Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Snapshot”.  I zoomed in on this couple on my walk home tonight.  I liked the spontaneity of the shot, and the emotion, though you can’t see faces.

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It is vegetable week at 365 Days in Nature.  I took this photo a couple of weeks ago when I was at a farm with my Mom.

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I took this picture when I went for a walk by my Mom’s place yesterday.  This bird had quite the clam prize!  And he wasn’t sharing with anyone.

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Thanks to the mystery person who left me this little Mini Gumby Cowboy.  (I think I know who gave it to me, though they’re not owning up.  Yet…  :) )

Gumby posed with my yogurt parfait, my lunch with was veggies and hummus and my plums….

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He also accompanied me to our little community garden for some water.  I harvested a few more lemon cucumbers, and gumby ended up on a tree and on our cucumber plants too.

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Also at our little garden…….

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Meanwhile, over at the bird pond…..

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…and on the seawall….

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I saw three little otters swimming in the water….

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I KNOW!!!! I had the same reaction Mr. Gull…

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Neva was sleeping like a lady when we got home….

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And tonight, we had dinner with one of my oldest friends in the world.  Patricia and I went to grade school together in Calgary.  We keep in touch regularly via technology, but it has been YEARS since we met in person.  Pat is one of those people that when we get together, we just pick up where we left off.  We went for thai food, and had lychee martinis, spring rolls, pad thai, yellow curry, rice and green papaya salad, as well as some coconut brulee for dessert.  We were yapping and laughing and I forgot to photograph the curry, our drink picture was dreadful, and I didn’t care.  Here are the shots from tonight….

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I look mildly intoxicated in the photo above.  I was not.  LOl!  Great to see you Pat, see you soon!!  I hope everyone’s weekend has started out well.

Hi from my Mom’s place in Victoria.

Quick menu recap, then I’ll get on to a few pics from today.

Breakfast at the ferry was an english muffin with egg white and cheese.

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Lunch was a turkey sandwich with a white bean salad I made (with chopped veggies, lime juice, cumin and olive oil)

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This afternoon we went out to my Mom’s friends Gordon and Mae’s place for tea.  Mae had just made date squares.  They were warm and delicious.

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As we always do, Mom and I had some chinese food delivered.  And I had a glass of wine.

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I did a quick walk through the market at the ferry terminal before we sailed……

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heh, heh……

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Here are a few photos from the ferry terminal/crossing this morning.

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Mae picked a BIG bowl of tomatoes for Mom and I.  Their garden is going crazy.  Thank you Mae!!!

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Freaky carrots at a farm stand…..

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The rest of the day’s shots are from our drive to Gordon and Mae’s, their garden, Mom’s yard, and some awww worthy creatures we saw on our travels.

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I think the critters are all AWWWW worthy!  :)  I likely won’t post tomorrow because I’ll be getting a later ferry home.  “See” you back here on Monday.  Happy Sunday to all!!

Tonight’s post will be a bit of a photo dump.  I will catch up with photo a day challenges tomorrow.

My carb laden menu today was:  An egg white and spinach wrap for breakfast, a turkey panini for lunch, the BEST peach EVER this afternoon (I forgot to take a photo, so took a shot of the pit with desk mascots), Dennis and I had a pork bun after work, and dinner shots will follow…..

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Neva had a photoshoot before I left for work today.  Very cute Neva!!!

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Here are some photos from my lunchtime walk.  Poor Lion Shaved Kitty!!!

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Autumn leaves??? NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

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Love the sign…..

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Bird pond shots….

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And a bird doing a silly walk, maybe to detract passer byes from reading the sign….

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Tonight, Dennis and I went on a boat cruise for charity.  Dennis has done some volunteer work for the organization, and this was one of their annual fundraisers.  The boat left downtown and just did a two hour drive around the city.  Here are shots from the night. (the light wasn’t great, and it’s too late for me to boost the colours, so please turn a blind eye to the photo quality)

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I’ll be on another boat in the morning, and will check in tomorrow from my Mom’s place in Victoria.  Have a great weekend everyone!  Anyone have any plans?

I have title block, and would like to apologize in advance for the title above.  :)

It comes from today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt, which is “mixed up”.  I took a photo of a snail that I took today, and used fotoflexer.com to twirl the shell and mix it up.

