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And now, the “fauna” section….the deers were out in force today.  So cute, so destructive to gardens, but AWWWW!

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I really like the wings of this bug.  So pretty.

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This is the very illusive and rarely seen “Two Legged Martin” :)

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The two legged Martin was looking for me, he didn’t realize I was on the deck, waiting patiently for a hummingbird to fly in and have a drink.

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Bunnies by the hospital.  Worthy of another “awww!”

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Not a black bunny, but a black crow.

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Finally, a bird of a different kind.  No officer, I DON’T know how fast I was flying….

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That’s it for me.  Busy day tomorrow, but I’ll be back in the evening.  Hope all is well in YOUR neck of the woods! ( PS: Look forward to getting caught up on my regular blog reading too.  Missing many of you!!!)

Hi everyone.  Just a quick photo drop, and I’ll be back to more normal postings tomorrow.

VERY happy to report my Mom is progressing really well.  She’s still in hospital, hopefully will be home tomorrow and wanted me to pass on her thanks for all the kind words, good wishes and healing thoughts sent her way!!!!!  Thumbs up to everyone!!

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Nurse Dad got into the picture too!  :)  Nurse “Susan” (the real nurse) was less willing to be in the photo!

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Rewind the tape a bit…..I took some shots on the ferry crossing over to Victoria.  I was on a bus, not in our car as normal, so the view at the toll booth was different.

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We saw (way in the distance) a pod of orca whales swimming by.  Though they were a long way off, it is always exciting to see.

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And of course, seagulls flew by….

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And here are a few other random shots from the crossing….

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A few quick shots taken in my Dad’s garden…

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Spot the deer….

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…and spot the dogs (who looked so cute and happy being pushed in the walker)…

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Pics from around the restaurant where my Dad and I had dinner tonight….

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That’s my quick photo dump.  I’ll be back tomorrow, and again, thanks for all the good wishes for my Mom.  They’re working!!  :)

Hi All,

Happy Friday!!!!  Just wanted to quickly check in and let you know I’ll be taking a mini blog break until Monday night.

My mom had hip replacement surgery today (she is no longer to be called “Jennifer” from here on in, she will be referred to as “Trixie Titanium”) and I’ll be heading over to Victoria soon, to go and help her and my Dad out while she’s recovering.

SOOOOO, I’m going to put my energy into getting my ducks in a row here before I go, then helping keep ducks in a row over there.

Have a WONDERFUL weekend, look forward to catching up with everyone on Monday.

 

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge Prompt is ‘Shapes’.  I went for a walk today, and saw a tree trunk with REALLY interesting shapes in it’s bark.  Anyone else see the shape of a gnarly face?

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The menu collage includes toast with almond butter and banana, green juice, sushi (a spicy tuna roll and mango roll – I was uninspired to make lunch today), melba toast and light cheddar, and turkey meatballs, mushrooms and peppers in Blue Menu plum sauce with some teriyaki rice.

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It’s Thursday, which means I had pre-work coffee with Michelle and her famous finger.  Today, the finger posed with a crossword puzzle instead of our beverages.  Vive le difference!  And yes Mi, you are indeed “tame” and “ethical”. :)

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I had a shorter walk today, I had a couple of errands to run at lunchtime, and it was pretty rainy.  I was however, looking quickly for “shapes”.  I went with the face shape above, but here are some runner ups….

Squares and rectangles…

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Circles, hearts and a shapeless stick figure….

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A few bark runner ups….these trees were amazing, the shapes and patterns are actually really beautiful if you take the time to look.

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A heart?

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And apple?

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Handprint?  Or Footprint?

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Circles on a driveway…

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Squares with ‘bits’ in the middle…

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Rectangular stairs decorated with hearts (that look like they light up at night)

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Little decorated “ends” to community garden plots…

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And a bathtub shaped, in-ground planter.

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The daily cherry blossom shaped cherry blossoms.. :)

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..and some other blooms.

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Finally, and not really related to the shape theme, I found a red scarf tied to a stop sign that was blowing in the breeze (did a matador lose it?  No, probably not…), and a very sad van that has seen better days but started up shortly after I took this photo and drove off.

