BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend Renee!!!!

Just a warning, if you are “icked out” by bugs, creepy crawlers both alive and deceased, you MAY want to scroll really quickly to the last few pictures on this post.

For whatever reason, I’ve been feeling a little “roller coaster-y” today, maybe it is the lunar eclipse tonight, or maybe that just sounded a bit flakey!  :)  However, still found some fun and some beauty around me.

As I warned, I had the opportunity to take pictures of all kinds of “creatures” today, both in my parent’s yard, and on the quick beach walk I took this afternoon.  Here they are, I find them really beautiful, but if you don’t, scroll quickly…

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The crab above was NOT impressed that I was taking his picture, and waved his pinchers at me to shoo me away….don’t worry Mr. Crab, I just want your photo, you won’t be moved or disrupted, so say “cheese”, I’ll get my shot and we’ll both get on with our day.

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Speaking of crabs, I found this poor fella on a rock.  He was deceased but in tact.

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The fact he was deceased made it easy for me to a) turn him into an orchestra conductor with a tiny stick….

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and b) Mr. Crabby, smoking is hazardous to your health.  Oh…never mind, it’s a bit late for that….

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I found two daily hearts today, one in a leaf in my parent’s yard….

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..and the second on the rocky beach thanks to the way waves hit this rock.  Thank you Mother Nature!

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Speaking of the beach, here are a few shots from my rocky walk.

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This just made me crazy.  Beautiful beach, and some yahoo decided to dump their empty coffee cup in a log.  GRRR!!!!  There are several garbage cans around the path, so I reached through the spider web, and took it and disposed of it properly.   Sigh.

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I took these next two pictures on the road I took home.  (it was the long way home, but the pretty way!)

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Beauty in my parent’s garden this afternoon….

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And finally, had a bit of fun with photofacefun.com.  Rocks and feather shadows have become funny faces and an angel.  A very crazed angel.

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Anyone planning on checking out the lunar eclipse tonight?  I was hoping to, but the clouds are rolling in.  Not sure if I’ll be able to see it, but will have a look if I can.    Happy Tuesday to all!!!

Happy to report that my Mom continues to do really well in her recovery.  So well, that she was ok to be on her own for an hour or so this morning, and my Dad and I had a chance to take a spring walk together in a nature conservatory and education park.  Here are a few pics from our walk.

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The area is a birders “happy place”.  The ducks were “up close” but there were TONS of other feathered creatures all over the place.

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There were also tons of nature photo ops….

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Two “daily hearts”….

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Taking “blowy” dandelion pictures are so much better with two people.  Thanks Dad!!!

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Tonight, I had dinner at my friends Marion, Carlo, Anna and Sara’s place (and with Lily the dog).  There were dancing feet, eyeglass shenanigans and a lovely meal!  Thanks guys!!!

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Have a great week everyone!!!!

How’s everyone’s weekend going?  Today was a day of caring, errands but I also found my first garage sale of the year (could have bought hula hoops with flaming additions from a former fire hooping busker.  I was tempted….  :) ). I also took an hour to myself and had a lovely, sunny, barefoot walk along the beach.  As the title says, good for the soul….and the sole.  My feet were in dire need of a scrub, so thank you sand, mission accomplished!

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Not gonna lie…the water was REALLY cold!  However, I choose not to think of it as cold, I’d rather think of it as “fresh”.

Here are a few other shots from the day.  While I was hanging around my parent’s house, I took a few shots on their deck and in their back yard.

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And before dinner, as I mentioned, I zipped out for a bit of sun, sea water and sand.

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Because it was a lovely spring day, I wasn’t alone on the beach….there were kids throwing balls and stones…

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…a woman in a kimono….

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…kids having a ball with shells and rocks…

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…tight rope walkers (well, not really WALKERS…there was one)…

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…dogs on and off leashes, with and without toys, some with four legs, and one with three who was keeping up with them all.  AWW…

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The hearts of the day….the first one made by me, the second and third, products of my imagination….

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I don’t have to write this, but I will anyway…”logs”…

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Another unnecessary description, but oh well…”birds”….

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The “shell” section….

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And finally, we end on a crabby note.  Not me…I found a crab leg on the beach.  Close up, it is FASCINATING, check out all the textures and spikes…..

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However, the leg was the only part of the crab remaining, so I made my own.  :)

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Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!!

Happy Friday everyone!!!!!  Bring on the weekend!  It is supposed to be pretty sunny around these parts this weekend.  Has spring arrived in your neck of the woods?

Today was quite a few errands and care, but I still managed to have an hour walkabout downtown while I was out and about.  Come with me!!

I checked out a new public market that has opened up in the area.

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Flying pigs on the wall of the market….

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And old paintings on a wall outside.  (I’m PRETTY sure these have been around for a long time)

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Um…is it me?  The fellow above looks like he’s breaking into a car, or peeing behind one.  Hmm….

Interesting shadow from the lamp post….

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…and I thought all the lines and shadows in this photo were interesting too.

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Lost mitten alert!

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Here is the gate to Chinatown.

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Other shots from the area…

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Buddha day care?

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This is my “hmmmm” shot for the day.  Monk figurines in a window, and in the same window, a reflection of a busy road with cars and pedestrians.  Quite the contrast of quiet and bustle?

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I walked by a store that had all kind of “namaste”!  :)

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This little guy was in a store window, so I had to go in.  AWWW….purrs and headboops for all!!!

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I found three hearts today.  Two were greeting cards made of wood, that were in the cat’s store, and were photographed with permission of the cat’s slave shopkeeper.

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And the other was a product of my observation and imagination.

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Other pics of note, some street shots, displays and signs, art and a random post it note on a wall.

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Today’s “Insect Section”….a very well camouflaged moth….

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Spiders on my Dad’s deck….

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…and a teeny weeny black thing on a daffodil.  (this one is a stretch, I know)

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I was “borrowing” three daffodils (with my Dad’s ok) for today’s Photo A Day shot….”three of a kind”.

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And finally, I managed to get a decent shot of a little hummingbird coming to the feeder on my parent’s deck.  They are so cute and I love the buzz they make when they fly.  We tried a hummingbird feeder of our own last summer, but it seemed to attract more wasps than hummingbirds.  Oh well…

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I hope ALL of you have a great weekend!!!!  Any big plans?  Share away……

…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….

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