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..here is the original shot.

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This was my “makes me smile” shot on 365 Days in Nature.

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This shot was my upload for Only Shades of Gray.

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I was back at work today.  Though not quite 100%, I’m so much better than I was over the last couple of days.  I had some yogurt and strawberry agua fresca for breakfast…..

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My lunch was the same as yesterday, rice cakes, beet hummus, tomato, cucumber, feta and basil.  I had some figs too.

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And later on, I had two of the little lemon cucumbers from our garden.

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Dinner tonight was Caesar salad with rotisserie chicken.

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I also had some lemon sorbet, but my battery was charging so no photo exists.  I found this one on google images.

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I went for a walk after work tonight, I really needed to get some movement.  Not sure why there were so many snails around tonight, I thought they were dormant because of the hot dry weather we’ve had.  But look what I found!!  Love snails…..

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(when did my arm hair grow???  LOL)

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The water is still diminishing in the bird pond.  The colour here isn’t touched up.  This photo isn’t the best, but if you look closely, you can see a dragonfly on a turtle’s nose.  Cute!!

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And you can see the green water while this gull was splashing….

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Stretch right leg…..

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Stretch left leg……

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Turn and stretch wings…..

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Form the day’s random heart……

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And laugh.  Or yawn.  Or look shocked.  Or show your tongue….

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Various blooms and greenery…….

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I see a face in this tree….

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…and faces of various birds.

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Faces of insects too…..

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And finally, the green algae covered faces of ducks.  I really hope we get rain soon, so the city turns the water in ponds and parks back on, and these critters have fresher habitats to live in.

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I won’t be posting on Thursday because of night school timing. (just three more classes in this session).  Have a good Thursday all, “see” you back here on Friday.

Truth be told, I’ve been a little under the weather for a couple of days.  Yesterday, I came home early from work with a wicked headache, slept most of the rest of the day, felt shaky again this morning so used one of my sick days, slept for hours again, and this afternoon, woke up and finally felt a bit better.  Weird.  Just a bunch of vague symptoms that knocked me down for the count.  I’m glad to be on the mend.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “travel”.  I took this photo at the airport last month when Dennis flew to Montreal to visit his family.

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I thought this photo suited ‘makes me smile” week at 365 Days in Nature, because the rock seems to be smiling back at me.

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And it had been too long since I’d exploited Neva on Only Shades of Gray, so today, I did.  :)

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We had an interesting cloud patter above our deck today….

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When I’m not feeling well, I seem to crave soft boiled eggs.  I cooked this a little too long so they weren’t really soft, but they hit the spot.

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Neva watched over me while I slothed on the couch….

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My appetite started to return this afternoon, and I had a couple of rice cakes with beet hummus, tomato, cucumber, basil and feta.

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Later this afternoon, I had to bolt to the store, and went via our little community garden and the bird pond, because I was feeling a little housebound (how crazy is that????  I wasn’t here THAT long!) and wanted some fresh air.  I walked there, Dennis picked me up because the round trip may have wiped me out.

We harvested a BUNCH of lemon cucumbers…..

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…and this happens when you let your beans get too big and woody.  At least they were still showing me love.

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And two others showed me drumsticks.  :)

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One of our fellow gardeners are growing AMAZING purple cherry tomatoes.

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Lucky ladybug…..

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I sauntered over to the bird pond to meet Dennis…..

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And dinner tonight was burgers on sandwich thins, with corn and steamed potatoes with pesto and Parmesan…

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…and we had some iced chai tea.

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So glad that I’m feeling back to normal.  Hope all of YOUR weeks are going well too.   So….does anyone know what I can do with all these lemon cucumbers??  :)

Crazy day today, all good, but will be back tomorrow with a normal post!

In the meantime, Neva is saying “hi”!

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Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is “Pastel”.  I used this photo of pastel pink roses.

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I posted this shot of the little squirrel from Stanley Park on 365 Days in Nature (this week’s theme is “makes me smile”, and this little guy did)

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These magnolias were my shot for Only Shades of Gray today.

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Two out of three meals today were, a Roz McMuffin and fruit for breakfast, and Dennis and I had some cheese, prosciutto, figs and baguette for lunch.

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I went out to my favorite shopping street, Commercial Drive, to load up on our fruit, vegetables, meats and cheeses for the week.  Here are a few shots of the neighborhood…..