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How’s everyone’s weekend plans “shaping up”?  My weekend, and my next couple of weeks will be pretty unusual.  Stay tuned….

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “In my hand”.  I posted this pic from my archives.  It is a cocktail in a glass made of ice, served in the “Ice Lounge” a temporary bar made of ice that was here in Vancouver a couple of years ago.  They provided us big jackets to wear, and boots and we sat on chairs made of ice, and were surrounded by ice sculptures.  It was fun!

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The day’s menu collages are a bagel thin with light havarti and jam, some green juice, tuna salad with endive and carrots plus a banana, an apple with almond butter (before my super sweaty power yoga class), a few parsnip chips (they are new, and were on sale) and a veggie burger and oven “fries”.

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Lots of walking again today (I’m loving my walks, and my skirts are looser too…win/win).  I’ll start though, with this morning’s sunrise, taken from our deck…

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I didn’t think this was the time of years for mushrooms/toadstools to come through the dirt.  And one of them had it’s top off.

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And I found this fungus later on.

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Someone doing a job I’d rather not do.  I’d shake too much up high, the windows wouldn’t get too clean.

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Someone was having some fun with this week’s Georgia Strait cover in a box.  This box is right in front of a Micheal’s Craft store.  And I’m pretty sure they sell googly eyes and scotch tape.

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Here are the day’s token cherry blossom shots.  They are already starting to fall so won’t be around much longer.

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Other random blooms, mosses and fungus.

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I thought about using this for the “in my hand” shot.  I like that the shells look like a heart, but the ice glass won out.

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This fiddlehead was a possibility too.  These are so pretty.

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I took a short cut back to work through a community garden.  So did a couple of robins…

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These were in a bridal store window, and their colours caught my eye…

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This mural in a tiny, locked alley caught my eye too.

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I was in the right place at the right time to catch this man grabbing a bit of sun…I love this photo.

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I saw a mirrored wall….

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These people saw a crab below the boardwalk.

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And finally, a leaning paddler and some oars used by the “Abreast in a Boat” dragon boat team, a group of breast cancer survivors who promote their sport and breast cancer awareness, and who were warming up just behind me when I took the photo.

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Time to hit publish and get to bed.  I have an early start tomorrow.  Happy Thursday to everyone!!!

The first Photo A Day Challenge prompt for April is “something purple”.   Anyone willing to stomp with me?  :)

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I’m not fooling, I would like to participate in a grape stomp one of these years.  :)

I didn’t eat any grapes today, but I did have a bagel think with light havarti and jam, green juice, I bought a “bohemian sandwich” for lunch (hummus, vegetable pate and artichoke), later I had a pear and Dennis was out tonight so I just made some whole wheat pasta with light goat cheese and lemon.

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It was a BEAUTIFUL spring day here in Vancouver.  What a great way to usher in April.  Here are some pictures from my walks to and from work, and at lunchtime.

I’ll get the day’s token cherry blossom shots over first.  (just kidding, they’re in pretty much perfect bloom now, by next week, they’ll likely be fading fast)

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Here is some other “twiggy” spring buds.  The first one’s buds looks like Neva’s toenails before they are clipped.  So this will, in my world, be called the cat claw plant.  The second looks like a dejected spider…

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Nothing twiggy about these blossoms though.  So pretty….

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My new favorite things to photograph are these ferns and “fiddleheads”.

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I like skeleton leaves too….

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There were the usual birds out and about….

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The geese seem fearless and walk around right beside you.  The light hit this guy’s feet perfectly.  Don’t they look like they could be the feet of a reptile?

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I saw a “nautical guard dog” on a boat (can you see him?)…..

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…and a mussel shell that was a very long way from the water.  Must have been carried and dropped by a bird.

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I took a different route home tonight, and found a few HUGE trees that I’d never seen before.  Complete with moss, new growth, old decaying bark and various holes and textures that were quite beautiful.

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A spider web in the sunshine, but no spider to be seen….

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I passed by the famous (or infamous) Simbad, our neighborhood guard cat.  Don’t mess with Simbad…

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..or his feline/batman shadows.

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Speaking of kitties, this one needs some attention, so I’ll be signing off.

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HAPPY APRIL TO ALL!!!

Before I start today’s post….here is the answer to yesterday’s riddle.

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A few of you got it…..what do the poor have, the rich need and if you eat it, you’ll die?  “Nothing”!

The final Photo A Day Challenge prompt for March is “Faux”.  I posted this photo of faux pearls and gemstones in the window of a vintage/consignment store.

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Today’s menu collage includes a bagel thin with almond butter, some green juice, a pear, a bento box lunch with vegetables, hummus, dolmades and cranberries, some goldfish pretzels and dinner tonight was our favorite birds in a nest, made with fresh farm eggs thanks to our friend Doris, her farmer friends Stephanie and Art and their stellar egg laying “Ninja Chickens”.

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As you can see, today’s menu is a lamb….March is going out like a lamb here.  Baaa!

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Come with me for my lunchtime walk in the sunshine!  It’s chilly, but the sun feels really good!

I’m truly not showing these photos to annoy my friends back East, where I know the snow is still falling….but our cherry blossoms are well on the way to full bloom.   I HAVE had a word with Mother Nature, and she’s promised me spring will be here for everyone soon!!!

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The sun was making this fly’s wings glisten….

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The March lamb, in case you are interesting, is a south facing lamb.

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When I walked by these tulips, I thought they were fake, and that they’d be perfect for today’s “faux” prompt.  They are actually real….

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“You lookin’ at me???”

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A couple of other blossom shots…

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I think I’ll call this shot “getting my ducks in a row”…

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There is one showoff in every crowd….

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I saw these dandelions, and had big plans to blow the buds for a picture….

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The photo didn’t quite go as planned….oh well, maybe next time.

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These geese have taken possession of this puddle on the other side of a wire fence….

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And the bees were having a field day…

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After work, I walked to yoga.  Come with me for that leg of the day’s walking too!   I love the snail like pattern of ferns when they are growing.

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This is my new little friend, 10 week old Wheaton Terrier “Rudy”.  SOOOO cute!!!

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I love that the sun is setting later these days…

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There was a heart shaped wire on a rock…

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Love is in the air…

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A seagull standing on one leg (he put the second one down shortly after I took this photo)…

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I wasn’t the only one taking his photo…

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And finally, these little feathers caught my eye….

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That’s it for my day, and for March.  Lets hope April be a GREAT month for us all….and I’m not fooling when I say that!!!  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is ‘Fast”.  I used this photo that I took last year.  This stunt rider was REALLY fast, and backward!

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Our morning started with some oatmeal topped with banana, seeds, almonds and maple syrup.

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Our lunch was leftover picky dinner from last night (dolmades, cold turkey sausage, potatoes with light mayo mixed with some balsamic, and leftover pork tenderloin from last week’s dinner with Helen)

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We had a glass of white wine with dinner, which was tortellini with light alfredo sauce mixed with some tomato sauce and a bun.  We had a chocolate chip cookie afterward.

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Before all of that, I was out and about running errands and saw a truck in a parking lot that had words of wisdom and riddles written all over it.

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Any guesses to this one?  (the answer was on another side of the vehicle and I’ll share tomorrow)

Dennis and I went for a walk along Kitsilano Beach this afternoon, to get some fresh air, activity points and to take some photos.  Come with us….

There were lots of people out and about who had the same idea as we had…

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The area above is a big off leash dog beach.  Dennis and I have never been to a dog park/beach that isn’t fun, so we went down and played with the dogs too.

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Just beyond the dog beach, there is a marina with wooden boats that are associated with the Marine Museum, which is close by.

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We’d never been there, so had a walkabout….and met a new friend.  According to her tag, this is “Abby” and she lives on one of the boats.  She was so friendly…awww….

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These are the boats….

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Here are a few other shots from the afternoon….

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That’s it for the weekend.  Hard to believe that this was the last weekend in March.  Hope wherever you are, March does go out like a lamb and we are all moving forward to spring soon!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the riddle answer too!  :)

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