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I took my little piece of art “Oakley” with me, to take some photos for the artist who made him, hid him, and who I contacted when I found him.

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We went over to Cousin Helen’s for a while this afternoon.  Oakley visited her apple tree….

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Tonight, we had dinner at our friends Jeff and Lindi’s place.  Here they are with one of their two boys.  Ben is invisible.  :)

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This is not Ben, but is on their patio…..

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I took a couple of artsy fartsy pictures of their fire pit (with and without my wine).

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Dinner was delicious….maple salmon skewers with corn, potatoes and caprese salad.  Dessert was home made brownies and cookies.

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And finally, the newest member of their family, joining Spike the Gerbil; rescue bunny “Cayenne”.  Cayenne loves being brushed.  You can see she’s very sad in her new home.  NOT!!!

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She is so cute!!!!  Thanks for the lovely night J&L!!!!  See you soon!!!

That’s it for the weekend.  Hope everyone has a great week ahead!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Primal”.  I used this picture from a few weeks ago, damselflies giving in to their primal instincts.

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The theme in the 365 Days in Nature group is “makes me smile”.  This hummingbird makes me smile when he comes to our feeder….

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And I posted this picture on Only Shades of Gray.

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I don’t have many menu pics from today, this morning, we had a big cooked breakfast with Dennis’ brother; bacon, scrambled eggs, toast and fruit.

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And I had some sushi on the go for dinner…..

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We spent the bulk of the day with our visitor, then doing some work around the house.  Dennis was working tonight, so I dropped him off and went for a walk around Lost Lagoon.  (my Stanley Park “happy place”).  I saw a pretty prominent random heart in some lily pads….

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…and here is a photo dump of the animals and plants in the park.  I also took a couple of city shots, a pic of a hen party, and some figurines in a window beside the sushi place.  Scroll if you are interested, if not, I’ll be back tomorrow.  Happy Sunday!!!  :)

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Yes, that is such a thing.  :)  And we celebrated appropriately tonight.

Before that, today’s menu (in extreme close up) was a bagel with fig butter and cheese for breakfast, coleslaw, blueberries and cherry tomatoes, an unphotographed ice cream bar that was part of a work function this afternoon, and tonight, we had beer, fries and pork lettuce wraps.

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We shared beer with Dennis’ brother Mike, who is visiting from Ontario and staying with us tonight.

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In other news….here is the photo catch up from the last couple of days.  Yesterday, I went to the rapidly drying bird pond.

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The rain may be too little, too late…..

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Today, “hi Neva”…..

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Right place at the right time for hummingbird light this morning…..

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I had lunch at my desk.  And when your computer crashes, what better to do while it is getting sorted than to pose tiny tomatoes with toys.  :)  Yes, I’m a grown up….

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After work, I had a badly needed haircut, then walked to meet Dennis and Mike for dinner.  Here are shots along the way….

Cats o’plenty in the neighborhood…

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Various plant life…..

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Amazing wood patterns….

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Not sure why this cowgirl is riding a potato….giddy up.

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I passed by some store windows….

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And some quirky little neighborhood additions….

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Happy Weekend to all!!

Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is “On the water”.  This duck made a splashy landing.

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I posted this shot on 365 Days in Nature….

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I had a weight watchers bagel with fig butter for breakfast.  Lunch was a work lunch, I had a vegetable sandwich and some chilled cucumber soup.  (couldn’t take the lunch photo….)

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Neva is cute.  :)

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It was a dismal showery day, but I went for a lunchtime walk anyway….

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Tonight, Cousin Helen came over for dinner.  (the doll basket she’s holding was made for me by her Mom, when I was about 6-7)

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We started out with some sparkling rose, tomato-mozzarella-basil-balsamic skewers, and some dip with mini Naan bread.

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Dennis was born and raised in Montreal, home of Montreal smoked meat.  In tribute to Dennis’ heritage, we had smoked meat sandwiches, coleslaw, pesto potato salad and pickles.  We had maple walnut frozen yogurt for dessert.

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Great to see you Helen.  Merci d’être venu!

Tomorrow is night school night, so I likely won’t post tomorrow.  I will be back on Friday though.  In the meantime, happy Thursday to all!

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